“Awe-inspiring, magical, breath taking, spellbinding, mesmerising”, these are a few of the words used by our clients to describe the Aurora Borealis or – as they are more commonly called – the Northern Lights. In fact, no amount of words or, indeed, images could ever do real justice to the Aurora. It is, to my mind, one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena – if not the most spectacular – and it’s hardly surprising that it’s on so many people’s wish-list.
The very first time I witnessed them for myself I was literally speechless. I just lay, silent in the snow, captivated by this truly amazing spectacle unfolding before my eyes. The only noises that I could hear were the faint sound of a reindeer bell tinkling in the distance and the sound of my own breathing. It was a wonderful experience and one that will live with me for a lifetime. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have seen the ‘Spirits in the Sky’ many times and I think that it’s fair to say that I’ve become somewhat addicted to them. The beautiful thing is that they are always different. Sometimes they come in spirals, at other times as ribbons or bands, always varying in speed, colour and intensity. In order to fully appreciate the magnificence of this natural light display it simply must be experienced first- hand and, believe me, it’s something that’s well worth braving the elements for.
On behalf of the team, we very much look forward to welcoming you to Northern Norway.
Professional photographer, veteran Aurora chaser and Director of Cameras Go Wild.
This 5 day Northern Lights & Arctic Nature adventure is led by professional photographers and veteran Aurora chasers, Andy Keen and Alex Keen; both of whom are highly experienced in this part of the world.
Harstad-Narvik Airport, Northern Norway
17:45 Arrive at Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport, Norway.
18:15 Transfer to hotel & check-in
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner followed by an evening at leisure
*(Please note that if weather conditions permit, and there are reasonable levels of solar activity, then we may head out in search of the Northern Lights on night one, so please be prepared for this.)
07:30 – 09:30 Breakfast followed by a day at leisure, or –
11:30 – 15:30 Join The Optional Daytime Excursion (€75 euros, payable locally)
Today there will be an opportunity to visit a Sámi camp, where you will learn something about the proud Sámi nation, their lifestyle and culture.
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
20:00 – Midnight Northern Lights Chase
07:30 – 09:30 Breakfast followed by a day at leisure or –
11:30 – 15:30 Join The Optional Daytime Activity (€100, payable locally)
Today there will be an opportunity to visit the Arctic wilderness centre where you will get to see a range of Arctic wildlife including wolves, lynx, reindeer and moose. Whilst driving to the centre you will pass though some wonderful scenery including mountains and fjords.
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner followed by an evening a leisure.
07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast followed by a day at leisure, or –
12:00 – 16:00 Join The Optional Daytime Activity (€75, payable locally)
Today there will be an opportunity to pay a visit to the Trondenes Historical Centre. The centre presents more than 2,000 years of history in the region, which was once a Viking Era power centre. Local chieftains included Thorir Hund, who killed Norway’s Patron Saint, Saint Olav during the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. The Trondenes Historical Centre tells the history of the area from the early Viking settlement to the 1940-1945 Nazi German occupation, with paintings, artefacts and statues depicting their history.
20:00 – Midnight – Northern Lights Chase
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast
09:00 – Transfer to Harstad-Narvik airport / Tour Ends
* Please note that this itinerary may be subject to modification depending upon local weather conditions on any given day, as well as levels of Solar activity during the evening hours. We are sure that you’ll appreciate that in order to maximise the chances of seeing the Northern Lights that we always have to work alongside Nature, and therefore have to remain fairly flexible.
Andy Keen and his team of Aurora Hunters are a group who are consistently able to find the elusive Aurora when others cannot. Their dedication and willingness to go the extra “Mile / Kilometre” make them the Team to be with when searching for Auroras. They will leave no stone unturned in trying to get clients to be in a prime position for viewing. I have been with Andy four times in the last four years, and am delighted to say they have a 100% record and on every trip we have had at least one night. Last week was typical of my experience with the great people from Cameras Go Wild, constantly willing to get us to see the Aurora, and did so on 3 out of 4 nights, and with fantastic results. Thanks Andy and Team, you did a fantastic job. A very satisfied customer who will be back again (and again).
Andy Keen is an affable chap who I met whilst directing a film about the Aurora Borealis for BBC’s Learning programme ‘Little Stargazing’. We chose Andy to be our ‘on-screen’ guide due to his experience and local knowledge of the Northern Lights. He couldn’t have been more helpful to us in our endeavours, setting up authentic indigenous outdoor experiences for the children and their fathers in addition to hunting out the lights. It was a real adventure and one of the best filming experiences I’ve had – which went on to be nominated for a BAFTA. Andy is a warm, approachable and friendly person who has a genuine enthusiasm for life and the natural world. He loves what he does, and it shows. Get ready for some jaw dropping moments that you won’t forget in a hurry.