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Northern Lights In Europe

Tromsø, Ivalo, Abisko, Reykjavik, Kiruna, Rovaniemi, Luosto, Alta, Kakslauttanen, Honningsvåg, Lyngenfjord, Bodø, Lofoten Islands, Jukkasjärvi, Ilulissat and many more.

Witness the celestial marvel of the Northern Lights in Europe with exclusive tour packages by Thrillophilia. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, paint the night sky with vibrant green, pink, and purple hues. Europe, with its diverse landscapes and pristine wilderness, offers prime locations to experience this natural phenomenon.

Adventurers can venture to iconic Europe Northern Lights destinations such as Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland with Thrillophilia’s tour packages. These countries, nestled in the northern reaches of Europe provide a chance to observe the dance of the auroras. Immerse yourself in the Arctic charm as you explore snow-covered landscapes and fjords while awaiting the magical light display.

Enjoy tours with knowledgeable guides and gain some insights into the science and folklore surrounding the Northern Lights. Thrillophilia’s Europe tour package provides a memorable experience of the Northern Lights with outdoor adventures. Be amazed by the beauty of the Arctic night sky with a tailored Europe tour, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are some of the best places to see northern lights in Europe:

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Tromsø, Norway

This city is nestled amidst the rugged landscapes of northern Norway and is famous for its Northern Lights Europe experiences. It has a relatively stable climate, clear skies, minimal light pollution and vast open spaces, which makes witnessing the magnificent aurora easy here. You can head to the Prestvannet Lake, Telegrafbukta Beach, Kvaløya Island, Lyngen Alps, or Sommarøy Island. 

Location: Island of Tromsø in northern Norway

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Ivalo, Finland

Also known as the "Gateway to Saariselka'', this quaint village offers seasonal sightings of the mystical Northern Lights. The best time to witness this spectacular light show is from late August to April. During this time, you can proceed towards the frozen Inari Lake over a reindeer-driven sledge and witness the aurora borealis paint the Arctic skies.

Location: By the Ivalo River in Lapland, northern Finland

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Abisko, Sweden

Nestled between the Scandinavian Mountains and Lake Torneträsk, Abisko is one of the best places to watch the magical Europe Northern lights.  The village has the highest recorded occurrences of aurora in the world. You can head to the bank of  Lake Torneträsk to witness breathtakingly beautiful Northern Lights and their reflection on the serene lake waters.

Location: Heart of the Aurora Oval

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Reykjavik, Iceland

The best time to witness the spectacular phenomenon in Reykjavik is during the winter months from September to April. These months have long, dark, and clear nights that are ideal for witnessing Europe Northern Lights. You can visit the remote countryside like Thingvellir National Park, and Grótta Lighthouse to increase the chances of spotting the natural light show.

Location: Southwestern part of Iceland

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Kiruna, Sweden

While the city centre of Kiruna has considerable light pollution, you can venture into the outskirts of the city, parks, and open spaces to spot the auroras. The Icehotel in Kiruna also offers great opportunities to marvel at the auroras dancing overhead.

Location: Northernmost part of Sweden

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Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi is the capital city of Lapland and one of the best places to soak in the beauty of the Northern Lights in Europe. Head to spots like the vantage point of Arktikum Museum, Santa Claus Village, Ounasvaara Hill, and Ranua Wildlife Park to experience panoramic views of Europe's Northern Lights.

Location: Southern part Peräpohjola  

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Luosto, Finland

Luosto is also a prime location for witnessing the mesmerising dance of the Northern Lights in Europe. You can watch the ethereal glow of the auroras in places like Luosta Fell, Amethyst Mine, and Aurora Cabins.

Location: Sodankylä about 90 minutes from Rovaniemi airport.

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Alta, Norway

The best places to watch the auroras in awe at Alta are Altafjord, the amphitheatre at Alta Museum, and Alto Canyon. The glass-roofed igloos at Alta Igloo Hotel offer panoramic views of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed.

Location: Norway's Northern Coast

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Kakslauttanen, Finland

Kakslauttanen is a renowned Arctic resort that offers breathtaking views of the Arctic sky getting painted in various shades and hues.  The highlights here are the cosy, heated igloos that have glass roofs so that you can marvel at the painted sky right from your room. 

