ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return 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 airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a standard hotel room
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: snowmobile introduction, Aurora snowshoeing, 2 x Aurora camps, dog sledding, visit a reindeer farm, cross-country skiing, Aurora snowmobile safari, snowshoeing (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 1 am
Visiting Wilderness Hotel Nangu is like escaping to a winter destination that you thought you could only dream of. The crisp white landscape, the snow-covered log buildings, and the warm glow that emanates from the windows create a destination that oozes cosy charm and peace.
The hotel’s position on the southern shores of Lake Inari creates a stunning backdrop as well as providing excellent Aurora-spotting potential. The mass of open space above the lake is the perfect canvas for the Northern Lights and so, of course, we have made sure that the Aurora activities included are plentiful.
You will hunt for the lights in several ways, including on snowshoes, by snowmobile, and by snowmobile-pulled sleigh. Your expert guides will take you away from any light pollution and towards Northern Lights viewpoints which have been chosen based on the most recent Aurora activity, cloud cover and weather conditions.
By day, you will experience everything that Northern Finland has to offer, including its culture, its wildlife and its incredible landscape. Visiting reindeer farm where you will meet a traditional Sámi herder, you will learn about the true essence of this intriguing culture. You will also crank up the action with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, a husky-pulled sleigh-ride and snowshoeing, as you explore the landscape in a host of ways and enjoy the glistening, snow-carpeted surroundings.
Over winter, the hotel is only open for guests over the age of 18, meaning extra peace and quiet in your free time.
Image credits: Anthony Oberlin, Matt Robinson, and Markku Inkila
Arrival and Welcome
After landing at Ivalo Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you to Wilderness Hotel Nangu (around 30 minutes away).
You’ll know you have arrived at Nangu when you come across a group of charming, snow-covered log buildings, with a warming and welcoming glow emanating from the windows.
Use tonight to settle in and relax, enjoy a meal in the hotel restaurant. You will then receive your cold weather clothing and Aurora alarm (this will be done tomorrow morning if you arrive on a later flight) Take this chance to venture outside to take advantage of the vast, expansive views from the lake which offer fantastic Northern Lights-spotting potential. You might begin your week by witnessing a dazzling display of glistening colours and awe-inspiring formations across the sky.
Snowmobile Try Out and Aurora Snowshoeing
In order to ease you into the action this week, your first morning will begin with a snowmobiling lesson to introduce you to this thrilling pastime.
After a safety briefing and full tuition, you will take control and head out on a short safari using some of the easiest trails to gently ease you into the activity. Two people will share a snowmobile and you must hold a valid driving licence in order to drive.
You will return to the hotel for a warming lunch and there will be some free time for you to relax this afternoon. The sauna can be reserved for guests to enjoy and the lounge area is an ideal place in which to unwind and relax with a book.
This evening, you will head out on your first Aurora hunt. You will strap on snowshoes and head out on foot with your guide leading the way. With head torches illuminating the landscape you will journey along the snow-covered trails to a prime Aurora viewpoint, likely to be on the frozen lake. Here you will enjoy warm drinks as you wait and watch for the Northern Lights to hopefully appear.
Dog Sledding and Reindeer Day by Snowmobile Sleigh in Nellim
Today will combine two of our most popular winter activities, as you meet huskies and reindeer all in one day.
The group will split into two smaller groups, as half of you will visit the husky farm whilst the others go to the reindeer farm. Then, you will all meet for lunch after your first activity, which will be served in Wilderness Hotel Nellim, Nangu’s famous sister hotel. You will then swap activities in the afternoon, travelling between them by snowmobile sleigh. Your transfer between Nangu and Nellim will be by car.
Whichever way around you experience the activities, it will look something like this.
Your guide will lead you to meet the huskies who will make their eagerness for the trail acutely obvious through excited barks and howls. They must, however, wait until you have been given a full safety briefing and instructions on how to control the sled. Then, finally, it will be time to set out on the trails, gliding over the expanse of snow-carpeted land. You will enjoy the safari pairs, with the opportunity to swap driver and passenger if you wish to do so.
Once the ride is over, the dogs will be far calmer, offering the perfect moment to pet them and take photos. You will then enjoy your warming lunch.
