ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: indirect return flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in an Aurora Cabin
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- Activities: Aurora workshop, reindeer experience, snowmobile and ice fishing tour, Aurora camp, husky safari and Northern Lights snowshoeing (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Aurora alert service which you can set to alert you throughout the night or end at a specific time
- Services of our expert local guide
Tucked behind a small forest, on the outskirts of the ski town of Saariselkä is the Northern Lights Village. Set deep in the heart of the Aurora Zone in North Eastern Finland, this is a prime location for both viewing the Northern Lights and trying unforgettable activities. A Christmas escape here provides you with a unique and memorable holiday packed with winter experiences.
The delightful Aurora Cabins provide your accommodation and with the partially glassed roof sitting above your bed, you’ll have great views of the sky all night long.
Of course, the best way to see the Northern Lights is from outside and so we have included two dedicated evenings of hunting to offer you the best chance to witness the Aurora Borealis.
We tend to start with an informative workshop on how to photograph the Northern Lights, as we know that most people are desperate to capture the Aurora on camera and so the guides here will impart their expertise in this department. Please note that you will need to bring your own equipment (camera, ideally SLR, and a tripod).Read more
One evening, you will visit one of the famed Aurora Camps. These camps are dotted around the region and are all situated in excellent viewpoints. A Northern Lights snowshoe hike then caps off your Aurora hunting.
During the day the wonderful blue light of deep winter offers around four hours of dusky light either side of noon. Whilst the sun never rises, the light is very special and creates an atmosphere only experienced at this time of year (please note that some activities may start/finish in the dark).
We’ve included all the key experiences in this short break and so you will enjoy a snowmobile and ice fishing trip, encounters with reindeer and an unforgettable dog sled safari. There is also some free time for you explore Saariselka, add in additional activities or try some downhill skiing.
With Christmas festivities on both the 24th and 25th December, this really will be a festive holiday to remember.
Please note that over the Christmas period, there are likely to be children under the age of 15 on the activities and staying at the village. Whilst this should not detract from your experience, should you like details of one of our adult-only options then please ask one of our Travel Experts.
Photography by Eerikki Rundgren, Markku Inkila, Matt Robinson, Robert Smith and Visit Finland
Arrival and Aurora Workshop
Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to the Northern Lights Village. You can then check in and relax ahead of your active days.
Your trip starts with an Aurora workshop. The expert guides here are all so passionate about the Aurora and so they share their knowledge about how to capture the lights on camera. You will need to bring your own equipment (camera, ideally SLR, and a tripod). Dinner will be served in the restaurant.
Please note: the agenda shown is simply an example order for the activities and your final agenda will be provided on arrival in Saariselkä.Included Meals: Dinner
You really can’t visit Lapland around Christmas and not meet some reindeer. The reindeer paddock is within the village and so you do not have far to go for this experience today.
Your expert guide will introduce you to the animals before you get the chance to feed them. A one-hour reindeer-sleigh ride will follow, and lunch will be served in a kota (traditional teepee) at the village. Including your meal, the activity lasts around four hours in total.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Tour, Christmas Eve and Aurora Camp
Today’s activity combines two of the most popular pastimes in Lapland; snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Your snowmobile experience begins with a full safety briefing and instructions on how to handle the machines before you set off, two people per snowmobile, with your guide leading the way.
Your destination is a frozen lake nearby and it is here that your guide will assist you in drilling a hole through the thick ice. You then drop your baited line into the chilly depths below and begin the patient business of ice fishing. Whilst you maintain focus on catching a fish, your guide will prepare lunch around a campfire (weather permitting). With luck, you may have a perch or a local Inari whitefish to add to the menu.
After your meal, you will head back on your snowmobiles and return to the village. You will be out for around four hours in total. Please note that you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
During your free time this afternoon you may like to include additional activities which can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve in Finland and so tonight the festivities begin with a special meal in the hotel restaurant showcasing some typical Finnish Christmas fayre.
After your meal, it’s time for an evening of Aurora hunting to top off the day nicely. You will begin with a bus journey north towards Lake Inari. In the area, there are numerous Aurora Camps which have been erected in prime viewpoints. These are ideal places to wait for a potential show and your guides will choose the best spot based on the evening’s forecast. A fire will be lit, warm drinks and snacks will be served, and you can settle in to watch the skies. You will be out for around three hours in total.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
Dog sledding is one of the most unforgettable winter activities and today is your chance to try it for yourself. Travelling in twos, each pair will be given their own team of eager dogs for the safari with one person sitting in the sled and the other taking the controls.
When you meet the excitable huskies, you will hear them bark and howl in anticipation of the trail and they’ll be hugely pleased to see you. They love to pull the sleds and they know what your arrival means!
After a full instruction and safety briefing, you will take to the trails, the dogs will fall silent and the fun will really begin. There are few better ways to travel in the Arctic.
This activity lasts for around two hours in total and includes around one to one and a half hours of dog sledding depending on the conditions. You shall cover around 10km during the safari. You can, however, upgrade to a longer experience should you wish to do so and the details of the options available can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
Lunch will be served at the Northern Lights Village and the afternoon is free for you to explore Saariselkä or perhaps enjoy additional activities such as those listed in the ‘Personalise’ section. Ski hire is available in the town for those who fancy some downhill skiing.
A second festive meal will be served this evening. It gives you another chance to experience some of the traditions of a Finnish Christmas.
Your last night of Northern Lights hunting will see you strapping on your snowshoes. You will venture out into the wilderness to a great Northern Lights vantage point. Whilst you enjoy a hot drink the Northern Lights will, hopefully, make an appearance. The activity will last for around two hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, it will be time to leave the Northern Lights Village behind. As you are departing on an early flight, a packed breakfast will be provided for you to take with you on your transfer.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Snowmobile safari - 2 hours
We know that for some people the thought of snowmobiling may be a little daunting so this short 2 hour (approximate) safari provides the ideal introduction.
Full instruction will be provided along with a safety briefing from your expert guide and then you’ll set off in convoy, following the well-marked trails and travelling two people per machine.
Snowmobiles offer the chance to explore further afield and offer the passenger (you can swap drivers) the chance to fully enjoy the sights of Lapland.Read more
There will be a break for you to enjoy warm drinks and snacks along the way.
Please note: Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Group size: 1-24 (approximately)
Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm & 3 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season.
Duration: 2 hours (approximately)
Snowshoe hike in the fells
The beauty of snowshoeing is that it provides the chance for wildlife encounters, as the local flora and fauna will not be scared off by the noise of engines or the sound of sleds. So, for nature lovers, this is an ideal choice as your local guide will provide information on the wildlife and its natural environment. You may have the chance to witness Siberian Jay, willow grouse or a herd of roaming reindeer.
Group size: 1-16 (approximately)Read more about this activity
Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm & 3 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season.
Duration: 2 hours (approximately); a light lunch is included
Photography by Markku Inkila
Husky safari upgrade options
A husky safari is one of those experiences you are likely to remember for the rest of your life. Once the dogs are running and the sled enters the wilderness surrounding Saariselkä, all else is forgotten.
Whilst we do include a safari in the holiday, we know that many people like to extend this activity and so the option is listed below for you. It is based on two people per sled but if you would like your own team then this can be arranged on request for a supplement.Read more about this activity
Upgrade to a 20 km trip
This safari will see you cover around 20km during around 2-2.5 hours of driving.
In total, you will be away from the village for around four hours (including briefing). Lunch is included.
Driving time: 2 – 2.5 hrs (depending on weather and track)
Image credits: Lapland Safaris
Dates & Prices
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Single adult price: based on own cabin accommodation only (transfers are shared). Should you wish to drive your own husky team or snowmobile please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.
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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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.
For our full booking terms and conditions please click here
Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, on some dates we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 30 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%