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, 2011 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, 2012 at 13:09
  • It's on my to do list ;)
    – Stuart
    Feb 29, 2012 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.


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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