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Is March too late for seeing the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) in Tromsø, Norway? There is a new moon on the 21st and I would be looking to go around then.

I'm aware it's weather and light dependent hence why I would go around the time of a new moon.

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Yup! So it looks like the new moon in March is pushing it a little, given the price of getting there id rather centre myself in the 'window' a little more. So I've just squeezed a trip in near the new moon in February for four days. –  Stuart Dec 20 '11 at 17:08
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how about an answer from yourself with some photos, so people know what Feb was like? –  Mark Mayo Feb 29 '12 at 13:09
    
It's on my to do list ;) –  Stuart Feb 29 '12 at 13:20
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According to wikitravel Tromsø is in the "aurora belt" between 6pm and midnight and it is dark before 6pm between mid-october and mid-march. It goes on to say that the best time to visit for the aurora is december to mid/late march. It seems that you are just on the edge of the best circumstances with the 21st of march.

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We stayed in Tromsø on december (2009) and we were really lucky according to what some locals tell us. As @froderik stated, they explained that the Aurora is common from december to march and rare rest of the year. We stayed 3 days the first week of december and took these photos that were "great for this epoch":

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Not very spectacular, but good for early december :)

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