The Northern Lights remain on top of most people’s ultimate travel bucket lists. However, despite the increasing number of tours and trips to the Nordic countries catering specifically to viewing the spectacular natural wonder in the sky, the lights themselves can remain elusive.
On a recent visit to Iceland we were excited to take in all that the country has to offer, which includes, of course, the chance to see the Northern Lights. Depending on what you might have heard, there is a misconception that it’s a relatively straightforward process of flying to the right location and looking out of the window at any point on any given evening.
The fact is, though, there are a number of factors that can affect the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis. From inclement weather conditions to increasing light pollution in and around the main cities in the Nordic countries, if you really want to see the Northern Lights you probably need to do some research beforehand.
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Teaming up with local experts, Off the Map Travel set up these purpose-built huts with see-through ceilings based on weather forecasts to optimise the viewing experience. The wilderness around Kilpisjärvi is also remote enough to avoid the man-made light pollution of other popular travel destinations in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.
Each of the mobile accommodations sleeps two and includes a gas stove, double bed, table, heater, toilet, snowshoes and kicksleds.
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You’ll be transported to the huts via snowmobile by an experienced guide, who will demonstrate how everything works in the camp. Statistically, this area of Finland has more clear night skies and more Northern Lights activity than any other, with experts claiming a better than 70% chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of one of the huts. Finnish snacks and hot drinks are provided for the evening’s watch, with a hot breakfast served up the following morning.
For more information and to book your stay at the camp, visit Off The Map Travel.