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Module 04:
When can I see the northern lights and the midnight sun?

When it comes to natural phenomena, it is definitely a good idea to leave as little as possible to chance.

In this module, we will tell you how your clients can maximise their chances to see the northern lights and where they should go to experience the midnight sun. You will also learn a little bit about the phenomenon known as the polar night.

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Nordlys over Tromsø.
Photo: Gaute Bruvik /

Magic light conditions

For many people, the stark contrast between the dark winters and light summers adds an exotic element to their holiday in Norway. To make the most of the magic, it is important to know when and where to go.

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Lighthouse at Slettnes in midnight sun
Slettnes in Nordkyn.
Photo: Christoffer Robin Jensen

Green Northern Lights are dancing across the night sky above snow-covered mountains in Northern Norway
The northern lights.
Photo: Thilo Bubek /

Roald Amundsen and Helmer Hanssen at the South Pole in 1911
Roald Amundsen at the South Pole.
Photo: Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

eLearning - When can I see the northern lights and the midnight sun?
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Finished the module? Check your knowledge by taking the test below.

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A client wants to experience the midnight sun. Where in Norway should she go and when? Select all the answers you think are correct.

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A client is curious about the northern lights and wants to know more. What would you tell him about the phenomenon? Select all the answers you think are correct.

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Kayaking in Lofoten under midnight sun
Kayaking, Reinefjorden, Lofoten.
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