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Wilderness Hotel Nangu – Lake Inari Auroras

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Escape to the wilderness of Finnish Lapland on this activity-filled, 4-night break to Wilderness Hotel Nangu. This adults-only (16+) hotel positions you in a remote destination, ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. You will also experience snowmobiling, a husky safari and reindeer farm visit and two Aurora camps.

If you were to close your eyes and think of the perfect winter setting, what would you visualise? A snow-carpeted landscape, a location that feels almost in the middle of nowhere, warming hot drinks, toasty open fires, and cosy log buildings? If you spend a winter break at Wilderness Hotel Nangu, this idyll will be converted into reality...

Wilderness Hotel Nangu sits on the remote southern shores of Lake Inari, perfectly positioned in a wintry haven that offers the ideal combination of relaxation, activities and Northern Lights viewpoints. Our four-night itinerary includes all of this, as we have rolled all the best activities into just three days. There's time to enjoy your accommodation in between, and three Northern Lights hunts in the evenings.

By day, you will find yourself speeding over the frozen expanse of Lake Inari by snowmobile and guiding your own team of huskies, as well as visiting a local reindeer farm. By night, you will, of course, be on the lookout for the Aurora Borealis. Twice you'll travel by snowmobile-pulled sleigh as you venture towards a dedicated Aurora Camp, where a warming campfire waits for you. The third will be by snowmobile, so you can search further afield, hopefully escaping any localised cloud cover that might obscure the dazzling colours and formations of the lights.

Your base for the duration is owned by, Jouko and Mari, who already oversee three of our most popular hotels which are in North East Lapland. We've worked with them for years and we know that they have been desperate to make their boutique hotel dreams a reality. Hotel Nangu was newly renovated in 2017, and offers elegant rooms, with the option to upgrade to superior rooms with panoramic windows. Not only does the hotel offer ultimate comfort, but it is open to adults only (16+) over winter for added tranquillity.

So, make a dream a reality this year and experience a winter that you thought only your imagination could conjure up.

Please note if you are travelling over New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 31st of December.

Important Information

Itinerary
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 will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.

Itinerary

After arriving at Ivalo Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you* to Hotel Nangu, your boutique base for the next four nights. Heading north, you get a real sense of the scale of the wilderness.

After around thirty minutes, you will arrive in the grounds of your very special hotel, welcoming you with its cosy and warm ambience.

You will receive your cold-weather clothing that you will keep for the duration of the trip. Then, you can enjoy your first delicious meal in the hotel restaurant which offers views out across the lake.

Be sure to head outside and keep a lookout for a potential Northern Lights display before you head to bed though, as the Aurora can be seen from right outside the hotel.

Please note that if you are on a later flight then a chilled supper will be waiting for you and you will be kitted out in the morning.

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

* 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

[IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland To Wilderness Hotel Nangu
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Wilderness Hotel Nangu - Check In
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

After breakfast, you will be taken to a husky farm where an expert musher will greet you and you will then receive a thorough safety briefing and lesson on how to guide your own team of huskies and control a sled. All the while, this will be accompanied by impatient yaps and barks in the background, as the dogs wait to begin their run.

Bursting with energy, the dogs will set off on the trail, following your guide who will lead the way, and you will travel two people per sled. Along the way, you will take a break so that you have the chance to swap drivers if you wish. Then, the ever-eager dogs will take you back to the farm.

Now is the perfect time to meet the huskies properly and take some pictures, as they will be far more relaxed after their run.

After lunch back at your hotel, you’ll be taken to a reindeer farm, which will give you an insight into this way of life in Lapland. The reindeer herder will tell you about Sámi culture and the life of the reindeer and you will also have the chance to meet and feed the reindeer. 

There is also a relaxing Aurora activity tonight, to finish off a jam-packed day, as you head out in search of the Aurora by snowmobile-pulled sleigh and head to an Aurora Camp.

Once you arrive at the camp, specifically chosen for its previous success in Northern Lights spotting, the fire will be lit to warm you as you patiently watch the skies. While you rest and enjoy a hot drink, your guide will tell you myths, facts, legends and tales about the Aurora Borealis.

If the lights do make an appearance, you can treasure this magical and mystical moment, as no amount of research or science can detract from the eerie, other-worldliness of this natural phenomenon. Watching the Aurora dance is an experience that is never forgotten.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wilderness Hotel Nangu - Stay
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

After a busy itinerary thus far, you will have time to pause and relax as the whole day has been left free.

Why not take a look at the ‘Extras’ section on this trip, as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are on offer if you fancy upping the ante today? Simply contact our travel experts to add one of these additional activities to your trip.

