Aurora Chasing Tours
Marianne's Aurora Chasing Tours
Join us on one of our experienced, photography or non-photography tours each night to view the magical aurora borealis. Prepare for an adventure that you’ll remember for a lifetime. If you want to see and photograph the aurora borealis, then you have come to the right place. We are professional photographers with a lifetimes experience and a huge passion for the aurora and the night sky. We are currently taking bookings for our new aurora season which is under way right now. With a 3 year average success rate of 93% you won’t find a better chance of capturing the awesome natural beauty of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights.
We are a small company with a massive heart and will do all we can, and a little bit more, to make your aurora hunt satisfactory. We have a great track record of viewing the aurora last winter, with a very high %, see our reviews on trip adviser and web page. What makes us different from the rest is, that it’s not just a job... it’s a genuine, real, lifetime passion.
We are professional photographers and have a lifetimes experience of aurora viewing with a huge passion for aurora and night photography. If required we will help you to set your camera for maximum quality and show you various shooting angles, how to frame and fill the frame, set up to photograph with vivid colours, consider composition, background etc etc, all in all to catch the aurora in all its glory. In short, we will show you all the night photography settings you need for an unforgettable night’s photography with us under the arctic circle, weather and aurora permitting of course.
We operate our tours using mini van's carrying up to 8 passengers. More than one van can be booked.
In periods of great demand by tourists wanting to view the aurora 16 seat mini buses with driver and guide will be used.
We will supply you with the following items:
• A professional monfrotto tripod with Manfrotto 324RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ball Head.
• Warm all in one High Visibility Synthetic Snow Suit with Hood and Reflecter Vest for your SAFTEY.
• Headlamp or torch.
• Heat pads for feet and hands, gloves, hats, socks if required.
• Boots with professional 8 to 12 spike ice crampons if required.
• We have a cable release (i.e. a remote control for most DSLR cameras) if required.
PROFESSIONAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT HIRE.
A Digital DSLR with detachable lens is best.
We hire professional and semi professional camera equipment for landscape and wildlife photography.
FOR WILDLIFE AND DAY TOURS.
For Wildlife photography we have Canon 1ds with 100-400 m L Lens 100nok
Canon 7d with 300 mm L Lens Price per Tour 1000nok Nikon 800 e
Canon 7d with 70- 200 L Lens Price per Tour 1000nok
Canon extender's 2.8 X 2 L Price per Tour 400nok
Canon extender's 2.8 x 2 L Price per Tour 400nok
Canon extender's 1.4 111 L Price per Tour 400nok
FOR NIGHTLY AURORA OR LANDSCAPE DAY TIME PHOTOGRAPHY.
Canon 60d with canon 10-22 wide angle lenses x 6 Price per Tour 600nok
Canon 50d with canon 24mm x 1 Price per Tour 500nok
Canon 50d with sigma 20 mm x 1 Price per Tour 500nok
USING YOUR OWN CAMERA EQUIPMENT
A Digital DSLR with detachable lens is best but some cameras are not suitable. You must have full control over all camera settings and be able to shoot in manual mode, or have aurora settings.
Cameras that we have found that were not suitable for capturing the aurora were some Lumix cameras before 2016 and some compact cameras with out fixed lens, so please avoid these if possible. DSLR cameras with detachable lenses are best.
HELP & ADVICE
We provide full night photography tuition to best enable you to catch the aurora and the northern nightscape in all its glory. In order to have the best chance of finding the northern lights we have live updates on the current state of the auroral oval:
• Planetary KP Index. This is the level of activity based on how far away from the arctic circle that one must be in order to see auroral activity, the numbers 0-9. with 0 being Tromsø, Northern Norway and 9 being the south of France.
Therefore the larger the number the more activity one can see here in Tromsø, as we are directly under the arctic circle.
• Interplanetary Magnetic Field.
This is an invisible shield that opens and closes due to the force of the incoming solar wind speed, letting the aurora in to earth or blocking it out altogether.
• Live link to the Tromsø Meteorological institute up until midnight.
