ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
- Transfers: return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers are included as well as a transfer from Inari to Nangu
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a standard hotel room at Wilderness Hotel Inari, 3 nights in a standard hotel room at Wilderness Hotel Nangu
- Meals: full board
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Aurora camp, reindeer farm visit, Aurora snowshoe, husky safari, Aurora camp, snowshoeing day, snowmobile tryout (order subject change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
- Aurora alert until approximately 1 am
The special locations surrounding the gigantic Lake Inari are renowned for their pristine environments and Northern Lights track records. Many of our Artisan Travel Experts got their first experience of Finland’s impressive wilderness in these areas and have since returned with their loved ones for many more adventures.
Inari and Nangu both offer unspoiled winter scenes, superb lookouts over frozen Lake Inari and brilliant Arctic and Aurora experiences, but they each have their charm which you will discover during your seven-night break.
Your first four nights will be spent in Inari, just outside the small village which is the heart of Sámi culture. Whether you have been to Finland before or this is your first time, Inari is a brilliantly authentic insight into the indigenous people that have called this area home for thousands of years. During your stay, you will visit a reindeer farm to discover how these animals have been integral to the Sámi people.Read more
In Nangu, you’ll get the full wilderness experience whilst staying in the wonderful adults-only (16+) boutique hotel for extra tranquillity. With a log interior and a beautiful restaurant, you’ll find it hard to leave the cosy hotel but when there’s snowmobiling and snowshoeing waiting outside, it’s definitely worth it.
Due to your location, you could see the Northern Lights on any night of your stay but we have also included several dedicated hunts to maximise your chances. You’ll visit the Aurora Camps set up in prime lookout spots around the lake as well as snowshoeing into the Arctic night. You will also receive a login to an Aurora alert system upon arrival which works until 1 am, alerting you if the Northern Lights start to appear.
Please note that the order of activities listed is for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival at your accommodation.
Image Credits: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Matt Robinson & Inari-Saariselkä Tourism
Arrival in Inari
On arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred* to Wilderness Hotel Inari to start your Arctic adventure.
After checking in, you’ll enjoy dinner in the restaurant and will have the rest of the evening to spend as you please. Due to the hotel’s prime location, you simply only need to step outside and if the conditions are right, the Aurora could be there to welcome you to Finland.
Your cold weather clothing will be distributed either this evening or in the morning.
Please note that the order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival at your accommodation.
*Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle that may stop at a few nearby hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers please ask our Artisan Travel Experts for a quotation.Included Meals: Dinner
Reindeer Farm Visit and Aurora Camp
Following breakfast, you will gain an authentic insight into the local culture when you visit a nearby reindeer farm. These animals have been of vital importance to the indigenous Sámi people, helping them survive the long Arctic winters. You will be out for around 2 to 2.5 hours (including transfers).
Lunch will be served in the restaurant and you will have some free time to enjoy the surroundings. After dinner, you will head out in search of the Aurora Borealis.
Lake Inari’s huge frozen surface is the ideal platform for Northern Lights viewing and our local expert guides have set up various Aurora camps around the lake’s shores, which you will visit tonight.
You will travel to the camp on a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile and upon arrival, you can enjoy hot drinks as you keep your eyes looking up for a potential display. You will be out for approximately 2.5 hours in total tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Free Evening
Fill up on breakfast ahead of dog sledding - one of the most-loved Arctic activities. After a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive the sled, you will meet with the excitable dogs.
Don’t worry if there is a lot of barking at this time, the dogs are simply really eager to get running on the trails! As soon as you release the anchor, your loyal team will settle into a comfortable pace and quieten down, leaving you to watch the winter landscape unfold.
You will travel two per sled, with one person driving and one person sitting as a passenger with the option to swap halfway. The safari will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours* and you will also have time to pet the dogs and take photographs afterwards. Lunch will be served at the hotel either before or after the safari.
