Price from £1,530pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 2901

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information.
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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: Return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Apartment/cabin upgrades available (supplements apply)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop, Nellim by snowmobile-pulled sled and Northern Lights search, Sámi Siida Museum, snowshoes and Aurora Camp, Husky safari and Aurora Camp (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am
  • Services of our expert guides and Aurora Zone representative

Nellim is situated close to the edge of Lake Inari, just nine kilometres from the Russian border in the far north east of the country, ensuring remote wilderness and an almost total lack of light pollution.

The hotel is the perfect base for an Arctic adventure and the facilities it has are all geared towards providing you with the ideal Aurora hunting holiday.

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The hotel also has numerous unique Aurora Bubbles on site which you can upgrade to for a night. Here you can lie back and gaze directly at the endless Arctic sky.

In addition to your evenings being filled with Aurora expeditions, your daytimes will include an array of gentle activities, designed to welcome you to this remarkable location and enable you to discover the incredible wilderness scenery of this Arctic playground.

On your first morning here you will enjoy a tour of Nellim via snowmobile-pulled sleigh and see the highlights of the village. Furthermore, you will enjoy an unforgettable husky safari and will gain an interesting insight into the culture and history of the Sámi people in the region.

We are huge fans of Nellim and love the location for the incredible wilderness scenery that it offers. As you drive towards the hotel, you soon begin to realise that you are very much in the middle of nowhere. All you can see are snow-covered trees, frozen lakes and fells.

In addition to being remarkably picturesque, the remote location of Nellim Wilderness Hotel, also means that should the Aurora activity and weather be conducive to a display, your chances of witnessing a magnificent Northern Lights are really very high indeed.

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  • Aurora Bubble

    From £99pp

    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 Lappish firmament from the comfort of your own bed!! This is Aurora hunting in style.

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

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


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    Aurora Kotas in Nellim

    From: £127pp

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

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

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    Extend your stay at Sarmi Wilderness Lodge

    From: £270pp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Helsinki City break

    With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.

    We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our travel experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.

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    Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.

    Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting-edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.

    In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the duchy of Russia, it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past, we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art, or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.

    A 15-minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNESCO listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.

    Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multicultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!
    Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

    Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability. 

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    Extend your stay in Saariselka

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

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

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy a free upgrade to an Aurora Bubble or Aurora Kota on one evening of your stay if you travel between 25 March - 15 April 2016 simply quote 'FREE UPGRADE' when booking.  

Next year's provisional dates and prices

To secure places on any trip next season, you can make a provisional booking. This means paying a deposit of £400pp to secure your holiday. We will contact you when the final dates and prices are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel then we will refund your full deposit.

Dates
Thu 01 Dec 2016
to Mon 05 Dec 2016
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Adults£ 1,710 Single Adult£ 1,840
Sun 11 Dec 2016
to Thu 15 Dec 2016
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Adults£ 1,570 Single Adult£ 1,700
Sun 08 Jan 2017
to Thu 12 Jan 2017
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Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,755
Tue 17 Jan 2017
to Sat 21 Jan 2017
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Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,755
Sun 29 Jan 2017
to Thu 02 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 1,695 Single Adult£ 1,825
Wed 08 Feb 2017
to Sun 12 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 1,710 Single Adult£ 1,840
Sun 12 Feb 2017
to Thu 16 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 1,605 Single Adult£ 1,735
Sun 19 Feb 2017
to Thu 23 Feb 2017
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Adults£ 1,615 Single Adult£ 1,745
Wed 01 Mar 2017
to Mon 06 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 1,530 Single Adult£ 1,660
Mon 13 Mar 2017
to Fri 17 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 1,560 Single Adult£ 1,690
Thu 23 Mar 2017
to Mon 27 Mar 2017
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Adults£ 1,595 Single Adult£ 1,725
Thu 30 Mar 2017
to Mon 03 Apr 2017
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Adults£ 1,710 Single Adult£ 1,840

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size

Minimum 8 people, maximum 20.

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

 

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

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

  • Saw the Northern Lights on each of the three nights we were out 14 March 2016 by David & Angela Salmon

    Overall an excellent holiday. The hotel was excellent with friendly staff and good clean accommodation. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Each event professionally led and well organised. Saw the Northern Lights on each of the three nights we were out, a real bonus but you need a tripod and camera with a long exposure to capture them.

