Menesjärvi - Wilderness Auroras

VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 21005
Price from £1,395

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 and maximum 16 people (approximately)
  • Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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  • Flights: Return flights between London and Ivalo (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. NB: 16th February departure is 5 nights in duration
  • Meals: 4 night duration: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 16 February departure: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Snowmobile safari and winter fishing, Aurora workshop, morning with a reindeer herder, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, visit to Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora dinner, Aurora snowshoe (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Free use of snowshoes and cross country skis
  • Services of our expert local guides

Image credits: Timo Halonen


With no light pollution and unobstructed views of the night sky from the lake, Menesjärvi offers visitors a high chance of witnessing the Northern Lights at their spectacular best.

Your base for your four nights here is Hotel Korpikartano, a wonderfully welcoming hotel which, as a former boarding school, has a unique charm and is full of character. The accommodation is rustic and simple, but being in the middle of nowhere, it is the perfect wilderness location for an Aurora trip.

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This holiday is designed to keep you nicely busy, with great opportunities to try out snowshoeing and cross country skiing during your free time, and explore this stunning scenery at your own pace. One of our personal highlights is the morning with a reindeer herder; a genuine experience in which you can gain an insight into one of the most important industries in this corner of the world. You will get the chance to take the reins on an exciting husky safari and enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling. Evenings are of course spent trying to witness a spectacular sighting of the Aurora with a snowshoe walk, Aurora snowmobile and an evening dinner outside in a traditional wooden kota.

There are many reasons why we love this location, but the real draw lies in its location and the people who will be looking after you. Anne and Timo are wonderfully welcoming hosts and with their team they make everyone feel at home.

In the evenings when you are not enjoying activities, guests often gather to light a fire in one of the hotel's kotas, enjoying the warmth and company whilst awaiting the Northern Lights. If a display is visible then guests can typically be found on the frozen lake enjoying the view. 

This destination is about meeting the real people who live in the region, getting to know them, getting to experience their culture and the landscape in which they live. Of course it is also designed to ensure you have the best chance of witnessing one of the greatest spectacles on the planet.

Image credits: Timo Halonen & Ville Heimonen


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  • Cross-country skiing

    From £60pp

    Cross-country skiing is remarkably good fun and is an efficient way to travel and explore the terrain surrounding the hotel. Gliding across a frozen lake or through a snow-laden forest it helps you to understand why people get addicted to this pastime. Your guide will give instruction and lead you through the forest on a short ski trip. The skis will then be yours for the remainder of the day should you wish to further enhance your skills. This is an excellent option for your first full day in Lapland.

    Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs (skis hire for the day)


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    Aurora Bubble from Menesjärvi

    From: £270pp

    Situated at Muotka Lodge, this famous bubble is one of the most wonderful places to spend a night in Lapland. Having left Menesjärvi 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.

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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!

    The bubble 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.

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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.

    Image credit: VisitFinland

Dates
Sun 13 Dec 2015
to Thu 17 Dec 2015
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Adults£ 1,395 Single Adult£ 1,490
Tue 19 Jan 2016
to Sat 23 Jan 2016
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Adults£ 1,435 Single Adult£ 1,530
Tue 16 Feb 2016
to Sat 20 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,465 Single Adult£ 1,585
Sun 21 Feb 2016
to Thu 25 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,570
Mon 14 Mar 2016
to Fri 18 Mar 2016
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Adults£ 1,435 Single Adult£ 1,530
Thu 31 Mar 2016
to Mon 04 Apr 2016
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Adults£ 1,435 Single Adult£ 1,530

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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.

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.

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.

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

This holiday is operated for those aged 18 and over only. All guests must also be a minimum height of 160cm to ensure that all participants are able to ride pillion on a snowmobile. To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old. There may be younger children staying at the accommodation or utilising shared transfers but they will not take part in the same activity programme (this excludes any additional activities arranged).


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