Rovaniemi AURORA BOREALIS TRAVEL GUIDE

Rovaniemi is the unofficial capital of Lapland and located in northern Finland on the Arctic Circle. Home to an population of approximately 60,000 the town is world famous for viewing the Northern Lights. Rovaniemi is also known as being the “official” home town of Santa Claus.

The Aurora Borealis is visible approximately 150 nights a year in this part of Finland and can be seen between mid-August and early April. The winter months also provide Polar Nights where the sun barely rises at all. In summer the midnight sun is also a popular attraction.,

The Aurora is still best seen away from light pollution including house lights and street lights. Luckily the remoteness of Rovaniemi means you do not have to travel far to find pitch dark conditions ideal for Aurora hunting.

Some of the most popular areas to see the Aurora in Rovaniemi include the top of Ounasvaara Fell, the shores of Arktikum or Koivusaari Island. Each of these is an easy walk from town.  The lights most commonly appear between 10pm and 2am however they are sometimes seen as early as 7pm.

Rovaniemi Aurora Forecast

If you are looking for the best opportunity to see the Aurora in Rovaniemi we recommend you sign up for the SMS alerts from AuroraAlert Realtime. This service informs you immediately via SMS and email where and when the Northern Lights are visible in town.

Rovaniemi Tours and Accommodation

The northern lights can be experienced in Rovaniemi in a number of ways including reindeer tours, snowmobile tours, husky tours as well as traditional bus tours. We review a wide range of the tour options available as well as the best places to stay in town.

    Sleigh Ride In Rovaniemi With Northern Lights
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    Sleigh Ride In Rovaniemi With Northern Lights

    Lapland is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to experience the Northern Lights up close. This Aurora hunting sleigh ride leaves from the beautiful Finnish town of Rovaniemi right on the arctic circle.

    Nova Skyland Hotel, Rovaniemi
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    Nova Skyland Hotel, Rovaniemi

    Nova Skyland Hotel is located in Santa Claus Village within the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. The hotel offers a restaurant with buffet breakfast and a bar for enjoying pre dinner drinks. The property also offers free parking, Airport Shuttle and non-smoking rooms.

    Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
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    Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara

    Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is located on Ounasvaara Fell in the northern Finland town of Rovaniemi. This mountain also home to the Winter Sports Centre is one of the best vantage spots in town to see the Northern Lights.

    Lapland Northern Lights Hunt + Husky Sleigh Ride from Rovaniemi
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    Lapland Northern Lights Hunt + Husky Sleigh Ride from Rovaniemi

    Can you think of anything better that sitting in a sled as is pulled by a team of huskies while searching for the Northern Lights? This Lapland Northern Lights Hunt + Husky Sleigh Ride leaves from Rovaniemi in Finland and gives you a great chance of seeing the magical Aurora Borealis.

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    Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?
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    Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?

    The question that we get asked most by email is “Where is the Best place to see the Northern Lights”, in fact I wish I had a dollar for every time it has been asked. And to be honest that is probably how you ended up on our website and this page.

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