1) Hunt the Aurora on horseback
Available to beginners as well as more experienced riders, this new experience in Northern Finland’s pristine wilderness of Torassieppi provides a back-to-nature way to hunt for the Aurora Borealis. It's also the perfect way to get out and explore Lapland’s autumnal forests!
2) Spend a night under the stars
As the night draws in, don’t pause your Northern Lights hunt; Torassieppi's Aurora Dome will become your cosy sanctuary. With a spectacular lakeside setting, scandi-style interior and a panoramic window with a view of the sky, you'll have space to immerse yourself in the best of autumn.
3) Search for the Northern Lights by boat
In early autumn the lakes have not yet frozen over and you can get out on the water for a different Northern Lights hunt, exploring the lake by boat. This is a peaceful way to search for the Aurora Borealis and allows you to escape light pollution and obtain wonderful views. Should the Northern Lights appear you may even be treated to a captivating display as the lights reflect off the inky black water of the lake.
4) Tick husky sledding off your bucket list – autumn style!
Huskies are synonymous with the Arctic and are an experience you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. Following a tour of the husky camp, you will experience a taste of the musher’s lifestyle with a 30-minute pulled sleigh ride on a wheeled sled through the stunning countryside.
5) Relax in a sauna under the Northern Lights
There is nothing more Finnish than a sauna and many Finns think you cannot grasp Finland or its culture without relaxing in one! At Wilderness Hotel Inari, you can combine your search for the Northern Lights with this tradition in a glass-roofed, purpose-built sauna situated on the lakeside.
6) Get back to nature on a hike
Muotka’s peaceful surroundings are the perfect place to get back to nature and explore the vibrant autumn landscapes. Travel through pine forests, sample edible berries and get an insight into the local flora and fauna. You may even encounter some of the native wildlife!
7) Learn how to capture the Aurora on a photography workshop!
Let’s face it, everyone who travels to see the Northern Lights wants to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moment on film to cherish for years to come (and share on social media!). In Menesjärvi, your expert guide will teach you the vital skills you will need to successfully take a photograph of the Aurora that you will be proud to keep.
8) Visit one of the last remaining amethyst mines
Luosto is home to one of the last few working amethyst mines in Europe. On a day trip to Lampivaara Fell, you’ll enjoy a presentation detailing how amethysts are formed before you dig for your own gemstone. If you can close your hand around any of the gems you find, you may take one with you as a souvenir.
Photography by Markus Killi and Visit Finland, Antti Pietikainen, Juho Kuva and Visit Finland