All prices include: transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
The autumnal colours of Finnish Lapland are a spectacular sight and with the prospect of seeing the Northern Lights reflect in the lake below, there’s even more reason to visit Inari. This 3-night trip celebrates the best of the surroundings with Aurora activities, a nature walk and learning all about the Sámi culture.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a standard double or twin hotel room
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Aurora workshop, visit to Inari*, husky farm visit, Aurora camp, guided nature hike, Northern Lights boat tour or minibus Aurora hunt** (order subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • **For those travelling after mid-October, the Northern Lights boat tour will be replaced with a Northern Lights hunt by minibus due to ice forming on Lake Inari.


Located in the far north of Finland, on the shores of Lake Inari, you will find Inari village the centre of Sámi culture in Finland. The Sámi way of life is intertwined with Lapland’s nature throughout the seasons and for any visitor to Lapland, autumn is a prime month in which to witness that natural world at its best. This time of year offers an ever-changing landscape and some fascinating experiences, all ahead of the winter crowds.

In September, the nights grow longer once again after the daylight hours of summer, and the Northern Lights return to the sky. The forest floor and canopy take on a golden and burnt orange glow during September as the leaves change. Then throughout October and November, the temperatures begin to drop, and the first snowfalls of winter arrive.  Each change provides its own glimpse of how nature adapts in this challenging environment. This itinerary has been designed so you can explore and learn, experiencing the very best of Lapland during these transitional months. 

One of the biggest draws of autumn in Lapland is the chance to witness some exceptional Northern Lights displays and of course, we will do all we can to maximise your viewing potential.

Before Lake Inari freezes, there is also the opportunity for you to hopefully witness the Aurora Borealis reflecting off its vast surface, before it gains a layer of ice around the end of October. This holiday includes a boat trip on the lake for earlier dates which is changed for those travelling after mid-October to a minibus hunt for the Aurora.

You will also enjoy a guided hike to a carefully chosen Aurora Camp with spectacular views of the night sky. Scientific evidence suggests that solar activity is heightened during the autumnal equinox, so you may potentially witness some captivating displays.

During the day you will gain an insight into the Sámi culture. This includes a visit to the Sámi Siida Museum in Inari which has impressive exhibitions displaying the history of the indigenous people of Lapland and the natural world in which they live. If you wish, you can also learn about reindeer herding and add a visit to a Sámi family to your holiday. Please see the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page for further details.   

You will also visit a nearby husky centre and meet the sled dogs, which are synonymous with the Arctic. Whilst the lack of snow means that you cannot go out on a sled, you can still learn a great deal about the lives of these working dogs and their mushers.

Autumn in Finland is known locally as ‘Ruska’ which refers to the vibrant colours which are typically displayed in September. A guided nature hike will lead you into the surrounding forest where you will assist your guide picking local berries or mushrooms before enjoying lunch around an open fire.

The weather in autumn can change very quickly and so an element of flexibility is required when travelling at this time of year. On the plus side, this does mean that you might witness the magical morning when the area awakens to the first dusting of snow.

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Key facts

Duration: 3 nights
Pace: Balanced
Suitable for: Ages 16+. See our terms for further information.
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  • Following your arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the small village of Inari.

    During the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant before a specialised Aurora workshop. The workshop will prepare you for the potential appearance of the Northern Lights with an insight into photography and the camera settings needed to capture this natural phenomenon.

    This evening, before heading to bed, we recommend that you take a walk away from the hotel’s lights in order to gaze at the skies. The Aurora are frequent visitors here and if conditions are favourable you may be welcomed with a display.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you will gain insight into the local Sámi culture with a visit to the Siida Museum. The exhibitions are impressively done, providing a detailed history of the Sámi people with beautiful photographs and interactive audio. There is also a huge amount of information on the natural world, birdsong can be heard, and the highlights of each season are depicted.  

    After visiting the Siida Museum, you will be transferred to a nearby husky farm to meet the iconic sled dogs. Huskies are synonymous with the Arctic and your guide will provide an insight into the lives of these working dogs. You will spend approximately one hour at the farm.

    During your free time this afternoon, you may like to further your knowledge of Sámi culture by visiting a local reindeer herding family. At their homestead, you can meet some of the herd and perhaps feed them. Then you shall be given an introduction to Sámi traditions, family life and will have the chance to see some handicrafts crafted by your host. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.

