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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2906
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Spend Christmas in the wilds of Lapland during this active seven-night holiday at Wilderness Hotel Nellim. With days full of exceptional activities including dog sledding and snowshoeing, and nights spent searching for the Northern Lights, there can be few better ways to enjoy the festive season.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: direct from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Apartment/cabin upgrades available (supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: cross-country skiing, Aurora workshop, Northern Lights snowshoe, wilderness snowmobile safari, snowshoe trek, Aurora camp, snowmobile to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, minibus hunt for the Northern Lights (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guide and representative
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

This festive edition of our hugely popular Aurora in the Wild trip is a thrilling wilderness adventure in a remarkably picturesque corner of Finnish Lapland. As one of our most active trips, it offers guests a busy schedule of exciting daytime activities complemented by Aurora hunting in the evening.

During your time here you will stay at Nellim Wilderness Hotel, a friendly retreat close to Lake Inari. The hotel is family run and annually charms its guests with its hearty meals, Nordic décor and enthusiastic guides. The staff here understand that, as well as celebrating Christmas, one of the main aims of your holiday is to seek out the Aurora, and they do all they can to make this happen. One of the benefits of the hotel is its remote location and minimal light pollution, which ensures a huge potential for Aurora viewing. The beautiful snow-covered wilderness location will also make you feel like you are stepping into a Christmas card.

Nellim increases your chances of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights through the activities and facilities it offers its guests. With four nights dedicated to Aurora activities, an Aurora alert system and the chance to enjoy an Aurora sleigh ride or a night in an Aurora Bubble or Aurora Kota on site (see the 'Personalise' section for details) – Nellim leads the pack when it comes to innovative ways to seek out the Northern Lights.

Nellim isn't just about the evening activities, though, there is also much to see and do during the day with husky sledding, snowmobiling, a day with a reindeer herder and more.

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Christmas is celebrated on the 24th December in Finland and the occasion is marked with a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and festivities with the other guests.

We have loved Nellim for years and amongst our clients, it remains one of our most popular locations every season. We love it because its owners are two of the hardest working people in Northern Finland and are always striving to make their guests' experiences as enjoyable as possible. We love it for its incredible wilderness surroundings, frozen lakes and forested fells. Mostly, though, we love Nellim for its huge Aurora potential.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the Nellim Wilderness Hotel. You will be given your Aurora alert and cold weather clothing, which is yours for the duration of your stay.

    After dinner with the group, you may want to have an early night to prepare you for your upcoming adventures. You should be aware however that the Northern Lights may put an end to that idea!

    Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.

  • This morning you will awake in a winter paradise and are sure to be filled with excitement and anticipation at the sight of this pristine snow-laden landscape. Christmas in Finland is celebrated on 24th December, so today will be a wonderful start to your time away, filled with festive cheer.

    After breakfast, you will head out for your first foray into the wilderness as you strap on cross-country skis and set off across the snow. As one of Scandinavia's most beloved pastimes, cross-country skiing is always something that guests are keen to try out. You will be given full instructions (as we assume no prior experience) before you head out on the trails. The guided activity will last around two hours before you are free to explore on your own this afternoon. We find that many guests choose to then hire the equipment locally to explore independently later in the week. 

    Tonight you will be served a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and there will be festivities for all to enjoy as you celebrate Christmas in this unique location, before enjoying your first evening of adventure.

    Before you head out on your first Northern Lights hunt you will have an Aurora presentation led by one of the guides. They will talk you through what you should be looking out for tonight and will discuss the science and legends behind the natural spectacle. As photographing the Northern Lights is also a desire for many people, they will also talk you through the optimal camera settings to help you get that all-important photograph.

    Tonight, on your guided snowshoe walk, you will be led to a local vantage point which offers unobstructed views of the night sky. Here you will not only enjoy the wonderful landscape at night but you will also hopefully witness a fantastic Aurora display. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours tonight and you may well welcome in Christmas Day with a spectacular show.

  • Today is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip as you set out to explore this beautiful location on snowmobiles. As well as allowing you to cover great distances quickly, snowmobiles are exceptionally good fun.

    Today will be your chance to see what all the fuss is about as you travel two people per snowmobile and set out with your guide. You will cover between 40 to 60km, travelling across frozen lakes and forested fells. You will stop to enjoy a campfire lunch; here you can also swap drivers so you can both enjoy driving (providing you both have a full driving licence and are over 18 years old).

