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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2905
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Enjoy the wonders of the wild during this seven-night holiday to Finnish Lapland. Staying at the Wilderness Hotel Nellim, you will see in the New Year with hotel celebrations and make your holiday memorable with included activities such as a husky safari and snowmobiling. There are also four dedicated Northern Lights hunts on the itinerary!

What's included?

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

  • Flights: direct from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Apartment/cabin upgrades available (supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities are included: cross-country skiing, wilderness snowmobile safari, Aurora workshop, Northern Lights snowshoe, snowshoe trek, minibus hunt for the Northern Lights, husky safari, Aurora camp, snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guide and representative
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

For a New Year celebration with a difference, this trip should tick all the boxes, offering a wonderful combination of activities, fantastic Northern Lights prospects and an astonishingly beautiful backdrop.

During this holiday, you will stay at Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the north- east corner of Finland. The hotel resides in a remote location amongst the forested fells and near the banks of the vast frozen expanse of Lake Inari. As a family run hotel, it offers a warm and hospitable welcome and the exceptional guides charm our guests annually. 

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The remote location and minimal light pollution, of course, means there is great Aurora potential, Nellim certainly exploits this potential where possible. The hotel guides have created numerous Aurora Camps that are used for the evening Aurora hunts. These are handpicked sites either around the lake or in a forest clearing, which offer unobstructed views of the night sky. They are the destination for many evening activities here.

Nellim offers four Aurora Bubbles, these perspex-domed rooms provide guests with the chance to view the Northern Lights from the comfort of their bed. There are also several Aurora Kotas, which combine a traditional cabin structure with a half-glass covered roof; perfect for potential Aurora spotting. A real favourite with couples is also the heated Aurora sleigh at Nellim which offers panoramic views of the sky and scenery – ideal for a private Northern Lights safari on one of your free evenings. Details of these upgrades can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.

This itinerary is one of our most active, with varied and exciting activities throughout. Included in the holiday are a wilderness snowmobile safari and an unforgettable dog sledding experience. You will also visit a reindeer farm via snowmobile, try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the forests.

Evenings are dedicated to seeking out the Aurora with hunts via snowmobile, snowshoe and minibus. Success, can of course never be guaranteed, but given Nellim's almost total lack of light pollution and the enthusiasm and local knowledge of the guides, your chances here are very high and we do all we can to help you achieve your goal.

In our opinion if you are looking for an active way to welcome in the New Year in style, then you need to look no further.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be welcomed by your driver before being transferred to Nellim. You will be given your Aurora alert and cold weather clothing, which is yours for the duration of your stay.

    After enjoying dinner in the hotel tonight, remember to look to the skies, as the Northern Lights may well make an appearance for you tonight.

    Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.

  • Your first full day at Nellim will begin with a chance to have a go at one of Finland's most beloved pastimes – cross country skiing. This activity is not only quintessentially Finnish but is also a great way to take in your surroundings for the first time.

    After you are set up with your skis and poles you will be given full instructions (we assume no prior experience) before heading off on one of the many trails which surround the hotel. The pace is relaxed and you will be out with your guide for around two hours, giving you the chance to take in the scenery and possibly even some wildlife. After your guided instruction you will have the cross country skis for the remainder of the day so can set off independently on a trail should you wish. Many guests also like to hire the skis later in the week to explore independently. 

    To celebrate New Year's Eve, the hotel provides a range of festivities for guests and everyone gathers to celebrate together. A special meal will be prepared and you will be able to sample some local delicacies. Late on in the evening,  all guests normally take the short walk down to the frozen lake to welcome in the New Year with some sparkling wine. This is a low key but very special affair and we strongly recommend welcoming in the next 12 months under the night sky, enjoying this very special location and, with any luck, a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.

  • Today you will be enjoying a thrilling snowmobile safari, giving you the chance to really start to appreciate the scale of the wilderness which surrounds the hotel.

