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Wilderness Hotel Inari offers spectacular views over the frozen Lake Inari and puts you in prime Aurora viewing territory. Your 7-night stay uses the lake as a winter playground during dog sledding, reindeer encounters and insights into the Sámi culture. At night, it's all about dedicated Northern Lights activities.

What's included?


  • Flights: are included from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Flight routes are subject to change and regional departures may be available.
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in twin/double hotel room (accommodation upgrades available, subject to availability and supplement)
  • Meals: full board
  • Clothing: cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: snowshoeing, Aurora workshop, snowmobile try-out, Aurora camp, husky safari, cross-country skiing, visit a reindeer farm, Aurora hunt by car, Aurora snowshoeing (the order of activities is for guidance only, and your final itinerary will be confirmed on arrival)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

You’ll find that many of our holidays are situated within reach of Lake Inari, but no other destination has a location quite as close as Wilderness Hotel Inari, which sits proudly on the shore.

This region of north east Finland is renowned as a Northern Lights destination and is a real paradise for those who want a dedicated week of Aurora hunting and the chance to take part in all the Arctic activity highlights as well.

Wilderness Hotel Inari is the brainchild or our long-standing friends and local partners, Jouko and Mari Lappalainen who also own Nellim, Nangu and Muotka. Mari had coveted this location for years, simply because of the view and the Aurora potential. Having realised their dream of securing the land they then brought their charm, imagination, dedication and expert guides in, to create this wonderful destination.

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When it comes to Aurora hunting there are few areas which would stack up against the Inari region. There are so few people (far more reindeer) here that there is very little light pollution and the vast lake provides unadulterated views north across the ice. There are four dedicated Aurora hunts in this holiday which include an informative workshop, a visit to a perfectly located Aurora Camp, a hunt by car/minibus and an Aurora snowshoe hike. These activities when coupled with a seven-night stay provide fabulous potential for witnessing the Northern Lights.

The wonderful thing about Inari is that, like in many of our destinations, if the Aurora conditions align on a night when you are not taking part in a Northern Lights hunt, you still have an excellent chance to witness them from very close to the hotel.

Many guests also like to consider upgrading to one of the Aurora cabins in order to gaze at the sky from the comfort of their own bed. Please see the accommodation section for details or ask one of our experts for an upgrade quote.

During the day you’ll take to the trails for a dog sled safari with an eager team of huskies and will also try the favoured Finnish pastimes of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These are all exceptional ways in which to explore the landscape around you.

The village of Inari itself is not far from the hotel and is the centre of Sámi culture in Finland. We make sure that you glean an insight into this fascinating indigenous culture during your holiday when you meet with a local reindeer herder and their animals. You will see why reindeer herding has been such an important part of the Sámi way of life, and still is today.

This is an unforgettable week which encompasses all of the main highlights of Lapland and provides some outstanding Northern Lights viewing opportunities.

Please note: The activities outlined will all be included in your holiday, however, the order of activities listed here is for guidance only, and your final timetable will be confirmed on arrival.

Image credits: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd, Markku Inkila and Anthony Oberlin
  • The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival at your accommodation.

    Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by your transfer* driver and driven to the hotel on the shores of Lake Inari around 40 minutes away.

    Once you’ve settled into the hotel, dinner will be served in the restaurant which has huge windows looking out across the lake.

    Your cold weather clothing will be allocated either tonight or tomorrow depending on your arrival time.

    Whatever you do, don’t forget to cast an eye to the north before bed tonight, just in case the Aurora are dancing overhead.

    * Transfers are based on a scheduled group shuttle that sometimes stops at a few nearby hotels. If you would prefer to upgrade to private taxi transfers please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • One of the best ways to appreciate your new surroundings is on foot. You wouldn’t get very far just walking around in the deep snow as you’d quickly end up knee deep, but if you put on snowshoes life is much easier. Today’s snowshoe walk will last for around four hours (including a break for a lovely lunch around a campfire) and so there is plenty of time for you to soak up the silence of this wild environment. The pace will be leisurely so you have time to stop and admire the flora and fauna in the company of your expert guide.

