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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 21001
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This 4-night trip takes you to Menesjärvi, one of the wildest and most pristine locations we offer. With excellent Northern Lights viewing potential, incredible winter activities and the warmest of welcomes from hosts Anne and Timo, this is a very hard place to leave.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari and winter fishing, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoe, morning with a reindeer herder, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, visit to the Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kicksleds and toboggans
  • Services of our expert local guides

With no light pollution and unobstructed views of the night sky from the lake, Menesjarvi 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.

This Northern Lights 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 where you can gain an insight into one of the most important industries in this corner of the world. You will also get the chance to take the reins on an exciting husky safari and to enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling. Evenings are of course spent trying to witness a spectacular sighting of the Aurora while taking part in a snowshoe walk, an Aurora snowmobiling session and an evening dinner outside in a traditional wooden kota.

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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 and getting to know them, as well as 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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Key facts

Duration: 4 nights
Pace: Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information.
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the remote region of Menesjärvi. On the way, you will drive through an increasingly wild landscape before reaching Hotel Korpikartano.

    After arriving at the hotel you will have a chance to settle into your rooms before enjoying dinner in the hotel dining room. You will also be given a brief introduction to the upcoming schedule of activities and will be provided with your cold weather clothing.

    Before bed, we would suggest taking a walk down to the lake. Here you can see the vast Arctic sky from a prime vantage point and this is the ideal place to stand and wait for a potential Aurora display.

    It may be that you are arriving on a late night flight – if this is the case then you will get a cold supper on arrival and be given your introduction and cold weather clothing the following morning.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Today you will get the chance to explore the endless, pristine wilderness of the surrounding area both during the day and at night.

    Following breakfast this morning you will be given a safety briefing and full instruction on how to use snowmobiles before setting off on an exhilarating safari. You will travel two people per machine with the chance to take turns at driving (providing you both have full licences and are 18 years or over). If you would like to travel one person per snowmobile, see our 'Personalise' section for more information. You will firstly travel to the village of Lemmenjoki - a traditional Sámi community - before trying your hand at one of the most popular local pastimes – winter fishing.

    Lunch and dinner are included today. After dinner, there will be a two-part Aurora workshop. Many of the guides here are exceedingly talented and passionate Aurora photographers. 

    You will see some of their spectacular images during the presentation alongside information on the science and myths behind the Aurora. If you are interested in photography and have the right equipment they will also give you tips on how to capture the Northern Lights on camera yourself. 

    The second part of your workshop involves outdoor tuition and photography practice before you strap on snowshoes and head out with your guide on a leisurely hike. Our local experts know all of the best spots from which to capture the Northern Lights and they will lead you to the ideal viewpoints.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today you will gain a far better understanding of the essential role of the reindeer herders in this traditional community. Reindeer are of the utmost importance in the region and many elements of herding have remained unchanged for centuries.

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to a nearby reindeer farm where you will gain an insight into the life of a reindeer herder in this very special part of the world. During your visit, you will depart from the farm in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh and will travel out into the forest. You will journey through the beautiful untouched wilderness, reaching a clearing. Drawn by the promise of the food they are about to receive, the reindeer will make their way towards the herder and you will then be given the chance to feed them their favourite snack of lichen and take some photographs.

    A fire will be lit and you can sit and watch the reindeer with a nice, warm drink. You can chat and ask the herder any questions you may have about the reindeer herd and their way of life. This activity will last for approximately three and a half hours, including transfers.

    This afternoon is free for you to do as you wish, with lunch included. You will have access to snowshoes, cross-country skis and toboggan equipment at the hotel so you can explore in the snow independently if you have some experience. You must obtain maps and trail conditions from the reception before setting off.

    Many people simply like to relax and unwind with a good book or perhaps enjoy the sauna facilities.

