Price from £1,615pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 2903

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. 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 (flight routes 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: Snowshoeing, 2 evenings at Aurora Camps, husky safari, Aurora snowmobile safari, snowmobile safari to reindeer farm (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 representative

In the far north east corner of Finland, close to the Russian border, the tiny village of Nellim's remote location ensures not only an incredibly scenic wilderness setting for your trip, but also fantastic Aurora potential. The warm and welcoming Nellim Wilderness Hotel is located on the shore of Lake Inari, the third largest lake in Finland which provides a picturesque backdrop and an ideal Aurora viewing spot. The hotel also has four incredible Aurora Bubbles on-site and guests can upgrade to spend the night gazing directly at the Arctic sky.

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Whilst the evening excursions are undoubtedly highlight of this holiday, the days are also filled with some wonderful activities that emphasise this remarkable region. You will drive a snowmobile on an exciting safari across the wilds and enjoy a morning with a reindeer herder where you will gain an insight into the importance of these animals to this region. Furthermore, you will enjoy a 17km husky safari as you guide a team of eager dogs across the spectacular landscape.

On two of your evenings you will travel to one of Nellim's Aurora Camps. They have several at their disposal, all situated in locations chosen to maximise your chances of seeing the Aurora, with their clear views of the night sky. Here you can warm yourself by the fire and enjoy a hot drink as you wait for a potential Northern Lights display to light up the sky.

Nellim is where four of us here at The Aurora Zone, on separate occasions, got our first glimpse of the Northern Lights and so it holds a very special place in our hearts. There is something about it, with its warm hospitality, beautiful scenery and very knowledgeable guides that makes it a very special place indeed. This, in combination with its almost total lack of light pollution and array of Aurora watching spots, makes it an ideal destination for a Northern Lights holiday.

Image credits: Markku Inkila

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  • Aurora Bubble

    From £105pp

    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, 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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  • Heated Aurora Sleigh

    From: £147pp

    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 hours (departing around 10pm) 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!

  • 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 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.

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    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’.

  • Extend your stay at Sarmi Wilderness Lodge

    From: £292pp

    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.

  • 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 are lots of things 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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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 in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next year's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Wed 29 Nov 2017
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Adults£ 1,700 Single Adult£ 1,860
Sun 10 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 1,920
Sun 07 Jan 2018
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For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

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.

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.

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. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

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 typically a mobile phone system 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.

  • Huskies! 08 January 2017 by Elizabeth Davey and Amanda Aspinall

    Huskies! Loved it and have always wanted to do it. Lovely dogs and fantastic as got time to enjoy it (not a quick 10 mins like some other holidays advertised). I think we did about 17km. Great to get time to meet and play with the dogs afterwards :-)

  • Fantastic trip, highly recommended 11 December 2016 by David, Carmel & Therese Sheridan

