The good news is that there is a very easy way to keep that dreaded post-Christmas malaise at bay - a Betwixmas short-break to the Arctic Circle! Not only will a Northern Lights short-break help you to make the most of those empty days between Christmas and New Year, but it is also an excellent time to go in search of the Aurora. What’s more, with plenty of snow on the ground, you will have a perfect playground for a range of thrilling Arctic activities too. With this in mind we have put together a list of 5 of our favourite Betwixmas holidays to really make the most of the days after Christmas!
Situated on the edge of one of the largest lakes in Finland, Wilderness Hotel Inari is the ideal destination for anyone looking for some wow factor from their holiday. Not only is the scenery simply stunning, but the hotel also happens to be one of the most spectacular that we offer, with excellent levels of comfort and some wonderful upgrade options too. Of course, you don’t travel to the Arctic just for the hotel! Fortunately, this 3-night break also includes some of the region’s best pastimes too, with dog sledding, snowmobiling and a visit to a local reindeer farm included alongside a snowshoe adventure in search of the Northern Lights and an Aurora Camp. It’s safe to say that this is an excellent way to make the most of those empty days between Christmas and New Year!
For those looking for a slightly more relaxed break to help them unwind after the stresses and festivities of Christmas, our 3-night ‘Wilderness Weekend’ to Nellim is just the trick. With your days free to spend how you choose, there is plenty of opportunity to unwind as you explore the surrounding wilderness. Alternatively, you can make the most of the excellent optional activities on offer. From ice fishing and cross-country skiing to dog sledding and snowmobiling, there are plenty of options to keep everyone in your party happy! As well as the many opportunities to relax, this break also gives you plenty of chances to go in search of the Northern Lights with an Aurora Camp and a Northern Lights hunt by minibus included too!
If witnessing the Northern Lights is top of your list of priorities when planning a Betwixmas break, it is safe to say that it would be hard to look past our 3-night Glass Igloo Aurora Escape to Saariselkä! As well having an excellent record for witnessing the Northern Lights, Saariselkä is also one of the only destinations that we feature where Aurora accommodation is included as standard. This means that you have the chance to see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed on every night of your stay! The break also includes an Aurora snowmobiling adventure and a Northern Lights snowshoeing hike in the company of expert guides to really help you maximise your chances of witnessing Mother Nature’s greatest light show. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also try your hand at mushing on a 5km dog sledding adventure too, for a true taste of the Arctic!
Situated in the snow-laden forests and gentle fells of Northern Finland, our 3-night Fellside Auroras holiday to Muotka combines all of the best things about winter in Finnish Lapland into one excellent little package! With dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer, stunning scenery and two opportunities to go in search of the elusive Northern Lights, it really does offer the perfect introduction to this part of the world. Once you add in plenty of free time to explore your stunning surroundings, fantastic accommodation options, including the chance to spend a night in an Aurora Cabin, it is easy to see why Muotka is one of our favourite destinations for a post-Christmas escape!
For those looking to experience an adult-only Betwixmas break, Nangu is the ideal destination! Tucked away in a secluded spot on the shores of the expansive Lake Inari, our 3-night post-Christmas Auroras break to Nangu combines small, boutique, adult-only accommodation with an action-packed itinerary. With snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and two opportunities to hunt for the Northern Lights, this holiday really makes the most of the stunning and remote surrounding landscapes too, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy this incredible part of the world in all its glory!
Image Credits: Matt Robinson, Wilderness Hotels & Safaris, Saariselkä Northern Lights Village