    After a hearty meal this evening you will be back on the snowmobiles for a safari into the Arctic night. The mobility provided by the snowmobiles should enable you to hopefully escape any cloud cover that may obstruct a potential Aurora. Regardless, this will be a thrilling experience as the forest takes on a very different feel once darkness has fallen.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Along with the Aurora Borealis, one of the main highlights for most visitors to Lapland is a husky safari. Today it is your chance to feel the thrill of driving a team of eager dogs through this stunning landscape.

    You will master the basics of dog sledding and receive a full safety briefing before heading out with your husky team (two people per sled) for a safari lasting around an hour. You will be out for around 3 hours in total spending time with the dogs and enjoying a hot drink after the safari in a Lappish hut.

    After your husky adventure, you will head to the village of Inari. Here you will have lunch and then have the chance to visit the famous Sámi Siida Museum. The wonderful exhibits, displays and presentations offer an insight into Sámi culture and life in this region, both past and present.

    To allow you to bid farewell to Menesjärvi in style, tonight’s dinner will be cooked on an open fire in one of the hotel’s lakeside kotas. After a meal to remember, you can head to the lake and keep a watch for the Northern Lights.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning it will be time to say goodbye to Menesjärvi and return to the airport for your flights home.

    We can also help arrange a stopover in Helsinki for you should you wish to visit the city en route to home. All of the options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Hotel Korpikartano

Nights: 1-4

Hotel Korpikartano is a very special place in a breath-taking location in Finnish Lapland. Its situation could not be more idyllic, with a fantastic outlook over Lake Menesjärvi and the remote wilderness beyond. The lack of artificial light in the area ensures that if the Aurora appears, then you can enjoy amazing displays from very close to the hotel.

Hotel Korpikartano was originally a boarding school for those growing up in this remote part of the world and is, therefore, full of quirks, character and charm. The welcome provided by the owners, Anne and Timo (Timo is retired but still makes regular appearances to take Aurora photos here), creates a wonderful atmosphere and their passion for the region is infectious.

The staff and guides have a huge passion for this landscape and for providing guests with a truly memorable stay.

The hotel comprises of two main buildings. The first houses the dining room and a number of bedrooms. A separate annexe building (a very short walk away) houses the majority of the guest accommodation.

It is a place with great soul and which offers guests the chance to completely switch off from the everyday and relax in a wild and beautiful environment. You are likely to leave feeling very privileged to have experienced this wonderful place. 

Hotel facilities

  • Traditional home cooking is the order of the day in the hotel’s dining room. The food can be described as 'simple, tasty and hearty' and is very much designed to fuel you up for your outdoor adventures. In many cases, the evening’s set menu will contain local ingredients such as fresh fish that Timo has caught, berries Anne has foraged, or meat purchased from the local reindeer herders. The set meals are all self-service. Breakfast is a buffet of breads, meat, cheese and fish with the addition of porridge and fruit. Lunch and evening meals start with a salad and bread, a set main and then a pudding which is often a local speciality. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements so these can be accommodated.
  • You can also purchase a range of wine, beer and spirits to accompany your meal.
  • Obviously, saunas are a pre-requisite in these parts and there are two, one in each building. They can each be booked privately by guests each day in hour long slots.
  • There is an outdoor wood-burning sauna and rustic hot tub. Should you request the use of the outdoor sauna (a local charge will apply), don't forget that a dip in the lake (in autumn) or a roll in the snow (in winter) is almost obligatory (as long as you are in a good physical condition).
  • The simple lounge (near the reception) provides tea and coffee making facilities. Consider this to be the perfect spot to relax by the stove with a book but remember to keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights as the windows face north!
  • There is free Wi-Fi for guests to use throughout both buildings and there is a PC available at reception.
  • Books and games are also available to borrow from reception.
  • If you are travelling in the winter then the hotel offers free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kick sleds and toboggans so there is also something for those who love the great outdoors and want to explore independently between activities. There are marked trails across the stunning frozen lake and maps are available at reception.
  • If you want to send a memento home, then there are postcards available to purchase and some of Timo’s Aurora photography is for sale. Anne also knits cosy woollen socks for charity and these can usually be purchased at reception.
  • There is a lakeside Kota (wooden tepee) which is open for all guests during the evening. Here you can light a fire and warm up in between forays out onto the lake in search of the Northern Lights.

