Northern Lights Info

Everything You Need to Know About the Northern Lights

The enigmatic Northern Lights are truly one of nature’s greatest wonders. Here we have gathered all you need to know about them before you go Aurora Hunting.

The myth…

Before people could explain the mysterious Northern Lights scientifically, we came up with our own explanations. The ancient Finns believed that the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, were created by running foxes throwing mystical sparks into the sky with their tails. Others saw mighty dragons breathing fire across the firmament or gods granting boons to the people below. Every culture came up with their own myths and legends.

… and the facts behind it

These days the science behind this incredible natural display is less of a mystery. The Northern Lights happens when electrons from the Sun enter Earth’s atmosphere and interact with the gas particles producing light. The gas involved determines the color of the light: the common yellow-to-green is created by oxygen, while nitrogen produces a red glow. High in the atmosphere, lighter gases make blue and purple colors.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What to wear when Aurora Hunting?

    You should dress for the season. During winter it’s especially important to keep your head and feet warm. Also, those looking to take pictures should know that gloves with separated fingers are better than mittens.

  • Is it possible to predict the Northern Lights?

    Predicting the Northern Lights is a tricky business. Yes, it can be done, but with less accuracy than weather forecast. This is because the appearance of Aurora depends both upon atmospheric and weather conditions. If the solar wind is strong, we have a good chance of intense Northern Lights.

  • How can I get to the Sky Aurora Station and see the Northern Lights?

    So, you want to see the Northern Lights? The conditions are right and you have your camera ready for action? Good, just hop on our charter bus, which will take you straight to the Sky Aurora Station. If you have any questions about our bus service, please send us an email.

  • When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

    While it’s commonly believed that the Northern Lights only happen when it’s really cold, you can actually see them even in autumn, provided it’s dark enough. Sky Aurora Station is located 20 kilometers away from the city’s light pollution, which increases your chances of witnessing them.

  • Do the Northern Lights make noises?

    Yes, according to Finnish scientists. The weird noises were previously dismissed by many people as originating in the imagination of the observer. However, it needs to be said that these sounds only occur during especially powerful auroras.  

  • How long do the Northern Lights last?

    This depends on the magnitude of the solar wind. Anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours if you’re lucky.