Alta is a fantastic place to experience the great Northern Lights! But some times the weather is not good in Alta, it may be cloudy, even snowing or raining. Then we use our experience and head towards areas with good weather. Its always places to go to even when it seems hopeless in Alta! With more than ten years of Aurora – chasing – experience, we found her dancing on more than 90% of our departures last season. But its no guarantee!
Welcome to our public Northern Lights tour
This is our most popular tour where anyone can sign up and the group may consist of people from all over the world. These are generally very enjoyable trips with a diverse group of up to eight guests and a guide/driver. Booking is easy. You can book your tour via the online booking system you will find on this page.
If your group is larger (e.g. family, friends or colleagues), we can accomplish this by using a larger bus and several guides. In such cases, please contact us directly and we can make the necessary adjustments.
The actual tour
After picking up our guests from their hotels, we head straight to GLØD headquarters for a briefing. We will also serve the Soup of the Night. If you need some warmer clothes, we can arrange this too.
If you have booked the combined tour, dog sledding and the Northern Lights, your dog sledding guide will drive you down to us.
After the briefing, wet set off on our Northern Lights hunt!
To optimize our chances of experiencing the Northern Lights, we head to areas with little or no light pollution. We travel by minibus in search of an area with starry sky and good views.
If the weather conditions in Alta are poor, we head elsewhere. This may mean a drive of 200 km, either along the coast, fjords or in the inland of Finnmark. We make regular stops to check the conditions and, if conditions permit, to take photos. Then we happily continue in search of new, exciting and nice locations, either to find new photo subjects or – if the conditions are challenging – to find clear weather.
We will serve snacks and hot chocolate during the trip.
Northern Lights photos
The guides are well acquainted with a variety of cameras and will often be able to help you to adjust the settings on your own camera. Please note that some compact cameras are not suitable for taking good photos of the Northern Lights. However, the guide has good photographic equipment and will take photos along the way. These photos will be made available to the tour participants. You will also receive a free photo of yourself with the Northern Lights behind.
You can book your tour via the online booking system you will find on this page. Choose the “public tour”
Scandic Alta at 7pm (Thon Hotel Alta is located 50 m from Scandic Hotel)
Altafjord Gjestegaard & Spa at 7:10pm
(from 15 March at 8pm and 8:10pm)
Duration: 4.5 – 6 hours
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From September 15 to April 12, departure every evening
NOK 1,575 per person
Children (under 12) NOK 1,050
Pick up from your hotel
Soup of the night during tour briefing
Guided hunt for the Northern Lights with a maximum of eight participants
Hot chocolate/coffee/tea and snacks
Insulated thermo suit and overshoes if necessary
Assistance with your camera settings so you can take photos of the Northern Lights
Photo of yourself with the Northern Lights behind
Please note that the temperature may drop to minus 30 °C
Downfilled jacket, if necessary thick woolen sweater/thick fleece
Long underpants and top, preferable woolen
Warm winter boots
Camera with manuel settings, preferable SLR