Room types

The 28 guest bedrooms vary in size and shape as you may expect from a former school. They are cosy, comfortable and decorated with locally-sourced wood. Some of the furnishings have been crafted by Timo's own hand.

All guest bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. Cups and kettles are provided in each bedroom and a variety of teas and coffee is available in each building for you to take to your room.


Image credit: Timo Halonen, Matt Robinson (please note: The images depicted show the hotel during both the winter and autumn months)

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Our pick

Cross-country skiing

From £40pp

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 helps you understand why people get addicted to this pastime. Your guide will give instructions 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 (ski hire for the day)


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Activities

Additional Aurora snowshoe session

From: £55pp

Wandering around on snowshoes is a classic way of getting around in Lapland, taking you into some truly quiet natural spaces. Why not add another to your holiday for an extra session of therapeutic walking, looking out to see if the Aurora are dancing in the skies above?

Duration: 2 hours

Image credit: Timo Halonen

Riding one person per snowmobile

From: £40pp

Driving a snowmobile over the open whiteness is utterly electrifying, so it is well worth upgrading to drive your own snowmobile for the whole activity, rather than going two per vehicle.

Trip Extensions

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 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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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

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 will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. 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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Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, on some dates, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

Group Size

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.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

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

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.

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.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

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.

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

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions

Traveller Reviews

All of the staff at the hotel went above and beyond and the service we received was superb 16 February 2020 by Isobel & Daniel Bickley

Marti and Sophie were particularly knowledgeable, kind and helpful. The chef (sorry, we can't remember her name) was fantastic. All meals were great. The visit to the reindeer farm, I hadn't expected to be that interested but sitting around the camp fire, listening to Juha was both interesting and enjoyable. It was wonderful to go back to basics in the way that he made coffee over and open
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fire.  We really enjoyed the additional use of sledges, skis, sauna and snow shoes during our free time. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at the hotel.
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We were very lucky to see northern lights 3 nights in a row 16 February 2020 by Sally Reeve & family

Staff were lovely and we were very lucky to see northern lights 3 nights in a row

First time I have ever rated anything 'Excellent' for every single category 12 February 2020 by Lisa Joanes & Craig Matthews

I think this is the first time I have ever rated anything 'Excellent' for every single category - but it really was! Everything was brilliant from the patient knowledgeable guides, lovely warm hotel with cute little nooks to snuggle into, absolutely delicious food (I will be dreaming about that salmon soup forever), to the activities themselves. Husky sledding was fantastic and something I
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definitely want to do again, and the morning with the reindeer herder was probably a once in a lifetime experience that will stay locked in my memory forever. Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a special holiday. The reindeer herder was such a unique and authentic experience. We really felt like we were being whisked away into another world into the arctic wilderness. We had also a very special light that morning that glowed pink and yellow which added to the magical ambience. Our time with the herder felt very intimate and real, not rushed at all. And of course the reindeer are simply beautiful.
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An amazing all-round holiday 09 February 2020 by William and Susan Timbey

An amazing all-round holiday, enhanced by the guides and staff at the hotel.

It was all magical 09 February 2020 by Elizabeth Greaves

I didn't have any great expectation of seeing the Northern Lights before I went away, as I thought that the activities would more than make up for not seeing them, but, to our delight, they put on a small show for us on the evening of Day 3! Thank you so much for a fabulous five days. Everything went above and beyond my expectation.

