It’s the question we are asked more than any other “where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?” Many destinations promote themselves as being the very best place on the planet for viewing the Aurora whilst others (perhaps wisely) choose to remain closely guarded secrets. We thought we would delve a little further and see if we could come up with a definitive answer by asking three of Northern Scandinavia’s top Aurora Hunters.
Over the years, these guys have spent thousands upon thousands of hours under dark Arctic skies tracking down the Northern Lights to the delight of their delighted clients. They live in The Aurora Zone, they work in The Aurora Zone and they have an intimate and almost uncanny understanding of this most remarkable of Mother Nature’s spectacular wonders.
Here is what they, the genuine professionals, have to say on the single biggest issue surrounding the Aurora Borealis: “Where is the best place to see the Northern Lights?”
Markku Inkila – Professional Northern Lights Photographer and Guide
Nellim and Muotka in Finnish Lapland. Such is his devotion to the area, he is currently building his new home just 25 miles away from Paatsjoki Bridge. And, in Lapland, 25 miles is considered to be little more than a hop, a skip and a jump.
For the kind of view below, we’d be prepared to travel a lot further than 25 miles!!
Image: www.theaurorazone.com & Markku Inkila
Northern Lights Holidays based just nine kilometers from Paatsjoki Bridge:
Autumn Lights Over Lake Inari
The Aurora Quest
Aurora in the Wild
Northern Lights Over Lake Inari
Antti Pietikainen - Professional Northern Lights Photographer and Guide
“You need to be far enough north, south of Sodankylä, Kittilä, Luosto you don't see northern lights regularly. If you get this far north then the chances are that the Northern lights will appear approximately every second night.
Locally it is just a matter of taste where you would like to go but always considering the light pollution of course!
I really like Muonio (Finnish Lapland) and its surroundings. Here you get many different landscapes and vegetation zones: Old national park forest, lakes and rivers, treeless mountain tops which are also easy to reach with a car. 100km north you have tundra and the climate changes. If it's cloudy in Muonio it's likely that higher north there are clear skies".
Image: Antti Pietikainen & www.theaurorazone.com
Northern Lights Holidays based near Muonio:
Northern Lights Quest
Northern Lights Photography
The Northern Lights Route
Chad Blakley - Professional Northern Lights Photographer and Guide
“The best place to see the northern lights is in Abisko National Park!
Due to its location in a rain shadow, Abisko National Park experiences more cloud free nights and clear skies than virtually any other location in the aurora oval. Based on research by the IRF you have an 80% chance of seeing the lights if you are in Abisko for three or more nights. As far as we know we have the best success rate of any destination on Earth!”
Image: Chad Blakley - Lights Over Lapland & www.theaurorazone.com
Northern Lights Holidays based in Abisko:
Autumn Aurora Adventure
Aurora & The ICEHOTEL – Level 1
Aurora & The ICEHOTEL – Level 2