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Imagine spending your New Year standing in Finnish Lapland looking up as the Aurora dances overhead. During this four-night break to Nangu, you’ll have this chance as well as enjoying dedicated Northern Lights hunts and amazing daytime winter activities.

What's included?


  • Flights: return indirect flights from London Heathrow to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes subject to change.
  • Transfers: return airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in twin/double hotel room
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: husky safari and reindeer farm visit, Aurora snowmobiling, Lake Inari snowmobile safari and two Aurora Camp visit (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora Alert until approximately 1am

The first week of the New Year can be a difficult time. At some stage, you have to raise yourself from the food and drink induced lethargy of the festive period and get back to reality. So why not avoid all of that and escape on an unforgettable holiday to Wilderness Hotel Nangu instead?

Think deep snow and frozen lakes, think ‘Narnia-style’ forests and white-blanketed landscapes. Think of the purest air in Europe, crisp and crackling with winter chill and then imagine the darkest of dark skies alive with the shifting, shimmering and glimmering lights that are the Aurora Borealis.

Our New Year Aurora hunting trip at Nangu in Finnish Lapland is the perfect way to extend the festive feeling and avoid the dreaded January blues.

During the day, you’ll be out in the wilds meeting reindeer, dog sledding and snowmobiling. We have also provided some time in which you can relax and take things easy or tailor your holiday with additional activities.

In the evenings, the coal-black skies above Lake Inari are perfect for Aurora watching if the weather and Aurora conditions are right. This stunning log-built hotel is well and truly off-the-beaten-track and as a result, there is very, very little artificial light pollution to spoil the show. Indeed, many of us here at The Aurora Zone witnessed our first ever Aurora displays close to Lake Inari.

Lake Inari is Finland’s third-largest lake and its second deepest. It is steeped in tradition and mysticism and, even today, it plays an important role in the spiritual lives of the indigenous Sámi people. Once you have seen the Aurora dance above the lake, it is not hard to understand why it has gained such symbolism. 

Image credits: Markku Inkila and Anthony Oberlin
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Key facts

Duration: 4 nights
Pace: Active
Suitable for: Ages 16+. See terms for further information.
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  • Arriving at Ivalo Airport is akin to arriving on a different planet. If your day started in a major city like London, then this snow-covered world 250km above the Arctic Circle may be a bit of a culture shock.

    When you get to Nangu after a 30-minute transfer, the log-built building and the welcoming glow through its windows are almost like a wilderness mirage. It seems impossible that such a cosy and comfortable retreat could exist amidst these winter wilds.

    Nangu is stunning. Accommodation this far north is always decent but sometimes it can feel functional. 

    You will have dinner and receive your cold weather clothing ahead of tonight's Northern Lights hunt. You will travel on a snowmobile-pulled sled to reach an excellent viewing spot at the Aurora Camp where hopefully the Northern Lights will appear above you.

    Please note that the order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival at your accommodation.

    * Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle that sometimes stops at a few nearby hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Things kick off in style today as you transfer around forty to fifty minutes to Nellim, a remote village close to the Russian border and home to Wilderness Hotel Nellim, one of Nangu’s sister properties.

    From here, the dog sledding starts with a thorough briefing on how to handle the team and the sleds. The excitable dogs will be making their enthusiasm for the trail obvious with their eager barks and so we save the photo opportunities for the end of the safari.

    You’ll then be off on the trail with one person driving the team and the other riding in the sled with opportunities to swap along the way. The landscapes here are simply stunning and as the dogs fall silent as they run, it’s a great time to drink in the vast expanses of winter wilderness.

    After your husky safari, you’ll be taken to a nearby reindeer farm, which will give you an insight into this way of life in Lapland. The reindeer herder will tell you about Sámi culture and the life of the reindeer and you will also have the chance to meet and feed the reindeer. Following this, you will enjoy lunch at Wilderness Hotel Inari or Nellim. You will be out for around six hours today.

    You may want to try and fit in a quick pre-dinner snooze though as tonight is New Year’s Eve and so you’ll want enough energy to enjoy the celebrations and the special festive buffet dinner at the hotel.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • A free day today allows you to pick and choose whether you want to relax or choose some additional activities.

    Perhaps a day of cross-country skiing through the forest and over the frozen lake will be the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of fells, forests and crisp snow, sliding across the frozen landscape, high above the Arctic Circle.

    Alternatively, you could simply relax in the hotel and mesmerise yourself with the gorgeous views towards Lake Inari, cosying up in the hotel’s lounge area with a good read.

