I chose to do the SMALL BUS TOUR.
It was "perfect". Our guide was STEFAN on FRIDAY JANUARY 25, 2019.
He was careful to manage our expectations during the drive outside of the city limits.
He explained the SOLAR WIND and the conditions which cause Aurora to appear.
He explained the variables which effect it.
He took us outside of the city limits to an area of a park with NO BIG BUS TOUR GROUPS.
It felt very special.
We waited outside for 45 minutes. Yes it was cold and YES we were all concerned we would not see any. One member of our tour was from NZealand and it was her THIRD night out which no Aurora the other 2 nights.
BUT AFTER 45 minutes AURORA APPEARED. It was glorious.
Everyone's cameras failed - could not capture it - I loved being in the moment.
THANKFULLLY Stefan our GUide had a tripod and an android phone with the right manual set-tings and he captured souvenir photos of each of us. THANK YOU STEFAN!!!!
BEST TOUR EVER
We had a fantastic trip with RE to see the northern lights. Initially we booked for 9pm tour on Dec 18, 2018 but it got cancelled (prolly due to the weather). However, we rebooked our tour to the next day for free! The crew was fantastic, great explanation on what to do and to expect (though I was half asleep in the bus)...We waited for over one hour to see aurora borealis finally coming out and dancing! We were given another extra hour to enjoy the scene! Oh, we have two children aged 10. They went on a tour for free and stayed in bus all night (it was cold). Highly recommended but do note that northern light is not a guaranteed sighting.
We did the Northern Lights tour the first night we arrived and we were so lucky to see them straight away. The tour guide was great and they started to appear before we arrived at the destination so the driver quickly pulled over to the side of the road for us to see them. We got out of the coach and the spectacle lasted over 45 minutes. We then went on to final stop in the National Park. We were told that if you don't get to see the Northern Lights first time you can keep going at no extra charge till you do!