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Witness The Northern Lights in Rovaniemi from August Until April

Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are visible on around 150 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. In Rovaniemi, the spellbinding astral show can be witnessed in and around the city from late August until early April.

How Can I See the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi?

Catching the magical phenomenon requires clear and dark skies and a viewing spot not affected by light pollution, like street lights and neon signs. In Rovaniemi, you don’t have to walk far from the city centre to find a good spot, and really strong Auroras can be seen even with interference from artificial light.
Please note: there are no sure-fire ways of predicting when the Auroras will appear, only approximate predictions.

Where Can I See The Northern Lights in Rovaniemi?

There are quite a few good places for viewing the Auroras near the city centre. The Arctic Garden behind the Arktikum museum is a popular spot a 10-minute walk away, and the top of Ounasvaara fell is another good choice a 45-minute walk away. Any location with no light pollution and an unrestricted view of the northern sky works – the darker, the better.

When Is A Good Time to See the Auroras? Get Notified!

The Northern Lights commonly appear between 10 PM and 2 AM, but can at times be seen as soon as 7 PM. A show might last from only a couple of minutes to several hours.
To skip waiting outside in the cold for the Auroras to appear, we’ve got the perfect solution for you in the form of an instant notification service that works in the Rovaniemi area: Aurora Alert Realtime lets you know as soon as the Auroras are visible.

Take A Guided Tour for In-Depth Information

For a more thorough Aurora experience, we warmly recommend joining one of the numerous Northern Lights tours in Rovaniemi. Aurora hunts are available on snowmobiles, husky sleds, snowshoes, and in reindeer sleighs, just to name a few ways to experience the dancing arcs in the sky.
Expert guides maximize your chances of seeing the Auroras by taking you to special viewing spots while explaining the science and myths behind the phenomenon.

Aurora Legend: "Fox Fire"

According to Sámi folklore, the Auroras are caused by a fox running over the fells of Lapland, whipping up snow with its tail and sending sparks up the northern sky. The sparks form a colourful arc of fire that lights up the dark landscape. The Finnish name for the Northern Lights, “revontulet”, meaning “fox fire”, derives from this myth.

Science Says

In scientific terms, the Northern Lights are caused by electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with each other upon entering the earth’s atmosphere, which results in emissions of various colours of light. Green is by far the most common, but red, pink, violet, yellow and even blue can be seen at times.

Kotisaari Island💚deep in the history of Rovaniemi the legendary lumberjack town, now offers @savuraflakotisaari -Island Restaurant, like in the good old days, and just a boat ride away from the city centre. This unique restaurant opens for service 1st of July 2022.

Rovaniemen Kotisaaren tulipesässä palaa jälleen liekki, kun @savuraflakotisaari avaa ovensa 1.7.2022. Rovaniemi on tunnettu legendaarinen uittolaiskaupunki ja Kotisaari tulikin tunnetuksi tukkilaisten tukikohtana ja tukkilaishistoria elää vahvana saaren rakennuksissa. Kattaus sisältää venekyydin, ja saapua voit myös omalla veneellä.

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Kotisaari Island💚deep in the history of Rovaniemi the legendary lumberjack town, now offers @savuraflakotisaari -Island Restaurant, like in the good old days, and just a boat ride away from the city centre. This unique restaurant opens for service 1st of July 2022.

Rovaniemen Kotisaaren tulipesässä palaa jälleen liekki, kun @savuraflakotisaari avaa ovensa 1.7.2022. Rovaniemi on tunnettu legendaarinen uittolaiskaupunki ja Kotisaari tulikin tunnetuksi tukkilaisten tukikohtana ja tukkilaishistoria elää vahvana saaren rakennuksissa. Kattaus sisältää venekyydin, ja saapua voit myös omalla veneellä.

📸 @thelostpassportblog 

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Kotisaari Island💚deep in the history of Rovaniemi the legendary lumberjack town, now offers @savuraflakotisaari -Island Restaurant, like in the good old days, and just a boat ride away from the city centre. This unique restaurant opens for service 1st of July 2022. Rovaniemen Kotisaaren tulipesässä palaa jälleen liekki, kun @savuraflakotisaari avaa ovensa 1.7.2022. Rovaniemi on tunnettu legendaarinen uittolaiskaupunki ja Kotisaari tulikin tunnetuksi tukkilaisten tukikohtana ja tukkilaishistoria elää vahvana saaren rakennuksissa. Kattaus sisältää venekyydin, ja saapua voit myös omalla veneellä. 📸 @thelostpassportblog #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #kotisaari #kotisaariisland #savuraflakotisaari #restaurant #laplandhotels #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcicrcle #midnightsun #laplandmidnightsun #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö #lappi #napapiiri
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Rovaniemi nature slowly getting a green summer look! 🥰💚 The past days have been +20 degrees and the new leafs on trees are unfolding. There is magic in the air on the Arctic Circle! 💚🌞

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Rovaniemi nature slowly getting a green summer look! 🥰💚 The past days have been +20 degrees and the new leafs on trees are unfolding. There is magic in the air on the Arctic Circle! 💚🌞 #Rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #arcticcircle #midnightsun #suomi #laplandfinland #lapland #finland #supboard #summer #keskiyönaurinko #kesä #water #onlyinlapland #lappi #suppailu
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Lapland Summer Tips for tourists 😍☀ Fall in love with Rovaniemi and have a look at interesting sights and places to visit, fun things to do and effortless equipment rental.

