Price from £2,515pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 2906

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: Return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki) are included. Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings 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, a visit 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 1am

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.

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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 night in an Aurora Bubbles 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.

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.

Image credits: Markku Inkila
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  • Aurora Bubble

    From £105pp

    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.


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  • Heated Aurora Sleigh

    From: £147pp

    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 8pm) 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!

  • 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 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.

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    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 Kotas do not have a shower- even so, each includes a toilet and small sink.


    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.

  • Extend your stay in Saariselka

    Following on from your holiday, we can arrange for you to extend your stay in Lapland and spend two nights in the ski village of Saariselka. This extension is ideal for those who want to combine their initial Arctic adventures with some downhill skiing or those who want some time to explore independently.

    There are lots of things to see and do from your comfortable and well-equipped hotel in the village centre. We can arrange for you to add in additional activities, hire downhill or cross-country skiing equipment or you can simply explore at your own pace and enjoy the shops and restaurants. The choice of how you spend your time here is yours, however, our Travel Experts will help you plan the perfect extension and provide a full quotation.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Next year's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Tue 19 Dec 2017
to Tue 26 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 2,515 Single Adult£ 2,800

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 in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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 lever 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

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

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 1am 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.

  • 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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