Location: 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle

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Honningsvåg, Norway

This sparsely populated city has minimal light pollution and thus offers ample opportunities to gaze at the colourful Northern Lights in Europe. While you can watch the aurora from the open spaces in Honningsvag, you can visit Nordkapp (North Cape) and Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve for improved spotting.

Location: Northernmost part of Mainland Norway

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Lyngenfjord, Norway

Lyngenfjord, the longest fjord in Tromso, Norway is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights Europe.  It stretches for 82 kilometres in length and is said to divide the northern and southern Troms. The Lyngenfjord spans several municipalities, including Skjervøy, Nordreisa, Lyngen, Gáivuotna–Kåfjord, and Storfjord.  The region gets the least rainfall in Europe which makes it ideal to watch the aurora borealis. 

Location: Troms county, Norway


Bodø, Norway

Bodø, a town in Bodø Municipality in the Nordland county in Norway is an amazing place to watch the colorful Northern Lights in Europe. Visit Bodø from September to April to maximize your chances of witnessing the spectacular natural light show. The best way to see the true beauty of the northern lights in Bodø is to go on dark, clear nights. 

Location: Bodø is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten is positioned within the heart of the Northern Lights Oval, also known as the Auroral Oval, an ideal location to witness the mesmerising display of Europe's Northern Lights.
Visiting during winter offers a greater chance of spotting the Northern Lights in Europe.

Location: Archipelago in Norway

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Jukkasjärvi is a small village located in the Kiruna Municipality in the northern part of Sweden, within the Arctic Circle. It enchants visitors with its celestial spectacle—the Northern Lights. The best time to experience the Northern Lights in Europe is during the winter months, from late September to early April when the skies are dark and the auroras are most active.

Location: Kiruna Municipality in northern Sweden

Ilulissat, Greenland

Formerly known as Jakobshavn or Jacobshagen, Ilulissat is the largest town in western Greenland. This coastal town in Greenland offers some of the Best northern lights in Europe. The Ilulissat Icefjord and Disco Bay are UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you can witness breathtakingly beautiful views of the aurora lights reflecting off the big icebergs. Other popular places are Sermermiut Valley and the old Helipad.  Hotel Icefjord Terrace has an exclusive large outdoor terrace to help its guests view this spectacular natural phenomenon conveniently.

Location: 350 km north of the Arctic Circle

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  1. When is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Europe?

    The best time to witness the Northern Lights of Europe is during the winter months, from late September to early April. This period offers long, nights, ideal for optimal visibility. However, the specific timing can vary by location. It is advisable to check the forecast and plan your visit accordingly.
  2. Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?

    The Northern Lights are best observed in regions near the magnetic pole. These places are Northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Canada (Yukon and Northwest Territories), Alaska, and parts of Russia. These locations offer optimal conditions for witnessing the Aurora Borealis.
  3. Are there guided tours for Northern Lights viewing?

    Yes, many tour operators like Thrillophilia offer guided Northern Lights Europe tours. Guides provide expert knowledge on the phenomenon and take participants to optimal viewing spots. These tours often include transportation, thermal gear, and knowledgeable guides. Experienced guides enhance the overall experience by sharing insights into the science and folklore surrounding the auroras.
  4. How do I plan a trip to the Northern Lights?

    To plan a trip to the Northern Lights of Europe, choose a destination with great viewing conditions like Tromsø, Norway, Rovaniemi, and Finland. Then, choose the best month for aurora sightings in the chosen destination. Then, book your flight tickets. Consider accommodation in a dark, remote location like natural reserve parks and islands with minimal light pollution. You can consider joining a guided tour for expert insights and memorable experiences under the Arctic sky.
  5. What are the tips for increasing chances to see northern lights in Europe?

    Visit during the peak Northern Lights Europe season, from September to March.
    1. Head to areas with minimal light pollution, such as rural regions, national parks, or islands to increase the chances of spotting Northern Lights Europe.
    2. Check the forecast for clear skies and low cloud cover as clouds can obstruct aurora visibility.
    3. Be prepared to spend several nights outdoors, as auroras can be unpredictable and may not appear every night.
    4. Dress in layers and carry adequate warm clothing, as Northern Lights Europe viewing often involves spending time outdoors in cold temperatures.
    5. Join our Northern Lights Europe group tours as they are inclusive of experienced guides who can increase your chances of spotting the auroras by choosing the right location and time and providing valuable insights.
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