Alta is a wonderful place to experience the Northern Lights! However, on some occasions the weather gods in Alta are not on our side. If it’s cloudy, snowing or raining in Alta, we use our knowledge and experience to head towards better weather and improved chances of seeing the Aurora. With more than 10 years’ experience as Aurora chasers, we found the Northern Lights on more than 90% of our departures last season. But remember, there are no guarantees!
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.
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 Evening. If you need some warmer clothes, we can arrange this too. By the way, all our guides speak English and one can even guide in German.
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 up to 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, take photos. We then gladly continue in search of new, exciting and nice locations, either to find new photo subjects or – if the conditions are challenging – clear weather.
We will serve snacks and hot chocolate during the tour.
The duration of the tour is 4.5 to 6 hours, depending how challenging the hunt is.
Northern Lights photos
The guides are photographers and also well acquainted with a variety of cameras and can often 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 available to the tour guests free of charge. You will also receive a free photo of yourself beneath the Northern Lights (conditions permitting).
There are two essential ingredients for taking good, sharp Northern Lights photos: a long shutter speed and keeping the camera steady. The best way of achieving the latter is by using a tripod. We rent out quality Manfrotto tripods. Remember to include this option when booking your tour.
You can book your tour via the online booking system on this page. Choose the “public tour”.
Trasti&Trine and Sorrisniva at 18:40 (6:40 p.m.)
Cruise port at 18:45 (6:45 p.m.)
Scandic Alta at 19:00 (7 p.m.) (Thon Hotel Alta is located 50 m from Scandic Hotel)
Altafjord Gjestegaard & Spa at 19:10 (7:10 p.m.)
Holmen Husky Lodge is 300 m from us and we pick up there a little bit after 19:00 (7 p.m.).
(from 15 March, all pick up times are one hour later)
Duration: 4.5 – 6 hours
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From September 15 to April 12, departure every evening
NOK 1,730 per person
Children (under 12) NOK 1,100
Pick up from your hotel
Soup of the Evening 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
Down jacket, or if necessary thick woollen sweater/thick fleece
Long underpants and top, preferably woollen
Warm winter boots
You can borrow a thermo suit and foot bags to put over your shoes. These will keep you warm!
Camera with manual settings, preferably SLR