Wilderness Hotel Inari – Auroras by the Frozen Lake

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Wilderness Hotel Inari sits on the shores of Lake Inari and enjoys breathtaking views, Narnia-esque landscapes and wonderfully dark skies. This 4-night break includes a range of dedicated Northern lights hunts, as well as popular winter activities such as dog sledding and a reindeer encounter.

Lake Inari is a mystical and spiritual place, particularly for the indigenous Sámi people. Wilderness Hotel Inari is located on its shores, and it is no surprise that some otherworldly Northern Lights displays have been witnessed here, which have contributed to the legends and myths surrounding the Aurora.

Scientifically speaking the location is ideal. It is 250km above the Arctic Circle and in an area of very little light pollution. The lake freezes in winter and the vast outlook offers unobstructed views of the northern sky. These conditions contribute to spectacular Auroral displays and we have made sure to include dedicated hunting opportunities with local and knowledgeable guides.

During your holiday you will hunt the Northern Lights from the cosy warmth of a minibus or car, enjoy a peaceful snowshoe walk and visit a strategically placed Aurora camp, which is located on the southern shores of the lake.

No trip to Lapland would be complete without exploring the pristine winter landscapes which surround the hotel. Most of us have only seen snow like this on television, but in reality, nothing can prepare you for the crispness of the air and the magnificent sea of white which stretches out on the frozen lake. This picture-perfect, winter backdrop is an ideal setting for a host of our most popular winter activities.

Your daytime activities allow you to immerse yourself in the pristine winter environment with cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, reindeer encounters, and a thrilling dog sled safari all included in the holiday.

The activities outlined will all be included in your holiday, however, the order listed in the agenda is for guidance only, and your final timetable will be confirmed on arrival.

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

Important Information

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.


On arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred* to Wilderness Hotel Inari. It may well be dark when you arrive so keep an eye out for any flickers of light en-route!

Following check-in, you’ll enjoy an evening meal in the restaurant. Cold weather clothing will be distributed either this evening or in the morning.

The remainder of the evening is yours to spend how you wish. The location of the hotel, close to the lake, is ideal for a short stroll and given that there is very little light pollution, you may be lucky enough to be welcomed to Lapland by an Aurora display.

Please note that 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 may stop 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 Inari
Airport Transfer
Wilderness Hotel Inari - Check In
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Dog sledding is one of our guests’ favourite activities, not least because of the dogs themselves, but also for the experience of crossing a pristine winter landscape some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in such a time-honoured fashion.

Today will be provided with a full safety briefing, as well as tuition on how to drive the sled before you meet the dogs. If you have a dog and have experienced their excitement when you return from work, multiply it by ten and you may begin to understand the enthusiasm of a sled dog when you arrive for the safari.

After the sled’s anchor is released, the dogs will soon settle into a comfortable pace. Travelling two per sled, with one person driving and one-person sitting as a passenger, you can simply admire the serene and silent winter landscapes as they unfold before you. You can then swap over at the halfway point. The husky sledding will last 45-60 minutes including some time at the end for you to meet the dogs and take some photographs.

You’ll have some free time to relax during the day before dinner at the hotel. This will be followed by your first Aurora hunt with an experienced, local guide.

Your inaugural hunt for this natural light show will be in the warmth of a car or minibus. This allows you to cover greater distances and hopefully outrun any localised cloud cover. Inari has a fantastic Northern Lights record, so keep an eye out for any flickers of green in the night sky.

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

Enjoy breakfast before getting into your cold weather clothing for another exciting day of winter fun.

Your first tour of the day will give you an insight into Lappish culture as you visit a local reindeer farm. Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and they have contributed to the survival of the indigenous Sámi people during the long Arctic winters for generations. 

Next, you will enjoy your surroundings via snowmobile, which is perhaps the most effective mode of transport in this part of the world. After a safety briefing with full instruction, you will follow your guide to see more of the wintery landscape. You will travel two people per machine, and you must be 18 years and over and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. The activity will last for around two hours.

During the evening you will enjoy a meal in the restaurant before embarking on a second hunt for the Aurora.

Lake Inari is an ideal location for Aurora viewing. The expansive frozen lake offers unobstructed views of the night sky and it is at the heart of the Aurora Zone. Naturally, it has a fantastic Northern Lights record and our expert guides have various Aurora camps which are set up on the lake’s shores. Tonight, you will visit one of these.

Keep your eyes directed towards the night sky and search for any flickers of colour. No two displays are the same, but either way, it can be mind-blowing and entirely otherworldly. Hot drinks are included and you will travel to the camp on a sled pulled by your guide’s snowmobile.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

One of the most popular pastimes with the Inari locals is cross-country skiing. Today it is your turn to enjoy the freedom of the local trails with a cross-country skiing lesson and a short ski trip with your guide. In total the activity will last around two hours. Should you get hooked on this sport, then equipment can be rented at the hotel if you want to explore independently.

During your free time, we highly recommend talking a walk to Inari Village which is around 45 minutes away from the hotel on foot. Here you will find some souvenir shops and local cafes to enjoy.

After this evening’s dinner you shall venture out on your final Aurora hunt. You will strap on a pair of snowshoes and make your way through the peaceful wilds, with your guide leading the way to some excellent vantage points. With a little luck the lights will appear above you and bid you farewell.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Following breakfast, it is time to head home but you will have hopefully had an absolutely wonderful winter break in Finnish Lapland, with memories of a special Aurora show. You will be transferred back to the airport in preparation for your flight.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Wilderness Hotel Inari To [IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Wilderness Hotel Inari - 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 airport transfers
  • 4 nights in twin/double hotel room. Upgrade options available on request
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Husky safari
  • Reindeer farm visit
  • Cross country skiing
  • Aurora snowshoeing
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Aurora camp
  • Aurora hunting by car or minibus
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners


Wilderness Hotel Inari

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
  • At 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.
Arctic Chalet
No of Days: 1
Aurora Log Cabin
No of Days: 1
Accommodation Upgrade to Aurora Cabin
No of Days: 1

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Price is based on 2 persons travelling

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Payment and Cancellation Terms:

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede in part those mentioned in Section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

If you are travelling between, and including, the dates of 15.12-06.01, the following cancellation terms apply:

– Prior to 25.09 – Loss of deposit (including the full cost of the flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

– 26.09 up until departure date – 100%

For all other travel dates, the following cancellation terms apply: 

– Up to balance due date (this is normally 16 weeks prior to departure however some holidays differ. If this applies to your holiday you will be advised at the time of booking) – Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

– Between balance due date and 43 days prior to departure – 60%

– 42 to 16 days prior to departure – 85%

– 15 or less days – 100% 

Key Facts

Duration 3 - 4 Nights
Pace Active
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Inari
Brochure Code 22007
Price from
£2,235 pp
5 days

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