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Lapland Summer Tips for tourists 😍☀ Fall in love with Rovaniemi and have a look at interesting sights and places to visit, fun things to do and effortless equipment rental. https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/attraction/summer-tips-for-tourists-2022/ #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #lumberjackscandlebridge #jätkänkynttiläsilta #napapiiri #lappi #kesä #summer #midnightsun #laplandmidnightsun #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö #summertips #holiday
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Ready for those Midnight Sunlit nights of the Arctic! 🤩🙌🌞 This is an absolute must: Horseback riding under the Midnight Sun of Lapland!

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Ready for those Midnight Sunlit nights of the Arctic! 🤩🙌🌞 This is an absolute must: Horseback riding under the Midnight Sun of Lapland! 📸 @laenlammentila Keskiyön auringon vaellusratsastusretket myynnissä nyt! 🤩🙌🌞 #Rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #MidnightSunLapland #midnightsun #horseriding #horsebackriding #ratsastus #vaellusratsastus #keskiyönaurinko #lappi #kesä #summer
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What a better place to be in Lapland summer, than on a beach terrace; offering food and drinks, karaoke, live music and pair dancing in a river view, under the Midnight Sun– the combination of Finnish Happiness.

@valdemariofficial restaurant and beach terrace summer season begins today on 18th of May! 🥰

Located on the riverbank Valdemari serves a large terrace with Lapland`s fantastic views. And when the Midnight Sun is shining the whole night long,

Check out Rovaniemi summer terraces: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/rovaniemi-summer-terraces/ link in story!

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What a better place to be in Lapland summer, than on a beach terrace; offering food and drinks, karaoke, live music and pair dancing in a river view, under the Midnight Sun– the combination of Finnish Happiness.

@valdemariofficial restaurant and beach terrace summer season begins today on 18th of May! 🥰

Located on the riverbank Valdemari serves a large terrace with Lapland`s fantastic views. And when the Midnight Sun is shining the whole night long,

Check out Rovaniemi summer terraces: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/rovaniemi-summer-terraces/ link in story!

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #restaurant #arcticcircle #valdemari #ravintolavaldemari #lumberjackscandlebridge #jätkänkynttiläsilta #kemijoki #ounaskoskenuimaranta #kesäterassi #midnightsun #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö #lappi #suomi #finnishhappiness
What a better place to be in Lapland summer, than on a beach terrace; offering food and drinks, karaoke, live music and pair dancing in a river view, under the Midnight Sun– the combination of Finnish Happiness.

@valdemariofficial restaurant and beach terrace summer season begins today on 18th of May! 🥰

Located on the riverbank Valdemari serves a large terrace with Lapland`s fantastic views. And when the Midnight Sun is shining the whole night long,

Check out Rovaniemi summer terraces: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/rovaniemi-summer-terraces/ link in story!

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #restaurant #arcticcircle #valdemari #ravintolavaldemari #lumberjackscandlebridge #jätkänkynttiläsilta #kemijoki #ounaskoskenuimaranta #kesäterassi #midnightsun #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö #lappi #suomi #finnishhappiness
What a better place to be in Lapland summer, than on a beach terrace; offering food and drinks, karaoke, live music and pair dancing in a river view, under the Midnight Sun– the combination of Finnish Happiness. @valdemariofficial restaurant and beach terrace summer season begins today on 18th of May! 🥰 Located on the riverbank Valdemari serves a large terrace with Lapland`s fantastic views. And when the Midnight Sun is shining the whole night long, Check out Rovaniemi summer terraces: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/rovaniemi-summer-terraces/ link in story! #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #restaurant #arcticcircle #valdemari #ravintolavaldemari #lumberjackscandlebridge #jätkänkynttiläsilta #kemijoki #ounaskoskenuimaranta #kesäterassi #midnightsun #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö #lappi #suomi #finnishhappiness
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Finnish Lapland and the Magic of the never setting sun. Experience the arctic summer nature and activities; Midnight Sun in all its beauty and madness.

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Finnish Lapland and the Magic of the never setting sun. Experience the arctic summer nature and activities; Midnight Sun in all its beauty and madness. #MidnightSunLapland #LaplandMidnightSunAmbassador #Lapland #Rovaniemi #VisitRovaniemi #yllas #visityllas #levilapland #visitlevi #exploreinari #laplandnorth #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arctic #arcticcircle #midnightsun #lappi #keskiyönaurinko #yötönyö
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