The hotel were amazing 21 January 2020

The hotel were amazing and made all of the food nut free during my stay which meant that I could eat the same as everyone else and not have to worry. This makes a huge difference and I really appreciate the effort they went to. The food was amazing and certainly one of the highlights of the trip. The local traditional Finnish dishes were hearty and very welcome! The moose bolognese was a
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favourite with many people.   The husky safari was so peaceful and we had a great husky team. The activity guides were great and allowed us to just get on with it. There really wasn't anything that we didn't like but the cross country skiing was the most physically and mentally challenging. After 5km across the lake in the dark we were all thoroughly exhausted!
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Menesjarvi - Wilderness Auroras 12 January 2020 by Christine McLone

The staff at the hotel were amazing and Sophie was very good at explaining how to do all the activities and very helpful.

We had a fabulous time! 05 January 2020 by Kelly Ornell & Friends

We took a 4-night vacation to Hotel Korpikartano outside the town of Inari.  There were 6 women friends. We booked through The Aurora Zone.  The whole vacation went off without any problems from start to finish.   We had a fabulous time!  We will be talking about this vacation for years to come. We did snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, a husky safari and a visit
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with a reindeer herder, as well as a visit to a Sami Culturally Center.  Staff was friendly, knowledgeable and on schedule.  The local food was delicious.  For our accommodations, we booked a “suite” with three twin beds bedrooms, which were very spacious.  We shared two bathrooms and a living space.  It was a great place for us to gather during downtime. We did happen to see the Northern Lights on one of the evenings.  It was gorgeous!  The other three nights were cloudy.  We went into this trip knowing we may not see the lights.  We all said afterwards we still enjoyed all the activities and would not have been disappointed had we not seen the Northern Lights.  My friends and I highly recommend Hotel Korpikartano and The Aurora Zone!
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A really fantastic trip. 17 March 2019 by Louise and Richard Holman

Well organised; great activities; delicious food; friendly & helpful staff; good hotel location literallly beside the frozen lake. Met some great like-minded people and we saw the Northern Lights. Thank you so much!

Menesjarvi – Wilderness Auroras 17 March 2019 by Kenneth & Carolyn Morrison

Just to say the holiday went like clockwork and can’t think of anything that we could possibly help you with to improve. Apart from seeing a wonderful Aurora display, the husky sledding was the outstanding experience. Thank you for a beautifully organised experience.

Menesjarvi - Wilderness Auroras 10 March 2019 by Thea Lahti

I loved the visit with Petri, the reindeer herder, and of course the Northern Lights. Hard to choose - I enjoyed everything. ALL the guides were TOP notch. Informed, helpful, pleasant and accommodating. Even your cook was just great.

Menesjarvi - Wilderness Auroras 10 March 2019 by Allison & Stephen Bucknell

I went on a holiday to enjoy the activities in the snow and to hopefully see the Northern Lights. I did both. Cannot and will not complain!

Activities and guides were amazing 03 February 2019 by Eyall & Lesley Gelbart

The meeting with the reindeer herder. It was amazing to listen and understand the way the Sami people live and his passion for the environment. Never to be forgotten.

Everything was outstanding 20 January 2019 by Jane & Brenden Harrison

Husky dog driving it was the best experience I have ever had in my life the guide and his wife and dogs were amazing. The whole experience was amazing loved every minute , food was home made, gluten free choice was outstanding, hotel clean, staff friendly and helpful, I want to go and do it all again.

It was a fantastic holiday to me, it was a good memory 20 January 2019 by Pooi Leng Law

Managed to witness the Aurora for 2 nights, strongly believe Hotel Korpikartano has the best location (best spot) for chasing the Northern Lights. Special thanks to the hotel staff member James on his kind assistance on re-arranging the snowmobiling for me.

