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Wilderness Hotel Juutua – Arctic Aurora Activity Holiday in Finnish Lapland

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The Inari region of Finland is Aurora hunting’s unsung hero. Most people have heard of Reykjavik in Iceland and Tromsø in Norway and whilst they are fantastic destinations in their own right – Inari really is a hidden gem. Comparatively unknown Inari boasts a Northern Lights track record that approaches or surpasses any of its more renowned competitors, but more importantly, Inari's population density is insignificant in comparison. On a nice night, you can simply go down to the lake and watch the display rather than having to flee the yellow glare of a big town or city because there are more reindeer than people living in the Inari municipality.

Additionally, Inari serves as the Sámi people's capital in Finland. The small village is rich in tradition and local culture. About as far away from contemporary urban life as you can get is to stand on frozen Lake Inari, 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and gaze at the Northern Lights above.

This 4-night programme includes all the very best activities this area has to offer – husky, snowmobile and reindeer safaris along with two Aurora hunting activities to give you the best possible chance of seeing the Aurora.

Immerse yourself in fantastic winter activities during your four-night stay at the Wilderness Hotel Juutua in Inari, Finnish Lapland. This small village has been hugely important to the culture of the Finnish Sámi people for centuries. Go on an epic snowmobile safari, an unforgettable dog sledding adventure and a more relaxed snowshoeing experience. You will also search for the Northern Lights on two dedicated nighttime activities, enabling you to experience all that Lapland has to offer.

Itinerary

You will be met by a driver and transferred to Wilderness Hotel Juutua upon arrival at Ivalo Airport (approx. 40 min). After a welcoming dinner, you will have time to settle into your hotel room or enjoy a drink in the hotel bar. Cold weather clothing is provided to you either the day of your arrival or the day after, depending on your arrival time.

Included Meals:  Dinner

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

After breakfast, you will have the chance to embark on an exhilarating snowmobile trip to explore the wintry surroundings. The trail will incorporate snow-covered forests and vast frozen lakes as you explore your new surroundings in style!

Prior to heading out on the safari, you will receive thorough safety training. Two guests share the snowmobile and each has the chance to drive (assuming both are over the age of 18 and have a full driving licence).

You will then return to the hotel for lunch and a free afternoon. We highly suggest a visit to Sámi Siida Museum at some stage during your holiday (small entrance fee payable locally). Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre are located just a short walk from the hotel and are home to exhibitions about Sámi culture and the Northern Lapland environment, including a short film about the Northern Lights.

Aurora Camps have been established throughout the local region by the hotel’s expert guides. They are all located in locations with clear views of the north and completely dark skies. You will arrive at the camp in a sleigh pulled by your guide’s snowmobile. As you wait for the Northern Lights, a fire will keep you warm and hot refreshments will be provided. Hopefully, the lights will shine brightly overhead.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

A husky safari is one of the real core adventures strongly associated with the Arctic. The sense of adventure you get from hitting the route with an excited team of dogs pulling your sled along is quite simply unmatched by anything else. It is a tried-and-true mode of transportation that has never lost any of its appeal.

A short transfer from the hotel, you will find your excited huskies. Before you meet the teams, you’ll receive a thorough safety briefing and be shown how to operate the sleds. You’ll hear their barks before you see them; the huskies will be ready to get moving but don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for pictures and cuddles later! As you travel along the route, you will enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland surrounding you – these memories will stay with you for an exceedingly long time!

After returning to the hotel to warm up and enjoy some lunch you will explore in a very different way. As in any new destination you visit, walking is normally the best method to experience your new surroundings. If you were to try to navigate the deep snow on foot, you would rapidly find yourself knee-deep; however, if you put on snowshoes, it becomes much easier. There will be plenty of time for you to take in the tranquil silence of this area as you explore where even snowmobiles and huskies cannot reach.  The pace will be gradual, allowing you and your knowledgeable guide to pause and take in the beauty and fauna.

This evening, a gala 5-course dinner will be served in the locally renowned restaurant Aanaar situated in the hotel.  The restaurant is known for its fine dining interpretation of classic dishes by using as many local, freshly sourced ingredients as the chef can.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Through today’s activity, you can gain a rare insight into the daily lives of Lapland’s traditional reindeer herders and their animals. Both today and historically how each season impacts how and where the reindeer live. You will transfer to a local reindeer farm where the peaceful animals will be the star attraction. The reindeer herder will provide you with information about the reindeer’s life and value to the community and economy.

To mark your final evening in Lapland you will head out with your guide on a final Aurora hunt by car or minibus. Being mobile has the advantage of allowing you to travel farther and, as a result, increase your chances of finding clear skies. You’ll set up in one of the Aurora Camps close by if the weather is suitable in the area around the hotel. Or if there is cloud cover in the local area, you will move further away in an effort to avoid it.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

You will take a transfer back to the airport this morning to catch your flight home. We are confident that you will have loved your stay in Lapland, and our travel specialists are here to assist you if you wish to arrange a repeat trip to the same area or somewhere different such as the Arctic Fjords surrounding Tromsø, or the unique hotels such as the ICEHOTEL® or Treehotel in Swedish Lapland.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Wilderness Hotel Juutua To [IVL] Ivalo Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Wilderness Hotel Juutua - 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 (including five-course taster menu in Aanaar Restaurant)
  • Snowmobile Safari and Aurora Camp
  • Husky Safari and Snowshoeing
  • Reindeer Farm Visit and Aurora Hunt By Car or Minibus
  • 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 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.

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 once the renovations are complete.

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Key Facts

Pace Active
Holiday Type Package Holiday
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Inari
Brochure Code 22017
Price from
£2,025 pp
5 days

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