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Non-Stop Northern Lights Chase every single evening!
From September 15th to March 31st, Arctic Guide Service takes you on a Non-Stop Northern Lights Chase in search of the magnificent Aurora Borealis.
How does it work?
Once in Tromsø, simply visit our Arctic Guide Service offices right behind the reception of Radisson Blu Hotel (Bankgata 1, 9008 Tromsø). We open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day – and that includes weekends and Holidays.
Our staff will show you the latest Aurora and weather forecasts for at least ten different spots around the city. We can reach some of these spots in only an hour, while others are a two-and-a-half hour drive away.
The weather can be completely different from spot to spot – they are all in different directions and each has its own micro-climate – but we usually find a place with clear skies from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., which is when Lady Aurora typically shows herself. There is, however, the occasional evening when the chance of clear skies is low. In these rare cases, our staff might recommend that you try again another evening.
But as long as we have even one person who is willing to join the search, the chase will be on! You will be thoroughly informed about the possibility of experiencing the Lights, and the number of participants, and then you decide whether or not you want to take part.
What happens next?
If you decide to join, you pay NOK 950 per Adult, NOK 800 per student and NOK 475 per Child. You will then receive your boarding pass and your disclaimer.
Your disclaimer will tell you, among other things, that once we reach our destinations by bus or minibus, there will be a walk of around ten minutes on rocks, ice and snow to reach the magical places where we will wait for Lady Aurora.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us, so please walk very slowly during these five to ten minutes, even if Lady Aurora is already showing. Please bear in mind that if your leg sinks between rocks hidden by snow while walking slowly, all you have to do is take your leg out and continue walking. If the same thing happens while you are walking quickly, there is a very real risk that you could break your leg. So please walk slowly!
The disclaimer will also inform you that all pictures we take during your excursion will be available for free on our Facebook page just a couple of days later. You are welcome to copy and share ALL pictures with your friends and family.
The photographer and Arctic Guide Service, however, own the copyright of all pictures. By posing for our photographers you are therefore automatically giving us the right to publish the pictures on our Facebook page, use in our advertising, and perhaps sell to a third party.
So if you do not want such pictures to become the property of the photographer and Arctic Guide Service, please do not pose for our guides and photographers.
To get the most out of this experience, it is essential that you are properly dressed. We recommend that you wear woollen underwear, with fleece as your second layer, a woollen pullover as your third layer, and expedition or skiing jacket and pants as your outer layer. You also need mittens, a woven hat, and snow boots.
If you would like to take your own Aurora pictures, we strongly recommend that you get the new Canon 6D camera which has excellent ISO values with very little noise up to 3200 ISO.
We also recommend that you buy a sharp F 2.8 wide angle lens like the Nikon 14 to 24mm F 2.8, or the Samyang 14mm F 2.8. Please remember to use only manual settings (no stabilizer or auto focus).
You will also need a solid stand (tripod), a remote shooter, a level, and a second battery (please do not forget your battery charger at home).
You can also download Capture One to your computer to edit your raw pictures and make them even more beautiful. Our guides will give you more tips during your excursion.
We kindly request that you arrive at our offices around 6:00 p.m. We begin boarding at 6:15 p.m. and depart at 6:30 p.m.
We will drive to our first spot, stay for around 45 minutes, then return to our vehicle for a hot drink and cookies. Our guides check the weather and Aurora forecast updates every hour throughout the trip, so next we will either try a new spot or return to a previous location, depending on the latest information. After usually having had the experience of a lifetime, we return to our offices at around 1:30 a.m.
After the Chase
As friends on our Facebook page you will have continuous access to updates and new pictures.
You can also join a second Chase any time after your first – even a year later! – at these special rates:
Adult: NOK 800; Student: NOK 700; Child: NOK 475.
And a third, fourth, or fifth Chase any time after your second at these rates:
Adult: NOK 700; Student NOK: 700; Child: NOK 475.
This is regardless of whether you saw the Northern Lights or not on your previous excursions!