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Northern Lights
Big Bus Chase

WINTER / 1 OCTOBER TO 31 MARCH

Join us on this exciting trip to chase the magnificent Northern Lights. We conduct this tour in a spacious and modern Big Bus which provides comfort and warmth along our journey through the Arctic regions.

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This is our newest tour, guided by the same expert tour guides as our small group chase, giving you an excellent chance of the Aurora.

After the tour starts from Tromsø's city center, we will drive to where we expect the best weather conditions that night. On the journey there you will learn about the Northern Lights and how to photograph them. We will be happy to answer all questions you might have.

Once we've found clear sky, we will stop and help you set up your cameras. If conditions allow, we will choose a scenic locations with a beautiful foreground. We will take portraits of the Northern Lights and you to share them after the trip.

We provide hot drinks as well as hot water that you can use to prepare your own meal. The bus is heated, so you can always warm up inside.

If you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable chase to maximise your chances of witnessing the beautiful Northern Lights, then this is the tour for you!

Tour information

Price per person
Adult (13+) 950 and 850 NOK First and subsequent chases
Child (0-12) 500 NOK All chases
Location Pick up and drop off at Chasing Lights' shop at Storgata 64
Group size
Up to 50 guests Plus a driver and 1 to 2 guides, depending on the group size
Time and duration
Start at 17:45, end between 00:00 to 04:00 (Between 6 to 10 hours, depending on the weather condition, etc)
Includes
  • Same expert tour guides and photographers from the small group chase
  • On-board restroom
  • Snacks and hot beverage
  • Photography tips and advice from our photographers
  • Digital photos taken by our photographer sent to you after the chase
BEFORE YOU BOOK

Important Things to Note

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. The lights are not going to get dimmer, but articles that claim they do make a good click bait.

    We recommend reading the following article: http://www.visittromso.no/en/northernlights_forever

    The chances are the same between mid September and end March. What is more important and has a bigger impact on your chances of seeing the Northern Lights is how long you are staying in Tromsø and how many chases you go out on.

    Seeing the Northern Lights can also be anything between a faint whitish glow in the sky to a green dancing show, that's something that is hard to say even if we have completely clear skies, which is another reason why we recommend at least 2 or 3 Northern Lights chases.

    You may find out more about our success rate for seeing the Northern Lights by following us on our Facebook page where we post the result of every single chase we take.

  2. We always take our guests to different spots so they do not see the same area twice if weather permits. Once in awhile we only have clear skies (which is one of the most important factors for seeing the Northern Lights) in the same area for several nights in a row, and only then will our guests have to return to the same or nearby areas more than once. We remember where each guest has visited and schedule our trips in such a way that they do not see the same place twice as long as there are other options available.

    There is no fixed route or itinerary for our chases, as it varies from day to day depending on many conditions and the weather. On our Northern Lights chases, we use detailed weather maps for Northern Norway, Finland and Sweden in order to determine where to go each night and we often travel up to 500km a night just to find clear skies to see the lights with.

  3. Northern Lights chase (Small group):
    On most occasions there will be several possibilities for toilet stops. If we go to Finland, for example, we will make at least two toilet stops with the possibility of more if needed. On rare occasions, however, there may be none available, as our first priority is finding clear sky, which often leads us away from civilization. Then we will have to use the nature as a toilet, something that humans have done for thousands of years and still works fine. Going to the toilet in nature is something that is less scary than you might imagine, even for the ladies and even in the cold.

    Northern Lights chase (Big group):
    There is an on-board toilet on the big bus.

  4. Since we need darkness at night to see the Northern Lights the best time to come is between mid September and end of March. With an extra bit of luck that time frame can be extended to end of August to mid April, but your chances will then be lower because of the short night time hours. It’s not possible to see the Northern Lights in Tromsø during the summer, because the sun then shines 24 hours a day, a phenomenon called the Midnight Sun. Besides choosing a period that offers enough darkness at night, the chances are practically the same. While some websites may tell you that certain months have better weather and others have stronger activity, these are just statistics that cannot tell you how it’s actually going to work out for you. What has a greater impact on your chances is spending enough time in Tromsø and joining several chases.

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  • This was a very well thought and executed event. I thank to Marek and Sam for all their fine touches, about the location, the nature of lights, and personalised touches. It was simply wonderful!

  • I took this package as it includes everything plus phototaking too. If you don't have a good camera, want to enjoy and relax, let them take the photos for you. Small group size allows for more personal touch with the guide. The veg meal is delicious.

  • Great memories, did 5 days chasing the aurora and we only missed it one night. Very helpful and wonderful guides, knowledgeable and patient with all our questions. You should definetely try it and be prepared for the cold. But its so worth it!

  • Thomas and his team have been great hosts, making us feel good, asking questions about us, and taking care of us...and making great efforts to drive to Finland, to let the magic happen. What a great chase and a super organisation ! Deserves 5 stars !

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