Activities

Northern Lights safari

Experience the magic of the sky with an exciting Northern Lights safari at Tromsø Friluftsenter.

We want you to see the Northern Lights as much as you do

"As one of the pioneers in Tromsø for Northern Lights, and as we proudly celebrate 20 years in 2024, we have extensive experience and knowledge of the local area. We want you to have a northern Norwegian experience that goes beyond the Northern Lights tour you had in mind. We create memories that stay in the heart. This also means that we will do everything we can to make sure you get what you came for, but with an effort that goes under your skin."

You will see the Northern Lights, and we deliver this by driving wherever we must to find clear skies. Sometimes, this takes us all the way to Finland, so remember to dress warmly. During certain periods, Tromsø can also be icy, so be aware and bring shoe spikes for your safety. We have insulated suits that you can wear on top of your own warm clothes.

We'll meet you at the Scandic Ishavshotel in the city center, just a short walk from most hotels and only 10 minutes from the airport. Prior to the trip, with local knowledge, we've been monitoring weather changes throughout the day and have a plan for where the best chances of clear skies and the Northern Lights are. We collaborate with the best guides in the city to ensure our success. You should feel and see that we've done everything we can to provide you with the natural miracle - the Northern Lights. Now, the adventure begins, and you'll watch a film about the Northern Lights, both the science and myths to understand what you're about to experience.

If we are lucky and the weather at our home base is good, we will take you to our coastal farm. Here, you'll have the opportunity to see and experience an old farm that has its roots dating back to 1880. We have a lavvu (Sami tent), and we can sit protected from the weather while we share our history, which has Sami, Kven, and genuine city roots dating back to when Tromsø became a city in 1794. If we need to go to other places, we ensure that we create a pleasant atmosphere with a fire, seating, hot coffee, chocolate, tea, and the world's best chocolate cake.

During the evening, we take professional pictures of you under the Northern Lights with our camera. These will be available for download from our Flickr account. We also assist you with settings on your camera or phone so you can take your own pictures.

In a few cases, the chance of clear skies may be low. In such instances, we check the latest weather forecast at 6:00 PM. We will meet you at the pickup point and inform you about the current chances. If you do not wish to take any risk, you will receive a refund for the trip. However, if you still want to take the chance, there will be no refund if we do not succeed. We will do our best to succeed, and remember, 'we want you to see the Northern Lights as much as you do!

A friendly piece of advice is to have your travel insurance in order before your trip due to the Arctic conditions, which are beyond our control, such as flights, etc.

Minibus with a maximum of 19 guests for a personal experience.

Price:

Adult: NOK 1670,-

Children: NOK 1500,-

Meeting time:
15. Sept -19. March 6:35pm
20. March - 31. March 7:50pm

Please check your booking confirmation for correct meeting time.

Place: Outside Scandic ishavshotel (Fredrik Langes gate 2)
Departure: 10 min after meeting time.

Duration: 5-7 hours

Includes:

  • Camera tripod
  • Picture on Flickr that you can download
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and chocolate cake
  • Warm insulated suits
  • Norwegian guide, but the activity is conducted in English

Age limit:

Not offered to children under 5 years due to the cold weather and timing.

Bring with you:

  • Warm clothing, good shoes, hat, gloves, and a scarf.
  • Camera if you have one
  • Ice spikes (if it's slippery)
  • Good mood

Can I do it?

We're heading into nature in the dark, so be aware that it can be a bit challenging to walk, but we will tailor the experience to each of you so you get the best experience from your starting point. With people from all around the world, we'll create an Arctic team that will together build a wonderful, safe atmosphere that you'll never forget.

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