We enjoyed all of the activities. 29 March 2018 by Lynette Jones & Melinda Howlin

We enjoyed all of the activities. The people we met at the accommodation and during the activities added to making out stay special

This holiday,although short,was magical! The variety of activities on offer were all very attractive and I had a go at everything! 26 March 2018 by Beatrice Lasseron

Watching the Auroras from the frozen lake below the hotel and being able to go backwards and forward between the lake and a blazing log fire burning in the hotel's Kota. I also tremendously enjoyed the morning we spent with the lovely Sami herder and his reindeer. On that day it was extremely cold but the sun was shining, the sky was bright blue, the forest pristine and listening to the herder's
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stories was enough to put a glow in our hearts. The staff at the hotel and the local people were all very friendly and helpful.
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We did enjoy the trip a lot 15 March 2018 by Martin & Phyllis Hatfull

Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. We saw Timo twice and he was friendly but did not see the owner, Anne. Overall the activities were very good and the care over the provision of warm clothing etc was excellent. The Aurora briefing was very good too. Apart from the Aurora, the reindeer herder visit was great. Fascinating insights and a well informed and engaged guide. Overall, we did enjoy the
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trip a lot and felt the balance of activities and free time was good. And we were lucky enough to see the aurora 3 nights out of 4!
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Fabulous holiday 15 March 2018 by Elizabeth & Geoffrey White

The hotel was very welcoming with large, comfortable and warm rooms. The food was tasty with several Finnish dishes which were just what we needed after the activities. The staff were helpful and our activity guide Mathius was outstanding being caring and thoughtful and explaining everything very well. All the activities were well planned. We really enjoyed the reindeer herding: being in the
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forest drinking freshly brewed coffee surrounded by wild reindeer and listening to tales of Sámi life. The weather was fabulous with 4 days of cold (minus 34 at the lowest) bright sunshine and clear nights and what's more the Aurora made an appearance on 3 of the 4 nights.
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Great experience 15 March 2018 by Steven Killick & Sarah Barnes

Great - all went smoothly - great experience thanks

Everything was amazing, nothing that disappointed at all. 04 March 2018 by David and Kathryn Emsley

What an experience. Everybody was so relaxed and obviously knew their areas of expertise. Would highly recommend this holiday and the company obviously. Certainly ticked the bucket list of a lot of activities.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, which we will never forget! 01 March 2018 by Sarah and Ian Clark

Ian is a vegetarian and felt that the choice and quality of food were excellent. Some of the dishes were truly delicious and the chefs did very well. In fact, given that there was generally only one main on offer, it was excellent every time. The guides were all very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They were all dedicated to giving us an exceptional holiday. The reindeer herding was
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fantastic and we were very interested to hear about Petri's life and media activities! We felt honoured to spend time with him. We would class this holiday as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which we will never forget. Having said that, we are thinking about doing another holiday with more husky sledding! The whole booking process was very easy and we appreciated your quick responses to our questions. We would like to thank everyone involved for making this a truly wonderful holiday.
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We absolutely loved our trip to Finland 28 February 2018 by Steven and Carol Buckingham

All the activities were excellent and the snowshoe walk into the forest in search of Aurora Borealis was also fantastic especially as we were privileged enough to see a seriously good light show. Overall we absolutely loved our trip to Finland, the activities were excellent and the pace generally about right.

We loved the morning with the Reindeer herder 27 February 2018 by Norman and Susan Smith

We loved the morning with the Reindeer herder, sitting by a campfire in a forest surrounded by reindeer hearing all about the Sami way of life

Highly recommend to anyone 27 February 2018 by Teresa and Victor Cooper

The husky ride and reindeer herder day were the highlights for me. Not only were the whole events well organised but the information the guides gave us added to the whole experience. We had no expectations when we booked this holiday as it was our first ‘cold’ holiday. We both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you.

