Finally Norway! It was a trip that I planned and dreamed for years, to do absolutely in June or July to see the midnight sun. Maybe it can help someone, so I leave my impressions and my itinerary. The nature is off course the main reason to go to Norway. One of our dreams to travelers has always been to visit the countries of the North, and especially Norway.
The images usually seen in magazines or on the net have always fascinated me to see the fjords closely, the wooden houses, the ones with the bright colors, overlooking the small ports with boats of the fishermen, the predominant nature, scattered islets in ocean and the mountains.
In the north there are more extreme landscapes, from the tundra without a single tree overlooking the sea, to the mountains with snow and glaciers, from the islands with red houses on the water, where you can see seals and whales and experience the life of the fishermen, to the mythical North Cape, which is a bit too touristy.
To the south the nature is more domesticated but no less grand. There are plateaus surrounded by snow-capped peaks, deep blue glaciers to which you can bring up to touch them and even make excursions above, but especially impressive are the waterfalls and the water of the verdant fjords and dark green mountains, that make you think of being in the middle of the flooded Alps.
Above the Arctic Circle, in the summer there are the white nights, where the sun never sets. Further north this phenomenon goes up the longer. While close to the circle you can see the sun at midnight only 2 or 3 weeks between June and July, in the North Cape is from late May to late July. But even in August when the sun drops below the horizon, shortly after it rises again and the true darkness never comes.
To the south of the Arctic Circle there is the midnight sun, but I assure you that even in the south of the country in late June also in the night there was enough light to walk outdoors without the need for artificial light. I did not see the stars for 17 nights in a row. At a cultural level there are many nice and picturesque, villages especially in the Lofoten Islands.
The wooden churches which are found quite often in the southern rural areas are also on the list of the humanity heritage of UNESCO. The few fairly large towns are lively and interesting, but not on Sunday when everything is closed. In Oslo there are nice parks and museums, for the rest you cannot compare it to Stockholm or Copenhagen in beauty. Bergen and Stavanger have a central district of wooden houses, churches and medieval buildings.
I cannot comment on the night life, in the sense of clubs and discos. Meanwhile, It's not my priority when I travel, and then on this trip in particular was just impossible. The first week I slept little, sure, but I've seen wonderful nature, nature and more nature. For the other 10 days we settle for doing the evening walks in the city in the light of the long northern summer sunset, when we even slept in campgrounds outside the villages.
In places like Norheimsund, Balestrand or Hellesylt, there can never be nightlife! Only places I've been where you could think about going out at night for a drink is at Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger. Do not reverse the direction of this route, do it from Bergen to Kirkenes.
First we start by saying that the trains in Norway are not like ours. They are immaculate, punctual, and most of the time with fast wifi on board. You can buy tickets directly on the website of the Norwegian railways, which is translated into English and is fully functional and easy to be used. Monitor the site periodically because often there are offers that allow you to even save 50% of the cost.
On the website of the Norwegian railways you will also find many useful tips to organize your excursions for example, with a short detour that takes you to Flam and go around on the narrow-gauge train, or glaciers, scenic bike paths and ski resorts with ski pass at discounted prices. Note also the possibility to buy a combined ticket with a short section with Hurtigruten.
From Oslo we go to Drammen, before rising towards the north and bend to the west to Bergen, a tourist destination that now has lost much of its peculiarities, but that is a real shame to miss, even if you have a few days available in Norway. We cross the mountains, villages, cities, streets, lakes and waterways where sometimes we can still see the fluctuation of the water trunks, floating on the rivers.
Then we arrive in the high mountains. The train from Oslo to Bergen passes through one of the highest plateaus in Europe. The landscapes become fascinating and surreal in every season. Sometimes it happens to be enveloped in fog and we do not even understand where we are. The temperature drops significantly. In the stations we were allowed to get off on the fly for a few seconds, just long enough to take some pictures.
A beautiful winter day is definitely the best way to cross these glaciers, including excavated tunnel through the mountain to allow the use of stations during the frozen cold months when the snow and bad weather are the masters. Imagine that many years ago when I did this for the first time, in the smallest villages and the highest there were no roads and hotels, but only small spartan shelters. Tourists were greeted at the station, perhaps during a snowstorm, with the quad that led them into their accommodation through beaten track.