    There is no scheduled activity for tonight as you may want to simply relax after your long day in the wilds. Nellim has a lovely lounge area with fireplace that is the perfect spot to curl up with a good book or chat with your fellow guests. Later in the evening, we would suggest taking a wander down to the lake to keep watch for the Northern Lights. 

    Some guests may also like to enjoy an additional Aurora excursion such as an Aurora Sleigh ride or a night in a wonderful Aurora Bubble. Details of these options are available in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

  • Your first activity this morning will be your chance to enjoy a very traditional way of transport as you put on snowshoes and head out into the forest. In comparison to what seems like the more exciting activities of snowmobiling and husky sledding, snowshoeing can seem quite tame. However, it is often a surprise highlight of the trip as you enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings and the chance to get up close to this pristine environment. You will be out in the forest for around four hours in total and will also enjoy a campfire lunch prepared by the guide (providing the weather isn't too cold).

    After dinner tonight you will be heading out via snowmobile-pulled sled on a visit to one of Nellim's famed Aurora camps. The camps are situated in prime Aurora territory and are generally located either on the banks of Lake Inari or in a forest clearing. All of the sites offer a warming fire, hot drinks and a perfect view of the night sky. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours tonight.

  • After breakfast, you will set out via snowmobile to a working reindeer farm where you will gain a unique insight into the daily life of a herder and the importance of reindeer to the region. Reindeer herding has been practised for centuries, with traditional knowledge being passed from generation to generation. To this day reindeer are of huge social, economic and cultural importance to the Sámi people of Northern Finland.

    Whilst you are here you will be able to get up close to these gentle animals to feed them. The herder will be on hand to answer any questions you may have as you sit around the fire enjoying lunch and hot drinks before you head back to Nellim. Today's activity will last for approximately five to six hours.

    Following dinner, back at the hotel, you will once again be heading off on snowmobiles for an exhilarating nocturnal adventure in search of the Northern Lights. Travelling via snowmobile at night is a wholly different experience to travelling in the day and seeing the scenery illuminated only by the headlights is wonderful. Fingers crossed, the Northern Lights will light up the sky overhead as well. Tonight's safari will last for approximately two and a half hours.

    Both of the snowmobile safaris today are based on two people sharing. If you would like to drive your own snowmobile, a single supplement will apply. To drive a snowmobile, you must be over 18 years old and have a full driving licence.

  • Husky safaris are almost universally loved by our guests and today you will get the chance to find out why, as you head out with an eager husky team into the wilderness.

    There is something wonderful about traversing the landscape in this traditional fashion and it is usually the activity which makes people feel the closest connection to the Arctic. Once the dogs have got over their initial excitement and settle into a steady pace, all that can be heard is the sound of the sled's runners and the dogs' paws on the snow allowing you to really appreciate this remarkable wilderness location.

    Before you head off with your team you will be given full instructions and a safety briefing before you enjoy a safari of around 17km, lasting approximately two hours. You will travel two people per sled with the chance to swap over so each can take a turn at holding the reins.

    After tonight's dinner at the hotel, you will spend the rest of the evening out searching for the Northern Lights during your final Aurora activity.

    You will hunt for the Northern Lights using a minibus to provide additional mobility to hopefully ensure you can outrun any cloud cover that may be blocking a potential Aurora. You will be out for approximately two and half hours tonight.

  • Today is scheduled as a free day for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings and take in the winter wonderland. There will be additional activities to choose from (payable locally) or you can wander around the village, visit the wooden church or unwind in the sauna. Many guests also hire snowshoe equipment and cross country skis for some independent exploration following their lessons earlier in the week. 

    On an evening where guests do not have scheduled Aurora hunts then we tend to find that people gather by the small frozen lake just behind the hotel, light the fire in the small kota and enjoy warm drinks. Sitting on a reindeer skin on a frozen lake, watching the sky for the Northern Lights is one of the best ways to spend an evening here. 

    If you do wish to add something extra this evening then perhaps consider a night in an Aurora Bubble or Kota, or a trip in Nellim's heated Aurora sleigh. Details of the options available can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page. 

    Of course, the order of the activities is subject to change so it may be that one of your activities is scheduled for today – no matter what the final timetable, this is sure to be a Christmas to remember.

