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Auroras in Saariselkä – Northern Lights Photo Tour by Car and on Foot
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Auroras in Saariselkä – Northern Lights Photo Tour by Car and on Foot

By Lapland Welcome Oy
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Learn how to photograph the Northern Lights on this guided tour. Head to the best places in the Rovaniemi area to catch this natural phenomenon while listening to stories about local life. Your guide will offer you advice for shooting the lights throughout the tour. Plus enjoy barbecue eats to help keep you warm.
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Ages 0-99, max of 100 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Visit dark sites that are far from the ambient light of the villages
  • This tour is ideal for travelers who want to capture the Northern Lights
  • Convenient roundtrip transportation from hotels is included
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided throughout the tour

  • Transportation
  • Guidance services
  • Snacks and meals mentioned
  • Organizer's liability insurance
  • Safari desk support
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Private tours for additional charge - contact for more details


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Lapland Welcome, Kelotie 1, 99800 Saariselkä, Finland
    Lapland Welcome Saariselka Office (Kelotie 1 Siula-House, Saariselka 99800)
Pickup details
  • We will confirm the exact pick up time upon booking.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57914P73

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at the time of booking if required
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Please contact us if you wish to have a guide in other language
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      • 1
        Saariselka
        Stop: 30 minutes
        Lapland Welcome Safari Office. Here you will be prepared for the trip: we will give you Winter gear which is included in the price.
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      • Lapland Welcome Oy
        40
        Saariselka, Finland
        Joined in May 2013
      • Ujjal_Ray
        0 contributions
        Must go place
        This is an excellent place. This village is full of activities in winter; you can do Aurora hunting by bus, snowmobile, in foot as well, Lapland Safari is a good option for that. Husky tour is excellent by Husky & Co. Skiing is perfect from here, the lifts are there in the village, they have renting place for skiing which is huge and excellent and have beginners classes as well. Riekonlinna Hotel by Lapland Hotels perhaps is the best option as a hotel there, otherwise Holiday Inn, Saariselka Inn and Hotel Tunturi are good options for Hotel and Apartment. You should have layers on for the cold there, it's easily -11 - - 20 at the winter, however you can rent jumpsuits from Lapland Safari's office which is downstairs to Riekonlinna Hotel. Cheers
        Written 1 January 2023
      • shedajv
        0 contributions
        First snowmobile of the season!
        We booked the late night aurora hunting snowmobile excursion of the season leaving from Saariselka and had an excellent time. We appreciate the itinerary which included some snowmobiling, adequate time looking for northern lights, camp fire with local fare and constellation orientation. Highly recommend!
        Written 6 November 2022
      • O83ACryanh
        0 contributions
        Snowmobiling and Ice Fishing with Jukka
        Two of my friends and I went snowmobiling with Jukka. We had a great time snowmobiling and even saw a reindeer and the northern lights. Ice fishing was a new experience for me, but after brief instructions, I felt confident and comfortable out on the ice. Out of my 10+ years of adventuring, Jukka might just be the best guide I've had venturing out into the bush. From the very beginning, he gave instructions clearly, being sure that everyone in the group understood. When, because of conditions outside of his control (i.e. the weather and trail conditions), our situation became dangerous, Jukka decided to end the safari before we reached our original destination. In my experience, only top-notch guides are able to access a situation, recognize dangers, and change plans accordingly without getting overwhelmed. Jukka did all of this quickly and got us out of a potentially dangerous situation. Our excellent guide made for a fantastic safari out in beautiful Lapland.
        Written 2 January 2022
      • Companion17378676347
        0 contributions
        Cross country skiing at Saariselkä
        None of us had experience skiing, but with the guidance of our guide, Yukka, and countless falls, we gradually got the hang of it. Skiing was truly a workout, never have we felt so warm in freezing temperatures. The activity can be customised to the group’s skiing experience. For our level of experience, we felt the duration of the activity was just right. We also made a pitstop at a husky farm for hot chocolate (payable) and got to see some puppies and sled dogs. (The toilets have no sinks to wash your hands, snow and hand sanitisers were used instead). We ended off the activity with a 400m walk to the carpark, with our skis in tow, and had a nice cup of fruit tea and biscuits in the van. We would like to commend Yukka for his patience and words of encouragement. He made sure everyone had fun while prioritising safety. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