Obviously tourism has noticed quickly so these areas are havens of hiking and many sports and ideal for spotting mountain animals. Today these places are equipped with all amenities. In summer the mountain landscapes are unique and you will definitely want to come down and stop even a few days here. But you know the time on the road is never enough. Even before you may realize the trip ends. The Bergen Station is a few hundred meters from the center, so it's perfect for traveling on foot to your hotel.
If you intend to return to Oslo, you know that there is also a night train. The seats are comfortable and allow you to save one night at the hotel as well as having optimized the time. But I recommend you opt for the night train only if you have already done the day trip. The ticket for the night costs less, but you can miss the views that the train from Oslo to Bergen offers!
I take the bus to Honningsvag, the closest town to the North Cape. In the 4 hours of travel I do not stop a moment to look out the window in the tundra. What amazing scenery! A couple of times we also see herds of reindeer. I hate to think how it is to be living here in the winter, between the cold and the darkness. Passing through a tunnel from the steep slope, the bus reaches the island on which is located the North Cape.
Honningsvag is a large village in comparison to groups of houses scattered seen so far from the bus. Too bad the sun is obscured by clouds. But at least there is no fog and we see all around, until the real northernmost point of Europe, the knivskjellodden headland. After seeing only the Midnight clouds, we return to Honningsvag by bus and around one and a half I go to sleep.
Here we spend a few days exploring the Brygge, navigating the fjords with Weller and especially take from here the Hurtigruten, the postal fjords that starts every night. Having visited Norway many times, in so many seasons and in various mediums, I can say with certainty that the Hurtigruten is definitely the best way and is more spectacular.
When somebody tells you that Norway is beautiful from the car, the train, the plane also, ask him right away if they have traveled in the Hurtigruten from south to north. Those who did could not recommend it enough! There is no better way in the world to go into the fjords, watching whales, through narrow passages and then admire in the winter, from the bridge, the Northern Lights, which is the best of the best.
To save a lot of money, it will be sufficient to go directly to board without a reservation and buy the pass. Obviously, you should be willing to take the risk to put off a day or two at the start, to change the ship previously chosen by the site, or to overcome these drawbacks by traveling in the off season.
We stop a couple of hours in Hammerfest, and I take this opportunity to go down to visit the northern capital, a modern town whose attractions are a strange shaped church pup tent and the Polar Bear Society. I take something to eat as fast food to avoid having to pay disproportionate numbers in the ship's bar.
The night, which is always the day, we have 2 hour layover in Tromso and I decide to take a hike to the so-called Arctic cathedral, another modern church shaped like a tent with the beautiful stained glass windows.
You can do many excursions to the Svalbard Islands, which are different from each other to please all tastes. One of the most beautiful that we did was that in Pyramiden, the town now abandoned, that was the scene of the Cold War between Russia and the West. Pyramiden is now there, open to anyone who chooses one of the trips to the Svalbard Islands and arrive at these latitudes, beyond the 79th parallel, a proof and a reminder of the quotes that can reach the human stupidity .
The excursion like all the excursions in the archipelago, can be booked directly from the Tourist Office site of Svalbard. From the same site you can book your stay, tours and find lots of useful information for your travel arrangements depending on the season, very important and not to be underestimated when you choose your excursions to Svalbard Islands.
We have been in this archipelago in August, just at the turn of the week of August, one of the few summer breaks that over the years we allowed ourselves, as you know we prefer to travel off-season, and we prefer not to book anything before arrival. The weather varies in a fast and merciless way. So we chose the day for the boat excursion, according to weather forecasts, a choice that turned out to be perfect.
During our excursion to Pyramiden, we have been able to enjoy beautiful, warm sunny day of those latitudes, which has allowed us to take some unique pictures, eating out and taste the view outside, wearing just a mountain winter parka. Excursions to Pyramiden starts early in the morning from the port of Longyearbyen, and a car will pick you up at the hotel at the scheduled time. They begin almost all trips to the Svalbard Islands.
The cruise to Svalbard is definitely one of the best ways to visit the archipelago, one of the most beautiful hikes in that it allows, given the duration, or to taste the essence of the Arctic in whole, to see virtually all animals, from polar bear to walrus. Needless to say, it is also the most expensive. If you decide to opt for this alternative, I recommend you to look for offers, both on the German version of Groupon where it is often present with its Hurtigruten cruises and routes. Also note that Hurtigruten is not the only company to make cruises on Svalbard.
