When can I see the Northern Lights?
The northern lights may exist any time of day and any day of a year. We are located on the Aurora Zone where the Northern Lights are seen on average on 4 out of 5 days, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The Northern Lights can be seen on clear nights and most commonly between 9pm and 11h30pm (Magnetig Midnight). We’ve seen them also between 2pm and 4am, so keep your eyes open!
At our location the Northern Lights can be seen during Autumn and Winter, from the end of August until mid-April.
To be able to see the Northern Lights it needs to be dark, or at least dim. Too much daylight prevents us from seeing the Northern Lights. It also needs to be a clear sky since the Northern Lights appear 100 – 200km above ground, above the clouds. So, too thick layer of clouds would block the view. During summer there is too much sunlight to be able to see the Northern Lights even though they are there. The Northern Lights are caused by solar winds, so the sun must have been active recently to form the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.
There are very accurate short-term Aurora forecasts available at Aurora Village and on the internet. The Northern Lights are formed above the clouds at 100-200km above ground, so the sky needs to be clear or half-cloudy for you to be able to see the Northern Lights from the ground. Some times if it’s cloudy with strong overcast you might still see the Northern lights shining through the clouds, but it looks like green fog behind the clouds. The most optimal time to see the bright and crisp Northern lights is a clear night without too much moonlight. We’ve seen Northern Lights even at 2pm, but in general, you will spot them mainly between 8pm and 2am. These are very approximate times and the Northern Lights may be seen also at other times of day. Since seeing the Northern Lights is depending on the sun’s activity AND the cloud situation, we can’t guarantee them. Our staff gives you valuable information and will advise you on the the visibility of the Northern Lights every day on the spot at Aurora Village.
We recommend booking 3-5 nights to maximize your opportunity to witness the Northern Lights.
What causes the Northern Lights to appear in the sky?
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are a stunning natural phenomenon that occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun collide with particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, consider planning a trip to the Arctic regions during the winter months, where you can witness this breathtaking display of lights in the sky. One such place is Aurora Village in Ivalo, a popular destination for Northern Lights enthusiasts. With its cozy and unique glass-roofed cabins, Aurora Village provides a perfect viewing spot for the Northern Lights.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness this natural wonder at Aurora Village in Ivalo!
Are there any special traditional stories about the Aurora at Aurora Village Ivalo?
At Aurora Village Ivalo, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the local Sami people and hear their fascinating traditional stories about the Aurora. The Sami have a deep connection to the Northern Lights, and their tales are a unique and authentic way to experience the magic of the Aurora. Come and explore Aurora Village Ivalo to discover these special stories and create unforgettable memories under the Northern Lights.
Can I see the Northern Lights from my room at Aurora Village Ivalo?
While it’s possible to see the Northern Lights from some of the rooms at Aurora Village Ivalo, we recommend joining our expert-led aurora tours for the best chance to witness this breathtaking natural wonder. Our tours offer the ultimate opportunity to experience the magic of the Northern Lights during your stay. So, while you may catch a glimpse of the aurora from your room, we highly recommend taking part in our guided tours for an unforgettable experience.
What should I wear to see the Northern Lights?
To stay comfortable during outdoor aurora tours, we recommend dressing warmly in layers and wearing waterproof and windproof clothing. This will help you stay warm and dry, and allow you to fully enjoy the beauty of the Northern Lights. It’s also important to wear sturdy, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
Where can i have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Indulge in a culinary journey at Aurora Village Ivalo’s Restaurant Loimu. All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are served at our restaurant using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast from 8am until 10am, or savor a scrumptious lunch available throughout the day.
For a truly unforgettable experience, join us for dinner served from 6pm until 9pm.
Book your stay now and delight in the finest Finnish and international cuisine at Aurora Village Ivalo’s Restaurant Loimu.
Can I make a reservation for dinner at the Aurora Village Ivalo restaurant?
Yes, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance for dinner at the Aurora Village Ivalo restaurant to ensure availability. Our restaurant offers a unique dining experience featuring local and seasonal ingredients, and booking ahead of time will ensure that you have a table reserved for your preferred time and date.
Does Aurora Village Ivalo provide room service?
At Aurora Village Ivalo, we do not provide room service. However, we have a restaurant that serves delicious meals throughout the day. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at our restaurant every day during your stay.
Do you offer vegetarian or vegan options in the restaurant?
