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northern lights holiday in norway


At the end of the 19th century, the World’s first northern lights observatory was built in Alta, Norway.  Here, the aurora borealis may give you sleepless nights. It is one of the best places where you can see the multicolor Curtain of lights. In recent years many travelers tend to add a Northern lights trip to their bucket list. Out of a lot of places to see the aurora, northern lights holiday in Norway is one of the best easy self-planned tours. Due to the fact that Norway is located very far in the arctic belt, you can conveniently get to areas where you can catch the aurora borealis with ease.

Here, I am going to share with you details on how to make your Northern lights holiday in Norway a reality without spending much. Actually, I have been there and in fact, you don’t need to exhaust all the money in your account to make the trip.

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Aurora borealis over Skagsanden beach on Lofoten Islands, Norway, March 2016

Enjoying northern lights holiday in Norway

I will show you the cheap way to travel to Norway, affordable accommodation, possible destinations, affordable transportation and much more.

Best locations to see aurora borealis

Tromsø, Alta, and Svalbard are the most popular sites in Norway. Svalbard is the world’s northernmost town and Alta is known as “the town of the northern lights”. Its very northern latitude and unique weather make it one of the best towns to observe the aurora. You can read more details about the northern lights Norway in my dedicated article.

Flights search to Norway

The prices of flying to Norway can be sometimes high. However, the cheapest way of getting there is by flying to Oslo. Even though it is difficult to see the aurora here, it serves you perfectly as an entry point to the country. Oslo Airport is the largest airport in Norway and from here you can take another low-cost flight to your final destination. You can check TripAdvisor, Kiwi, KAYAK, and Cheapflights for affordable flights to Norway and within the country.

Accommodation in Norway 

During your northern lights holiday in Norway, you can find affordable places to stay no matter your destination. You can a select a location in the middle of the Fjord. Thus, you would be able to see the other side of the mountain by traveling a little. Taking a boat ride around the fjord is also a nice experience.

I stayed in a remote place called Aurland during my visit. It is about 10 km south of Sognefjorden in the traditional district of Sogn. In fact, I was able to enjoy all the sites in the area just by walking around. Flåm is also a lovely place to stay. It’s a small village in Aurland that offers you delightful landscapes and friendly citizens.

  • Check Booking, Roomorama, and Airbnb for affordable accommodations in Norway.
  • Check the list of affordable places to stay on TripAdvisor.
  • Discover a list of selected budget accommodations on Trivago.

northern lights holiday in Norway

Transportation in Norway

Some of the few possible ways to travel within Norway are by train, car, plane, bus, and taxi.  If you take a little time to pick your location carefully, a train might be everything you need to move around. The train service is relatively cheap, reliable and can possibly take you anywhere. Train services are available in Oslo and even Bergen. You can visit the Norway Railway Train Service for further information.

I took a train from Oslo to Bergen to see this:


Car rental is not too expensive together with the prices of the fuel in Norway which are not cheap. But if you are to move around by car I would recommend that you pay all the toll roads in advance as paying them one by one on the spot will be more expensive. It is the fastest to fly. Of course, but the downside is that it is expensive and also reduces your opportunity to have a peak at the breathtaking nature of Norway.


northern lights holiday in norway

Food in Norway

No doubt, restaurants are great but quite pricey in Norway. I started my trip with a stop in a local supermarket. The prices are worth it and the country is popular for its high food standard. Grilling my meals outside my cabin saved me some expenses and was a great opportunity to meet my neighbors. If you are planning to prepare your own food, make sure to get accommodation with a kitchen.

  • Check TripAdvisor for affordable restaurants in Norway
  • Check NUMBEO for the cost of food in Norway.

Other adventures

Having a little taste of the local way of living and attractions is always a plus when visiting a new country. During your northern lights holiday in Norway, there are some additional adventures that can help complement your trip. These are Skiing, dog sledding, hiking, sightseeing, and more.


northern lights holiday in norway

If “seeing the northern lights in Norway” is still a part of your bucket list, check the above information and get your planning started. I would recommend at least a week in Norway as it has a vast territory full of gorgeous views and memorable feelings.

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Me In my Norway Trip.