    The Aurora Zone tour was so well organised with everything well thought out leaving nothing for you to do but just enjoy the experience. We travelled to Nellim Wilderness Resort 11 - 15 Dec 2016. If you are considering a trip to Lapland stop thinking about it and book this resort immediately. This place is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our 4 days at the resort were absolutely magnificent and
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    something I will never forget. From the moment you walk in the door, the staff are there to help and guide you to ensure you have a memorable stay. The hotel manager Minka was exceptional, stopping to chat ensuring we were having a good time. I am unsure when she actually sleeps; she seems to be there all the time. Our guides, Toni, Maija, Sampo, Mitte (Dog sledges) and Lamu were fantastic and all clearly love their jobs which was reflected in their knowledge and interaction with the guests. Having said that Lamu was exceptional and made our nights out to the Aurora Camps memorable. Now for some more detail. I am from Australia where we do not experience temperatures that are minus some big number, hence I was really concerned about being too cold experiencing a Lapland winter. Yes, it was cold while we were there, temps between -5 and -25 but this just added to our experience. CLOTHING. The resort supplied overall insulated suits, mittens and boots. All in very good condition and a lifesaver. I do not have clothing in Australia that could cope with these temps. Having said that you still need warm underclothing to wear under the suits. I wore thermals and polar fleece and fleece tracksuit bottoms. That was ample for me but the women on the exceptionally cold night added another layer. Once dressed it was a rush to get outside as you suddenly started cooking. We did struggle to keep hands and feet warm on snowmobiles and dog sledging so good woollen socks sometimes two pairs and fleece gloves rather than just liners to wear in the mittens was good. We also had disposable 'HOTHANDS' hand warmers to wear in the gloves. The women loved these but you need to bring them with you as they are NOT available at the resort. The Hothands toes warmers did not work, they only warmed up when out of our shoes. FOOD. The food was lovely, a smorgasbord setup with plenty to select from. The chefs and kitchen staff do an exceptional job including preparing warm meals for when you are out on trips in the wilderness. If you have fussy eaters in your party do not worry, my daughter found plenty to eat and enjoyed the meals. TOURS. Snowmobiles are a lot of fun, taking it in turns with your partner driving. Extremely easy to drive and they instruct you on how to drive before leaving. Dog Sledging again absolutely mind blowing, you and your partner take it in turns driving, well not really driving just hanging on and standing on the brakes to slow your crazy Husky dogs down. We sledged through forests and across a frozen lake about 8 km in all. At the end, we were able to pat and hug the dogs. I am not a dog person but their dogs were so tame although when we first arrived I was concerned because they were clearly excited to see us jumping and the barking was unbelievable. On our return they were worn out and a lot quieter. Snowshoeing. I was concerned I may not be fit enough but this was a lovely walk through a snow-covered picturesque forest to the top of a hill with a lovely outlook and lunch around a camp fire. At no time during these above activities was I concerned for my safety, they were all very safe and well organised. Night. The sunset days before our arrival and was not due to rise again until sometime in January. Having said that the sun was just below the horizon which created lovely long sunrises and sunsets even though the sun never rose. Due to the light reflecting on the snow we did have very good light like an overcast day for at least six hours a day. Finally, we saw the Aurora, Northern Lights on three separate nights, they are not there all night they come and go but we were lucky enough to see them. You need a good camera SLR for time exposures and a tripod; I suggest you practice time exposures at night before you come. Once again fantastic trip, highly recommended. David, Carmel & Therese Sheridan
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  • Very professional and thoughtful 31 March 2016 by Amy Chak

    Staff and guides at Nellim Wildness Hotel are wonderful; very professional and thoughtful. Not only are they knowledgeable and helpful but also really friendly and approachable.

  • Everything was fantastic 24 March 2016 by Deborah English & Keith Evans

    I would love to be able to provide some constructive feedback but everything was fantastic. I have already sent web links to all my colleagues, four of them I know are seriously thinking about it. What wasn't enjoyable? We loved all of it. There isn't anything at all I would change.

  • Brilliant holiday! 14 March 2016 by Emma Garling

    Brilliant holiday! The guides made the holiday very special. Their knowledge was very impressive and they were always willing and went out of their way to give us the best experience.

  • Excellent holiday 02 March 2016 by Linda & Frederick Barnes

    Excellent holiday, very well organised from start to finish, with friendly and enthusiastic guides and a perfect location. The huskies were the highlight, but all the activities were great one-off experiences - and we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights!

  • One of the best holidays we have ever had 02 March 2016 by Marilyn & Martin Standley

    Our group of 5 60+ people are well travelled but had never been on this kind of activity holiday before so we were a little unsure about it all at the start. But we absolutely loved it and thought it was great value for money. It was undoubtedly one of the best holidays we have ever had - and still would have been even if we had not also sighted the Lights - the icing on a magnificent cake!

  • Amazing from the first enquiry 21 February 2016 by Adam Sutherland

    Amazing from the first inquiry and right the way through. Ben who was our contact at Nelim was lovely.

