ALL THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE:
- Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in hotel accommodation
- Meals: full board
- The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora photo workshop, evening meal at Tsokka, eSled sleigh ride (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Aurora alert system
Travel to the tranquil retreat of the Sunday Morning Resort for a relaxing way to search for the Northern Lights. Situated in the fell scenery of Pyha-Luosto National Park with snowy forests and frozen lakes, your surroundings in the Finnish wilderness are an ideal environment for unwinding.
For this four-night stay, your itinerary includes a leisurely mix of activities and free time. During an Aurora photo workshop, you will learn all the information you need to take the best picture of this spectacular natural phenomenon. This knowledge will come in handy during your Aurora eSled sleigh ride later in the week where you will sit comfortably in a sleigh as your guide pulls you on their snowmobile into the wilderness.
We have also included a special meal at Restaurant Tsokka on top of Kultakero mountain for delicious dining and stunning views from the terrace.
The rest of your time has been left free to enjoy as you please. You could add on additional activities found in our ‘Personalise’ tab or you could simply relax in the stunning surroundings. What’s more, as this location is in the heart of the Aurora Zone, if conditions are favourable you only need to step outside your accommodation to see a spectacular display.
The Sunday Morning Resort prides itself on its approach to sustainable tourism, which you can see throughout. Its dense forest surroundings work as a carbon sink, helping the resort achieve its carbon-neutral status and the hotel restaurant uses only local, organic, seasonal and wild ingredients. Relax in the main lodge, built from old-pine timber and decorated to feel like a cosy log cabin or in the lounge and lobby bar areas. To unwind further, make use of the lakeside saunas and hot tub.
Surrounded by the exceptionally stunning Finnish wilderness and situated high above the Arctic Circle and in prime Aurora territory, the Sunday Morning Resort is your opportunity to search for mother nature’s greatest show at a relaxing pace.
Image credit: Ruben Weytjens Www.Studioarcyic.Com, Miika HäMäLäInen, Aleksi Mehtonen, Jani Kärppä, VisitFinland Jani KäRppä & Flatlight Films, Harri Lindfors
Upon arrival at Rovaniemi airport, you will be met and transferred into the deep Finnish wilderness where the Sunday Morning Resort sits approximately 90 minutes away.
You will check into your hotel room and have the evening to settle into your new tranquil surroundings with dinner in the restaurant. You could start your Aurora hunt with a dedicated activity, found in our personalise tab or make use of your Aurora Alert System, given to you at check in which will let you know if the Northern Lights are present in the area.Included Meals: Dinner
Aurora Photo Workshop and Free Evening
Today, following breakfast, you will learn all you need to know about photographing the Northern Lights.
You will meet with your local expert guide in a wooden teepee. As you sit around the open fire, your guide will teach you how to use the manual settings on your camera to get the best picture of the Northern Lights, should they appear. You’ll also hear all about the science, myths and legends surrounding the ethereal light show.
Following lunch and dinner in the restaurant, you have the evening free to relax. If you wish to add on a dedicated Northern Lights search, see our ‘personalise’ tab for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Evening Meal at Restaurant Tsokka
Today is free for you to enjoy your surroundings as you please. You may wish to add on an Arctic experience such as dog sledding or a reindeer sleigh ride, see our ‘personalise’ tab for more information. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the restaurant as normal.
Tonight you will transfer to Restaurant Tsokka, for a delicious meal on top of Kultakero mountain. Make sure you head to the outside terrace to enjoy the views from the top.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Aurora ESled Sleigh Ride
Today, breakfast and lunch will be served in the restaurant as normal and you have a free day to enjoy as you please. You could add an activity or simply relax around the hotel and sauna.
Tonight your meal has been upgraded to a special farewell dinner. Following this, you will head out into the Arctic night on your environmentally-friendly electric snowmobile. Due to their low-noise levels, these are the only type of snowmobile allowed right up to the border of the Pyhä Luosto National Park, giving you exclusive access to a special Aurora hunt.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today it is unfortunately time for your Northern Lights retreat to come to an end. Following breakfast, we will transfer you back to the airport or if you have an early flight time we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Try this popular Finnish pastime in the silent Arctic night as you search for the Auroras. Your local guide will help fit you with snowshoes before leading you out along the trails of the snowy Finnish wilderness.Read more
Snowshoes help you walk across the deep snow with ease, leaving you to enjoy the stunning surroundings and search for the Northern Lights up above. If conditions are favourable, this is one of the most peaceful ways to experience the Auroras.
Duration: 2 hours
Image Credit: Jani Karppa and Flatlight Films
Visit to the Amethyst Mine
Travel to Lampivaara hill via the special snowtrain where you will learn all about the fascinating amethyst gemstone, formed approximately 2000 million years ago.
During your visit to the mine, your guide will tell you about the history of the amethyst and you will also dig your very own stone to take with you as a brilliant souvenir.
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting the Reindeer
Complete your Lapland experience by meeting some of the most-loved animals.
During this activity, you will meet with local herders who will introduce you to their animals and tell you why reindeer herding is so important in this region.
This authentic insight into the traditions and livelihood also includes a peaceful sleigh ride in the wilderness.
There are three different reindeer options to choose from:
30 minutes: Reindeer sleigh ride with coffee break. Price from £90pp.
1 hour: reindeer sleigh ride with lunch included afterwards. Price from £125pp.
4 hours: reindeer sleigh ride with an evening snack. Price from £156pp.
Image Credit: Harri Lindfors
Husky Sledding & Husky Farm Visit
Experience one of the must-do Arctic activities when you ride through the wilds with your pack of sled dogs.
You will meet with your local guide who will take you to the nearby husky farm, where the dogs will be excitedly waiting to get out on the trails. After a full safety briefing and instructions, you will two people per sled with one as a passenger and one as a musher.
Once you release the brake, the dogs will set off into the wilderness and as they settle into their pace, you can admire the breathtaking scenery unfolding around you.
Duration: Choose from a 5km or 10km safari
5km: Price from £137pp. Total duration including briefing approximately 2 hours.
10km: Price from £175pp. Total duration including briefing approximately 2.5 hours.
Dates & Prices
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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 to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run; maximum 28 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
Booking Activities Locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions
Please note that the cancellation terms below supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our booking terms and conditions:
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%
- 42 to 31 days prior to departure – 60%
- 30 or less days – 100%