Price from £2,085pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 20008

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: Return flights between London and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers are included as well as a transfer from Muotka to Nellim.
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in twin/double rooms at Muotka and 3 nights in twin/double rooms at Nellim (cabin and apartment upgrades are available, supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Snowshoeing, Aurora workshop, Aurora Camp, snowmobile to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, visit to Inari Sámi Siida Museum, wilderness snowmobile safari, Aurora hunt in snowmobile-pulled sleigh, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am

Both Muotka and Nellim are owned by the Lappalainen family and are two of our most popular destinations. Each offers something different and many people have found it hard to choose between the two destinations. This holiday means that you do not have to make that choice any longer as you get to visit both spectacular locations and see what they both have to offer.

One thing that both Muotka and Nellim have in common is their wonderful staff and expert guides. The local expertise that the guides provide means that not only do guests gain an insight into the local culture and way of life, but your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are increased. There are few better tools to have at your disposal when Aurora hunting than local knowledge.

Starting at Muotka you will enjoy the total seclusion of the lodge and the peace and quiet that can only be found in such a location. Surrounded by forests and the wild fells, the lodge is the ideal base for many activities.

Here you will explore the landscape on snowshoes and cross country skis (the region is renowned for its ski trails). Guests will also encounter reindeer following a snowmobile safari to a local reindeer farm.

Your evenings at Muotka are filled with Northern Lights viewing opportunities. Expert guides will lead the hunt as you travel to specifically designed Aurora Camps and explore the forests on foot during a guided snowshoe hunt.

After four nights at Muotka it is time to head to Nellim and en route you will detour to Inari, the heart of Sámi culture in the region. Here you will visit the fascinating museum before continuing to Nellim.

The wilderness around Nellim just begs to be explored and at only nine kilometres from the Russian border, this is real wilderness! You will head out on snowmobiles for an adventure before the all important husky safari where you will take control of your own team of dogs.

At Nellim, you will also enjoy a hunt for the Lights travelling in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh.

This holiday is already special, but if you fancy adding further finishing touches then you can do so by taking advantage of some of the exceptional overnight experiences which are available.

You can spend your time at Muotka in an Aurora Kota - enjoying the benefits of your own cabin style accommodation with a glass tepee roof above your bed, ideal for watching the Aurora from the comfort of your duvet! You can also enjoy the wonder of the Aurora Bubbles at Nellim. These incredible stand-alone rooms have transparent domes above the beds and enable you to keep an eye on the skies throughout the night. Details of all these unforgettable options can be found in the 'Accommodation' and 'Personalise' sections of the holiday page.

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  • Aurora Bubble

    From £105pp

    What a concept this is! These bubbles represent the absolute pinnacle in the increasingly sophisticated search for the Northern Lights.

    Essentially, the Aurora Bubble brings the Arctic wilderness and the night sky into the comfort of your own bedroom. Each bubble has a heated bedroom with a large north-facing dome window, allowing you to gaze at the firmament from the comfort of your own bed!! This is Aurora hunting in style.

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    The bubbles are located in an area of minimal light pollution but within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to return to your room during the night. We can't imagine that you will, however, because there is even a discreet, compostable toilet which means there is no need whatsoever to leave your comfortable bubble during the night.

    Of course, we can neither guarantee that the Northern Lights will appear nor can we ensure cloud-free skies because Aurora hunting will always carry an element of luck. What we do know is that the Aurora Bubbles represent a genuinely unique and memorable experience.


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  • Heated Aurora Sleigh

    From: £147pp

    The wonderful Jouko and Mari at Nellim have once again come up with an innovation in Aurora hunting, ensuring that guests are in total comfort throughout. They have created a heated Aurora sleigh: a private, intimate and toasty warm experience that has been thrilling visitors to Nellim during the winter.

