Aurora Hunting Tours

I organise small northern lights and photography tours in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland. The tours only happen if there is a good chance to see the auroras!
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What you need to know!

 My aurora tour departs from Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, on such nights when seeing auroras is possible. Usually, the sky is clear in Rovaniemi no more than 1-2 nights out of 10, so quite often we search for clear skies elsewhere, and that’s why we have some of the highest success rate in whole Lapland (at least 95%). Quite often we can drive 150–450 km return trip to see auroras, and sometimes, we can even go to Swedish Lapland. However, if the weather is very bad in whole Finnish & Swedish Lapland, the tour does not start at all. 

Our tours are done in small groups from 2 to 8 people. The tour lasts around 5–8 hours, depending on how much driving we need to do. Sometimes, a good spot can be found not far away from Rovaniemi (50-100km). But other times, we might drive 2-3 hours. We depart on the the tour early, to be in time for auroras, and we never leave until the show is over. We might do a picnic while waiting, but it is not the main thing. Aurora is!

When the auroras come, we take aurora pictures and videos together. I will be happy to teach you how to make beautiful aurora photos with your own camera. You can also use my professional gear and tripods. Making aurora photos is much fun! We can get really creative with using different lights.

The tour costs 220€ per person (Christmas period 250€). It’s not cheap, but you only pay after a successful tour. No advance payment required. Wasting your time & money is the last thing I want. The price includes all photos & videos, warm winter clothing (overalls & boots), hot tea, small but nice snack, transportation to and from your hotel.

For groups over 5 people, the tour can be arranged in other areas like Levi, Saariselkä, Ruka etc. We can also make a 2–3 day tour, with sightseeing around Lapland in daytime, and aurora hunting at night time. Please contact me for a custom tour!

Aurora info

Generally speaking, you can see auroras on many nights in Lapland (3 nights out of 4). However, the intensity of the auroras varies from night to night. Sometimes, the aurora is small, and can be seen in the form of an arc over the horizon. Other times, there is an aurora storm, and the northern lights are dancing all over the skies! It is impossible to predict the aurora activity more than a few days in advance. However, you’ll always get a realistic forecast from me regarding your tour.

The best seasons for northern lights is from early September until the end of October, as well as from February through March and beginning of April. This is when you are 2 times more likely to see big auroras, compared to middle of winter. 

November & December can be considered average months for aurora activity. We do see lots of auroras during these months, however, they are more likely to be smaller. Aurora storms are possible, but less likely. November, in my experience, is the toughest month to see the auroras. This is when winter begins in Lapland, and it snows quite a lot and it’s very cloudy,  making it very challenging to hun the auroras. 

December is a good month for northern lights. Cold winter weather usually allows for more clear skies, and more auroras. However, keep in mind that December is a very busy month for tourism, and the prices for hotels are at their highest.  I also have quite many requests for tours, so please contact me in advance.

Romantic moment under the Northern Lights in ivalo Lapland Finland. Photo by Alexander Kuznetsov / Aurora Hunting
Northern lights tour with Alexander Kuznetsov from Aurora Chasing in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland.

January is like December, but better, because it is less busy, and the prices are more reasonable. Usually, it is very cold too, and there is plenty of opportunity to see auroras. For all of my tours, you get warm clothes & boots, however, while waiting for auroras, you can still feel cold. Most often, there’s an opportunity to warm up in the car if it feels too cold.

February is a great month for auroras, and you can feel the aurora activity intensifying. The northern lights appear bigger, often covering half of the night sky.

March & early April is when aurora activity gets big again, and it is great time for aurora hunting! There’s still lots of snow, and you can enjoy winter activities like skiing. The temperatures are also not as cold as in December or January, making the wait for auroras a little bit more pleasant. This is why I consider March & early April the best winter months to visit Lapland. 

The Aurora season ends somewhere in Mid-April, when the nights are becoming too short. The last tours of the season are usually done around 15–18 April. 

From December to end-February, I also organise a daytime photo tour to Riisitunturi national park.

memories from lapland

Professional Aurora Photos & Videos

We take beautiful aurora photos and videos on our tour. We also experiment with flashes and led lights to create some amazing shots. You will get all of the successful photos and realtime aurora videos from our tour!

Testimonials

Our Aurora hunting guests are saying

“Thankful forever”

“I would like to describe someone really special I met in Rovaniemi last year. He was so attentive since the first time we talked. He shared with me all of his knowledge about the northern lights and drove for a couple of hours to show us the aurora dancing in the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen in my life. Thanks to him, I had the most amazing night of my life seeing the northern lights and I’ll be forever thankful to him. He’s Alex Kuznetsov.

Renata Santos

“Amazing experience”

We went on a tour last night with Alex and had the most amazing experience. Thoroughly recommend his knowledge, hospitality and experience to ensure you locate the Northern Lights and see the beauty unfold. We definitely needed his experience in helping us take great photos (though his photos were just so much better). Alex also provided warm clothes, shoes plus a Finnish picnic which capped off they night. Thanks so much for an amazing night!!!!! “

Christine Cowal

“The best aurora hunter in Rovaniemi”

The best Aurora Hunter tour in Rovaniemi. Alex is very professional and nice. We saw beautiful Aurora and learnt a lot of knowledges about Aurora yesterday.
The best tour for Aurora.

Bae-Yong Kim

“Thank you for the tour!”

“We are leaving Rovaniemi today and we wanted to thank you for the tour and all the information you gave us, it made our trip 100% more exciting! We are happy to meet you and wish you good luck with hunting all the auroras, thank you Alex.”

Damla & Eda

see the video from our aurora adventures!

Important details about the tour:

Forecast is short

The span for aurora and weather forecast is extremely short. Once your trip to Rovaniemi is near, we will provide you with the latest forecast, and choose the best night for a tour with you. Sometimes, the decision about the tour is made just a few hours beforehand. If the weather is bad or aurora activity is weak, our advice is usually to stay home. We only do a handful of tours per month and keep our success rate high!

Every tour is unique

We do not have a standard departure time or set location for our tour. Our tours are very flexible, and can start earlier or later, depending on the forecast. We choose our locations depending on the season and weather. If one place is not working, we go search for another one. We try to avoid other groups & mass tourism to have our own privacy. The duration of the tour varies between 5 and 8 hours.

Better for adults

Aurora hunting often take us on long journeys accross Lapland. We often spend several hours outside. Despite very warm clothes and boots that we provide, it can still feel freezing. That said, we did have many amazing experiences with families with kids. If you are a family, you need to be aware of the tour’s long duration & cold weather. The minimum age is 7–8 years, infants and toddlers should stay home.

Pricing & schedule

1.9.2022–15.12.2022
& 5.1.2023–15.4.2023
220€ per person

Christmas season
16.12.2022–4.1.2023
250€ per person

What’s included?

Aurora hunting for the whole night (5-8 hours with car travel)

Aurora photos & videos without limit

Warm padded overalls & robust winter boots

Hot tea & snack during the trip

Gear lending: tripods & cameras

Pickup and return to your hotel or apartment

Contact me for a tour!

The tour will only take place if there is a good chance.

No advance payment is required.