The winter season 2017/2018 here at Aurora Holidays is now officially over and we are proud to say that every one of our guests has seen the Northern Lights during their stay with us.
First of all, thank you to each and every single one of you who has come to visit Aurora Holidays this season. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet you all and give you an insight into our lives here in Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland. If you haven’t been to visit us yet, you’ll be happy to hear that it is now possible to book your Lapland holiday with us for winter 2018. For more info about that, head on over to the winter packages page.
Our guests have come from all around the world to see the Northern Lights here in Utsjoki, including Australia, Spain, France, Singapore, USA, Germany, India and Israel. We even had a week where we had the pleasure to introduce the Sámi culture to our Māori and Aboriginal guests.
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
The Aurora Borealis was visible to our guests every week this winter season and what beautiful shows we have seen! The Northern Lights are unpredictable and no two displays will ever quite look the same. This winter we had everything from small green arches, coronas, vibrant colours, fast chases to full on light explosions across the entire sky. Lady aurora, we thank you for that!
The winter season started off unseasonably warm and due to the milder conditions it took a lot longer for the Teno river to freeze than usual. By the time the Polar Night started the winter however was in full swing. The lowest temperature this season was -34’C, measured on the 4th February & 7th March and the warmest day was on 3rd November with 2’C degrees.
Finland celebrated 100 years of independence on 6th December 2017 and Aurora Holidays joined the celebrations with a snowshoeing hike (what else?) through a winter wonderland with snow-covered trees and a chilly -30’C.
Some of our guests even had the chance to join us during the reindeer round ups this season. The reindeer round ups are not a scheduled event and we therefore can’t include it in our itinerary, but when we do have the chance to share this special part of the Sámi culture with our guests, then we do our very best to make it happen.
This winter we also had the pleasure to offer you not one, but two photography courses with the well-known Finnish photographer Markus Kiili. If you are interested in joining photography tours or other special events with us here in Utsjoki, then make sure to keep an eye on the “Special Tours” section of the website.