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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2914
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Spend three nights in a wonderful whirlwind of activities by the shores of Lake Inari this winter. A short trip should never mean compromising on activities, therefore we have included all our favourite experiences in your itinerary. Head out on a husky safari, meet the local reindeer, try snowmobiling and strap on your snowshoes for a wilderness walk. You will, of course, search for the Northern Lights by night, on foot and during a trip to an Aurora Camp.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a twin/double hotel room
  • Meals: full board
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: dog sledding, visit a reindeer farm, snowshoeing, Aurora camp, snowmobiling lesson and Aurora snowshoeing (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

Venture 250km north of the Arctic Circle to the southern shores of Lake Inari in Northern Finland, and experience a short-but-sweet, Northern Lights hunting holiday.

The newly transformed adults-only Wilderness Hotel Nangu is just a total haven of peace and quiet and is tucked in the most incredible lakeside location in the depths of the wild. It is small scale and just oozes comfort and charm with its high-end décor and stunning log-built construction. The owners also happen to be our longstanding friends and suppliers, and we know that they offer nothing less than excellence. With this as your base, we can assure you that every free moment you have can be savoured and enjoyed. The hotel’s proximity to Lake Inari means that, by night, there is a vast expanse of dark sky above you, ideal for Northern Lights hunting.

The lake and surrounding area also offer a base for a myriad of activities during your time here. Despite the short length of this trip, we have included all the “must-dos” when visiting Northern Finland. You will visit the village of Nellim for an incredible day which combines reindeer encounters and dog sledding, you’ll explore the wilds on snowshoes and will have the chance to try snowmobiling.  We have also included two Northern Lights hunts.

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By night, you will spend one relaxed evening at an Aurora Camp which you will typically reach via a snowmobile-pulled sleigh. With your expert guide, you will sit around a warming fire in this prime viewpoint and will wait to see if the Northern Lights will appear. Your second trip will see you venture out on snowshoes as you head to an ideal viewpoint with your guide in the hope of catching a display. 

So, go on, spare a few days from your hectic schedules this winter and escape to the remote wilderness of Northern Finland. Returning with memories that will last a lifetime and impressive stories to tell your friends and family, we know that you will not regret it.


Phototgraphy by Markku Inkila, Matt Robinson, and Inari- Saariselka Tourism 
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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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  • Once you land at Ivalo Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will be waiting to escort you to the shores of Lake Inari. The journey will take around thirty minutes, as you venture further North and deeper into the remote wilderness of Finnish Lapland.

    After arriving, you will have some time to settle into your cosy hotel room before dinner in the hotel’s fabulous log-built restaurant.

    You will also receive your cold weather clothing and your Aurora alert tonight, so you will be all set to head out this evening and down on to the lake should you wish to begin your Aurora efforts.

  • Today, the trip will truly commence as you begin your first full day at Nangu, which has been jam-packed with two of our favourite winter activities, including an evening Aurora hunt.

    After filling up on breakfast, you will take a transfer from the hotel to Nellim, which is a small village that lies approximately thirty minutes away. Once you arrive, the group will be split into two, as one half will head to the husky farm while the others start with a reindeer experience. Both groups will enjoy lunch together at Nellim Wilderness Hotel once they have finished their first activity before their second activity commences.

    After arriving at the husky farm, you will meet an expert musher (and your guide for the day) who will give you a brief tour of the farm. The first thing that you will notice is the loud, impatient barking of the huskies that are raring to take you on your sleigh-ride. They must wait a little longer as you are given a thorough safety briefing and lesson on how to guide your own husky team before you set off.

    Once your guide is comfortable that you are ready, you will head out, huskies first, on an unforgettable journey. With two sharing a sled, you can appreciate the sudden silence as the dogs are so focused on running. This is an unforgettable way to enjoy the snow-laden trees and the stunning, crisp white surroundings. Half-way through the drive, you will have the chance to pause and swap with your driving partner, so that both of you can try taking control.

    Then, you will leave the husky farm via a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, taking a small diversion to the Russian border and to Nellim’s charming church.  The church is a beautiful log building that sits amongst the snow and is well worth a spot of exploration before continuing onto the reindeer farm.

    Your experience at the reindeer farm will be led by a traditional Sámi reindeer herder, as you are shown around and are told about the herder’s life, customs and culture here in Northern Finland. Feel free to ask any questions about this fascinating way of life, as the Sámi community is always forthcoming in sharing their beliefs with guests.

    It is then time to meet the reindeer, as you are told a bit about the animals before being shown how to feed them.

    Overall, this activity will last for around seven hours, so you will be more than ready for a delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant tonight!

    Your busy day will end with a relaxing Aurora hunt, as you head to a dedicated Aurora camp in the hope of spotting the Northern Lights this evening. 

    Beginning with a peaceful snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride, you will kick back and enjoy a cosy journey beneath the stars. You will travel further and further away from any light pollution from the hotel until you come to an Aurora camp spot where you can huddle up around a warming open fire.

