Sep 25, 2012 13:04 BST Sami legend says the Fox runs across the Arctic fells and lights up the sky with sparks flying from its tail whirling up the snow. The modern Finnish term “revontulet”, the fox’s fires, derives from this myth.
Let Your Northern Light Shine!Sep 25, 2012 13:04 BST
The solar cycle that affects the magnitude of the Aurora Borealis is at its peak this coming winter. In other words, it’s a great time for spotting the phenomenon in Finnish Lapland!
- Solar activity varies periodically on an average of 11 years. The next solar activity maximum is predicted for 2013, explains Geophysicist Jyrki Manninen of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
It is estimated that the Northern Lights are visible up to 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland, from September to April. The Aurora maximum goes on for approximately two years after the solar activity maximum.
- The next couple of winters in Finland will be ideal for travellers who want to spot the Aurorae, says Manninen.
Where to Catch the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
- Let Top Safaris take you out to see the Northern Lights either on snowshoes or a snowmobile.
- Stay at cosy farmhouse style hotel Kieppi.
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- This picturesque village is an optimal place right in the Aurora zone. Kilpissafarit takes you out to the fells to see the Northern Lights.
- Stay in Tundrea.
- Ruka Safaris will sit you in a sled and drive you out to let you concentrate on the marvel up above. Alternatively, grab the handlebar yourself.
- Stay in ski in, ski out log cabin Kelokoto.
- More on Ruka
Accommodation with Aurora alerts
- The holiday and ski resorts of Pyhä-Luosto offer a score of winter activities under the Northern Lights.
- Sleep in a glass igloo and marvel at the Aurorae or hop on the Kakslauttanen Panorama bus and go on a hunt!
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