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Set your own itinerary during this tailor-made holiday to Nellim. Situated close to the shores of Lake Inari, amidst the fells and forests of North East Finland, this is an excellent location for Aurora hunting at night and enjoying Arctic activities during the day.

What's included?

ALL OF THE services LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki) are included. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: a minimum of three nights in a twin or double room at Nellim Wilderness Hotel
  • Meals: full board
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities  (individually priced as detailed in the activity timetable)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • The services of our local guides and representatives

Designing your own holiday at Nellim means that you can set the pace of your holiday and focus in on the key activities and experiences you would like to enjoy. It is ideal for those who are restricted on departure dates and for those travelling in a group where people may want slightly different itineraries.

Nellim is one of our most popular Aurora Zone destinations for many reasons. The accommodation and staff here are wonderfully welcoming, the range of activities is excellent, the location is wild and beautiful and the Aurora record is exceptional.

Guests can choose the exact duration of their stay (a minimum of three nights is required) and can then add in activities from the individually priced range which is detailed in the 'activities' section of the holiday page. There are wonderful experiences to be had here, during the day and at night, with dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing among the activities on offer.

When it comes to Northern Lights hunting Nellim really excels itself with a range of innovative Aurora hunting options. Guests can travel in the marvellous Aurora sleigh, spend the night in a unique Aurora Bubble or Aurora Kota, or visit one of Nellim's Aurora Camps which are all situated in prime viewing locations.

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Our standard package at Nellim includes; Return flights from London to Ivalo, return airport transfers, 3 nights' accommodation on a full board basis in one of the cosy hotel rooms, cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay and the services of our local representative and experts guides.


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Key facts

Duration:3 or more nights
Pace:Set your own
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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Wilderness Hotel Nellim

Nights: 1-3

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

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

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

A night in an Aurora Kota

From: £58pp

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. At Nellim there are also two of Aurora Cabins which have a shower and are slightly larger at 29 m².

Each Kota contains a twin/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.

A night in an Aurora Bubble

From: £58pp

Exchange your standard hotel room for an upgraded night's stay in one of the famous Aurora Bubbles at Nellim. Complete with a domed glass roof, these bubbles mean you can lie in your comfortable double bed and look up to the star-filled skies in the hope of seeing an Aurora display.

The bubbles have their own private bathroom with a toilet and heater to keep you warm throughout the night.


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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Please note: prices for the departure dates 12th Dec – 5th Jan; 6th Jan - 5th Feb; 6th Feb – 23rd Feb and 24th Feb - 18th March are based on direct flights (Thursdays and Sundays from London Gatwick). Supplements for indirect flights from London Heathrow (via Helsinki) may apply.

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Christmas Eve Dinner (mandatory)    £54

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum of 2 people - during activities the maximum group size is approximately 24 people

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 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

Just outstanding... 29 December 2017 by Richard and Carol Jenkinson

Dog sledding, would be top but generally the whole experience and remoteness of Nellim is the main attraction from day 1. We were never disappointed. Again very lucky with the weather and had three nights clear and three nights of Aurora , two being very good and the other breathtaking..even if it was forecasted KP1/2. I have been lucky to witness the Aurora over 20 times and on 26th it just blew
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up - a very high speed display which I was able to record live using my Sony A7S.. I have photographed Aurora in Iceland, Greenland and Nellim........ Nellim has always been the best. with daytime temperatures on one day of -30 c, to experience walking around the woods in those conditions for over an hour is amazing. Just outstanding..the whole experience and the team at The Aurora Zone are just brilliant and a real pleasure to talk with.
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Tailor-made trip 03 March 2017 by Susan Attwood & Mary Salmon

All of the activities were fun and well managed. The snowmobiling to the reindeer farm was the most fun because the guide, Lamu, was fantastic. He was interesting and entertaining and was also really caring about the group. He's a great asset.

It was all fantastic 16 February 2017 by Adrienne O'Sullivan

Husky sleigh ride. Amazing experience. Coming home. It was so magical we could have stayed much longer. The staff at the hotel were great. Dan was a brilliant rep, relaxed, helpful and always available for any questions.

It was an amazing holiday 27 February 2016 by Sarah Plaskett & Steven Walklate

Cannot thank you enough for the brilliant service we received from the first contact on your website chat function, through to suggesting the location, help selecting activities, booking the holiday, answering random questions before the holiday. Then on holiday itself the staff were so polite, friendly and helpful. It was an amazing holiday.

Excellent holiday again! 09 February 2016 by Sarah Whittaker

Excellent holiday again! All staff were lovely and it was a lovely surprise to receive a gift as returned so many times! Food excellent, No reindeer on menu though. Already talking about going back next yr:-)

The husky sleigh experience was fantastic 04 December 2015 by Ian Baker

Ben the local guide was excellent even when there was no Aurora to see due to cloud/snow, he kept the group entertained. Most enjoyable? Just walking around in a beautiful unspoilt landscape. The husky sleigh experience was fantastic. Improvements? Get rid of the clouds! A thoroughly enjoyable trip and we got to see the lights at midnight on our last night which of course was the highlight but
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even if we hadn't we would have had a great holiday.
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I really enjoyed the entire trip 28 March 2015 by Michelle Wald

I really enjoyed the entire trip; was very peaceful to be in such a remote town with nice people and unique experiences. The airport transfer was easy, Luka awaited us with a sign. And Quincy was very nice greeting us as we arrived at the lodge. The rest of the trip was easy, clear communication of where to be when, easy access to all the right clothing/gear, great guides and friendly staff, fun
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husky ride, nice snowmobile safari (although those things are hard to turn!), accomodation was nice, especially compared to what I expected in a remote lodge like this. Food was fine, nothing super special, but also quite good for such a remote location. They even provided us some special veggie options upon request, so that was nice. The sauna was a nice warm break from the outside temperatures! I liked that we could reserve it privately for an hour, but I wonder if that would be possible during busier times. As when we were there the lodge was pretty empty. so in peak times, it might mean that some guests don't get a turn, which would be a shame. So overall a really nice winter holiday! Most enjoyable: seeing the Lights! We only got to see them our first night, as the next two were cloudy. but glad we caught them at all! the husky ride was also fun and special.I
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