    This evening, you will enjoy dinner before going out on your first autumn Aurora hunt. Your guide will lead the way on an easy walk through the forest to an Aurora Camp, specifically chosen for its views of the night sky and lack of light pollution. Your guide will build a fire and you can enjoy a hot drink as you keep an eye out for the start of an Aurora display and listen to your guide’s tales of their own Aurora encounters. In total, you will be out for around three hours.

    *Please note: The Sámi Siida Museum will sadly be closed for renovation for the 2021/2022 season so the main exhibitions are not accessible. Guests will be able to visit the gift shop and the open-air museum – an outdoor trail showcasing exhibits on the cultural heritage, architectural heritage and livelihoods of Finland’s three Sámi cultures. Guests are also welcome to visit Sajos, an architecturally beautiful building in the heart of Inari which is home to the Sámi Parliament and is the centre of Sámi culture and administration. Guided tours and an informative video are offered throughout the day and there is also a shop selling Sámi handicraft, books and music.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After breakfast, you will join a local guide to explore the forests.  In September the forest floor is a carpet of colour and berries and mushrooms are in abundance. As the autumn turns cooler in October and November, you will see the local wildlife preparing for the onset of winter and you may even get to walk in the winter’s first snowfall. As you go, your guide will point out local flora and fauna and you will return with a greater understanding of this wilderness.

    The route is relatively easy and a picnic lunch will be served by a campfire. You will be out for around three hours.

    During the evening you will have dinner in the restaurant before enjoying another dedicated Aurora activity. The beauty of your location next to Lake Inari is that in early autumn you can get out on the water for a very different Northern Lights hunt, exploring the lake by boat. This is a very peaceful way in which to search for the Northern Lights and the sheer size of the lake enables you to escape any light pollution and obtain wonderful views. Should the Northern Lights appear you might even be treated to a captivating display as the lights reflect off the inky black water of the lake.

    From mid-October onwards, the lake’s surface is likely to have begun to freeze and so you will search for the Northern lights via minibus instead. A hunt by minibus gives you some additional mobility and so in the company of your expert local guide and armed with the latest weather and solar forecasts, you will be able to outrun any localised cloud cover. Both activities will last around two and a half to three hours in total.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you will be transferred back to Ivalo Airport for your journey home. Should you wish to extend your stay then please speak to one of our Travel Experts for more information.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Included in price

Hotel Inari Aurora Resort

Nights: 1-3

Hotel Inari Aurora Resort is ideally located at the heart of Inari Village on the shores of Finland’s third largest lake. The hotel has 54 traditionally decorated rooms, including a superior option which has a private sauna and views of the lake.

The central location is ideal for visiting local interests such as the Sámi Siida Museum and there are a number of amenities within walking distance, including a supermarket and a Sámi gift shop.

A modern restaurant serves seasonal local dishes and is a fantastic place to unwind after a day of exploring.

 Hotel Facilities 

  • The central location of the hotel makes it a fantastic base for exploring the village of Inari.
  • The lakeside location offers breathtaking views and you can hunt the Northern Lights independently without having to venture too far.
  • Wind down after a day of exploring in the modern restaurant which serves a range of seasonal dishes, or in the more casual pub which serves local brews.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel

Room Type

Standard Double/Twin: these simple, spacious rooms are equipped with two twin beds which can be made into a double. There is an en-suite bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries. The rooms are also equipped with a hairdryer, electric kettle, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

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Other options

Hotel Inari Aurora Resort - Superior Sauna Room

These rooms are bright and spacious and are equipped with a private sauna. There are two twin beds which can be made into a double and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The rooms also have a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities and most have a lake view.

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Home visit to a reindeer herder

From £80pp

For centuries, reindeer herding has been an integral part of this region’s culture and economy and remains a cornerstone of life around Inari to this day. This activity provides the chance for you to visit a traditional herding family in their homestead where you will gain an authentic insight into the realities and traditions which come with this way of life.

The homestead is only a short drive from Inari and on arrival, you will enjoy hot drinks with your hosts, as they talk about the lifestyle which accompanies their work and provide their own unique perspective on living within the Arctic Circle.

The family also make traditional handicrafts from reindeer skin, bones and antlers, and there may be the chance for you to try your hand at some of these skills during your visit.

Duration: 2 hours approximately.

Credit: Inari-Saariselka Tourism Ltd

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Flights: please note that flights are not included in the 2020 prices below. The pre-sale prices for 2021 do include flights.

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