Hunt the Aurora in Finnish Lapland
Finland’s Lapland, located within the Arctic, is often overlooked as one of the better destinations to see the Aurora Borealis. But with displays shining bright on more than 200 nights a year (nights are dark enough from late August to April), spectators are unlikely to be left wanting. Journeying further north, away from the city lights and into the Arctic wilderness, will only better your chances.
At a Glance
200 nights of Northern Lights
2-month long Polar Night
Home of Santa Claus
Embrace the thick snow and plummeting temperatures beyond the Arctic Circle at Kakslauttanen, nearby Urho Kekkonen, one of Finland’s largest national parks. Home of the original and iconic glass igloo, here you can simply gaze up and admire the stunning night sky and vivid flashes of colour it may bring, all while keeping deliciously warm within the thermal glass rooms.
Those with young families may want to be closer to Rovaniemi, the capital city of Lapland and home to the jolly man in red (though the location of his private residence remains a secret). Here you will find the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, situated on the Arctic Circle, where treetop cabins with panoramic windows frame the night sky.
The Arctic Light Hotel in the heart of Lapland-Rovaniemi (a WWF partner and protector of polar bears), means that a visit to Santa Claus Village is only a 15-minute drive away, while pristine, white landscapes are still within easy reach. But there’s nothing like venturing off the beaten track to hunt the aurora on a clear starry night out in nature. Chase the lights on snowmobile through forests and up fells, visit a husky farm for a ride in the wilderness, slowly take in your surroundings on a horseback ride or seek out the spectacle on a Northern Lights hike.
However you wish to admire this natural phenomenon, experience the best of Finnish hospitality with a tailor-made journey.