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profile member asked on Oct 10, 2015

Day tours in Lofoten in winter

Are there any car or bus tours through Lofoten in February or early March


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answered on 10/12/15 by
a VT member from Malmö

Not that I know of. If you're planning to visit Lofoten by public transport I'd try, which is a site (and an app on a smartphone) connected to all public transport in Norway. As for guided tours in February and March: I know nothing.

Rental cars you can get in just about any medium town in Norway, also up north.

answered on 10/12/15 by
a VT member from Perth

Thanks. I know there is northen light chase, but I thought we would like to see bit of Islands as well, not just one or two places. We are 3 women from 29 to 71 and we are afraid to drive in winter on other side of road that we are used to. Is there any other way how to see different villages in 3 days?

answered on 10/12/15 by
a VT member from Malmö

I did not know that you were chasing the northern light.

I've gotten the question on how to see the northern lights so often that I've made a standard answer that you can se bellow

About traveling with public transport: If you tell me what towns or villages you want to visit, and I can find the timetables for you.

Tips to see the Aurora Borealis

Go as far north as possible – Except standing on the icecap close to the north pole, the chances of seeing the northern lights are better the farther north you go. Southern Sweden (Bellow Uppsala) and Southern Norway (bellow Trondheim) are generally not far enough.

Come in the winter – summer nights are long and light in the north. The Aurora borealis is there, but it’s not visible from earth during summer. You may see the lights sometimes during November to March, with the best months in the middle of that time period.

Choose a place with little or no human made lights – The light in the sky is mostly quite faint, so any distracting lights from the ground can ruin the experience.

Choose moonless nights. A full moon will be a brighter night. This is does not always hinder you to see the northern lights, it’s just that a new moon will increase your chances of seeing it clearly.

The best times of day will be from 22:00 to around 03:00 local time, with the best chances around midnight. Northern lights usually comes in bursts. If you’ve just seen a burst, your chances of seeing another burst will be greater within an hour or two.

Watch the weather forecast – If it’s cloudy you’ll haven’t got a chance.

Go inland – Inland weather is usually better as there is less cloudy.

Go for solar maximum – The lights are created by things that the sun throws away. The sun has a cycle of around 11 years in its activity. The more it is active, the more it throws away, and the more chances you’ll have. The Geophysical institute of Alaska University Fairbanks has a forecast service. The webpage for the forecast is [original link], and you’ll find forecasts for a few days ahead of time.

Be patient – Always a good thing.

For photographers: A tripod is an absolute must with the long shutter times you’ll have to have.

Other resources:
[original link] Usually writes if there is something going on, or expected to happen.
[original link] for predicting when you might see the lights.

Local weather services:
Norway: [original link]. English translation on every page, and the forecasts are genereally thought to be very accurate. Also has weather forecasts for most of the world, but statistical data for only a few places outside Norway.
Sweden: [original link] Swedish metrological service (the forecast pages are in Swedish only, but intuitive)
Canada: [original link]
Alaska and the rest of the US: [original link]
Russia: [original link] (English version sometimes work)

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