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Northern Lights Basecamp – Aurora Alps

5 hours approx
From our base at Breivikeidet, only a 50-minute drive from Tromsø, you can spot the Northern Lights from different angles with stunning views of...

Wellness: Hot tub under the night sky

Kiruna, Sweden 1 hours approx

2-course dinner and hot tub under the night sky at Máttaráhkká Lodge.

Northern light and Lapland sami culture with reindeer sledding – Aurora Alps

5 hours approx
Experience reindeer sledding and the aurora on the edge of Tromsø. Learn about the Sami lifestyle, enjoy the polar night and hopefully see the...

Amazing Aurora Tour – Amazing Arctic

5-8 hours approx
We are specialized in guiding small groups. We have handpicked routes for our landscape safari and know the best places to chase the Northern Lights....

Discover the Northern Lights – Photography tour (Autumn)

Rovaniemi, Finland 4 hours approx

Experience the magic of Lapland as we embark on an unforgettable hunt for the amazing Northern Lights. Our focus is on the Rovaniemi area and we...

Northern Light Dinner Cruise – Sørøya Havfiskecruise

3 hours approx
As owners of Sørøya Havfiskecruise we can proudly introduce ourselves as pioneers for winter tourism by boat in Tromso. WE FOCUS ON QUALITY OVER...

Kiruna – Northern light husky hunt

Kiruna, Sweden 3 hours approx

Enjoy the silence of the polar night as you wait for the Northern Lights to appear and light up the dark sky.

All Inclusive Northern Lights Trip – Explore The Arctic

6-10 hours approx
Small groups – Big experiences Join our all-inclusive Northern Lights trips to maximize your chances of witnessing this spectacular natural...

Aurora Chase – NorthernShots Tours

7 hours approx
Join us on an exciting chase for the northern lights together with our guides / photographers who will do their best to find the perfect location...

An introduction to Northern Lights activities in Lapland

Many dream of experiencing the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) – and there is no better place than Lapland to do just that. Many incredible things have been written about the Northern Lights over the years – and for good reason. Seeing the Aurora Borealis in Lapland truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is at the top of nearly every bucket list.

We offer a full range of Northern Lights adventures in Lapland including aurora chasing in modern 4×4 trucks, aurora photography trips that allow you to capture the magic moment on film, dog sledding under the northern lights and a fantastic evening of watching the northern lights dance overhead while enjoying a steamy seat in a hot tub. 

A guide to Northern Lights Activities in Lapland

What to expect from a Northern Lights tour in Lapland

Lapland Northern Lights activities are one of the main focuses for many visiting the region. With a chance to see and experience the Northern Lights across the Lapland region, there are a wide range of activities which focus on experiencing the Northern Lights in a range of ways – whichever you choose, the experience of seeing the lights moving in the sky is magical.

Depending on your preference, Northern Lights activities can come combined with an Aurora hunt where you chase to the best possible place to experience the lights, a guided walk to some of the best spots to experience the lights; an aurora photography experience to lean how to capture the Northern Lights on you camera; dogsledding under the Northern Lights … an Aurora dinner – the list is endless.

Although all of these activities will be well worth experiencing and some can increase your chances, it is important to say that none can guarantee your seeing the Northern Lights. However, for the persistent, and given favourable weather, you are in the best possible place to experience the Northern Lights and the odds are in your favour!

 

About the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis)

Although there is much still being studied about the Northern Lights, it is agreed that they are cased by solar winds emanating from the sun. It is these charged particles that react with gasses in our atmosphere, the result of which we see as light. Although the most common colour of the Northern Lights is green, it is possible, depending on the gas that the solar energy is reacting with and the altitude of that reaction, for the northern lights to also be seen with reds, pinks and even blue tones.

Unsurprisingly, throughout time cultures living in the northern hemisphere passed on myths and legends around the Northern Lights. This includes everything from dragons in China, to spirits of the departed in Sweden to the reflection of herring in Norway. Only recently has modern science explained the Aurora, many still remember the stories and traditions passed down from generation to generation.

Although there is some science behind predicting the Northern Lights (which is not clear and straight forward as you would hope), you always have a chance to experience the lights given clear dark skies and a willing ness to continue to check the night sky.

 

Northern Lights hunting tips

Although there are no guarantees, there are a few things that can help your Aurora hunting.

Firstly, organised Northern lights tours with a quality guide will increase your chances as they will know the best places to get away from light pollution. They will also be able to give you more detail about what you are seeing.

Secondly, get kitted up properly. There is nothing worse than having to leave the best Northern Lights display because you are cold. Many of the Northern Lights activities in Lapland come with additional clothing for just that reason.

Take a head torch with a red light setting. This will allow your eyes to remain accustomed to the darkness making you more sensitive to seeing the Northern Lights as they develop.

Check the forecast. This is equally as important with the weather as it is the Aurora forecast. Weather wise, clear skies are good, Aurora forecast wise, take some time to learn the science, or check at your hotel who may well have a visual representation predicting where the it may appear.

Finally, and this one is the most important. Keep your eyes skyward and be persistent. Even on cloudy days sudden breaks in the cloud can reveal spectacular displays of the Northern Lights. When it comes to experiencing the Northern Lights, fortune favours the last person standing!