    After full instructions and a safety briefing, you will hit the trails, travelling two people per snowmobile, covering between 40 and 60km, over approximately four hours. 

    Your guide will lead you through forested fells and over frozen lakes before the group break for a campfire lunch. You may swap drivers so that you can each take it in turns to drive the snowmobile (providing you carry a full driving licence and are over 18).

    Following your day in the wilds, you will enjoy dinner in the hotel tonight. You will then take part in an Aurora workshop given by one of the guides before you head out on your first Northern Lights hunt. This will introduce you to the science behind the phenomenon and the myths and legends that the Aurora has inspired over the years. The guide will also discuss photographing the Northern Lights and the optimal camera settings required to take the best picture.

    Tonight you will be participating in a guided snowshoe walk where you will be led to a local vantage point offering clear views of the night sky. Seeing the landscape at night is of course completely different to your daytime exploration. Furthermore, it is a wonderful opportunity to walk under the star-filled sky and hopefully gaze upon a magnificent Aurora display. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours tonight.

    Please note that all of the snowmobile safaris within your agenda are based on two people sharing. If you would like to drive your own snowmobile, a single supplement will apply. To drive a snowmobile, you must be over 18 years old and have a full driving licence.

  • After yesterday’s evening exploration, today you will set out for a daytime adventure on snowshoes. Following your guide, you can enjoy areas that are out of bounds for snowmobiles and dog sleds, and this peaceful activity offers a chance to encounter some of the local wildlife as you explore during your four-hour trek. You will have lunch and warm drinks around a campfire before returning to the hotel.

    We have left this evening free for you to relax. You may wish to enjoy an additional Northern Lights experience such as a night in an Aurora Bubble, or Kota, or maybe an Aurora sleigh ride. The details of these options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of this holiday page.

  • The order of activities is always subject to change but this is planned to be your free day. The daytime is yours to enjoy as you wish. There are several optional activities available, please see the 'Personalise' section for more information. Alternatively, you may wish to utilise your new found skills and hire some cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore on your own. Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant. 

    After this evening’s meal it is time for another Aurora hunt. In the comfort of a minibus, your expert guide will check all weather and Aurora forecasts to pinpoint an area where your chances of seeing the Lights are at their best. The bus will hopefully allow you to outrun any local cloud cover and witness the Aurora dancing across the sky. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours this evening. 

  • Today is dog sledding day – a real highlight of any holiday to Lapland and an unforgettable experience. There are few means of transport that allow you to feel a greater connection to your surroundings than travelling in a sleigh pulled by a team of eager huskies.

    As you cover the 17km trail you and your team will begin to understand each other and start to work as a unit. Of course, a full safety briefing will be provided and your guide will give you detailed instruction before you set off travelling two people per sled. The safari will last for approximately two hours. 

    After the day’s exertions and another warming dinner in the hotel, you will head to one of Nellim’s Aurora Camps for an evening around a campfire. The camps have all been chosen by the expert guides here due to their views of the night sky and Aurora record. Guests gather together to watch it and wait for the Northern Lights, exchanging experiences with the group and enjoying a warming drink. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours this evening. 

  • When people think of Lapland their thoughts will most likely include images of reindeer and rightly so, as these animals are an integral part of life here.

    After a hearty breakfast, the group will travel on snowmobiles to a traditional reindeer farm. Upon arrival, the herders will provide an insight into their daily lives and will introduce you to some of their herd. Typically guests can enjoy feeding the animals and taking some great pictures of them up close. You will enjoy lunch and hot drinks around an open fire, before snowmobiling back to Nellim. You will be out for approximately five to six hours today. 

    Tonight’s Aurora activity once again involves snowmobiles, this time utilising the mobility they provide to search for the Northern Lights. Your destination is likely to be another of the Aurora Camps where you will break and enjoy the peace of the Arctic night whilst hopefully gazing upon the Aurora. You will be out for approximately two and a half hours this evening. 