Our boat leaves on time in the direction of the glacier. In the course of navigation within the fjord to reach our destination, we immediately sight many animals. The wind whips our face, so we stand, high up in the bow of the boat. The views are unique. Under the cliffs covered with guano, the puffins are the masters. They fly, play, chase each other around the boat. You really will see many in summer and very very close.
At one point, the guy who was introducing us to life in the Arctic, tell us many interesting facts about these extreme territories, and stops and diverts our attention somewhere in the middle of the fjord. Here it is! The whole boat shakes and the captain changes direction to get closer. We meet the blue whale. The huge blue whale that sailed the seas of the world and that we had seen so close in Sri Lanka on board of the small boat. Now we admire in all its grandeur nothing less than in the Arctic.
Then the seals. Even the seals inhabit the Arctic and in this summer so very hot, it will be easy to spot those too. We we have seen them swim calmly before the glacier. A helicopter flies over us at low altitude, that connects other remote locations of the Svalbard Islands like Longyearbyen. We meanwhile we approach the glacier. It is impressive in its enormity with its blinding whiteness and a thousand shades of blue that the ice takes on reflecting this limpid sky.
We all bow to admire it. Small icebergs move around us, seals swim, and at one point gets to a creak a bit stronger and a roar with the typical splash. A chunk of ice broke off and crashed into the sea. One scene wonderful from which no one would want to be detached. The sun burns the skin but do not realize it saw the cold and the wind. The crew quickly prepares a barbecue. Right here, in the warm sun, sitting by boat we admire the glacier and enjoy great seafood of the inevitable Norwegian salmon, expertly cooked, served at will.
But the weather is unforgiving as ever. In less than no time it is time to leave Pyramiden. At the port our guide welcomes us. The danger of polar bear here is real and true. It can be anywhere and has a way of hiding everywhere in the midst of these abandoned buildings and if hungry is very very dangerous. At the port we spot a swimming polar bear.
In a very old bus we are brought within the town and the type starts to tell stories of an incredible reality that dates back to 1998, when the town was abandoned. In practice it was a center for the extraction of coal. Over time here occurred a kind of clash of ideologies. Thus we find, in addition to facilities for the extraction of coal, pianos still functioning in which people engaged in melodies and theaters, with entertainment of all kinds to make it look idyllic in this place.
There is even a swimming pool with heated sea water, the first of the Svalbard Islands and then schools, hospitals, gyms, basketball courts and football grounds! We find the grass in what were called the Champs Elysées of Svalbard. You can find it only here. There is not another in the archipelago! The main buildings, like this, dormitories for those who lived here, had rounded edges to better withstand the incessant wind, strong and long cold winters.
One of the buildings was dedicated to families with children and for what was called the crazy building to the perennial confusion that reigned inside. The view from the highest points of Pyramiden is undoubtedly wonderful, right in front of the imposing glacier. But we must never forget that the sunny days are very few. Up there, right at the top, what it is jokingly called the internet cafe. Yes, even here there is a way to connect to the Internet, in spite of all expectations.
You just have to have the desire to go on foot up there because the mountain front is pyramid-shaped, hence the name of the town, prevent the signal from reaching the city. The only place where the signal arrives is the station up there. In practice it is a great method to avoid creating dependency by the connection and we arrive through the Champs Elysées, at the 79th parallel.
Its impressive really to think about how relatively little is the distance from here to the North Pole. For several years it has been re-opened the hotel. Pyramiden is used as the base point for excursions to the Svalbard Islands and expeditions. Of course, just to stay at the hotel you must be armed with a weapon. A small museum with some of the memorabilia that time was, still tells some interesting facts about this place so absurd.
Its time to go back. Navigation in the fjord still gives breathtaking views with a shining sun. We admire settlements, shelters, areas used by those who even goes up here with kayaks for trips to Svalbard to experience the Arctic. Even animals and a certainty and we return to spot polar bears and see the manatees.
I watch the scenery as the ship as it approaches the archipelago of Vesteralen. At 10 we land finally at Risoyhamn, from which buses arrive to Andenes at the northern tip of the island, my goal for that day. I still enjoy the bus once the landscape of the mountains this time of green trees, flower meadows, colored houses, cows, sheep and small beaches of white sand and bright blue water. In the sea in the distance I see the profiles of the other islands and the atmosphere a bit from cover to all a sense of timeless.