  • Had an absolutely fantastic time 21 February 2016 by James Mitchell

    Had an absolutely fantastic time. Made some great friends and I would most definitely recommend you and use you again.

  • One of the best holidays we've had. 14 February 2016 by Samantha Webber

    Everyone was extremely friendly, accommodating, relaxed and passionate about being there. One of the best holidays we've had.

  • Nellim - Northern Lights over Lake Inari 14 February 2016 by Joanne Woolley

    Best holiday ever; now how can I top that?

  • Up near the top for holiday experiences. 14 February 2016 by Sally Breeden

    Excelled all expectations. Up near the top for holiday experiences. It's was an amazing holiday. I would hate to see it get over commercialised. It's perfect as it is. A really wilderness experience.

  • Enjoyed every moment - thank you all 31 January 2016 by Kevin Owen

    We found the whole experience stress free; the guides knowledge and enthusiasm infectious. From the start when we looked at the holiday through to the coach drivers, cooks, hotel manager, reps and guides all were helpful, knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. Each activity was a good experience with the friendly knowledgeable guides Ben, Mia, Anthony, Matais, Matt and the Finnish guide
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    whose name escapes me. The husky day has to be up there due to the unique experience, the quietness, only hearing crunching snow and breathing of the huskies. Each guide we felt safe with. Enjoyed every moment - thank you all.
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  • Nellim 31 January 2016 by Ross & Jacqueline Campbell

    Brilliant holiday thanks, and one that we will be recommending to all of our friends.

  • You can't improve perfect!!!! 10 January 2016 by Julie Gold

    Absolutely fabulous!!! Everything was amazing!!! You can't improve perfect!!!! This was the most amazing holiday I have ever had. So well organised, the most amazing destination and I would like to send a massive thank you to our wonderful guide Ben Murgatroyd he looked after us so much he made us feel like family. Thank you Ben!!!!!! I will definitely be recommending your company to EVERYONE.

  • We loved every minute of the holiday 10 January 2016 by Suzan Tomlinson

    Hotel warm and welcoming. Beds very comfortable. Activities well organised and guides very helpful, knowledgeable and fun! Seeing the Northern Lights was amazing. Snowmobiling and dog sledding was great fun too as we were able to explore the wilderness. We enjoyed every minute of the holiday. We were very lucky and saw the lights two nights running. The guides were excellent and very enthusiastic.

  • You really experience the activities like a local 13 December 2015 by Bengu Tiner

    Andy and Dawn were really, really helpful pre-trip. Our trip was land-basis, so we arrived to the hotel earlier than the group . We were waiting for the group for briefing meeting, they were late and briefing postponed for an hour. Our guide Ben came to our room to inform us about the delay which was nice. None of the activities were "just touristic". You really experience them like a local. You
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    don't spend 15 minutes and take photos with huskies for example, you go for a ride for 1,5hours. It has cons and pros of course. But we liked it.
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  • Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable 19 March 2015 by Daniel Booker

    Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. They clearly enjoy their work, which enhances the trip for the guests.Most enjoyable : All (activities) equally enjoyable in their own way, but I particularly enjoy the isolation and wilderness of the location. The fact that we didn't really have to travel in order to find somewhere to watch the Aurora was one of the main reasons for choosing this
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    trip. There were no activities that I didn't enjoy.
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  • What a great experience 10 March 2015 by Mark Jones

    What a great trip! Both the British and the local guides could not have been more friendly, genuine and patient and they were great fun as well. We shall remember the good natured banter for a long time. Tales of reindeer parliaments, exploding sausages, girls ice hockey teams and unrequited love were particular highlights. Next Valentine's Day I shall carve a wooden flower for my
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    beloved and see if I have more luck! The accommodation and food were excellent and the trips were exhilarating, well-organised and safe. I never expected to see an indignant husky but that's the expression we got every time we used the brake - they seemed to want to run for ever. The clouds lifted and the Northern Lights kicked off in glorious fashion on our first night and the following two as well, finishing with an impressive display right over the hotel! At the end we left with new friends and vivid memories and hope to return soon. 
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  • A fantastic break 06 March 2015 by Deborah Broadley

    The sled and husky driving experience was fantastic because the opportunity to drive your own sled pulled by huskies happens once in a lifetime. The dogs were great and even sitting in the sled while my husband was in control was amazing because I could take pictures of everything around me. Overall my husband and I had a fantastic break and we saw the lights every night.

