ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 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 1 am
- Services of our expert guides and representative
In the far northeast 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.
Whilst the evening excursions are undoubtedly a 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.Read more
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 make 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 and Anthony Oberlin
Arrival and transfer to hotel
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred directly to Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the northeast corner of Finland, just nine kilometres from the Russian border.
You will have time for a meal before bed - although you may want to take a wander down to the edge of Lake Inari first as this is a prime Aurora spot! The beauty of Nellim’s remote location is that there is almost no light pollution so you don’t need to go far at all if the skies are clear.
On one of your nights you may choose to upgrade your accommodation to one of the spectacular Aurora Bubbles at Nellim or perhaps you may like to treat yourselves to a heated Aurora sleigh ride this evening – see the ‘Personalise’ section for full details.
Snowshoes and Aurora Camp
On your first morning at Nellim, you will see that this is a location that is not just about the Aurora and evening activities. During the day, it is a remarkably beautiful part of the world with dazzling frozen lakes, fells and forests blanketed in snow.
After breakfast this morning, you will head out with your guide into the surrounding wilderness as you explore on snowshoes. The walk will last around four hours and you will stop for a campfire lunch en route (weather permitting).
Snowshoeing offers the chance to travel peacefully through the forests which will hopefully mean you can catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife. The walk includes some small hills, so it can be relatively strenuous in certain parts.
This evening, after dinner, you will make your first journey to one of Nellim's Aurora Camps. The camps are carefully chosen spots either in a forest clearing or by the lake, which offer magnificent views of the night sky.
Your guide will prepare a fire and as a group, you will gather around and enjoy hot drinks as you watch the skies for a potential Aurora display.
Husky safari and Aurora snowmobile safari
Today you will enjoy one of the highlights of any trip to Lapland as you take control of a team of eager huskies. You will travel two people per sled (with the chance to swap places and each drive the dog team) and cover 17km as your dogs pull you over frozen lakes and through snow-covered forests. There is not much that can compare with travelling in such a time-honoured fashion.
Mobility can be a great aid when hunting for the Northern Lights and tonight this will be provided by snowmobiles. Following a full safety briefing, you will travel in pairs, following your guide, as you search for the ideal Aurora viewing spot. You can swap drivers during the safari if both of you hold a full driving licence (you must be over 18 to drive a snowmobile).
Your expert guide will use their knowledge of the trails and the Aurora forecasts to determine the route. With any luck, it won't just be the headlights that guide you back to the hotel, but the Northern Lights.
Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, Aurora Camp
This remote corner of the world is steeped in Sámi culture, so today you will meet with a reindeer herder to gain further insight into the history and traditions of the Sámi people.
You will once again head out on snowmobiles, covering the distance to a reindeer farm where you will encounter the animals and discuss their importance with the herder. They will talk to you about the lives of the reindeer and you will also have a chance at trying your hand at lassoing some reindeer antlers. This traditional method is great fun (though much more difficult than it may first appear!).
Following dinner tonight, you will head out to your final Aurora Camp and hopefully, an Aurora-filled night sky will conclude your holiday.
Transfers and departure
Today you will transfer for your return flights home. If you are departing on an early flight then a boxed breakfast will be provided for you to take with you.
Included in price
Personalise this tour
A night in an Aurora Kota
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.Read more
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. Two of the Kotas do have a shower and are slightly larger at 29m².
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.
Heated Aurora Sleigh
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.Read more about this activity
This is the way to travel in the Arctic! Climb into your private Aurora-viewing cocoon which will be pulled behind a snowmobile driven by a local guide. The sleigh has large transparent windows to the front, back and, most importantly upwards, hence providing a fantastic view of the night sky. As they are heated, it could be -30C outside and you will be reclined in comfort hopefully gazing at the fabulous Northern Lights.
This safari lasts about two and a half hours (departing around 8 pm) and takes you onto the frozen expanses of mystical Lake Inari some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in prime Aurora hunting territory. Your English-speaking guide will take you to some of the best vantage points where you can choose to get out (or not!), take photos and walk on the ice. You will also be served warm drinks.
We cannot guarantee that the Aurora Borealis will come out to play but regardless, the Aurora Sleigh is a fantastic way to experience the Arctic in the dead of night.
Unsurprisingly the sleigh rides have seen many marriage proposals over the past months and for anyone thinking about popping the question, this is a very stylish way in which to do it – sadly we cannot guarantee the answer, but this setting should give you an excellent chance!
Private Aurora sleigh ride including dinner: please speak to our Travel Experts for a quote
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.Read more about this activity
The bubbles are located in an area of minimal light pollution but within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to return to your room during the night. We can't imagine that you will as there is a toilet which means there is no need whatsoever to leave your comfortable bubble during the night.
Of course, we can neither guarantee that the Northern Lights will appear nor can we ensure cloud-free skies because Aurora hunting will always carry an element of luck. What we do know is that the Aurora Bubbles represent a genuinely unique and memorable experience.
Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
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.
Dates & Prices
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Next season'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 online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. 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. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.
The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
Can't think of any areas where it could be improved.
Hard to choose (a favourite activity) - but the husky sledding was incredible as I'm a 'dog person'. I was surprised how much i enjoyed the snowshoeing, we had perfect weather and our guide Emmi was very knowledgeable. The scenery was incredible. The reindeer day was also great, the day was jam-packed and we loved every second of it.
It was all great but if I had to pick (a favourite activity) it would be the husky safari. Johnny and Anthony were fantastic reps, really a credit to the hotel.
Thanks to everyone for making this a quite memorable holiday
The entire experience was truly phenomenal from start to finish. The sales team were helpful, patient and incredibly knowledgeable, and that is before we had even arrived in Finland. It was genuinely one of the most special and memorable trips we have ever taken and could not recommend The Aurora Zone enough.
Excellent adventure all round!
The entire staff were so helpful and prompt in communication and providing information after we booked the trip. This was very impressive, especially because of the 5 hour difference in time zones. Jono Archer and your staff were so helpful in expediting changes with FinnAir and at Nellim Wilderness resort when FinnAir changed the direct flight times from Ivalo to London, making it impossible for us to make our connections from London to the US. In the end, we were able to enjoy the entire time at Nellim and were not penalized because of needing to change our Finnair flights and the days spent at Nellim. Thanks so much!
Such a great experience. Guides were excellent. We had Pim Mila and Anthony and all had exceptional knowledge were fun and made the trip enjoyable. The room was lovely and definitely worth the upgrade to a lodge with a private sauna which we made great use of. We had a bubble too which was also a great experience. The trips are planned so well and it still feels relaxed and not rushed but making good use of the time we had. All the activities were a good amount of time so we really got the best of the experiences. Food was great. I'm quite fussy and don't eat fish but didn't struggle for choices. I really liked that the group sizes were small. We never had more than 10 in our group which was perfect. This was a gift for my husband's 30th birthday and he had the best birthday ever. It was so easy to do all the admin on the own and every time I had a question you answered it. The trip was amazing and really once in a life time experience.
All the Guides we had were great, loved snowmobiling and husky safari. Thank you for your help with this adventure.
What an amazing holiday. We were lucky enough to see the Aurora within hours of arriving. All the equipment/food and arranged activities were first class. Ben was a brilliant guide who really made it special. The Husky trip has to be the highlight - a truly magical experience. One item ticked off from our bucket list that should be top of everyone’s list!
I loved all the activities but if I had to pick one it would be the husky sleds. A unique experience, very thrilling and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny morning.
Husky safari - most fun & the activity we felt most involved/in control with. Able to see the scenery as well as enjoy the activity. Was also amazing to see & interact with the dogs (especially the puppies).
We were lucky enough to see the Aurora on all four nights of our trip. It was not as bright nor as green as you see in long-exposure photos but still amazing.
Added to this, the activities are all fabulous and well organised. I loved the thrill of travelling across frozen Lake Inari on husky sleds and snowmobiles. Our days and nights involved many campfires and hot juice drinks - all very welcome when it's so cold. I loved all the activities but if I had to pick one it would be the husky sleds. A unique experience, very thrilling and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny morning.
The Nellim Wilderness Hotel/Lodge is very cosy and the rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The food was of an excellent standard and plentiful.
A holiday of a lifetime and one to remember forever.
On behalf of myself and my daughter, I would like to say how much we enjoyed our holiday with you. A first visit for us both to Scandinavia, we were so impressed by the warmth and friendliness of all the staff and locals that we met. Our accommodation at the Wilderness Hotel was very warm and comfortable and we were overwhelmed by the delicious, nutritious and plentiful food! All the activities were brilliant, starting with the extremely enjoyable afternoon driving our team of huskies. My daughter was totally in her element! We had a go at cross-country skiing around the lake, I managed to only fall over once! The snowshoeing was a lovely experience, seeing all the local landscape and wildlife up close, and the snowmobiling all a lot of fun. We loved the Aurora camp outings with the log fires and hot drinks, and our day visiting the reindeer farm, local church, beautiful lunch spot by the log flume and the ice fishing, made all the more interesting by Toni's in-depth knowledge of the area and history of Lapland. To highlight it all, we did see the wonderful Northern Lights, not only on our first night but again on our last night. How lucky was that!! I would also like to say thank you to our representative, Dan, who was always there to see us off and welcome us home and able to help with any enquiries. I was lucky enough to be his passenger on the snowmobile on our last day out too!
Fabulous holiday full of activities. Very knowledgeable guides. Cannot say - more loved every minute.
Outstanding place. Great hotel, people and activities. Highly recommended.