Then up here life flows at a pace so different from ours! I arrived at the Andenes official hostel, where the day before I had booked. After keeping the luggage, I then go around a bit in the village. There's a big red beacon that is its symbol, wooden houses painted red along the harbor, gulls, boats, and more modern buildings but always painted in bright colors.
I make a visit to the Aurora Borealis museum and then I show up at an appointment for the safari to the whales that I had already booked. This was one of the things I really wanted to make this trip. We visit the whale museum with the guides and, we set sail. We must go on the high seas to reach the area of the whales, which they explained to be the sperm whale species but are not true whales.
As the boat goes to the ocean, there are hot drinks on offers and cookies and I make friends with young people who act as our guide. They come from all over Europe. Unfortunately the sun disappears behind the clouds, pulled by a strong wind and it is getting colder. Between the cold, the whale has been spotted thanks to the sonar boat, but it is underwater and we have to wait for it to emerge to breathe. Finally here! All bow to it and take photos! What a thrill! But after seconds it dives and here appears again, this time even closer and longer, for about 5 minutes.
Now we head home. As we return, we have a dinner of a hot soup and bread. Then I take refuge below deck, where, despite the wet jeans, I can even fall asleep lying on a bench. Upon arrival made me even more cold and trembling, fortunately the hostel is a 2 minute walk and to sleep now, finally tonight I should be able to rest as we should, in a real bed, for 8 hours straight.
As we pass through a narrow strait between two of the Lofoten, which seem like Caribbean beaches with unspoiled nature and breathtaking views, we make a small deviation in the Trollfjord, the narrowest fjord in Norway, where the vessel moves, leaving just a couple of meters on each side. In the afternoon, during the brief stop in Svolvaer, I go down and do a tour, and for the first time see codfish hanging in the sun to dry, that I see anywhere in Lofoten, since cod is their primary production.
Svolvaer is not a particularly attractive place, and the only special feature is a nearby mountain peak that ends with two horns, which in fact is called the goat of Svolvaer. With Ski on the ship, we lan finally in Stamsund. At Stamsund we do not have much to see. In fact, the environment is beautiful, where is a series of ex-fishermen's houses, just outside the village, on a small bay.
Norway is not a cheap destination and is not a short route to hit and run. Needless to say, for making the most of the trip to the discovery of Norway, you'll have to repeat it in summer as in winter. The summer will allow you to enjoy unique landscapes, the sun, high visibility and lots of animals like whales at sea and puffin on the cliffs and in the winter, well you know that I always root for is Northern Lights, admired from the rooftop lounge of Hurtigruten, while cruising in the windswept cold outside deck. Surely careful planning of what to see in Norway cannot be separated, in winter, by the dawn boreal.
By the way, remember to scream before the sight of the Northern Lights According to an old Norwegian legend it is used to drive away evil spirits and welcome good ones.
Oslo in the Aker Brygge district is the city that is beautiful in all seasons. Here you will find many restaurants and bars and moving toward the center of the night clubs for nightlife. Visit to the city for its beautiful museums. If you do have to choose, opt for those on Bygdoy peninsula to reach by ferry from the port and tickets can be purchased online, including on the spot.
The museums are one is the best. All deserve a visit. If you have to choose the Oslo Official guide will help. For me the best is that of the Fram with its Arctic exploration, but also the Viking ships will fascinate you. What about the Kon-Tiki or, if the weather is nice, the Vigeland with its sculptures? If you are in the winter, however, you cannot take the bus. Norwegians climb on skis in hand and head on slopes lit just outside the city!
As I told you the Norway should be seen from the sea. There are many activities you can take boat and depart from any port. By catamaran, the mini-cruises, the fishing boats or ships.
The Hjørundfjorden is considered the most beautiful fjord, while Trondheim is a must to admire its historic center built on stilts restored, then Tromso, the Arctic port with the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral.
Once you get here you can rent a car and head to head north from here before you complete your route to the south, coming down from Finland. If you rent a car you can then use it to continue with the second part of the trip through Finland. Or return it and take a domestic flight to Oslo and back, it all depends on your idea and what to see in Norway.
Here in Norway, I realized that to see the Northern Lights you have to push yourself for strength beyond the Arctic Circle, although it is a phenomenon that can be seen all year round, you have to see it need the dark and clear starry skies. Northern Lights and the increasingly popular Santa Claus, fascinates young and old. At Lofoten Islands and Vesteralen, this marvel begins to unfold from September to the end of March but there is no guarantee of seeing, as you cannot control nature, but when you see it is pure magic.
