As passionate aurora experts, our goal is to find the auroras for you! We will do whatever is possible to makes it happen, even if it means driving far or staying awake all night!
This Northern Lights tour is a proper aurora hunting experience! We will depart from Rovaniemi and drive in the most promising directions (based on a long analysis of the weather by your dedicated guide before the tour starts!). We will stop as many times as needed to regularly check the sky and discover more of Lapland landscapes.
At some point, we may decide to stop at one promising place and wait a bit longer. In this case, your guide will make a fire to warm you up and you will enjoy some Finnish snacks (veggie option possible). It is a good time for your guide to share all his passion and knowledge about the Northern Lights with you!
BASED ON WEATHER & FORECASTS
The main factor to observe the Northern Lights (from Rovaniemi or anywhere else) is the weather. You need a clear sky or at least a partly clear sky to be able to see auroras.
Before the tour, we analyse the latest weather maps, forecasts and charts to find the most promising spots and plan our Northern Lights trip. Even with a cloudy sky in Rovaniemi, there is still good chance to see some Northern lights if you know where to go.
And we can promise you: we will always honestly inform you about the forecast conditions and the chance of observing the Northern lights. If the conditions are not promising, we may reschedule to another night. With the Cancellation Insurance automatically included in your booking (cf. below), you may also cancel the tour a few hours before and get refunded.
Your guide will always be equipped with a professional camera, specifically designed for low-light photography. In our opinion, this is a must-have tool and we would never imagine chasing Northern Lights without a proper camera!
Why? Because the camera captures more light than your naked eye, so it will help anticipate the “invisible” evolution of the sky and therefore allow us to make the best decisions!
And of course, pictures are always nice to keep as a souvenir! All pictures that your guide takes during the tour will be sent to you by email in high quality!
CANCEL THE TOUR!
Our Northern Lights tour now automatically includes a Cancellation Insurance, that allows you to cancel free-of-charge your Northern Lights tour a few hours before (until 14.00, local time). You will then get your ticket refunded!
This is a good option if the weather turns bad or if you cannot reschedule to another night.
We usually do not take the decision to cancel the tour unless the weather is really bad and unsafe. Instead, we would happily reschedule if we still have availability. Why? Because most of our guests have travelled very far, and are usually willing to take their chance: even with a challenging weather, we may find Northern Lights… We also believe that the hunting experience in the beautiful dark cold nights of Lapland is anyway worth the try and efforts!
But we also understand that you might prefer to cancel at the last moment, and this is why we have included this Cancellation Insurance extra in our tour.
HOW IT WORKS:
- one Cancellation Insurance per person and per tour. The option is added up to the price when booking the tour online. The extra is 25€/adult and 15€/child (8 – 14 yo).
- the Cancellation Insurance allows you to request a cancellation until 14:00, local time (GMT+2). Please request it to firstname.lastname@example.org in due time. After that, full refund is not guaranteed.
- you will get a refund within 2-3 working days of your ticket. Please note that the refund does not include the cost of the cancellation insurance (25€/adult; 15€/child), which will be used to cover the administrative and banking fees. It does not cover other tours, other options nor clothes rental fees (5€) because the equipment will be reserved for you.
- If you don’t want the cancellation insurance, please contact us BEFORE booking, and we may book the tour for you without it.
So yes, you pay a little bit more but that gives you the opportunity to join the aurora tour only when the conditions are good enough. In the morning we send you our weather & solar conditions report, that will help you take your decision to go, reschedule or cancel. It will also be possible to change for another night adventure if you don’t want to waste your evening.
ABOUT YOUR AURORA HUNTER
All our guides are experienced and have spent a lot of time exploring the immensity of Lapland, discovering new areas and chasing Northern Lights. They have a big passion for the Aurora Borealis and they are always excited to go chase them. And of course, they will always be very happy to share with you their knowledge and passion about nature here!
When chasing Northern Lights, we work as a team. We analyse the weather predictions together and discuss about the best directions to explore. We collaborate to cover large areas, and always stay in communication to inform each other. This way, we increase our chance of observing the Northern lights with you!
