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Wilderness Hotel Inari’s location is breathtaking and guests will delight in looking out across the frozen Lake Inari during their stay. By day, this winter activity playground provides dog sledding, reindeer encounters, snowmobiling and the chance to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. At night, the lack of light pollution here is the real key for Aurora hunters, providing the backdrop for four dedicated Aurora-based activities.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • 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
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Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • 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.

    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

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

The lakeside chalets will be available from December 2019.

Please note that this accommodation option requires an upgrade supplement. Please contact our Travel 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

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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: Markku Inkila


Other options

Activities

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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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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

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.

Reduced Mobility

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.

Car Hire

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.

Minimum age

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.

Traveller Reviews

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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