Aurora Observing In The Northern Wilderness
Duration: 4 hours Super Easy
Why we love this tour
Increase your chances of spoting Aurora Borealis in the middle of Lapland!
- The most promising locations for observing the Northern Lights
- Beautiful sceneries and snowy forests
- Hot beverages and meal prepared on fire
- Personal and knowledgeable guide
- Cozy shelter in a Lavvu or a teepee
- Professional camera pictures
After meeitng and properly outfitting you with professional winter overalls and boots (temperatures can drop to -30C! ), your expert guide will take you north, far away from Rovaniemi, right out into the wilderness to begin searching for the Aurora.
During the day, the weather forecasts and solar activity reports are always examined. This way, we may adjust the tour's start time to maximize our chances of seeing the Northern Lights under brighter skies. We will drive to sites that are more promising and would offer a better possibility of seeing this natural phenomena based on our analysis of the weather situation and our experience. This means that if the forecasts and aurora predictions for the Rovaniemi area aren't promising, your guide may transport you up to 100 kilometers away to see a better sky.
They will always monitor the weather conditions during the tour, and you may decide together to get back in the minivan and go to another spot if you feel so. Because this is a 4-hour Aurora hunt, you may have the opportunity to visit up to three places, increasing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
This trip will also allow you to drive large miles across the Lapland region and explore the arctic environment. You can take a short walk through a very old, white and snowy forest or to the top of some fells, cross a hanging wooden bridge over fierce rapids, relax on a lake beach, or stand in the middle of an immensity of ice and snow at the various stops... Hopefully, Auroras will be dancing above your head!
Those encounters are nearly often carried out in complete darkness, allowing your eyes to acclimatize to the darkness. Not only do your eyes adjust (you can really see better in the dark!), but your body does as well. But then you notice the countryside in an entirely different and lovely light. You'll have the opportunity to build a fire along the journey, whether in the woods, next to a log cabin (what we call Laavu, or Kota) or in a teepee.
Your guide will show you how to light a fire the old-fashioned way, without the use of matches or lighters, using only silver birch bark, flint, and steel. Your guide will keep an eye on the shifting sky once the fire is kindled and the kettle is boiling. They will share their knowledge and excitement about the forest, Lapland's ecosystem and fauna, and, of course, the northern lights, while you wait for the first greenish arches to rise above your head.
We encourage you to bring your own camera (a tripod can be rented or purchased from us if needed) to record the auroras. In all situations, your guide will be equipped with a professional camera and will take as many images of you and the Northern Lights as possible (please ask him/her!). The next day, you will receive an email with a link to download all of the photos.
In all our excursions, our groups are limited to 8 people maximum. It is very important for us to provide you with the best experience as possible, and avoid mass tourism. This way, your guide will know you better and will be able to address all your needs and answer your questions. Furthermore, when it comes to Northern Lights, chances to observe them properly are increased when groups (and light pollution emitted by torches, phones, cameras) are reduced. As we usually say : the smaller the group, the bigger the experience !
Need to know before you go
What do I need to bring?
We will provide you with overalls and boots, but please be prepared and use good under-layers, socks, hats and gloves.
We may then adapt the start time to the weather conditions in order to increase our chance to observe the Northern Lights. Please check your emails (and the SPAM folder!) so that you do not miss the information about weather conditions and pick up time.
Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions. A small amount of walking in the cold may be involved. A maximum of 8 people per booking.
COVID-19: Your safety is our priority! Because of the Covid-19, we have taken additional measures to limit the risks of contagion and similar risks during our tours. Now more than ever, it makes even more sense for us to keep our philosophy of small group tours and to refuse mass tourism.
We have been awarded the Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) batch for sustainable tourism operations in Finnish Lapland. Sustainable business operations are of utmost importance to us. We have therefore decided to no longer do city pickups. If you are staying in the city center, we would kindly ask you to come to our office:)
We aim to provide sustainable tours and to continue to act as a responsible tour provider, as tourism is one of the many industries in the world affecting our planet. We are experiencing a steady growth of this industry which is why it is getting more and more important to act responsibly. If we want future generations to experience what we do now, we must take action. Here at Wild About Lapland we are committed to a sustainable leading of our business. We try constantly to improve our work to ensure ecological, economical and social sustainability. Choosing a responsible tour operator gives you the possibility to not only do something good for our planet, but also get a higher quality and a more enjoyable experience.
Available Pick-up Points:
- Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
- Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
- Santa Claus Holiday Village
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 365 days or less before the event
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