ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights between London and Ivalo. Some dates include direct flights from Gatwick and others indirect flights from Heathrow (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: return group airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari, Aurora snowshoe, Sámi Siida Museum, reindeer farm visit, Aurora snowmobile husky safari and Aurora hunt (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 Aurora Borealis 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.
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 sauna, 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 the region’s beauty 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.
Image credit: VisitInari.fi, Inari-Saariselka Tourism
Flights, Transfers and Introduction
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the Kultahovi New River Hotel. The hotel is on the edge of the small village of Inari, home to the Sámi Siida Museum and Sajos, the Sámi cultural centre and base for Sámi parliament.
After arriving at the hotel there is the chance to settle into your rooms before a welcome dinner in the renowned restaurant. Following dinner and an introduction to the programme ahead, your cold weather clothing will be provided.
It may be that you are arriving on a later flight. Should this be the case a chilled supper is provided on arrival and your cold weather clothing and welcome talk will take place the following morning.Included Meals: Dinner
Snowmobile and Aurora Snowshoe
Snowmobiling offers the opportunity to cover some distance and, as there is so much to see in the region, today begins with a snowmobile safari to introduce you to your new surroundings.
Following a hearty breakfast, full instruction regarding the safe operation of a snowmobile will be provided before you hit the trails. This two-hour long activity (includes transfers and training) will give you the chance to take in the snow-covered forests and seemingly endless wilderness which surrounds you. From January onwards, you can upgrade to a longer five-hour safari should you wish to do so – see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details. You will travel two people per snowmobile and the driver must hold a full driving licence.
Lunch will be served back at the hotel.
Following your adventure, you will have the afternoon free to relax and enjoy your surroundings before tonight's exciting Aurora hunt by snowshoe.
After dinner in the hotel, tonight your guide will lead you on a snowshoe hike through the forest, deep into the darkness and to a prime Aurora viewpoint. If conditions are favourable, then hopefully the Northern Lights will make an appearance for you tonight. You will be out for around three hours (including any transfers).Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sámi Culture, Reindeer Farm and Northern Lights Snowmobiles
This morning you can take the short walk to the Sámi Siida Museum. The exhibitions here are world-renowned and you will learn a huge amount about life in the region and the culture which underpins the traditions to this day. There is also a wonderful short film including imagery taken in the local area and some spectacular Northern Lights pictures. Lunch will be served back at the hotel.
This afternoon you will visit a local reindeer farm. Here an insight will be provided into the importance of herding and the value of the animals. Reindeer have been herded in this corner of the world since the Stone Age and the way of life has been carefully passed down through the generations, modernised of course, but always maintaining its integrity. You will get to see some of the reindeer up close and will leave with a far better understanding of the lives of these animals and their herders.
After your evening meal in the hotel's restaurant, tonight you will be back on snowmobiles for your final Northern Lights hunt. If you prefer not to drive at night, then you can travel in a sleigh behind the guide's snowmobile and keep an extra close watch on the skies as you wind along the trails. Again, your guide will choose the best spot available from which to hopefully witness a display of the Aurora.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Aurora Hunt
Besides the chance to witness the Aurora in all its glory, a highlight for most visitors to Lapland is a husky safari. So, after breakfast, you will transfer to a local husky centre to meet with the mushers and their trusted dogs before you take control of the sled yourself.
After full tuition, you will head out with your teams (two people per sled) for a safari lasting around two and a half hours. You will have the chance to swap places, so you can each take it in turns to take the reins and sit in the sled and enjoy the scenery. The dogs' enthusiasm for pulling the sleigh is seemingly endless.
After a morning of fun and excitement, lunch will be served back at the hotel. You will have the afternoon free to unwind, relax and make use of your own private sauna.
Alternatively, snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for you to hire (payable locally) from the tourist office which is a five-minute walk from the hotel should you wish to try these activities and explore on your own.
After dinner at the hotel, your final Aurora adventure begins in earnest. You'll head out with your guide for a Northern Lights hunt using a car or minibus to help you outrun any localised cloud cover. Your driver will use their local knowledge along with the latest Aurora forecasts and weather reports to determine your route. This activity will last for around two and half hours.
