The Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis

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The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, occur in the Arctic sky on clear, dark nights. The lights are caused by solar winds interacting with the Earth's magnetic field in space and consequent electrical rain into the atmosphere, which makes atmosphere glow in colors green, red, violet and blue.

Statistically, the northern lights in Lapland are most likely to be seen from mid-August to mid-April. Every year, the Northern lights are a common sight at Pyhä-Luosto and the past few years have been excellent for observing the northern lights. Seeing the northern lights is believed to bring good luck!

You can observe the northern lights on your own or with a local guide. For example, the guided northern lights tours on snowshoes, cross county skis and snowmobiles. If you want to photograph the northern lights, you can book a photography tour where the right camera settings are checked with the guide. When interested in booking the guided tours, we recommend you to contact service providers in advance.

Aurora Alert Realtime, will be offered free of charge to all visitors in Pyhä and Luosto. Visitors will be able to access it via a mobile data connection or using free Wi-Fi networks offered by local businesses. A paid Aurora Alert Realtime SMS service will also be available.

Activate the Aurora Alert Realtime Northern Lights alarm system

Aurora Alert Realtime northern lights alarm system can be activated to your smart phone or tablet. The system will give you voice signal when the northern lights are visible in the sky. For the system to work it requires an Internet connection. Remember to allow notifications from the Aurora Alert Realtime system and keep the sounds on.

Aurora Alert system uses it own local sensor in Luosto area, so the notifications are quite exact and informative. The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are visible usually from couple of minutes up to 60 minutes depending on the weather conditions. Aurora Alarm system gives the notifications when the Auroras are visible in the sky. The notifications also gives information how strong the northern lights are. The scale is from 1 to 5, 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest.

Please note that Apple users have to download the free application from the App Store. Link to download it will be offered from the web pages.



Arctic Academy

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Arctic Horizons

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Backcountry Lapland

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Bliss Adventure

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Experience Pyhä

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FishSki Uski

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Kairankutsu - Call of the Wilderness

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Lapland Safaris Luosto

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Lucky Ranch

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Northern Light Village Experiences

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Pyhä Safaris

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The Northern Lights virtual show for groups

For groups, it is possible to book the virtual Northern lights show (incl. video and photos) which is held in the Auditorium of Laplandhotels Luostotunturi. The person behind the program is an active researcher of the Northern Lights at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Dr. Esa Turunen.