Asgard is our original dedicated northern lights chasing holiday. We have been running our tours here since 2014. We have 750 amazing reviews on tripadvisor. Over the years we have been able to expand the site with new cottages. So now it consists of 10 cottages, which is split into two sites, 5 cottages in each. Site A is our awesome original 5 cottages which have served us excellently over the years and site B is 5 newer cottages.
At both Asgard A & B sites we offer our very special 4 night/5 day northern lights holidays which run Monday to Friday and shorter 3 night/4 day northern lights holidays over the weekend. Yes, both Asgard A and Asgard B sites have access to our amazing watch tower 🙂
This page applies to our 4 night tours. The 4 night and 3 night tours are exclusive of each other and can be booked in their own right whether you want to spend the week with us, or just have a quick weekend getaway. However, a lot of our guests fall in love with the place and say they wish they could have stayed here longer, so it is totally fine to book both 4 night and 3 night tours back to back to make a 7 night northern lights holiday if you so wished!
Our Asgard tours in Utsjoki being at almost 70° North and surrounded by official wilderness areas means we have absolutely pristine clear skies with zero light pollution. Once you get this far north combined with being in these wilderness areas, your chances of seeing Northern Lights sky rocket compared to the big towns and cities in Lapland. This is statistically the best place in Finland (and the best place in the EU!) for Northern Lights.
At the time of writing, we have 100% record for the current aurora season. Meaning every week since our tours started, we have seen northern lights. Yes some weeks it has been touch and go whether we would keep that record, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, but with a slice of luck (and sometimes you need that) we have got an aurora show even right up to the last night. Some weeks we have epic northern lights every night of the week!
It is a 2 hour drive to the nearest airport (which is Ivalo airport), but ask any of our thousands of guests over the years was the drive worth it and I am sure you will get a resounding YES. In fact, many of our guests come back year after year. Some of them have been coming every year since our inception in 2014! The beauty of being this far out is that it’s not touristy. You will see real Lapland as it lives and breaths. There are no gimmicks, no mass tourism and no false advertising. You’ll likely see Reindeer beside the road on the drive up here and even the occasional Moose. You get what we advertise, a lovely cozy cottage, set in beautiful scenery on the periphery of civilisation. True peace and quiet.
Our Asgard tours in Utsjoki have won a certificate of excellence for almost 10 years straight on Tripadvisor. Indeed, we have been ranked #1 out of 250 tour companies in Lapland on Tripadvisor for almost a decade. If this is a once in a lifetime trip for you, why choose anyone else than the best?
Here is a video from one of our aurora tours, this was filmed on 3 nights of the same tour:
We can’t promise weeks are always that good 😉 but when the Earth weather and Space weather play ball, that really is what you can expect here.
Our motto “it’s all about the lights” has never been truer, because we hand picked every single thing about this northern lights holiday ourselves entirely from an aurora chasers perspective. It is 100% dedicated to Northern Lights and about maximising the chances of seeing them. We go chasing the lights to some of the most northern locations in Finland such as Utsjoki and Nuorgam. But we don’t stop there, we also cross the border into the Finnmark region of Norway and sometimes chase the northern lights even to the Barents Sea itself! We tap into our knowledge from running the aurora information service, and use all the tools we use for that (and many others we have at our disposal) to help get you under the Northern Lights.
Our responsibility for you seeing northern lights is not just when we are driving round in the evening trying to find them. Our responsibility of helping you see Northern Lights begins when you step off the plane, until when you step back on it! So even if we are not with you at the time, we want to maximise your chances of seeing the lights! For this reason, we have chosen not to put you in a hotel, instead we have personally selected some cottages that you will be staying in that hugely maximise your chances of seeing the lights, even if we aren’t with you. If we aren’t with you when the aurora kicks off (eg it’s 2am!), no worries, we send a whatsapp alert! You can also use the Whatsapp group to contact your guide if you have a problem or need anything.
So you will have 4 nights accommodation in your own cottage situated a stones throw from the banks of the famous river Tenojoki in Utsjoki. You can watch the Northern Lights all night from your cottage, from the kota (wooden teepee with fire inside – super warm!) or from our Massive Watch Tower! Both our Asgard sites have access to the watchtower (it’s in between both sites), so you can wander up there as much as you like. We’ve had some amazing nights on that tower over the years!
The usually number of people we take PER WEEK is around 12. This means even if we are fully booked, it’s just you and a few other aurora chasers for the entire week. You have your own cottage with your own kitchen and own sauna, so it is a really comfortable system, you can wake up when you like, eat when you like, and have a sauna when you like all in the comfort of your own cottage with your own privacy.
As with all our tours, we generally require a minimum of two people. However we often have odd numbers of people or large groups in one or two cottages, so we usually accommodate individual travellers throughout the winter, so please do contact us if you are an individual and would like to visit! We’ll try and make it happen.
