ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: direct return flights between London and Ivalo. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return group airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights in twin/double hotel rooms
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari and ice fishing, Christmas Eve programme, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoeing, morning with a reindeer herder, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, visit to the Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
- Free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kicksleds and toboggans
- Services of our expert local guides
This very special version of our ever popular four-night 'Wilderness Auroras' holiday allows you to spend your Christmas in one of the most remote regions of Finland. With its array of outstanding activities and stunning setting, Menesjärvi is the perfect location for a festive adventure.
For seven nights you will stay at the Hotel Korpikartano, deep in the Lapland wilderness and far from the madding crowds that can take over some areas at this time of year.
The characterful accommodation and your delightful hosts, Anne and Timo, offer a warm welcome and a variety of festivities to ensure a wonderful Christmas. Furthermore, with its almost total lack of light pollution and unobstructed views of the night sky from the lake, Menesjärvi offers the potential to view the Northern Lights at their spectacular best.Read more
As well as the traditional Finnish Christmas celebrations such as festive cookie baking and a local Christmas dinner - highlights of this trip include a morning with a reindeer herder, where you will gain a valuable insight into one of the most important occupations in Lapland.
This Christmas Aurora holiday will also see you being pulled by a team of eager dogs across the snow-laden landscape and zipping across frozen lakes on a snowmobile.
Whilst we have described this as an active holiday there is also time available for guests to relax and enjoy some time at leisure. Additional activities can also be arranged for those who wish to continue to explore the Great Outdoors. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment which is yours to borrow throughout your holiday.
Some evenings will be spent seeking out the Aurora on a Northern Lights snowmobile safari and during an Aurora snowshoe hunt. The beauty of Menesjärvi is that on many occasions the lake in front of the hotel offers some of the best views of the Northern Lights - ideal for those late night displays when guests can be found on the lake wearing their pyjamas under their outdoor thermal suits!
There will be some families staying at the hotel during this period but this is far removed from the Santa crowds and all activities are operated for adults only.
We love this location for the sense of peace and space that it offers and for allowing you to gain a real insight into the lives of the people of Lapland. Menesjärvi really is in the middle of nowhere. If you are looking for something a bit different this Christmas and wish to gain an absolute sense of escapism, then look no further.
Image credits: Timo Halonen
Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be greeted and transferred to the small community of Menesjärvi.
You will check into your room and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Afterwards, you will be given cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay.
You may wish to wander down to the vast frozen lake. This is the ideal vantage point to stare up at the Arctic sky and await a potential Northern Lights viewing. With any luck, the Aurora will welcome you to Lapland.Included Meals: Dinner
Snowmobiles, ice fishing, Aurora dinner, Aurora workshop and snowshoeing
Today, an exhilarating snowmobile safari will follow breakfast. After you have received full tuition and a safety briefing you will travel two people per snowmobile on a thrilling safari. Providing you both have full driving licences, you will both get the chance to experience the fun of taking to the controls. It is also possible to upgrade and ride one person per snowmobile for an uninterrupted driving experience – see the ‘Personalise’ section for details.
Your first snowmobile stop will be the traditional Sámi community of Lemmenjoki. From here you will travel to a frozen lake and attempt to master the traditional art of ice fishing.
You will be shown how to drill a hole through the layer of thick ice over the water before dropping in a fishing line and waiting for a bite. The fun is in the anticipation – even if you are not lucky enough to make a catch, it is still a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery which surrounds you.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant, followed by an afternoon to unwind. After a special Aurora dinner, prepared over an open fire in one of the hotel’s kotas, you will be given an introduction to Northern Lights with a science and photography workshop. Your host will be one of the expert local guides, who are enthusiastic and skilled photographers. They will talk you about the science behind the Aurora before advising on how best to photograph the lights.
Following on from this introduction you will head out with your guide for a journey into the night as you search for the Aurora on snowshoes. Hopefully, a stunning display will bring the evening to a close, giving you the chance to put your new photography skills into practice.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning with a reindeer herder and Aurora snowmobile safari
Following breakfast, you will get to encounter the most Christmassy of all creatures in their natural habitat as you spend the morning with a reindeer herder. The value of reindeer in this remote region dates back centuries and they are of huge economic and cultural importance to the Sámi people.
Upon arrival at the farm, you will travel via snowmobile-pulled sleigh to a clearing in the woods. The herder will then call the reindeer in, which is a remarkable sight to see – more and more will appear through the trees. You will then have the opportunity to feed the animals and take some photos. The herder will light a campfire and you will be able to enjoy hot drinks and ask any questions you may have. This is not a typical tourist excursion but a unique experience where you get to join a herder going about their daily work.
Following lunch, you will have some free time to once again enjoy the snowshoes or cross country skis which are available to borrow from the hotel. There is also a special session of guided cross-country skiing which can be added to your holiday – see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details. Of course, you might prefer to stay in and relax in one of the hotel saunas.
After dinner this evening, you will be back out on your Aurora quest, this time using snowmobiles to track down a possible display. Your guide will use their experience to lead you on the most suitable trails to the most promising viewpoints for potential sightings. Driving the snowmobiles at night is a totally different experience, with your headlights illuminating the wilderness as you search for the Northern Lights. Once again, you will travel two people per snowmobile and there will be the chance to alternate drivers (if you both have driving licences). As before, you can also upgrade to drive one person per snowmobile – see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky safari and Christmas Eve programme
Finns celebrate Christmas on the 24th December so all of the guests in the hotel come together to start the festivities today.
Start Christmas Eve with breakfast at the hotel restaurant before taking part in one of the most popular winter activities: an incredible husky safari. You will be transferred to a husky farm where you will meet with the dogs' trainers and get to know more about the lives of the huskies.
You will receive full instructions before you travel two people per sled with your own dog team for a safari lasting around two and a half hours. Traversing the landscape in this time-honoured fashion is always one of our guests' most beloved experiences. The dogs love nothing more than to pull a sled and they always make this known with their boundless enthusiasm. It is a remarkably quiet activity once the dogs are over their initial excitement, which gives you ample opportunity to appreciate the peaceful serenity of your surroundings.
After a traditional Christmas porridge lunch, you will have an afternoon to unwind with a session of Christmas cookie baking to add to the festive mood. Be sure to head over to the frozen lake when you have finished dinner and watch for the Northern Lights. You can also book a Northern Lights snowshoeing hunt to finish your holiday, which can be found in the ‘Personalise section’. Who knows? You might even capture a reindeer-pulled sleigh rocketing across the sky...Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 - 7
Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been left free for you to spend as you wish. Our Travel Experts will be happy to advise you on how you can fill your time – why not browse through our ‘Personalise’ tab, or see which extra activities you can book and pay for locally during your trip? Or, you can spend your time doing some independent exploration, taking advantage of the free snowshoes, skis and kick sledges available during your stay.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served as usual during your free days.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, you will leave behind this winter wonderland and return home with a head full of wonderful Christmas memories.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
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)
Additional Aurora snowshoe session
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
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.
Dates & Prices
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The single adult price is based on a single room but sharing a snowmobile. If you would prefer to drive your own snowmobile please speak to our Travel Experts for the supplement.
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.
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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 2 people, maximum 24 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 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.