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Are you looking for a vacation idea that is outside of the norm? Instead of spending time indoors shopping, why not take a trip to Finland instead? Taking in the awe-inspiring Northern Lights from Rovaniemi is sure to represent an experience that you and your family won’t soon forget.
To make the most of your travels, you can also enjoy the unique pleasures Finland has to offer. We review and offer an extensive range of exclusive tours to witness one of the seven wonders of the world while also providing a taste of the delights Finland has to offer.
There is nothing more magical than watching the Northern Lights illuminate the Rovaniemi area with rich shades of red, yellow, and green in the clear night sky. The tour specialist from the Rovaniemi area is delighted to help you participate in this amazing delight. Our tour packages include visiting the lights, transportation to and from your hotel, informational commentary, and more.
We have a variety of packages to choose from ranging from campfire BBQs & snowmobile safaris to a nighttime flight that gets you up close and personal with the festive colors of the north. No matter what your tour desires may be, we will make sure your trip to see the Northern Lights from Rovaniemi a delight.
Best Northern Light Tours in Rovaniemi
There are plenty of tours available in Finland, but none of them compare to the professional packages we review and offer here at Northern Light Tours Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is a beautiful place to be when the Northern Lights make an appearance, and we would love to be your escort as you cross this item off of your bucket list.
Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ
What better way to enjoy Rovaniemi at night than with a snowmobile ride across the powder and into the still majesty of nature.
This tour is a three-hour excursion into the Lappish wilderness where visitors will be able to view the clear skies without background interference from the city.
Crossing the arctic circle at night is a delight in itself, but experiencing the vibrant colors of the Northern Lights at the same time transforms it into something magical.
- Take an exhilirating late-night snowmobile ride
- See the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle
- Experience a Lappish barbecue by campfire
- Explore the beautiful Northern landscapes by night
What your tour looks like
During the tour, guests will be able to disembark from their snowmobiles to enjoy the quiet stillness of nature while warming up by the fire.
BBQ sausages or vegan options will be available in addition to hot drinks while waiting for the light show to appear.
The trip includes transport on a snowmobile for two adults. The tour is suitable for all ages, however, children 14 and under will ride in a sled towed behind the snowmobile.
Transport to and from your hotel within 8km is provided.
Make sure to dress in warm layers, winter boots, and to wear a thick hat suitable for the deep cold weather.
The tour guides will provide commentary in English during the tour.
The trip is available to visitors of all ages, but please keep in mind that it starts in the evening and ends at night.
Northern Lights Hunt Via Minibus
Have you come to Finland in search of a grand adventure? If so, our Northern Lights hunting tour is going to be right up your alley.
Once you have explored the daytime delights of Rovaniemi, join us on our spacious minibus as we put the sights and sounds of the city behind us in search of natural delights.
- See the Northern Lights dancing upon the arctic skies
- Take pictures of this natural phenomenon
- Enjoy a 2-hour tour led by an English-speaking guide
- Drive into Lapland’s countryside, far away from the city lights of Rovaniemi
- Learn everything about the Polar Lights
What your tour looks like
We will drive to many of the best spotting locations in Lapland to view the colorful Northern lights as the sky is set aflame with vibrant hues.
The guide will take you on a two-hour adventure which is paired with commentary about the history and facts of the Polar Lights.
The trip includes traveling from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi over the snowy field, and stunning Lapland landscapes.
The tour will cover a number of spotting locations and also a few stops in between for snacks and photography sessions. Transport to and from your hotel is also provided.
The tour guides will provide commentary in English, and at just over $70 a person, a great deal for those looking to experience the Northern Lights on a budget.
Northern Lights Photography Tour
Finland has a lot to offer from rich local culture to a varied cuisine. That being said, most people visit Rovaniemi in the winter to experience the wonder of the Northern Lights.
Nothing can compare to the stunning natural light show that is on display during clear nights, thankfully, with the Northern Light Photography Tours you can capture a bit of the magic on film to help you remember your visit.
- Hunt the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi
- Capture amazing photographs of the Northern Lights
- Visit two to three locations during the night
- Get tips from professional photographers
What your tour looks like
The tours will be guided by professional tour guides who know all of the best spots where you can capture the perfect shot.
The experienced guides are moreover pro photographers themselves which will make your light hunting tour even better.
