Chase the perfect photo of the Northern Lights with an experienced guide. You’ll get all the equipment you need, help setting up and using the camera, and transfers to 2-3 picturesque locations.
✔️ Enjoy the beauty of Lappish nature
✔️ Northern lights hunt
✔️ Small group experience
01.09 - 01.04
~ 4 hours
~21:00 or 22:00
Hunting the Northern Lights is amazing. Hunting the Northern Lights with an experienced guide and professional DSLR camera is even better. Yes, the photographer is good!
This tour starts with you being collected from your accommodation in Central Rovaniemi. From here, you’ll be driven 15-30 minutes out of Rovaniemi to the first Northern Lights hunting location. Your guide handpicks the location each night depending on the Northern Lights forecast and the weather. But expect to be treated to sites like secluded frozen lakes surrounded by silent, wintry forests or adorable riverside huts with expansive views of the Northern skies.
The small group sizes means you’ll get tons of time with the guide, so you can ask as many questions as you wish about the best settings for the best pictures.
You’ll get to enjoy tasty sausages cooked over an open campfire as you wait for the lights or between photos (depending on the weather conditions). Hot drinks are also provided, so you’ll be kept warm in the chilly conditions. Be sure to dress for the cold weather though - sausages and hot beverages only go so far.
You’ll head to different locations throughout the night. The time spent in transit is the perfect time for you to ask your guide about the local lifestyle, Nordic myths and legends related to the Northern Lights. They’re sure to know plenty of stories!
The few locations you travel to will vary depending on the weather, but they will always be beautiful. So even though we can’t guarantee you will see the Northern Lights, you’ll still have plenty of spectacular scenery to photograph throughout the evening. Your guide can help you capture incredible photos in the low light.
After about 3-4 hours of Northern Lights hunting and photography, you’ll get back into the minivan and make your way back to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.
PLEASE NOTE :
Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or colour on the evening of the safari!
We highly recommend that you bring your own DSLR camera to our tours, as we cannot guarantee that you are able to take night photos with compact or phone cameras.
On those nights when we are unable to find Northern Lights because of heavy clouding or snowfall, we will concentrate on night photography in the middle of the Arctic nature and take you to some of our night photography locations! This is night photography tour to hunt for the Northern Lights and is not cancelled if the weather in Rovaniemi city is cloudy.
Depending on each night weather conditions, we might sometimes use same locations with other teams to maximizes our chances to see the Northern Lights.
✔️ Northern lights (if lucky!)
✔️ Hot drinks and cookies
✔️ Hotel pickup & drop off
⚡ Camera & tripod
⚡ Warm layers
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to re-book your tour.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
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.
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.
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 also happy to rent out the winter clothing for 25 €/person/day.
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.
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. Transfers from accommodation places located further out from the city (for example Arctic Snow Hotel, Apukka Resort, Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge Resort) can be arranged at an additional cost.
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.
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!
If you want to go Northern Lights hunting but don't want to get round up with dozens of tourist, our private hut experience is a perfect choice for you. That way everyone will have our full attention and a chance to get a personalized experience.