• Constant phone chat with other aurora guides and groups.
• Two way radio contact with various other aurora guides.
FOOD , REFRESHMENTS
& AND REQUIRMENTS.
•Please bring with you a bottle of drinking water and your passport on all night tours.
• We have both hot and cold food most nights and seek to prepare it over an open fire where possible.
• Included in the tour price are:
• Vegetarian meal option. (Please state, when booking).
• FREE complimentary drink.
• Selection of hot and cold drinks.
• Selection of treats to enjoy while relaxing around an open fire on the shoreline, exchanging stories about past auroras and other adventures.
We will pick you up at the new Post Office in Tromso city centre at 17:30 which is directly behind the SAS Radisson Blu hotel.
We will bring you back to your hotel or place of residence at the end of each nightly session. We have no limits on the time involved in hunting the aurora, 6 to 8 hours at Marianne’s discretion. We find it no problem going as far as Karesuando on the border of Finland and Sweden or, in extreme circumstances, Kiruna, which is deep inside northern Sweden, in our quest to find the magical aurora for you. So please bring your passport in case the above situation happens on your night of aurora hunting.
We are usually first to leave Tromsø and last back so, if you plan to return earlier, (i.e. around midnight ), we may not be the most suitable tour guides for you as we are real aurora hunters with a genuine passion and not simply tour operators.
We have a 1am minimum limit arrival back in Tromsø. Most times the aurora can be out until the early hours and if aurora is special, or we need to travel further afield for viewing or hunting, then we could be much later.
All time after 2am is free , as aurora chasing is our passion. We’d rather stay out longer, free of charge, to ensure you have the best possible experience then head back at a previously agreed time and risk not seeing the northern lights as their most spectacular best.
But this is not compulsory and is at the discretion of our guides each night.
We will provide you with the following:
• Warm snow suit to be worn over your clothes for everyone to wear, (due to past experience its very very advisable), please state size when booking (usally slighty larger than normal).
• Head lamp.
• Synthetic fur lined boots with extra socks and crampons when required.
• Reflector vests for your saftey.
The start of the season is usually not so cold, September to November, but can be, and the remainder of the season can be very very cold indeed. Especially the further inland we go,-10 to -40, so you’ll need to dress up well, as the weather can change at any time. You are under the arctic circle after all!
Please wear two pairs of wool thermal underwear with lots of layers of clothes and have good warm boots, woolen socks, gloves and a hat as they are all essential.
Please wear good footwear as this is the first part of your body to get cold and can be very difficult to warm up again. Please don’t wear trainers or dress shoes if you can help it. For your own comfort and safety, good, tough boots are best.
We have some fur lined boots for use in extreme circumstances incase your footwear is inadequate and ice and snow grips (crampons) are provided to be worn over your shoes if the ground is very slippery.
We hunt as far as we possibly can on any given night to find clear skies for viewing, sometimes Finland, Sweden etc. So please bring your passport in case we have to travel further afield to look for clearer skies in order to view the northern lights, if they are active.
We do not and cannot guarantee the aurora as they are a natural phenomenon.
We cannot and do not cancel a night’s aurora hunting because it’s snowing, raining, windy or cloudy in a fifty kilo radius of the city of Tromsø.
There has been the very odd occasion where the skies are crystal clear but no aurora. This is very unusal but it can happen. Zero activity.
If we do have to cancel for any other reason (avalanche, vehicle breakdown, accident or other situations out with our control) we will offer you a full refund or another night’s hunting which ever suits your needs. We will explain in great detail the situation and your options when and if these nights occur.
It’s up to M.H.O.E.A.C.T. guides to choose if and when the situation is safe for everyone on any given night.
We do not give up easily, but always try to play safe.
We have toilets available on most nights depending on area of aurora hunt although the great out doors also provides many toilet options when needed.
Valid travel or outdoor winter sport insurance is recommended to purchase before you travel.
We carry full public liability insurance.
Please let us know if you have any special requirements, needs etc and we will do our very best to help in every way we can.