I realized that further north you go, the more the polar nights are long. I realized that, contrary to what you think, the polar night is not a world of total darkness or so islands that I visited in late January when the daylight hours are getting longer, the reflections of the sun is hot and make the sunrise and the sunset melt into a magical, long twilight. At Svolvaer, polar nights last from December to early January until then to leave space at the end of May at the Midnight Sun.
I understand that the cod is the national dish, and is eaten in many different ways and that a good Norwegian wife must know how to cook the cod in 100 ways and I understand that there is a great difference between cod and stockfish.
I realized that Norway like other Scandinavian countries can be costly but there are places where you can eat buffet and you can sleep in a typical rorbu, but I realized that the experience that this country gives you is priceless.
I realized that it is not as cold as I feared, and indeed, Lofoten and Vesteralen was a pleasant cold with the minimum that is around the 0 to -1 ° and the maximum of around 4 ° all about the warm Gulf current. I realized Norwegian kindergarten children are taught how to dress and live with these temperatures and the stories are told in an outdoor tent!
I realized that when you go whale-watching, and if you suffer from seasickness on the horizon looking straight into the lens of a camera is not the same thing. I found that sperm whales are capable of long dives, even up to two hours, and that emerge up to 25-40 minutes but I figured that since intersections will always have a few moments to take a photo while they seem to float in surface like a submarine.
I realized that I take a picture of a humpback whale is even more difficult as the spy-hop on the movement of the head and tail lasts just 4-5 seconds and you have to always be ready to shoot with the right preset exposure.
I understand that Norwegians are cozy and warm in every respect. On every window of the houses there are no curtains or if there are they are always open and there is always a light, a candle lit to indicate that in the home is someone and that you are welcome . But there are those who are so warm to take a dip in the icy waters of in the middle of winter.
I realized that to see these places you have to arm yourself for other means, you should take the time for a slow trip why would you stop at every turn to capture the landscape, that reflection of the sea and the mountains. I also realized that when you drive around here you always have a couple of glasses at your hand and you have to keep your eyes open if you get distracted for a moment to look at those reindeer on the right you never know what might out of your left.
I realized that it took me a while to find that infinity focus in reflex to photograph the aurora, that whales as well as sea eagles grant you only a few moments, but I understand that is much better to enjoy the spectacle that take home a good shot.
I realized that Norway must have some magic to bewitch so many people. But I realized that maybe I have not seen anything of the wonders of this country and I'll have to necessarily go back, sooner or later.
In planning a trip to Norway one of the main limitations is the cost, as we speak of this nation as one of the most expensive in Europe, even the world. Well, actually the prices are high compared to the European average, especially compared to the slightly cheaper countries such as Spain or Greece, but this should not be a limit for a true traveler.
There are some tricks that can afford to contain costs and save money, especially if you are traveling with your family, when the costs are multiplied by three, four or five, depending on how many children are part of your shipment north. Always book the flights early as the prices generally are more palatable.
Rent the car with a few months in advance making use of the offers of the major rental companies. Advance planning trips and places to visit so as to visit as much as possible as quickly as possible, studying also the three ferries traveling, metro and bus. Remember that many of the cultural attractions are nearby and you can reach them on foot. Make use of the card in cities such as Oslo, including entrances to attractions and free movement eventually repay amply.
You can opt for the least expensive hotels of others, even in large cities such as Oslo. In Bergen there is the hostel for families, including wifi and kitchen. Sometimes there is a shared bathroom but if you want to travel and save money at the same time sometimes one has to adapt. Look also for b&b apartments for rent. Around the country there are many campsites where, if you are not equipped with tent or camper, you can opt for a good cabin, a traditional Norwegian wooden bungalow especially that to be honest we found it much more comfortable than expected.
Avoid the small grocery stores, and prefer large supermarkets. All that is produced in Norway is cheaper, there are very high duties on imports from other countries, so be careful what you choose; alcoholic beverages in grocery stores and liquor are locked up and have generally prohibitive prices. The tap water here is very good, so almost no one buys it at the supermarket.
Almost all rooms have free wi-fi, but if like us you can not help it in every moment of your journey take a sim valid for 15 days with 250 MB of free data. In Norway as in many countries of the North on Sunday is sacred, so all the shops are closed. You will find basic necessities in the shopping center adjacent to the train station or in the gas stations.