Please note: If you are leaving on an early morning flight tomorrow then a packed breakfast will be available for you to collect from the hotel after dinner this evening.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart or Extend Your Stay
Today it is sadly time for you to head home and you will be transferred to the airport in time for your return flights. If you would like to extend your stay, then simply talk to one of our Travel Experts.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Snowmobile safari upgrade
Should you wish to upgrade your snowmobile tour on day 2 to a longer safari then this is possible for departures from January onwards.
This five-hour adventure (including transfers and lunch) focusses on the region’s Sámi Culture and shows you some of the important local spots, including the wilderness church at Pielpajarvi and the island of Ukonkivi, an ancient sacrificial site. Travelling two people per snowmobile, the safari will last around three to four hours depending on conditions (any driver of a snowmobile must have a full driving licence, you will have the chance to swap driver should you wish to do so). Weather permitting you will also enjoy a picnic lunch in the wilderness.
Image credit: Visit Inari
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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 of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. 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.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people; maximum 12 (approximately)
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 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.
The holiday was absolutely fantastic; I cannot recommend it enough. We were cautioned from the very outset that there was no guarantee we would see the Northern Lights and I think this was fair as our expectations were realistic. However, we did see the Northern Lights on two evenings out of six. That said the activities and culture of Inari meant the holiday meant so much more than just the Northern Lights. Yes, it would have been disappointing if we had not seen them but not a complete disaster as the activities would have made up for it somewhat. I really enjoyed the dog sledging; it was fast paced I really couldn't believe that they let me take control of a sledge on my own!! It was a little scary as I hadn't done anything like that before but they were really clear with the instructions and reassuring that the dogs knew where they were going. I would really like to thank the staff at the Kultahovi Hotel for making us feel most welcome. The food there is outstanding and the staff are keen to talk to you about its origins, local customs and make recommendations both food and activity wise. The room was excellent and very well maintained throughout our trip. The guides for the snowmobiling and particularly the snowshoe excursion were excellent - very helpful, informative (about everything from local nature, culture and Aurora). I would especially like to thank the snowshoe guide who extended our excursion slightly so we could take in the Northern Lights even though he had already done a very long day's work and it delayed us. He remained positive and seemed to understand that it wasn't something we witnessed every day.
All the activities were good and well organised
Snowshoeing through a snow-covered moonlit forest to a frozen lake where the Northern Lights danced overhead! Brilliant!
Well organised - and had activities every day which we loved. It would be great to recognise our amazing guides who were so helpful - Stefano on the snowmobiles, Matty and Pekka on the skis, Mika on the snowmobile night safari and Matt who stepped in for his wife to tell us about the reindeer, and finally Marco who kindly helped us sort our camera out and enabled us to get some pretty good shots of the Aurora :)
Everything was enjoyable my personal fave was seeing the Northern Lights and huskies; husbands was the snowmobiles. Staff in hotel were excellent guides on all excursions were all amazingly friendly and I think every one of our trips ran over - we never felt rushed.
Our room in the building next to the lovely hotel was always warm, practical and comfortable, with a great view of the nearby river through the trees. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great and our evening meals were good - attractive, well cooked and chosen to give us an idea of local cuisine. There was a very full package of well-planned activities in our three days there (4 nights) run by experienced, friendly guides. We managed to go on a husky ride, experienced beginner cross-country skiing, visit a reindeer farm and went on two lengthy and exciting snowmobile adventures; one across the frozen lake in the day time and the other through the forests in the evening. There was also a snowshoe walk at night, hunting the Aurora. The husky drive was amazing, (as was the snowmobiling) through forests of trees all covered in thick snow, which sparkled in the afternoon sun. Although temperatures were around -10, we were comfortable and warm in our layers of clothes and the excellent outer suit, boots and outer mittens that they provided. Finally - yes, luckily - we even saw the Northern Lights on our last night, from the frozen lake just 10 minutes walk away - fantastic! Make time to see the extra ordinary Sámi Siida Museum and Nature Centre – a 10 minute walk away. To actually see the lights was a bonus - but in fact the holiday was amazing anyway with all the activities, the beautiful snow scenery, and the lovely group of fellow guests that we were with (we had no idea of how we would cope with the cold - but having followed all the advice given, and with the provided clothes, we were fine - cosy and confident! And the hotel has a super fire in the bar to sit around with a warm drink too!).
