The magical lights appear on more than 20 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. About 160 000 tourists travel here with the hope of seeing the amazing aurora borealis. Northern lights holiday in Finland can be a sweet experience that you can never take off your memory. This country is considered to be one of the most expensive ones in the world. However, I believe you can embark on your trip to this part Scandinavia without spending too much.
Travel expenses are always a concern, but being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t experience the amazing places on this planet. No doubt, there are cheap ways of making your trip to Finland – it just takes a bit more research and planning but it’s worth it. I’ll guide you through the basic necessities during your journey and will show you affordable flights, accommodation, and means of transportation so you could easily plan your Northern lights holiday in Finland.
Have a perfect northern lights holiday in Finland
Best areas to see the aurora
Utsjoki is the northernmost town of Lapland and the easiest spot to see the lights. Also, you can see the aurora in Rovaniemi, the capital. The lack of light pollution makes Kakslauttanen a suitable place too. If you would like to get more in depth with all the best places in the country, you can read my dedicated article about the northern lights Finland.
Searching for flight to Finland
You can take Rovaniemi airport as your entry point. It is the fifth largest airport in Finland. Ivalo can also offer you cheap flights. You can see flight as low as £92 depending on where you are coming from. From there you can easily go to the northernmost part of the country, Utsjoki. If you invest some time and dig a bit for good deal flights, you can easily fly within the country as it will take you to your destination the fastest. Check the below sites for affordable flights to Finland and within the country.
Accommodation in Finland
During your northern lights holiday in Finland, you can get affordable accommodations no matter your destination. During my holiday, I stayed in Utsjoki, a village located far north in Lapland. It is a quiet picturesque place and you would be able to see nature’s beauty without any stress. It’s possible to see the lights between September and April. In case you don’t have too much time to spend in Finland and want to cut your trip short, you can stay in Ivalo.
If your mind is already made up and you are considering taking this trip, below you can find accommodations that suit your needs best.
- Discover 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Finland
- See the cheap hotels on Budgetplaces
- Search and book hotels on Lastminute, trivago, and Booking
- Check for accommodation prices in Finland
Transportation in Finland
Furthermore, talking about transportation, Finland offers a lot – you can roam around the country by car, train, plane, boat or bus. They all have their advantages and drawbacks. Traveling by bus may be everything you need to move around. It covers 90% of Finland and can be very cheap. Bus Fares are around €2.50 to €3.50. You can purchase a ticket at a ticket machine or pay the driver directly. Trains are also affordable – a one-way ticket for a 100km express journey can be as low as €23.
Do not use cabs because they are costly, even for short distance. Also, renting a car can be very expensive in Finland. Since you are going to visit during the winter, you will not be able to use ferries. They only work during the summer- June to August. You can take a flight – it might sound expensive but nowadays, will all the low budget airlines, a flight can cost you less than ground transportation and will provide you the comfort of a fast travel.
- Know more about fares for bus and train tickets by checking HSL and VirtualTourist
- Book your bus and train tickets by visiting VR, onnibus, and Expat
- Rent a car with Scandiarent, autoeurope, and Expedia
- Plan your trip with Inspirock
Food in Finland
Food is costly in Finland and restaurants are even more. I would advise you to rent accommodation with a kitchen. This way you can do a small shopping at the grocery store and prepare yourself a meal. This doesn’t need to be all the time during your stay as you can find some good and affordable places to eat:
- Check here for affordable restaurants around Finland
- Check food prices in Finland
- Read about food and drink prices in supermarkets
Things to do
The main aim of your visit to Finland might just be to see the magical aurora lights. No doubt, you can still enjoy additional attractions this country has to offer. In case you are able to save enough cash, you can add to your bag of fun visiting Lemmenjoki National Park, Archipelago National Park, go climbing in Kilpisjärv and more.
- Check the cheap and expensive things to do in Finland
- Check the 12 Top-Rated Attractions in Finland
- Discover 29 unusual things to do
After reading all the above in connection with a Northern lights holiday in Finland, maybe you are convinced to go. Then why not start making plans today? Know when to go by reading my dedicated northern lights prediction article, decide on your destination, book your flight earlier, secure an accommodation and take your leave!