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 Northern Lights. 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 private Northern Lights tour!
By private we mean that the minibus and guide services are at your private disposal. If you are travelling alone or with your spouse, family, friends or colleagues – and you want a more personalized experience with an increased level of flexibility – then this is the tour for you.
Unlike our public tour, other people cannot sign up to fill the remaining seats. You pay for all the seats in the minibus regardless of the size of your group.
Our private Northern Lights experience provides you with greater flexibility concerning the departure and return time, pick-up and drop-off location and where the briefing takes place. You will also have a more personalised experience. The photos taken during the evening will be available to the guests.
After picking up from your hotel, we head straight to GLØD headquarters for a briefing. If desirable, we will also serve the Soup of the Evening. If you need some warmer clothes, we can arrange this too. It’s also possible to arrange a briefing at another place if preferable. By the way all our guides speak English and one can even guide in German.
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.
Northern Lights photos
The guides are well acquainted with a variety of cameras and can often help you to adjust the settings on your own camera. Tripods are available at no extra cost on private tours. 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).
If your group is larger than six people (e.g. family, friends or colleagues), please add the extra number of people after choosing your date.
From your hotel or any preferred location in Alta at 19:00 (7 p.m.)
(from 15 March at 8pm)
Duration: 4.5 – 6 hours
(All times are flexible)
From September 15 to April 12
NOK 13,200 for up to 6 people
Then NOK 2,050 per extra person
Available every evening
Pick up, if required
Flexibility in relation to the start and finish time
Soup of the Evening
Guided hunt for the Northern Lights
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 (taken by the guide)
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