- Flights: return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change.
- Transfers: return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers
- Accommodation: 3 nights in a twin/double hotel room
- Meals: full board
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Jäniskoski rapid, Aurora Camp, husky safari and Aurora hunt by car (order subject to change)
- 24/7 assistance from our UK-based operations team and in-destination support from our local partners
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
This short break in Finnish Lapland is the perfect short break to experience life in Lapland. Your ideally situated hotel in the centre of Inari village allows you to explore at your own pace outside of the exciting activities included as part of your programme.
During this 3-night holiday, you will get to drive your own team of dogs as part of a husky safari, head out on an Aurora hunt by car to give you the maximum potential to outrun any cloud cover in the area and enjoy an Aurora Camp with a roaring fire and listening to the guides information about the science behind the Northern Lights.
As a final, unique activity to this hotel, the guide will also lead you on a winter walk to the Jäniskoski rapid which has significance to the Sámi people.
©Matt Robinson, Wilderness Hotel Inari, Visit Finland, Anthony Oberlin, Guesthouse Husky Ltd, Inari-Saariselkä Tourism, Wilderness Hotel Juutua
Dates & Prices
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Activities: please note that if you are travelling early in the winter season and there is not enough snowfall, then some activities may be adapted by the local team, or alternatives provided, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. For more information on this, please see our booking terms and conditions.
Departure day: Friday
Prices are based on 2 people sharing. Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
Next season’s dates and prices
Our dates and prices for 2023/24 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed. This will normally be around nine months prior to departure.
|Departure dates between|
Fri 08 Dec 2023
Fri 29 Dec 2023
|Adults £ 1,985 To £ 2,220|
Fri 05 Jan 2024
Fri 26 Jan 2024
|Adults £ 1,740 To £ 1,950|
Fri 02 Feb 2024
Fri 23 Feb 2024
|Adults £ 1,740 To £ 1,950|
Fri 01 Mar 2024
Fri 15 Mar 2024
|Adults £ 1,740 To £ 1,950|
For our full booking terms and conditions please click here
Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, on some dates we require a minimum of 10 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 30 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
Booking Activities Locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade https://www.mfat.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
Information for British Passport Holders
It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport and/or any required visas are up to date for your holiday. Please take special note of rules relating to passport validity as these have changed since Brexit. You can find more general advice from the UK government on their Passport rules for travel to Europe and then country specific advice on the Foreign Travel Advice page under the entry requirements section.
Please also check the UK Governments ‘Get Travel Smart’ campaign for up to date information on travel advice by country, information on Travel Insurance and information on how to renew your passport if required.
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
Flight, Arrival and Transfer
You will be met by a local guide at the airport for your transfer to Wilderness Hotel Juutua.
A welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant before you settle into your rooms this evening ready for an exciting few days ahead.Included Meals: Dinner
Jäniskoski Rapid and Aurora Camp
This morning after breakfast in the hotel, you will be issued with all your cold weather clothing which is yours for the duration of your stay. Your first activity is a short walk from the hotel which allows you a real insight into the cultural significance of this village and surrounding area to the Sámi people. This short walk is very accessible (around 1km in total) as your guide leads the way along the Juutua river and its 10 rapids to the beautiful Jänisköski rapid, the biggest of them all.
Here your guide will set up a small campfire with some warm drinks and everyone will cook some sausages on the open fire. You will enjoy the peace and quiet listening to the running water while your guide will share some interesting facts about Inari and how it is to live there both today and historically.
This afternoon is left free to relax, we recommend visiting the Sámi Siida Museum during your time in Inari. There is a small entrance fee (payable locally) but the well-presented exhibits really allow you to learn a huge amount about the local area and the Sámi culture. There is also a short film presentation about the Northern Lights with some spectacular images taken in the local area.
After dinner in the hotel restaurant, you will get wrapped up warm and set off by a sleigh pulled behind a snowmobile driven by your local guide. You will head to one of the local designated Aurora Camps (local insider spots where the lights are most frequently seen from) and keep warm around a campfire while keeping an eye skyward to hopefully see your own Auroral display. The guide will introduce some of the science and local myths and legends surrounding the Aurora too.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Aurora Hunt by Car
Today we have included one of Lapland’s most popular activities – a husky safari! A real "must do" activity when visiting Lapland, led by your team of dogs you will explore through forests and across frozen lakes. Enjoy the dogs' anticipation before the race begins and the peaceful silence that follows as they enjoy their favourite activity, running through the snowy landscape. Before embarking on the husky safari, you will receive a full safety briefing on how to operate the sled. You will share a sleigh and adults will be given the chance to swap driver and passenger during the tour.
This afternoon is left free to relax or explore the village. Additional activities, such as a snowmobile safari, can be booked in advance. Please ask your travel expert at the time of booking if you are interested.
This evening you will head on your second Aurora Hunt included in this short break. Aurora hunt by car/minibus to look for the Northern Lights! One of our most tried and tested Aurora-gazing excursions is the Aurora hunt by car. Using this added mobility to cover more distance and seek out cloud-free skies to hopefully view the Aurora beyond. The tour guide will provide warm drinks and snacks throughout the journey.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transfers, Flights and Goodbyes
This morning you will transfer back to the airport to catch your return flight home. We are certain you will have enjoyed your time in Lapland and if you want to plan a return journey either to the same region or to the Arctic Fjords surrounding Tromsø or the unique accommodations such as the ICEHOTEL® or Treehotel in Swedish Lapland our Travel Experts are here to help.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Wilderness Hotel Juutua
The newly refurbished Wilderness Hotel Juutua is situated right in the heart of Inari village.
This village has huge cultural significance to the Finnish Sámi population both historically and today, which is reflected in the ownership of this hotel. The hotel became part of the Wilderness Hotel family in October 2022 and whilst they have put their own signature Scandi-chic design style on the hotel they have designed the interior to be sympathetic to its Sámi heritage.
The main building houses the reception, lounge and bar area and the locally renowned Restaurant Aanaar on the ground floor with the standard double/twin wilderness rooms upstairs. A short walk from the hotel, you will find the Riverside Suites located on the shore of the frozen Juutua River.
Restaurant Aanaar is a highly regarded fine dining restaurant which is popular with visitors and locals alike in the Inari region. The menu here reflects local dishes unique to Lapland and uses as many fresh, local ingredients as possible which are all sourced through a network of small, independent local suppliers.
These rooms are in the main building of the hotel. They were renovated during Autumn 2022 ready to welcome guests for the winter season. The rooms are tastefully decorated in a cosy, Scandinavian style which incorporates the surrounding arctic nature.
Each room has an ensuite bathroom with a wet-room shower, equipped with a hairdryer and Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Riverside Sauna Suites
These upgraded rooms are a very short walk from the main hotel building. Every suite has either a terrace or balcony (depending on which floor they are on) – ideal for Northern Lights viewing in the middle of the night! They each have their own private sauna too which is perfect for relaxing after a day of winter adventures. The rooms also have their own tea and coffee-making facilities and hairdryers.
Please note: the images used are an artist's impression which have been developed with the hotel owners to reflect the intended room style once renovations are complete. Interiors may differ slightly and we will update the website once the renovations are complete.