    After a day at your own pace and dinner in the hotel restaurant, tonight you will set out with your expert guide in search of the Aurora, using snowmobiles as your transport.

    Prior to departure, you will be given a full safety briefing and full instruction on how to handle a snowmobile. You will then set off for your hunt which will take you to some prime local Aurora viewpoints. Travelling two people per sled, you can swap drivers when you break for a warm drink. Drivers must be over 18 years and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Your local guide knows all the key local viewpoints and they will determine the route based on the weather conditions and the Aurora forecast. You will be out for around two and a half hours in total.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Your final day in Finland is once again full of incredible experiences as you head out onto the ice of Lake Inari for a snowmobiling adventure.

    The lake is the third largest in Finland and its scale is hard to appreciate unless you explore on snowmobiles. So, following a safety briefing and full instruction, you will head out for an unforgettable safari with your guide leading the way. With two people per snowmobile, there will be the chance for you to change drivers when you break for a campfire lunch in the wilderness. Again, you must hold a full driving licence and be 18 years or older to drive a snowmobile. In total, you will be out for around 4 hours.

    Back at Nangu, there will be some free time to reflect on your holiday before your final post-dinner activity gets underway.

    Your guide will lead you back out to one of the Aurora Camps close to the lake for another stake-out. If conditions are favourable there can be few better places from which to watch the Northern Lights dancing overhead. With a little luck, the lights may come and bid you farewell ahead of your departure tomorrow.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • All good things must come to an end and today it’s time to head home and back to what we laughingly refer to as “the real world”. Still, there’s considerable consolation in knowing that you have successfully postponed the return to daily working life and will have some unforgettable memories to see you through until spring. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Wilderness Hotel Nangu

Nights: 1-4

Wilderness Hotel Nangu is an adult-only (16+), boutique hotel tucked away in a secluded spot close to the shores of Lake Inari in North East Finnish Lapland. This is the ideal place for those wanting to escape to a real haven of peace and quiet which just oozes rustic style, charm and comfort. Think handmade wooden furniture, sheepskins, stunning log architecture, comfy chairs and roaring fires; all with a view over snow-laden trees and a vast frozen lake beyond.

The central log-built restaurant and reception building is a spectacular spot in which to dine and unwind and the elegant wooden buildings which contain the bedrooms are around 20-50 metres away.

The hotel was transformed in 2017 by our longstanding friends and partners Jouko and Mari and they have really put their heart and soul into making Wilderness Hotel Nangu the grown-up retreat that it is.

In prime Aurora territory and just a minute’s walk from the shores of Lake Inari, this is really an incredible place in which to hunt the Northern Lights.

There are only 34 bedrooms here and so there is also a real exclusivity about this place and we would really recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Hotel Facilities

  • The wonderful main log building contains the reception, dining area and lounge where a roaring log fire and tasteful décor makes for a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
  • We think the food at Nangu is delicious and the setting for your meals could not be more delightful. Breakfasts and lunches are both varied buffets with local and international flavours. Evening meals are served at your table (except for Christmas and New Year's Eve) and guests are provided with two or three choices each evening
  • There is a large sauna situated in one of the bedroom buildings and this is available for guests to reserve during their stay. The ideal way to relax after a day of activities
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas at Nangu, but really, other than checking the Aurora forecasts, we recommend that you just switch off from the outside world

Room types

Standard Wilderness Room (double or twin)

All rooms at Nangu are comfortable and elegantly decorated with a cosy and rustic, wooden interior, offering a traditional yet stylish Finnish ambience. The standard rooms accommodate two people, have a large window, an en-suite shower and toilet with a hairdryer. They also include tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are also available which are slightly smaller and accommodate solo travellers.

 Image credits: Matt Robinson

Other options

Superior room with view

Supplements from: £197pp

These rooms provide extra space and are all equipped with double beds. They each have their own private entrance and a large panoramic window offering views towards Lake Inari. This means that it might even be possible to witness the Aurora from your room (although the views are much better outside!). All rooms are en-suite and equipped with a hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.

Aurora Log Cabin

Supplements from: £465pp

There’s nothing cosier than staying in a log cabin during a winter escape to the Finnish wilderness. With an Aurora Log Cabin, you get the same cosy feeling but with the added benefit of a panoramic window for clear views of the night sky as you lay in bed. This is Northern Lights hunting in ultimate style and comfort. Equipped with a king-size bed, fireplace, shower and toilet, you’ll have everything you need inside your peaceful cabin.

