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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 22012
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Your seven-night break to Wilderness Hotel Inari in Northern Finland puts you in prime Aurora viewing territory and we have dedicated night-time Northern Lights activities to make the most of it. During the day you’ll meet reindeer, try dog sledding, go snowshoeing and much more.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: direct return flights are included from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Routes are subject to change.
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 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: snowshoeing, Aurora workshop, visit the Sámi Siida Museum, 2 x Aurora camps, husky safari, Aurora snowmobile safari, cross-country skiing, Aurora hunt, visit a reindeer farm (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

See in the New Year on the shores of Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland, gazing at the sky and keeping watch for the magnificent Northern Lights. This seven-night holiday provides excellent Aurora viewing potential in spectacular surroundings, as well as the chance to try some of the most popular Arctic activities.

The hotel’s location means that the Aurora can often be seen by simply stepping outside but we include four varied adventures in the evenings to enhance your viewing opportunities. In the company of your expert local guides, you will hunt the lights on snowmobiles, by car or minibus and will spend two evenings on Northern Lights stake-outs at remote Aurora Camps tucked away from any light pollution.

This itinerary offers a great balance between free time and activities. You’ll make the most of your holiday, take part in all the key activities, but will still have enough time to unwind so you return home feeling refreshed and revitalised.

Holiday highlights include dog sledding, a visit to a reindeer farm, visiting the famous Sámi Siida Museum and a cross-country skiing lesson.

During your free time, you can always explore the nearby village of Inari independently, enjoy some additional activities or perhaps relax in the glass-roofed Northern Lights sauna which is available for guests to use.

We can think of few places in which we’d rather celebrate New Year.


Credit: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd and Matt Robinson
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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
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  • Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be greeted by your driver for your transfer (approximately 40 mins) to Wilderness Hotel Inari.

    Here you will check in and enjoy your first meal in the main restaurant which has panoramic windows facing Lake Inari.

    You can then collect your cold weather clothing and your Aurora alert. Your hosts will also provide you with your final itinerary, as the order of activities is always subject to change and will be confirmed locally.

    We do recommend taking a walk down on to the lake tonight however, as it really does provide an excellent location from which to witness the Northern Lights.

  • Snowshoeing is the ideal way to get to grips with the peace and tranquillity of your new surroundings. Immersing yourself in the wilds of Lapland and exploring on foot is a real delight. Your walk will last for around four hours in total as your guide leads you at a leisurely pace. There will also be a break for lunch around a campfire (weather permitting), providing an ideal introduction to Finland’s Great Outdoors.

    This evening, you will take part in an Aurora workshop at the hotel. This is designed to give you a greater understanding of the Northern Lights as well as some hints and tips with regards to how to capture them on camera.

    A delicious New Year’s Eve meal will be served in the restaurant this evening and the celebrations will usher in midnight in style.

  • The village of Inari is around a five-minute drive from the hotel. It is at the centre of Sámi culture in Finnish Lapland and is home to the famous Sámi Siida Museum. Today you will be transferred to the museum, so you can explore the history of Lapland and its indigenous culture. There is also a video presentation of Northern Lights photography as well as a gift shop which stocks local handicrafts. Lunch will be served back at the hotel and you’ll have some free time this afternoon.

    After another tasty meal in the hotel restaurant, you will head out with your guide to one of the Aurora Camps. The camps have been erected in prime Aurora territory by the local team here, who know all the best viewpoints. You will travel to the camp either by snowmobile sleigh or car and the destination will be selected based on the conditions. Warm drinks will be served around a campfire and you can gaze up at the sky in the hope of witnessing a display. This activity will last around 2.5 hours.

  • One of the most popular activities with our guests is dog sledding, and with good reason. Few activities are as synonymous with the Arctic, nor do they hold such a sense of adventure.

    The dogs will be lined up in teams and waiting down on the lake for you. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing prior to meeting your dogs. You will travel in pairs with one person in the sled and the other driving, you will have the chance to swap halfway.

