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Welcome in the New Year in the most spectacular of wilderness surroundings. Enjoy unforgettable experiences and searches for the Aurora in this Northern Lights hot spot, whilst enjoying the warm and welcoming hospitality of your wonderful hosts. This four-night night holiday offers an ideal start to the New Year!

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari and ice fishing, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoeing, morning with a reindeer herder, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, visit to the Sámi Siida Museum, New Year’s Eve kota dinner and fireworks (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Free use of snowshoes and cross-country skis
  • Services of our expert local guides

There can be few better locations for a welcoming in the New Year than Menesjärvi. This is not a destination for those looking for lively nightlife but with its remote wilderness location, lakeside setting and lack of light pollution, Menesjärvi not only offers a wonderful sense of escapism but also offers huge potential to witness the region's own bright lights as the Aurora Borealis is a frequent guest here.

Your four nights will be spent at Hotel Korpikartano, a hotel that brims with character and offers a warm welcome to all its guests. The accommodation is simple and cosy, providing all the essentials. The staff members here are wonderful and the location is just magical.

As one of our active trips, this itinerary is designed to keep you busy during the day and at night. That said, you do also have some time to simply relax and tailor your four-night holiday.

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Highlights of the Northern Lights trip include a thrilling snowmobile safari which takes you out into the pristine snow-covered landscape, a morning with a reindeer herder and a memorable husky safari in the Arctic wilds.

Your evenings will, of course, be spent seeking out the Aurora with a snowshoe walk, Northern Lights snowmobile trip and a special New Year's Dinner in a lakeside kota all included.

We love this location because it is everything a wilderness setting should be: endless snow-covered fells and forests, the vast expanse of frozen Lake Menesjärvi and the absolute silence that surrounds you. This remoteness, not only ensures that you get a fantastic sense of peace, but also means that your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are excellent.

Welcoming a New Year in this unique and remarkable environment is sure to be something you will never forget.

Image credit: Timo Halonen & Ville Heimonen
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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • After landing at the airport you will be met by your guide before being transferred to the remote and picturesque community of Menesjärvi. As you drive through the wilderness you begin to appreciate what a remarkable location this really is, miles from the nearest town.

    Upon arrival at Hotel Korpikartano, you will have the chance to settle in before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group. A brief introduction will also be given on the hotel facilities and the activities you will be enjoying during your stay. You will be provided with cold weather clothing which you will keep for the duration of your stay.

    This evening a special meal will be served in one of the lakeside kotas at the hotel. The kota allows very easy access to the lake, making it ideal if an Aurora should come and interrupt the celebrations. This is a very special way in which to welcome in the New Year and if you are lucky enough to see a display of the Northern Lights, it will make for an all the more unforgettable night. If not, there will always be fireworks to add a sparkle to the sky!

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Spend the first day of the year enjoying one of the most memorable activities in Lapland - snowmobiling! After breakfast this morning, you will adventure around the stunning surrounding region on snowmobiles. Before setting off, you will receive a full safety briefing and instructions on how to drive the vehicles.

    Your first stop will be the traditional Sámi community of Lemmenjoki, after which you will head to a nearby frozen lake to try your hand at ice fishing.

    Ice fishing is a much-enjoyed pastime in this corner of the world and is also a means of catching a tasty snack! The guides will show you how to drill through the thick sheet of ice to reach the water below and from there the fun is in the anticipation. If you are not lucky enough to catch anything, this is still a relaxing activity which provides the ideal opportunity to gaze upon the scenic landscape.

    While snowmobiling, you will travel two people per machine with the opportunity to take it in turns to drive (providing you both have a full driving licence) or travel as a passenger. It is also possible to upgrade and drive one person per snowmobile. Details about this can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section.

    After lunch, this afternoon has been left free for you to relax or to try some additional activities.

    This evening after dinner, there will be an Aurora workshop led by one of the expert local guides. They are all talented and enthusiastic Northern Lights photographers and during the workshop, they will showcase their images and discuss some of the science behind the Aurora. They will also talk you through the camera settings required to capture a Northern Lights image before you practice outside during your first night-time excursion: Aurora snowshoeing.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Reindeer herding is a hugely important part of life in Lapland and the Sámi herders play an essential cultural, economic and social role today as they have done for centuries.

    Following breakfast, you will be transferred to a local reindeer farm. On arrival, you will travel out with the herder via a snowmobile-pulled sleigh into a clearing in the trees. From here the herder will call in his herd which will appear through the trees – it is a wonderful sight to see! You will have the opportunity to observe the reindeer up close and feed them. The herder will then light a campfire and you will enjoy hot drinks, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the herder’s daily life before your return to the hotel.

    After lunch this afternoon you will have access to the snowshoes, cross-country skis and toboggans at the hotel so you can explore independently if you wish. We have a special guided session of cross-country skiing that you can add to your holiday. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information. Alternatively, many guests enjoy making use of the sauna facilities at the hotel.

    Tonight after dinner, you will be back on the snowmobiles as you set off on an Aurora hunt, using the machines to provide you with an additional mobility, which can be very helpful when seeking the Northern Lights. Your guide will give you a safety briefing and full instructions on how to drive the vehicles. The pace will be gentle as your guide leads the hunt, using their local knowledge and expertise to try and track down the Northern Lights for you. Once again, you will travel two people per snowmobile; the upgrade to travel one person per vehicle can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section. Anybody wishing to drive must have a full driving licence.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the nearby husky farm where you can meet the dogs and chat with the mushers about their lives with the huskies. After receiving full instructions you will head out, two people per sled, with your team of eager dogs leading the way. Traversing the land in this traditional manner is a lovely experience that allows you to really enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. We find that it is an activity which is almost universally loved by our guests.

