Northern Lights

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.

Read more : Chasing the Northern Lights

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Northern light safari

A nighttime snowmobile safari has a special atmosphere when driving under twinkling stars on the fells and through the snowy forests. We stop to admire the stars in the sky. We’ll have a coffee break by an open campfire. When you are lucky, you might see the Northern Lights!

  • Included: Snowmobile safari, coffee and buns, safari outfit
  • Duration: approx. 2,5 hours
  • Price: 125 € / person when 2 persons/snowmobile or 165 € / person when 1 person/snowmobile

Northern light safaris are part of Hotel Iso-Syöte’s winter-season weekly programme– see details here!

Unique Winter Safaris

Winter in Iso Syöte is enjoying a holiday in real “Winter Wonderland”.

Snowshoe trip

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Snowmobile safaris

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Downhill skiing

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Reindeer Safari

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Husky Safari

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Other Safaris

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Northern Lights

Aurora borealis, often referred as Polar or  Northern lights is a natural light display in the sky seen in the…

Snow Igloo

Experience the arctic night on top of the Iso-Syöte fell. The temperature may drop to a seriously low level outside,…

Cross-country skiing

A magnificent 3 km cross-country ski track starts from the hotel courtyard and goes around the summit of Iso-Syöte. The track…

Easy to reach

Hotel Iso-Syöte is located in the southern borders of Lapland, on the top of the southernmost fell in Finland. The hotel is within easy reach by car or via Oulu, Kuusamo or Rovaniemi airports. We’ll gladly arrange your airport transfer to get to Iso-Syöte!