We provide a range of vegetarian and vegan options on our restaurant menu to cater to all dietary preferences. Our menu includes a variety of delicious and nutritious plant-based dishes that are sure to satisfy. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or simply looking for a healthy meal option, we have something for you.
Are there showers in the guest rooms at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Each Aurora Cabin comes with a private bathroom featuring a shower, toilet, washbasin, and complimentary toiletries.
Do the guest rooms at Aurora Village Ivalo provide privacy?
Aurora Cabins provide excellent privacy, ensuring that you can enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the northern sky without any interruptions. With glass windows that start at a height that prevents outsiders from peeking in, you can rest easy knowing that your privacy is well-protected.
Book an Aurora Cabin today to experience the ultimate blend of seclusion and scenic beauty!
Is there hot water in my room?
Are the rooms warm enough for cold winter?
Is there free WIFI in the room?
Theoritical maximum speed is 100Mbps, normal variation is from 5Mbps to 80Mbps. It should never go under 10Mbps, though.
The operator’s base station and transmitter are located only 1,1km away from us, so we have a very good coverage in the area.
Snow and weather
Is there snow at Aurora Village Ivalo?
At Aurora Village Ivalo, snow is present from November to late April. Summer months, May to October, are snow-free.
Experience various snow types, like fluffy and soft snow from mid-December to mid-February, and harder snow after mid-February. Late March to April offers firm snow for walking and driving.
What is the temperature at Aurora Village Ivalo?
At Aurora Village Ivalo, the temperature varies throughout the year. Here’s a breakdown of the average temperatures you can expect:
Aurora Village Ivalo Autumn Temperatures (September-November): During this time, the outdoor temperatures range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F). Nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop below freezing.
Aurora Village Ivalo Winter Temperatures (December-February): In December, temperatures typically range between -1°C and -20°C (30°F and -4°F), occasionally dropping even lower. January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures ranging from -10°C to -35°C (14°F to -31°F).
Aurora Village Ivalo Spring Temperatures (March-April): As the season transitions into spring, temperatures start to rise. From mid-April onwards, you can expect temperatures around +5°C (41°F) to +15°C (51°F) as the snow begins to melt.
Aurora Village Ivalo Summer Temperatures: Summer at Aurora Village Ivalo can see temperatures ranging from 0°C to +30°C (32°F to 86°F).
Please note that these are approximate values, and the weather at Aurora Village Ivalo can change rapidly.
What kind of snow can you expect at Aurora Village Ivalo?
At Aurora Village Ivalo, you’ll encounter a range of snow types throughout the season. From fluffy, soft snow to wet, slushy snow, there’s a snowy landscape to enjoy for everyone.
The Polar Night season, from mid-December to mid-February, typically features the softest and fluffiest snow. As daylight increases after mid-February, the snow gradually hardens, becoming more suitable for walking or even driving on by late March and April.
When can you find snow at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Snow typically covers Aurora Village Ivalo from November to late April, creating a winter wonderland. During the summer season, from May to October, you won’t find any snow at our village.
How does snow change with weather at Aurora Village Ivalo?
The snow’s structure at Aurora Village Ivalo is influenced by the weather. In Finland, there are around 50 terms to describe different snow types, including dry, powder, wet, icy, slush, soft, hard, and fluffy snow. Throughout the winter season, you’ll witness a variety of snow conditions, making your visit a unique experience.
What's the best time for a walk in the forest during the late snow season at Aurora Village Ivalo?
In March and April, the snow hardens due to sunlight melting the top layer during the day and freezing night temperatures refreezing it into ice. Early mornings are ideal for a walk in the forest, as the snow can support heavier loads before the sun softens it again during the day.
Where can I find reliable weather forecasts for Aurora Village Ivalo?
To stay informed about the weather conditions at Aurora Village Ivalo, we recommend the following trusted sources:
- Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI): https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/inari/ivalo
- Foreca: https://www.foreca.com/Finland/Ivalo?lang=en
Can I use credit cards at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Aurora Village Ivalo accepts all major credit cards for your convenience. You can make purchases using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, China Union Pay, Maestro, and JCB.
Can I use Apple Pay at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Yes, you can pay also using Apple Pay on mobile phones that support NFC technology.
Is AliPay accepted at Aurora Village Ivalo?
Yes, you can conveniently pay for your purchases using AliPay at Aurora Village Ivalo.
Can I pay with cash at Aurora Village Ivalo?
We do accept cash payments at Aurora Village Ivalo, but please note that only Euros (€) are accepted.