ALL THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE:
- Flights: return from London to Rovaniemi (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: 3 nights in Stella House log cabin. Upgrade to a Panorama Hut available for extra charge
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Northern Lights snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride, evening snowshoe hike in the Arctic Circle wilderness (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
Sitting in a pristine landscape, complete with a frozen river and dense forest, the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge is a true retreat, deep within nature. What’s even better, you’ll only need to travel around 20 minutes from both the airport and the city of Rovaniemi to reach your Arctic escape.
Choosing from traditional Finnish log cabins or stylish Panorama Huts, you’ll enjoy the quiet sounds of Lapland in this amazing Northern Lights viewing area. Fortunate guests may see Mother Nature’s great display from the comfort of their accommodation, but we have included two dedicated Aurora hunts to help provide you with the best possible chance of witnessing an Aurora. With expert guides leading the way, you’ll search by sleigh and on foot. For an extra special evening, the resort also offers an optional Northern Lights flight where you can see the lights from a truly unique vantage point. This is an exceptional experience and details can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
The daylight hours should not be disregarded, however. We have a range of optional wilderness activities to really show off the beautiful and vast landscape. Travel like the locals as you ride your snowmobile to meet some of the country’s most-loved animals. Reindeer encounters and dog sled safaris are both possibilities here, along with a range of other unforgettable experiences. See the 'Personalise' section for details.
At the lodge, both the reception and the restaurant area are just a two minutes’ walk from any accommodation, offering buffet-style Lappish food with a modern touch; you can fuel up before you head out on your adventures. For those wanting to soak up some more of the Finnish culture and relax even further, head to the large riverside sauna or hot pool with views of your stunning surroundings.
This holiday delivers the charm of Lapland, excellent Northern Lights viewing potential and a wealth of optional Arctic experiences, all within just three nights! It’s an ideal short break escape.
Image Credits: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge, Pekka Koski, Visit Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing LTD, JN Lanthiez/Visit Finland
Arrival and Welcome
Upon arrival at Rovaniemi Airport, your transfer will be ready to take you on the short drive to your accommodation, so you can start your Arctic Circle getaway immediately.
Check into either your Panorama Huts or more traditional Finnish style cabins and settle in before your 3-course buffet style dinner.
Depending on your flight times, you may want to use your evening to begin your search for the Northern Lights. Click our ‘Personalise’ tab to find all the activities you can do, such as the incredible experience of a Northern Lights flight, taking you high above the clouds and hopefully, to a unique viewing position to see the Aurora. We’ll also provide you with warm winter clothes for the duration of your stay.
Please note that lunches are not included in your itinerary, however, you can choose to upgrade to full board prior to departure, or you can pre-order and pay locally, but you must do this upon arrival.Included Meals: Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Sleigh Ride
After breakfast, you have a free day before your Northern Lights hunt begins. Click our ‘Personalise’ tab to fill your day with an amazing winter activity. Options include thrilling experiences such as dog sledding and snowmobiling.
After dinner, you’ll head out into the wilderness for your Northern Lights sleigh ride. You’ll ride through a beautiful wintery forest in your own comfortable sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. There are blankets to keep you warm as you admire the nature around you and hopefully see the Northern Lights in the sky above.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Free Day and Evening Snowshoe Hike
Once you’ve filled up on breakfast, the winter landscape is yours to explore. Click our ‘Personalise’ tab to find an activity to suit you such as relaxing in the sauna or hot pool with stunning views.
After dinner and once the skies get darker, we’ll transfer you 20 minutes into the wilderness where it’s time to put on your snowshoes and head out on another Northern Lights hunt. There will be an open fire, drinks and snacks provided to keep you going on this unique Arctic hike.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Once you’ve had breakfast, it’s sadly time for you to take your Arctic memories back home as we transfer you to the airport. If you have an early flight, we’ll box up breakfast to take with you.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Northern Lights flight
Cloud cover can sometimes obscure the Northern Lights when hunting at ground level and this incredible and innovative activity is the perfect solution. The Northern Lights Flight is an amazing opportunity for you to get above low-lying clouds, meaning that if the solar activity levels are favourable, you should get the most incredible views of the Aurora Borealis. You will fly aboard a small, private plane, which has a maximum capacity of seven passengers.
Included: Return transfers, flight
Duration: 2-2.5 hours, with approximately 1 hour of flight timeRead more
Available: 20:30 – 21:30 from 1.12.2018 to 31.3.2019 Please note, starting time is subject to change.
Not recommended for children under 4 years old.
Please note: If reports show that cloud coverage is too high or weather conditions are unfavourable before take-off, then the Northern Lights flights will be cancelled. However, this is a rare occurrence and all money will be refunded when a flight does not take off, or the flight will be rescheduled for another day if possible. If the flight has taken off and can’t get above the clouds then clients will get the opportunity for another flight on a different day, or an alternative tour free of charge will be offered. Please be advised that the plane is able to fly to around 3000 metres.
Image Credit: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge
Northern Lights Photography
We not only want to give you the best possible chance of seeing the Northern Lights with your own eyes, but we also want to help you capture them on camera too. Night-time photography can be a little tricky which is why we have an expert photographer on hand to help you with your camera settings. Locations are chosen based on the best weather conditions and our guides use their local knowledge to find the best photographic spots and you will travel by minivan in search of the Aurora. Guests will need to bring their own DSLR camera.
Included: Return transfers, all described activities, hot drinks and snacks, walking/snowshoe trip to reach perfect location, use of thermal clothing, guidance in English but other languages available on request
Duration: 4-5 hoursRead more about this activity
Available: 20:00 – 01:00 from 01.12.2018 to 18.03.2019 or 22:00 – 03:00 from 19.03.2019 to 15.04.2019. Please note, starting time is subject to change.
Min 12 years old. Minimum of two persons paying a full price.
Image Credit: Visit Rovaniemi Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing Ltd
Saunas are a Finnish tradition where locals go to unwind with friends and family. You can have your own relaxing experience in the large riverside sauna.
The sauna is usually for 1-6 people but you can also reserve for larger groups (supplements will apply).
Contact us for a quotation.
Duration: 45 minutes
Image Credit: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge
Unwind even further and soak in your surroundings in the Hot Tub with spectacular views of the natural landscape.
Contact us for a quotation.
Duration: 1-3 Hours
Image Credit: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge
Dates & Prices
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Price based on 2 adults (13+) sharing a Stella room (en-suite with shared lounge area)
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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 a deposit of £400pp, 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. 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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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.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people; maximum 30 people (approximately)
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical History and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
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.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.
You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 4 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those listed in our standard booking 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 33 days prior to departure - 60%
- 32 or less days 100%
- Exception: please note that any December bookings are non-refundable and subject to 100% cancellation charges upon booking
We really enjoyed the reindeer safari - we were the only 2 passengers and it was so peaceful and beautiful. The husky safari was also really good and we were pleased to see how well the animals are looked after. Our safety was of utmost importance on all excursions.
We had a fantastic trip to Rovaniemi with Aurora Zone. The accommodation was stunning with wonderful food. We really enjoyed the activities and we found the company Wild Nordic to be wonderful! We purchased an additional activity which I believe was called Husky mans camp. This included a snow mobile ride where we both got the opportunity to drive and then a sled ride pulled by huskys which was great fun! We had a fantastic trip. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We really loved our time, even better our flight was delayed by 24hours which meant we got to see the Northern lights on that final night!