TripAdvisor logo

Northern Lights
minibus chase

WINTER / 8 SEPTEMBER TO 15 APRIL

#1 ACTIVITY IN TROMSØ, NORWAY five-star

JOSE, SINGAPORE

certificate

Join us on this trip to maximize your chances of witnessing Earth's most magnificent light show from outer space, the Aurora Borealis.

body-image

After picking you up at our shop, we will leave the city lights behind us and drive to where we expect the clearest weather conditions that night. On some nights this may lead us to the coast around Tromsø, on other nights we may drive all the way into Finland.

Once we’ve found clear sky, we will look for a scenic spot to set up our camp for the night. On some nights the Aurora appears right away, on other nights we have to be patient. Sometimes we see a faint greenish line across the horizon, sometimes it’s a bucket full of colors dancing in the sky. The Northern Lights appear on most nights, but they are not always strong, which is why we highly recommend joining several chases to increase your chances of seeing a good show.

We will take pictures of the Northern Lights and you and share them with you after the trip. If you decide to bring your own camera, we will also help you set it up and teach you all you need to know to take home great shots of the Aurora and the stunning landscape around us.

The weather in Tromsø doesn't matter to us, as we usually find clear sky in the nearby micro climates, which makes Tromsø the perfect base to start our adventure.

This tour is specifically designed for those who are up for a real chase, which often involves traveling long distances and returning late. Our reward is an excellent success rate in finding clear sky and catching the Northern Lights.

Tour information

Price per person
Adult (4+) 1800, 1700 and 1500 NOK First, second and subsequent chases
Child (0-3) 900, 850 and 750 NOK First, second and subsequent chases
Location Pick up at Chasing Lights’ shop and drop off at any hotels in the city center
Group size
8 to 14 guests Plus a driver and a guide
Time and duration
Start between 17:30 to 18:30, end between 00:00 to 04:00 (Between 6 to 10 hours, depending on the weather condition, etc)
Includes
  • Transport in minibus
  • Winter suit and snow boots
  • A warm meal and hot drinks
  • Pictures of the Northern Lights and you
  • Manfrotto tripods (support up to 1.5 kg)
  • Free WiFi on board
BEFORE YOU BOOK

Important Things to Note

Frequently Asked Questions

general northern lights chase northern lights

  1. The Northern Lights chase is suitable for pregnant mothers, and we have had a few pregnant mothers join us on our chases before. Walking is minimal too on the chases and we usually stay close to the car so you may always rest in the car if you need to.

    If you are pregnant, you may want to skip the dogsledding and snowmobile daytrips as there is a risk from falling from both. It will be best if you could check with your doctor for medical advice prior to your trip.

  2. It is not necessary to print anything for your trips with us. We have your details and have already passed them to our partners (for various day trips). Our partners and tour guides will have your details on their lists when picking you up, and all you need to do is check that your details are correct and you’re joining the correct company.

  3. Temperatures not only depend on the time you visit but often even more on the area we go to. The temperatures in and around Tromsø can sometimes be 30˚C warmer than the temperatures in Finland or Sweden, countries we regularly visit on our chase for clear sky. Therefore it’s impossible to say in advance what the temperatures are going to be like. September and October are by far the warmest months of the Aurora season. Preparing for the extreme is not necessary and the temperatures are usually between 0-10˚C (32-50˚F). Especially September can be a pleasant month for outdoor activities, during the day it can sometimes be as warm as 20˚C (68˚F). Wind and rain, however, should always be taken into consideration. In late October we expect the first light snow. November and December are the first winter months and now the temperatures start to drop. Especially when leaving Tromsø and the coast behind the temperatures can go below freezing. Once the temperatures are below 0˚C every precipitation turns into snow. Since it then sometimes gets warmer again, there may also be rain, mud and ice. In December we have to be prepared for temperatures similar to the ones in January and February. January and February are usually the coldest months of the season. While Tromsø rarely gets colder than -15˚C (5˚F), places in nearby Finland and Sweden can easily get down to -30˚C (-22˚F) or colder. While you should make some preparations yourself we provide most of the gear to keep you warm. This is the time to mention that we have not yet lost anyone on our chases! March and April are still winter months. The snow stays and the temperatures can be below or above freezing and we therefore have to be prepared for both rain and snow. Even though the Aurora season is coming to an end by April, Tromsø can be cold and chilly until June.

  4. 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.

support

Can’t find the answers to your question?

See our FAQ page

Drop us an email!