Be careful with the exchange rate from Euro to Norwegian Krone, as in Norway you can pay for everything by credit card or debit card, even ice cream or coffee.
First of all, if you want to travel on public transport, do some good research on the internet, because in the Nordic often there are few buses per day, and the distances are shocking. If not well planned you will risk not to reach your destination.
The transport costs are very high and will affect approximately 60% of your budget. What I have spent in 18 days inclusive of everything, even the souvenirs, nearly all have gone in transport in planes, trains, buses, ships, bicycles and cars including the the flight to Oslo, which I booked a month before.
If you can buy train tickets in advance you will surely find some offers (Minipris) that will save you a lot. You can take it at the station or on the website of the Norwegian railways. ScanRail or the InterRail are convenient if you use the train for long stretches even 2-3 times and they give discounts even on buses and ferries.
Wherever you go, the students pay half in transport and entrances, so if you have it bring an identity card with the word student even if you have finished studying. If you rent a car or go in a motorhome, you should know that even the ferries are expensive and often have to pay a toll to pass on certain bridges or in some galleries.
Accommodation and food are expensive but if you are in a hostel or guesthouse or even better at the campsite even without a tent or camper, there are bungalows for 2-4 persons with bathroom that are cheap and you can go shopping at the supermarket instead of eating out.
If you stay in hostels and bungalows bring your own sheets, and you will save 5 € per night for rental. And if you stay with people from Hospitality Club, you can save as well as have nice typical local experiences as has happened to me in the first night.
The few times I have dined out, I spent about 20-25 euros for a main course with vegetables and a beer.
I dispassionately recommend the Lonely Planet guide or any other guide on Norway to plan the trip, to find a place to sleep and to discover interesting places and fantastic excursions, although expensive.
As for the weather, I've found uncertain weather with alternating sun and clouds and a little bit of rain and pretty cool to be the end of June at 8-10 degrees. Bring a jacket, gloves and cap. If you want to walk a little in nature bring even a pair of hiking boots. In short, in the luggage bring a bit of everything.
But have you ever seen the northern lights? What is the best place to see the Northern Lights? Where can I go to make sure you see the Northern Lights? What time do you see the Northern Lights? And then the funniest of all, What does it cost to go see the Northern Lights?
You do not understand because if no one would dream of asking how much it costs to go see a sunset over the sea, mountain sunrise or a monsoon in India, many people ask me how much it costs to see the Northern Lights. The questions certainly appear trivial to anyone who has seen at least once in life, the northern lights. Because we try to answer and especially to clarify.
In winter when the northern lights attracts so much, I actually read the most absurd statements on the aurora borealis, like, totally avoid the do it yourself, it is a difficult phenomenon to see, you find yourself spending hours unnecessarily in the cold and do not see it, it takes infinite patience, you must go by force in one of the places listed as best in the world for whale to have a chance, and the icing on the cake is the specialized agencies in the aurora borealis in which necessarily rely.
These are the ones that make me smile, especially considering the normally insane prices that these excursions are sold. I made several trips to the North and I've seen countless times the aurora borealis. How did I do? Simple, no secret and no stroke of luck. Simply traveling in the winter and went out in the evening in the dark. Just, that's all, there are no more secrets.
In all places of planet earth over the Arctic circle it is visible and even a little further down! Some areas outside Reykjavik are referred to as the best in the world for whales. Go check how many km from Reykjavik passes the Arctic Circle! With the right weather conditions it is practically visible all night. To the right weather conditions do not intend arcane triangulations aligned eclipse with specific constellations is not just like to see the sunrise or sunset, but almost.
If the evening is totally covered with clouds, go to sleep. That evening you will not see anything. But if there are so many clouds and between them managed to see substantial portions of the sky, it releases! Obviously the evening is clear and serene, you will see the Northern Lights. If the temperature during the day, is around -18 to -20 ° C or even less, go to sleep. It's too cold and most likely you will not see anything.
As they say, at last but not least, there is a very simple infallible method that requires no experience nor expensive equipment or smartphones or internet connections and foolproof and guaranteed. Ask any of the locals "Tonight will we see the northern lights?". The answers will be reliable to a thousand per thousand. They know it very well and you will avoid unnecessary exits!
Did you know that you can shoot stunning Northern Light photographs even when you are seeing it in the naked eye?