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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 29020
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
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 a standard double/twin room (apartment upgrades available)
  • 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.

You will be based in one of the four twin/double rooms in the main lodge with the option to upgrade to an Aihki apartment. Please see the accommodation tab for the options.

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. The Sunday Morning Resort prides itself on its eco-friendly approach to tourism. From its carbon-neutral status to its seasonal meals created using local, organic and wild ingredients, the resort’s respect for its natural surroundings can be felt throughout. 

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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  • 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 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

Included in price

Sunday Morning Resort

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. 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.

As well as its excellent location, there is also only space for 28 people at the resort, making it one of the smallest we offer in Finland as well as adding a real exclusivity to this place. We would really recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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

MAIN LODGE

TWIN/DOUBLE ROOM: The main building houses four double rooms in the peaceful wing. Each room features a private balcony overlooking the lake, twin/double bed with intelligent mattress, smart TV, WiFi, shower with steam, sauna and massage features, bathrobes, slippers and hairdryer.


Other options

Sunday Morning Resort Apartments

Situated in the fell scenery of one of Finland’s oldest national parks and 100kms above the Arctic Circle, the Sunday Morning Resort is a true wilderness escape. Complete with lakeside and forest surroundings, every day in this peaceful resort feels like a tranquil Sunday morning.

Ideally located just 90 minutes from the airport and Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi and close to the fantastic ski slopes, you’ll have access to modern amenities whilst staying firmly in the heart of the Finnish wilderness. The Sunday Morning Resort is a relaxing retreat with incredible Aurora and Arctic opportunities right on its doorstep.

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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Prices below based on 2 adults sharing a DOUBLE/TWIN ROOM AT THE sUNDAY MORNING RESORT

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.  A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit 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.

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

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The Specifics

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.

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.

Itinerary amendments

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

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

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.

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

Cancellation terms

Please note that the cancellation terms below supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our booking terms and conditions:

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%

- 42 to 31 days prior to departure – 60%

- 30 or less days – 100%



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