So hard to choose a favourite activity, but of the daytime ones, I think the huskies were the best, but we had a beautiful day for it. We loved the snowshoeing and the skimobiles and reindeer day. All our guides were superb and we were very lucky to have had them. They really made the outings. And of course we had two amazing Aurora nights. Well done to everyone - Dan, the guides, the hotel staff - all great.
The guides were amazing and so were the activities. We totally appreciated the organization and the lovely people we met along the way. Aside from the Aurora we loved, loved, loved the dog sled - although we also loved...well, everything.
We absolutely loved all the activities...As individual activities, my favourite was husky sledding and my husband's was using the snowmobiles. However, we both agree that as a day's excursion we both loved the variety of the reindeer day. It was utterly amazing! Our trip to Nellim was one of the most incredible experiences of our lives! We loved every moment of it and would return in a flash. Every aspect of it was wonderful and we have been raving about it to anyone and everyone!!
We absolutely loved the whole experience.
Amazing holiday, room was brand new, equipment was good quality and the food was great in quality and quantity. The activities were brilliant in their own way. The husky sledge was amazing as not something you would get to do in many places but also loved the full day at the reindeer farm; the reindeer farmer was very interesting and we just spent enough time in each place. Loved the chance to ice fish. Loved every part of it. Going home was the least enjoyable thing!! The destination was great and hotel staff were lovely and made a great effort.
Everything from start to finish was amazing - from booking advice to actually being there!! First class!!! Have been recommending to everyone I know!! Husky safari was a definite winner, closely followed by the snowshoeing - Loved it all!!!! The food was amazing, staff at the hotel were brilliant; easily the best holiday I've ever had!!!
Fantastic 4-day break. Really is a trip of a lifetime. The hotel was great, the safaris are 1st class and the guides are very knowledgeable about the area Nothing is too much trouble - absolutely great.
We were so lucky to see such an amazing Northern Lights display on 3 nights. Also enjoyed all activities - hard to pick a favourite.
Activity guides were brilliant. Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Always worked with the group to ensure we got the most of the activity whilst taking into account mixed abilities and changes in weather. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Hotel staff were great and served really tasty rustic food. Most enjoyable activity: Seeing the magical Aurora and managing to get some good photographs of this phenomenon. Closely followed by the husky sleigh ride. Our trip was beyond expectation. From initial enquiry, airport arrival to departure, everything was well organised, by people who understand travellers. After a long day travelling, dinner first, then short helpful briefing, unpack, then let the holiday begin and wow what an experience!
Hard to single out a favourite activity, the Husky ride probably just pipped the others, maybe because we are dog owners, the sound the dogs made as we were waiting to set off was fantastic. The Northern Light show on Jan 21st was breathtaking. A great trip to start the year, we are already planning to come back.
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 :-)
We enjoyed everything we did, but I did like the husky ride - could have done that all day!
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 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
The holiday was just fab and everything about it exceeded our expectations by far! I have recommended this holiday to everybody, particularly The Aurora Zone and the hotel. The activities were well organised and the tour guides were just brilliant, it was nice to know that you could ask them any question and they knew what they were talking about. Everyone was just so friendly and welcoming and there to help if you ever needed it.
Fantastic holiday - great mix of activities and downtime. Equipment was all high quality and the staff were really friendly. The husky safari - was exhilarating (but cold!). Enjoyed it all. Thank you for a great holiday.
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.
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! 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, 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!
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 inquiry and right the way through. Ben who was our contact at Nelim was lovely.
Had an absolutely fantastic time. Made some great friends and I would most definitely recommend you and use you again.
Everyone was extremely friendly, accommodating, relaxed and passionate about being there. One of the best holidays we've had.
Best holiday ever; now how can I top that?
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.
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 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.
Brilliant holiday thanks, and one that we will be recommending to all of our friends.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 trip. There were no activities that I didn't enjoy.
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 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.
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. 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, 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 themselves out at every opportunity. THANK YOU
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. 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! 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 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.
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 with stories and anecdotes, and whipped up a campfire and lunch in no time at all. Loved the berry juice.
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. 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 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.
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 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
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.
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 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!
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 very fortunate to see some amazing displays including managing to capture a few shooting stars in some of our pictures!
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 thought. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. The activity guides were brilliant and very knowledgeable.
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, 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 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. We will be going back and would recommend the holiday to anyone even thinking of going.
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.
We were thrilled with the whole experience from booking through to getting home!
Best holiday we've ever had! Saw the Aurora on two nights!
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 about their history etc. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see a magnificent Aurora... just means we'll have to go back :-)
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 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
Absolutely loved the relaxed and informal style of the hotel and the staff were extremely helpful and smiley. Really nice feel to the place.
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!
It was all fantastic - a stunning holiday with outstanding local support. Jouko and his team were fantastic. This was our best holiday ever.
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 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 basic - but it was wholesome, tasty and there was a lot of it. It was all a marvellous experience!
All the dog sledding with the best looking and best cared for huskies we have ever experienced.