They are all too delighted to share their tips and trick to help make your pictures come to life.
The trip includes a visit to at least three locations during the twilight and evening hours which are perfect for capturing the Northern lights on film.
Travel around the Rovaniemi area will be via a luxe minivan and depending on the weather, the tour may venture as far as 100km into nature to capture the best views of the Northern lights.
Transport to and from your hotel within 10km is provided in addition to winter weather outerwear if needed.
BBQ gear will also be packed on to provide hot drinks and snacks during the tour.
The tour guides will provide commentary in English, and the minimum age for the photography tour is 10 years old.
Northern Lights Through Flight
What can be more thrilling than flying through the night to enjoy the wonders of a clear, star-filled sky?
Just about the only way to top such a benevolent experience is flying high through the Northern Lights.
Visitors will be able to explore the Lapland skies and experience the wonder of the Northern Lights in a completely unique way thanks to our exclusive tours.
- Enjoy a flying experience that is possible only in Lapland
- Experience a unique way to see the Northern Lights
- Admire this great natural wonder
What your tour looks like
The darkest nights allow you to watch the sky come alive with the sight and vibrancy of the Aurora Borealis against the winter sky.
Instead of waiting for the clouds to clear, our skilled pilot will take you above the clouds to experience the lights in a way few others have before.
The trip includes transport to and from your hotel to the Rovaniemi airport is provided for each tour member. OurPiper PA31 private aircraft is manned by two seasoned pilots and the plane has space for a maximum of 7 people.
The total time for the trip including landing and take-off is just about an hour. The tour guides will provide commentary in English, and though translators are available for other tours, space limitations prevent the addition of extra people on the flight.
The tours are for adults and children over the age of 5 only.
There are a lot of ways to experience the Northern lights while visiting Lapland, but we guarantee that you will never find another tour like this one.
Bundle up in a thermal suite and float on a lake in the middle of the ice as you watch the exotic lights dance in the sky. While it may sound a bit intimidating, the insulated suit keeps you warm even when you are surrounded by ice and snow.
The zero-gravity sensation paired with gazing at the light show amid the stars will melt your stress away even in the middle of winter.
- Float in an icy lake
- Admire the Northern Lights
- Wear high quality insulated suits
- Be accompanied by a professional guide
What your tour looks like
The trip includes a delightful ride to a private lagoon on the Lapland landscape 15 km outside of the city.
You will be positioned in an area near a lake that is ideally situated for viewing the Northern Lights.
To help shelter you from the cold while floating in the water, insulated suits will be provided. The underwater music show will make your time under the Northern Lights ethereal.
While you are waiting, the amiable tour guides will serve hot blueberry tea and mouthwatering warm gingerbread to tease your taste buds.
Transport to and from your hotel is provided in addition to winter weather outerwear.
The tour guides communicate in English, however, you can request auxiliary languages with an advance booking for a modest fee.
What is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi?
The Northern Lights can be seen during several months of the year. When the skies are clear, it is easier to see the color variations and the different striations clearly.
In Rovaniemi, the best time of year to see the lights are evenings in the late fall all the way through the middle of spring. Generally, this will be around the end of August until the first weeks of April each year. The lights appear in the evenings, often between 19:00 and 2:00 (7pm and 2am); however, there is no set time, as they’re naturally-occurring and don’t follow a schedule.
Is Sweden or Finland better for spotting the Northern Lights?
Both Sweden and Finland offer picturesque views of the Northern Lights. Sweden has a lot to offer, but Finland is one of the most enjoyable places near the Arctic Circle for aurora spotting.
The lights are visible across considerable areas of the country and tours in Finland are much more affordable than those found in surrounding areas.
What is the best app to check the activity of the Northern Lights?
There are several high-quality, accurate apps that you can use to track the lights. One of the best is the app: Aurora Borealis Forecast and Alerts.
What causes the Northern Lights to Appear?
Also known as “Aurora borealis”, the Northern Lights are the result of solar winds that are filled with charge particles that enter the Earth’s magnetosphere.
The particles (primarily electrons and protons) are precipitated in the upper atmosphere, and as they lose their energy, the emit vibrant lights that appear in a variety of colors, including red, green, blue, yellow, and pink.
How long do the Northern Lights last?
They can last anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. The length of time depends on the magnitude of the solar wind the charged particles are traveling on.