ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: flights are included from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Flight routes are subject to change and regional departures may be available.
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights in twin/double hotel room
- Meals: full board
- Clothing: cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- The following activities are included in the holiday: snowshoeing, Aurora workshop, visit the Sámi Siida Museum, 2 x Aurora camps, husky safari, Aurora snowmobile safari, cross-country skiing, Aurora hunt, visit a reindeer farm (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
You’ll find that many of our holidays are situated within reach of Lake Inari, but no other destination has a location quite as close to the lake as Wilderness Hotel Inari. This newly built hotel sits proudly on the lake’s shore.
This region of North East Finland is renowned as a Northern Lights destination and is a real paradise for those who want a dedicated week of Aurora hunting and the chance to take part in all the Arctic activity highlights as well.
Wilderness Hotel Inari is the brainchild or our long-standing friends and local partners, Jouko and Mari Lappalainen who also own Nellim and Muotka which are two of our most popular destinations. They have coveted this location for years, simply because of the view and the Aurora viewing potential. Having realised their dream of securing the land they then brought their charm, imagination, dedication and expert guides in, to create an incredible new destination.Read more
When it comes to Aurora hunting there are few areas which would stack up against the Inari region. There are so few people (far more reindeer) here that there is very little light pollution and the vast lake provides unadulterated views north across the ice. We include five dedicated Aurora hunts in this holiday which include an informative workshop, two visits to perfectly located Aurora Camps, a hunt by car/minibus and an Aurora snowmobile safari. These activities when coupled with a seven-night stay provide a fabulous potential for witnessing the lights.
The wonderful thing about Inari is that, like in many of our destination, if the Aurora conditions align on a night when you are not taking part in a Northern Lights hunt, you still have an excellent chance to witness them from very close to the hotel.
We find that many guests also like to consider upgrading to one of the Aurora cabins in order to gaze at the sky from the comfort of their own bed. Please see the accommodation section for details or ask one of our experts for an upgrade quote.
During the day you’ll take to the trails for a dog sled safari with an eager team of huskies and will also try the favoured Finnish pastimes of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These are all exceptional ways in which to explore the landscape around you.
The village of Inari itself is not far from the hotel and is the centre of Sámi culture in Finland. We make sure that you glean an insight into this fascinating indigenous culture during your holiday. You’ll visit the Sámi Siida Museum in Inari and will also meet with a reindeer herder and their animals.
This is an unforgettable week which encompasses all of the main highlights of Lapland and provides some outstanding Northern Lights viewing opportunities.
Image credits: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd, Markku Inkila and Anthony Oberlin
Arrival and welcome
Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver and driven to the hotel on the shores of Lake Inari around 40 minutes away.
Once you’ve settled into the hotel, dinner will be served in the restaurant which has huge windows looking out across the lake.
Your cold weather clothing will be allocated either tonight or tomorrow depending on your arrival time.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to cast an eye to the north before bed tonight, just in case the Aurora are dancing overhead.Included Meals: Dinner
Snowshoeing and Aurora Workshop
The final order of your activities will be confirmed to you on arrival at Inari Wilderness Hotel and so this agenda is provided as a guide to what is included, rather than forming a fixed programme.
One of the best ways to appreciate your new surroundings is on foot. You wouldn’t get very far just walking around in the deep snow as you’d quickly end up knee deep, but if you put on snowshoes life is much easier. Today’s snowshoe walk will last for around four hours (including a break for a lovely lunch around a campfire) and so there is plenty of time for you to soak up the silence of this wild environment. The pace will be leisurely so you have time to stop and admire the flora and fauna in the company of your expert guide.
This evening, you will gather for an Aurora Workshop at the hotel. This informative presentation will provide you with a greater understanding of the Northern Lights and the basics of how to capture the Aurora on camera.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Visit to Sámi Siida Museum and Aurora Camp
The Sámi Siida Museum is located in the small village of Inari, just a short drive from the accommodation. A visit to this fascinating museum provides a great insight into Sámi culture both in the past and present. The museum helps to ensure that the values and traditions of Lapland are not lost. The many displays and interactive presentations available will keep you well entertained and guests always find it a fascinating experience.
