Price from £1,495pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 22001

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Group Size: Minimum group size 8 people, maximum group size 16 people (approximately)
  • Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: Return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Group return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. NB: 16th February departure is 5 nights in duration. 
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 16th February departure: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Sámi snowmobile safari, Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora snowshoe, reindeer safari, cross country skiing, minibus Aurora hunt, husky safari and Aurora snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides

This holiday offers you the chance to really get to know the traditions and culture of the Sámi people of Lapland. Based in Inari, the hub of Sámi culture in this region, you can explore the traditions that underpin this remote corner of the world. Furthermore, this small village is surrounded by the wilds of the Arctic and is at the heart of the Aurora Zone. You will enjoy Aurora hunts on three of your nights here, helping to maximise your chances of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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Our accommodation in Inari is a delight and our guests stay at the Kultahovi New River Hotel. The very comfortable rooms boast their own private saunas, a terrace or balcony and tea and coffee making facilities (a rarity in Finland). The Kultahovi is renowned for its food, with culinary delights such as Inari white fish and local reindeer appearing on the menu frequently.

Your daytime activities are well balanced and include some wonderful experiences. You will take in some of the local heritage and the thrill of driving across the frozen lake during a snowmobile safari, as well as taking control of a team of huskies as you try your hand at dog sledding. Your cultural encounters will include a visit to a reindeer farm as well as the chance to visit the Sámi Siida Museum, just a short walk from the hotel.

Your evening pursuits will be dedicated to seeking out the Aurora and hopefully witnessing a spectacular display. Travelling on foot during a snowshoe hunt, via snowmobiles and also via minibus; your guides on all of the evening activities will utilise their local knowledge to give you the best possible chance of seeing an Aurora display.

We have also designed a two night extension for those who want some extra time in which to hunt out the Aurora and experience some more of the region's many highlights. Details of the extension can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.

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  • Extend your stay in Saariselka

    Following on from your holiday we can arrange for you to extend your stay in Lapland and spend two nights in the ski village of Saariselka. This extension is ideal for those who want to combine their initial Arctic adventures with some downhill skiing or those who want some time to explore independently.

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    There lots to see and do from your comfortable and well equipped hotel in the village centre. We can arrange for you to add in additional activities, hire downhill or cross-country skiing equipment or you can simply explore at your own pace and enjoy the shops and restaurants. The choice of how you spend your time here is yours, however, our travel experts will help you plan the perfect extension and provide a full quotation.


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    Two night Aurora extension

    From: £725pp

    If you can’t quite bear to leave Lapland just yet then this two night extension allows you to enjoy further exceptional activities and increased opportunities to see the Northern Lights. You will retain your cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay and enjoy an additional two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners at the hotel. The outline itinerary is detailed below.

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    Day 5: Ice fishing by snowmobile
    On snowmobiles (should you prefer not to drive then again you can ride in a sleigh) you will be lead to a frozen lake where nets are placed under the ice in order to catch the fish that dwell below. The guides will also show you how to drill holes through the ice and let down your own lines in the hope of catching tonight’s starter.

    Even if luck is not on your side, this is a beautiful tranquil setting in which to relax and enjoy the remarkable scenery surrounding you. Coffee and snacks will be served before you head back to Inari.

    This evening you are free to relax at the hotel and enjoy dinner. Your hosts know of some wonderful local spots for Aurora viewing and will be happy to point you in the right direction.

    Day 6: Day with a reindeer herder or husky safari. Evening minibus search for the Northern Lights
    Today you have the choice of two daytime safaris.

    Option 1: Day with a reindeer herder
    This is an altogether different experience to the morning at the reindeer farm as you get to see the reindeer in their natural wilderness environment and gain a real insight into the herder’s everyday life.

    If you choose this option your day will begin with your transfer to a local reindeer herder’s home. From here you will travel via snowmobile-pulled sleigh to a clearing in the forest. The reindeer roam freely and so your journey will be dictated by their movements. The herder will tell you about his traditional Sámi life and the way that things have changed in the modern era. You will help feed the animals and enjoy snacks around the camp fire before you return to Inari for lunch. You will be out for approximately three and a half hours.

    Option 2: Husky safari
    For many people huskies are the ultimate Arctic adventure and today you will have the chance to try a longer safari lasting around four hours (two people per sled). You will further explore the wild landscapes and get more time to enjoy the company of the dogs and improve your mushing skills. A picnic lunch will be served and you will be out and about for around five hours in total.

    After your chosen daytime activity you will again travel by minibus in search of the Aurora. Hopefully you will have seen the Northern Lights by now but if not then hopefully tonight will be your lucky night.

    Day 7: Departure
    Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flights following six wonderful nights in Finnish Lapland.

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    Helsinki City break

    With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.

    We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our travel experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.

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    Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.

    Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.

    In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the duchy of Russia it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art, or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.

    A 15 minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNSECO listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.

    Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multi cultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!
    Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

    Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability. 

