Northern Lights: all you need to know!

Northern Lights: all you need to know!

Northern Lights: all you need to know!

This is perhaps the most popular activity to do in Lapland during the WINTER! But before you book your flight take a look of the highlight I have got since I started sharing content about Finland!

Questions you may have:

  • When is the best season to see them?
  • Where are the best places to see them? When does the show start?
  • Is an Aurora Hunter worth it? If so, do you know any good ones? What about the price?
  • What about the colors: naked eye vs. camera?

To see the Northern Lights in Finland you need clear skies, solar activity, and minimal light pollution. The season typically runs from the end of August to mid-April (as long as the nights are dark).

The Arctic Circle and above offer better chances, but timing and location are crucial. If the weather isn't cooperating, you might need an Aurora Hunter to find clear skies.



Other popular aurora hunters:

  • @allaboutlapland
  • @filippodias
  • @jarcce

Is it worth paying for the Aurora Tour? In my opinion, it's worth it. They take great photos and videos, often driving harsh weather conditions in the middle of the night. I went on a tour whem my mom visited from Mexico, even though I'm lucky to often see them outside of my in-laws place! Average cost is 200€ per person during winter season, autumn and spring are slightly cheaper.

Tip: go with the ones that include photos & video, they don’t start the tour if there is no chance to see them & they offer money back GUARANTEE!

Dreamed scenarios vs the life experience

  • Green: The most common and often visible color to the naked eye is green. It's caused by the collision of charged particles from the sun with the Earth's atmosphere. These particles, mostly electrons, excite oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, causing them to emit green light.


  • Red: Occasionally, when the aurora is very active, red may be visible to the naked eye. Red auroras are typically seen at lower altitudes and are caused by high-altitude oxygen molecules being struck by solar particles.


  • Purple and Pink: These colors are less common but can sometimes be observed. They result from a mix of various atmospheric gases and solar particles, and they tend to appear near the edges or lower portions of the auroral display.


Cameras, with long-exposure settings, can capture more colors and details in the Northern Lights that might not be as visible to the naked eye due to their ability to collect and record faint light over time. Here's how cameras can capture the Northern Lights:

  • Reds and Purples: Cameras vividly capture reds and purples, notably during intense auroral displays. They excel at detecting subtle light variations, often less noticeable to the human eye.
  • Vivid Colors: Cameras may capture colors like magenta, violet, and deep red, creating stunning and vibrant aurora photos. Structure: Cameras can reveal intricate structures and patterns in the aurora that might be less apparent to the naked eye.
  • Extended Range: Cameras can also capture a broader range of colors and auroral features by taking long-exposure shots, which accumulate light over time, revealing more details and color variations.

*Both the naked eye and cameras offer unique experiences of this natural phenomenon.

*Photographers use specialized techniques and equipment to capture the stunning colors and patterns of the Northern Lights in all their glory


Image from Norway Travel Guide

Naked eye, camera image, edited image


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