    Once you meet the teams you will set off almost straight away as the dogs will be so eager to get going (they make a lot of noise at this point). Your guide will release your anchor and you’ll hit the trails across the lake. Travelling under paw power alone across a frozen lake is not an experience which is forgotten quickly. The safari will last around 1.5 hours in total and this will be some time at the end to meet the dogs and take photos.

    Lunch will be served in the restaurant, either before or after your adventure, depending on final timings.

    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.

  • Today has been left free for you to tailor your time. You can relax at the hotel, take a walk into Inari or book additional activities locally. All meals will be served at the hotel as normal.

    This evening, the Aurora hunting continues with a snowmobile safari in search of the lights. You will have seen snowmobiles whizzing by during your stay, as they are such an important means of transport in the area. They also happen to provide a wonderful way to hunt the Northern Lights.

    Your expert guide will provide a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive the machines before you set off in pairs. Your guide will choose the trails which they feel will offer the best Aurora potential. Warm drinks will be served from a prime viewpoint and hopefully, your efforts will be rewarded with a display.

  • Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular pastimes in Finland, and as soon as kids can walk, they are taught how to ski. It seems fitting therefore that you should also give this activity a try. No form of prior experience is required as a full lesson will be given. Once you have all mastered the basics, you take a trip on some of the trails close to the hotel. In total, the activity will last around two hours.  

    After dinner this evening you will enjoy a minibus/car hunt for the Northern Lights. Using a vehicle means that the guides have the change to try and outrun any localised cloud cover and find clearer skies. They will consult the local weather and solar activity forecasts and plan the route accordingly. This may mean travelling to an Aurora Camp near the hotel or travelling further afield, depending on conditions. All in all, you will be out for around two and a half hours.

  • From your time at the Sámi Museum, you will have grasped that reindeer herding was, and is, a very important part of the local economy and culture.

    Today you will meet a local reindeer herder who will introduce you to their herd and explain what life is like for a modern-day herder. This activity offers a fascinating insight into this unique way of life. The experience will last for around two and a half hours.

    Back at the Wilderness Hotel this evening you will enjoy your final dinner in the restaurant before your last Aurora hunting experience.

    Your final activity will see you heading out to one of the Aurora Camps, for a final Aurora stake-out. With luck, the Northern Lights will put on a farewell display.

  • Today you must head home but hopefully, you’ll have a head full of incredible memories to help counter any January blues.

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Wilderness Hotel Inari

Nights: 1-7

Situated on the shores of Lake Inari, 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 some of Northern Scandinavia’s best Aurora hunting territory and the hotel has implemented some innovative Aurora 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. Most importantly perhaps is that the density of population here is very, very sparse so there is virtually no artificial light pollution and ideal Aurora viewing potential.

There are 40 hotel rooms, 8 log cabins and 19 Aurora cabins here, all of which are within 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 hotel.

Hotel Facilities

  • The focal point of the hotel is the main reception, bar, lounge and restaurant building. There is wow factor 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, cheese, fish and pastries as well as hot options including bacon and eggs. There are fresh fruit and yoghurts to compliment and Finnish options such as meatballs and Karelian pancakes are also often found on the lovely spread
  • At lunch and evening meals, a wonderful 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 fully 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 hotel Aurora alert is activated if the staff witness the Northern Lights or are informed of a display. This is not a guarantee, as the lights can come and go very quickly, but it is certainly an excellent aid and operates until around 1 am when the reception closes
  • 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 - Log Cabins

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 hugely strong in all of them, but it can 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. Some cabins have a lake view, but these do come at a supplement. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for a quote.


Image credits: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Matt Robinson

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Cabins

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 WiFi 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 and some come with a lake view for an extra charge. Please ask one of our Aurora Experts for a quote.


Credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Matt Robinson

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Adults£ 2,525 Single Adult£ 2,695

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. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp 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.

Dates
Sun 29 Dec 2019
to Sun 05 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,700 Single Adult£ 2,880

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)

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.



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