        Written 28 December 2021
      • CMSoon
        0 contributions
        Worth the Long walk.
        It is about 2.0-2.5 hours drive from Ivalo and the car cannot enter to the mine area because is a National park. The car park is about 2.6 km away from the Amethyst mine and takes about another 100 meters by wooden board steps up to the mine. So the whole return journey to the car park is about 5-6km walk on a gentle uphill slope pathway. However, they had devised an interesting quiz along the route having about 10 questions about the national park about every 200 meters there is a question tagged to the tree. If you get all correct you get a prize. Also note and check that the entry to the mine has scheduled time and is closed on one of the days which l had forgotten. We went on one of the days that was closed and had to make another trip. It is a small mine and there is no commercial mining activity, it is still done through manual conventional mining of chiselling with spikes and hammer since it is now a national park. The guide will explain about the amethyst and visitors at the end are given a chance to dig amethyst themselves. If you could find one that could be covered by your fingers when you close your palm, then you can take away that piece. Anyway dont expect to get big piece. There is also a store where they sell their Amethyst but is not cheap for a good one. The Biggest piece of Amethyst that was dug out in this mine is in ARTIKUM museum in Rovaniemi which we went to see also. Would certainly recommend to visit this site and then head on to put a night in Rovaniemi to visit Santa Village before driving back to Ivalo which takes 3.0-3.5 hours drive the next day.
        Written 14 November 2018
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      m g
      1 contribution
      Feb 2024 • Family
      Pure northern light tours can be a complete waste of money if there are NO LIGHTS. The craze for these tours are not because of the barbeque in the tepee or log cabin in the cold dark nights but purely for the hope of seeing the aurora . Unfortunately in the most COMMON occasion of no show , these are pure waste of money. If we all know that's it's a very unpredictable occurrence depending on several factors, why schedule these tours on daily basis and HOPE for the best!! Lapland is costly anyways and all these aurora tours are non refundable tours but are exorbitantly priced and there are no options for a repeat / refund. I have experience of 4 such tours who all ran it on hope but probably was pretty sure there will be no auroras. My advice to all aurora chasers would be to first research the weather and the aurora activity and book any of these at the very last minute. Aurora predictions are unreliable if checked 1-2 days ago and hence prior bookings can just waste all hope, effort and money.
      Written 15 February 2024
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      There is no reliable way to predict Auroras, unfortunately! Only the weather can be predicted quite well, but it is often too pessimistic the forecast.
      Written 18 February 2024
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      daniele e
      Porto Alegre, RS7 contributions
      Nov 2018 • Solo
      Lapland Welcome sells a tour called Northern Lights (photograph tour), but in reality they do not take pictures for you, you need to bring your camera. Before hiring the service I sent an email to the company questioning if they had a camera and took pictures because I only have a cell phone on this trip. They said yes. I got the e-mails redeemed saved. When I got on the tour they did not take photos. I asked the guide to make a photo of me and he replied rudely. I ended up hiring a service that was cheaper than other companies in the area but that is of poor quality. Plus, it's a huge crowded bus, lots of people. Some of the people still got hurt on the tour. The cheap is expensive. Do not hire the service of this company if you want to have a good experience !!
      Written 26 November 2018
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      Thank you for your feedback. We wonder this review as we make pictures on every Northern Lights tour and publish them on our web pages https://laplandwelcome.fi/anthonys-blog/ . We concentrate on taking pictures of Northern Lights and general pictures from the tour. Our blog has been awarded as the 14th best blog in Finland thanking activity in pictures and updates. Pictures of individuals can be tricky as some people don't want to be in pictures and some wish it. We have got the best place for following Northern Lights. We often see lights and take pictures on evenings when people usually don't see lights at all. We are a very old operator. We have run these tours like 20 years. Welcome to our famous Northern Lights tours!
      Written 27 November 2018
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      Onn Shin
      5 contributions
      Nov 2019 • Couples
      First, we were blessed to be able to see the northern lights. Not that the company puts on the show for you but really depends on the statistics with the experience of the guide.