    This evening, you will gather for an Aurora Workshop at the hotel. This informative presentation will provide you with a greater understanding of the Northern Lights and the basics of how to capture the Aurora on camera.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the wintery surroundings on an exciting introductory snowmobile adventure. After full safety instructions and a driving lesson, you’ll be head out for a safari, following some of the fabulous trails and travelling on the lake. You must be over 18 and hold a full driving license in order to take the controls. You will travel two people per snowmobile and the activity lasts around two hours in total.

    Your meals will be served at the hotel and you’ll need a hearty dinner ahead of your Aurora Camp excursion this evening.

    Jouko and Mari (the owners of the hotel) and their guides have set up wonderful Aurora Camps all over the area. They are all situated in places where the skies are pitch black and the views to the north are unobstructed. Travelling in a sleigh pulled by your guide’s snowmobile, you will travel in comfort to the camp. A fire will keep you warm and hot drinks will be served as you patiently wait for the Northern Lights. With a little luck, they will make an appearance tonight. You will be out for around 2.5 hrs tonight.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • There are few activities which are as synonymous with the Arctic as a husky safari. There is quite simply nothing that can really be compared to the sense of adventure you get from hitting the trail with an eager team of dogs pulling your sled along. It is a time-honoured way of travelling which has never lost any of its appeal.

    You will typically meet your eager huskies on the ice of Lake Inari, just a short walk from the hotel. A full safety briefing will be given before you meet the teams and you’ll be shown how to handle the sleds. As the huskies will be eager to get going (you’ll hear their barks long before you see them) you’ll get straight on with the safari.

    Your guide will release your anchor and away you’ll go, off onto the trails and out across the lake. Travelling two people per sled, you will have the chance to take it in turns to drive. It is such a thrilling experience and the scenery here can be spellbinding.

    The timing of the activity will be confirmed on your arrival at the hotel, but lunch will be served in the restaurant, either before or after your adventure. The safari will last around 1.5 hours in total* and there will be some time at the end to meet the dogs and take photos.

    The remainder of your day and evening are free for you to relax and unwind. Dinner will be served at the hotel and you may want to head down to the lakeshore to keep an eye out for the Aurora before bed. Remember that you can also arrange to book time at reception to visit the lakeside Aurora sauna should you wish.

    * Please note that this safari is sometimes described locally as being 3 hrs in duration, but this duration includes lunch (which we include as standard of course).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today has been left free for you to tailor your time. This is a hugely relaxing setting and there is a lot to be said for some taking a few hours just to appreciate your surroundings. We do however have additional activities which can be arranged, and these can be found in the ‘personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    We also strongly recommend taking the time to walk into Inari Village (around 45 minutes’ walk). The village is great for a spot of souvenir shopping but is also home to the fascinating Siida Museum. The museum charts the history of the Sámi people in the region and has fascinating exhibitions regarding the flora and fauna of this region. You do not need to pre-book your visit and you can pay on entry. In our opinion it is well worth a visit during your stay. 

    All your meals are included and will be served in the hotel’s restaurant with its panoramic windows.

    Tonight, you will strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out into the Arctic night on an Aurora adventure. Experience the silence of the surrounding forest as you make your way across snowy trails to a wonderful viewpoint. Your guide will light a fire and you can enjoy hot drinks as you gaze up at the sky where hopefully, if conditions are favourable, the dancing Northern Lights will make an appearance.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cross-country skiing is one of those activities which Finns start to do as toddlers. Most of us aren’t quite that lucky, but as this is such a popular pastime in Finland it would be rude not to see what all of the fuss is about. You need no prior experience of any kind of skiing to take part, as your guides will provide all the necessary tuition. Once everyone has got the hang of it, your group will head out for a loop on one of the trails close to the hotel (they are all around this region). In total this activity will last approximately two hours.

    Now, if the lights have so far proven elusive, tonight could provide an excellent opportunity for you to see them. Travelling either by car or by minibus, your guide will drive you on a route specifically chosen to match the night’s Aurora and weather forecasts.