  • The trip was extremely well organised and successful for us in every way 06 March 2015 by Janice Wheatley

    The trip was extremely well organised and successful for us in every way. We would comment that the group size (10) was perfect and think that 12 would be a maximum number to get the full benefit of all the activities, bearing in mind the amount of time needed to prepare for those activities.

  • The holiday was absolutely fantastic 15 February 2015 by Janet Brown

    The holiday was absolutely fantastic, our friends have asked for details as we have recommended you to them. The accommodation was better than we expected for an activity centre, the food was excellent just what you needed for the climate. The Hotel Management and staff were very friendly, and the guides, especially Ben, were very knowledgeable and made the experience extra special, putting
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    themselves out at every opportunity. THANK YOU
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  • Perfect holiday 11 February 2015 by Beverley Davies

    All the activities were enjoyable but especially the Aurora camps because we were lucky enough to see spectacular light displays. Perfect holiday.

  • We had a great time and enjoyed all the activities 30 January 2015 by Charmian Averty

    We had a great time and enjoyed all the activities. Seeing the Northern Lights was probably the highlight but if we hadn't seen the Lights we would still have considered it a terrific holiday.

  • We have taken several trips, and this, by far was right at the top! 30 January 2015 by Christine White

    We have taken several trips, and this, by far was right at the top! The dog sledding adventure was beyond expectations, as well as the light show. Sitting around the fires at night, talking to the other guests, drinking berry juice was great and we all talked about how nice that was. Everything was great from the moment of my first inquiry, to touchdown back at Heathrow. Loved this holiday! The
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    local guides, Jonah, and the big Finnish gentleman, who took us out to the Aurora huts at night were fantastic. Both were warm, friendly, had great stories, humour, and had a shy presence, which was truly a gift for us! We experienced, first hand, what growing up and living in such a beautiful place is for them.
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  • I loved every minute 22 January 2015 by Hazel Wood

    I loved every minute, but the Northern Lights, which we saw on our last night, and the husky sledding, were my favourite. The hotel was warm and cosy, the staff friendly and helpful, and the food plentiful, varied and delicious. The setting was very pretty and the snow-covered lakes and forests were stunning. We were very well looked after by our excellent wilderness guides, who entertained us
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    with stories and anecdotes, and whipped up a campfire and lunch in no time at all. Loved the berry juice.
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  • Loved it all 02 January 2015 by Selena Ellis

    Most enjoyable activities were Huskies and Snowmobiles! We loved meeting the huskies and riding with them. Especially the snuggles afterwards. Driving the snowmobiles was fun too. There was no least enjoyable activity - (we) loved it all.

  • We had an amazing time 02 January 2015 by Rosalind Dommett

    We had an amazing time. The hotel staff and activity guides were excellent - they explained things clearly and made us extremely welcome, sharing some local traditions and knowledge with a joke or two. Once they knew about my allergy to strawberries, they made sure that there was hot chocolate for me instead of the local gloki - which is made with strawberries! The huskies were a real treat. None
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    of us knew what to expect and the dogs seemed very well looked after and willing to run. Also, a special mention for Jukka - who was with us for four of our activities. He was very informative and looked after us well.  Honestly, this was the best holiday we have had! The food, accommodation, the special warm suits, the hotel staff and the activity guides were all excellent! We didn't want to come home and are already talking about if we can go back.
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  • Exceeded all expectations! 18 March 2014 by John Cauldwell

