It has been predicted that there's going to be Northern Lights in Levi soon. So take a look skywards! Prediction provided by Sunsää.
In Levi we organise numerous excursions to give the visitors the chance to witness this extraordinary event.
Already in autumn, when the nights start getting dark, it is possible to book a guided walk or horse ride trip into the nature, away from the artificial lights of the centre. The guide will teach how to distinguish the bright stars and with good luck you will spot the Lights. If you are interested in photography in autumn as well as in winter a professional photographer can teach you how to shoot wonderful images and lasting memories of the auroras with your own camera. As the winter approaches and the land freezes up and is covered in snow, a wider range of Northern Lights excursions become available.
Animal lovers may choose to venture into the dark wilderness on a sledge pulled by cute, fast huskies (also possible with overnight staying in a hut) and to enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings on a slow and romantic reindeer or horse sleigh ride. An evening snowmobile safari combines the chance to see the auroras with fun and exhilarating speed.
Those who like to keep physically active may want to enjoy the view of the starry sky with the hope of spotting the Lights on a pleasant guided snowshoe walk on the Levi fell or to test their fitness on a guided fat-bike ride onto the frozen marshlands. Sitting around a cosy fire in a Lappish wooden hut listening to a shaman’s stories whilst waiting for the auroras to show and amaze you is also an exotic experience to try out in Levi. And certainly not to miss out on is the unforgettable memory of an overnight stay in a luxurious and comfortable glass igloo
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis - are an unpredictable, natural event, which occurs all year round. Because you need nightfall to spot them, the Northern lights begin to appear around the end of August, when the nights get darker. You can see them as late as at the end of April. During the darkest winter months, we have often seen the Aurora lights as early as 17.00. From our experience, the Northern Lights display seems to be at its best between 20.00-1.00. Obviously in April, when the days are already fairly long, you can see the Northern Lights at their best only later at night.
The Aurora lights never look the same and the intensity of their display varies not just from night to night but also throughout the night. They can last for just a few minutes or for several hours. At their best, the Northern Lights shine a dazzling display of intense green, blue, red and violet colours.
To be able to see/photograph the Aurora Borealis, the sky needs to be clear and you need to be away from artificial lights (street and building lights) disturbing the view.
The determining factors of this amazing phenomenon are the geomagnetic and the solar activities. The Auroras become brighter and more distinctive after intense sunspot activities. The solar activity occurs on a 22-year cycle (it increases for 11 years and decreases during another 11 years).
Already in September this year in Levi, we have witnessed this awe-inspiring phenomenon of breath-taking beauty almost every clear night, a promise to another amazing winter display?
In the old times, people in Finland believed that a giant fox in the sky created the Northern Lights by moving its tail. This is why in Finnish the Northern Lights are called “Revontulet”, i.e. foxfires.
Book a guided excursion offering the chance to enjoy this amazing show.
* Various safaris by snowmobile
* Various evening huskies sledge rides, including overnight staying (2 day safari, 1 night)
* Evening Reindeer Sleigh rides
* Horse riding or horse sleigh rides
* Bus Trip to a kota with possibilities to book also a shaman/story-teller
* Snow shoe trip to Fell Levi
* Overnight staying in the National Park
* Photographic trips
*some programs are also available in Autumn, by the time of the equinoxes in September, when the Northern Lights are at their peaks
Check the availability from Tourist Information!