    Hopefully, while you enjoy a hot drink and some interesting facts and stories told by your guide, the Northern Lights will dance and swirl above you, lighting up the night and putting on an awe-inspiring display. After around 2.5 hours, you will return to the hotel.

  • After breakfast today, you will explore this wild and wonderful spot on foot, using snowshoes to ease your travels.

    Snowshoes will be provided by the hotel, and your guide will show you how to securely strap these over your winter boots before you set off. It is amazing how much further you can travel in snowshoes, as you can cover areas of extremely thick snow that you would otherwise find yourself knee-deep in.

    With your guide leading the way, you will take to the snowshoeing trails and venture to even more remote areas of wilderness. Along the way, your guide will explain features of the landscape and any wildlife that you might see. It is also common to spot animal prints embedded into the snow, which your guide can give you some insight into.

    Weather permitting, you will break for lunch while the comforting sound of a crackling open fire acts as the only background noise in the peaceful surroundings. This activity will last for around four hours including lunch.

    In the afternoon you will get to try one of the most popular forms of transport in Lapland as you board snowmobiles for an introductory safari. You will be given a safety briefing and full instructions before heading out on a short safari in the hotel’s surroundings with your guide. The activity will last for around two hours in total. 

    After a relaxed late afternoon and final dinner at the hotel, you will head out on a snowshoe Aurora hunt for the final night of your trip.

    With your guide leading the way, you venture onto the lake and head to a prime Aurora viewpoint. Here, a fire will be lit, and you will gather with your guide to wait and watch for a potential Aurora display. This is a wonderful way to spend an evening in the wilderness and if the Northern Lights dance above your head, it will be unforgettable.

  • Today, it is time to depart ready for your flight home. After breakfast, your transfer will take you to Ivalo Airport, as you bid farewell to a fantastic few days.

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Wilderness Hotel Nangu

Nights: 1-3

Wilderness Hotel Nangu is an adult-only, boutique hotel tucked away in a secluded spot close to the shores of Lake Inari in North East Finnish Lapland. This is the ideal place for those wanting to escape to a real haven of peace and quiet which just oozes rustic style, charm and comfort. Think handmade wooden furniture, sheepskins, stunning log architecture, comfy chairs and roaring fires; all with a view over snow-laden trees and a vast frozen lake beyond.

The central log-built restaurant and reception building is a spectacular spot in which to dine and unwind and the elegant wooden buildings which contain the bedrooms are around 20-50 metres away.

The hotel was transformed in 2017 by our longstanding friends and partners Jouko and Mari and they have really put their heart and soul into making Wilderness Hotel Nangu the grown-up retreat that it is.

In prime Aurora territory and just a minute’s walk from the shores of Lake Inari, this is really an incredible place in which to hunt the Northern Lights.

There are only 24 bedrooms here and so there is also a real exclusivity about this place and we would really recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Hotel Facilities

  • The wonderful main log building contains the reception, dining area and lounge where a roaring log fire and tasteful décor makes for a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
  • We think the food at Nangu is delicious and the setting for your meals could not be more delightful. Breakfasts and lunches are both varied buffets with local and international flavours. Evening meals are served at your table and guests are provided with two or three choices each evening
  • There is a large sauna situated in one of the bedroom buildings and this is available for guests to reserve during their stay. The ideal way to relax after a day of activities
  • Free WiFi is available at Nangu, but really, other than checking the Aurora forecasts, we recommend that you just switch off from the outside world

Room types

Standard Wilderness Room (double or twin)

All rooms at Nangu are comfortable and elegantly decorated with a cosy and rustic, wooden interior, offering a traditional yet stylish Finnish ambience. The standard rooms accommodate two people, have a large window, an en-suite shower and toilet with hairdryer. They also include tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are also available which are slightly smaller and accommodate solo travellers.


 Image credits: Matt Robinson 

Other options

Superior room with panorama window

Supplements from: £70pp

These rooms provide extra space and are all equipped with double beds making them a very romantic option for couples. They each have their own private entrance and a large panoramic window offering views towards Lake Inari. This means that it might even be possible to witness the Aurora from your room (although the views are much better outside). They, of course, are en-suite and equipped with a hairdryer. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided.

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 season'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 online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. 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. 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
Thu 12 Dec 2019
to Sun 15 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,710 Single Adult£ 1,795
Thu 02 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,135
Thu 16 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,600 Single Adult£ 1,685
Thu 30 Jan 2020
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Thu 13 Feb 2020
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Thu 20 Feb 2020
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Thu 27 Feb 2020
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Thu 12 Mar 2020
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Thu 26 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,650 Single Adult£ 1,735
Thu 09 Apr 2020
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Adults£ 1,650 Single Adult£ 1,735

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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.

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 18 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 affect 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.

Traveller Reviews

A beautiful part of the world. 05 March 2018 by Peter & Victoria Newman

People were very kind, helpful and spoke good English. A beautiful part of the world.

The hotel and all staff were absolutely fantastic. 16 January 2018 by Hilary Baseley

The hotel and all staff were absolutely fantastic. We would like to thank our guide Jani in particular - he was friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a brilliant and safe driver. He helped make our trip.



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