Northern Lights Tour: Itinerary for Finnish Lapland (7 days)


Are you wondering where is the best place to see the Northern Lights and what are some of the best northern lights tours available? You don’t need to look any further. Just book your trip to see the Northern Lights with MonMon Travel and discover the magical Finnish Lapland. 

Northern Lights Tour

Experience the magic of the Northern Lights with our 7-day tour through Finnish Lapland, covering Rovaniemi, Äkäslompolo, and Saariselkä. Imagine the night sky filled with vibrant colours of green, purple, and pink—a sight that promises an unforgettable journey filled with cozy accommodations and thrilling activities.

While Rovaniemi, Äkäslompolo, and Saariselkä are the main highlights of our tour, there are other fantastic options to witness the Northern Lights across the Arctic region. Finnish Lapland, along with Tromsø in Norway and Abisko and Kiruna in Sweden, are renowned for their prime Northern Lights viewing opportunities, thanks to their clear skies and ideal conditions. These destinations not only offer Arctic charm but also provide convenient access from major European cities.

In Finland, you could also visit Inari or Kilpisjärvi in the northern regions. Inari boasts the Siida Museum, offering insights into Sami culture and perfect Northern Lights viewing spots. Kilpisjärvi, celebrated for its minimal light pollution and stunning wilderness, enhances the aurora experience. Each of these destinations offers a unique view of this natural wonder against the Arctic backdrop, ensuring unforgettable memories.

Starting Point for Your Finland Northern Lights Tour

Your adventure begins in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, and the official hometown of Santa Claus. This charming city is situated right on the Arctic Circle and is renowned for its stunning winter landscapes and vibrant cultural scene. Rovaniemi is not just a hub for winter activities but also a gateway to Arctic adventures. The city is steeped in culture and history, with attractions like the Arktikum Museum offering insights into Arctic life and the indigenous Sámi people. It’s well connected with the capital of Finland, Helsinki, and also with other European cities. If you’d also like to spend some time in Helsinki, there are overnight trains between the two cities. The overnight train is also the most sustainable way of traveling, so something to consider.


Welcome to Rovaniemi - Northern Lights Photography Tour

After arriving, you’ll have some time to settle into your accommodation. In the evening, the real magic starts with a premium Northern Lights hunting tour (find out more about Northern Lights in Rovaniemi). The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, are caused by particles from the sun colliding with Earth’s atmosphere, creating a natural light display that is predominantly seen in high-latitude regions.

The best time to see the Northern Lights is from September to March, with peak viewing times between 10 PM and 2 AM. Our expert guides will take you to the best spots to see the aurora borealis, far from city lights. With their knowledge of local weather patterns and aurora activity, your chances of witnessing this spectacular natural light show are maximized. Imagine standing under the starry Arctic sky as waves of color dance overhead, a moment you’ll cherish forever.

Visit Santa Claus Village, Ice floating under the Northern Lights

On your second day, we suggest exploring Rovaniemi on your own. We know that one of the highlights is visiting Santa Claus in his village office. As it’s free to go there, we suggest doing this on your own, not as part of a tour. That way you can spend as much time there as you wish and don’t need to stick to a strict tour schedule. You can meet Santa Claus himself, send postcards from his official post office, and explore charming shops and cafes. The village is a magical experience for all ages, filled with festive cheer and delightful surprises. Located right on the Arctic Circle, this destination offers a unique experience, blending Christmas magic with Arctic charm. 


As night falls, prepare for a unique and serene experience: ice floating under the Northern Lights. Dressed in a warm, waterproof suit, you’ll float in an icy lake, feeling completely weightless and at peace. As you lie back in the water, look up at the sky and watch the Northern Lights dance above you. This tranquil and otherworldly activity is a must-try, offering a perspective on the aurora that few people ever get to see. Please do remember that northern lights are a natural phenomenon and we can’t guarantee that you will see them. 

Husky Safari, Traveling to Äkäslompolo

This sustainable and ethical adventure starts with meeting the friendly, energetic huskies, ensuring a personalized, intimate experience. Our expert guides provide a thorough introduction and safety briefing, teaching you how to handle the sled and care for the dogs, emphasizing their well-being and supporting the regenerative travel practices

Our small group size allows for ample interaction, offering insights into the huskies’ training, diet, and daily routines. This personal touch ensures you can ask questions, take photos, and fully appreciate the bond between mushers and their dogs.

Mushing through the Arctic landscape, you’ll feel like a true explorer, navigating snow-covered trails and soaking in the serene beauty of Lapland. This adventure combines excitement, education, and a unique connection with the huskies, making it an unforgettable highlight of your Northern Lights tour.