  • Today your festive adventure will come to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

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Wilderness Hotel Nellim

Nights: 1-7

Wilderness Hotel Nellim is owned by our good friends Jouko and Mari Lappalainen. Nellim was their first hotel (they now also own the delights of Nangu, Muotka and Wilderness Hotel Inari) and is now renowned as an Aurora destination. It will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the first place many of us saw the Northern Lights. The hotel has been upgraded over the years and now has a wide range of accommodation options including rooms, suites, log cabins and unforgettable Aurora Cabins and Bubbles (see the ‘Personalise’ section for details) which are all within a short walk of the main reception and restaurant building.

A tiny village just 8km from the Russian border, Nellim is a remote spot close to the shores of Lake Inari and surrounded by incredible wilderness, providing perfectly dark skies, ideal for Aurora viewing.

Hotel facilities

  • The restaurant/reception building is the focal point at Nellim. With locally-made furnishings, the atmosphere is charming. Hearty buffets of local and international favourites are served three times a day. There is usually a soup and salad selection, two choices of main meal and a pudding for evening meals
  • Guests can relax next to the roaring fire and enjoy a drink from the bar in the restaurant
  • A sauna is available for guests to use and can be reserved at reception in hourly slots
  • There is a fully-stocked gift shop which offers a range of local produce and souvenirs for you to take home
  • Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the main building for guests outside meal times
  • Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to hire from the onsite activity centre
  • The small lake behind the hotel is a great spot for some independent Aurora stake outs – you can light the fire in the small wooden kota (traditional shelter) and watch the sky with a warm drink

Room types

Hotel rooms

The 54 double or twin rooms are decorated in keeping with local surroundings and culture. All have an en-suite shower room and hairdryer. Some of these rooms are located in the main building and others are situated in separate annexe buildings, a short walk from the main building. There are also two hotel rooms with private sauna which can be booked, subject to a supplement and availability.


Other options

Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Apartments

Many guests like to upgrade to one of the six apartments at Nellim, all of which are situated in one of the annexe buildings across from the reception and restaurant. The apartments offer guests additional room and their own space in which to relax after a day or night of activities.

Each apartment varies in size and facilities. Apartments are allocated on a first come, first served basis according to the accommodation which best suits your party.

Please note that some of the apartments require a supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Please note these images display a range of the different types of apartment. Upgrade supplements may apply.

Apartment facilities

  • The one, two and three bedroom apartments are all equipped with living area, bathroom (with shower and hairdryer), kitchenette and/or electric kettle and TV
  • Some of the apartments offer a fireplace or a sauna but these facilities cannot be guaranteed, only requested
  • We recommend taking supplies of your favourite tea and coffee so you can enjoy warm drinks in your apartment

 

Please note that an upgrade supplement may apply. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quotation


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Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Cabins

Supplements from: £427pp

Nellim offers a variety of cabins which offer varying facilities and which are mainly within easy walking distance of the hotel. Cabins are allocated on a first come, first served basis, according to the accommodation which most suits your party and availability. Specific facilities cannot be guaranteed. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Price is based on two adults sharing a log cabin. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin facilities

  • The standard cosy cabins are studio in style and offer a double bed, pull-out sofa bed, a small kitchenette, a shower room and en-suite toilet, a fireplace and a private sauna
  • A large lakeside cabin can be requested for larger groups but this is a few kilometres from the hotel and so transfers are provided for meals and activities
  • Two larger log cabins situated close to the hotel are available on request, however, these require a minimum of 4 people and sleep up to 8

Please note these images display a range of the different types of cabins.

Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Log Suites

Supplements from: £338pp

Located between 30-70 metres from the main building these log suites are designed to be the highest standard of accommodation Nellim offer. The suites are approximately 33m² and there are four suites in each of the separate log buildings.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Suite facilities

  • All suites have their own private sauna, electric kettle and mini-fridge to make your stay as comfortable as possible

  • The suites have a double bed downstairs as part of the open plan layout and a mezzanine level above which sleeps up to three more people

  • All meals will be served in the hotel restaurant which is just a short walk from the suites

  • These suites are perfect for those wishing to have more space to relax in during their downtime from activities


Special Nights

Aurora Bubble

From: £173pp

What a concept this is! These bubbles represent the absolute pinnacle in the increasingly sophisticated search for the Northern Lights.