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    Spend a night in an Aurora Kota

    From: £305pp

    As ever, Muotka leads the way in Aurora viewing innovation and we are therefore proud to offer our guests the chance to spend the night in one of the magnifcent Aurora Kotas. These stunning, part cabin, part glass tepee buildings, offer guests an exceptional overnight Aurora hunting experience.

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    Guests get the space and feel of a cabin during the day and the Aurora viewing benefits of a glass igloo at night, as you sleep under a glass tepee. This means that you are provided with the most wonderful views of the night sky from the comfort of your bed.

    The Aurora Kotas are en-suite with shower rooms. They also feature a small seating area.

    These Kotas are an an unforgettable place in which to spend the night and should not be missed.

    They will be ready to welcome guests from November 2015.

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    Aurora Bubble from Inari

    Situated at Muotka Lodge, the famous bubble is one of the most wonderful places to spend a night in Lapland. Having left Inari we can arrange for you to bypass the airport and head straight to Muotka to enjoy dinner at the lodge and a night to remember in the bubble here.

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    Effectively the bubble brings the night sky to you through a large domed glass window. This means that if the Northern Lights are visible you can see them from the comfort of your bed!

    It is located away from the main building and is equipped with a discreet, compostable toilet so that you can spend the whole night in comfort, hopefully with the Northern Lights dancing overhead.

    The Northern Lights can sadly never be guaranteed and Aurora hunting always requires a bit of luck. There are however, few better ways in which to wait for the Northern Lights than tucked up in your bubble enjoying a truly unique experience and a wonderful last night in Lapland.

    In the morning, breakfast will be served in the lodge restaurant before you are transferred to the airport for your return flights home.

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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Please note: Departure on 16 February is for five nights.

Dates
Thu 03 Dec 2015
to Mon 07 Dec 2015
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Adults£ 1,599 Single Adult£ 1,731
Sun 10 Jan 2016
to Thu 14 Jan 2016
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Adults£ 1,575 Single Adult£ 1,707
Sun 31 Jan 2016
to Thu 04 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 1,777
Tue 16 Feb 2016
to Sun 21 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,585 Single Adult£ 1,740
Wed 02 Mar 2016
to Sun 06 Mar 2016
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Adults£ 1,495 Single Adult£ 1,627
Thu 24 Mar 2016
to Mon 28 Mar 2016
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Adults£ 1,545 Single Adult£ 1,677

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

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.

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.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

  • Fantastic and incredibly memorable holiday!!!! 26 March 2015 by Kirsten Lawrie

    Where do I start!? It was all incredible!! I suppose it started with the fact that Aurora Zone called us at Helsinki Airport on our way to Inari to let us know there had been a gate change for our connecting flight - what great service! The accommodation at Hotel Kultahovi was just lovely - the rooms were spacious, clean and having our own sauna was such a luxury! When we arrived, one of the
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    owners was there to greet us and explain a little about the hotel. The food at the hotel was amazing - Arctic Char, slow-cooked pork, reindeer - just to name a few - we definitely didn’t go hungry! And there were three delicious courses every meal! Luckily we had lots of activities during the days and nights to help work off all of the food. The daytime activities were all fantastic: the highlights were definitely the snowmobiles and the husky safaris (we did the two night extension so had two husky safaris). Of course the main highlight of the whole trip was the incredible Northern Lights displays we were lucky enough to see. We saw something every night we were there! Just spectacular!! All of the guides we had were lovely and very knowledgeable (answering all of my silly questions). Antti was our guide for the first four days but then he had a couple of days off and on one of the nights he had off, he even called the guide we were with, Beth, to check if we could see the lights because he could see them where he was - it was so nice of him to think of us! Overall, everything just went so smoothly (and I was nervous because this was our first holiday that we haven't organised ourselves) and we could truly just relax and enjoy ourselves! Thank you Aurora Zone for a fantastic and incredibly memorable holiday!!!! 
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  • Just brilliant :) 06 March 2015 by Fiona Lee

    Reindeer farm visit, day with reindeer herders and husky sledging - great activities with the animals and knowledgeable hosts. Also spectacular Aurora on five out of six nights... just brilliant, enjoyed it all. Holiday was excellent from start to finish. We'd particularly like to thank Graham Hughes for his help in sorting our booking; to the guides Markku, Becky and the team in Inari for making
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    our holiday so enjoyable and to the Hotel Kultahovi hosts and team for great hospitality.
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  • The dog safari was so much fun 30 January 2015 by Carol Waeckerlin

    The dog safari was so much fun. We hope to do a longer trip someday. Food at Kultihovi was fantastic as were the staff. Antti and Johanna were the best and we enjoyed being with them both in the trips and at the hotel. Rita and Anne were terrific.

