Look at the night sky. It is usually a dark blue ground in a jet black. Icy stars and timid planets shine and shine. If you are lucky, have a keen eye and the sky is clear, you can see the trail of a comet or the less supernatural lights of an airplane. The fireworks burst and scatter the color in the night sky, but they disappear in an instant. The moon washes and fades, gives and retains its pearl shine.
The night sky is a beautiful canvas. But no phenomenon transforms the night sky like the Northern Lights. Shimmering shades of green, Pink, Blue, ultraviolet, Red Stripes, walk, dance, twist and sneak into the night sky, making a living work of art. It is bold, beautiful, unforgettable, and it is on the list of all travelers, adventurers, scientists, romantics, artists and all the inhabitants of the planet. The only drawback? The Northern Lights were making their way across the skies of some countries. The advantage? Finland is one of them. This country has so much to offer, except the Northern Lights. Cities steeped in history, lush lakes and national parks, beautiful architecture, warm and tasty cuisine, welcoming people and breathtaking landscapes. You can visit the Northern Lights, but you leave with so much more. Today, let’s take a trip to the Finnish sky, along the paths of the northern lights and the earth that inhabits them.
What are the Northern Lights?
Without getting too technical, the Northern Lights (also called Northern Lights, Northern Lights, Polar Lights) are actually the result of disturbances in space that surround a planet (like ours) caused by the solar wind (a stream of charged particles released by the sun). This phenomenon, which takes place outside our planet, radiates the colors that we see in the sky. You can see everything from a soft glow of green, bold sweeps of colored arcs sweeping across the sky, beams of colored lights cutting upward and domed wreaths exploding with color.
When can we see the Northern Lights in Finland?
Although it is great to see the Northern Lights illuminate the sky every day of the year, these colorful lights are only available in specific time windows. If your only goal of traveling to Finland is to discover the Northern Lights, then here are your windows:
Winter enters Finland for the first time in autumn. From the end of August (or sometimes mid-September), you can see the northern lights shining above the sky of northern Finland. Although the days offer their own treat-watch the lush green leaves turn into golden, brown and red shades of autumn.
Winter stretches comfortably for 4-5 months of the year in Finland. This will give you enough time to see the Northern Lights shining all over the country. During the day, you can enjoy winter sports, visit the Santa Claus village or snuggle under a blanket in front of a fireplace.
Spring has a short but sweet love affair with Finland. While the air is fresh and the flowers are in their first bloom, the days are getting longer, which makes it more difficult to see the Northern Lights during this season. Don’t give up hope completely. If the sky is clear and you are willing to stay up after, you may be lucky enough to see the lights.
Like other countries that host the northern lights, summer can be the worst season to visit if you’re chasing the northern lights. The long days and the Midnight sun raise any chance of seeing these lights.
What are the best places to watch the lights in Finland?
Finland is undoubtedly a generous country, and this characteristic extends to the Northern Lights. Wherever you are in Finland, there is a chance that you will see the lights (in the right weather conditions). However, we have narrowed down a few places that offer the best views of nature’s most spectacular light show.
Rovaniemi: this city offers a beautiful view of the lights. On average, the Northern Lights dance on Rovaniemi 150 times a year. It may be necessary to walk a little outside the city for the brightest views, but you can still see them within the city limits.
Utsjoki: this largely uninhabited city is located in the northern part of Finland under a beautifully clear sky-perfect for watching the lights. On days when the lights are not so visible, you can even cross the border with Norway to see the Northern Lights.
Kemi: If you have the chance to observe the Northern Lights from Kemi, take it! Rent a glass villa and spend the night in the warmth of the borders, watching the swirl of shadows in the sky.
Nellim: Whether you’re looking to sneak in the front doors or discover the lights in the lap of luxury, think of Nellim. Residents of this small lakeside town often claim that this is the best place to observe the Northern Lights. Dog sledding in the morning, dawn hunting in the evening. What could be better?
Levi: This popular resort offers many Northern Lights tours, which include many different activities if you go after the lights.
Saariselka: for 200 days a year, the sky of Saariselka welcomes the Northern lights. Every clear night in winter is an opportunity to observe this phenomenon from the mountains of Finland.
Ivalo: if you are looking for expert advice, take a Northern Lights tour from this small village just outside Saariselka. The expert will take you to the best parts and teach you how to photograph this miracle.
Other places include Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Ulanka National Park, Kakslauttanen, Muonio and Kilpisjarvi.
Tips for seeing the Northern Lights in Finland
- Plan your trip: As we mentioned earlier, there are times and places that increase the chances of a Northern Lights night sky. Plan your trip according to these parameters.
- Check the forecast: this is not a scheduled show. There are several factors that go into the creation of this phenomenon. Before you go, be sure to check the forecast on websites such as the Aurora forecast or the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
- Get ready: the Northern lights appear in autumn and winter. That means it’s cold. Pack layers and plenty of warm clothes if you plan to follow the auroras outside.
- Patience: you have perfect forecasts, forecasts and weather conditions. However, nature goes on its own time, not ours. Set aside at least 2-3 days for the Northern Lights. The wait is definitely worth it.
- Photos: Research the type of camera and the techniques you need to photograph this phenomenon. A simple click on your camera phone may not be enough.
- Hunt: these lights playful and dance in the Finnish sky. To track them down, the best advice is to visit the north of Lapland. Southern Finland entertains the lights only 10-12 nights a year.
The tops of the hills and the shores of the lakes are excellent vantage points for the lights.
What are some of the ways to see the lights?
If you are chasing the aurora, there are several ways to do it. You can choose to snowshoe under the night sky, Go cross-country skiing, slide on the snow on a snowmobile or on a dog sled. If you are looking for a more comfortable indoor option, consider booking one of these options:
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You can roll up under a blanket, turn your head back and look outside the windows, walls or roofs to admire this magnificent light show.
Are you ready to chase those elusive lights? To absorb the awe and beauty of nature and the greatest creation of space? Then go to your nearest Thomas Cook branch or visit the Thomas Cook website to book your tickets, and accommodation and buy all the tickets to fly to the Finnish sky!