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Wilderness Hotel Inari enjoys a wonderful location on the shores of Lake Inari in the far north of Finland. It is an ideal spot for Aurora seekers as it combines breathtaking views, Narnia-esque landscapes and wonderfully dark skies. We include a range of dedicated Northern Lights hunts including a thrilling chase via snowmobile into the snow-covered forest. You will also enjoy a collection of our most popular winter activities, including a snowshoeing hike, a reindeer encounter and a dog sledding safari.

What's included?


  • Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in twin/double hotel room
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Clothing: Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: dog sledding, reindeer farm and ice fishing, snowshoeing, Aurora snowmobile safari, Aurora camp, Aurora hunting by car or minibus (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

Lake Inari is a mystical and spiritual place, particularly for the indigenous Sámi people. Wilderness Hotel Inari is located on its shores, in the very far north of Finland, and it is no surprise that some otherworldly Northern Lights displays have been witnessed here which have contributed to the legends and myths surrounding the Aurora. 

Scientifically speaking the location is ideal. It is 250km above the Arctic Circle and the remote location ensures that there is very little light pollution. The lake freezes in winter and the vast outlook offers unobstructed views of the northern sky. These conditions contribute to spectacular Auroral displays and we have made sure to include dedicated hunting opportunities with local and knowledgeable guides. 

During your holiday you will hunt the Northern Lights from the cosy warmth of a minibus or car, enjoy a thrilling snowmobile chase and visit a strategically placed Aurora camp, which is located on the southern shores of the lake.

No trip to Lapland would be complete without exploring the pristine winter landscapes which surround the hotel. Most of us have only seen snow like this on television, but in reality, nothing can prepare you for the crispness of the air and the magnificent sea of white which stretches out on the frozen lake. This picture-perfect, winter backdrop is an ideal setting for a host of our most popular winter activities.  

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Your daytime activities include a combination day where you visit a local reindeer farm and then drive via snowmobile to the frozen lake for some ice fishing.

You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the pristine winter environment with a snowshoe hike into the snow-covered forest. 

Sled dogs are synonymous with this region and a safari is one of those bucket list activities which never fails to blow our clients’ minds and your dog sledding adventure is sure to be a holiday highlight.

Image credits: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd, Matt Robinson, Visit Finland and Jorma Luhta Leuku
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Duration:4 nights
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • On arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Wilderness Hotel Inari. It is likely to be dark when you arrive so keep an eye out for any flickers of light en-route!

    Following check-in, you will have the opportunity to settle into your new surroundings before enjoying an evening meal in the restaurant. Cold weather clothing will be distributed either this evening or in the morning.

    The remainder of the evening is yours to spend how you wish. The location of the hotel, close to the lake, is ideal for a short stroll and given that there is very little light pollution you may be lucky enough to be welcomed to Lapland by an Auroral display.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Dog sledding is one of those activities which seems to appeal to all of our clients, not least because of the dogs themselves, but also for the experience of crossing a pristine winter landscape some 250km north of the Arctic Circle in such a time-honoured fashion.

    Following breakfast, you will be taken to meet the dogs and provided with a full safety briefing, as well as tuition on how to drive the sled. If you have a dog and have experienced their excitement when you return from work, multiply it by ten and you may begin to understand the enthusiasm of a sled dog.

    After a fairly quick start, the dogs will soon settle into a comfortable pace. Travelling two per sled with one person driving and one-person riding on the sled, you can simply admire the serene and silent winter landscapes as they unfold before you. You can then swap over at the halfway point. The safari will last approximately two hours and lunch will be included.

    Following the tour, you will return to the hotel and enjoy an evening meal in the restaurant. This will be followed by your first Aurora hunt with an experienced, local guide.

    Your inaugural hunt for this natural light show will be in the warmth of a car or minibus. This allows you to cover greater distances and hopefully outrun any localised cloud cover. Inari has a fantastic Northern Lights record, so keep an eye out for any flickers of green in the night sky.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Enjoy breakfast before getting into your cold weather clothing for another exciting day of winter fun.

    Your first tour of the day will combine two very traditional Lapland activities as you visit a local reindeer farm before trying your hand at ice fishing. To begin, you will enjoy a lesson in snowmobiling, which is perhaps the most effective mode of transport in this part of the world. You will then follow your guide as he leads you towards the reindeer farm. You will travel two people per machine and you must be 18 years and over and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Once at the farm, your local guide will give you an insight into the fascinating Sámi art of reindeer husbandry. Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and they have contributed to the survival of the indigenous Sámi people during the long Arctic winters for generations. The tour of the farm will also include a short reindeer safari.

    Another Sámi tradition, which is essential to survival north of the Arctic Circle, is ice fishing. During the long winters, the lakes freeze. One of the main sources of sustenance for the Sámi people is fish, and therefore they developed a technique for drilling holes into the ice and fishing in the icy waters below. Your guide will provide you with instructions and equipment and if you are lucky enough to catch anything, it will be cooked over an open fire, contributing to your lunch which is included.

    During the evening you will enjoy a meal in the restaurant before embarking on a second hunt for the Aurora.

    Lake Inari is an ideal location for Aurora hunting. It is fairly isolated and there is very little light pollution. The expansive frozen lake offers unobstructed views of the night sky and it is at the heart of the Aurora Zone. Naturally, it has a fantastic Northern Lights record and our expert guides have various Aurora camps which are set up on the lake's shores. Tonight, you will visit one these.

    Keep your eyes directed towards the night sky and search for any flickers of colour. No two displays are the same, but either way, it can be mind-blowing and entirely otherworldly. Hot drinks are included and you will travel to the camp on a sled pulled by your guide’s snowmobile.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Winter in Lapland is special. The forests are blanketed in deep snow, the air is crisp and fresh and the silence is deafening. Perhaps the best way to experience this is via snowshoe.

    Snowshoes allow you to venture deeper into the forest and enjoy your surroundings at a more leisurely pace. Despite the cold winter conditions, animals still move within the woods and your local guide will point out tracks. You may also meet some wildlife en-route.

    This four-hour trip will showcase the very best of a Lappish winter and during the tour, you will enjoy lunch by an open fire.

    During the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant before venturing out on your final Aurora hunt. Hunting the lights via snowmobile is a different experience altogether. The darkness seems to add to the thrill of the chase, particularly when you enter the forest and the headlights cut through the trees. Your knowledgeable guide will lead the way and take you to some of the best vantage points. If there is any sign of the Northern Lights, you will be given the signal to stop. You can then simply admire the spectacular view and perhaps try and capture the lights on camera.

    You will travel two people per snowmobile. The driver of a snowmobile must hold a full driving licence and be over the age of 18.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Following breakfast, it is time to head home but you will have hopefully had an absolutely wonderful winter break in Finnish Lapland, with memories of a special Aurora show. You will be transferred back to the airport in preparation for your flight.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Wilderness Hotel Inari

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Situated on the shores of Lake Inari, Wilderness Hotel Inari combines comfort and tradition and is set to become a huge Aurora Zone favourite. It probably also helps that it is slap, bang in the middle of some of Northern Scandinavia’s prime Aurora hunting territory!

The hotel provides warm and comfortable accommodation in 40 “Wilderness” bedrooms, 8 log cabins and 12 Aurora cabins.

The hotel is just a 40-minute drive from Finland’s most northerly airport and five minutes from Inari Village, the heart of Sámi culture in Finland. Most importantly perhaps is that the density of population here is very, very sparse so there is virtually no artificial light pollution.

Hotel facilities

  • All accommodation is situated within easy walking distance of the central reception, bar and restaurant building
  • Restaurant Hirvas is where your meals will be served during your stay. With Lappish cuisine at the heart of the menu, you’ll be well set for a day and night of activities. All meals are served in a buffet style and include local and seasonal produce where possible
  • The restaurant is Lappish themed with fantastic north facing panoramic windows running the length of the room offering views out onto the frozen water of Lake Inari. We fully expect a few meals to be abandoned over the course of the winter as the Aurora becomes visible during dinner (the chefs get used to it)!
  • The Saivo Bar is part of the restaurant and is fully stocked so you can enjoy a drink with your meal or relax in the lounge area by a roaring fire
  • Free Wi-Fi is available

Room Type

Wilderness Rooms

‘Wilderness room’ is perhaps a bit of a misnomer because these bedrooms are anything but wild or basic. The rooms are located in two separate buildings just around 50 metres from the main building which houses the restaurant and reception.

Each room has been decorated in a traditional Arctic style with the theme taken from the surrounding environment. They are around 30m² and have either a queen-sized bed or twin beds.

Coffee and tea making facilities are provided in your room as well as either a comfortable sofa or two armchairs. If you can’t face being detached from the “real world”, the rooms also come with free Wi-Fi.

Every “Wilderness” bedroom is en-suite (with bath and separate shower) and comes complete with hairdryer and toiletries.

These rooms are designed for two people to share but a third person can be accommodated on a camp bed or pull-out sofa (supplements apply).

Image credits: Inari Wilderness Hotel, Matt Robinson

Other options

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Log Cabins

These cosy cabins are built in the traditional way, with walls constructed from huge logs and plenty of space inside. The ground floor covers 70m² and the loft area offers an additional 20m².

On the ground floor, you’ll find a spacious dining/living room, comfy seating, and a wood burning stove as well as the main bedroom with a queen-sized bed. There is also a kitchenette and dining area, although all of your meals are provided in the restaurant. The cabins also provide free Wi-Fi.

The bathroom and toilet (hairdryer and toiletries are provided) are also on the ground floor and the cabin comes with the luxury of a private sauna.

The loft area upstairs can accommodate three more single beds and, thanks to the pull-out sofa in the living area, the capacity of these cabins ranges from two to six people. They are ideal for couples looking for a very romantic hideaway or for small groups of friends or family.

The cabins are between 10m and 100m from the main building. There are cabins with lake views and these do come at a supplement. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for a quote.

Image credits: Wilderness Hotel Inari

Wilderness Hotel Inari - Aurora Cabins

Wilderness Hotel Inari’s Aurora cabins are something else! The big selling point here is the expansive thermal glass roof with unobstructed views of the northern skies. The thermal glass helps to provide an uninterrupted view (even at the lowest temperatures) which means you can actually lie back in bed and keep an eye open for the Aurora Borealis!

These cosy cabins have twin beds (which can be pushed together in most cases), a sofa or armchairs in the small living area and an en-suite shower room (toiletries and hairdryer are provided). It is also possible to add an extra bed or, with a bit of a squash and a squeeze, beds. The cabins are 34m² in size.

Coffee and tea making facilities are provided and free Wi-Fi is included so that you can keep checking those Aurora websites for updates.

The cabins are between 20 and 50m from the main building. There are cabins with lake views and these do come at a supplement. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for a quote.

Credit: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Matt Robinson

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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.

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.

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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.
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.

Aurora alerts

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.

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

Couldn't fault anything 06 February 2018 by Michael and Marion Hampel

Couldn't fault anything. Hotel was great. Staff friendly and helpful, food very tasty and rooms clean and warm. Snow suits and boots excellent. Activity guides were brilliant very knowledgeable and informative. Activities were great fun there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy..

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