The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons in nature and when in Finland, it is a part of every visitor’s itinerary here. In order to make it convenient for visitors to catch a glimpse of this natural wonder, there are several purpose- built spaces, ranging from luxury suites to glass igloos.
Northern Lights in Finland are visible on approximately 200 nights in a year but if you are lucky enough, you can watch these illuminating lights on every other clear night in the region of Finnish Lapland.
Although there are suites and igloos where tourists can stay and watch the Northern Lights but one of the most traditional ways of spotting these lights is snowshoeing, snowmobile, sled dog touring as well as cross- country skiing.
If you would prefer to add comfort to your stay here rather than gazing into dark winter skies, then igloos and luxury hotels are the best staying options while on your expedition to watching the Northern Lights.
When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
Catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is one of the main reasons why people visit this country. Although the Northern Lights are visible on more than 200 nights in a year, travelers are more likely to see this marvelous natural phenomenon starting from late September to late March.
Since the sun never rises during the months of December as well as January as we move towards the high Arctic, there are more chances of you seeing the Northern Lights. The absence of sunlight will make it difficult for you to engage in any other activity; therefore giving you more time in catching a glimpse of these lights. The months of December and January are also the holiday period here and people flock towards the city of Lapland to meet Santa Claus- the Father Christmas. Therefore, winters might not be the ideal time if you are coming only to see the Northern Lights.
As you move towards Northern Europe, October and November months tend to be comparatively cloudier and seeing the Northern Lights is only possible when the sky is clear i.e. on nearly 80 percent of the clear nights you can watch the dramatic Northern Lights without any hindrance.
If you are embarking on your journey to see these lights, then make sure to keep your eyes glued to the skies. Usually the lights are seen between 6pm to 4am but the highest probability of appearance is between 10pm- 11pm. Also remember that a full moon can bleach out this natural phenomenon and lights may not be all that bright on few nights. This is the reason why majority of the tours are organized around the new moon.