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BEST month to see the Northern Lights

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BEST month to see the Northern Lights


I am looking into a cruise of Norway and really want to see the Northern Lights!

The brochure suggests Oct to March is the best time and I quite fancy doing something over xmas but the price is about £300 CHEAPER!!!!!

Is this because there is less change of seeing the lights?




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1. Re: BEST month to see the Northern Lights

So many Qs on this ! Oct/Nov are grey months, first snow, but with possiblities, yes. IMO better mid or late winter, from Dec onwards. Cheaper in X-mas ? Several holidays , that may be the reason. Not a domestic vacation season for us we stay at home or with friends.

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2. Re: BEST month to see the Northern Lights

Hi Nicola,

Look up this site for information:


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3. Re: BEST month to see the Northern Lights

NL occurs all year. You must go when there is darkness at night. At Xmas it is dark all day, so a bit dull for a visitor perhaps. And you need clear sky, which is more frequent during late winter. December to March there will also (most probably) be snow on the ground.

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4. Re: BEST month to see the Northern Lights

We did a trip on Hurtigruten over Christmas / New Year 2002. It was an enjoyable time. Had good company and Hurtigruten put on various activities to celebrate the festive season. The schedule changes over the festive period so some ports are 'omitted' or visited out of the normal time.

As a previous reply says the Norwegians to tend to stay at home for Christmas and many shops were closed whilst we were in port.

We had snow for much of the journey north of Trondheim which was beautiful but with global warming I believe that this has not been the case over the past few years. I found the northern light a little gloomy at times and whilst you can see scenery its dusk all the time.

Regarding the Northern Lights we had two brief periods where they were visible. However a couple we met who had stayed in Kirkeness before sailing south said they had a full show the night before they sailed.

Would I do it again....... certainly, Just hope I would see the lights a little more

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