  • Today your adventure will come to an end and you will return home to continue the New Year with a head full of memories.

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Wilderness Hotel Nellim

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Wilderness Hotel Nellim is owned by our good friends Jouko and Mari Lappalainen. Nellim was their first hotel (they now also own the delights of Nangu, Muotka and Wilderness Hotel Inari) and is now renowned as an Aurora destination. It will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the first place many of us saw the Northern Lights. The hotel has been upgraded over the years and now has a wide range of accommodation options including rooms, suites, log cabins and unforgettable Aurora Cabins and Bubbles (see the ‘Personalise’ section for details) which are all within a short walk of the main reception and restaurant building.

A tiny village just 8km from the Russian border, Nellim is a remote spot close to the shores of Lake Inari and surrounded by incredible wilderness, providing perfectly dark skies, ideal for Aurora viewing.

Hotel facilities

  • The restaurant/reception building is the focal point at Nellim. With locally-made furnishings, the atmosphere is charming. Hearty buffets of local and international favourites are served three times a day. There is usually a soup and salad selection, two choices of main meal and a pudding for evening meals
  • Guests can relax next to the roaring fire and enjoy a drink from the bar in the restaurant
  • A sauna is available for guests to use and can be reserved at reception in hourly slots
  • There is a fully-stocked gift shop which offers a range of local produce and souvenirs for you to take home
  • Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the main building for guests outside meal times
  • Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to hire from the onsite activity centre
  • The small lake behind the hotel is a great spot for some independent Aurora stake outs – you can light the fire in the small wooden kota (traditional shelter) and watch the sky with a warm drink

Room types

Hotel rooms

The 54 double or twin rooms are decorated in keeping with local surroundings and culture. All have an en-suite shower room and hairdryer. Some of these rooms are located in the main building and others are situated in separate annexe buildings, a short walk from the main building. There are also two hotel rooms with private sauna which can be booked, subject to a supplement and availability.


Other options

Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Apartments

Many guests like to upgrade to one of the six apartments at Nellim, all of which are situated in one of the annexe buildings across from the reception and restaurant. The apartments offer guests additional room and their own space in which to relax after a day or night of activities.

Each apartment varies in size and facilities. Apartments are allocated on a first come, first served basis according to the accommodation which best suits your party.

Please note that some of the apartments require a supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Please note these images display a range of the different types of apartment. Upgrade supplements may apply.

Apartment facilities

  • The one, two and three bedroom apartments are all equipped with living area, bathroom (with shower and hairdryer), kitchenette and/or electric kettle and TV
  • Some of the apartments offer a fireplace or a sauna but these facilities cannot be guaranteed, only requested
  • We recommend taking supplies of your favourite tea and coffee so you can enjoy warm drinks in your apartment

 

Please note that an upgrade supplement may apply. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quotation


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Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Cabins

Supplements from: £427pp

Nellim offers a variety of cabins which offer varying facilities and which are mainly within easy walking distance of the hotel. Cabins are allocated on a first come, first served basis, according to the accommodation which most suits your party and availability. Specific facilities cannot be guaranteed. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Price is based on two adults sharing a log cabin. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin facilities

  • The standard cosy cabins are studio in style and offer a double bed, pull-out sofa bed, a small kitchenette, a shower room and en-suite toilet, a fireplace and a private sauna
  • A large lakeside cabin can be requested for larger groups but this is a few kilometres from the hotel and so transfers are provided for meals and activities
  • Two larger log cabins situated close to the hotel are available on request, however, these require a minimum of 4 people and sleep up to 8

Please note these images display a range of the different types of cabins.

Wilderness Hotel Nellim - Log Suites

Supplements from: £338pp

Located between 30-70 metres from the main building these log suites are designed to be the highest standard of accommodation Nellim offer. The suites are approximately 33m² and there are four suites in each of the separate log buildings.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Suite facilities

  • All suites have their own private sauna, electric kettle and mini-fridge to make your stay as comfortable as possible

  • The suites have a double bed downstairs as part of the open plan layout and a mezzanine level above which sleeps up to three more people

  • All meals will be served in the hotel restaurant which is just a short walk from the suites

  • These suites are perfect for those wishing to have more space to relax in during their downtime from activities


Special Nights

Aurora Bubble

From: £173pp

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.

