Viewing the northern lights from the terrace at Lyngen Experience Lodge, Northern Norway
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Best time to see the northern lights

The northern ligthts season lasts about 7 months. As soon as the evenings starts to get darker after the summer of midnightsun, the northern lights appear again. The aurora borealis is visible between mid august to mid april, but best from September to March.

Autumn

In the late autumn months you can enjoy warmer temperatures when waiting for the aurora to show up. And during the days you can enjoy summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing on the fjord, dog sledding on wheels and awesome sunsets.

Winter

From mid December to March you can expect snow and colder weather. Remember to dress warm when heading outside. During this time you can also participate in a range of winter activities, such as dog sledding, snowmobile safaris, snowshoe tours, ice climbing and cross country skiing.

The polarnight season, end of November to Mid January, will give you an extra dimension of the visit in the north. During this time the sun is below the horizon 24/7, and during the day you can experience several hours of twilight also known as the blue hour (blåtimen).

What  is the best time during the day to see the northern lights?

It is possible to see the northern lights from the time it gets dark, from about 17 in the afternoon. Statistically the best chances are between 21 - 01 at night. However we recommend to keep an eye out anytime after dark. During the day it is too bright to see them.