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Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway

See the Northern Lights in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. 2012 and 2013 have the best conditions in decades to see this natural wonder. Like curtains caught by the wind, the Northern Lights are elusive. However, when they do make an appearance, the entire sky explodes in colour.

Where can I see the Northern Lights?

You can see the Northern Lights all over northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, but coastal areas are generally better than inland areas, as the coast has clear skies more often. The best places are above the Arctic Circle. SAS flies to Alta, Bodø, Kirkenes, Narvik, Tromsø and Longyearbyen in Norway and Luleå and Kiruna in Sweden. Check out our route map to see where we fly.

When can I see them?

The Aurora Borealis, known as the Northern Lights, happen all year round, but you need dark, clear conditions in order to see them. Generally, the prime seasons for viewing the Northern Lights are early autumn and spring. Most Northern Lights eruptions occur between 6pm and midnight, particularly around 10 to 11pm. However, the Northern Lights are unpredictable and no one knows when the lights will show.


Hunting the lights

It is possible to take short holidays where you have a good chance of seeing the lights while also enjoying a range of activities: dog sledding, reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, or the numerous Northern Lights expeditions all provide a good chance of spotting the lights. Whale-watching also offers good potential for aurora viewing.

The best place on earth

Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland are convenient destinations for shorter breaks. Only a few hours away from France, you are not far away from seeing your first Northern Lights. Why not take advantage of the many tours and excursions available? Activities normally include husky and reindeer safaris, ice fishing trips and guided snowshoeing excursions, as well as snowmobile safaris. Spend the night in a cozy log cabins complete with individual saunas and perhaps one night in an igloo?

Travel with SAS

With SAS, what you see is what you get - no hidden fees. We'd rather offer you great value, such as child discounts, a 23 kg baggage allowance and free advance seat selection.

Book a flight or choose from one of our great packages for hotels across Scandinavia, including the famous ICEHOTEL. Fly with Europe's most punctual airline.

Book your flights to see the Northern Lights with SAS now.

Photo credits: Bjørn Jørgensen/www.visitnorway.com; Martin Jakobsson/imagebank.sweden.se

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