Northern Lights Hunting tour by Van

Northern Lights Hunting tour by Van

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It's Not A Dream. Northern Lights Is Real!


Let us take you away from the city to see the magical dancing Northern Lights. Learn more about this rare phenomenon and capture some awesome photos!


✔️ Enjoy the beauty of Lappish nature

✔️ Northern lights hunting

✔️ Budget option

✔️ No special skills required

✔️ Small group experience

✔️ The tour is family friendly


01.09 - 10.04


~ 3 hours


~ 20:00

Pickup & Drop off


Min. Recommended age

4 years

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This 3-hour tour includes transportation, guidance, storytelling and hot sausages by the campfire. Learn about Nordic myths and see the colorful lights fire up the sky.

The best time of the year to see the Northern Lights in Finland is between September and April. In Lapland, you can see the lights for 200 nights a year. Contrary to popular belief lights appear in autumn and spring, even summer too, but you can't see them unless the sky is pitch black. That's why we take you on away from the city lights to see the majestic Aurora light show.

Aurora hunt lasts for 3 hours. We'll pick you up from your hotel in Rovaniemi and take you to our secluded country location where we'll sit by an open fire and wait for the lights. Snacks and drinks are included, so help yourself to sausages cooked on the open fire and recuperate with some hot tea. In a cozy atmosphere by an open fire, you will learn more about the Northern Lights, why they appear and learn about ancient Aurora legends.

The most popular myth in Finland involves the story about a fast Firefox that ran so quickly its tail sent sparks into the sky creating the Northern Lights. Others say that the lights appear in the sky whenever the whales splash water. Find out more about these Nordic myths as you wait for the lights to start swirling in the sky.

Please note that Aurora sights are not guaranteed. Even when the solar activity is right and the timing is perfect, we still need to be lucky to see the lights.


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✔️ Northern lights (if lucky!)

✔️ Air-conditioned minivan

✔️ Hot drinks and cookies

✔️ Professional English speaking Aurora expert

✔️ Snacks by the open fire

✔️ Hotel pickup & drop off

What to bring

⚡ Camera & tripod

⚡ Seasonal outdoor clothing

Not included

❌ Gratitude (optional)

Please Note

  • Please note, starting time might be subject to change, we will confirm the time to you by e-mail!
  • Tour include a pick up & drop off transfer from Rovaniemi centrally located hotels and Santa Claus Village.
  • Northern Lights season September - April
  • At least 2 people are required for this product to take place
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions
  • Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or colour on the evening of the safari
  • Missing the pick-up does not entitle you to a refund of the price paid for the services. You are responsible to be ready for pick up at the assigned pick up point from the start of the pick up time in order to not miss our guides when they arrive to pick you up
  • Nordic Adventures reserves the right to make alterations to the programs, price, duration or form of transportation without prior warning. This is also applied  to changes in programs due to weather conditions

Cancellation terms 

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  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 365 days or less before the event

Frequently asked questions 

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- I have gluten / lactose intolerance / other diet. What should I do?


Please let us know your diet before or after booking your adventure. We will take into account your wishes and prepare the food suitable for you.


- When is a booking for a tour with Nordic Adventures confirmed?


A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.


- How do i pay for a tour with Nordic Adventures?


You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. You will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip. You will always get a voucher by email: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!


- Can you see the northern lights in Rovaniemi?


If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Rovaniemi. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Rovaniemi.


- What months can you see the northern lights?


The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.


- Will my guide take pictures for me?


Yes, if you have your camera with you, the guide can take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you! These can be single or group photos and free of charge.

Photos can also be taken on a mobile phone, but the quality of the photo will vary.


What are my options if my northern lights tour is cancelled?


When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

Please send us an email ( to re-book your tour.


Will i definitely see northern lights on the tour?


The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.


- Do i have to book in advance?


There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call or email our office directly, the phone number is +358 40 744 2567. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.


- How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Nordic Adventures?


This is a nice question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated in the voucher. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide. Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.


- How to dress right and feel comfortable in Winter?


1. Start with thermal underwear and warm socks.

2. If it’s really cold, –20 or below, wear an additional fleece layer on top of your thermals. Another pair of socks, preferably woolly or thermal, will keep your feet warm.

3. Wear pants with thermal lining. Don’t underestimate the importance of a neck warmer or a scarf. Slip into your winter boots and do them up well.

4. Almost done! Throw on your winter jacket, put on a warm hat and thermal gloves. Don’t forget to tuck your gloves into your sleeves and zip your jacket ALL the way up

Nordic Adventures is happy to tell you where you can rent costumes if there is such a need!


- What are the best camera setting for photographing the Northern Lights?


Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.​

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.​

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.​

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

​Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

​If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.

​Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length​.

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.


- Do you provide transportation to your adventures?


Most of our tours (please see specifications under each tour) include transfers from accommodation in Rovaniemi city area. It is included in the adventure price.

The pick up is usually 5-20 min before the start of the safari (time in your voucher). Transportation back is immediately after the end of the safari.

We try to provide exact pickup time one day before the start of the tour by email or text message/whats-app, which is why it is important that you provide your valid email and phone number when booking a tour.

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No luck that evening but great guide!

December 3, 2020


We did 2 other activities with Nordic Adventures (Husky 10km Safari & Visit to a local reindeer farm). It is always a pleasure to go with them. The team (both Alex) is very nice. They are responsive with messages and always ready to help and answer questions. Also, they are honest about the chances of seeing the Northern Lights.Despite several hours of research and perseverance on Alex's part, we have not seen any northern lights. But that's the game! However, the full moon and the nighttime atmosphere in a snowy landscape were amazing. In addition, the time around the fire with the snacks was great.I will try my luck with them again and I recommend them.Thanks again for everything, it was great!

