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Hunt for the autumn Auroras from your peaceful base at the Sunday Morning Resort in Pyhä. This time of year is one of the most celebrated in Finland, as the wilderness landscape puts on a dazzling display of changing colours. The show continues into the night with the Northern Lights frequently lighting up the sky.

What's included?

ALL THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: car hire for the duration of your stay (Ford Fiesta or similar)
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in apartment accommodation
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Northern Lights hunt by car, walk with husky and farm visit, Arctic sky, nature trail and Aurora photography (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing will be provided to guests during their stay if required
  • Aurora alert system

Situated in the fell scenery of Pyhä-Luosto National Park with forest and lakeside surroundings, the Sunday Morning Resort in Pyhä is a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Finnish wilderness.

During this three-night autumnal stay, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to experience the Finnish landscape in its period of change. As the summer sunsets and nature prepares itself for winter, the surroundings are washed with the spectacular colours of transformation. The leaves turn from green to deep red, the trees start to shake off their summer coats and the returning darks skies make way for the dazzling Auroras.

All included activities have been carefully chosen to show off the very best of the autumnal wonders. From nature walks with friendly local huskies in the day to taking to the trails at night to hunt for the Northern Lights, which are particularly prevalent at this time of year. You’ll also enjoy an Aurora hunt by car, which takes you further into the wilderness and to a prime lookout location. For the duration of your stay, you will have a hire car and we have left plenty of free time so that you can explore the area at your own leisure.

Your base will be in the Aihki Apartments. Usually reserved as an upgrade option, this accommodation comes as standard during this autumn trip to give you a wonderfully relaxing private space to retire to after a day exploring.

The main lodge is decorated to give a log cabin feel and to celebrate the expansive forest surroundings. Its big and bright dining area, lounge and lobby bar are brilliant social areas to discuss your day’s achievements in the Arctic and the lakeside saunas and hot tub offer a traditional Finnish way to relax.

Located 100kms above the Arctic Circle and tucked away next to one of Finland’s oldest national parks, the Sunday Morning Resort in autumn gives visitors a chance to explore the Arctic in milder temperatures. Travel with us to enjoy a wilderness retreat filled with excellent Aurora opportunities.

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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Relaxed
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  • Upon arrival at Rovaniemi airport, you will receive your hire car and SatNav to help you make your way to the Sunday Morning Resort, just 90 minutes away. Once you have checked into your apartment accommodation, you can enjoy dinner in the main lodge ahead of tonight’s search for the Northern Lights. You can also set up your Aurora Alert system to download to your tablet or smartphone for use for the duration of your stay. This system gives you a voice signal when the Northern Lights are visible (internet connection is needed) so you’ll know exactly when to head outside.

    Tonight you will meet with your guide who will have carefully checked the local weather and space data to identify a prime Northern Lights location. Your guide will drive you out to the chosen destination where you will keep warm by the campfire, enjoying snacks and drinks as you keep an eye on the sky. While you wait, your guide will tell you facts about the Northern Lights, Lappish nature and history as well as how to photograph the Auroras, should they appear. You will be out for approximately 3.5 hours tonight.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Today following breakfast, it’s time to explore the autumnal Arctic landscape in the company of some of the region’s most-loved animals.

    You will visit the nearby husky farm and take a tour of the facilities, learning all about the lives of these sled dogs. The loyal pack will then accompany you on an hour-long easy walk into the natural surroundings to admire the local flora and fauna alongside man’s best friend.

    Tonight, enjoy dinner in the main lodge. Your evening has been left free for you to spend as you please. Keep an eye on your Aurora alert system, as the green lights could appear at any time.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you have a free day to enjoy the autumnal Arctic as you please. You could drive to the nearby national park which has excellent hiking trails or you could visit Luosto and explore the village and Amethyst mine.

    Tonight after dinner, you will head out once again in search of the Northern Lights. You will follow your guide on a beautiful walk through the old pine tree forest to a prime Aurora location with views of the Arctic sky.

    During this activity, you will learn all about the nature around you, the Northern Lights and life in Lapland. Your guide will also help with your camera settings and teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights. You will be out for around 2.5 hours.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today it is, unfortunately, time for your autumnal adventure in the Arctic to come to an end. You will have breakfast in the restaurant before driving back to Rovaniemi Airport.

    Included Meals:  None

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Sunday Morning Resort Apartments

Nights: 1-3

100kms above the Arctic Circle, in the fell scenery of one of Finland’s oldest national parks, sits the peaceful Sunday Morning Resort. With its lakeside and forest surroundings, the resort is aptly named to reflect the atmosphere here - every day is like a tranquil Sunday morning and you’ll feel the serenity as soon as you arrive.

The resort is ideally located just 90 minutes from the airport and Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi but is firmly situated in the heart of the wilderness and close to fantastic ski slopes. With activities available onsite, the Sunday Morning Resort is a brilliant mix of relaxing retreat with easy access to unbelievable Arctic experiences and Northern Lights opportunities.

HOTEL FACILITIES

  • Built from old pine timber, the main lodge honours the natural surroundings, creating a wonderful log cabin feel
  • The resort is carbon neutral with the help of eco-friendly heating systems and the dense forest surroundings
  • Its big, bright dining area, lounge and cosy lobby bar are the perfect common areas to relax in after a day exploring the beautiful Arctic scenes
  • Enjoy the delicious food made using local ingredients in the hotel restaurant
  • Work out in the gym then unwind in the modern sauna downstairs
  • At the lakeside, enjoy the wood-heated and traditional smoke sauna as well as a wood-fired hot tub

ROOM FACILITIES

Aihki Apartments

SLEEPS 2-5: Located in two duplex houses in the courtyard, each apartment has a bedroom for two people, living room with fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and private sauna. There is also a spacious loft upstairs where three more beds can be set up. The apartments come with a smart TV, Wi-Fi and minibar.

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⭐Complimentary Upgrade⭐

Enjoy a complimentary upgrade to an Aihki Apartment when travelling in autumn 2019. Terms and conditions apply. 

Prices below based on 2 adults sharing an Aihki Logwood apartment

Departure dates between
Sun 01 Sep 2019
to Sat 30 Nov 2019
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Adults£ 1,255

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Departure dates between
Tue 01 Sep 2020
to Mon 30 Nov 2020
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Adults£ 1,345

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Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run; maximum 28 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

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 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.

Travelling in autumn requires a degree of flexibility. This period is a time of change in the far North and the arrival of the first snowfall can be very unpredictable. 

Autumn activities: the daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.

If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.

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.

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

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 8 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.



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