On the hunt for Northern lights!

 

Aurora Borealis is an unique natural phenomenon, which can be seen in an oval centred over the Northern hemisphere. But what is the best place to see them in Lapland?

Answer is simple - go as north as you can! Northern lights visibility can be indicated for instance by Kp index which is a scale from 0 to 9. Using this number you can see what level of solar activity is needed to view lights. Between kp numbers 1 and 2, lights can be seen almost every clear night. In Southern parts of Lapland (kp2-kp3), lights shine statistically less often, about every third clear night. In Southern Finland (kp4-kp5) they are visible only about 10-20 nights a year. Our main destinations Levi, Saariselkä, Vasatokka (Inari) are located exactly on the strongest Northern light area.

The lights might appear and just as suddenly vanish any time from just after sunset to just before dawn. You can enhance your chances by participating in night activities by snowshoes or snowmobiles. Local guides will take you safely to the middle of the wilderness where can enjoy the silence of Arctic nature at campfire while waiting the lights to appear!

Unfortunately solar activity cannot be guaranteed every night and even the strongest aurora can be totally blocked by cloudy weather. For this reason we have found optimal tour duration to be at least four nights in the destination. According to our statistics, about 70 % of our Lapland tour participants see the Northern lights!

For real time Northern light forecast, please take take a look at Aurora Service webpage! 

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Discover the magic of Northern Lapland on Timetravels' group tours. Venture far beyond the Arctic Circle, meet Santa Claus, enjoy the beauty of pure nature and feel the thrill of extreme winter activities. 

 


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