One of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are a mesmerising light show that dances across the night sky. Lapland experiences some of the best Northern Lights displays in the world, with resorts such as Levi having as many as 111 days of the Northern Lights per year.
When and where can I see the Northern Lights?
The lights can be seen throughout the winter from November to April and are visible from any of our Lapland resorts, which all lie at the optimum latitude, north of the Arctic Circle. You are most likely to see the Northern Lights between 7pm and 2am, when the skies are dark and clear. Move away from brightly lit areas and sources of artificial light for the best views of the Northern Lights and the strongest colours. Great places to see the lights include the forests of Lapland.
The Northern Lights in Local Folklore
The lights play a strong part in ancient folklore. Finnish legend tells how a great arctic fox would run across the snowy fells, swishing its tail and whipping up sparks as it struck the snow – hence the Finnish name for the lights: ‘Revontulet’ meaning Fox Fires. The indigenous Sami people believed the lights were their ancestors’ souls flying across the heavens.
Where to stay? – Log Cabins, Glass Igloos and Aurora Cabins
Staying for 7 nights significantly increases your chances of seeing this amazing natural phenomenon. They can be seen if you stay in any of our properties, although if you are staying in a hotel you may need to walk several metres away from the bright lights for the best views. Staying in a cosy log cabin, situated among the wild forests of Lapland is ideal for Aurora spotting.
One of the most unique and memorable ways to see the Northern Lights is with an overnight stay in a cosy, thermal Glass Igloo. Lie in the comfort of your own bed, gazing up at the night sky. Perfect! You can book a Glass Igloo overnight on a 7 night Lapland holiday in Levi or Saariselkä.
Guests staying at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge as part of our Northern Lights Adventure weeks may also choose to stay for one night in a well-equipped Aurora Cabin. Aurora Cabin overnight stays are also available in Saariselkä and Levi.
Excursions to see the Northern Lights
There are many exciting ways to view the Northern Lights. One of our favourites is the snow mobile safari, ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’. Since they are a naturally occurring phenomenon, they cannot be guaranteed but getting out into Lapland’s beautiful, unspoiled nature and away from artificial light sources will give you the best chance of seeing this captivating display.
For the more energetic a guided evening snowshoe excursion is another great opportunity. In most resorts we also offer an optional evening meal in a fell-top café or restaurant.
Northern Lights Adventure Weeks
Our Northern Lights Adventure Weeks are based at the Muotka Wilderness Lodge, located near Saariselkä. You can stay in the lodge for an entire week, or spend 3 nights here combined with 4 nights in Saariselkä.
Our holidays to the the Muotka Wilderness Lodge include many Northern Lights activities, maximising your chances of the seeing the Aurora for yourself.
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