Our Northern Lights Blog
Lapland’s winter wonderland reputation is so ingrained in our minds that it can be easy to forget that this location goes through all four wonderful seasons!
One in particular that excites us here at the Aurora Zone is autumn. That’s because this time of year marks the spectacular return of the Northern Lights – but that’s not all this season has to offer.
If you are seeking a peaceful holiday to unwind, don't just go off-the-beaten-track, travel out of season to uncover one of the best-kept secrets of Northern Lights hunting; autumn in Finnish Lapland.
Experience an autumn break in the heart of Lapland where the landscape is ablaze with a kaleidoscope of earthy hues, inky Arctic skies are bursting with celestial ripples of dancing light and daytime hours provide exquisite opportunities. See below for the experiences you could enjoy this autumn in Finnish Lapland.
During my first trip to Finland, I was thrilled to find out that my itinerary included snowmobiling in Harriniva. Now, I’m an experienced, confident driver but when I found out my first time on a snowmobile was going to be at night, I have to admit I was a little apprehensive. After watching the introduction video, which was very informative and had a touch a humour to help settle the nerves, we headed out to be shown the controls and get ready to set off.
Recently, NASA made their entire media library accessible to the public and since then, we’ve been excitedly scrolling through some spectacular images from space. Now, the Northern Lights are mesmerising to see from land but there’s something about a space station’s unique vantage point that really shows off just how magical this display is.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite extensively over the last three years working with the Aurora Zone and have enjoyed some truly memorable experiences. What I have had less luck with, however, is the Northern Lights. Whilst my colleagues kept coming back from trips with tales of majestic Auroras, I seem to have hit periods of cloud and stories of ‘you should have been here last night it was incredible’.
Our family ski holiday has been sacrosanct since I was 5 years old. To put that in context, that was 30 years ago and we’ve never missed a year since. My sister and I even made a pact with our super active Dad that we would continue the tradition and now, our husbands quite frankly get no choice in the matter and our very merry group now includes family friends and three generations of skiers!
I have been very lucky to travel to Lapland and Northern Scandinavia in each month of the winter season over the years. Each has their merits in my mind; December is great for that festive feeling (and making the most of bank holidays of course!), January typically offers incredible winter scenery and February is ideal for half term travellers and enjoying the elongating days. However, when my parents wanted to travel to Finland four years ago, I sent them in March. When I wanted to show Finland to my new husband, we went in March. When we decided to do ‘the big family holiday’ this year…. we chose March.