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    This is the way to travel in the Arctic! Climb into your private Aurora-viewing cocoon which will be pulled behind a snowmobile driven by a local guide. The sleigh has large transparent windows to the front, back and, most importantly upwards, hence providing a fantastic view of the night sky. As they are heated, it could be -30C outside and you will be reclined in comfort hopefully gazing at the fabulous Northern Lights.

    This safari lasts about two hours (departing around 10pm) and takes you onto the frozen expanses of mystical Lake Inari some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in prime Aurora hunting territory. Your English-speaking guide will take you to some of the best vantage points where you can choose to get out (or not!), take photos and walk on the ice. You will also be served warm drinks.

    We cannot guarantee that the Aurora Borealis will come out to play but regardless, the Aurora Sleigh is a fantastic way to experience the Arctic in the dead of night.

    Unsurprisingly the sleigh rides have seen many marriage proposals over the past months and for anyone thinking about popping the question, this is a very stylish way in which to do it – sadly we cannot guarantee the answer, but this setting should give you an excellent chance!

  • A night in an Aurora Kota

    From: £138pp

    The team at Nellim are world-experts when it comes to Northern Lights viewing, and frequently devise creative new ways to appreciate this natural phenomenon. The Aurora Kotas are well in keeping with such a tradition: combining a cabin structure with glass tepee elements, they provide spacious interiors with a large glass roof above the sleeping area, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the magic of night-time Northern Lights displays.

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    Each Kota contains a double bed and being larger than an Aurora Bubble, has room for an extra single. The 18m² space has simple and inviting décor, as well as pleasant lighting which illuminates the area without disrupting aurora-watching experiences. Linking to their natural setting, the Kotas do not have running water - even so, each includes an innovative and environmentally-friendly ‘eco-toilet’.

  • Extend your stay at Sarmi Wilderness Lodge

    From: £292pp

    On the shores of Lake Sarmi, deep in the wilds of Lapland, sits Sarmi Wilderness Lodge.  Accessed only on snowmobiles or on foot, the lodge is 9km from Nellim and wonderfully remote. This is the ideal extension to your holiday at Nellim.

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    Sarmi offers all guests the chance to enjoy a real wilderness experience without having to compromise on comfort. This remains a back to basics experience, with no running water (warm water is provided for washing), a limited supply of electricity from the solar panels and composting toilets a short walk from the lodge building itself – but there are some real comforts too.

    The rooms are beautifully furnished in a rustic style but have delightful furnishings that really add to the cosy atmosphere.

    The focus here is simply on nature and your guides will ensure that throughout your stay you gain an appreciation of this wilderness.

    The programme will vary depending on conditions but you may enjoy snowshoeing in the surrounding forests or ice fishing in the lake beside the lodge. During your time at Sarmi the idea is to get involved in some of the day to day tasks too – for example chopping the wood for the fireplace and sauna and learning how to light the campfire too! It really adds to the whole experience!

    The menu here tends to focus as heavily as possible on local produce and will vary depending on the time of year. Your guide will rustle up simple yet delicious meals either on an open fire or in the kitchen at Sarmi - depending on the weather and the meal. 

    The lodge is comprised of several bedrooms (twins and doubles) which will be allocated to your party accordingly, as well as a communal living and dining area. Single travellers should travel on a prepared to share basis.

    There is a wood-heated sauna located 100 metres from the main building and right on the edge of the lake.  The sauna is heated by the guide depending on when the guests would like to use it and the private location makes it ideal to embrace the full Finnish sauna experience by running outside and rolling (traditionally naked!) in the snow to cool off.  There is also a large camp fire area located next to the sauna which will be an ideal place to relax and enjoy an evening in excellent company, hopefully with the Northern Lights dancing overhead.

  • 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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  • Extend your stay in Saariselka

    Following on from your holiday, we can arrange for you to extend your stay in Lapland and spend two nights in the ski village of Saariselka. This extension is ideal for those who want to combine their initial Arctic adventures with some downhill skiing or those who want some time to explore independently.