Having left it late to book anything for New Year, I expected the best stuff to have gone. We got a choice of holidays though and picked Inari. If this is what was left, I can't imagine what the others were like! It has to be said that we were very lucky with the weather. It was mild (for Northern Finland) in that I don't think it went below minus ten whereas minus twenty would be more typical. The accommodation was great but we were so busy being active that I only got to try the sauna once. Wouldn't advise missing the museum, though - a great guide to the area and people. The activities were superb. The basics were good but always had little extras like the picnics, drinks, snacks etc. Again, we had great weather with snow only when driving the huskies and a clear evening for the snowshoeing. Our guides were outstanding. As for the Aurora, that just got better and better. First night on the snowshoes was clear and gave us all time to sort out our cameras. The second night was thick cloud and we were giving up when the skies cleared and we had a display. Home by midnight! Finally, New Year's Eve was cloudy and an abortive bus safari was disappointing. Back at the hotel, between first and second courses it appeared and then reserved its best for a minute after midnight! The rest of the group were cosmopolitan to say the least, and great company. Fabulous holiday. Thanks for everything.
Matti was our activity guide for most activities and was very helpful. We were lucky enough to see the Northern lights on two of the three nights we were there, other than that the best activity was the Husky sled ride. We loved it! A fabulous holiday that I have been telling all my friends about. Well organised and a trip that everyone should take!
Thank you for a brilliant experience. From the first conversation with Barry - who advised choose a holiday that interests you and the Northern Lights will be a bonus - right through the holiday the organisation was excellent and all the people involved were friendly, helpful, welcoming and well-informed. The hotel accommodation was lovely and warm and we were very well fed.
The holiday was busy but the pace suited us perfectly and gave the chance to try out so many different activities whilst also finding out about the Sámi people and their way of life. The museum was excellent, we loved the parliament building and finding out about traditional crafts when we went to the reindeer farm.
The cold-weather clothing was much appreciated, keeping us toasty despite -25-degree temperatures when out with the husky dogs and the hot drinks and fires were very welcome. Whether it was snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or husky dog sledging the training and advice was thorough.
The icing on the cake was seeing the Northern lights in all their glory on not one but two nights!!
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 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!!!!
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 our holiday so enjoyable and to the Hotel Kultahovi hosts and team for great hospitality.
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.
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 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!
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 welcoming and like-minded.
This was a tremendous holiday. Very well organised in all aspects. Flight to Copenhagen delayed which obviously not under control of Aurora Zone, did cause a bit of stress as we did not know if we would make the connection, but flight was held for us. Unfortunately not for my suitcase, but it was delivered the next day. The hotel was very nice and staff very pleasant. The activities were all great. Husky sledging and snowmobiling were brilliant. Maybe the reindeer ride could be a little longer and more adventurous as it felt as if it was more suitable for young children, but that's only a tiny criticism in what was otherwise an informative and enjoyable trip. The flight connection times are very tight, which is not under Aurora Zones control, but I must admit I was very worried when my case with all my thermals, etc did not arrive and could not be tracked. Although it did arrive the next day I was warned it might not arrive until the day we departed. It might be an idea to suggest that one set of warm weather underclothes are taken in hand baggage - just in case. Outer clothes not a problem as the gear that is provided is perfect. Special mention must be given to Antii (no idea if that’s how you spell his name). He was brilliant: well informed, very happy to answer loads of questions, looked after us all very well (we took to calling him "Mum" when he popped out the hot juice and biccies) and on top of all that very funny. He really was the icing on the cake of a great trip...Oh and I probably should mention we did get to see the Aurora on the very first and last nights.
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.
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 possible or recommend to friends.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
This was a superb holiday which we both loved. Everything exceeded our expectations, food, hotel, activities etc.
Thanks for a great holiday. We had a fantastic time and it is an experience to remember.
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 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...
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 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.
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 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!