I will possibly never be able to forgive myself for leaving Fairbanks on our trip to Alaska in 2011, after having received email notification from the University there that there had been activity on the sun, and an Aurora could be expected the following day. Because we had a reservation for the following night in Copper Centre, prior to our southbound cruise, we left Fairbanks. BIG mistake! On the cruise, fellow travelers showed us video footage of the magnificent Aurora they had experienced in Fairbanks that night! To almost deliberately miss an Aurora, (thinking we would be able to also see it in Copper Centre), was inexcusable!
So, now I have been reading up quite a bit about seeing the NL in Norway, especially Tromso area. Many persons have suggested that end March is the best time to see the NL. My planning will accordingly be around this date. I don't think I'd like to do the cruise thing, but rather have a firm hotel or apartment reservation in that area for about 14 days, and surely I should be able to see it on one of those nights? The cruise ships, I believe, just don't spend enough time in Tromso or surrounds.
My husband no longer wishes to travel abroad ('been there, done that!'), so I will probably travel alone, which means I will not have the confidence to hire a car as I find it daunting to travel on the other side of the road, as well as in snowy conditions. Accordingly, I will have to rely on public transport, taxis, etc. I would like to be near shopping facilities perhaps, so that I could do something during the day, other than sleep to be ready at night for the NL!!
I would be so grateful to receive any advice and information from persons who have knowledge about this region, the NL, excursions from Tromso area, even good accommodation. I have been trying to book some places on the Internet, but they already seem full for March 2014. How long in advance should one try to book hotels for end March? If March 2014 is too close, I don't mind starting my planning for March 2015. To me, planning is already part of the travel experience. I would like to do everything possible to see the NL, definitely an item on my bucket list!