The 4 night aurora holiday is Monday to Friday. On the Monday afternoon when you arrive, we’ll pick you up from Ivalo airport (all the details on which airport to fly to, which flights to get and lots of other useful information is here). Depending on the road conditions, it is about a two hour drive back to your cottage through beautiful snow capped pine forests and past frozen lakes.
Before we get to your cottage, we’ll stop at the supermarket so you can get some groceries etc for the week (remember your cottage is self catering). The supermarket is pretty big and it has everything you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. It also has a wine shop. Your cottage is only 2km from the main village of Utsjoki which has a small store, so you are always within reasonable distance should you need anything in an emergency.
Once at your cottage you’ll be shown around, instructed how to use the sauna etc. The cottages are nestled in a small pine wooded area which helps shelter you from the arctic wind. There are 2 kota’s (fire huts) in the grounds of our cottages where you and the other aurora service guests can warm up on cold nights and you can stay out watching northern lights for as long as you like. Your cottage also has a terrace you can sit on and watch the lights from, or you can even sit inside the cottage and watch the auroras from the window. It’s entirely up to you.
It will be around 5.00 pm by the time we get you to the cottage and you will have been travelling non-stop all day, so we’ll leave you to settle into your cottage and have an evening relaxing after a hard day’s travelling. We’ll just show you the kota, where you can watch the Northern Lights from on your first night. The aurora chasing begins on Tuesday evening. It’s important you relax the first night so you are fresh for the rest of the week, because we will be out chasing the light for 3 nights straight, and depending on the the aurora show, we could be out quite late each night, well into the early hours.
You have the daytime to yourself. Whether you want to go for walks, take up some of the activities we offer or just relax at your cottage reading a book. You can do anything you like, at your own pace. It’s especially good if you’re a photographer you can use the daytime to work on your previous nights aurora footage 🙂
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm each evening (purposefully just after dinner time so your not chasing the lights on an empty stomach!), our aurora chasing tours begin. We will come and collect you from your cottage and go out chasing the lights for about 4 hours or more (depends how good the show is) each night. When we get back to the cottage, you can put some wood in the kota/fireplace and carry on watching the northern lights into the early hours at your own leisure, with a beer or a glass of wine in your hand.
On the Friday morning we’ll come and collect you at about 9.00 am and take you back on the beautiful 2 hour drive to Ivalo airport.
Some of our optional daytime activities you can add on to your trip if you want:
If you want to do some of our optional winter activities in the day time, you can add-on to your holiday. Click here for more details.
Asgard A Cottage – 4 nights €1195 per person
Asgard B Cottage – 4 nights €1295 per person
Kids under 11 are half price!
-You only pay €100 (person) now to secure your place. The remainder is payable 1 month before arrival.
What you get:
- 4 nights accommodation in your own cottage with your own sauna.
- 3 nights aurora chasing 4-5 hours.
- Free collection to and from Ivalo airport.
- Free hot drinks and snacks while out aurora chasing.
- Free snow suits, snow boots, hats and gloves.
- Free help and advice with your own camera.
- Free aurora pics and video on a free pen drive we give you that we have taken on our pro cameras.
- Free firewood for both your cottage fire and the fireplace outside.
What isn’t included:
- Flights are not included (we get people from every corner of the world, so it is impossible for us to arrange flights). Just get yourself to Ivalo airport in Lapland and we’ll do the rest.
- Meals are not included. Your cottage has a fully equipped kitchen so you can eat what you want, when you want (we visit a supermarket on the way up from airport). There are also a few restaurants in the area.
Our Utsjoki Asgard Tour Dates 2023-2024 Aurora Season
Tour 1 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 30th Oct – Friday 3rd Nov 2023
Tour 2 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 6th Nov – Friday 10th Nov 2023
Tour 3 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 13th Nov – Friday 17th Nov 2023
Tour 4 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 20th Nov – Friday 24th Nov 2023
Tour 5 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 27th Nov – Friday 1st Dec 2023
Tour 6 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 4th Dec – Friday 8th Dec 2023
Tour 7 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 11th Dec – Friday 15th Dec 2023
Tour 8 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 18th Dec – Friday 22nd Dec 2023
Tour 9 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 1st January – Friday 5th Jan 2024
Tour 10 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 8th Jan – Friday 12th Jan 2024
Tour 11 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 15th Jan – Friday 19th Jan 2024
Tour 12 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 22nd Jan – Friday 26th Jan 2024
Tour 13 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 29th Jan – Friday 2nd Feb 2024
Tour 14 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 5th Feb – Friday 9th Feb 2024
Tour 15 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 12th Feb – Friday 16th Feb 2024
Tour 16 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 19th Feb – Friday 23rd Feb 2024
Tour 17 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 26th Feb – Friday 2nd March 2024
Tour 18 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 5th March – Friday 9th March 2024
Tour 19 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2024
Tour 20 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2024
Tour 21 | Weekday (4 nights) Monday 25th March – Friday 29th March 2024
For dates beyond this, if you are planning very far in advance, just click book now below and scroll forward through the booking calendar.
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