  • Fabulous trip to Inari 06 March 2014 by Naomi Fordyce

    We've just got back from four nights in Inari and it was fabulous. Between the excellent range of activities on offer to the comfortable accommodation and delicious food and, of course, seeing the Northern Lights on two out of three hunts we had the best holiday ever. Our guide, Marku, was brilliant. His local knowledge was great and he was happy to answer all of our questions. He also gave up
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    his own time on the night hunts so we could watch the lights. When we went snowshoeing they made a brief appearance as we were headed back to the minibus but he was quite happy to stop and let us watch them. On the snowmobile hunt we witnessed an amazing display for over an hour and a half. He only suggested we leave when people were starting to feel cold. I cannot praise his professionalism and dedication enough. There really was something for everyone and it was all pitched at the right level. We have memories to last us a lifetime, or until our next Aurora hunting holiday!
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  • All the activities were excellent 04 April 2013 by Pauline Jackman

    All the activities were excellent, I enjoyed them all. It was the first time I had done any of the activities which made the experience quite special. But the huskies were especially great, back to nature and a traditional method of travel. There was nothing I didn't enjoy. All the local people, hotel staff, guides, etc were very friendly and helpful and the people who formed the group were
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    welcoming and like-minded.
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  • Everyone went out of their way 25 February 2013 by John Soughton

    We had a great holiday. Everyone went out of their way to give us the best possible time, from the hotel owners to the guides. The guide who took us out by coach the first evening spent an extra hour searching for the Northern Lights which in the end he found not getting us back until midnight. 

  • A smooth and easy booking 14 February 2013 by Julie Langman

    From my initial phone call everything was handled smoothly and easily with clear and instructive information. Nice to have documents emailed to account and not posted, gives you the ability to print extra if needed or not at all if not required. The Hotel Kultahovi was fantastic, really clean and comfortable, amazing local food, and really nice and helpful staff, I would definitely return if
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    possible or recommend to friends.
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  • Everything worked like clockwork 13 February 2013 by Douglas Howes

    Very good organisation. Everything worked like clockwork. Hotel including staff first-class. We loved it all. So glad we extended for the two days. All the other eight of our group missed out on the lights but we had great view on day 5. We wished the rest had still been with us.

  • Fantastic holiday - can't really fault it 04 February 2013 by Elizabeth Baume

    Everything about the holiday was fantastic - can't really fault it. The food at the hotel, and the hotel staff, along with our guide (Tom) were the icing on the cake. 

  • Whole holiday worked without fault 04 February 2013 by David Eccles

    The whole holiday worked without fault. The hotel in Inari was excellent - good room and facilities, excellent food and really helpful staff (even to the extent of asking one of the cleaners how to get the @ sign on the communal computer!). Our guide, Timmi (?), was very friendly and understood the Brit sense of humour, and explained how things worked clearly, waiting for those of us less quick at
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    picking things up. As we didn't drive, he drove a more powerful snowmobile with us in a buggy behind, even though we think it was probably a bit more tiring for him.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you again 09 May 2012 by Barbara Miller

    You took untold trouble to help us have a really good holiday in Inari 4th to 8th March. I just want you to know it was wonderful. I cannot say how grateful we both are for all you did to make it a really wonderful experience. We saw the Northern Lights every night – you must have arranged it very well. Even the local people said that the display was the best in 50 years!! We were really lucky.
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    Also, you and I arranged for my son Ben and Jill and their children to have a really wonderful holiday in February. Thank you, thank you, thank you again.
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  • Exceeded our expectations 10 April 2012 by Janine Rees

     This was a superb holiday which we both loved. Everything exceeded our expectations, food, hotel, activities etc.

  • An experience to remember 08 March 2012 by Emma Plackett

    Thanks for a great holiday. We had a fantastic time and it is an experience to remember.

  • The lady who runs the husky farm is enthusiastic and really cares about her animals 08 March 2012 by Laura Dabby

    Well, it's a personal thing but I really enjoyed the day out with the huskies - the lady who runs the husky farm is enthusiastic and really cares about her animals. The driving of the sled was brilliant, a delicious home cooked stew for lunch - all perfect. Also loved the snowmobiles... that was excellent too! The holiday  was "Gentle" as described... I guess it's whetted my appetite to do
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    more as I found I wanted to do something else in the afternoons, between getting back from the 10am-2pm activity and our early dinner... but we wandered around the museum one day and went for a walk on another...
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  • Exhilarating time in Inari 20 February 2012 by Graham Evans

    Thank you for your “welcome back” email.  We had an exhilarating time in Inari enjoying all the activities and were very fortunate to have a good display of the Northern Lights at the end of our first full day. This made it a superb start to the holiday.  All of the organisation and arrangements for collection for the activities and transport back to the hotels was on time and
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    friendly. This was a great pity as every other aspect of the holiday went very well. I have attached a couple of photos you may use in next year’s brochure if you choose, especially as one was taken of the Northern Lights from the area at the back of the hotel Kultahovi. A most memorable experience, thank you.
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  • A truly memorable trip, now I'm trying to persuade the rest of my family to come next time! 01 February 2012 by Helen Mildmay-White

    The hotel was lovely and the food was wonderful. Everything was so well organised, from the transfers to the activities, to the equipment hire. It was wonderful that all the activities were done in such small groups, and the guides were so welcoming and knowledgeable.The husky sledding was fantastic, great to do it yourself and not just be a passenger. Dina who ran the husky farm was lovely and so
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    passionate about her animals, it was a really memorable experience. A truly memorable trip, now I'm trying to persuade the rest of my family to come next time!
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