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How to see the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

I recently took a trip to Tromso, Norway to see the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights, in October 2022. While I was there, I learned a lot, from the science of the phenomenon,how to photograph it, and what to wear.

I want to share these tips with you, and share the tour groups that I used, so that you can properly prepare yourself for your future Northern Lights adventure.

Check out the full YouTube video, too.

https://youtu.be/Txa7_XhYmlE

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It's The Kellys
15th November 2022 in travel
How to see the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway
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Go between September and March

Go between September and March

The Northern Lights are visible in the fall/winter months, when there is darkness in the arctic circle. Although only visible with a clear sky (no clouds), the season is from September-March.
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Spend at least 3 nights in Tromso

Spend at least 3 nights in Tromso

The Northern Lights are only visible on a clear night with no clouds, which is up to Mother Nature. Out of 3 nights, there could be clear skies every night, or 0 nights. The longer you stay in Tromso, the better your chances.
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Book a tour with Greenlander

Book a tour with Greenlander

Embark on an adventurous Northern Lights chase in Northern Norway aboard a Land Rover Defender. With a professional photographer as a guide and a small group, you'll get plenty of attention and tips on how to capture the best possible photos of the Aurora Borealis. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Tromso are included for convenience, as well as all thermal gear to keep warm and a portion of homemade soup. Tripods are available, too.
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Book a tour with Chasing Lights

Book a tour with Chasing Lights

Chase the Northern Lights with this big bus tour (50 people max) from Tromsø’s city center. Maximize your chances to see the natural phenomenon by traveling to areas with the best weather conditions. Learn about the Northern Lights, including how to photograph them, during the journey and set up your camera to watch Aurora Borealis. Leave the city behind to search for the Northern Lights Learn tips about how to photograph Aurora Borealis Travel to dark areas with the best weather conditions Transportation to and from Tromsø included
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Dress Warm!

Dress Warm!

Dressing warm is super important when it comes to seeing the lights. Layers should include at least: -a thermal layer -a wool sweater -waterproof/windproof pants -wool socks (or 2!) -Winter Boots -A waterproof/windproof coat -a warm hat -gloves or mittens
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Bring a DSLR camera or a new smart phone

Bring a DSLR camera or a new smart phone

a DSLR camera is great *if you know how to use it on manual mode* if not, I highly suggest using your iPhone/android. These phones work very well for taking pictures of the lights.
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Bring a tripod

Bring a tripod

A tripod in necessary for your camera or your phone. The shutter has to be open for at least 10 seconds for a good photograph, and without a tripod, your hands can get shaky, and the photo will not be clear. Some tour companies may offer you a tripod, but some you might have to bring your own. Linked below is a good one for smartphones.
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Bring a bluetooth camera remote

Bring a bluetooth camera remote

A bluetooth shutter release for your phone/camera is a great idea in the cold weather. You will be outfitted with big gloves or mittens, and a button is a great way to stay warm, and get great photos from your tripod. Linked below is the one I used during my Northern Lights trip.
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Remember that you might be out as late as 4am!

Remember that you might be out as late as 4am!

Remember that seeing the northern lights is an evening activity, and sometimes you might drive 3-4 hours one way. If you leave your viewing spot after midnight, the drive home could get you back into Tromso around 3-4am.
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Remember the lights are different to the naked eye than in your camera

Remember the lights are different to the naked eye than in your camera

Cameras take magnificent photos of the northern lights, there is no doubt about that, but just remember that the lights can look different to the naked eye. You might not see the vibrant colors or patterns, as you would in a camera. Or you could have the most magical bright night ever. Again, its up to Mother Nature.
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