After dinner tonight you have a free evening to enjoy as you please. Inari’s brilliant location means that if the Aurora conditions are looking favourable, you only have to step outside of the hotel to see the green dancing lights. Or you may wish to book onto a dedicated activity, see our ‘personalised’ section for more details.
* Please note that this safari is sometimes described locally as being 3 hrs in duration, but this duration includes lunch (which we include as standard of course).Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Aurora Snowshoeing
Today has been left free for you to enjoy as you please. You may wish to add on an additional activity, which you can find in the ‘personalised’ section.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant as usual before your Northern Lights hunt tonight.
This evening you will strap on a pair of snowshoes and make your way into the Arctic night. Snowshoes help you walk over the deep snow with ease so you can enjoy the peaceful wilderness as you follow your guide to an excellent Northern Lights vantage point. If conditions are favourable, you will be in a prime location to see the lights. You will be out for approximately 2.5 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfer to Nangu and Aurora Camp
After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Inari and transfer to Nangu, approximately one hour away.
You will have a free afternoon to settle into your new wilderness surroundings in a different part of Lake Inari’s expansive shores.
Following dinner tonight, you will again travel into the Arctic night in a sledge pulled by your guide’s snowmobile. After driving out to a lookout spot away from light pollution, you will enjoy hot drinks around the campfire as your guide tells you all about the Aurora and you search the skies. You will be out for approximately 2.5 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, you will be back on snowshoes but this time to enjoy the stunning wilderness by day.
Snowshoeing can be physical but it is a slow-paced activity and a very peaceful way to explore the snowy surroundings.
Your guide will help fit your snowshoes before leading you through the wintery landscape, pointing out animal footprints along the way. This is a wonderfully scenic tour so make sure you bring your camera. This activity will last approximately four hours in total, including time for lunch and warm drinks around an open fire.
Following dinner in the hotel restaurant, you will have a free evening to spend as you please. Nangu’s prime location gives you easy access to frozen Lake Inari, a perfect viewing location if the Northern Lights conditions are looking favourable. Alternatively, you may wish to book a dedicated activity, please contact one of our Travel Experts..Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Snowmobile Tryout and Free Evening
Fuel up on breakfast ahead of one of the most thrilling activities available in the Arctic; snowmobiling. This tryout session is perfect for beginners or those who have never tried snowmobiling before.
After a full safety briefing, tuition and a short driving lesson, you will follow your guide onto the trails to see more of the winter wilderness.
Two people will share a snowmobile with the option to swap halfway but please note, you must hold a valid driving licence and be at least 18 years old to drive a snowmobile. You will be out for around two hours. Lunch will either be served before or after the activity.
After dinner tonight, your last evening in Nangu is free for you to spend as you please.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today it is unfortunately time for your Finnish adventure to come to an end. Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. If you have an early flight, we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
This traditional Finnish sport is definitely worth experiencing during your time in Inari. So, strap on your skis and prepare to travel like a local.
Your guide will give you instruction and no prior experience of any form of skiing is required. Once you have mastered the basics, you will set out for a trip on the trails close to the hotel.
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Image credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari
Aurora Hunt by Car or Minibus
During this activity, your guides will use their local knowledge, as well as the Aurora and weather forecasts to lead you to a prime Northern Lights viewpoint.
If local conditions are good, then a specific Aurora camp will be selected, and you can spend more time trying to capture the lights on camera.
If the weather is less promising close to the hotel, then you will travel further in search of clear skies.
Your guide will impart some of the extensive knowledge and you will enjoy an evening out in wilds, hopefully gazing at the Northern Lights.
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Heated Aurora Sleigh
The wonderful Jouko and Mari at Inari 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 unique and toasty warm experience that has been thrilling visitors to Inari during the winter.Read more about this activity
This is the way to travel in the Arctic! Climb into your 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 three hours 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.
Duration approx 3 hrs.
Maximum capacity: 4-6 people per sleigh
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Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people 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
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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
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