Aurora Hunting TourI organise small northern lights photography tours in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland!
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How does the aurora tour work?
My aurora tour departs from Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. The tours are organised from end-August until early April. The tours are done in small groups only with minimum 2–3, and maximum 8 of people. We depart on a tour such nights when seeing auroras is possible.
Usually, the sky is clear in Rovaniemi on about 10–20% of the nights. This means that most times if you want to see the Aurora, we need to go elsewhere.
Where exactly? This depends on then night. Before each tour I review many different forecast models to determine which area has the best chance for skies. That’s why we succeed 95% of the time. Sometimes, however, even if we do our part and find clear skies, the aurora does not show up. That’s nature. For such nights, I have my aurora guarantee – you only pay for seeing the northern lights with a naked eye.
The tour lasts around 5–10 hours, depending on how much driving we need to do. If the sky is clear in Rovaniemi area, a good spot can be found within 75-100km drive. Such nights are, however, quite rare. Usually, we need to drive at leat 2-3 hours or more to reach clear skies. That means going 200-450 km away from Rovaniemi.
Sometimes, driving even as much as 400–450 km from Rovaniemi is not enough to reach clear skies. For such cases, I offer extra long tours (12-16 hours), which basically means going to Norway. These tours are dedicated to people who want to do everything possible to see the lights, and are specially priced (from 300€ per person). For such tours you still pay 50% even if we don’t see the lights.
We depart on the tour early, and don’t leave until the show is over. We skip the “aurora barbeque”, because seeing the Aurora is the main thing! I do have some hot tea & snacks with us, and you can also take some drinks and snacks with you.
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 tripod. Making aurora photos is fun! We can get really creative with using different led lights or lanterns.
The tour includes all photos & videos, warm winter clothing (overalls & boots), hot tea, small but nice snack, transportation to and from your hotel.
There are nights when it is just too cloudy everywhere, or the aurora activity is too small anyway. Usually, if that’s the case, the tour is cancelled.
Keep in mind that during Full Moon there’s too much extra light, making it difficult to see small aurora with a naked eye. You will still see medium or big aurora despite the moon light, however, new moon is better. I suggest that you check the Moon Phase calendar before booking your trip. Also, aurora activity is different depending on the mont – check my Aurora info.
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Aurora Photos & Videos
We take beautiful aurora photos and real-speed aurora videos on our tour.
You will get the link with all the successful ones!
Important info 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, my 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 around Lapland. We often spend many hours outside, and despite warm clothes & boots that I provide, it can still feel freezing. If you are a family, you need to be aware of the tour’s duration & cold weather. The minimum age in winter time (Nov-Mar) is 12–13 years. In August-October a private family tour with younger kids is possible. infants and toddlers should stay home.
Experiences by the real people:
Aurora Tour Reviews
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!!!!! "
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.
"Thank you very much!"
Alex, just wanna say thank you very much for your hospitality, guide and all of your efforts to make sure we are happy and fulfilled by your aurora hunting services. I would definitely recommend you to all my friends who come to Finland. Again, thank you so much it was a life time experience!!
see the video from our aurora adventures!
Pricing & schedule
January – April 2023
220€ per person
1 September – 31 October
230€ per person
1 November 2023 – 15 April 2024
260€ per person
Aurora hunting for 5-12 hours with car drive
Aurora photos & videos without limit
Warm padded overalls & robust winter boots
Hot tea / snack during the trip
Gear lending: tripods & helping you take pictures
Pickup / dropoff from Rovaniemi centre + 10 km
Very long tours
If the trip to find clear skies is more than 450 km,
and you are ready to do everything that it takes.
300€ per person if you see auroras
(50% or 150€ per person, even if you don’t see)
Contact me for a tour!
Let me know how many people are coming, and when.
+358400825570 (text me at Whatsapp)
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