Aurora borealis, often referred as Polar or Northern lights is a natural light display in the sky seen in the high latitude regions around the Arctic.
To fully appreciate the glory and grandeur of this celestial display, you have to settle beneath the ever-changing lights and watch them curve and curl, slither and flicker.
If you’re planning an aurora-viewing trip, make sure not to schedule it in the middle of summer. You need darkness to see the northern lights, and places in the auroral zone have precious little of it during the summer months.
You also want clear skies. Winter and springtime are generally less cloudy than autumn in and around the northern auroral zone, so a trip between December and April makes sense.
Dress warmly, plan to watch the sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time, although an active period can occur anytime during the dark hours. Active periods are typically about 30 minutes long, and occur every two hours, if the activity is high. The aurora is a sporadic phenomenon, occurring randomly for short periods or perhaps not at all. You can have an aurora experience without even leaving your room or cottage if you so choose.
To check activity and receive an alarm on you mobile phone, please check for Aurora applications such as My Aurora Forecast & Alerts.
Hotel Iso-Syöte offers Northern light safaris at 20.00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – please also check for additional departures.
A nighttime snowmobile safari has a special atmosphere when driving under twinkling stars on the fells and through the snowy forests.