      Second, our guide Sami was great. He’s really nice and knowledgeable! Even things he’s not sure about, he will google it for us. I had a camera on my own which I didn’t know is capable of taking the northern lights, thanks to Sami’s guidances. There were only 3 of us out in the dark & cold forest, it was great. He makes sure we are comfortable and warm all the time, and also that we are having a good time (which we did - 5 hours in the cold with non stop northern lights display; a memory that will forever be with us).

      We prebooked the activity & the pick up was on time. We kinda waited at the wrong spot as there were two locations for the same name, but Sami came to look for us.

      Thank you so much, Sami. Hope you had a good time with us too.
      Written 23 November 2019
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      CKP
      London, UK35 contributions
      I first went on this tour for Sunday 10 March 2019. There were only 6 of us in the tour - so 1 van. Our guide, Jay, was friendly, professional, passionate and dedicated - he loved the outdoors and wanted us to see the Northern Lights. We drove for about an hour out of Rovaniemi to a large cottage where we then trekked uphill for about 15 minutes - the snow sometimes was up to our knees. At the end of the trek, there are 2 tee-pees (we only used 1) where we had a fire, hot chocolate/tea/coffee and snacks (pork sausage, chicken nuggets, corn on the cob - let them know if you have any food restrictions). We waited until midnight - it was a clear sky with lots of stars but no northern lights. We tried other spots on our way back but no luck.

      I tried again the next night (same tour reduced rate) which was my last night in Rovaniemi. The forecast was good so there were about 35 people or so. We took multiple vans and trekked up. 2 tee-pees used this time. There was a faint line for the Northern Lights which then just became amazingly bright just after midnight. Totally breathtaking. Jay and the team again were very professional and keen on us seeing the lights. They kept the large group well managed.

      Highly recommended though you can never guarantee seeing the lights.

      Lapland Welcome team are great. You can get snow boots and warm protective clothing from them. Their office location / pick-up point is very central.

      Tips :
      1. I wore my 6 inch yellow Timberland boots on Day 1 with my own waterproof trousers. Was fine but with knee high snow, some snow slipped in and my toes were a little wet. The next night, i used their higher snow boots instead.

      2. Don't bundle up too warmly for the hike as you will overheat. Instead have layers to put on once you get to the top.

      3. Similarly, in the tee-pee next to the fire, remove layers so that you can warm up faster

      4. When viewing the lights, spend some time outside to get used to the night light. Do not switch on your torches. Switch off the flash on your camera.

      5. Even though it'll be cold, do wait outside especially near midnight for the Northern Lights. The most spectacular view we got only lasted 1 minute or so

      Enjoy!
      Written 18 March 2019
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      Je Moo
      Helsinki, Finland6 contributions
      Mar 2019 • Friends
      My friends and I ordered the "Northern Lights by Car and on Foot Trip" on 2nd March, the meetup place which is also their office was quite easy to find in Rovaniemi. We were suggested to change our coats into their coverall suites and they also provided coldproof gloves and hats, all of them were superrrr warm so we didn't feel cold even in the minus 19 outside. We were so lucky that when the bus stopped in the middle of destination, we began to saw northern lights! It was amazing! Not only the green light but also red and purple light! For years I've not seen such many stars on the sky, and also shooting stars!

      And then we reached the destination and climbed to the hill with snow aid stick and flashlight, after around 10 mins walk, we enjoyed the whole sky stars on the hill, warm ourself in front of bonfire,hot chocolate and sausage grilling (thanks again for the wonderful food and drink service!) Around 1.30am we headed to the city area of Rovaniemi.

      Personally, I love what the tour guide explained to us with regards to the history and prediction of northern lights, their services are so nice and all tour guides are well organized. I highly recommend you guys choosing Lapland Welcome! The best service provider of the aurora trip!
      Written 4 March 2019
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      Alejandro R
      Rovaniemi, Finland50 contributions
      We had a very interesting and cool Xmas with this tour where the staff was very professional and knowledgeable about Northern ligths in a heartbreaking landscape.

