Ranua – Northern Lights Short Break

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With its excellent Aurora potential, nearby Wildlife Park and wilderness surroundings, Ranua is an exceptional base for your Northern Lights holiday. During this three-night stay, your days are left free to fill with authentic winter activities and wildlife experiences while your nights are dedicated to the Aurora.

Nestled in Finnish Lapland, just below the Arctic Circle, sits the peaceful village of Ranua. Its excellent Northern Lights track record and surrounding wilderness make a winter adventure to remember. From snowmobiling and dog sledding to reindeer experiences and cross-country skiing, your days have been left free for you to choose the snow-based activities to suit you. Ranua is also renowned for its Wildlife Park, home to over 50 different species including wolves, lynx and polar bear. Your stay includes unlimited access to the park for you to observe all the wildlife that call this piece of Lapland home.
Due to its brilliant Aurora potential, we have included two dedicated activities to increase your chances of ticking the spellbinding show off your bucket list. Each activity takes you further out into the wilderness and darker skies. One night will see you drive across the winter landscape on a snowmobiling adventure while the next will take place in a cosy horse-drawn sleigh, for a peaceful way to search the skies. Your base in the apartments of Gulo Gulo Holiday Village puts you within easy access to all activities, the wildlife park and in stylish and modern accommodation. You will only be a short walk away from the restaurant where you can fill up on breakfast before a day exploring the winter wilderness and enjoy dinner ahead of your hunt for the Northern Lights. From December through to 10th January, we will not be offering a full board upgrade to include lunch, but guests can arrange and pay for this locally. In our experience, the restaurant can become busy during the festive lunchtimes, with outside visitors to the park, and we have found that most families prefer to make their own lunch arrangements in their wonderfully equipped apartment kitchens. One free taxi ride to the local supermarket is included in your stay, and reception can arrange this for you either at check-in or the following day, so you can easily stock up on supplies.


Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to Ranua where you will check into your apartment accommodation.

Once you have settled in, you can enjoy a welcome dinner in the restaurant. You will also receive your cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay.

If you are on a later flight, a cold platter of food will be waiting for you in your apartment.

Included Meals:  Dinner

[RVN] Rovaniemi Airport, Finland To Hotel Gulo Gulo
Airport Transfer
Hotel Gulo Gulo - Check In
Address : Ranua, Finland

Following breakfast, the day has been left free for you to explore the winter surroundings however you like. See our Extras section.s for a range of activities.

After dinner and as darkness falls, it’s time to search the skies for the Northern Lights as you drive a snowmobile out into the wilderness. This effective and fun form of transport lets you cover a much greater distance to reach a prime Aurora location.

Before taking to the trails, you will receive a full safety briefing and lesson on how to drive the snowmobile. Then you will follow your guide along the dark forest trails and away from any artificial light where you will keep an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights. On the way, you’ll have breaks and enjoy a hot drink.

Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. You will travel two people per snowmobile with the option to swap drivers. The tour lasts approximately three hours in total. Single driver supplement applies.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Gulo Gulo - Stay
Address : Ranua, Finland

After breakfast, you have a free day to enjoy the pristine environment however you like. See our Extras section to choose an activity to fill your time.

Following tonight’s dinner, you will head out once again into the Arctic night but this time, on a peaceful horse-drawn sleigh ride (6-8 people per sleigh). You will travel through the tranquil snowy forest, all the while keeping an eye on the sky for a potential display. If conditions are favourable, you could see the colourful Auroras dance above. You will be out for around two hours in total.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Gulo Gulo - Stay
Address : Ranua, Finland

Today after breakfast you will bid farewell to Ranua as you’re transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

If you are on a later flight, you can store your luggage and enjoy a few more hours in Lapland.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Hotel Gulo Gulo To [RVN] Rovaniemi Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Hotel Gulo Gulo - Check Out
Address : Ranua, Finland

What's included?

  • Direct return flights from London to Rovaniemi or indirect flights via Helsinki depending on departure date (flight supplements may apply). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further details. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Return airport transfers
  • Return airport transfers between Rovaniemi and Ranua
  • Half board meals
  • Searching for the Aurora Borealis by snowmobile
  • Northern Lights search with Finnhorse
  • Unlimited access to Ranua Wildlife Park
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities


Hotel Gulo Gulo

Located around 4km from the small town of Ranua, the Gulo Gulo Holiday Village takes its name from the Latin word for Wolverine, one of Finland’s rare native animals and is an ideal family base. The wildlife theme continues throughout due to the accommodation’s proximity to the Ranua Wildlife Park which guests have unlimited access to throughout their stay.

The holiday village offers families modern comfortable apartments which are very well equipped.

Hotel facilities

  • Ranua Wildlife Park offers a wonderful opportunity to observe the lives of Arctic wild animals in their natural environments. Your ticket entitles you to visit the wildlife park as many times as you wish during your stay, something that our families always love
  • The simple but convivial restaurant is situated at the wildlife park itself which is just across the road from your accommodation. Here you will enjoy your breakfast and dinner, offering a selection of traditional Finnish foods and international dishes for all the family to enjoy, including a children’s menu. Lunch is also available to guests (payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the apartments
Arctic Fox Igloo Room - Not Keeping Apartment
No of Days: 1

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Key Facts

Pace Relaxed, Balanced
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Ranua
Brochure Code 20033
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£1,605 pp
4 days

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