GO FOR THE EXPERIENCE!
As we usually tell our guests before we start the trip: don’t go for the Northern Lights, go for the experience! It is indeed a memorable experience to take oneself outside into the dark cold nights of Lapland to chase the magic in the sky!
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee to see the Northern Lights. No matter how hard we try, no matter of the decisions we take or the distance we drive, sometimes we also need a bit of luck. Northern Lights are an unpredictable phenomenon, and despite our long experience, there is unfortunately nothing we can do if Mother Nature decides not to offer us auroras… This is also the beauty about the Northern lights and we all have to accept it.
But even if we are unlucky, the adventure will be worth it!
TRAVELING WITH KIDS?
CONTACT US BEFORE!
Going for a Northern lights hunt in winter sometimes means driving for hours and/or having to wait until late in the extreme cold. Temperatures may drop to -30C, and it is common that we come back to Rovaniemi only after midnight! Moreover, the best spots to observe the horizon are usually the most exposed to the wind (frozen lakes, hilltops…)!
As you may understand, an Aurora Borealis tour in Winter is not adapted to young kids. It can easily become unconfortable, or even unsafe. This is why we do not recommend this tour if you travel with children under the age of 8 years old.
Before booking online, please contact-us! We may then discuss about the opportunity to organise a special tour adapted to families. This is a Northern lights hunt, that is shorter and designed for families with kids of 4 – 8 years old.
Please note that if you decide to book for a young kid without asking us in advance, your booking is likely to be cancelled. You would be reimbursed but cancellation fees might apply. So please contact-us before, we are here to help and advise!
A SPECIAL NIGHT
Northern lights hunts always offer nights full of suprises and adventures. If actually you would like to make the most of this arctic night and offer a lovely surprise to your loved ones, please let us know! We would happily and discretly help you organise it, and could even suggest some little touches. And your guide will also be more prepared to capture the moment with his camera!
But remember! Northern Lights are never guaranteed, even if we always try everything to make it happen.
If you would like to enjoy a more intimate and tailored experience, we suggest to check our Private Northern Lights Photography Hunting, which also offers an option for a wilderness dinner.
- Personal aurora expert guide
- Weather analysis
- Hotel pickup
- Photos with professional camera
- Snacks & hot drinks
- Stories & explanation
- Cancellation Insurance: cancel up to a few hours before! (25€/adult; 15€/child)
- Clothes rental: Winter overalls + boots (5€/pers)
We recommend to book in advance, as availability may be very limited in peak seasons.
A minimum of 2 paying adult participants is required for the trip to operate. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if the group is too small or because of bad weather conditions.
If you are a solo traveler, you are very welcome to join any departing trip at the standard price or we may organise the trip just for you at some extra costs (please contact us).
Child prices apply only to children under 12 years old. Children must be accompanied by one adult. The child rate only apply if the conditions of two paying adult participant is met. Please note that children under 8 years old must be declared before booking and their participation is subject to our approval because of safety reasons.
Please dress appropriately according to the weather, with warm clothes, good winter boots, gloves, hats and thick socks. You may rent professional winter overalls and winter boots for an extra cost of 5€/set.
The start time mentioned in the calendar or on your ticket is only indicative. You will receive more information before the tour regarding the weather and conditions. The start time will then be adapted to the conditions (usually +/- 1h) to increase your chance.
For bookings made after 1.02.2023:
With Cancellation Insurance, participants may then cancel until 14:00 (GMT +2) free of charge. Tickets will be refunded, but the costs of the insurance (25€ for adults, 15€ for children) or equipment rental fees will be kept to cover administrative fees.
Without Cancellation Insurance, any cancellation is non-refundable.
For bookings made before 31.01.2023:
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 7 days or more before departure;
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled between 7 days and 24h before departure.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 24h or less before departure.
This cancellation policy does not apply when then Cancellation Insurance option is booked: participants may then cancel until 15:00 (GMT +2) and get refunded the price of their ticket. The costs of the insurance (25€ for adults, 15€ for children) or equipment rental fees will be kept to cover administrative fees.