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Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

1. Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

The Northern Lights dancing up above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon - it changes lives down on Earth. Being one of the best places to spot the Auroras, Finnish Lapland is the ideal place to see them. Your guide provides you with a pick-up/drop off at your hotel/accommodation, and then you will be taken away from the city, about 20-25 km away, to a beautiful natural lakeside landscape, where there`s no light pollution, the ideal place to spot this beautiful natural phenomenon. Once there, you will be provided with a traditional Lappish BBQ with Blueberry Tea, and your guides will explain all you need to know about the Northern Lights.

Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

2. Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

Head to an Arctic forest roughly 20 kilometers from the city center to experience the traditional firewood sauna in the forest. The experience of the sauna is such an important part of Finnish culture, that it can’t be compared to anything else. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing. Dipping into icy lakes and rolling in the snow are said to be good for your blood circulation, but most people do them simply for the incredible rush. Head to an amazing outdoor forest location to try your hand at winter swimming in the icy water. Raise your head to catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. After the sauna experience, head to the frozen lake to hunt the Northern Lights while you enjoy hot drinks and a BBQ.

Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

3. Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

You will embark on a journey to view the majestic Northern Lights... while floating in a secret lagoon! With an underwater music show and with high quality Insulated Suits, this activity is a dream come true. After a 15 km journey outside of the city, where there´s no light pollution, you will be taken to an icy lake surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape - the ideal place to observe this natural phenomenon. Once you are in one of the warm, waterproof survival suits, it’ll be time to float around. If you are lucky, the Northern Lights will appear in the sky overhead. Your tour guide will provide you with the best information about Ice Floating and the Northern Lights. You will be offered hot Blueberry tea and Gingerbread during this activity.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

4. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

Drive away from the city to the place with the highest chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Find a warm spot to set up the fire and sit and wait for the show. The more time you spend outside the more likely you are to see the lights. Usually, you can view the Aurora in the middle of a huge frozen lake or river.  All of the pictures of the Northern Lights on the website were taken during tours, some by clients and some by guides. Some were even taken on a mobile phone. Cameras often capture stronger images than what you can see with the naked eye. However, when the Aurora really starts to dance, no cameras are needed. Put the cameras down and observe this very special phenomenon for a much more personal experience. 

From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Experience with Campfire

5. From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Experience with Campfire

Seeing the aurora borealis (northern lights) is on the bucket list of many travelers, and this is the perfect opportunity to fulfill that dream. On this group trip from Rovaniemi, visit a great location to enjoy the magic of this natural phenomenon. After pickup in Rovaniemi, drive outside of the city toward the viewing location. To reach a light-pollution-free location, the journey is about 1 hour. Having no or little light pollution is important for northern lights observation. Stops will be made along the drive. If lucky, you may be able to already spot the northern lights on the way. Upon arrival at the viewing spot, an experienced guide will tell you about the northern lights, including how they are formed and why they have different colors. They will also gladly answer any of your questions. As you are watching the northern lights shining in the sky, your guide will be preparing a fire and barbecue. Enjoy traditional Finnish snacks, such as sausages, cookies, and hot juice. After the trip, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

6. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

This Northern Lights hunting tour by snowmobile takes you deep into the wonderful winter landscape of the Arctic Circle. Your guide will lead you on a unique adventure through nature where only the moonlight, stars, and snowmobile lights illuminate the way.   In the middle of the wilderness, stop to observe the sky. Be surrounded by lakes and forests rising towards the night sky. Without city lights in sight, be amazed by the gorgeous view. The guide will prepare an open fire for warmth, where you can enjoy warm refreshments and grilled sausages.  If you’re lucky and the sky is clear, see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky in mysterious silence.