Sleeps 2 people

Panorama Log Cabin

Supplements from: £536pp

These luxurious log cabins are the perfect place to come back to after a day in the wilderness. Warm up by the fireplace or stare out of the huge panoramic windows facing Lake Inari, a spot where you could quite comfortably search for the Northern Lights. There’s also the chance to relax as the Finns do in your private sauna, or in the outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace (supplement applies). The cabins also come with a fully equipped kitchenette.

Sleeps 2 people


Special Nights

Aurora Huts Nangu

Immerse yourself in the spectacular Finnish wilderness and spend an unforgettable night hunting the Northern Lights from a unique Aurora Hut.

The Aurora Huts are the very latest in Aurora accommodation, and their innovative design makes them a wonderful addition to any holiday at Nangu. They are completely mobile and can travel across ice, snow and can even float on water. The expert local team will situate them in a prime Aurora location on the edge of frozen Lake Inari, so you will be away from any artificial light pollution.

The huts allow you to spend the night surrounded by the pristine landscape of Lapland and the floor to ceiling windows provide exceptional views of the night sky. As darkness falls, you can relax in your cosy double bed, and gaze up at the Arctic firmament as you keep watch for the Northern Lights.

Because they need to be easy to move by snowmobile, the huts are compact, but they have electricity, miniature kitchenette and WiFi. The clever designers have also managed to fit in a small composting toilet for convenience. You’ll only be a short distance from Nangu so you can utilise your room’s shower facilities the next morning before breakfast.

Please note: the price is based on a per person per night basis.

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Ice fishing trip with snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride

From £145pp

On this excursion, you will hop into a sleigh and your guide will pull you along behind his or her snowmobile.

Once you reach the lake and your guide has chosen an ideal spot for fishing, you will stop there and your guide will set up. After showing you how to drill a hole in the ice and use the equipment, you will wait patiently in the hope of a catch.

After fishing, you will also enjoy hot drinks and lunch around a campfire; hopefully, you will be eating fresh fish!

Duration: 4 hours including lunch

Image credit: Juho Kuva and Visit Finland

Other options



From: £84pp

This activity will take you deep into the wilderness that surrounds Nangu. Your snowshoes will be provided, and you will strap them to your winter boots prior to setting off on the trail.

Your guide will take you through the stunning winter scenery, while you appreciate the peace and quiet as the snow deadens any sound and only the crunching sound of your feet on the ground is audible. While you walk, your guide will share information and stories about the area’s nature and wildlife.

During this activity, you will stop for hot drinks and lunch around a campfire.

Duration: 4 hours including lunch

Cross-country skiing

From: £62pp

Cross-country skiing is a traditional Finnish winter sport, and a “must-try” when you are here in Finnish Lapland!

Do not worry if you have never skied before, as you will be given a full safety briefing and lesson which will include tips and techniques that will help you along. Even those experienced downhill skiers will find this a completely new experience, so the group can muddle along together until everyone finds their feet. Then, your guide will take you out on the trail, keeping to a pace and route that is suitable for the group.

Duration: 2 hours

Special Nights

Aurora Huts Nangu

Immerse yourself in the spectacular Finnish wilderness and spend an unforgettable night hunting the Northern Lights from a unique Aurora Hut.

The Aurora Huts are the very latest in Aurora accommodation, and their innovative design makes them a wonderful addition to any holiday at Nangu. They are completely mobile and can travel across ice, snow and can even float on water. The expert local team will situate them in a prime Aurora location on the edge of frozen Lake Inari, so you will be away from any artificial light pollution.

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The huts allow you to spend the night surrounded by the pristine landscape of Lapland and the floor to ceiling windows provide exceptional views of the night sky. As darkness falls, you can relax in your cosy double bed, and gaze up at the Arctic firmament as you keep watch for the Northern Lights.

Because they need to be easy to move by snowmobile, the huts are compact, but they have electricity, miniature kitchenette and WiFi. The clever designers have also managed to fit in a small composting toilet for convenience. You’ll only be a short distance from Nangu so you can utilise your room’s shower facilities the next morning before breakfast.

Please note: the price is based on a per person per night basis.

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Please view our alternative departure dates here - Lake Inari Auroras at Nangu

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 £100pp, 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.

Wed 29 Dec 2021
to Sun 02 Jan 2022
Adults£ 2,820

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)

Minimum numbers required for this holiday to run vary from 2 to 8 people (depending on departure date). Maximum 30 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 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 https://www.mfat.govt.nz/

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.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

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A fantastic & truly memorable trip 28 December 2018 by The Caine Family

A fantastic & truly memorable trip. The staff at Nangu were outstanding - a brilliant lodge.

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