Inari - Aurora in the Sámi Heartlands
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: Direct return flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo. 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: Sámi snowmobile safari, Aurora hunt, Sámi Siida Museum, reindeer farm visit, Aurora snowshoe, husky safari and Aurora snowmobile (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.
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 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.
Image credit: VisitInari.fi
Day 1 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.
Day 2 Sámi snowmobile and Aurora hunt
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.
Today's safari is centred on sites of great importance for the local Sámi people, 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 including transfers (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 your guide will cook up lunch over an open fire.
Please note: if you are travelling on the 29th November date the route used for above snowmobile safari is unlikely to be possible as sections rely on travelling across frozen lakes and rivers and this cannot be guaranteed earlier in the season until the ice has thoroughly frozen. On this departure date, the snowmobile safari will take place along a route travelling through stunning forest scenery. For this date only the snowmobile safari will last around 2 hours including transfers and lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant.
Following your adventure, you will have the afternoon free to relax and enjoy your surroundings before tonight's exciting Aurora hunt.
After dinner at the hotel, your 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.
Day 3 Sámi culture, reindeer farm and Aurora snowshoe
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.
After visiting the Sámi Siida Museum, you will have lunch at the hotel and following this, you will then visit a local reindeer farm. Here an insight will be provided into the importance of herding and the value of the animals. You will meet Tuula, who herds her reindeer around the stunning Muddas Lake. 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 see some of the animals up close before Tuula also gives you an insight into how some traditional handicrafts are made, including the likes of reindeer skin boots.
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.
Day 4 Husky safari and Northern Lights snowmobiles
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 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 once again try these activities and explore on your own.
After your final 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.
Please note: Due to your early departure tomorrow morning, you will get a light breakfast to take with you on your airport transfer. You can collect this from the hotel this evening, after your dinner.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay
Today it is sadly time for you to head home. If you can't quite bear to leave just yet, we can arrange for you to extend your stay in Inari with our two-night package. This extension allows you to enjoy two further nights of Aurora opportunities and more exceptional experiences.
We can also help arrange a stopover in Helsinki for you should you wish to enjoy the city en route to home.
All of the options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.
Included in price
New River Hotel Kultahovi
The Kultahovi New River Hotel resides in the northeast of Finland in the small town of Inari and offers views to the north over the River Juutua. It is owned and run by Kaisu and Heikki, a brother and sister with Sámi roots in Inari which goes back generations.
The original building was constructed in 1956 on the foundations of the original Tourist Hotel which was destroyed during the Second World War. Today it consists of two buildings – the Traditional Hotel which houses the newly renovated restaurant and older style rooms and the New River Hotel where you will stay during your time here.
- The Kultahovi enjoys a deserved reputation for its wine and food with enthusiasm for local produce and traditional dishes with a modern flair. Guests enjoy a set menu, with the option to upgrade to the à la carte menu if you wish (payable locally). Dishes such as reindeer and whitefish are common, with a focus on flavour and style.
- All meals will be served in the newly renovated restaurant which offers a wonderful view over the rapids of the river. Next to the restaurant, there is a wonderful lounge area with a central fireplace which is a lovely location to relax in the evening.
- Other facilities include a drying cupboard and free wireless internet throughout. There is also a riverside sauna that is free for guests to use.
- The hotel has a 360° camera on the roof which takes a photo of the sky once every minute. These photos are then projected onto the TVs in the bedrooms, lounge and bar area. The idea is that you get a real time update of the weather outside and can keep an eye should the Northern Lights appear. Should they make an appearance we would strongly recommend heading outside though as a photo can never do them justice.
The New River Hotel has 16 rooms in total. These are over two floors so each has either a patio or balcony. Inside, they are decorated to a very high standard with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The highlight of these rooms though is that each has its own private sauna (with the exception of one room) - the ideal place to relax in the evening before heading out on your Aurora hunts.
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Two night Aurora extension
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.Read more
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 beneath 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. A picnic lunch 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 campfire 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. You will be out for around two hours in total.
Day 7: Departure
Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flights following six wonderful nights in Finnish Lapland.
Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.
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.Read more about this activity
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 UNESCO-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 multicultural 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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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.
There are lots of things 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.
Dates & Prices
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To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people; maximum 12 (approximately)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
Fabulous holiday. Thanks for everything 28 December 2016 by Timothy and Lesley Green
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.
A fabulous holiday 30 November 2016 by Carole and Rachael Oborne
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 30 November 2016 by Kay & Roger Leech and Janet Bennett
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!!
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 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!!!!
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 our holiday so enjoyable and to the Hotel Kultahovi hosts and team for great hospitality.
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 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 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 welcoming and like-minded.
This was a tremendous holiday 26 March 2013 by Claire McMillan
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.
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 possible or recommend to friends.
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 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.
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. 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.
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 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...
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 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.
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 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!