A fantastic trip all round 27 February 2018 by Amanda Edwards and Katy Hales

A fantastic trip all round

We loved our wilderness holiday 13 February 2018 by Janette and Paul Cottle

Our hosts were friendly and welcoming and the hotel was situated perfectly if you love peace and tranquillity. The social aspect of the holiday was sitting around at meal times with our slippers on and generally just relaxing and chilling out. We loved the reindeer farm, our host was excellent, he went to school at what is now our hotel Korpikartano and it was obvious that the reindeer, the land
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and his family are his life. We also loved the husky safari and of course the snowmobiles.
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A wonderful experience 05 February 2018 by Carole Barratt

A wonderful experience even though it was too cloudy to see any Northern lights. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. Food was really excellent.

guess I'll have to book another trip! 24 January 2018 by Julia Ward and Ann Owens

The hotel was charming and in a lovely position by the lake. The staff were helpful and provided us with a kettle for our room when asked. The winter clothing was excellent and needed! The local guides at the hotel were friendly and knowledgeable. We were a small group and all got on well. Enjoyed the activities provided. The only thing missing from the trip was seeing the Northern lights - guess
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I'll have to book another trip!
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We had such an amazing holiday 23 January 2018 by Lucy Bird and David Webb

So much was fantastic, the reindeer farm was a lovely morning, the culture and the guides wanting to share their way of life and the importance of their heritage was just lovely. We had such an amazing holiday. It was a lovely way to spend a birthday and the hotel providing a bottle of bubbles was a lovely touch.

Overall the place is amazing and we loved it. 10 January 2018 by Sarah and Rebecca Skinner

The most enjoyable trip for us was our first trip out to the Lake because we got to see the Northern Lights. Overall the place is amazing and we loved it.

We loved our trip 02 January 2018 by The Elsbury Family

Loved seeing the Aurora and having Matt happily take photos for us so that we could just be in the moment was fantastic! We loved the trip as it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable 28 December 2017 by The Giles Family

The guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about their activity and the area. They made the trip! Really enjoyed spending time with Petri and seeing the reindeers so close. It was interesting to learn the Sámi culture and to learn the importance of reindeer to the community.

We found everything over and above our expectations 29 March 2017 by Valerie, Jesus and Rosemarie Balban

We really enjoyed everything we did - each activity in its own way - all the local guides really seemed to enjoy what they were doing. There really was no least enjoyable activity. Although the main reason we went on this holiday was to see the Aurora in the end it was just a bonus that we saw them on 2 out of the 4 nights - everything else was just great. 

Had a great time! 12 March 2017 by Danielle & Michael Yurcheshen

I highly recommend this trip to everyone! Seeing the Northern Lights - is a reminder that we live on a giant magnet floating in space. Puts everything in perspective. Everything was perfect.

I think the holiday was very well organised. 12 March 2017 by Lynn Lovelock & Kieran Dyke

Although seeing the Northern Lights was the point of this trip, I think the husky safari was the most fun activity. I think the holiday was very well organised. Everything was clearly explained, and there was plenty of time to get ready for each of the activities offered. There was also a good balance between activities and rest time. Having someone to help with photographing the Aurora was an
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absolute boon!
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We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday 19 February 2017 by Jane & Michael Timms

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. As far as the Aurora Zone were concerned we could not fault them, they were helpful, professional and very efficient. The local guides were all excellent, friendly and professional. The activities were very well organised and enjoyable, we felt safe. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights and the talk and help with settings on our camera helped
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immensely.
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All the activities complemented each other 15 February 2017 by John & Linda Dixon

There was sufficient time to relax and enjoy ourselves. All the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Our local guide, Matthias, in particular, was excellent. Even my husband who does not like dogs had to admit that the husky safari, led by Ossi, was excellent.

Perfectly planned 18 January 2017 by Sumangala Shetty

It gave sufficient time to relax and to do all the activities. The return trip was least enjoyable because we were leaving behind such an amazing place!

A well thought out holiday 18 January 2017 by Cameron Scott and Daniela Weate

Probably the best holiday we have been on - the staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly - the range of activities were amazing - and all squeezed into 3 days. Difficult to pick a most enjoyable activity - huskies / reindeer / snowmobiling / 3 nights of Aurora action - all fantastic.