From Rovaniemi: SnowHotel Aurora Experience with Dinner

7. From Rovaniemi: SnowHotel Aurora Experience with Dinner

Get picked up in the evening from Santa's Hotel and drive for 30 minutes before arriving at the Arctic SnowHotel, which offers an excellent opportunity to view the northern lights. The venue is a complete winter wonderland set in the heart of Lapland's most beautiful natural scenes. Before dinner, your guide will tell you about the construction, operation, and special features of the SnowHotel during a memorable guided tour through the hotel rooms and the Arctic specialities, such as the Snow Sauna. Your guide will also tell you about the northern lights. During the evening, it is also possible to walk around the hotel area on your own and warm up at the Sky Bar, which has a second floor with a glass roof through which you can hopefully spot the auroras. Afterwards, settle in for a lovely fixed dinner in the stylish restaurant.  Later, order a shot from the Ice Bar served in a glass made from ice (at your own expense). While waiting for the northern lights to appear, spend part of the evening in a warm Lappish tepee, where you can sip coffee and tea, and roast some sausages on the open fire. The dinner menu is as follows: Starter: • Creamy carrot soup, smoked cheese cream, and crispy onion Main course options (please choose one): • Salmon glow-fried by the open fire, baked potato filled with creme fraiche, dill-tartar sauce, and anis-pickled cabbage-onion salad • Traditional sautéed reindeer, Lappish potato mash, pickled cucumbers, and lingonberry jam • Parsnip puree, sauteed broadbean and leek, cherry tomato salsa, tomato sauce, and anis-pickled cabbage-onion salad (vegan) Dessert: •Warm blueberry pie, caramelized blueberries, and white chocolate sauce

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Trip with Arctic Sauna & Jacuzzi

8. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Trip with Arctic Sauna & Jacuzzi

Head to a very traditional and special place located in the arctic forest, surrounded by magic landscapes and ice lakes. Discover the traditional sauna and head to a private lake where you can try ice swimming.  Sauna is such an important part of Finnish culture that is irreplaceable by other things. It has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing for centuries. Dipping in the icy lakes and rolling in the snow are said to be good for your blood circulation.  You can lie in the jacuzzi and look at the magical Northern Lights. After the sauna experience, go to the frozen lake to hunt for the Northern Lights with hot drinks and gingerbread.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

9. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

Join a professional Aurora Borealis photographer and learn the tricks of the trade for capturing that perfect Northern Lights moment. The professional photographer will take the best shots for you! Head about 30 to 50 kilometers into the mystical forest, away from the light pollution of the city.  Your tour guide will explain how the Northern Lights are formed and tell ancient tales from the local Sami and Lappish cultures. The photographer can provide guidance in setting up the best shooting angles, shooting screen, camera settings, and more.  To keep you going, sit down for a campfire BBQ and grill some local favorites and delicacies of reindeer sausage and blueberry tea. The photographer will also provide photos of you and the Northern Lights, so you will have a record of every wonderful moment! After the trip, you will receive your Northern Lights photos by email so that you may download them without any additional cost.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Snowmobile Hunt

10. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Snowmobile Hunt

Northern Finland is full of marvelous places for watching the Northern Lights. There are many ways to get out of the city to see them, but none is more adventurous than by snowmobile. Experience the thrill of riding across the snow under the night stars for a full 5 hours with your guide.   Your final destination is a fireplace in the magical woods of the Arctic. Enjoy pork meat Lappish sausages and steaming blueberry tea as you relax to the sound of the crackling fire. Your guide will tell you tales about the spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights as you wait for them to appear above you.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 118 reviews

It was actually quite an interesting trip. Although we didn't see the aurora light due to the cloudy weather and the small chance of visibility in April, the Tour guilder name Gábor was really nice, enthusiastic and always helped us to find the best possible place, and helped us feel warmer during the cold. He was actually Hungarian so I was really glad to find someone who also came from here, he alsi taught us the way to make fire with his special tools, how to chop the wood and make it easier to catch the fire and get it burned. I also loved his explanation and his examples of greatest northern light he saw and recorded as well. So although it was not as it suppose to be, it was still and exciting experience for me, and worth to memorize.

It was a great experience with Parpalandia group. It was supposed to be a group tour, but because of off season it ended up like a private tour. We got to see the northern lights and were also served with hot sausages and hot juice. Additionally, our guide - Jose was super friendly and made us feel comfortable; also gave us lot of information about Finland and northern lights. He was kind to click our beautiful pictures with the northern lights. Would definitely recommend this tour and the guide- Jose

Amazing experience! Our group loved hanging out with Raymond and Kun. They were so enthusiastic and would not leave until we saw the northern lights! They were invested in making sure we had a great experience. I still can't believe how great the photos turned out. This tour was completely worth it! Even if you don't see any auroras it is a lot of fun.

Amazing experience!Our guide Mattias was the best we could have on this tour!Everything was excellent!The lappish barbeque,the place he took us everything he offered us was fantastic!Thank you for this unique experience in Lapland!

Very patient tourguides in hunting the northern lights and beautiful pictures with the aurora dancing in the sky