Essentially, the Aurora Bubble brings the Arctic wilderness and the night sky into the comfort of your own bedroom. Each bubble has a heated bedroom with a large north-facing dome window, allowing you to gaze at the firmament from the comfort of your own bed!! This is Aurora hunting in style.

The bubbles are located in an area of minimal light pollution but within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to return to your room during the night. We can't imagine that you will as there is a toilet which means there is no need whatsoever to leave your comfortable bubble during the night.

Of course, we can neither guarantee that the Northern Lights will appear nor can we ensure cloud-free skies because Aurora hunting will always carry an element of luck. What we do know is that the Aurora Bubbles represent a genuinely unique and memorable experience.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.

A night in an Aurora Kota

From: £138pp

The team at Nellim are world-experts when it comes to Northern Lights viewing, and frequently devise creative new ways to appreciate this natural phenomenon. The Aurora Kotas at Nellim and Muotka are well in keeping with such a tradition: combining a cabin structure with glass tepee elements, they provide a large glass roof above the sleeping area, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the magic of night-time Northern Lights displays.

Each Kota contains a double bed and being a bit larger than an Aurora Bubble, it has room for a third person on a sofa bed. The 18m² space has simple and inviting décor, as well as pleasant lighting which illuminates the area without disrupting aurora-watching experiences. Linking to their natural setting, the majority of the Kotas do not have a shower- even so, each includes a toilet and small sink. At Nellim there are also two Aurora Cabins which have a shower and are slightly larger at 29 m².

Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply. Prices are based on the Kotas without showers; if you would like to stay in a Kota with a shower, please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quote, as they attract a higher cost.

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Aurora Bubble

From £173pp

What a concept this is! These bubbles represent the absolute pinnacle in the increasingly sophisticated search for the Northern Lights.

Essentially, the Aurora Bubble brings the Arctic wilderness and the night sky into the comfort of your own bedroom. Each bubble has a heated bedroom with a large north-facing dome window, allowing you to gaze at the firmament from the comfort of your own bed!! This is Aurora hunting in style.

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The bubbles are located in an area of minimal light pollution but within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to return to your room during the night. We can't imagine that you will as there is a toilet which means there is no need whatsoever to leave your comfortable bubble during the night.

Of course, we can neither guarantee that the Northern Lights will appear nor can we ensure cloud-free skies because Aurora hunting will always carry an element of luck. What we do know is that the Aurora Bubbles represent a genuinely unique and memorable experience.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


Other options

Activities

Heated Aurora Sleigh

From: £196pp

The wonderful Jouko and Mari at Nellim have once again come up with an innovation in Aurora hunting, ensuring that guests are in total comfort throughout. They have created a heated Aurora sleigh: a private, intimate and toasty warm experience that has been thrilling visitors to Nellim during the winter.

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This is the way to travel in the Arctic! Climb into your private Aurora-viewing cocoon which will be pulled behind a snowmobile driven by a local guide. The sleigh has large transparent windows to the front, back and, most importantly upwards, hence providing a fantastic view of the night sky. As they are heated, it could be -30C outside and you will be reclined in comfort hopefully gazing at the fabulous Northern Lights.

This safari lasts about two and a half hours (departing around 8 pm) and takes you onto the frozen expanses of mystical Lake Inari some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in prime Aurora hunting territory. Your English-speaking guide will take you to some of the best vantage points where you can choose to get out (or not!), take photos and walk on the ice. You will also be served warm drinks.

We cannot guarantee that the Aurora Borealis will come out to play but regardless, the Aurora Sleigh is a fantastic way to experience the Arctic in the dead of night.

Unsurprisingly the sleigh rides have seen many marriage proposals over the past months and for anyone thinking about popping the question, this is a very stylish way in which to do it – sadly we cannot guarantee the answer, but this setting should give you an excellent chance!

Private Aurora sleigh ride including dinner: please speak to our Travel Experts for a quote

Special Nights

A night in an Aurora Kota

From: £138pp

The team at Nellim are world-experts when it comes to Northern Lights viewing, and frequently devise creative new ways to appreciate this natural phenomenon. The Aurora Kotas at Nellim and Muotka are well in keeping with such a tradition: combining a cabin structure with glass tepee elements, they provide a large glass roof above the sleeping area, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the magic of night-time Northern Lights displays.