Alex's perseverance and kindness

October 23, 2020


We were only two of us because of the Corona situation so it was very good! We knew the conditions were bad, the first Alex I had by email was very honest and did not promise to see northen light to force us to book. Alex (the second !) our guide, took us to a first place and we tasted hot chocolate and sausage. Unfortunately we haven't seen any. So Alex drove and did everything to make sure we had some and he finally found a piece of clear sky, so that through the camera we could see them! he really persevered !! Thanks for that !! We recommend you and will not hesitate to come back to you for other activities !!

Super adventure!

February 26, 2020


Great guide, friendly and competent!
We strongly recommend Nordic adventure tour operator also for other tours, not only this one!

Great experience nice people

February 4, 2020


Amazing Northern light hunt with Alex and his colleague. They took us to two places and we were so lucky to see it! Besides that they made a cozy fire To keep us warm and nice snacks and drinks. Enjoyed every minute of it!

My Journey : The Northern Lights

February 4, 2020


It's been surreal and as well lucky to have witness "The Northern Lights" for three consecutive nights...

Big thanks to Alex' Team along with Gael, they're the most patient tour guides and planner that me, my friends and rest of the visitors who came way all the way across the world..

Other than the hot cocoa, fruit tea, sausages, mallows : the service and assistance is top notch!!!

Cheers to Alex/Gael and Team, hope to be back for more adventures!!! xx


January 26, 2020


Alex was right on time to fetch us at our AIRBNB. We were lucky to see the Northern Lights on the first night. Alex was great with helping in the photograph. The sausage and hot drinks also helped a lot

Great northern lights tour!

January 11, 2020


Really enjoyed the tour tonight - had an amazing time, saw some great lights and the hosts were really informative and lovely!! Would recommend.

Exploring with children.

December 26, 2019


We had 3 small children with us and this was a good option as the staff were very accommodating. We went twice and managed to see the lights the second time. It would be good if the staff were able to take photos of us, maybe even bring their own cameras as it was already expensive and difficult to justify buying a camera to see something that may not occur. To the naked eye the lights were ok.... but much better when photographed.

Missed the lights!

December 23, 2019


We took this mini van tour with our guide Alex. It was just our family of 5 and two other women. It was a cloudy night so our hopes weren’t too high in seeing the Northern Lights. And as it turned out we unfortunately didn’t see them but had a fun night all the same. Alex was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Would recommend this tour, especially if you have young children!

Well organized and very considerate guide Alex

December 13, 2019


It was frozen night -25. And yes, we managed to view the aurora from camera . We’re group of 4 people from Asia . Not used to this type of coldness. Alex was very considerate , he let us stay in vehicle and on the engine to keep us warmth.

Nordic adventures Aurora hunting trip

December 7, 2019


Nordic adventures hosted a very nice Aurora hunting trip. Will go for it again if we get a chance again.

Stunning view - Northern Light Hunting on 2/Dec

December 5, 2019


I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the passion, professionalism, knowledges, efficiency and patient of our guide - Alex! He help us to see and know how to take pics for the Northern Light. Most of my friends hunt for more than 3 days but cannot see,I just taking 1 night and got it!

Thank you, Viator and, the most important thing is to thank you, Alex!

Successful Hunt

November 28, 2019


Two trips out of Rovaniemi on consecutive nights in February and we were lucky enough to see the lights both nights. Alex really knew his stuff and took us to the perfect viewing spots away from the city lights. Amazing experience with a very knowledgeable guide - we are happy to recommend this to all.

Extremely fun!!

November 16, 2019


Mayu was amazing!! I hope I wrote her mane correctly, speaks fluent English, very good photographer, extremely friendly and definitely knows what she is doing! Of anyone knows how to find northern lights in Rovaniemi it’s these guys. She picked me up from the hotel, to their office where we got warm clothes and a backpack, with lights, hot delicious drink, and a tripod for those who didn’t have any, then we drove all the way north where where we stopped and she taught people how to use the tripod setup the camera and take the best shots. Then we continued to even a further spot up north, on a frozen lake, where we got lucky and saw a glimpse of the aurora’s everyone was so happy and excited and she took portraits as well. The group was multinational which made is very interesting to hangout with everyone was so happy and enjoyed every bit of this tour. It’s not to be missed!!!

Visiting Northern Lights

April 5, 2019


Alex was prompt while he picked us from the hotel; though the tour was only for 3 hours and forecast for northern lights was on low level, he made all his efforts to at least have a glance of northern light though our camera.
Very passionate, keep up the good work.

Sehr schöner Ausflug

March 31, 2019


Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Abend, auch wenn wir mit den Nordlichtern kein Glück hatten. Es gab warme Getränke für alle und auch Würstchen und Marshmellos zum grillen über dem Feuer. Alex war sehr nett und hat auch bei der Kameraeinstellung geholfen. Wir würden jederzeit wieder eine Tour mit Alex machen.

Extremamente atencioso

January 12, 2019


Somente pontos positivos: a ideia de termos dias livres para ir foi ótima, vimos apenas na 3a noite. O moço que nos levou, aleks, foi sensacional com minha filha de 3 anos e parecia um verdadeiro caçador de Aurora!!!!Irretocável!

Friendly Informative Guide - Glad we booked with them


Alex who was our guide, there is also Alex who is the owner. Both are extremely friendly and informative. So throughout the booking process all our questions were answered well. Alex drove us to two different places, one was pretty secluded away from the coaches and we were extremely lucky to see the Aurora...It wasn't quite as the images you see and you only really see the colours in the Photos. But on the whole great experience. Alex made a fireplace and provided hot drink/marshmallows and the kids loved it.