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.