Aurora borealis - the northern lights


The pulsating and multicoloured northern lights are born at a height of about 100 kilometers above ground level as electrically charged particles collide with the earth's atmosphere near the magnetic poles. Northern lights can be seen from the beginning of  September until April (but not every night). Our summertime isn't dark enough for seeing northern lights (we have the midnight sun). There are northern lights in 200 nights in Saariselkä region every year.


The Lonely Planet Blue List 2007 describes the northern lights as ”the World's Most Amazing Natural Phenomenon”.


A La Carte Lapland:


Arctic Academy:


Aurora Borealis page by Tom Eklund:


Arctic Circle Information:


Aurora in Levi center:


Aurora photos by Studio Tunturi-Lappi: (choose Aurora on the left)


Auroras now:  and


Destination North - choose Nature (at the bottom of the page) > Inanimate nature > Northern Lights: Travel Portal:


Finnish Meteorological Institute:


Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen (one of the best places for seeing Northern Lights): and

(Travel review of Saariselkä and Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen: )

Jouni Jussila:


Kiela Naturium (Northern Lights planetarium in Muonio):


Lapland Finland:


Northern lights forecast:


Northern Lights paintings:


Oulu University:


Polar Image (Aurora webcam & photos):


Santa Television:


Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory:


Space Weather Prediction Centre:




Virtual Finland: and


Visit Finland:



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