    There are lots of things to see and do from your comfortable and well-equipped hotel in the village centre. We can arrange for you to add in additional activities, hire downhill or cross-country skiing equipment or you can simply explore at your own pace and enjoy the shops and restaurants. The choice of how you spend your time here is yours, however, our Travel Experts will help you plan the perfect extension and provide a full quotation.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Dates
Sat 21 Jan 2017
to Sat 28 Jan 2017
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Adults£ 2,085 Single Adult£ 2,337
Sat 04 Feb 2017
to Sat 11 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 2,255 Single Adult£ 2,507
Sat 18 Feb 2017
to Sat 25 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 2,445 Single Adult£ 2,697
Sat 04 Mar 2017
to Sat 11 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 2,275 Single Adult£ 2,527
Sat 18 Mar 2017
to Sat 25 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 2,275 Single Adult£ 2,527

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 year'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 below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Sat 25 Nov 2017
to Sat 02 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 2,435 Single Adult£ 2,720
Sat 09 Dec 2017
to Sat 16 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 2,510 Single Adult£ 2,795
Sat 06 Jan 2018
to Sat 13 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,385 Single Adult£ 2,670
Sat 20 Jan 2018
to Sat 27 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,345 Single Adult£ 2,630
Sat 03 Feb 2018
to Sat 10 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,535 Single Adult£ 2,820
Sat 17 Feb 2018
to Sat 24 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,750 Single Adult£ 3,035
Sat 03 Mar 2018
to Sat 10 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,550 Single Adult£ 2,835
Sat 17 Mar 2018
to Sat 24 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,550 Single Adult£ 2,835

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 people, maximum 20.

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.

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.

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.

Car Hire

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.

Aurora alerts

During your stay you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.

The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.

Minimum age

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.

 

  • Out of this world 05 March 2016 by Andy & Liz Peck

    From the moment we booked to the moment we left Nellim to go home, everything ran like clockwork. Most enjoyable?: HUSKY driving of course!!!!!! But NOTHING can beat the magnificent Northern Lights display we witnessed on Thursday 10th March. Out of this world.

  • Very impressive 05 March 2016 by Christopher and Elizabeth Rons

    All went without a hitch and we had a splendid night watching the Aurora at Nellim. The trip including a trip to the Russian border was welcomed. Your admin team were always so kind and helpful; nothing was too much trouble answering some small queries of mine. Again, very impressive.

  • An amazing, fun experience 05 March 2016 by Susan & Stephen Sharp

    An amazing, fun experience from start to finish but the pinnacle has to be the Aurora Borealis which danced and danced, and danced.

  • Fantastic holiday, well organised and will definitely recommend 02 February 2016 by David and Lisa Brown

    Excellent venues and activities. Reps and guides were all excellent and very helpful especially Sara at Muotka and Ben at Nellim. (Most enjoyable activity): Husky safari due to the interaction with the dogs following the ride. I did not expect to be able to interact with the dogs quite as much as they are working dogs but once the harnesses were odd they were very playful. All activities were
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    enjoyable and worthwhile. Fantastic holiday, well organised and will definitely recommend.
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  • The Aurora made a splendid appearance 09 January 2016 by Karen Blisard and Russell Kleinman

    The staff were wonderful, especially Robin, Niina and Minga at Muotka. Barry on the sales team went out of his way to get us booked before Christmas. The husky safari was wonderful. As a dog trainer, it was so fun to see the dogs doing what they were bred to do. And the Aurora made a splendid appearance, which was fantastic.

  • We saw the Aurora Lights for five nights 12 December 2015 by Gillian Howe

    We were delighted that we saw the Aurora Lights for five nights in total, exceptionally well on three. The organisation and administration of the holiday were great. Muotka was smaller, more intimate, less sophisticated but somehow more attractive, and easy to enjoy between activities going for walks etc. Most enjoyable : Seeing the Aurora Lights (the bit that you can't guarantee!!),
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    Snowshoeing in the National Park at Muotka. Snowmobiling on the lake at Nellim. Husky dogs in a snow blizzard!
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