  • A very happy and enjoyable holiday 31 January 2016 by Vanessa Vollebregt

    All excellent and made for a most enjoyable holiday. Hard to choose a favourite activity as all were enjoyable. Everyone went out of their way to make it a very happy and enjoyable holiday.

  • Travelling solo was not a problem... 31 January 2016 by Anne Strachan

    Thank you to Barry, Dawn and Carol for your superb service. Thanks also for your help and support when Violet had to cancel. Travelling solo was not a problem as everyone was friendly and inclusive. Pease tell anyone who is considering going on their own that it's OK. Most enjoyable: Husky sledge ride! Just fab. Individual evening (dark) snowmobile ride led by Ben. Well worth the money.

  • Everything was well-prepared during our stay 19 January 2016 by Ching Ying Qing

    Everything was well-prepared during our stay. I am especially impressed by the work ethics as even when there was a time where there were only 3 tourists, including the both of us, the trip still continued. The whole process, including the payment and administration, was smooth and all replies were fast. As an international customer situated in the Asia country (Singapore), I was worried that
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    there would be some hiccups, but after this trip, I could confidently comment on its great reliability and credibility.
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  • Nothing was too much trouble 18 March 2015 by Linda Moore

    Nothing was too much trouble. All your staff and those at Nellim were great. Special thanks to Graham in the office without whom we would never have made it to Finland. Quincy is an amazing ambassador for your company. Most enjoyable has to be the Northern Lights as this was the main reason for our trip, and each evening everything was so well organised. But every activity we did was amazing.
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    Everything was fabulous, thank you.
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  • Thank you for a great holiday! 02 January 2015 by Meg Rowell

    All the guides and the rep looked after us really well and were very knowledgeable. Most enjoyable activity was the husky dog sled. Such good, fun and eager dogs. We thought the number of people in the activity groups was ideal for us. Thank you for a great holiday!

  • Nellim is a great place 13 February 2014 by Stephen Doyle

    Nellim is a great place and unlike what I have heard is the more Disney-style resort further west. The local guides were fantastic and the Wilderness Hotel was super. The husky dog sledding 17km ride was totally unlike anything that I will ever do again. Very happy with the experience. 

  • Thank you very much 13 February 2014 by David Sidebottom

    The simple outdoor lunch of scotch broth (reindeer rather than lamb) heated over a log camp fire and "toasted" sandwich on the Nellim day was really tasty and just what was needed to warm us up. The bottle of "sparkling" wine and card on arrival for our golden anniversary was most appreciated; thank you very much.

  • In the pursuit of excellence 29 April 2013 by Matthew Taylor

    I'd like to say how fantastic our rep Peter was. Very welcoming, knowledgeable and keen to help everyone in the group have an amazing stay. Most enjoyable: the snowmobile safari was fantastic. Lake Inari is so vast and this trip really made me feel inside the Arctic Circle! Having said that, it's difficult to choose between that and the Aurora hunts, which were amazing despite not having seen the
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    Aurora during them. Least enjoyable: N/A - seriously, it'd be unfair to put a negative spin on any of the activities! As mentioned above, Peter was a fantastic rep and having him there made me feel properly taken care of when I had questions - this is pretty important when travelling alone. In addition to this, every guide I met from the Wilderness Hotel was inspiring in their passion and knowledge of Nellim, the local area, and the Northern Lights. In the pursuit of excellence.
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  • This was the best holiday that my wife and I have ever been on 22 March 2013 by Keith Baker

    This was the best holiday that my wife and I have ever been on as can be evidenced by the gradings given (in our online questionnaire). It is impossible to differentiate between the activities since all were absolutely great and combined together extremely well to provide the backbone of the holiday. 

  • We really find it difficult to fault this holiday 11 March 2013 by Susan Bates

    We really find it difficult to fault this holiday as so much of it was so good and all the arrangements went without a hitch. The hotel, staff, food and guides really were excellent. Seeing the lights - we were so lucky to get a wonderful display on our final evening. Also the husky ride was amazing and very special as it was something I have always wanted to do. 

