Inari Aurora Tour with a Small Group
Join me in this Inari Aurora tour, in a small group (max. 6 people) with very personal service.
Last updated: 31 May 2018.
Seeing the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, is a unique and breathtaking experience. Finnish Lapland and particularly the Inari region is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora.
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Departures from Inari and Kaamanen
I am in the Inari and Kaamanen area only during the period(s) mentioned on this page. I am not able to answer requests for individual tours on other days.
However, I do offer guiding and photography services for longer periods of times (for example corporate retreats, multi-days workshops, etc), for which I can specifically travel to the area. In such case, please use the general contact form with for your request.
Why the Inari area?
If seeing the Northern Lights constitutes a bucket list item for you, and you have decided to come and try this in Inari in Finnish Lapland, then I am happy to tell you that you took a very good decision! Check out why I think that Inari is the best place to see Northern Lights.
The Inari region is located exactly on a “belt” around the polar circle, where it is almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights on a clear night. Forget everything that you might have read about a solar maximum and minimum. While it is true that this plays a role, there remains a lot of Aurora nights in the Inari area thanks to its position under the “belt”.
The most important is to find good weather and clear skies because the Aurora is not visible behind clouds. Northern Lights Tours will help you to find this good weather.
What you can expect
The north of Finnish Lapland and especially Inari is a perfect place to witness the Aurora. But sometimes the weather does not cooperate, and there are clouds right above where you are staying. That’s where I come in.
I will take you along in my comfortable vehicle and we will drive to clearer skies. We will be following the weather forecast and drive away from the Inari or Kaamanen village lights.
I will usually pick you up at the reception of your accommodation in Inari or Kaamanen around 7-8 PM. Sometimes there are chances for earlier Aurora, especially during the Polar Night in December/January, so we might need to agree on leaving earlier.
After a short but important safety briefing, we will start driving in the direction of the good weather. This will bring us either East to the Russian border, or further North or West to the Norwegian border. Sometimes we may even have to enter Norway and take photos on the shore of the Arctic Ocean! I will regularly monitor the weather forecast updates on my smartphone to refine our search. I have been driving all these roads over and over again the past 7 winters. I know each and every of them perfectly with all the safe and photogenic places to stop! Just check out my Northern Lights pictures portfolio for some examples of the spots we might visit. You can also check out these blog posts to read the stories of how we went Northern Lights Chasing with my past guests.
You are together a maximum of 6 people (plus me) so the tour remains very cosy. This also allows great flexibility on the ground that we can cover to increase our chances to see the Northern Lights! It also allows me to dedicate a lot of time to each and every guests, to set up your cameras and take pictures of you.
Learn how to take Aurora photos
During the Northern Lights tour, I will help you with your photography. I will give you tips on composition and on how to set up your camera for night, Astro and Aurora photography. If the Aurora is not dancing, we will learn how to take beautiful pictures of the Milky Way.
Before you travel to Lapland, I recommend you to read my guide on how to take Northern Lights pictures. This will help you tremendously. There are many things that you can do beforehand at home to practice if you don’t have much night photography experience.
You need to bring your own camera and tripod to take pictures. But of course you don’t need to be a photographer to join a tour!
Our Inari Aurora Tour might last from 3 hours up to the entire night. I will always do my best to give you the best possible experience. I never give an “end time” to our hunt. If we are under dancing Aurora, who really wants to go back to the hotel?
The price for a full evening of Aurora hunting, including hot drinks and some light snacks, with a pick up in Inari or Kaamanen, is:
- 160 euros / person
Usual pick up locations in the Inari village are Hotelli Inari, Tradion Hotel Kultahovi, Holiday Village or Wilderness Hotel Inari. In Kaamanen, the most popular accommodation is Kaamasen Kievari. Of course, I will also pick you up at your Airbnb accommodation, so long as it is located in the Inari or Kaamanen villages.