Your meals will be served at the hotel (lunch may take place in Inari depending on timing) today and you’ll need a hearty dinner ahead of your Aurora Camp excursion this evening.
Jouko and Mari (the owners of the hotel) and their guides have set up wonderful Aurora Camps all over the area. They are all situated in places where the skies are pitch black and the views to the north are unobstructed. Travelling in a sleigh pulled by your guide’s snowmobile, you will travel in comfort to the camp. A fire will keep you warm and hot drinks will be served as you patiently wait for the Northern Lights. With a little luck, they will make an appearance tonight. You will be out for around 2.5 hrs tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
There are few activities which are as synonymous with the Arctic as a husky safari. There is quite simply nothing that can really be compared to the sense of adventure you get from hitting the trail with an eager team of dogs pulling your sled along. It is a time-honoured way of travelling which has never lost any of its appeal.
You will be transferred to the husky centre where you will meet the mushers and the rather excited dogs. When you hear their barks on arrival don’t panic. They are just so keen to get out on the trails that they cannot contain themselves. As soon as they set off though, they fall wonderfully calm and become very focused on the task at hand.
Prior to setting off, you will be given a full safety briefing and instructions from your guide on how to control the team and the sled. You’ll then release the anchor and head into the wilds with your trusty team setting the pace. Travelling two people per sled, you will be out on the trails for around two hours and there will be the chance to swap drivers. Lunch will be served either before or after your adventure depending on departure time.
The remainder of your day and evening are free for you to relax and unwind. Dinner will be served at the hotel and you may want to head down to the lakeshore to keep an eye out for the Aurora before bed.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Free day and Aurora snowmobile safari
Today has been left free for you to tailor your time. This is a hugely relaxing setting and there is a lot to be said for some taking a few hours just to appreciate your surroundings. If you’d rather do that in an active way then there will be optional activities available locally.
All your meals are included and will be served in the hotel’s restaurant with its panoramic windows.
Tonight the pace is upped slightly as you use the mobility provided by snowmobiles to search for the Northern Lights. This time you won’t be in a sleigh but taking control of the machine yourself as you travel the trails with your expert guide leading the way.
After a full safety briefing and a lesson on how to handle the snowmobile, you will set off in pairs. You must be over 18 and hold a full driving license in order to take the controls.
The aim is to outrun any localised cloud cover tonight and your guide will use the latest weather and Aurora forecasts to try and hunt down the best potential viewpoints. Warm drinks will fortify you as you enjoy the crisp night air. Hopefully, your headlights won’t be the only lights visible this evening.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cross-country skiing and Aurora hunt
Cross-country skiing is one of those activities which Finns start to do as toddlers. Most of us aren’t quite that lucky, but as this is such a popular pastime in Finland it would be rude not to see what all of the fuss is about. You need no prior experience of any kind of skiing to take part, as your guides will provide all the necessary tuition. Once everyone has got the hang of it, your group will head out for a loop on one of the trails close to the hotel (they are all around this region). In total this activity will last approximately two hours.
Now, if the lights have so far proven elusive, tonight could provide an excellent opportunity for you to see them. Travelling either by car or by minibus, your guide will drive you on a route specifically chosen to match the night’s Aurora and weather forecasts.
The beauty of being mobile is that you can cover greater distances and therefore have a better chance of being able to find clear skies. If the conditions are good close to the hotel you’ll set up in one of the Aurora Camps nearby. If there is cloud cover, you’ll head further afield and will hopefully outrun it. All in all, you will be out for around 2.5 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reindeer farm visit and Aurora Camp
Today’s activity allows you to get an idea of what life is like for the traditional reindeer herders of Lapland and their animals. You’ll visit a local reindeer farm where the peaceful animals will be the star attraction. The herder will provide you with details about their year and the life and importance of a reindeer to the local people and economy. The experience will last for around 2.5 hours.
Back at the Wilderness Hotel this evening you will enjoy your final dinner in the restaurant before your last Aurora hunting experience.
Tonight your guide will take you back out to one of the Northern Lights camps. It is the ideal spot in which to gather with other guests and contemplate all of the experiences you’ve had over the week, as you await a sighting of the lights. With a little luck, the Aurora will appear above you to bid you farewell.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today it is sadly time to wave goodbye to Inari and the Arctic. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
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