After the husky safari, it’s time to travel to Äkäslompolo – a picturesque village nestled in the Ylläs region of Finnish Lapland. Known for its stunning natural beauty, Äkäslompolo is surrounded by seven fells, offering breathtaking scenery and a myriad of outdoor activities. This area is a haven for nature lovers, with opportunities for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. The village itself has a charming, authentic feel, making it a perfect spot to experience the tranquility of the Arctic wilderness. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring Äkäslompolo. Visit local shops and cafes or simply take in the serene winter landscape. You can experience a luxurious stay in a glass cabin in Lapland, enjoying cozy accommodations and panoramic views of the Northern Lights.

Explore Lapland, Evening Snowmobile Safari to Wilderness Hut

Today we suggest you take it easy and rest up from all the Aurora tours. In the afternoon, prepare for an exhilarating snowmobile safari. After a short training session, you’ll ride through the snowy wilderness, guided by the stars and the soft light of your snowmobile. Did you know that in Finnish folklore, the Northern Lights are called “revontulet,” meaning “fox fires”? It was believed that the lights were caused by a mystical fox sweeping its tail across the snow, sending sparks into the sky.

Your destination for this snowmobile safari is a cozy wilderness hut, where you’ll enjoy a warm meal by the fire. Afterward, relax in the sauna and take a refreshing dip in the icy lake. If conditions are right, the Northern Lights will illuminate the sky, adding to the magical atmosphere. This adventure combines the thrill of snowmobiling with the tranquility of the Arctic night, offering a perfect balance of excitement and peace.

Travelling to Saariselkä, Aurora Hunt by Reindeer Safari

Today it’s time to travel deeper into the Arctic nature – Saariselkä is waiting. Saariselkä, nestled in the Inari municipality of northern Lapland, is a picturesque village celebrated for its stunning landscapes and abundant outdoor activities. One of its main attractions is the vast Urho Kekkonen National Park, which spans across expansive wilderness ideal for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. This park not only boasts breathtaking vistas but also houses diverse wildlife and numerous trails catering to hiking and skiing enthusiasts.

Located well above the Arctic Circle, Saariselkä offers a unique experience of the Arctic wilderness, characterized by its pristine snow-covered landscapes and the opportunity to witness the magical Northern Lights during winter nights. The village itself maintains a tranquil atmosphere, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking a blend of relaxation and outdoor adventure. Whether exploring the national park’s trails, trying your hand at cross-country or downhill skiing, or simply soaking in the serene beauty of Lapland, Saariselkä promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Finnish Lapland.


Get ready for an Aurora hunt like no other – by reindeer safari. In the evening, you’ll embark on a peaceful reindeer sleigh ride through snowy forests. The gentle pace of the reindeer allows you to fully appreciate the silence and beauty of the Arctic night. Keep an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights as you glide through the snow.

Reindeers hold a special place in Lappish culture, serving as a vital part of the Sami livelihood for centuries. Today, reindeer safaris offer visitors a unique glimpse into this ancient way of life. These gentle creatures, guided by experienced reindeer herders, provide a peaceful and authentic means of exploring Lapland’s winter wonderland. Learn about the life of reindeer and their natural environment.

Discover Saariselkä, Northern Lights Tour on Snowshoes

Today is your last full day in Lapland and what better way to spend it than relaxing in your accommodation, enjoying a hot sauna or doing another activity. If you want to try your hand in ice fishing, fat biking, snow scootering, tobogganing or ice carting, among other activities, then this is your chance. Just let us know what you’d like to do. 

In the evening, it’s time to explore the winter wilderness on snowshoes! This guided tour takes you through snowy trails and into the heart of nature, where you can enjoy the quiet and pristine beauty of Lapland. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and a great way to experience the Arctic landscape up close. Walking through the snowy terrain under the starry sky, you’ll feel a deep connection with nature. Your guide will lead you to the best spots to see the aurora, enhancing this magical experience. Snowshoeing under the Northern Lights is a truly unique adventure, combining physical activity with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Arctic night sky.

Packing List for Your Northern Lights Adventure

To ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip, here’s a suggested packing list for Lapland:

  • Warm Clothing: Layering is key. Bring thermal underwear, warm sweaters, and waterproof outerwear.
  • Winter Accessories: Hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks are essential.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Waterproof and insulated boots are a must for outdoor activities.
  • Camera: To capture the beauty of the Northern Lights and the stunning landscapes.
  • Personal Items: Toiletries, medications, and any personal essentials.
  • Swimsuit: For ice floating.
  • Backpack: For day trips and carrying essentials during activities.
  • Sunglasses: The snow can be very bright during the day.
  • Portable Charger: To keep your devices charged during excursions.

Read more about what to pack from our comprehensive packing list for Lapland post. 

Northern Lights Tour Package

This Northern Lights tour package offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty. From premium Northern Lights hunting tours to unique activities like ice floating and husky safaris, you’ll experience the best of what Finnish Lapland has to offer. So pack your warm clothes and camera, and get ready for an unforgettable Arctic adventure. Join us on this extraordinary journey and witness the beauty and wonder of Aurora Borealis.