ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a twin/double hotel room
- Meals: full board
- The following activities are included in the holiday: dog sledding, snowmobile-pulled sleigh to a reindeer farm, daytime snowmobile safari, two Aurora camps, Aurora snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change).
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Aurora alert until approximately 1 am
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 rustic log buildings? If you spend a winter break at Hotel Nangu, this idyll will be converted into reality…
Boutique 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 of the best activities into just three days. There’s time to enjoy your accommodation in between, and three Northern Lights hunts in the evenings.Read more
By day, you will find yourself speeding over the frozen expanse of Lake Inari by snowmobile, meeting a traditional Sámi reindeer herder, feeding reindeer, guiding your own team of huskies, and enjoying a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride to the Russian border. By night, you will, of course, be on the look-out 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 two of our most popular hotels which are in the vicinity of Nangu. 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 is newly renovated for winter 2017, and offers elegant double rooms, with the option to upgrade to superior rooms with panoramic windows for breath-taking views of Lake Inari. Not only does the hotel offer ultimate comfort, but it is open to adults only 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.
Photography by Anthony Oberlin and Markku Inkila
Arrival and welcome
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 towards the Russian border, you get a real sense of the scale of the wilderness.After around thirty minutes, your hotel will become visible, welcoming you with its cosy and warm ambience.Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a guide and 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.
Dog sledding and reindeer day by snowmobile sleigh in Nellim, Evening Aurora Camp
Today combines two of our most popular activities, as you will travel via snowmobile-pulled sled between a husky farm and a reindeer farm.After breakfast, you will take an approximately thirty-minute car transfer to Nellim. Once you arrive, the group will be divided into two, so that one group can begin at the husky farm while the other commences with the reindeer farm. Both will then depart to their first destination in a snug sleigh, meeting for lunch after their first activity in Wilderness Hotel Nellim.At the husky farm, your guide and expert musher will greet you and show you around, telling you a bit about the farm and the lives of the sled dogs. 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 impatiently 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. Leaning your body to guide the dogs around bends and help them along, you can watch the wintry landscape pass by as you go. You will travel over part of Lake Inari, which is thick with ice at this time of year and offers the perfect open space for a husky safari. Along the way, you will take a break so that you have the chance to swap drivers if you wish. Then, the excitable dogs will take you back to the farm.Now is the perfect time to stroke the dogs and take some pictures, as they will be far more relaxed after an exhausting run.Following this, you will settle back into your sleigh and head towards the reindeer farm, taking a small detour to the Russian border and to Nellim’s quaint log church.After meeting your guide and Sámi reindeer herder, you will be shown around the reindeer farm and introduced to the reindeer. You may even get the chance to feed them, as your guide shows you how to position your hand and wait for the reindeer to come to you for some lunch.During the visit, feel free to ask questions about Sámi culture, as it is fascinating to learn about the traditions and beliefs which so heavily influence this region today.Overall, you will be out for around seven hours, so you’ll be ready for dinner tonight.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.Hopping back into a sledge, you can sit back and simply admire the Arctic sky in all of its glory, as your guide leads the way to the Aurora Camp.Once you arrive at the Aurora Camp, specifically chosen for its previous success in Northern Lights spotting, the campfire 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
Free Day and Evening Aurora Snowmobile Safari
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 ‘personalise’ tab 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. You could, however, pull on all of your layers and venture outside to explore the hotel’s stunning surrounding area.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, with only 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 18 years or older and hold a valid driving licence in order to drive. There will be the chance to swap drivers if you wish to do so.
Lake Inari Snowmobiling and Evening Aurora Camp
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.After yoru lesson in snowmobiling, you will return to Lake Inari for the drive. This time it will be 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 at least 18 years 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 a filling lunch around an open fire.When you return to the hotel, you can enjoyed 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. Enjoying a snug sleigh-ride out into the wilderness for the final time, you will eventually reach the Aurora Camp.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.
Today, after your final breakfast, it is time to depart. You will bid Hotel Nangu farewell, and take your transfer in time for your flight home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
This activity will take you deep into the wilderness that surrounds Nangu. Your snowshoes will be provided, and you will strap them to your winter boots prior to setting off on the trail.Read more
Your guide will take you through the stunning winter scenery, while you appreciate the peace and quiet as the snow deadens any sound and only the crunching sound of your feet on the ground is audible. While you walk, your guide will share information and stories about the area’s nature and wildlife.
During this activity, you will stop for hot drinks and lunch around a campfire.
Duration: 4 hours
Cross-country skiing is a traditional Finnish winter sport, and a “must-try” when you are here in Finnish Lapland!
Do not worry if you have never skied before, as you will be given a full safety briefing and lesson which will include tips and techniques that will help you along. Even those experienced downhill skiers will find this a completely new experience, so the group can muddle along together until everyone finds their feet. Then, your guide will take you out on the trail, keeping to a pace and route that is suitable for the group.Read more about this activity
After this guided introduction, you may have the opportunity to head out on your own and put your new skills to some independent practice. This will be dependent on time left after the activity and will be at the guide’s discretion.
Duration: 2 hours
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Single adult price: based on single room accommodation only (transfers are shared). Should you wish to drive your own husky team or snowmobile please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 12 people (approximately)
Group sizes and minimum numbers
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
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Order of activities
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination
Medical History and advice
If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.
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Experience and fitness
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
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Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
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Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 18 years old however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no affect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.
The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
Everything exceeded our expectations and will definitely recommend this trip. Great holiday, well organised and really appreciated one small group for the activities. Hotel was Lovely and all the staff were friendly, informative and helpful - it didn’t feel like a hotel it was very welcoming and relaxed.
We had a wonderful time.We did have a long outward flight delay which meant we missed the first half day at our destination.However ,the hotel had rearranged our activities to compensate for this and had hot food waiting for us on arrival. The hotel was in a beautiful secluded setting and looks lovely.It is brand new a there were still a few glitches which are being sorted out and therefore I can’t fault that. The Northern Lights were magical and made the tri,p however, we would have been content to go home without seeing them as we understood that they can’t be guaranteed.