ALL OF THE SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London to Kittilä Airport (via Helsinki). Subject to change and availability
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in an Aurora Cabin
- Meals: Full Board
- Activities: Snowmobiling and Northern Lights photography workshop, Aurora snowshoeing, husky safari, Northern Lights search by heated sleigh
- Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
The Finnish wilderness is known for its Aurora potential and the locals certainly know how to make the most of Mother Nature’s greatest show. The Northern Lights Village in Levi is an exceptional example of this - where Aurora Cabins come as standard for the duration of your trip and all facing north to give you the best possible chance of witnessing a display as you lay tucked up in bed.
The Northern Lights Village is situated 16km outside the centre of Levi, taking you away from light pollution and into the sublime surroundings of the Finnish wilderness. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the pristine landscape with the included daytime activities of snowmobiling and dog sledding - both unforgettable ways to complete your Arctic experience.
As darkness falls, this remote location also puts you in prime Northern Lights territory and we have included two dedicated hunts by snowshoe and heated sleigh to help you track them down. What’s more, your itinerary also features a Northern Lights photography workshop where an expert will show you how to capture the phenomenon on camera - the perfect souvenir!
The real showstopper of the trip, however, has to be your accommodation for the duration of your stay. Your Aurora Cabin means that every night, long after the Northern Lights activities are over, you can continue your search of the skies from the comfort of your bed!
This carefully crafted itinerary has been designed to offer a complete mixture of daytime Arctic adventures with nighttime excursions to help you tick the stunning Northern Lights off your bucket list. All before retiring to your unforgettable Aurora Cabin accommodation each night!
Upon arrival at Kittilä Airport, you will be transferred approximately 30 minutes to your accommodation at the Northern Lights Village, Levi.
You will receive your cold weather clothing and check into your Aurora Cabin before enjoying dinner in the restaurant.Included Meals: Dinner
Snowmobiling and Northern Lights Photography Workshop
Following breakfast, it’s time to explore the wonderful wilderness surroundings of the Northern Lights Village during a snowmobile safari.
Meeting with your local guide, you will receive a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive your snowmobile before setting off into the enchanting snowy forest. Along the way, you will stop to take photographs of the stunning scenery and enjoy hot drinks before taking off again into the wilderness.
You will ride two per snowmobile with the option to swap halfway or you can request to ride individually for a supplement. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to be able to drive a snowmobile.
The snowmobile safari will last approximately 2 hours and you will return to the village with time to enjoy lunch before your Northern Lights photography workshop.
This afternoon you will meet with your local guide and experienced photographer who will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to capture the Northern Lights on camera. The workshop will last approximately 1 hour and afterwards, you can enjoy dinner in the restaurant ahead of a free evening. If conditions are favourable tonight, you will be able to put your camera skills to good use and take the ultimate souvenir home.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
Today you will have the day completely free to spend as you please. If you would like to fill your time with another Arctic adventure, see our ‘personalise’ tab for more information on the activities on offer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the restaurant as usual ahead of your Northern Lights hunt this evening.
You will meet with your local guide who will fit you with snowshoes and show you the easy techniques needed to travel into the silent night. Then you will take off into the peaceful forest, walking over the deep snow and keeping an eye on the sky for any sign of the Northern Lights.
As you make your way through the wilderness, you will reach a cosy hut where your guide will build a fire and serve some hot drinks and snacks. You can ask your guide any questions you may have about life in the north - just make sure you keep taking a look outside for a potential Aurora display! Following your break in the wilderness hut, you will make your way back over the deep snow and return to the village.
You will be out for approximately 2 hours tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Northern Lights by Heated Sleigh
Today following breakfast you will get to experience one of the most-loved Arctic activities; dog sledding.
After meeting with your expert musher, you will be introduced to your loyal team of sled dogs who will more than likely be barking loudly as they will be eager to get going. Your guide will explain all the techniques needed to mush the dogs and you will receive a full safety briefing before you stand on your sled and get ready to set off.
Though the dogs may be loud beforehand, as soon as you lift the brake and the dogs take off into the wilderness, they will soon quieten down and concentrate on the job at hand. With your team out in front, you will ride over the snowy trails and through the forests on this unforgettable winter adventure.
You will ride two per sled, with the option to swap drivers halfway through. The activity will last approximately 2 hours, travelling for approximately 10km.
Upon your return to Levi, you can enjoy lunch and dinner in the restaurant before your Northern Lights hunt this evening.
Meeting with your local guide, you will take a seat in the heated Aurora sleigh as your guide pulls you along using their snowmobile. You will travel into the silent, snow-laden forest as you keep an eye on the night sky for signs of the Northern Lights.
Travelling away from any light pollution, you will reach a prime Aurora viewing location where you will set up your cameras and keep warm by the fire. As you enjoy hot drinks, your guide will tell you all about the Northern Lights and with any luck, they will start to appear overhead.
You will be out for approximately 3 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today it is, unfortunately, time for your winter retreat at the Northern Lights Village to come to an end. Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant ahead of your transfer to the airport. If you have an early flight time, we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 1 person to run, however, on some dates we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 30 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
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.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
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.
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.
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.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
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.
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 https://www.mfat.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.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.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
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.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions