ALL OF THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures are available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in an Aurora Cabin
- Meals: 4 breakfast, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
- Activities: 2 one-day lift passes to Saariselkä downhill ski resort, 2 days premium equipment hire (boots and skis or snowboard), return transfers to ski slopes from Northern Lights Village for 2 days, Aurora hunt by snowmobile, Aurora Camp by the Frozen Lake (order subject to change)
- Aurora Alert service which you can set to alert you throughout the night or to end at a specific time
- 24/7 assistance from our UK-based operations team and in-destination support from our local partners
Downhill skiing and snowboarding have long been popular past times with hordes of people heading to the Alps, Dolomites or even the Rockies each year in search of their next downhill fix. Skiing in Finland is a very different proposition, the resorts are on a much smaller scale, the lift queues (in comparison to their alpine counterparts) are non-existent and the snow quality is what dreams are made of!
Saariselkä is home to the northernmost ski resort in Europe and whilst it isn’t the biggest resort we’ve ever skied in, it is perfectly formed. It has 15 slopes in total (10 of these are floodlit), 6 lifts and even a 1.8km tobogganing track. It is perfect for beginners or for those with some prior experience looking to build up their skills and confidence in a quieter setting with phenomenal snow conditions. For more advanced skiers or borders, whilst there are two black runs the resort is unlikely to push your limits too far, however, there are enough slopes for a couple of days' enjoyment.
What makes this skiing holiday really stand out from other potential destinations in Europe is the evenings you will spend out hunting for the Northern Lights. Where else can you tick off such a bucket list experience as part of a ski trip? There is also the ease of adding on additional snow-based activities such as husky or reindeer safaris which our expert team can help with.
Furthermore, your accommodation in the glass-roofed accommodation at the fantastic Northern Lights Village offers up the possibility of viewing the Aurora from the comfort of your cosy bed!
© Inari-Saariselkä Tourism, Eerikki Rundgren, Northern Lights VillageSaariselkä, Markku Inkila
Dates & Prices
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|Departure dates between|
Mon 05 Dec 2022Enquire
Fri 30 Dec 2022
|Adults £ 2,295 To £ 2,625|
Mon 02 Jan 2023Enquire
Mon 30 Jan 2023
|Adults £ 2,045 To £ 2,495|
Mon 06 Feb 2023Enquire
Mon 27 Feb 2023
|Adults £ 2,175 To £ 2,375|
Mon 06 Mar 2023Enquire
Mon 20 Mar 2023
|Adults £ 2,095 To £ 2,195|
Departure day: Monday
Prices are based on 2 people sharing. 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 1 person to run, however, on some dates we require a minimum of 10 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 https://www.mfat.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.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
Flights, Transfers and Arrival
Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by a transfer driver to travel 30 minutes to your accommodation at the Northern Lights Village. Here you will check in before being shown to your very own Aurora Cabin. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and you will be given a time to pick up your cold weather clothing which will be yours for the duration of your stay.
After a busy day travelling we really suggest just taking a moment outside your Aurora Cabin to appreciate the utter peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. A real contrast to the hustle and bustle of the airports you have travelled from this morning!
Don’t forget to set the Aurora Alert up in your cabin before going to sleep, that way if the Northern Lights do appear in the local area the alarm will sound and you can either lay in bed and enjoy the view from your cosy duvet or you can wrap up warm and head outside to get a full view of the night sky.Included Meals: Dinner
Downhill Skiing and Aurora Camp by the Lake
Breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant before transferring the short distance to the ski resort in nearby Saariselkä. Here you will pick up your lift pass and be fitted with your equipment hire for today and tomorrow. Once you are all set then it is time to hit the slopes! There is a designated beginner's area for those new to skiing or snowboarding or if you have more experience then there is a whole mountain waiting for you to explore. The exceptionally short queues mean that you can dart around the mountain and soon find your favourite slopes.
Lunch is not included today so you can either eat at the restaurant at the ski resort or visit one of the restaurants in Saariselkä village depending on how much downtime from the slopes you need to give your ski legs a chance to recover.
When you have finished skiing for the day you will transfer back to Northern Lights Village for a hot shower and evening meal in the hotel restaurant.
After dinner, you will get wrapped up warm and meet your guide for this evening to head out on your inaugural Northern Lights hunt. You will travel by minibus to the shore of the vast frozen Lake Inari. The lake was believed to be the home of Ukko in tales passed through generations of local families. From here you will walk to the Aurora Camp which has a small hut where the guide will light a fire to keep warm. Hopefully, you won't be waiting inside the camp for long and you will be lucky enough to enjoy a display of the Northern Lights! Your guide will serve a hot drink and snack during the activity. There will also be reindeer hides available to carry down to the frozen lake and lie back and marvel at the silence all around you. Legend says it is sometimes possible to hear the Northern Lights whispering overhead for the very lucky amongst us….Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Downhill Skiing and Free Evening
Today you will head back to the slopes to explore any areas you didn’t manage to tick off yesterday and also try some of the more difficult slopes if you wish! Lunch is by your own arrangement again today and when you have had a full day on the slopes you will hand back your equipment and return to the Aurora Cabin to freshen up before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Additional Aurora hunts are available this evening if you want to really maximise your chances of enjoying one of Mother Nature’s greatest phenomena during your time in Finland.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile
Today we have left free for you to either relax in your homely Aurora Cabin or alternatively you can book additional activities such as a husky or reindeer safari. It is also possible to hire cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the local area under your own steam if you prefer; there are miles and miles of marked trails all around the Northern Lights Village and Saariselkä.
If you would prefer some downtime the hotel has a fantastic sauna, hot tub and plunge pool on site, just ask at reception for more information (payable locally). Lunch is included in the hotel restaurant today or if you are heading out on a full-day safari it will be served in the wilderness.
This evening after dinner you will head out on your second Northern Lights hunt, this time via snowmobile! You will have a full safety briefing (you must also have a valid driving license to drive). The group will head off into the snow-covered forests surrounding the accommodation and deep into the dark night skies. Once you are away from all artificial light pollution you will stop and the guide will light a fire and talk to you about some of the science and also the myths and legends surrounding the Aurora Borealis. It is really easy to see the guides' passion for this incredible part of the world and the Northern Lights through their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject.
Hopefully, you will be rewarded with an Auroral display before heading back to the hotel (you will share 2 people per snowmobile for this activity so the other driver gets the chance to drive back). Once back at the hotel you will return to your rooms but keep one eye skywards through that glass ceiling as you never know when you may catch a glimpse of the flare from a Northern Lights display.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfers and Return Flights Home
This morning after breakfast (or with a boxed breakfast if you have an early departure) it is time to leave Finland and journey back home. Don’t worry though – our travel experts are waiting to discuss your next adventure to Lapland depending on what were the real highlights this time!Included Meals: Breakfast
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Reindeer have played an integral role in the local economy and culture for many, many centuries. An understanding of these animals and their herders is something no visitor to the region should miss.
You will meet with a reindeer herder and hear tales from the trails as you learn about reindeer husbandry. You’ll get the chance to feed the animals before enjoying a one-hour (approximately) reindeer-pulled sleigh ride.Read more
Lunch is included.
Group size: 1-24 (approximately)
Available: Monday to Sunday at 11 am from December until mid-April. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours in total including lunch and the sleigh ride lasts for approximately 1 hour
©Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd
Dog sledding is one of the most popular winter activities and from the moment you meet your team of hugely enthusiastic huskies you know you’re in for an unforgettable experience.
Your expert musher guide will show you how to handle the sled before you set off on the snowy trails travelling two people per sled (you can change drivers halfway). The dogs will fall silent as soon as the lines become taut and they focus on their favourite task, pulling the sled. The scenery here is wild but a thick blanket of snow makes it seem calm and serene. One thing is sure; there can be few better ways to explore it than with a team of dogs.Read more about this activity
You have the option of picking a 5, 10 or 20 km husky safari (2 people per sled). If you opt for the 20 km safari, lunch is also included.
Group size: 1-16 (approximately)
5 km: £106pp available from Monday - Sunday at 11.30 am and 15.30 pm from December until March. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season. Total duration incl. briefing: approximately 1 hr. We expect you to be out on the husky sledge for around 30-40 minutes.
10 km: £133pp available from Monday - Sunday at 9 am and 1 pm from December until March. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season. Total duration incl. briefing: approximately 2 hrs. We expect you to be out on the husky sledge for around 1 hour.
20 km (including lunch): £183pp available from Monday - Sunday at 10 am from December until March. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season. Total duration incl. briefing and lunch: approximately 4 hrs. We expect you to be out on the husky sledge for around 2 hours.