Catching the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi (Finland)

Besides Northern Lights in Iceland, Rovaniemi in Finland is another popular place for catching the Northern Lights. There are many local travel agencies in Rovaniemi that have tour packages to catch Northern Lights in Rovaniemi.

Northern Lights in Rovaniemi

The tour group I was with collaborated with a local travel agency. The travel agency informed us that there was a good chance of catching the Northern Lights that night.

A van picked us up outside our accommodation. It took around 30 minutes to reach a lookout point next to a river. It was pitch dark which is perfect for catching the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights in Finland 1There was a wooden hut complete with a pit for making fire. One of the guys from the travel agency went about roasting sausages and making blueberry tea. The other guy brought us to the bank to catch Northern Lights.

The sky was cloudy at first but the clouds cleared around 11pm and we got to see the most spectacular Northern Lights display.

Northern Lights in Finland 3The staff from travel agency helped us take beautiful professional photographs with the help of his professional camera and lighting equipment.

When the Northern Lights faded away, we went back to the fireplace. September is almost winter in Rovaniemi and we were in the forest at midnight which was colder. Although we were wearing thick winter clothes, we were still shivering from the cold. Eating fragrant grilled sausages, drinking hot blueberry tea and having sweet roasted marshmallows on such a cold day makes the experience complete.

Northern Lights in Finland 4

After finishing all the food, the guys from the travel agency drove us back to our accommodation and we went to sleep with memories of the beautiful Northern Lights.


Northern Lights in Finland 2Catching the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi is best done with an established tour agency. They will provide the transportation and food to give you the best experience. These people have been doing this for many years, they have the experience to give you the best possibility of catching the Northern Lights.

If you want to pre-book your Northern Lights experience, try one of these 5 Klook Northern Lights experiences.

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