Each Kota contains a double bed and being a bit larger than an Aurora Bubble, it has room for a third person on a sofa bed. The 18m² space has simple and inviting décor, as well as pleasant lighting which illuminates the area without disrupting aurora-watching experiences. Linking to their natural setting, the majority of the Kotas do not have a shower- even so, each includes a toilet and small sink. At Nellim there are also two Aurora Cabins which have a shower and are slightly larger at 29 m².

Read more about this activity

Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply. Prices are based on the Kotas without showers; if you would like to stay in a Kota with a shower, please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quote, as they attract a higher cost.

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Sun 23 Dec 2018
to Sun 30 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 2,465 Single Adult£ 2,700

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sun 22 Dec 2019
to Sun 29 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 2,640 Single Adult£ 2,890

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

Aurora alerts

During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.

The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.

Traveller Reviews

Great Christmas 22 February 2018

The most amazing trip ever 23 January 2018 by Litong Liu

I have been to 16 countries, and this trip to Nellim has become my favourite. The hotel is beautifully decorated, the food served in the restaurant were very very delicious. We had a wide range to choose from, meat, seafood, vegetables and soup. The bed in the room was very comfortable. I had so much fun during the activities. The reindeer day was my favourite, which includes snowmobiling, visit
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the reindeer farm, ice fishing, visit a local church, had a lunch around an open fire and tried the very delicious reindeer soup. Husky safari was a long ride so make sure to wear as much as you can. Cross-country skiing was a hard work but a very different experience to try. We were out to hunt for northern lights every night by different transport and had a hot drink around the open fire. We had grilled marshmallow on our final night. The tour guides are so knowledgeable and helpful with everything. They set up my camera to take the most amazing aurora photos, also helped me with wearing the shoes, helmet and everything. Every penny I spent on this trip was definitely worthy and every second in Nellim was a memory maker. Thank you.
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The dogs are just amazing! 03 January 2018 by Monique Glass and Kayla Okkonen

Reindeer day - It combined a bunch of activities into the one day i.e. snowmobilling, feeding reindeer, ice fishing etc. Husky Sledding - The dogs are just amazing!

I enjoyed everything 29 December 2017 by Scott Jarvis

I enjoyed everything. Snowmobiles - got plenty of time on them and plenty of exploration; Reindeer Day - plenty of time, feeding reindeers, the farm, ice fishing, husky safari - nice to be at one with the animals and the landscape.

The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable 28 December 2017 by The Giles Family

The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about their activity and the area. They made the trip! Really enjoyed spending time with Petri and seeing the reindeers so close. It was interesting to learn the Sámi culture and to learn the importance of reindeer to the community.

We will be using Artisan Travel Company for other annual family trips too 19 December 2016 by Aylwyn and Sharon Soo

I would like to send my congratulations and compliments for providing such a wonderful holiday to me and my family. We travelled to Finland joining the "Nellim Christmas Aurora in the Wild" tour from 19th - 26th Dec 2016. It was really an amazing trip as Nellim Hotel is located at one of the most picturesque locations we have seen! We didn't expect to receive onsite support from Artisan
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Travel Company surprisingly there was an Agency representative "Kat" was there to receive us when we arrived after a long flight. She quickly introduced herself and ushered us to the lunch buffet before providing us with more information. Throughout the trip, she was always readily available onsite at Nellim Wilderness Lodge Hotel and ready to jump into assisting us should we face any issues/problems. Her performance is certainly outstanding as a tour agency representative and she sets the gold standard for it! You guys have really chosen a good site and well-planned tour activities. If you guys could inform the owners Jouko and Mari that they have the best staff onsite and the food provided each day had its variety with a different flavour to it which allows us to enjoy after a day out in the wild. From the kitchen crew to the guides, I believe Nellim Hotel has given us a deep positive impression too. Please, send our regards to Kat on her well-done job and we will be using Artisan Travel Company for other annual family trips too in the near future too.
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Loved the whole experience from start to finish 02 January 2015 by Sarah Wilson

Loved the whole experience from start to finish. Other than seeing the Aurora the local activity guides and hotel staff were the best part of the holiday. They made each activity and indeed the overall experience extremely enjoyable and looked after their guests extremely well. We loved the huskies, the snowmobiles and the bubble. We would highly recommend the holiday, the hotel and your company -
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thank you.
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