Wilderness Hotel Inari – Active Aurora Short Break

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This 3-night break to Wilderness Hotel Inari puts you in spectacular surroundings and dark night skies for Northern Lights viewing. We’ve included activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling as well as dedicated Aurora excursions. This is a wonderful Arctic short break.

Sitting on the edge of one of the largest lakes in Finland, Wilderness Hotel Inari delivers some real wow factor. When you enter the main restaurant and reception building to check-in, you can't help but get excited about spending the next three nights in such surroundings. The panoramic views of the lake are worth it alone!

This short break is ideal for those who are short on time and do not want to miss out on experience as it incorporates some favourite activities into a short space of time. You also will spend two nights making the most of the hotel's prime location in the Aurora Zone, searching for the lights in the company of expert guides.

Your stay includes an insight into local culture with a visit to a local reindeer farm as well as popular activities such as snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Whilst one of the best viewpoints for witnessing the Northern Lights is indeed the lake just by the hotel (ideal for when you aren't out on the activities), we have also included two evening trips which are designed to help maximise your chances of catching a display.

Your first activity will see you visiting one of the Aurora Camps which the guides have created in prime territory and the second of the activities will see you hunting the lights via snowshoes with an expert local guide. Our guides are hugely passionate and knowledgeable, and they will use their expertise, experience and the latest forecasts to give you the best possible chance of witnessing the Aurora dancing in the sky.

We also include the hotel's innovative Aurora Alarm system for all guests and this operates until around 1am. It is a wonderful aid when hunting the lights (please note that this is not a guarantee and you should also keep an eye on the sky yourself).

Wilderness Hotel Inari is a very special place and this holiday means that everyone can enjoy the destination and all it has to offer, even if they only have time for a short trip.

Please note that the activities outlined will all be included in your holiday, however, the order of activities listed here is for guidance only, and your final timetable will be confirmed on arrival.

Please note: If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 24th and the 31st of December (traditionally in Finland, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve).


Today you will arrive at Ivalo Airport in the depths of North East Finland. Your driver will be waiting to take you to Wilderness Hotel Inari*. Here you can check in to your comfortable accommodation before you receive your cold weather clothing and Aurora alarm.

Dinner will be served in the hotel’s wonderful restaurant this evening and then you really should head down to the lake to check the sky for any displays before heading to bed.

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

*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 Inari
Airport Transfer
Wilderness Hotel Inari - Check In
Address : Inari, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Things get started in style today with a fabulous range of activities. 

First up is a visit to a local reindeer farm. After you transfer, the herder will greet you and will provide an insight into their fascinating way of life, before you meet the animals. In total this activity lasts around 2.5 hours.

After lunch, you will get ready for your next adventure, snowmobiling along the wintery trails. Your guide will provide a full safety briefing and instructions on how to handle the machines, so you’ll be comfortable before you set off travelling two people per snowmobile. This safari lasts around 2 hours in total.  To drive a snowmobile, you must over the age of 18 and hold a full driving licence.

This evening, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant ahead of your first Northern Lights activity; a visit to an Aurora Camp.

Your guide will lead the way as you travel either in a sleigh pulled by their snowmobile or by minibus depending on the location of tonight’s camp. On arrival, you will enjoy the silence of the wilderness whilst watching the sky from an ideal Aurora viewpoint. Warm drinks will be served around a fire as you wait and watch. Hopefully, the conditions will be favourable, and your efforts will be rewarded.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

There are few activities which provide the same sense of anticipation and adventure as dog sledding. Today it is your turn to feel the excitement as you take to the trails in the company of an eager team of huskies and travel across the ice of Lake Inari.

You waste no time travelling today as your musher will come and meet you at reception, before leading you down towards the lake. You will hear the dogs long before you can see them! Firstly, you will be given a full safety briefing and instruction on how to handle the teams, prior to being allocated a sled. As the dogs will be so keen to get going, the time for pictures is saved until after the safari and you’ll head straight out for your adventure.

Travelling two people per sled, one of you will ride in the sleigh and the other will take the controls. You will have the chance to swap halfway. The route will be determined by the conditions but the experience will last around 1 hour excluding transfers.

At the end of the trip, there will be time for you to ask as many questions as you like about the dogs and spend some time with your team taking photos.

There will be some free time today and you may like to take a walk into Inari Village where there is a souvenir shops and a few local cafes to enjoy. You can walk along the lake or take the footpath directly from the hotel. 

Tonight, after another lovely meal, you will strap on a pair of snowshoes and be led on an Aurora hunt with an expert guide. Your route will be selected to provide the best chance of clear skies and you will follow a trail to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Arctic night. If the solar conditions are favourable then hopefully you will be able to track down a display and witness the magic of the Northern Lights.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and so today it is time for you to head home. You will leave safe in the knowledge that you have really made the most of the last few days.

You will be transferred back to Ivalo for your return flights home.

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
  • 3 nights in twin/double hotel room. Upgrades can be arranged subject to availability and supplements.
  • Full board
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Reindeer farm visit
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Aurora camp
  • Husky safari
  • Aurora snowshoe
  • 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
  • A.t 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
Upgrade to 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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Key Facts

Pace Active
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Inari
Brochure Code 22009
Price from
£2,065 pp
4 days

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