    The beauty of being mobile is that you can cover greater distances and therefore have a better chance of being able to find clear skies. If the conditions are good close to the hotel you’ll set up in one of the Aurora Camps nearby. If there is cloud cover, you’ll head further afield and will hopefully outrun it.  All in all, you will be out for around 2.5 hours.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today’s activity allows you to get an idea of what life is like for the traditional reindeer herders of Lapland and their animals. You’ll visit a local reindeer farm where the peaceful animals will be the star attraction. The herder will provide you with details about their year and the life and importance of a reindeer to the local people and economy. The experience will last for around 2.5 hours.

    Back at the Wilderness Hotel this evening you will enjoy your final dinner in the restaurant. After your meal, you can head down onto the lake to keep watch on the skies and enjoy the Arctic wilds for one last evening. Alternatively, you might like to add in additional Aurora activities or perhaps enjoy a special Sámi culture themed evening meal, please see the ‘Personalise’ section for details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today it is sadly time to wave goodbye to Inari and the Arctic. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flights home.

    If you have an early departure this morning a boxed breakfast will be provided for your journey.

    The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Wilderness Hotel Inari

Nights: 1-7

Situated on Lake Inari’s shores, Wilderness Hotel Inari is one of the most spectacular destinations we feature. Offering excellent levels of comfort and some serious ‘wow factor’, it is the latest addition to the Wilderness Hotels owned by our good friends Jouko and Mari Lappalianen.

Importantly it is also slap, bang in the middle of the world’s best Aurora hunting territory and the hotel has implemented some innovative Northern Lights features to help maximise your viewing potential.

Wilderness Hotel Inari is ideally located around 40 minutes’ drive from Ivalo Airport and just five minutes from Inari Village, which is the centre of Sámi culture in Finland.

There is a variety of accommodation on offer here, including cabins, Aurora cabins and hotel rooms, all of which are separate to (but within very easy reach of), the central restaurant building. 

The hotel provides modern accommodation with décor which combines both comfort and charm. A huge amount of thought has gone into creating this very special place to stay.

Hotel Facilities

  • The focal point of the hotel is the main reception, bar, lounge and restaurant building. There will be gasps of delight from the moment you walk in and are confronted with exceptional views out towards the lake.
  • All meals are served in the restaurant and the quality of the food has been excellent in our experience.
  • Breakfast offers a continental selection of meats, breads, cheese, fish and pastries as well as hot options including bacon and eggs. There are fresh fruit and yoghurts to compliment
  • A.t lunch and evening meals, an array of fresh salads and a soup is followed by a choice of two main dishes prepared by the chefs. Options will typically include some local flavours as well as international dishes. In the evening these are accompanied by a pudding. Tea, coffee and water are included in your stay and any additional drinks can be added to your bill.
  • The restaurant is beautifully decorated, with local art and woodwork creating a great atmosphere. The fantastic north facing panoramic windows running the length of the room offer views out onto Lake Inari. We certainly expect a few evening meals to be abandoned as the Aurora becomes visible during dinner (the chefs get used to it)!
  • The bar area is fully stocked so you can enjoy a drink with your meal or relax in the lounge area by the roaring fire.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the main hotel building and rooms (it is less strong in the Aurora cabins and the log cabins but 3G reception should work on your phone).
  • The crowning 'Northern Lights glory' here is the glass-roofed sauna which is housed by the lake in a modified Aurora Cabin. Guests can book the sauna at the reception in hour long slots for private use (free of charge) and so if you strike lucky, you can witness the Northern Lights from inside, which is a very special experience.

Room Type

Hotel bedrooms

The bedrooms are located in two separate buildings around 50 metres from the main building.

Each room has been decorated in a traditional Arctic style with inspiration taken from the local environment. They are around 30m² and have either a queen-sized bed or twin beds. Coffee and tea making facilities are provided in your room as well as either a comfortable sofa or two armchairs. If you can’t face being detached from the “real world”, the rooms also come with free Wi-Fi. Every bedroom is en-suite and comes complete with hairdryer and toiletries.

These rooms are designed for two people to share but a third person can be accommodated on a camp bed or pull-out sofa (supplements apply).

Image credits: Inari Wilderness Hotel, Matt Robinson

Other options

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Arctic Chalets

Supplements from: £658pp

These semi-detached, designer chalets, are a new addition to Inari’s range of impressive accommodation options. They are designed to offer couples an air of Arctic luxury in their own holiday hideaway.

The modern interiors are sleek and beautifully designed. Each features a bedroom with an en-suite shower, private sauna room and king size bed. The separate living area is well equipped with a warming log fire, ideal following a day of adventures and the stunning landscape is framed by full-height windows, offering views towards the lake. Each also offers a sofa bed which can sleep an additional two people, but we recommend keeping these chalets for just the two of you.

Please note that this accommodation option requires an upgrade supplement. Please contact our Aurora Experts for a quotation.

Image credits: Wilderness Hotel Inari

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Cabins

Supplements from: £111pp

With the potential of seeing the Northern Lights above, you won’t want to take your eyes off the Arctic sky. Luckily, with the Wilderness Hotel Inari’s Aurora Cabins, you won’t have to. These amazing structures are all equipped with an expansive heated glass roof to give you unobstructed views of the northern skies at all times. Whether you want to lie back in your bed or on the sofa, you can go on the hunt for the Aurora right from the comfort of your accommodation.

These cosy cabins come with twin beds (which can be pushed together), a sofa or armchairs in the small living area and an ensuite shower room (toiletries and hairdryer are provided). You will also have coffee and tea making facilities. Some of the cabins will also accommodate an extra person on a sofa bed. The cabins are 34m² in size. The Wi-Fi signal isn’t as strong in the cabins so you may need to use the main restaurant, or use the time to switch off!

The cabins are between 20 and 50 metres from the main building.

Please note that this accommodation option requires an upgrade supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Matt Robinson

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Log Cabins

Supplements from: £840pp

These cosy cabins are built in the traditional way, with walls constructed from huge logs and plenty of space inside. The ground floor covers 70m² and the loft area offers an additional 20m².

On the ground floor, you’ll find a spacious dining/living room, comfy seating, and a wood burning stove which can be turned to face where you are sitting. There is also the main bedroom with a queen-sized bed. There is also a kitchenette and dining area, although all your meals are provided in the restaurant. The cabins also provide free Wi-Fi although the signal is not strong in all of them. It can, however, be used in the lounge area of the main building if needed.

The bathroom and toilet (hairdryer and toiletries are provided) are also on the ground floor and the cabin comes with the luxury of a private sauna.

The loft area upstairs can accommodate three more single beds and, thanks to the pull-out sofa in the living area, the capacity of these cabins ranges from two to six people (although we would recommend a maximum of 4 adults). They are ideal for couples looking for a very romantic hideaway or for small groups of friends or family.

The cabins are between 15m and 100m from the main building.

Please note that this accommodation option requires an upgrade supplement. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Image credits: Matt Robinson

Personalise this tour

Our pick

Aurora snowmobile safari

From £133pp

Heading out into the wilderness on a snowmobile, with only the headlights illuminating the trails, is a real adventure. This activity will see your guide lead you to some prime Aurora viewpoints. Should the conditions be favourable, and the lights start to dance overhead, you will of course stop and admire the show. Warm drinks will be served en-route, and the activity lasts around 2.5 hours in total (including full instruction and a safety briefing before departure). You will travel two people per snowmobile throughout. 

Please note: You must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Price from: £133 per person

 Image Credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari

Other options


Sámi Culture with Lappish Dinner

From: £25pp

For those who want to delve a little deeper into Sámi Culture and the local cuisine, then you can choose to upgrade your evening meal and enjoy something very different.

You will firstly be presented with an insight into Sámi Culture from a local Sámi person, dressed in their traditional costume, before enjoying a meal including delicious local foods and delicacies.

This activity requires a minimum of 4 people to operate and lasts between two and three hours in total.

The price quoted is for the upgrade from your standard evening meal.

Price from: £25 per person

Ice fishing by snowmobile-sleigh

From: £131pp

During this activity you will learn about one of the region’s most popular pastimes. Travelling by snowmobile-pulled sleigh, your guide will lead you to a prime ice fishing location. Here you will drill holes in the ice, drop your lines and then wait patiently for a fish to bite (hopefully). Lunch will be served around a campfire out in the wilds, and regardless of whether you catch anything. This is a wonderful way to spend time in The Great Outdoors.

The activity lasts for around four hours including lunch.

Price: £131 per person

 Image credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari

Little Extras

Cross country ski or snowshoe hire

From: £18pp

Should you wish to explore independently during your stay, then both cross country ski gear and snowshoes can be rented at the hotel. Please ensure that you take a map and always follow marked trails. Ensure that you also have a mobile phone and the hotel’s contact details in case either are required during your outing.

Price: £18 per person per day

 Image Credit: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd

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Expertise and knowledge are key to witnessing the Northern Lights. We’ve been running Aurora hunting holidays longer than any company in the UK and with no lead in prices, no hidden costs and more included, we’re confident our tours will come out on top.
Price guarantee
Sun 16 Feb 2020
to Sun 23 Feb 2020
Adults£ 2,445
Sun 23 Feb 2020
to Sun 01 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,265
Sun 01 Mar 2020
to Sun 08 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,265
Sun 08 Mar 2020
to Sun 15 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,255
Sun 15 Mar 2020
to Sun 22 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,255
Sun 22 Mar 2020
to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,395
Sun 29 Mar 2020
to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Adults£ 2,395

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.

Sun 29 Nov 2020
to Sun 06 Dec 2020
Adults£ 2,470
Sun 06 Dec 2020
to Sun 13 Dec 2020
Adults£ 2,515
Sun 13 Dec 2020
to Sun 20 Dec 2020
Adults£ 2,550
Sun 03 Jan 2021
to Sun 10 Jan 2021
Adults£ 2,360
Sun 10 Jan 2021
to Sun 17 Jan 2021
Adults£ 2,360
Sun 17 Jan 2021
to Sun 24 Jan 2021
Adults£ 2,360
Sun 24 Jan 2021
to Sun 31 Jan 2021
Adults£ 2,360
Sun 31 Jan 2021
to Sun 07 Feb 2021
Adults£ 2,390
Sun 07 Feb 2021
to Sun 14 Feb 2021
Adults£ 2,570
Sun 14 Feb 2021
to Sun 21 Feb 2021
Adults£ 2,570
Sun 21 Feb 2021
to Sun 28 Feb 2021
Adults£ 2,380
Sun 28 Feb 2021
to Sun 07 Mar 2021
Adults£ 2,380
Sun 07 Mar 2021
to Sun 14 Mar 2021
Adults£ 2,370
Sun 14 Mar 2021
to Sun 21 Mar 2021
Adults£ 2,370
Sun 21 Mar 2021
to Sun 28 Mar 2021
Adults£ 2,515
Sun 28 Mar 2021
to Sun 04 Apr 2021
Adults£ 2,515

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

Group Size

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on 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

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office is advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double-check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

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

Cancellation terms

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%

Traveller Reviews

We had a fabulous time and will definitely recommend The Auroa Zone tours to all of our friends! 26 January 2020 by John and Ruth Tunnicliffe

We were really impressed with the whole package from the packing list through to the activities, thank you Aurora Tours! We very rarely do package tours but this holiday may have changed our thinking.

A great holiday 12 January 2020 by Nancy and Thomas Neal

We loved the Wilderness Inari hotel and connections in London/Ivalo were great. Best of all, we saw the Lights three nights. A great holiday that met our expectations.

This holiday did not just tick off a bucket list point but spray painted the bucket itself. Thank You all! 08 December 2019 by Mark Dean & Jacquetta Hill

My wife and I decided that we are now of the delicate age to start completing our bucket list! Seeing the ‘Northern Lights’ was very high up on that list. A work colleague had told me about her trip with the ‘Aurora Zone’ and after a lot of research and discussion, we decided to book the full experience of an Aurora Hunting Adventure at the lovely Wilderness Hotel Inari and what a trip it
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was. Being as it was on our bucket list, we opted for our final three nights in a glass-roofed  Aurora cabin, overlooking lovely lake Inari. The staff at Aurora Zone made the booking easy and seamless, updating us throughout the build-up to the trip of any items we’d need for the trip and with copies of all paperwork. The Wilderness Hotel Inari is a lovely hotel in a great location. The food is good and plentiful with a great choice for everyone. My wife is a Vegetarian and though the choice was limited (mainly vegetables) there was plenty of it and we happily grazed at every meal. The staff are wonderful and do their best to look after you during your stay. The highlights, well there were many. The main one was the gentle snowshoeing with Ian to a hut by a frozen lake one night. The fire was lit, we chatted and the Aurora made an appearance.  Our woodland walk with Santos later in the week showed us the beauty of the Inari forest and rivers and we saw some otters searching for food, all in the most amazing surroundings. The Finns have amazing outdoor spaces and camps you can just turn up at, light a fire and use, all out in the Wilderness.  Other highlights were the husky drive and meeting some mad puppies, all of which scattered as we were introduced to them, cue ten minutes laughing and trying to round the three of them up.  We also loved our visit to a Sami family-run reindeer park, the culture and history of which was fascinating. Overall the trip was the most amazing and memorable experience, one that we will never forget. This holiday did not just tick off a bucket list point but spray painted the bucket itself. Thank You all!
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Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Hunting Adventure 10 March 2019 by Lori & Terry Michlitsch

We thought everyone on staff was so nice.

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Hunting Adventure 24 February 2019 by Christine & Mark Dorling

We had an amazing week couldn't fault it.

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Hunting Adventure 24 February 2019 by Geoffrey & Hilda Charlton

The Wilderness Hotel Inari was exellent, the food was exellent, the staff were very good and helpful, all the activities were very good, all the guides were very knowledgeable and interesting and very helpful, the transfers from and to the airport worked well, and to top it all we saw the Aurora the last 4 nights we were there. What more could you ask?

We enjoyed all of the activities 24 February 2019 by Paula Whiting & Paula Frankis

We had a fantastic trip and were lucky enough to see the aurora on 4 nights. Well done for organising such a memorable trip and for being so organised with every detail.

We will be back! 24 February 2019 by Susan & Lily Simpson

Aurora Hunting both snowmobile and camp. Why, because we saw the lights. After that Dog Sledging was the best.

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Hunting Adventure 24 February 2019 by Geoffrey & Hilda Charlton

The Wilderness Hotel Inari was excellent, the food was excellent, the staff were very good and helpful, all the activities were very good, all the guides were very knowledgeable and interesting and very helpful, the transfers from and to the airport worked well, and to top it all we saw the Aurora the last 4 nights we were there. What more could you ask?

Well run and smooth from start to finish 24 February 2019 by Andy & Roslyn Charlesworth

Excellent hotel, staff, knowledable and enthusiastic guides, great equipment to keep us warm and able to enjoy the cold trips during day and night time. Well run and smooth from start to finish. Would recommend to anyone.

Thoroughly magical trip 29 March 2018 by Helen Beuschel & David Jackson

A thoroughly magical trip that delivered everything we could have wished for. The activities on their own were excellent but add in loads of aurora time and we were truly spoilt. The hotel was great, with amazingly lovely staff and fantastic food. Your info, prior is absolutely brilliant, as is your choice of location. We have raved about the trip during and since and recommended you to everyone.
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Fantastic holiday, full of new experiences 22 March 2018 by Catherine Burrows & The Hayes Family

Fantastic holiday, full of new experiences, very friendly staff and fantastic hotel. the sear features for holidays make it easy to select the activities you want to do

Had a fantastic holiday. 18 March 2018 by Carole & Jonathan Frank

Hotel and facilities were excellent. Staff very friendly. Really appreciated the warm gear as extremely cold on the night activities. Loved the husky sledding. Great experience. Interesting to learn about the dogs and to see the puppies after sledding on the frozen lake. Had a fantastic holiday. Lucky enough to see the Northern lights on 2 consecutive nights at the hotel. Absolutely brilliant. The
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holiday is active pace but there is still plenty of time to relax at the hotel/ have a sauna/ walk into the village between all the planned activities.
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Absolutely fantastic holiday, 5 star. 15 March 2018 by Vicky Hilton

Hotel staff were all so welcoming and helpful, as were the local guides. Absolutely fantastic holiday, 5 star.

Peaceful and great fun 28 February 2018 by Geoffrey Sargent & Helen Speidel

Dog Sledding across the lake, peaceful and great fun

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