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). 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.Read more
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
Flights, arrival and introduction
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.
Snowmobile safari, winter fishing, Aurora workshop and Northern Lights snowshoe
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). 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.
Morning with a reindeer herder and Aurora snowmobiling
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 Petri Mattus’ home where you will meet this remarkable gentleman and his ‘reindeer family’. Petri featured in a BBC documentary with Gordon Buchanan in December 2017. Gordon spent time with Petri and his reindeer and gained an insight into the life of a reindeer herder in this very special part of the world. Today it is your turn.
During your visit, you will depart from the house in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh and will travel out into the forest. You will journey through the beautiful untouched wilderness, reaching a clearing. Petri will call in his reindeer who will appear through the trees, drawn by the promise of the food they are about to receive. You will then be able to see these wonderful creatures up close and have the chance to feed them their favourite snack of lichen and take some photographs.
Petri will then light a fire and provide you with warm drinks and snacks while you chat and ask him any questions you may have about his reindeer herd and his way of life. This tour is not available every day as Petri prioritises his herd and their wellbeing above allowing visitors to seeing his completely authentic and genuine way of life. The members of our team who have enjoyed this experience felt really privileged and honoured to have spent time with Petri and his animals.
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.
Husky safari, Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora 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.
Following a transfer to a nearby husky farm after breakfast, you will meet your enthusiastic dogs and have the chance to chat with the mushers.
You will then 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.
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 in price
Personalise this tour
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)
Additional Aurora snowshoe session
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
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.
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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Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
The single adult price is based on a single room but sharing a snowmobile. If you would prefer to drive your own snowmobile please speak to our Travel Experts for the supplement.
Sun 25 Nov 2018Book
Thu 29 Nov 2018
|Adults£ 1,525||Single Adult£ 1,636|
Sun 02 Dec 2018Book
Thu 06 Dec 2018
|Adults£ 1,555||Single Adult£ 1,666|
Sun 16 Dec 2018Book
Thu 20 Dec 2018
|Adults£ 1,575||Single Adult£ 1,686|
Sun 20 Jan 2019Book
Thu 24 Jan 2019
|Adults£ 1,475||Single Adult£ 1,586|
Sun 03 Feb 2019Book
Thu 07 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 1,495||Single Adult£ 1,606|
Sun 10 Mar 2019Book
Thu 14 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 1,615||Single Adult£ 1,726|
Sun 17 Mar 2019Book
Thu 21 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 1,615||Single Adult£ 1,726|
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 in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
Next season's provisional dates and prices
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 online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. 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. 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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Thu 28 Nov 2019
|Adults£ 1,630||Single Adult£ 1,750|
Sun 01 Dec 2019Enquire
Thu 05 Dec 2019
|Adults£ 1,660||Single Adult£ 1,780|
Sun 15 Dec 2019Enquire
Thu 19 Dec 2019
|Adults£ 1,685||Single Adult£ 1,805|
Sun 19 Jan 2020Enquire
Thu 23 Jan 2020
|Adults£ 1,580||Single Adult£ 1,700|
Sun 02 Feb 2020Enquire
Thu 06 Feb 2020
|Adults£ 1,600||Single Adult£ 1,720|
Mon 09 Mar 2020Enquire
Fri 13 Mar 2020
|Adults£ 1,730||Single Adult£ 1,850|
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Fri 20 Mar 2020
|Adults£ 1,730||Single Adult£ 1,850|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (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
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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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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.
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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 15 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 effect 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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, sitting by a campfire in a forest surrounded by reindeer hearing all about the Sami way of life
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
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 and his family are his life. We also loved the husky safari and of course the snowmobiles.
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.
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 I'll have to book another trip!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 absolute boon!
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 immensely.
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.
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!
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.
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. 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. 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 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 thanks to the hotel staff for their wonderful hospitality. The pre-trip information was invaluable, especially the "what to take section regarding clothing".
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, but the experience was interesting and our guide Marti was attentive and patient.