Enhanced massively by staff and guides 14 March 2016 by Anthony and Sarah Bacon

Both the reindeer herding and the husky safari were equally enjoyable maybe because we love animals. The whole experience was enhanced massively by the fact that all of the staff and guides loved what they were doing and where they lived so much and this proved infectious.

Everything was quite superb 14 March 2016 by Mary Piers

Everything was quite superb. From initial enquiries to final travel you were all wonderful and so considerate and helpful, a million thanks. Words are inadequate. My deepest gratitude to you all and I am looking to you to help me get to Nourgam next year! With my deepest gratitude.

Overall the holiday was excellent 21 February 2016 by Nigel Sellwood

Overall the holiday was excellent. The organisation was very good, including air flights and transfers. The hotel was comfortable and warm and the room adequate. The activities were very well thought through and the staff interested, keen and helpful. The eating arrangements were very good.

I would highly recommend this holiday destination and your company to others 16 February 2016 by Jenny Wright

I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. This was the first holiday of this kind that I have taken. I would highly recommend this holiday destination and your company to others. The hotel was in a stunning location. The hotel staff were extremely warm, friendly and welcoming. The guides on the activities were friendly and professional. I would be most grateful if your company could pass on my sincere
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thanks to the hotel staff for their wonderful hospitality. The pre-trip information was invaluable, especially the "what to take section regarding clothing".
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We loved this holiday 16 February 2016 by Sharon Cox

We loved this holiday. We had so much fun and enjoyed the setting and the activities. Free use of skis and snowshoes was an added bonus.

I could write an essay praising the holiday and the people 19 January 2016 by Ann Griffiths

Everyone we met were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We had the warmest welcome we have ever had on holiday when we arrived at the hotel. All the activities were well organised and ran to schedule. The Aurora workshop was cut short because there was activity outside. The guide set up my camera in temperatures around minus 30 degrees C so that I could take some photos of the
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Aurora for which I am very grateful. I hope his hands have thawed out. I could write an essay praising the holiday and the people.
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We were lucky enough to see the Aurora every night, it was stunning. 13 December 2015 by Anne Cardwell

Food was very good and exactly what was needed in that environment. There was no choice of dishes, but that wasn't a problem. The husky safari was exciting, participative and a quiet way to enjoy the beautiful forest environment. We were lucky enough to see the Aurora every night, it was stunning. The location of Hotel Korpikartano is ideal, no light pollution so no need to travel to hunt the
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Aurora, just stroll down the path to the lake. We enjoyed everything, the weather was perfect for all the activities. The staff and guides exceeded expectations. We were made to feel welcome and special right up to the moment of departure at the airport. Hotel Korpikartano is professionally run by extremely knowledgeable owners. It operates smoothly with great attention to detail and the safety of their clients.
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General atmosphere was very relaxed and genuinely welcoming 26 March 2015 by Rebecca Ship

The food was good home-cooking and I never came away feeling I needed more. The general atmosphere was very relaxed and genuinely welcoming. The evening snowshoe walk into the forest with our guide Ville - Wonderful.  Snowmobiling (was) much harder than I expected, and nothing like driving a car. But I'm glad I did it! Also, ice fishing is not something I would particularly want to do again,
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but the experience was interesting and our guide Marti was attentive and patient.
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What a fantastic time I had in Finland 01 July 2014 by Karen Therese Patchett

I just wanted to e-mail to say what a fantastic time I had in Finland. Our guide Timo was excellent, he worked hard to make sure our stay was interesting and varied but relaxed (and he was very knowledgeable on just about everything Finnish). It was a lovely location and hotel, and the activities gave us a nice glimpse of Finland and its culture. What I liked most about Finland (apart from the
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stunning scenery of course) is it is true to itself; if I had gone there and found a Disneyland-type set up I would have been deeply disappointed. And I had the best gluten free food I have had in the last place I expected it.
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