Our mission is to help You get most out of your stay in Lapland. We will take care of everything for you – you just have to focus on experiencing the enchanting winter of Lapland with all of your senses. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please e-mail or call us – we are happy to help!
BY PLANE: We are located in Saariselkä, about 30 kilometres from Ivalo Airport. You can take a bus or order Airport transfer from us. BY TRAIN + BUSS: Train tracks go as far north as Rovaniemi. You can take a bus or charter bus for the remaining 250 kilometers.
Pick up from Saariselkä bus stops 5€ / person, Ivalo Airport 70€ / one way (1-4 persons), 110€ / one way (5-8 persons)
Northern Lights Village is open from last week of August to last week of April. That covers three different seasons, and the Northern Lights can be seen in all.
WINTER Main travelling season in Lapland is winter, from mid-November to February, peaking at Christmas season. Arctic winter offers lot to experience and the polar night (in Saariselkä 4.12. – 8.1.) colors of pink and blue are mesmerizing. Be sure to book your stay and flights early enough if you are planning a winter trip as they tend to be sold out for busiest weeks. Coldest months, December and January have average temperature of – 15c. Saariselkä is situated on an elevated location in the fells and because of that the temperatures are higher than in lower altitudes in the same region.
SPRING As days grow longer in February, the temperatures start slowly to rise. More light for daytime activities – the best time for ice fishing, downhill skiing and other snow sports. Snow and ice can stay even until June, but spring season in Northern Lights Village ends in April. In May there is already too much light for the Aurora Borealis to be seen.
AUTUMN The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Inari region as early as August, as soon as the nights get dark after polar summer. Before the temperatures drop to below zero degrees, the Northern Lights reflect from the ice-free lakes and rivers. This creates especially magnificent sights and great photo opportunities. Northern Lights Village offers variety of Autumn Activities, including Aurora hunts, husky rides, trekking trips and other activities from mid-August to mid-November. In Autumn there might not be snow yet, but bright autumn colors and milder weather make up for it.
The equipment required for the outdoor activities, such as warm coveralls, shoes, gloves, helmets, and hats as well as fuel and meal and/or coffee breaks are included in the price (check the detailed price information included in the activity descriptions). All excursions include an English speaking guide.
You must bring good base and mid layers: thermal underwear, fleece jacket or wool sweater, some lighter clothing (the temperatures are not always that cold) and winter socks (e.g. wool mix socks). For cold weather clothing, it is recommended to avoid cotton as material.
Weather conditions are something we can not yet control. On average, the Northern Lights are visible every other night in the Inari region. Our record is 17 straight nights of Northern Light visibility. Cloudy weather can sometimes hinder the visibility of the Northern Lights, but we can move around the area in search of more suitable cloud circumstances.
The Kota restaurant in Northern Lights Village provides all meals from breakfast to dinner. All special diets and allergies are taken into consideration.
Some of our excursions/activities have meals included. All meals can be provided, for example, as vegetarian or gluten and lactose-free options, taking all allergies into consideration. Just let us know of any dietary requirements when making your reservation.
Northern Lights Village is located on quiet and private spot right next to vast, uninhabited wilderness, away from the buzz of the areas bigger hotels and resorts. Yet it is conveniently close to Saariselkä village. Just 500 meter walk, and you can find wide range of services such as supermarket, restaurants, bars, shops, spa, bowling alley and the northernmost ski resort in Europe.
Photographing the Northern Lights is the core of our service. All of our safaris are suitable for both amateurs and professional photographers. We are the only operator in the region to offer Northern Lights and Adobe Lightroom workshops.
If necessary, you can rent high-quality SLR camera equipment from us. The photography is fully voluntary on all of our safaris. If you prefer, you can focus on enjoying the views and purchase photographs taken by your guide as a memento of your trip.