Northern Lights Holidays to Finland

Finnish Lapland is home to 200,000 reindeer, 183,000 people, 6 national parks and 200 nights a year of Northern Light displays, as well as a vast and sprawling wilderness of unending beauty. In winter, snow blankets this landscape, creating an enticing Arctic playground which simply calls out to be snowmobiled across, skied upon, trampled on with snowshoes and be pulled across by a team of eager huskies.

Our trips can be found in numerous locations across Finnish Lapland all of which have been carefully selected for their excellent Northern Lights potential and unique selling points.

Menesjärvi is a location steeped in Sámi culture, boasting enviable views that stretch all the way to Lemonjoki National Park. Here, the absolute minimal light pollution means that the dark Arctic sky can be seen easily above you and prospective Auroras witnessed in all their glory.

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To the very north east of the country we feature the destination of Nellim, directly on the frozen shores of Lake Inari and surrounded by vast untouched wilderness. Nellim’s sister property Muotka, enjoys a remote and peaceful location in the fells. Both locations boast superb viewing spots for the Northern Lights and guests who stay here can upgrade to spend a night in one of their famous ‘Aurora Bubbles’.

On the opposite side of the country we feature the locations of Harriniva and Torassieppi, which both have an excellent array of winter activities to offer in addition to cosy hospitality and that all important Aurora potential.

The village of Inari is the centre of Sámi culture and is home to the famous Sámi Siida Museum. Our trip here provides a valuable insight into the Sámi traditions that have helped to shape the area’s traditions and culture as well as Aurora hunts which take you far from any light pollution.

Luosto in the south of Lapland, with its picturesque fell backdrop, lies next to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and has a small number of ski slopes as well as a great range of Northern Lights activities.

The number of days in which snow covers the ground is, on average, up to 220, with the snow season starting around mid-November and lasting until late April. Temperatures have been known to drop as startlingly low as -50°C but on average the temperature hovers around -5 to -15°C in the depth of winter. With Finnish Lapland’s position above the Arctic Circle this time of year also brings the unique polar light, bathing the region in a bluish glow as the sun only rises above the horizon in the deep winter months (usually up to 50 days). Despite this minimal light the brightness of the snow ensures that it is never pitch black during these minimal daylight hours.

The food of Finland comes very much from its natural environment so visitors should expect plenty of fish and reindeer, as well as mushrooms and berries. Meals here are simple but delicious – famous dishes to look out for include the warmly satisfying sautéed reindeer (poronkäristys) with mashed potato and lingonberries as well as salmon soup with cream (lohikeitto). Desserts will take the form of sweet breads (pulla), cinnamon rolls, berry desserts and Lappish cheese. Rye bread too will be seen in abundance, particularly at breakfast time and comes in flatbread, sliced or crisped form.

The trips featured here will take you into the heart and soul of this remarkable winter escape, far beyond the Arctic Circle. You will have the opportunity to get to know the heart and the culture of true Lapland, and of course, enjoy the excellent potential for Northern Lights viewings.

Image credits: Markku Inkila & Antti Pietikainen

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