    This holiday lives up to the description on the website and in reality, it exceeded all expectations! Communication with Aurora Zone and their organisation is easy, relaxed friendly and above all, knowledgeable and efficient. The Wilderness Hotel is entirely suited for purpose, being warm, comfortable, well organised having very pleasant, helpful staff. The food was limited, but excellent choice
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    sufficient for all tastes, being unpretentious, of good quality, wholesome and warming - exactly what is needed. The activites are brilliant! The guides have a relaxed and efficient approach and we never once felt as though we were being herded. We were afforded the opportunity to do things which we couldn't do at home - husky dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoe walking, ice hole fishing and at all times, being well supported and feeling safe and secure. We were lucky enough to be part of a group which gelled really well together - helped in part again by the relaxed professionalism of the leaders/guides. We all really had a great time. Having seen a weather forecast before we began our holiday, we resigned ourselves to not seeing the Northern Lights. We spent the second Aurora Camp round the campfire on the lake having a good laugh in the falling snow. We gave up, thinking that there was no way we would see the lights, so we went home and to bed. We were awakened a little later by cries of 'Aurora!'. We hurriedly threw on clothing and ran down to the Lake where we were treated to a spectacular display - wonderful!!!! Our journey home was delayed due to the weather and we missed our connecting flight in Helsinki. Finnair booked us into a very nice hotel for dinner and breakfast with courtesy and no fuss. All in all a wonderful experience and worth every penny. John & Lesley Cauldwell - March 2014
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  • Nothing I didn't enjoy 14 February 2014 by Hollie Haeney

    Enjoyed the husky sledding and snowmobiling was so different to anything I've experienced before. There was nothing I didn't enjoy. It was great that so many of the local guides were from the area we were visiting, that extra depth of knowledge from being raised there was really interesting.

  • AMAZZZINGGGG 10 February 2014 by Hwee Ling Jane Lim

    We enjoyed every moment of it. So glad to be able to catch the Northern Lights during our last night of our trip. The guides were all very friendly and knowledgable; bringing us all the way out to where there is no light pollution to capture the best. We even managed to rent a tripod from the receptionist during one of our Aurora camps. Love how the guides set up a camp fire so quickly
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    to keep us warm and the amazing juice that they always heat up for us. It will be perfect if there is a official photographer who can assist with the photo taking with the Northern Lights. Every activity was well planned and enjoyable. We managed to learn how to snowmobile which is something we will never get to experience in our country. Definitely my best trip ever!
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  • Simply amazing 04 January 2014 by Sarah Li-Ting-Wai

    Simply Amazing! We were very fortunate to see the Aurora on all but one night. The guides were brilliant, very knowledgeable and were very helpful in pointing out the best places to see the Aurora, how to use our cameras or just where to keep warm. We loved the dog sledding and snowmobiling best as it was just something so different from what we've done before. Was bitterly cold (-30) but we were
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    very fortunate to see some amazing displays including managing to capture a few shooting stars in some of our pictures! 
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  • It was even better than we thought 04 April 2013 by Denise Spencer

    Liked the TV-like noticeboard that showed the activities of the day and their timings. Rep always available and happy to help. Enjoyed everything.... perhaps the dog sleighs and snowmobiles best just because they are so different to anything we have done before.... and of course, seeing the Northern Lights! We had been looking forward to this holiday for months and it was even better than we
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    thought. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. The activity guides were brilliant and very knowledgeable.
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  • Some fantastic views of the Aurora 18 March 2013 by Matthew Burgess

    Great trip, some fantastic views of the Aurora , if bitterly cold. Of the four nights viewing the Aurora we saw two very good displays and two weaker ones but were visible. 