Alternatively, you can curl up with a book by a window with spectacular views, enjoying the smug feeling that being cosy indoors can provide when it’s cold outside.

Lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant, before your second Northern Lights excursion commences.

Tonight, you will try your hand at snowmobiling, a thrilling and popular pastime here in Finland. You will receive a thorough safety briefing from your guide, followed by a lesson in how to drive the vehicles.

Once the guide is confident that the group is ready to depart, you will head out into the night, using the snowmobiles’ headlights to guide the way, adding an extra thrill to the experience. Of course, the moonlight may lend a helping hand, and hopefully the Aurora Borealis will shimmer and glisten as well.

Overall, this activity will last for around 2.5 hours, including a break for hot drinks. Two people will share a snowmobile, and you must be over 18 years of age and hold a valid driving licence in order to drive. There will be the chance to swap drivers if you wish to do so.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wilderness Hotel Nangu - Stay
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

The order of activities is always subject to chance and so regardless of whether you have already tried snowmobiling the previous night or whether that is yet to come, you will receive full snowmobile driving instructions today.

This morning, you will be out on the snowmobile in daylight (or blue light if you are travelling in mid-winter), so you can appreciate the distant views of rolling fells and snow-laden pine trees that would have been obscured last night. Two people will share a snowmobile, and you must be over 18 years of age and hold a valid driving licence in order to drive.

The excursion will last for around four hours in total, and along the way you will stop for lunch around an open fire.

When you return to the hotel, you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon, packing and preparing for your flight home tomorrow as you will spend tonight on your final Northern Lights activity.

We have included a second Aurora Camp this evening, as this is your final chance to see the Northern Lights before you begin your journey home.

As you sit around the fire and reminisce about your trip, we hope that the Aurora makes an appearance tonight. Your guide will advise you on how to photograph the illusive lights and tell you some interesting facts about them as they, hopefully, dazzle and amaze you.

 

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wilderness Hotel Nangu - Stay
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Today, after your final breakfast, it is time to depart. You will bid Wilderness Hotel Nangu farewell and take your transfer in time for your flight home. If you are on an early flight, a packed breakfast will be provided. If you depart on a later flight, you will have breakfast in the restaurant.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Wilderness Hotel Nangu To [IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Wilderness Hotel Nangu - Check Out
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

What's included?

  • Return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change.
  • Return scheduled group shuttle airport transfers
  • 4 nights in a twin/double hotel room
  • Full board
  • Husky and Reindeer Day
  • Lake Inari snowmobile safari
  • Two visits to Aurora camps
  • Aurora snowmobile safari
  • 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

Accommodation

Wilderness Hotel Nangu
     
 

Wilderness Hotel Nangu is an adult-only (16+), boutique hotel tucked away in a secluded spot close to the shores of Lake Inari in North East Finnish Lapland. This is the ideal place for those wanting to escape to a real haven of peace and quiet which just oozes rustic style, charm and comfort. Think handmade wooden furniture, sheepskins, stunning log architecture, comfy chairs and roaring fires; all with a view over snow-laden trees and a vast frozen lake beyond.

The central log-built restaurant and reception building is a spectacular spot in which to dine and unwind and the elegant wooden buildings which contain the bedrooms are around 20-50 metres away.

The hotel was transformed in 2017 by our longstanding friends and partners Jouko and Mari and they have really put their heart and soul into making Wilderness Hotel Nangu the grown-up retreat that it is.

In prime Aurora territory and just a minute’s walk from the shores of Lake Inari, this is really an incredible place in which to hunt the Northern Lights.

There are only 36 bedrooms here and so there is also a real exclusivity about this place and we would really recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Hotel Facilities

  • The wonderful main log building contains the reception, dining area and lounge where a roaring log fire and tasteful décor makes for a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere
  • We think the food at Nangu is delicious and the setting for your meals could not be more delightful. Breakfasts and lunches are both ‘help yourself’ buffets with local and international flavours. Evening meals consist of three courses: starters and desserts are self-service buffet style and your main course will be served to you at your table (except for Christmas and New Year’s Eve). Guests are provided with two or three choices each evening
  • There is a sauna situated in one of the bedroom buildings and this is available for guests to reserve during their stay. The ideal way to relax after a day of activities
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in the public areas at Nangu, but really, other than checking the Aurora forecasts, we recommend that you just switch off from the outside world
Superior Room with View
No of Days: 1
Aurora Huts
No of Days: 1
Accommodation Upgrade to Panorama Log Cabin
No of Days: 1
Aurora Log Cabin
No of Days: 1

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Key Facts

Duration 3 - 4 Nights
Pace Active, Balanced
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Nangu
Brochure Code 2915
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