  • I would/will tell every friend of ours who might be interested to go 'lights hunting' 11 March 2013 by Michael Webb

    The 'reindeer herding day' was probably the most enjoyable - fascinating to hear and learn about and see 'in the flesh' reindeer herding, ice fishing (drilled holes and nets), generally to learn about the way of life in that part of the world, and on top of all that to be driving through the true wilderness on the snowmobiles. The guide was hugely knowledgeable, perfect English, infinitely capable
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    (creating fires and sumptuous meals out in the wild) and cheerfully patient with our questions and incompetencies (the slower snowmobile drivers!). It would be invidious to describe any activity as the 'least' enjoyable, since everything we did was enormous fun, if sometimes fairly challenging. The first day snowmobiling, the husky sledging and the nightly trips out to 'hunt' the lights were all brilliant. To then have 'free' access to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sauna in our free time was simply icing (no pun intended) on our appetising cake! The hotel is picturesque, supremely comfortable and beautifully warm, and the food was really excellent - a wide variety of delicious food at all meals, coffee and tea on tap at all times, and a more than adequately stocked bar especially the rum,brandy, etc spiked hot drinks! The organisation of the activities themselves was faultless and the guides were enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. The equipment (snowmobiles, husky sledges, shoes, skis, Arctic weather gear) was all of very high quality. To have then had, on our last night, what Marrku our local resident photographer guide rated as one of the top three Auroral displays in his whole life simply left us breathless. I will tell every friend of ours who might be interested to go 'lights hunting' to go to Nellim - it was brilliant (and would have been even if we had not seen the Aurora at all!).
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  • Simply brilliant 04 March 2013 by Gary Waterhouse

    We had a full and lovely holiday, with a fantastic finish! We were able to take part in a lot of activities, from husky dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, reindeer farm experience, ice fishing, tobogganing and the odd Aurora hunting! Each activity was led by guides and instructors and we were given guidance before each activity. We would never have thought, that in just
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    a few days, we could pack so much into them. We did so much yet were able to relax and enjoy our surroundings. Our guides enhanced the experiences with their local knowledge and stories.  Every member of staff that we met were helpful and helped us to have the best experiences possible. We were also lucky enough to see the most incredible display of the Northern Lights. This was so much more than we could have wished for, you had to be there to believe it! Lots of 'oohing' and 'aahing', cookies and berry juice around a warming fire and we finally returned back to our hotel about 12.30am all clutching our cameras full of the most amazing pictures. Everyone sat in the bar talking about their experiences. We would recommend this holiday to anyone. You do need to have a certain level of fitness, but you don't need to be a gym bunny! The whole experience was tiring but it was a satisfied tiredness and we had the most amazing holiday of a lifetime. Thanks to all the staff at the Wilderness Hotel and all the instructors/guides....you helped it to go really smoothly.
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  • Holiday exceeded our expectations 26 February 2013 by Daniel Bodey

    A fantastic holiday that exceeded our expectations - the excitement that the local staff had for the activities was infectious and they shared our absolute delight in seeing the lights. Thank you for an amazing experience - we are very glad we chose Nellim and the Aurora Zone.

  • The lights were the 'icing on the cake' 04 February 2013 by Lynne Smithard

    I loved the holiday and seeing the lights on two nights was the 'icing on the cake', but even if we hadn't seen them I would still have loved everything about my trip. The organisation, the hotel and staff and the guides and outings were all fantastic and everything ran so smoothly with no hitches. A superb experience. 

  • Fantastic holiday 28 January 2013 by Patricia Wilkinson

    Fantastic holiday, wonderful scenery, warm welcome from all staff and guides. Guides very knowledgable and able to share that with us. Hotel comfortable and useful being able to walk through in snow/ice-covered clothes. Food good, not haute cuisine but tasty and plenty of it, all hotel staff helpful, even being told that they wanted to go (at 1am) was done very politely. Guides as
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    enthusiastic as us about seeing the Northern Lights and knew what they were looking for and where there was a good chance of seeing them. And as a bonus the Northern Lights showed up on the last night.
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  • Everything was excellent 21 January 2013 by Michael Bramwell

    We have never been anywhere where we have honestly been able to rate every category as excellent! The whole experience was awesome. In fact, we want to phone you to say how really outstanding the location is, how outstanding the activities were, how outstanding the guides were, and how caring everyone was. It was also really wonderful being so un-commercialised. Please keep it that way. We would
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    rate this holiday 20 out of 10! Great meeting so many genuine Sámi people also.
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  • Very impressed 23 February 2012 by Michael Winston

    We arrived half a day late due to flight delays but we were very impressed by the way our activities were rescheduled so that we did everything that had been promised.


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