Aurora Borealis tours are an extraordinary opportunity for nature and celestial beauty enthusiasts, offering the chance to witness a unique and breathtaking spectacle: the luminous dance of the Northern Lights.
Some guided tours combine the Northern Lights experience with various adventurous activities such as dog sledding or snowmobile excursions to observe the dancing lights in a picturesque and untouched environment. During these tours, local expert guides lead participants to strategic points far from light pollution, providing insights into the phenomenon and ensuring the best possible Aurora Borealis viewing experience, allowing people to connect with nature and be enchanted by the beauty of the night sky.
Observing the Aurora Borealis is undoubtedly a magical and awe-inspiring experience. Organizing a trip to witness this natural wonder creates unique and indelible memories. For an unforgettable Aurora Borealis display, clear skies and good visibility are essential, so it is advisable to regularly check weather forecasts and move away from the city's light pollution for a clearer view. Patience is necessary, as one must be prepared to spend a night outdoors, even in the colder months.
Often, it is convenient to rely on an experienced guide by opting for a guided Aurora Borealis tour, who can choose the best destination among various Aurora Basecamps. This way, the experience of witnessing the Aurora is combined with intriguing stories about the history, folklore, and science behind this celestial phenomenon. It is crucial to have a camera on hand to capture the moment of the magnificent lights and embark on an extraordinary adventure, thanks to the spectacular and colorful cosmic dance in the deep darkness of the night.
Countries renowned for their Aurora Borealis viewing opportunities include Norway (in the Arctic region, such as Tromsø and Svalbard); Sweden (Kiruna and Abisko); Finland (Finnish Lapland, including Rovaniemi and Ivalo); Iceland; Canada (Yukon, Alberta, and the Northern Territories); and Alaska in the United States. All these countries offer interesting tours and unique experiences to admire the Northern Lights spectacle.
Text edited byAlisè Vitri, Avion Tourism Magazine
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EXCURSIONS TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern Lights Tour in Alaska
Northern Lights Tour from Fairbanks
Experienced Alaska guided tour along the Dalton Highway to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights and wildlife (although not guaranteed). Comfortable transportation and personalized service. The tour includes many observation and photo stops. Included in the tour: hotel pickup; sandwiches and snacks; hot drinks; certified for crossing the Arctic Circle. Reservation with free cancellation up to 24 hours before. Information and reservations: Northern Lights and Arctic Circle Tour from Fairbanks.
Alaska Northern Lights Tour and Aurora Borealis Lodges
Tour with expert guide and visit to the Fairbanks lodges with an amazing view of the Northern Lights. Fairbanks Lodging Viewing Evening featuring cozy viewing lodges in the Fairbanks, Alaska area away from the city lights. View the panorama from inside the lodge and go outside to take photographs of the sky. Included in the tour: pick-up and drop-off from the main hotels in the city; drinks and biscuits. Reservation with free cancellation up to 24 hours before. Information and reservations: Alaska Northern Lights Tour and Aurora Borealis Lodges.
Northern Lights Tour in Canada
Yukon: Northern Lights evening tour
Evening tour with guide. Pickup from your hotel in Whitehorse and board a minibus to an observation site with restrooms. Observing the Aurora Borealis in the Yukon. Information on the Yukon celestial phenomenon from your guide and technical assistance for taking photos. Included in the tour: hot drinks and snacks. Reservation with free cancellation up to 24 hours before. Information and reservations: Yukon Northern Lights Evening Tour.
From Yellowknife: Northern Lights tour with basic cabin
Tour from Yellowknife to the Northwest Territories to see the Northern Lights in the night sky. Pickup by coach or SUV from your Yellowknife hotel. Short 15 minute drive to cabin in the woods. Stories and history of the North from the local guide. Light midnight meal (traditional fish soup and baked bannock). The Northern Lights usually occur around midnight. While you wait, take photos or try on Inuit and Nordic winter clothing. Reservation with free cancellation up to 24 hours before. Information and reservations: From Yellowknife: Northern Lights Tour with Basic Cabin.
Northern Lights Tour in Norway
Aurora Borealis in Tromsø. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
From Tromsø: Reindeer sledding, dinner and Northern Lights hunting excursion
Evening reindeer sleigh ride with bus or minivan transfer from Tromsø. Traditional Sami dinner with reindeer herders, in a Sami camp and reindeer sleigh ride to see the Northern Lights. Return to Tromsø at the end of the tour. Included in the tour: round trip minivan transfer, guide, dinner, traditional stories and songs, coffee and snacks, reindeer sleigh ride. Reservation with free cancellation up to 24 hours before. Information and reservations: From Tromsø: Reindeer sledding, dinner and Northern Lights hunting excursion.
