Join us for a unique 4-hour adventure that combines a deep dive into the science of the Aurora Borealis with an exciting hunt for the Northern Lights in the beautiful wilderness of Northern Lapland. We begin our journey with meeting in 18:30 at the Xwander Basecamp, in the center of Ivalo Village, where you'll be geared up with winter overalls and boots to be ready for the Aurora Advanture. We will then continue with Northern Lights Workshop where you'll gain insights into the Northern Lights, including their scientific background, mythology, forecasting, and photography techniques.

After the workshop, we head out in comfortable minibuses to the most promising locations for that evening. Utilizing our wide network of wilderness pathways, we'll explore the wilderness of Inari municipality, an area with minimal light pollution, offering optimal conditions for viewing the Northern Lights.

Our experienced guides will closely monitor cloud and aurora forecasts, ensuring we maximize our chances of witnessing this magical phenomenon. Enjoy warm drinks and snacks to stay comfortable during our expedition. This adventure is not only about the Aurora but also about discovering the local culture, history, and nature of Northern Lapland.

We call you at 15:00 on the day of the activity to update on the weather forecast for the evening. We offer free rescheduling and option to switch to another activity if the conditions are not optimal for the the Auroras on tour date.

The entire program lasts around 4 hours, returning to Ivalo between 22:00 and 23:00.

We also provide supplementary pick-up services for the Saariselkä, Kakslauttanen, Kiilopää, Inari and Nellim areas.
Photo Credits Pertti Turunen & Antti Pietikäinen / Visit Finland

Know before you go

  • Physical Requirements: The tour involves being outdoors in cold weather, so participants should be prepared for low temperatures.
  • Accessibility:The experience is not fully accessible by wheelchair due to the nature of the terrain and activities. But we are able to offer accessible tour utilising our partner companies minivans with wheelchair support. Contact us for accessible options of this tour!
  • Age Restrictions: The tour may not be suitable for very young children due to the cold and the duration of the activity. For families and children we recommend our Aurora Camp product which is family friendly with activities like Stargazing with Telescope and Tobogganing in the camp. 
  • Weather Dependency: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The tour is highly dependent on weather conditions, especially cloud coverage.
  • Clothing and Gear: Warm clothing and suitable winter gear are essential. Overalls, warm boots, and mittens are provided if needed, but it's advisable to dress in layers. We can advice with clothing so ask, as well we sell Merino Wool layer kits, beanies, and accessories.

What do I need to bring?

  • Warm, Layered Clothing: Dress in layers to adjust to varying temperatures. Thermal underwear, a fleece or wool sweater, and an insulated jacket are recommended.
  • Hat, Scarf, and Gloves: Essential for protecting against the cold! (We have packages to offer you if you don't own these)
  • Camera or Smartphone: To capture the stunning Northern Lights. A fully charged battery is essential and preferably a powerbank.
  • Tripod: Optional, but recommended for stable and clear photos with SLRs.
  • Personal Headlamp: If you have one, bring it along (don't worry if not, we provide you with one).
  • Small Backpack: For personal belongings and extra clothes layers.
  • Snacks and Water: While snacks are provided, you may want to bring your favorites.
  • Positive Attitude and Adventurous Spirit: Ready to embrace the cold and marvel at the beauty of the Northern Lights!

Information

Duration

4 hours

Booking in advance

2 days

Difficulty

Easy

Minimum age

12

Location

Ivalo

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