Torassieppi enjoys an idyllic setting close to the borders of Pallas Ylläs National Park in the north-west corner of Finnish Lapland. Autumn here is a time of change. The landscapes transform into vibrant colour, wildlife becomes more active as it prepares for the long winter, and the nights draw longer following 24 hours of daylight during the summer. This combination makes for the perfect Aurora hunting escape, as not only can you potentially witness captivating displays, but you can also enjoy ‘Ruska’, which is a local word used to describe the changing colours of the leaves which takes place for around two-three weeks each year (timing varies, depending on the weather).
A Northern Lights display in autumn can rival those of winter, particularly given the location of the accommodation at the edge of Lake Torasjarvi. You can potentially get two displays for the price of one here, as the dancing lights flicker off the unfrozen lake. Torassieppi is at the heart of the Aurora Zone and the lack of light pollution due to the surrounding wilderness makes for prime Aurora viewing conditions.
An Aurora camp is a fantastic introduction to the scientific elements behind the Northern Lights and this is the first of your dedicated activities. An informative workshop will be followed by a campfire, where you will cook pancakes at the edge of the lake, awaiting a potential Northern Lights display. On your final night, a horse riding safari in search of the Aurora allows you to venture further out into the wilderness surrounding Torassieppi. Alternatively, you can choose to change the horseback safari for a Northern Lights minbus hunt, free of charge. You'll then spend a night in an Aurora Dome, situated on the banks of the lake. The insulated domes contain a large Perspex north-facing window, which provides their inhabitants with the best possible views of the night sky. Imagine the sudden appearance of ethereal colours from the comfort of your accommodation.
The dramatic changes of the Finnish ‘Ruska’ season are reflected in the forest and the growth of seasonal produce. You will get the chance to enjoy the amazing colours up close as you head out on a leisurely hike through the rich autumn terrain, with huskies at the helm.
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