Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Professional Camera One-day tour

Our partner: Wild aboutLapland

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Description

After we have collected and properly dressed our guests with professional winter overalls and boots (temperature can drop to -30°C!), your professional guide will drive you northwards, far away from Rovaniemi, straight out to the wilderness to start hunting for the Northern Lights.

During the day, we always check the weather forecasts and the solar activity reports. This way, we can adapt the start of the tour to get the best chance to enjoy the clearer sky and observe the Northern Lights. Based on the analysis of the meteorological situation and our experience, we will drive to locations that are more promising and would offer a better chance to see this natural phenomenon. For example, if the forecasts and Aurora predictions are not promising around the Rovaniemi area, your guide may take you up to 100 kilometres away to get a better sky.

We always check the evolution of the weather conditions during the tour, and you may decide together to jump back in the minivan and get to another location if you feel so. As this excursion is a 4-hour Aurora hunt, you may get the chance to visit up to 3 locations and increase your chances to observe the Northern Lights.

This excursion will also offer you the unique opportunity to drive long distances through the Lapland wilderness and explore the Arctic nature. You may embark with your guide on different routes that will always lead you to the fantastic scenery. At the different stops, you may take a short walk through the very old, white and snowy forest or to the top of some fells. You may cross a hanging wooden bridge over powerful rapids, enjoy the silence on a lake beach or maybe stand in the middle of an immensity of ice and snow. Hopefully, with Auroras dancing over your heads!

Those experiences are almost always done in the complete dark, so your eyes get time to adjust to the conditions. Not only do your eyes adjust (you actually see better in the dark), but then you see the scenery in a completely new and beautiful way.

On the way, you will also get the opportunity to build a fire, whether in nature, next to a log hut (what we call here Laavu or Kota) or in a teepee. Your guide will teach you how to lit a fire traditionally, without matches or lighter, using nothing else but silver birch bark and flint and steel to lite it. Once the fire is lit, and the kettle is boiling, your guide will keep an eye on the moving sky. While waiting for the first greenish arches to appear above your head, they will share with you their knowledge and passion about the forest, the nature of Lapland, wildlife, and the Northern Lights. You will also get some hot beverages to warm you up, grill your sausages over the open fire and enjoy your snack with the most famous Finnish mustard.

We invite you to take your camera with you (you can rent or buy a tripod from us if you wish) to capture the Auroras. In all cases, your guide will be equipped with a professional camera and will take as many pictures as possible (feel free to ask him/her!) of you and the Northern Lights. We will send you a link to download all the pictures the next day.

On all our excursions, our groups are limited to 8 people maximum. It is very important for us to provide you with the best experience possible, and avoid mass tourism. This way, your guide will know you better and will be able to address all your needs and answer your questions.

Furthermore, when it comes to the Northern Lights, chances to observe them properly are increased when groups (and light pollution emitted by torches, phones, and cameras) are reduced. As we usually say - the smaller the group, the bigger the experience!

WE OFFER A -30% DISCOUNT FOR YOUR SECOND NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR! Contact us when booking to get your personal promo code! Please note that discounts do not combine and your first Northern Lights Wilderness Tour has to be already booked and fully paid.

What´s Included

  • COVID Safe trip,
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off for accommodations outside the city center,
  • Up to 3 locations visited to hunt the Northern Lights,
  • Professional winter clothing and boots,
  • Professional Aurora guide with camera,
  • Light refreshments and snacks,
  • Pictures taken by the guide sent to you the next day,
  • Small-group tour only (maximum of 8 people),
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges.

What to bring

We will provide you with overalls and boots, but please be prepared and use good under-layers, socks, hats and gloves. 

Additional information

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions. A small amount of walking in the cold may be involved. A maximum of 8 people per booking.

DEPARTURE and PICK-UP TIME: Hotel pick-ups commence between 5 and 30 minutes prior to the start time. Please note that the departure time mentioned on your ticket is for information only. We will confirm the departure time (and the pick-up/meeting time) in the morning by email. Every morning, we examine the latest weather reports and the Aurora forecasts, we assess the chance and make the plan accordingly. We may then adapt the start time to the weather conditions in order to increase our chance to observe the Northern Lights. Please check your emails (and the SPAM folder!) so that you do not miss the information about weather conditions and pick up time. 

COVID-19: Your safety is our priority! Because of the Covid-19, we have taken additional measures to limit the risks of contagion and similar risks during our tours. Now more than ever, it makes even more sense for us to keep our philosophy of small group tours and to refuse mass tourism. Check our sanitary policy here.  

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