New Year’s Aurora photo tour

On New Year’s Eve 2018, so just a few days ago, I took guests out on a aurora photo tour in hope to find nature’s own fireworks – the Northern lights. I was excited to go out, also because the aurora forecast was good. We didn’t like the cloud forecast and so we agreed to drive far away from Kittilä, the start of our tour.

Fairytale forest

After half an hour, we shortly stopped to check the situation. We were – still – under clear skies and took out the cameras to learn night photography. By pure coincidence we stopped next to a fairytale winter forest, I couldn’t believe it, look at this!

Moonlight fairytale forest
Winter wonderland scene with a bit of aurora

We got wonderful photos of the snow-laden trees and the moon. And then, very weak, but there in the sky it appeared: the Aurora borealis. Seeing the excitement of my guests makes me so so happy, a great start of this long tour. Of course we took photos and after a while we moved on to escape the grey thread of clouds.

Look there is pink!

Somewhere near Muonio we decided to stay nearby and hope to beat those clouds. Once again we found clear skies and it was just in time! The biggest show of that night was just starting and we all went nuts. First the aurora, then my guests and well, the guide too. It was wonderful to see the Northern lights move quickly in the sky and we even saw a hint of pink under the green.

A bit of pink auroras
Very happy guests under the aurora

First auroras of 2018

Once the aurora calmed down (and us) we drove to our final spot. Luck was with us only a short while as clouds did move in. But after seeing the great aurora show earlier, it didn’t matter. So eventually we drove the long way back. Suddenly my guests said, isn’t that aurora there? We quickly stopped and indeed, there she was again. The first auroras of 2018 and without my guests I would have missed them 🙂 What a great end to our tour.

Later that night, an idea hit me for the next New Year’s Eve. I worked two days on this and now the tour page is ready. Check out the 2019 New Year’s Aurora Getaway, it will be very special and even this year just started, I can’t wait for it!

First auroras of 2019


  1. Janina 03/01/2018 at 18:29 - Reply

    WOW, hard to imagine a more beautiful way to spend New Year’s Eve 💙💚❄️ Thank you for always sharing with us!!!

    • admin 04/01/2018 at 08:23 - Reply

      Glad you liked it! Indeed, this is the best way and the best fireworks one can see 🙂

  2. Jacqueline Reynolds 03/01/2018 at 19:07 - Reply

    Loved reading this and seeing the amazing photos and video…what a way to see the new year of my list to see the aurora!!💚💜⛄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

    • admin 04/01/2018 at 08:24 - Reply

      Thanks, Jacqueline, so happy to hear that. You’d love to see those lights dancing, I’m sure! 🙂

  3. Elzbieta 04/01/2018 at 09:28 - Reply

    Szczesliwego Nowego Roku oraz w dalszym ciagu przepieknych zdjęć zorzy!

    • admin 04/01/2018 at 13:42 - Reply

      Thank you, Elzbieta! Luckily there is translation online, so you can keep writing in your own language 🙂 happy new year!

  4. Kathy 05/01/2018 at 03:34 - Reply

    Aww Thomas…just a beautiful way to bring in the new year, with such lovely photos! I especially love the first with the moon in the trees….thank you for these, as they are uplifting to the spirit! Happy New Year to you & your family.🎆📷⛄

    • admin 05/01/2018 at 22:46 - Reply

      Surely the best way to celebrate, I agree, Kathy 🙂 That moonlight is my favorite too! Almost more magical than the Northern lights in that winter landscape. Happy New Year to your family too 🙂

  5. etruria89 08/01/2018 at 15:14 - Reply

    It has been an unfogettable night!!! Thank you Thomas!!!

    • admin 09/01/2018 at 17:14 - Reply

      Hi, so glad to know you enjoyed this tour 🙂 Have a great day!

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