Off the Map Travel wants to optimize your chances to see the Northern Lights, so together with local experts, they predict the area for best Aurora viewing and locate the two sleeping huts at the new Aurora Wilderness Camp based on the winter forecast. From the warm interior of these mobile accommodations with their see-through ceilings, guests can lie back and enjoy a distinctive Arctic holiday.
The wilderness surrounding the Finnish village Kilpisjärvi is known for its remote, silent and uninterrupted tundra. Away from manmade light pollution, the Aurora Wilderness Camp takes advantage of the darkness and utilizes its mobility to optimize viewing of the Northern Lights. Guests enjoy the comfort of a sleeping hut while looking upward through the transparent roof to watch the Aurora Borealis beyond. Each hut sleeps two and includes a gas stove, double bed, table, heater, toilet, snowshoes and kick sleds.
The overnight program begins with a guided transport by snowmobile to the mobile campsite, now positioned in a location based on current Aurora predictions. Guests learn to make a campfire and grill sausages for dinner. Then it’s time to kick back, soak up the silence, and await the appearance of the Northern Lights. Finnish snacks and hot drinks are provided for the evening’s watch with a hot breakfast the following day.
Statistically, the Kilpisjärvi area has more clear night skies and records more Northern Lights activity than any other place in Finland. Experts have estimated that if the sky is clear visitors have more than a 70 percent chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Off the Map Travel founder and Northern Lights expert Jonny Cooper notes, “The area and now this glass-roofed experience gives you one of the best possible experiences to see the Northern Lights. Plus you’ll stay cozy inside.”
All itineraries from Off the Map Travel are tailor-made to meet guests’ interests and adventure desires. As an example, a 3-night, 4-day itinerary including the overnight experience at the Aurora Wilderness Camp is priced from $2076 per person, (at current writing or £1599 per person), based on double occupancy, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also included are private transfers to and from the airport in Tromso with three nights’ accommodation in a log chalet and a one-night stay at the Aurora Wilderness Camp in a glass-roofed mobile hut. Other activities are available on request. International flights are not included.