For the second session, you will be greeted by a traditional Sámi reindeer herder, who will be delighted to welcome you in and share stories about their way of life. You shall receive a tour of the farm prior to meeting the animals. Often, the guide will allow you to feed the reindeer, providing an up-close encounter.
After a day full of experiences, you will return to Nangu for a laid-back evening of dinner and rest after a busy day. Don’t miss the opportunity to look out for the Northern Lights tonight, as you never know when they may decide to grace you with their presence.
Evening Aurora Camp
After a very busy day yesterday, we have left the daytime free for you today. You can snuggle up with a good book, explore independently, or speak to the hotel about any additional activities you may want to include. Your meals, of course, will be served at Nangu.
After dinner tonight, your guide will take you out into the dark night to hunt for the Aurora Borealis. In a sledge pulled by your guide’s snowmobile, you will head to a prime viewpoint, increasing your chances of seeing the Aurora as you become truly immersed in darkness.
While you wait for a potential appearance, you will sit around a campfire and keep warm, enjoying hot drinks and listening to your guide tell you all about the Aurora.
Cross-Country Skiing and Aurora Snowmobiling
Fill up on breakfast this morning as you prepare for an active couple of hours gliding over the snow on cross-country skis.
This is one of Finland’s most popular activities and you need no prior experience of any form of skiing to enjoy this sport. A full lesson and briefing will be given beforehand, and before you know it you’ll be gliding along the trails like the best of them.
Once your guide feels that the group are ready, he/she will lead a short ski trip in the surrounding area, usually heading out across Lake Inari. The activity will last around two hours in total.
After lunch at the hotel this afternoon, you will have some time to relax, resting after an active morning and preparing for a thrilling Aurora excursion tonight.
Following dinner, you will meet with your guide to prepare for your snowmobile Aurora hunt. A full lesson and safety briefing will be given before you set off on the trails once again.
Two sharing, you will make your way into the darkness on a hunt for the Aurora. You will have the chance to swap driver and passenger during the ride, but please note that you must hold a valid driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile.
With any luck, the Northern Lights will appear, and you can all hit the brakes and stare in awe at a mystical show of light moving across the sky.
After a rather active and fast-paced day yesterday, we have taken everything down a notch, with a snowshoeing excursion. Although snowshoeing can be physical, it is a slow-paced and peaceful activity, ideal for exploring the surroundings in a tranquil and gentle manner.
Snowshoes will be provided, and your guide will help you fit them to your boots in preparation for the walk. Your guide will take you through the landscape, pointing out any animal footprints that you may come across, and discussing the surrounding nature with you as you take your time touring the snow-laden forests. It is a great chance for photography (just keep your camera and batteries warm).
The activity will last for around four hours in total, including time for lunch around an open fire and warm drinks.
After dinner this evening you can head down to the lake for your own Aurora stake out.
Today has been left free for you to tailor your time. You could use this opportunity to take a break, enjoying your cosy accommodation and curling up with a book by the fire. You could head outside the hotel for some independent exploration of the area and to enjoy the peaceful environment surrounding this very special spot.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the restaurant, as usual, today, followed by an Aurora Camp excursion tonight. For the final time, you will head out to a camp in a snug snowmobile-pulled sleigh, keeping warm and relaxing as you go. Remember to keep your eyes on the sky, as you never know when the elusive lights are going to make an appearance.
Once you arrive at the camp, you can reminisce about the fantastic memories that you have made during your trip, while the campfire crackles and flickers in the background. As you sip on a hot drink and peer at the sky, you will hopefully catch sight of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis tonight.
Today you must depart, as you take your transfer to Ivalo Airport in time for your flight home.
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Explore Lake Inari by snowmobile
This excursion promises to be a thrilling experience, as you head out onto Lake Inari on your snowmobiles.
Whether you are a beginner or have driven a snowmobile before, it does not matter as a full safety briefing will be given before you set off on your guided journey. Lake Inari is the third largest lake in Finland and in winter it is the perfect playground for snowmobilers. With wide open spaces, fantastic views and very little need for any technical steering skills.Read more
You will eat lunch around a cosy open fire, with hot drinks for added warmth.
If you wish to drive your own snowmobile please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.
Please note: The driver must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Duration: 4 hours
Ice fishing trip with snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride
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
Image credit: Juho Kuva and Visit Finland
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 12 people (approximately)
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
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.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
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 level 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ 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.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 18 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
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 1 am 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.