Chasing Aurora Borealis in Tromsø

I’ve been waiting for years to be able to check this on my bucket list and I’m finally doing it. Yes, it is pretty expensive, I paid for 950NOK (92€) for the big bus chase (up to 50 people inside the bus). If you want to get the small bus or even private, yes it’s available, just check the ticket price on their website.

Be aware that there will be no guarantee that you will be able to see the northern lights. Even if you see them, the shape and intensity will always vary as it is a natural phenomenon where forecasting will take days to do. As I mentioned above, the particles exposed from the sun is called the solar storm, it takes up to 3 days to reach earth, yeah it’s a long time. My suggestion for forecast apps will be Aurora Forecast (available for iOS and Android) and Aurora Borealis Forecast & Alerts (only iOS).

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The whole bus

The tour started at 17:45 near the port, it was already dark. Everyone started gathering and the guides were checking our bookings so that we can enter the big bus, the bus is quite full. Since we can see there are some mid clouds coming, the guides were always active on checking where will the tour go. My guide, Bert, explained so much about his experience about the Aurora Borealis, it’s so cool. It took around 20 minutes to reach the first stop, which was in Kvaløysletta Island. The northern light wasn’t that strong, but very glad that we found them as there were more mid clouds coming. It’s not really visible with naked eyes, it was just a green tint in the dark sky.

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Since the situation wasn’t getting better, they decided to leave for another place, Ramfjordbotn. It was quite far, it took at least 2 hours to get there. We were lucky enough to find the Aurora Borealis again here, it was such a long wait! We even had our snacks (it was provided) which was cookies and hot chocolate until we saw the lights showing up. This time, it was quite strong for like 3 minutes! Though the Aurora wasn’t dancing due to weather conditions, I was still overwhelmed by the beauty of this earth.

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I would definitely recommend this tour IF you have some savings and if you travel alone. If you have the chance to rent your own car, do it! Wanna see how I found the northern lights myself for FREE? Check my previous blog post:) See you on the next one!

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