From Tromsø: Northern Lights Hunting Tour by Minibus
Northern Lights hunting tour with expert guide. We set off from the centre of Tromsø towards the wild nature of the Arctic between mountains and fjords. You discover myths, local stories, and a scientific explanation of the Aurora Borealis. Bonfire, hot drinks, snacks, hot food and tripod provided for taking photos. After the tour return to Tromsø". Included in the tour: transfer to and from the center of Tromsø, guide, food and hot drinks, bonfire, thermal suit, tripod, etc... Booking with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. Information and reservations: From Tromsø: Northern Lights Hunting Tour by Minibus.
Northern Lights Tour in Finland
Aurora Borealis Rovaniemi. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and husky sled ride
Aurora Borealis in the Lappish landscape on a husky sled driven by farmers for 5 or 10 kilometers. With a guide, we depart from the center of Rovaniemi towards a farm where there are dog sleds and set off in search of the Northern Lights between the Lappish forest and the Arctic. At the end of the ride, Lappish snacks grilled around the fire, hot drinks waiting for the Northern Lights. Included in the tour: Hotel pickup and drop-off within 15 km of Rovaniemi city center, English-speaking guide (other languages available upon request: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese), winter clothing (overalls, boots and gloves), tour husky sledding, Lappish barbecue (Lappish chicken nakki, grilled corn, marshmallows and hot cranberry juice). Information and reservations: Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and Husky Sled Ride.
Aurora Borealis Finland. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Camera Tour
Tour outside the city of Rovaniemi to see the Northern Lights. I ride to explore up to 3 places where there is a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights. Stakeout near the fire with your guide, who also tells you about the animals in the area and the traditional customs. Included in the tour: Hotel pickup/drop-off, up to 3 locations visited to hunt Northern Lights, professional winter clothing and boots, professional guide, camera, photos taken by the guide sent the next day, snack by the campfire. Tour for small groups only (maximum 8 people). Information and reservations: Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Camera Tour.
Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
Aurora Borealis Finland, Reykjavik. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik
Hunt for the Northern Lights over the ocean on a sightseeing cruise from Reykjavik. Start from the coast towards the open sea with the mountains as a backdrop. Boat tour with guide, double observation deck and wifi. Check-in at the old port in Aegisgardur 5b, 101 Reykjavík (Sea Trips Reykjavik) 30 minutes before departure. Information and reservations: From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Cruise.
From Reykjavik: Northern Lights guided tour with photos
Guided group Northern Lights hunting tour from Reykjavik in the Irish landscape. Pickup at tourist bus stops in central Reykjavik and other selected hotels outside the centre. Group of maximum 30-40 people. Travel out of town is to a final location not predetermined based on cloud cover and evening activity. The guide sets up the participants' camera for photos. Blankets and self-service hot chocolate and snacks. The guide sends photos to participants via email within 7 days of the tour. Included in the tour: Pickup from Reykjavik, drinks (hot chocolate, tea and coffee), warm blankets, local guide, free photographs with the Aurora. Information and reservations: From Reykjavik: Northern Lights guided tour with photos.
Northern Lights Tour in Sweden
Aurora Borealis in Sweden in Kiruna. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
Northern Lights from Kiruna: guided snowmobile tour and swedish Fika experience
Guided snowmobile tour from Kiruna to see the Northern Lights in the nature of Swedish Lapland. Possibility to see the Northern Lights and also wildlife such as moose, reindeer, foxes etc. Included in the tour: Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kiruna, Guided snowmobile tour, Arctic snowmobiling equipment (helmets, shoes, gloves, etc..), Swedish fika hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot cranberry juice ) and sweet snacks. Information and reservations: Kiruna: guided snowmobile tour and swedish Fika experience.
Aurora Borealis, Sweden in Kiruna. Photo: Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Depositphotos
Aurora Borealis from Kiruna: husky sled adventure
Overnight excursion to see the Northern Lights from Kiruna for a guided husky sled tour in the snow-capped Arctic wilderness. From Kiruna you reach the hamlet of Kalixforsbron to meet the guide and the huskies. You can admire the countryside, the snow-covered swamp, trees and frozen lakes. After the trip with huskies, return to Kalixforsbron base camp. At the end of the evening, a hot drink and sweet surprise around the fire (cup of coffee or tea, Swedish fika). Return by van to Kiruna. Included in the tour: Transportation to/from Kiruna, winter equipment (snow suit, boots, gloves, hats and socks), Guide, toboggan, biscuits, tea and coffee. Information and reservations: Aurora Borealis from Kiruna: husky sled adventure.
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