Autumn Colours and Northern Lights
A unique autumn colours experience
From mid September to the end of October
Do you want to see the Northern Lights, but you’re not a fan of winter? Have the snow and winter climate stopped you from making your dream of experiencing the Aurora Borealis come true? If you answered with yes to the questions above, then the Aurora Holidays autumn holiday package might just be the right thing for you.
Autumn is the perfect time of year to see the Aurora Borealis in milder temperatures without the ice and snow. The Northern Lights are visible as early as the beginning of September here in Utsjoki. The rivers and lakes are still open during the autumn months providing photographers with the perfect scenery to capture those reflections during day and night.
Autumn in Utsjoki still offers plenty of daylight to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing. Nature lovers can enjoy fall foliage, berry picking, landscape photography and encounters with local wildlife.
Visit us during autumn for the chance to see the Northern Lights and experience ruska (the colorful fall). Whether you’re looking for an active outdoor holiday or peaceful nature getaway to unwind and relax – we’ve got you covered!
We offer autumn holiday packages from Tuesday to Sunday from September until the end of October. The Aurora Holidays autumn holiday package includes accommodation in your own private, fully-equipped cottage with sauna, all the meals in our own restaurant and nature right on your doorstep, as well as airport transportation and a village tour of Utsjoki.
On the Tuesday when you arrive, we will pick you up from Ivalo airport (if you are unsure which flights to book, please contact us first). It is about a two hour drive to Utsjoki and your cottage. We drive through a beautiful, colorful scenery of fells (hills), forests and lakes. You might also be lucky and see some reindeer, elk or other wild animals.
Your holiday package has full board included. It means that you don’t need to worry about grocery shopping, cooking or the dishes at all – we will take care of it all! Our new restaurant serves you breakfast, lunch/snacks and dinner every day during your stay. But before we leave Ivalo, we will stop at the supermarket, so that you can get some snacks or other essentials you may need for your stay. There is also a smaller supermarket in Utsjoki for your more urgent needs.
Upon arriving in Utsjoki, we will show you your cottage and give you instructions on how to use the sauna etc. Water from the tap is drinkable so there is no need to buy water.
Activities included in this package
Northern Lights Hunting (We select the three best evenings)
Our guides are Northern Lights hunting professionals actively monitoring the Northern Lights and solar activity throughout your trip, ensuring that they are always ready to guide you to the spectacular aurora borealis. During three evenings of your holiday, our guides will be searching the night skies and seeking for the best possible place from where you will be most likely to see the Northern Lights. Sometimes, the journey isn’t that far at all, as the Northern Lights can occasionally be visible as soon as you step out of your cottage! Through careful analysis and planning, our guides always choose the best nights, places, and times for your Northern Lights hunts.
What would a holiday be, if you didn’t have stunning photos to remember it by? That’s why you will also receive photography guidance and direction from us. Our guides are passionate about photography and will help you take the best shots with your camera, if your camera is suitable for photographing the Northern Lights, as night photography requires certain settings and features that your camera and lenses be capable of. If you have any questions about the Northern Lights prior to your trip, please feel free to contact us. If you are fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights, our guides will gladly take pictures for and of you with the Northern Lights; so that you will get a memory of the Northern Lights even if you don’t have your own camera.
Utsjoki - Stories from Historic and Modern-day Life
As part of your holiday, we want to tell you about local life and history of the area. What better way to do this than to tell you stories about Utsjoki and Sámi culture and show you some local attractions, from past to the present? This program is always planned according to each day’s opportunities and availability.
Guided Hike in the Wilderness
Explore the beautiful and lush nature surrounding Utsjoki with us on a hike. We will pick the hiking trail according to your skills and fitness level to ensure the best possible experience for you. Utsjoki and the surrounding areas have a great range of hiking trails to enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer. Join us for a relaxing campfire lunch and listen to the sounds of nature.
Your holiday package includes three guided nights of Northern Lights chasing and a village tour of Utsjoki, where you will have the chance to visit some of our favourite landmarks, learn more about local history and find what life 450km above the Arctic Circle is like.
We offer a range of nature, outdoor and cultural activities for you to choose from. Join us for a photography tour of autumn colors in some of the most stunning locations that the area has to offer. Visit a Sami Museum with us and learn more about the indigenous people of Lapland. Or why not have a go at berry picking to sample some of the local berry varieties?
1950 € (Children under 15 years of age join at half price).
Full Board & Airport Transfers Included
What is included
- Five (5) nights accommodation incl. private sauna, bed linen & towels
- Unlimited WIFI in all cottages
- 3 guided nights of Northern Lights chasing incl. assistance with your photography
- Village tour of Utsjoki
- Guided hike in the wilderness
- Transfer to & from the airport, to & from all activities
- Firewood for your outside fireplaces
- 24/7 Assistance by experienced guides
- Full board (breakfast, lunch/snacks, dinner)