Visit Luosto, Finland

To see the Northern Lights!!

The Actual Cause Of The Northern Lights

The actual cause of the Northern Lights is caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth's magnetic field.

Best Place and Time to See Them

The best place to see the Northern Lights in Luosto, Finland. In Luosto, they have an alarm that rings when the Northern Lights come. And there is a nearby town of Sodanklya which is a good place to see them as well. In Sodanklya, they have the Northern Lights Research Center which relays on your message via the hotel.

Another place is over in the town of Nellim, near the Lake Inari. On chilly cloudless nights, you might be able to see them shimmer over Lake Inari.

Some other places are Utsjoki, Ivalo, and Kakslauttanen.


The best time to see them in Luosto, Finland is between December to the end of April. And can be see 200 nights a year.

Climate & Weather

It tends to be cold in Luosto and the highest they tend to get is up to 20 degrees and the coldest has to be around -20. Their climate is cold, snowy winters.
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How to get there

You can get there by plane, boat, car, or train.

Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis are different since the Borealis is in the North and the Australis in the South.

Some similarities are that they are both made out of the same thing and they both follow the symmetric magnetic field lines.

How Can Someone Forecast when the Auroras will occur?

Someone can forecast the Auroras by:

  • Researching the current and forecasted space weather condtions
  • Looking up the current space weather conditions
  • Monitoring the sun, space weather environment, and the global aurora forecast

Folklore and Legends

The Maori of New Zealand say that the lights are torchs and/or campfires were reflections.

The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that they were giants of spirts of hunters fishermen.


The Cause of the Different Colours

The colour depends on the wavelength of the Aurora. Atomic oxygen makes up greenish- yellow and red while Nitrogen makes up blue and deep red hues.