    After your husky experience, you will then travel to the nearby village of Inari. Here you will have lunch before visiting the main focal point of the village – the Sámi Siida Museum with its array of interesting exhibitions. Here you can gain an insight into the history of the region and the Sámi culture in general through the interactive displays and presentations.

    You may wish to head to bed early for your flight home tomorrow, but we would recommend that you take one last walk outside first. The hotel’s location on the banks of Lake Menesjärvi provides a prime vantage point from which to see a potential Aurora, and this may be your last chance.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, your adventure comes to an end as you are taken to the airport for your flight home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Hotel Korpikartano

Nights: 1-5

The Hotel Korpikartano was originally a boarding school for those growing up in this remote part of the world and is, therefore, full of quirks, character and charm. The welcome provided by the owners, Anne and Timo, creates a wonderful atmosphere and their passion for the region is infectious.

The hotel’s location couldn’t be more idyllic, with a fantastic outlook over Lake Menesjärvi and the remote wilderness beyond. The lack of artificial light in the area ensures that if the Aurora appears, then you may well be able to enjoy fantastic displays very close to the hotel.

The hotel comprises two main buildings. The main building houses the dining room and a number of bedrooms. A separate annexe building (a very short walk away) houses the majority of the guest accommodation.

Hotel facilities

  • Traditional home cooking is the order of the day in the hotel’s restaurant. The food can be described as 'simple, tasty and hearty' and is very much designed to fuel you up for your outdoor adventures. In many cases, the evening’s set menu will contain local ingredients such as fresh fish that Timo has caught himself or meat purchased from the local reindeer herders. The set evening meals are all self-service and you can also purchase a range of wine, beer and spirits to accompany your meal. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements so these can be accommodated
  • Obviously, saunas are a pre-requisite in these parts and there are two in the main building as well as an outdoor wood-burning sauna. Should you request the use of the outdoor sauna (a local charge will apply), don't forget that a dip in the lake is almost obligatory (as long as you are in a good physical condition)
  • The simple lounge (near the reception) provides tea and coffee making facilities. Consider this to be the perfect spot to relax by the stove with a book but remember to keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights as the windows face north! There is also a TV in case you fancy watching some unfathomable Finnish TV
  • There is free Wi-Fi for guests to use throughout both buildings and there is a PC available at reception
  • Books and games are also available to borrow from reception

Room types

The 28 guest bedrooms vary in size and shape. They are cosy, comfortable and decorated with locally-sourced wood in a Scandinavian style. Some of the furniture has been crafted by Timo's own hand. All guest bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. Cups and kettles are provided in each room and a variety of teas and coffee is available in each building for you to take to your room.


Image credit: Timo Halonen, Matt Robinson

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Cross-country skiing

From £40pp

Cross-country skiing is remarkably good fun and is an efficient way to travel and explore the terrain surrounding the hotel. Gliding across a frozen lake or through a snow-laden forest helps you understand why people get addicted to this pastime. Your guide will give instructions and lead you through the forest on a short ski trip. The skis will then be yours for the remainder of the day should you wish to further enhance your skills. This is an excellent option for your first full day in Lapland.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hrs (ski hire for the day)


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Activities

Additional Aurora snowshoe session

From: £55pp

Wandering around on snowshoes is a classic way of getting around in Lapland, taking you into some truly quiet natural spaces. Why not add another to your holiday for an extra session of therapeutic walking, looking out to see if the Aurora are dancing in the skies above?

Duration: 2 hours

Image credit: Timo Halonen

Riding one person per snowmobile

From: £45pp

Driving a snowmobile over the open whiteness is utterly electrifying, so it is well worth upgrading to drive your own snowmobile for the whole activity, rather than going two per vehicle.

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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sat 28 Dec 2019
to Wed 01 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,880 Single Adult£ 2,000

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.
See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

Car Hire

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 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 effect 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.

 

Traveller Reviews

We saw the Northern Lights on each night of our visit 28 December 2016 by The Shillibier Family

Seeing the Northern Lights on each night of our visit....unforgettable...New Year's Eve Party Celebrations very, very good. Husky safari.......superb. You mustn’t under-estimate the input and contributions made by Anna and Timo, all the guides, the house staff and everyone....and the reindeer herder and the husky guides...and the dogs themselves?...these very good people (and dogs) make the
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Totally fell in love with Finland - thank you - it was worth every penny 28 December 2015 by Sam May

Thank you to everyone at the above and yourselves for a fantastic service. Timo and the team there were all so lovely and helpful and run a tight ship - nothing was too much, whatever the time,they were all brilliant. We loved all the activities, the setting, the facilities, the weather... There's usually something I can find to complain about after a holiday but on this occasion I'm stumped!
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Totally fell in love with Finland - thank you - it was worth every penny - please pass on our thanks to all at the hotel. PS we didn't see the lights but awesome though they may be, this really didn't matter with everything else that we had to do, and it's left us with a reason to try again another time.
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We will remember this trip for the rest of our lives 05 January 2015 by Andy Gilbert

I was so impressed with the attention to detail regarding my wife being gluten free, even when we were out on excursions she was well catered for. The husky sledging (favourite activity), the dogs were so friendly. We enjoyed helping set up our team and loved fussing them. We will remember this trip for the rest of our lives.



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