Pick-up in Ivalo and Saariselkä are also possible but require a minimum number of participants and a higher fee:
- 190 euros / person for pick-up in Ivalo (minimum 6 participants)
- 220 euros / person for pick-up in Saariselkä (minimum 6 participants)
- Pick-up from your accommodation, and drive to find clear skies
- Teaching photography when needed
- Pictures of you under the Northern Lights when they appear (they are sent to you after a few days by email)
- Hot drinks and biscuits/cookies
- Photography equipment (you need to bring your own)
- Cold weather clothing (I can help you with the rental, but please note that I don’t provide those myself so it needs to be arranged well in advance)
You can rent from me the following equipment:
- Tripod: 10 euros / day
- Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens with Canon mount: 25 euros / day
Note that I only rent equipment to customers who book the tour with me. Also note that I only have one of each of these, so it really works on a first come first served basis. As a result, it is better mentioning it while booking if you need this equipment.
By reserving the tour you are acknowledging that you have read and you agree with these conditions.
Additional conditions for groups (3 participants and more):
When booking online a 30% advance payment is required to guarantee the tour. I accept Paypal payments or bank transfers in Euros. A 6% transaction fee will be asked for all Paypal payments. This advance payment is not refundable if you decide to cancel the tour. However, I will of course reimburse you if we have to cancel due to unfavourable weather conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want to book an Inari Aurora Tour for me and my husband on [DATE]. I see that these dates are not included on your website. Can you make an exception?
A: Unfortunately, I am only physically present in Inari and Kaamanen during the dates that are mentioned on my website. I am sure that you understand that I cannot travel all the way there for just 1 night of Aurora hunting.
Q: I don’t have a camera. Can I still join the tour?
A: Of course! Everyone is welcome to join the tour. During the tour, I will take photos of you under the Northern Lights, so you will always have a memory of your time under the Lapland sky. I will send you the photos by email after the tour.
Q: Do you guarantee to see the Northern Lights? Will they look like on the pictures?
A: No. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and nobody can predict their appearance or strength. Sometimes, we might get lucky with an exceptionally bright display. Be aware that the bright pictures that you usually see come from those displays, and are often overly edited. The photo below is closer to reality. It does not mean that it is less spectacular to see with your naked eye! If the Aurora appears, even in such a dimmer way, you will see it move and dance and swirl a little bit, and that is always truly fascinating, even to an experienced chaser like me! Because of this, I don’t offer any refund if we are unlucky not to see the Northern Lights.
Q: The weather is bad. Do we still go on the tour?
A: There are 2 scenarios here. If the weather is bad in the Inari/Kaamanen villages, it is possible that the situation is much better elsewhere. In this case, of course, we proceed with the tour (this is why we have a tour after all!). But sometimes it can happen that the weather forecast appears to be bad for the entire area. If I estimate that there are no chances to find clear sky, I will inform you and cancel the tour.
Q: When will I know what the planning is?
A: I will take your booking whenever you contact me, and confirm availability. Once confirmed, be reassured that it means that if the tour proceeds, there is a spot for you! On the day that you booked, I will contact you with my thoughts on departure time and weather conditions. Sometimes, the weather forecast is all over the place, and we will only take the decision to leave or not very late in the afternoon. I never start a tour if I estimate that the chances are too small!
Q: We are a couple and our hotel is in Saariselkä. Can you pick us up there?
A: The distances in Lapland may not look very long on a map, but they do take quite some time to travel. Saariselkä (and Ivalo) are located at more than an hour drive from where I am based. This is the reason why I only accept groups of 6 people to depart from these locations.
Q: Ok, I get it, but I really want a small scaled tour departing from Ivalo, and we are just 2 people, what can we do?
A: My friend Jouni from Ivalotrek provides very similar services. He is a great photographer and guide, and I warmly recommend you to book a tour with him if you want to depart from Ivalo.
Q: What about Utsjoki? Do you operate from there?
A: As much as my Aurora chases often bring me to Utsjoki, I do not pick up customers from there. Please contact Tiina from Aurora Holidays for this. They have an amazing team of passionate guides, and I guarantee that you will have a great chase with them!
Q: We are visiting Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi, can you pick us up there?
A: Rovaniemi is about 400 km from my location, so unfortunately, I can’t pick you up there. Contact my friend Alex, also editor in chief of All About Lapland, for an incredible experience. Alex always gives 200% to the chase!