  • We enjoyed all of it 11 March 2013 by Wendy Lendrum

    We enjoyed all of it, but especially the husky sledging. There wasn't anything we didn't enjoy. Keep it the same. We found the mix of activities and down time just right, as was the group size. Your rep was excellent, always around, and very helpful without being 'in your face', and the local guides were very knowledgeable and friendly.

  • We would recommend the holiday to anyone even thinking of going 23 February 2013 by Margaret Snape

    We have just spent five wonderful days in Nellim. The highlight of the holiday was the husky safari so much so we did it twice! Our log cabin was warm and very comfortable, and had the added bonus of our own sauna. Food was excellent, staff extremely pleasant and very helpful, so were the guides. The icing on the cake were the Northern Lights which we experienced on the last night.
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    We will be going back and would recommend the holiday to anyone even thinking of going.
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  • Activity guides better than excellent 18 February 2013 by Clive Buddle

    I would like to rate the Activity Guides as better than excellent. They really made each outing special and without making it seem that they were just dragging another group of clients around. They were also very happy to answer questions and share knowledge of the Aurora and Lapland in general. 

  • Thrilled 22 January 2013 by Tracy Muir

    We were thrilled with the whole experience from booking through to getting home! 

  • Saw the Aurora on two nights 21 January 2013 by Marie Wallner

    Best holiday we've ever had! Saw the Aurora on two nights! 

  • Worth every penny... and worth the cold! 27 December 2012 by Samantha Evans

    Just got back from Nellim. The Wildnerness Hotel is lovely and the staff are amazing. They couldn't do enough for us. Each activity is planned carefully and the guides had some really useful tips on keeping warm. Snow-shoeing was a great experience and we fell in love with the husky's!! Our group size was never more than 8-16 and that meant that we always got time with the guides, learning
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    about their history etc. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see a magnificent Aurora... just means we'll have to go back :-) 
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  • Chasing Auroras :) 12 April 2012 by Arnie Isa

    We had one of THE BEST experiences of our lives here on Lake Inari, Nellim. Saw spectacular lights on THREE separate nights, went to visit some cute reindeers and had the most fun riding and driving the huskies' snow sledges! Our tour guides including Bert and Matti were knowledgable and professional, always trying to help us make the most out of our Lapland adventure. We are also truly
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    grateful to meet new friends from different parts of the world. Thank you for the memories and please, keep up the good work! Arnie Isa, London
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  • Staff were extremely helpful and smiley 14 March 2012 by Kirsteen Hallett

    Absolutely loved the relaxed and informal style of the hotel and the staff were extremely helpful and smiley. Really nice feel to the place. 

  • Felt really close to the environment 08 March 2012 by Christopher Pope

    Husky safari with Yari near Ivalo (the hotel dogs were tired) felt really close to the environment working in partnership with the dogs who really enjoyed it!

  • Best holiday ever 21 March 2010 by Gerry Fletcher

    It was all fantastic - a stunning holiday with outstanding local support. Jouko and his team were fantastic. This was our best holiday ever.

  • Thank you for a truly wonderful holiday and experience 18 March 2010 by Michael Edwards

    The accommodation was excellent - very surprised at how comfortable the glass igloo actually was - the standard exceeded expectations. The standard (of accommodation at Nellim) was good and the staff and guides brilliant. (We) enjoyed every minute - had a fantastic time - enjoyed everything. Thank you for a truly wonderful holiday and experience.

  • We really enjoyed the holiday 07 March 2010 by Dorreen Gannon

    (We saw) the most amazing display of the Northern Lights. They were fantastic. We really enjoyed the holiday. The owners & staff of the Hotel in Nellim were friendly & attentive without being overly so. They were flexible in the daily activities - and very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. Please keep it as it is & don't let it become commercialised. Food could be described as
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    basic - but it was wholesome, tasty and there was a lot of it. It was all a marvellous experience!
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  • Best cared for huskies we have ever experienced 22 February 2009 by Gerald Fowler

    All the dog sledding with the best looking and best cared for huskies we have ever experienced.


 

 

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