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 as there is a 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.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.

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 at Nellim and Muotka are well in keeping with such a tradition: combining a cabin structure with glass tepee elements, they provide a large glass roof above the sleeping area, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the magic of night-time Northern Lights displays.

Each Kota contains a double bed and being a bit larger than an Aurora Bubble, it has room for a third person on a sofa bed. 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 majority of the Kotas do not have a shower- even so, each includes a toilet and small sink. At Nellim there are also two Aurora Cabins which have a shower and are slightly larger at 29 m².

Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply. Prices are based on the Kotas without showers; if you would like to stay in a Kota with a shower, please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quote, as they attract a higher cost.

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Aurora Bubble

From £173pp

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 as there is a 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.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


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Activities

Heated Aurora Sleigh

From: £196pp

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 and a half hours (departing around 8 pm) 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!

Private Aurora sleigh ride including dinner: please speak to our Travel Experts for a quote

Special Nights

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 at Nellim and Muotka are well in keeping with such a tradition: combining a cabin structure with glass tepee elements, they provide a large glass roof above the sleeping area, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the magic of night-time Northern Lights displays.

Each Kota contains a double bed and being a bit larger than an Aurora Bubble, it has room for a third person on a sofa bed. 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 majority of the Kotas do not have a shower- even so, each includes a toilet and small sink. At Nellim there are also two Aurora Cabins which have a shower and are slightly larger at 29 m².

Read more about this activity

Please note: prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply. Prices are based on the Kotas without showers; if you would like to stay in a Kota with a shower, please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quote, as they attract a higher cost.

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Adults£ 2,465 Single Adult£ 2,700

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.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Mon 30 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 2,640 Single Adult£ 2,875

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 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.

Traveller Reviews

WOW 08 January 2018 by Vanessa and Charles Walton

Thank you - one of the most amazing things we have ever done - and definitely will do again. I would also say that the guides were all fantastic, but particular mention to Ben and Johnny who were knowledgeable, fun and couldn't do enough.

The activities were just right 03 January 2018 by Gareth and Jaswinder Lewis

Difficult to choose, but we think the snowmobiling. It was the most fun, and you got to see a wide variety of the surrounding country. It was warmer than the husky sledding, which probably comes a close second! The staff and guides were brilliant. Especially the kitchen which really did a fantastic job of feeding the hordes with great food. The activities were just right, and we were very
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fortunate to get four consecutive nights when the aurora were visible.
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Magical holiday 28 December 2017 by The Defillion Family

It was a magical holiday from start to finish. We saw the Northern Lights on three nights of our seven-night stay.

One of the best holidays of our lives 26 December 2016 by Morag Egan and family

I went with family members to celebrate my 60th birthday at Nellim and we all had one of the best holidays of our lives. From the start, the admin and booking procedures were very efficiently handled and all queries were answered promptly. The amount of information on the website was superb and answered most questions. Once in Nellim, we were looked after exceedingly well by hotel staff, guides
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and the tour rep. Nothing was too much trouble. The hotel was a good size and there was never far to walk to facilities. The food was excellent and we all ate far too much, especially the outstanding salmon on New Year's Eve. This was made into a special occasion with fireworks and sparkling wine on the hotel lake. The activities were truly enjoyable and the guides showed great knowledge of Finnish culture and history as well as of the local wildlife. We were made to feel very special by them and they were very encouraging. They all had a great sense of humour and all activities were conducted at a pace to suit the party. Lunch cooked over a fire in the middle of nowhere in sub-zero temperatures was always a bonus together with sipping hot berry juice. We stayed in a two bedroom apartment which provided a kitchen and lounge in which to relax in our spare time - we were glad of this for our party of four. Saying this, the hotel bar and dining room were comfortable and welcoming and provided a good alternative for our down time. Having breathed in the clean air. listened to the silence, tried out new activities as well as having observed the beautiful landscapes and wildlife we are all eager to return to the country again. This was a great way to mark a significant milestone in my life and I won't forget it.
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A fantastic experience 26 December 2016 by Anna Peart and Dominic Hammill

