The Northern Lights are one of the most sought after travel experiences of all time. Taking the top spot on many a bucket list, this spectacular phenomenon is one of nature’s most beautiful displays and when you see them, you’ll be left spellbound. There is one catch, however; in many places, the Northern Lights can be elusive and unpredictable. It’s a well-known fact that you could book the trip of a lifetime to the northern regions in search of the aurora borealis and not see them for the whole time that you’re there. And we get it, it’s a risk.
Head to Northern Finland between September and March, however, and your chances of standing beneath skies ablaze with auroral colors are incredibly high. Why? Well, firstly, Northern Finland sits right in the heart of the auroral zone and due to its small population size (reindeers outnumber humans in some parts), suffers from very little light pollution. For this reason, this stunning part of the world boasts over 200 nights per year when the Northern Lights can be seen dancing across the sky. Now if you’re going to take a risk, these sorts of facts are reassuring, right?Read more
There are a few aurora ‘hot-spots’ in Northern Finland that you should definitely take into consideration when planning a Northern Lights adventure. Take the Kakslauttanen hotel, for example. Situated 250 kilometers north of the arctic circle, here you can stay in glass igloos and watch the northern lights from the warmth and comfort of your own room. Of course, nothing can beat an actual northern lights expedition, and the hotel offers excursions out into the darkness by sleigh or snowmobile too. You’re also likely to be given an aurora alarm, which will buzz whenever the hotel is alerted of aurora activity.
Just a little south of the arctic circle lies Oulanka National Park, which is another great option for a Northern Lights hunt. Rugged and covered in dense forestry, the national park provides the perfect, dark conditions for a spot of aurora viewing. There’s even a basecamp located within the park, consisting of charming little log cabins complete with hot tubs and saunas. Book into the basecamp and you’ll be spending your days cross country skiing and husky sledging and your nights up late waiting for the sky to burst into a riot of color.
You see, no longer should you only consider Norway and Sweden when looking into a trip to see the Northern Lights. Finland, with a lesser population, is the just-as-spectacular, but much quieter alternative. The educated choice, if you like…