Customer Reviews

  • Best holiday ever

    by Patricia Soar
    29 April 2013

    I went to Menesjarvi for my 50th birthday with the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis. I booked this particular holiday as it was just about the only one that fitted in with dates I could be away but I am SO glad I did. I stayed at the Hotel Korpikartano on the shore of Lake Menesjarvi and had a wonderful time. It is not so much like a hotel but more like being a guest in Anna
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    and Timo's home. I had wonderful, warming, Finnish food three times a day, including a personal birthday cake with candles cooked by Anna. I had a comfortable, warm room and lashings of hot water. Everything one needs after a day of husky sledding or snowmobiling and a night Aurora hunting. The hotel itself is not luxurious but that is good as that sort of hotel would be completely wrong for this location. Hotel Korpikartano sits perfectly in its surrounding and the rusticity only adds to the whole experience. There are no shops, bars or restaurants nearby. You are in the wilderness, in a most beautiful place and you really need nothing more. This holiday was termed "very active". By this they mean that you are busy most of the time. There is no particular requirement to be fit. All the activities were a lot of fun but the visit to the reindeer farm and the husky sledding really stood out. I think this was because there is no pandering to 'tourists'. You simply accompany Petri, the herder, on his visit to the herd and he then brews a wonderful warming cup of coffee over an open fire, served with reindeer milk, whilst being told all about reindeer herding and the Sámi way of life. The husky sledding was amazing. What we thought was going to be a simple ride in a dog sled turned out to be so much more. We had to fetch and harness our team of dogs and then took turns to drive and ride in the sled through the most stunningly beautiful Arctic wilderness of frozen lakes and forests with just the sound of the sled sliding throught the deep snow.....and the occasional yell of "seis" to stop the huskies!! The activities alone would have made for a wonderful holiday but the icing on the (birthday) cake was seeing the Aurora on my birthday, the only night out of the four that they appeared, and Tony, our guide said that they were the most spectacular Aurora of the winter!!! They certainly were amazing and almost indescribable. Pictures and even video do not really do them justice, you have to see them to appreciate their beauty. The fact that you can't be sure of seeing them only makes it more special when they do appear. I will almost certainly be returning one day!
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  • Excellent trip to Abisko and the ICEHOTEL

    A review of Abisko - Aurora and ICEHOTEL® Level 2 by John Kerr
    29 April 2013

    Our trip to Abisko and the ICEHOTEL was excellent. Dick, Mina and their team at Abisko Mountain Lodge were wonderful hosts, the accommodation is warm and comfortable and the food was excellent. The various activities were great fun - snowmobiling and husky sledging were both exciting - though at least we felt the huskies knew what they were doing, even if we didn’t. Ice climbing was challenging
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    - not a huge height (thank goodness) and very safe, but it certainly got the adrenalin going and it was a great feeling of achievement to reach the top. The Aurora appeared briefly on our first night but a couple of nights later, after a fruitless trip up to the Aurora Sky Station, we arrived back at Abisko Mountain Lodge and had a last look at the sky before going in. We spotted some colour in the sky, quickly shouted to everyone to come out, and enjoyed over an hour enthralled by the Aurora sweeping and swirling across the sky. A truly amazing sight. The ICEHOTEL was another 'experience' we stayed in one of the new Northern Lights Suites, which was great fun. The restaurant was excellent and the Ice Bar great fun with lots of cocktails themed on the various Art Suites. Not our best ever night’s sleep, but not one of our worst either! Well worth the visit - the ice sculptures are amazing. John and Frances Kerr
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  • Our trip was perfect

    A review of Harriniva & Levi - Northern Lights Quest by Debra Carlson
    29 April 2013

    Our trip was perfect. The small group was pleasant (and all participants quite amiable). Each day was very well organized, but never felt rushed. And the local guides were all incredibly patient - no mean feat at the end of the season! Most enjoyable: Seeing the Aurora Borealis, and driving a dog sled. Both firsts for us, and not something we can do in our country (at least not like this). And it
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    is always a pleasure and honour to visit another part of the world, and meet people from other countries.
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  • In the pursuit of excellence

    A review of Nellim - Aurora Quest by Matthew Taylor
    29 April 2013

    I'd like to say how fantastic our rep Peter was. Very welcoming, knowledgeable and keen to help everyone in the group have an amazing stay. Most enjoyable: the snowmobile safari was fantastic. Lake Inari is so vast and this trip really made me feel inside the Arctic Circle! Having said that, it's difficult to choose between that and the Aurora hunts, which were amazing despite not having seen the
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    Aurora during them. Least enjoyable: N/A - seriously, it'd be unfair to put a negative spin on any of the activities! As mentioned above, Peter was a fantastic rep and having him there made me feel properly taken care of when I had questions - this is pretty important when travelling alone. In addition to this, every guide I met from the Wilderness Hotel was inspiring in their passion and knowledge of Nellim, the local area, and the Northern Lights. In the pursuit of excellence.
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  • We had a great time

    A review of Luosto - Northern Lights at Leisure by Olga De Haan
    29 April 2013

    We had a great time. The fact that Luosto is small so everything is in easy walking distance was great. The people were friendly and helpful, in a laid-back but efficient way, the food was great, the activities were good fun and we saw the Northern Lights to top it all off - couldn't have asked for better. In addition the local reps went out of their way to enable us to make our stay our own and
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    work around the schedule.
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