Cloud & Sun Spotting



Discover clouds from a different perspective

Learn to name clouds and predict what weather they bring


Discover the Sun scientifically


If clouds permit, see the Sun and its sun spots with a telescope


Have a snack and a drink in the Arctic outdoors


Take beautiful pics of the Arctic wilderness in summer

Do this activity with us and you'll just love clouds after that, we promise! Clouds are much more than just something that bring bad weather or that cover Auroral displays. They can be used to predict weather and there's a whole science behind them. And when you see them illuminated by the Sun here in the Arctic, that's even better! Discover clouds like you've never done before, learn to name them and to predict what weather they bring, and (scientifically) observe the Sun in all its beauty (along with its beauty spots... err... sun spots!), if the clouds permit.
Do you find clouds bad messengers for nasty weather, or a cover that stops you from seeing the Northern Lights? We promise that you will rethink this, once you carry out this activity with us up here in the Arctic! Clouds are much more than that! And they're just beautiful!

This activity is centred around clouds and the Sun. We'll start by finding a nice spot where to look at the clouds, in the Sun's light. To better understand these phenomena, we will carry out fun experiments. Then it's time to learn to name the clouds, and to understand what these different cloud types mean and bring along.

If the weather (thus clouds!) permit, we'll then focus ourselves a bit on the Sun. We will observe it with a telescope and we will try to decrypt its mysteries together! The Sun is a star, exactly like the other millions of stars out there, so why not look at it with a telescope, too? We must, however, use a special filter (called a solar filter) to observe it, as it is so close to us. Never look at the Sun directly without using special protection!

We'll then conclude the activity with some snacks and drinks right here in the wilderness, and try to take some nice photos of the sky, right in the middle of the Arctic landscape.

During the Midnight Sun period, this activity is replaced by Cloud Spotting under the Midnight Sun. And during the polar night, when the Sun doesn't rise at all for almost two months, you can still experience our Universe through our guided stargazing activity!

Please note that the telescope is fragile equipment and therefore cannot be used in bad weather conditions. This is why the telescope observation is complimentary when the weather permits.

📆 Period:
From February 1 to May 15
From July 28 to November 1
🕗 Start time:
varies in function of the Sun
📌 Pick-up/Drop-off:
Your accommodation in Varanger
About 3h
🚸 Activity type:
Group (2-7 persons)
Private (1-7 persons)
🚶 Difficulty:


Base price* 1290 NOK

*Base price includes:
- picking you up and dropping you off at your accommodation (in Vadsø, Ekkerøy or Vestre Jakobselv, or anywhere in-between),
- transportation during the whole activity,
- taking part in the activity,
- cloud discovery and spotting,
- sun discovery and spotting (weather dependent),
- observations of the Sun through a telescope,
- photos of the group that will be sent by email after the trip,
- snacks and drinks in the Arctic wilderness

*Base price does not include:
- extras mentioned on the price breakdown,
- other special equipment you might need,
- personal expenses