The honeymoon was a fantastic experience that is going to be very hard to beat! The hotel was super and the staff were so helpful and would go above and beyond to make sure that you were looked after. We didn't have a mirror in our room, as I think they had just been renovating it, so I asked if they happened to have a small one I could use while there and next thing there was mirror fitted on the
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wall within half an hour. My hubby is a right fussy one with food, but the buffet service and range of food always meant that there was enough for him to eat and he tried lots of different food. I thought it was brilliant how if you were out on a day trip the guides took food and drink to cook on a campfire and warm you up. We enjoyed the traditional Laplandish meal on New Year's Eve, followed by sparkly wine and fireworks - a purely magical way to see in 2017. The itinerary for the week was a great mixture of free time and varying length activities and we liked how there was a free day built in where we hired some skis and did our own thing and hired the sauna. I think my favourite activity was the husky dogs - even though they were naughty and decided they wanted to do their own thing when they smelled a campfire... it did end up with us being rescued by a guide haha. I loved going into the pen with the puppies at the farm at the end and holding some husky puppies. All the activities were brilliant and the Aurora camps on a night time were enjoyable. We managed to see the Northern Lights twice while we were there and the phone texting Aurora alert service is a brilliant idea. We spent a night in the Aurora Bubble too, which was magical. I'd recommend that to everyone who went. We couldn't fault the holiday! I've just been sharing your website details on a December Brides facebook page and I've had a few people asking me questions about it. Thank you also for arranging a gift for us in our room to mark our honeymoon. That was a really thoughtful thing to do. We drank the champagne on New Year's Eve and the chocolates were a treat with a cuppa after being out in the cold. Temperatures for us were between -2 and -16 but it was getting colder the last few days and I know they were expecting -20s after we had gone. Thank you for recommending such a wonderful place to go. We've already said that if children come along in the future we are going back and we will certainly be coming back to yourselves to arrange it.
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I have never been anywhere that I enjoyed so much. 26 December 2015 by Sunia Burnham

I have never been anywhere that I have enjoyed so much. It was simply perfect! We had never done any of the activities before and all were enjoyable but if forced to choose, my favourites were the dog sledging and snowshoe trek.

We met some lovely people 07 April 2014 by Douglas Atkinson

It is the first time we have done such a group style trip - we are usually very independent travellers but we very much enjoyed it and had the opportunity to enjoy activities we otherwise would not have done. We also met some lovely people. Snowmobiling was more fun than expected and we had several good trips out. The ultimate enjoyment was seeing the Aurora on our last night! Our second favourite
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activity was the husky dog sledding. The guides were very friendly and helpful and full of information and conversation. The evening campfires were good fun and enjoyable even without any Northern Lights to see!
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Guides superb - kind and knowledgeable 11 January 2013 by Alastair Craig

The guides were all superb - clearly determined to give us a good experience. Very kind and knowledgeable. The hotel staff were also fabulous and couldn't do enough to make sure we had a great visit. 

Great way to celebrate our Silver Anniversary 07 January 2013 by Janice George

Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, as were the guides. We really enjoyed the holiday, and it was a great way to celebrate our Silver Anniversary, (thank you for the champagne!). The holiday exceeded our expectations, and we would recommend the holiday to our active, fit friends. Thank you for recommending Nellim to us, we loved it! 

Local guides were absolutley brilliant 07 January 2013 by Stephen Brooker

The local guides were absolutely brilliant. The hotel was very good and the food was excellent.



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