Tromso is in the northern part of the country above the Arctic Circle. Like the previously-mentioned city of Fairbanks, it too is found within the auroral ring. The best time to visit Tromso is reportedly between October and mid-March. If you touchdown in January, you can even attend the yearly Northern Lights Festival, when both the locals and visitors participate in special outdoor events, live music, and other enjoyable activities.
Rent the renovated oceanfront barn named Fjosen. This apartment/condo comes complete with three bedrooms and features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to look out over Ersfjordbotn, a.k.a. the “northern lights fjord,” and the nearby mountains too.
There’s also Borgvaag On The Water. This is a one-bedroom rental ensconced on the lovely Lofoten Islands, also above the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the aurora borealis.
You can also visit the popular Polarlight Centre Lofoten in Laukvik. There are instruments there that actually track all the magnetic activity of the famed lights, so people can get a better idea of when the lights are most visible.
Another Lofoten Islands rental, Hattvika Lodge, provides travelers with not only noteworthy night views of the Northern Lights but daytime views of the charming Ballstad fishing harbor. If you visit in the summer, watch for the midnight sun.
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