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Kobus from Geneva asked

Best spot for seeing the Northern Lights in Sweden/Finland?

  • Young couple style :)
  • Struggling student budget
  • 5 days in Sweden (Linkoping & Stockholm)
  • 4 days in Finland (Helsinki)

Sweden   Finland   Linkoping   Stockholm   Helsinki

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Maari from Helsinki

Going as up north as possible helps. The best season is the darkest winter when in the sun doesn't come up at all. Also there are some sms alerting services to let you know when the northern lights might be appearing, as you never really know when this is bound to happen. The good news is, that the "main show" is awesome and free, if you manage to catch it. Be prepared to wait. Dress very very warm. 


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Thanks Maari, I'll be sure to dress warm! What is the name of the sms alerting service?
 
 
 
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Mikael from Stockholm

You have to go way north. In Sweden is suggest Kiruna. If you're on a budget either bus or train from Stockholm


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Thanks for the location, Mikael. Found this site: http://www.kirunaaurora.com/kiruna-aurora-forecast/index.php Getting excited already :)
 
 
 

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Minna from Hämeenlinna, Finland

Best place to see Northern Lights is Lapland in the winter time, in summer you will experience midnight sun, when sun never goes down.


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Thank you, Minna!
 
 
 

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Mika from Helsinki

Best to fly directly to Rovaniemi or Kittila. The place does not matter as long as you are above polar circle and the weather is right.


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Magnus from Stockholm

Best place is far up in the north of Sweden. As far as you can get above the Arctic Circle. I know that hotels in both Kiruna and Abisko got plenty of events for spotting the Aurora. 


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Riku

You almost have to go up north to see the Northern Lights. Very seldom can you see them from Stockholm or Helsinki. Google for it...


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Oli from Paris

Go as North as possible - above Arctic Circle


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Thomas

Go up north in the winter. Pray to the gods that the sky is clear.

It's often a bigger chance to see it when being really really cold


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Kobus
How cold is really cold? ;) I am Dutch, I am used to 0 degrees celsius.
 

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Thomas
Prepare for -20. It might be down to -30 specially during the night.
 

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Ouch. Ok yes that is very cold. Thanks Thomas :)
 
 
 
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