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Northern Lights attract tourists

Northern Norway is not just spectacular in the summer. In winter, the amazing Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, attract sky-gazing tourists from all over the globe.

Right from August, tourists head for Lofoten to see this stunning natural phenomenon.

“We’ve been seeing a boom in tourists heading for our part of the world in winter. The Northern Lights start at the end of August and last until April. These amazing ‘special effects’ in the sky are visible as long as it’s dark. They attract tourists from all over - Germany, Japan, China, Switzerland, Italy, France and Australia,” enthuses Svolvær Tourist Information.

But the Northern Lights can be appreciated in all their beauty well beyond Lofoten. Tromsø, Bodø, Alta, Kirkenes, Hammerfest, Harstad, Hammerfest and Kautokeino are other destinations for experiencing the Northern Lights in winter.


Thon Hotels also has a hotel named in honour of the Northern Lights - our Thon Hotel Nordlys, in Bodø. Here the rooms are decorated with images of the Northern Lights, and the phenomenon can be viewed from the hotel rooms.

“In autumn and winter, the Northern Lights can be seen dancing in the sky over Bodø, and many people are thrilled to discover they can see them from their hotel room. The namesake hotel, Thon Hotel Nordlys, right by the waterfront, offers a clear view of the sea and sky. The Northern Lights tours outside the town are also immensely popular with our guests because the effects there are even more dramatic.

If the sky happens to be overcast, and they miss out on the real thing, guests at our hotel still have our Northern Lights wallpaper as consolation! We get a lot of attention for this striking decor, and the Northern Lights have in many ways become our ‘emblem’, says the manager of Thon Hotel Nordlys, Kine Willumsen.

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