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 Northern Lights

Tromsø is actually on an island, Tromsøya. The Tromsø sound divides the town from the mainland, where the famous Arctic cathedral stands with its unique architecture. On the mainland, a 4-minute trip by cable car takes you up Storsteinen mountain, 420 metres above sea level. At the top there is a magnificent viewpoint and Fjellstua restaurant. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.

There is not a perfect spot to see the Northern Lights. Tromsø is surrounded by spectacular landscape, so it´s easy to find dozens of great settings to watch the Northern Lights. Some basic rules are:

it´s best to see the lights outside the city, as you don´t have "light pollution" from the city lights.

you need a clear sky to watch the Northern Lights, if you won´t find a cloudless sky you won´t find the Northern Lights. How can you find a cloudless sky? Simply look for stars…

Forecasts indicate, if the Northern Lights are intensive or not.

Some spots to see the Northern Lights around Tromsø: Grotfjord, Erstfjordbotn.

Between the end of November and January, the sun remains below the horizon, and Tromsø is in darkness. The winter is the best season to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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