There are a number of reasons why travelling in autumn could be the right time for you, and every year our team has huge success chasing the Northern Lights in both September and October. Solar activity, which causes the phenomena, is believed to increase in the weeks surrounding the equinox (you can read more about the science behind this here). Another reason to travel in autumn is the milder weather and warmer temperatures of these months which often results in clearer skies with less snow cloud cover, as well as a more comfortable wait for the Aurora Borealis to appear. Not to mention the kaleidoscope of colours that can be seen, both in the stunning autumnal surrounding nature and the incredible Aurora displays as they are reflected off the open water of the unfrozen lakes.
Here are our top picks for an autumn break in 2020:
Located in North-East Finland, the Northern Lights Village sits on the outskirts of the ski resort of Saariselkä. Tucked away from the town and separated by dense forest, it is a perfect location for Northern Lights hunting. The main attraction of Northern Lights Village is the Aurora cabins. These glass-roofed cabins are designed for optimal Northern Lights viewing, perfect for watching the night sky to catch your own auroral display from the comfort of your bed! This 4-night break is also ideal to try some thrilling Scandinavian activities, including husky sledding on wheels or a hike through the beautiful national park. The evening activities include many opportunities to hunt for the Northern Lights, with experts on hand to provide photography advice and set up camp under the dark skies.
Muotka is located close to Urho Kekkonen National Park, the fellside location means the colours of “Ruska”, the Finnish Fall, are particularly stunning during the autumn season. The rural location makes it perfect for Northern Lights hunting away from any light pollution.
The daytime agenda is all about new skills and experiences. You will explore the autumnal landscape during the guided nature walk, you may even be lucky enough to spot some reindeer! A visit to the Siida museum is also included, where you will learn about the fascinating culture of the indigenous people. In the evenings, you will take part in three dedicated Northern Lights hunts. This will start with gaining insight into the science behind the Aurora from a knowledgeable, local guide who will then lead the way to prime viewing locations.
This trip to Menesjärvi is all about experiencing the brilliant nature and wildlife of Finnish Lapland. The daytime activities include meeting Lapland’s favourite residents- reindeers and huskies! The guided nature walk will give you the chance to spot the local wildlife, including an interesting array of birds, as well as enjoying the electric colours and fragrant aromas of the Finnish autumn.
At night, you will go on dedicated Northern Lights hunts into the wilderness. Lake Menesjärvi is a beautiful location to experience a Northern Light display, the local experts will be on hand to help you catch the perfect photo, taking full advantage of the lake’s reflections.
During the day, you will be able to meet the animals of the Arctic when you visit both a reindeer and husky farm, allowing you to gain an authentic insight into why these animals are so special to this part of the world. You can also learn even more about the culture during a visit to the Sámi Siida Museum.
This location has a quaint and traditional feel in a special location surrounded by stunning Lappish scenery. The remoteness proves perfect for Aurora hunting! This holiday includes a glamping stay in an Aurora Dome, a tent-like domes with a perspex wall, so you can gaze at the magical night sky, and potentially, the Northern Lights, conditions permitting!
What better way to experience the wonder of the Aurora Borealis than on horseback? Your final evening will involve trotting through the wilderness in search of the lights. After the thrilling final day of activities, you will retire by the fireplace in your Aurora Dome. You are able to tailor your time on this holiday by choosing from the selection of daytime activities, including the Lappish foodie experience, to create your own dream Arctic itinerary.
A bustling city, stunning fjord landscapes and great Northern Lights excursions, Tromso has a lot to offer!
Tromso has an abundance of fascinating Arctic heritage and local attractions to enjoy at your leisure. The evening excursions are designed to outrun any localised cloud cover and a short journey will take you into Arctic wilderness, perfect for catching Northern Lights displays. The accommodation for our Tromso trips consists of sleek hotels with plenty of Nordic charm and a stay in a glass-roofed crystal Lavvos. The fjord landscapes and mountains are jaw-dropping with the added delight of the autumn colours.
One of our newer locations, Phya is perfect for a peaceful Northern Lights base. Situated in the fell scenery of Pyhä-Luosto National Park, the forest and lakeside surroundings are tranquil; this is the ideal backdrop for a dazzling Northern Lights display. The agenda has been carefully curated to show off the autumnal landscapes. This includes exploring the Arctic landscape with the local huskies and learning about the lives of these amazing sled dogs. In your free time, you can visit the beautiful national park or the nearby Amethyst mine.
To view all of our autumn trips click here. Or speak to one of our travel experts to book your trip!
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen, Markku Inkila, Timo Halonen and Korpikartano, Credit Gaute Bruvik - VisitNorway.