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Lyngenfjord area and Tromso

We are going to be in the Tromso area in late September. We are hoping to see the northern lights and do some easier hikes. I hear hiking is beautiful in the Autumn. What I read was that the area east of the Lyngen Alps was a good place to see the northern lights. We would like to drive to the Lyngenfjord area from Tromso. I found some hikes that sound nice and I am able to do ( I’m in my early 70’s and can’t hike long distances or up mountains anymore). The ones I found are Blaisvatnet ( blue lake), Lyngstuva and Sarafussen falls. Is there an area to stay that would allow us to both do these hikes, or other’s you’d recommend, and be in a good place to see the aurora?

Thanks for your help.

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Every place which has clear sky combined with occuring northern lights is the right place. I am not aware of any plannable facts which make one place better or more likely to see northern lights. This opinion you will also find on other travel platforms, posted by locals.

Tromsø's Fjellheisen is a good option on a higher viewpoint.

Posted by
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We are hoping to see the northern lights

Don't get your hopes up too much. While you might see them, September is still early in the season and Tromsø is not the best place to see them in any case.

I am not aware of any plannable facts which make one place better or
more likely to see northern lights. This opinion you will also find on
other travel platforms, posted by locals.

You might find that opinion in other places, but that doesn't make it correct. There is quite a bit of luck involved to get to see the lights. But in some places, your chances are better than in other. To see them, you need the lights to appear, a clear sky and for it to be dark enough so you can see them.

The chance of a clear sky is not the same in every place, neither is the amount of light (or lack of light).

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The chance of a clear sky is not the same in every place

Well, this is simply not measured. I mailed with met experts from yr.no about that topic.

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Well, this is simply not measured.

I'm not sure how to interpret this, but of course we can measure cloud cover. And we have a pretty good understanding of why clouds form and why some areas are cloudier than other.

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I understand it is unpredictable whether we will see the northern lights. What would be a good place to stay in the Lyngenfjord area?