Journey beginning and ending at Ivalo, Finland
Available: 2019-12-23 to 2019-12-27 starting from $2685 AUD
In the far north of Finnish Lapland, on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, the new Wilderness Hotel Inari is a remote retreat where snow-covered forests and frozen lakes provide the backdrop to the day’s adventures. Far from major civilisation, this is a fantastic place from which to search for the northern lights; by snowmobile, above your bed during the night in the Aurora cabin and even at an Aurora Camp. You’ll also learn how to drive your own husky-sled through the Lappish wilderness, snowmobile through glittering forest trails and say hello to Santa when he visits on Christmas Eve.
Three types of accommodation are available at Wilderness Hotel Inari; choose from a Wilderness Room, an Aurora Cabin or a Log Cabin. