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: 3 nights in twin/double hotel room
- Meals: Full board
- Clothing: Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Reindeer experience, ice fishing by snowmobile, Aurora camp, husky safari, Aurora hunt by car/minibus (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Aurora alert until approximately 1 am
Sitting on the edge of one of the largest lakes in Finland, Wilderness Hotel Inari delivers some real wow factor. When you enter the main restaurant and reception building to check in, you can’t help but get excited about spending the next three nights in such surroundings. The panoramic views of the lake are worth it alone!
This short break is ideal for those who are short on time and do not want to miss out on experience as it incorporates some favourite activities into a short space of time. You also will spend two nights making the most of the hotel’s prime location in the Aurora Zone, searching for the lights in the company of expert guides.
We kick off your stay with a wonderful combination of activities. You will travel by snowmobile to a reindeer farm to learn about the local culture and the life of a traditional herder, before continuing your safari to a prime ice fishing spot for a lesson in this most popular of pastimes.
The next day you will take the trails in the company of an eager team of huskies as you experience the delights of dog sledding on the lake.
Whilst one of the best viewpoints for witnessing the Northern Lights is indeed the lake just by the hotel (ideal for when you aren’t out on the activities), we have also included two evening trips which are designed to help maximise your chances of catching a display.Read more
Your first activity will see you visiting one of the Aurora Camps which the guides have created in prime territory and the second of the activities will see you hunting the lights in a minibus or car with an expert local guide determining your route. Our guides are hugely passionate and knowledgeable, and they will use their expertise, experience and the latest forecasts to give you the best possible chance of witnessing the Aurora dancing in the sky.
We also include the hotel’s innovative Aurora Alarm system for all guests and this operates until around 1am. It is a wonderful aid when hunting the lights.
Wilderness Hotel Inari is a very special place and this holiday means that everyone can enjoy the destination and all it has to offer, even if they only have time for a short trip.
Photography by Matt Robinson, Markku Inkila and Inari Saariselka Tourism.
Arrival and Welcome
Today you will arrive at Ivalo Airport in the depths of North East Finland. Your driver will be waiting to take you to Wilderness Hotel Inari. Here you can check in to your comfortable accommodation before you receive your cold weather clothing and Aurora alarm. The team will also provide your final agenda for the activities (as the order may change).
Dinner will be served in the hotel’s wonderful restaurant this evening and then you really should head down to the lake to check the sky for any displays before heading to bed.Included Meals: Dinner
Reindeer Experience, Ice Fishing by Snowmobile and Visit to Aurora Camp
Things get started in style today with a fabulous range of activities.
First on the agenda is a visit to a local reindeer farm. After you transfer, the herder will greet you and will provide an insight into their fascinating way of life, before you meet the animals and can enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. In total this activity lasts around 2.5 hours.
On your return to the hotel, you will get ready for your next adventure, using snowmobiles as your transport. Your guide will provide a full safety briefing and instructions on how to handle the machines before you set off travelling two people per snowmobile.
Your destination is a frozen lake where you will drill holes in the ice and then drop your lines into the icy depths below in the hope of catching a fish. This is one of the most popular pastimes in Lapland and even if you don’t get lucky with a fish, it’s a wonderful way to spend time in The Great Outdoors.
Lunch will be cooked by your guide over an open fire (weather permitting) during the activity and in total, you will be out for around four hours. To drive a snowmobile, you must over the age of18 and hold a full driving licence.
Back at Inari, you will have some free time to relax this afternoon, or perhaps you might like to take a walk into Inari village which is around 40 minutes away.
This evening, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant ahead of your first Aurora activity; a visit to an Aurora Camp.
Your guide will lead the way as you travel either in a sleigh pulled by their snowmobile or by minibus depending on the location of tonight’s camp. On arrival, you will enjoy the silence of the wilderness whilst watching the sky from an ideal Aurora viewpoint. Warm drinks will be served around a fire as you wait and watch. Hopefully, the conditions will be favourable, and your efforts will be rewarded.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Aurora Hunt
There are few activities which provide the same sense of anticipation and adventure as dog sledding. Today it is your turn to feel the excitement as you take to the trails in the company of an eager team of huskies and travel across the ice of Lake Inari.
You waste no time travelling today as your musher will come and meet you at reception, before leading you down towards the lake. You will hear the dogs long before you can see them! Firstly, you will be given a full safety briefing and instruction on how to handle the teams, prior to being allocated a sled. As the dogs will be so keen to get going, the time for pictures is saved until after the safari and you’ll head straight out for your adventure.
Travelling two people per sled, one of you will ride in the sleigh and the other will take the controls. You will have the chance to swap half way. The route will be determined by the conditions but generally you will cover between 15 and 20km and the experience will last around 1.5 hours.
At the end of the trip, there will be time for you to ask as many questions as you like about the dogs and spend some time with your team taking photos.
Lunch will be served at the hotel either before or after the safari.
There will be some free time today and you may like to take a walk into Inari Village where the Sami Siida Musuem is a popular attraction. You can walk along the lake or take the footpath directly from the hotel. The museum is very informative and offers the chance to pick up some great souvenirs.
Tonight, after another lovely meal, you will be led on an Aurora hunt with an expert guide. Using the mobility of either a car or minibus, your routes will be selected to provide the best chance of clear skies. If the solar conditions are favourable then hopefully you will be able to track down a display and witness the magic of the Northern Lights.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sadly, all good things must come to an end and so today it is time for you to head home. You will leave safe in the knowledge that you have really made the most of the last few days.
You will be transferred back to Ivalo for your return flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
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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 12 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.