      This is a not to miss activity, my suggestion is to look for Jay tour leader that besides his knowledge on the topic he was truly helping us to have a great experience.
      Written 25 December 2018
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      Oisin C
      Dublin, Dublin, Ireland61 contributions
      Sept 2018 • Couples
      We had not planned on doing a trip to see the lights as they are so unpredictable, we did not want to make our trip to Lapland all about the lights. However, we did a husky tour earlier in the morning and 2 of the guys on that tour had done the northern lights trip with Lapland Welcome the night before and made it sound amazing. We decided to chance our arm and see if we could book a spot that evening. Luckily, there was a spot available and we booked it around lunchtime. Cue clouds and rain from then onwards. We were a little despondent as you definitely cannot see the lights with cloud and rain but the viewing point is about 60km outsider Rovaniemi with its own "micro-climate" (this is what it says on the website in any event...). We started from Rovaniemi at 9pm and the weather had cleared up. As we got closer to our destination, the clouds began to break up and the sky was pretty clear when we got to base camp. A short 15 minute or so walk up a hill to get to the viewing platform and we were ready for action. Anthony was our guide and did have a lot of info on the lights, including how unpredictable they were and the fact there was never any guarantee we would see them! However, there was some activity in the sky that he said meant the lights were about. The first time we say them it was like a very pale band going across the sky. Due to the frailties of our eyes, we cannot see the full colours when the lights are that low but, when people took photos, the greens etc that you expect with the lights are very clear. Tip - if you have a proper camera, bring it. A phone camera will not cut it as I found out after taking many pics of blackness on my Iphone. We retreated to the cabin and the fire for a while as there was no activity but kept an eye on the sky. The 2nd sighting was better and the final sighting, just before we were about to leave was amazing. A lot of activity and some of the dancing you see on the nature shows. All in all a good time and back in Rovaniemi by about 2:15. It is a great trip, assuming you see the lights, but it is worth the chance. Also, even if it is raining and cloudy ion Rovaniemi, that does not mean it will be the same at the viewing point so don't get overly concerned about that. Once in a life time activity for most so I'd say go for it. Best times to go to pretty much guarantee sightings are the 2 equinoxes. One is around the 21/9 and not sure when the other is. Happy hunting!
      Written 16 September 2018
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      Nathe K
      Portsmouth, UK2 contributions
      Excellent experience went as a birthday present with girlfriend was more than i even could have imagined, guide Anthony was great keeping us up to date with what was happening with the lights and explained how they work perfectly even kept us out later to ensure we saw the lights. Would recommend to anyone.
      Written 10 September 2019
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      Maria Grazia C
      Milano133 contributions
      We travel to Lapland to see mainly the Northern Light. We stayed in Kemi. We found the Lapland Welcome leaflet at the hotel and, looking at their website we discovered the possibility for a true Northern light hunting. The experience they offered to us was not only better then the description on the web, but also better than other similar activity we did with other operators. They have exceptional staff, very kind, very customer oriented. The activity is 5hs long, the location offers the best possibility to see the Northern lights, far from the lights of the town. Our guide picked us up at our hotel reception and during the one hour trip to the meeting point, we stopped to see the first Northern Light of the night. We met the rest of the group coming from Rovaniemi, received winter clothes and went for a 15 minutes walk in the forest up the hill to maximize the possibility of the best Northern light visibility.
      The guide explained science and legends around Northern light.
      The view of the aurora was very exciting, the great organization and all the guides made the experience even more unforgettable.
      We had warming fires in the two teepee were we enjoyed sausage and hot drinks as well as choices for vegetarians.
      Everything was very well organized up to the return to our hotel for a total of 5 hours activity.
      Written 5 February 2019
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      Luis M
      Aguascalientes, Mexico28 contributions
      Unfortunately it was too cloudy, the staff however managed to make it a great night. They have lots of experience and knowledge and make every effort for you to have a chance at looking the northern lights
      Written 24 November 2018
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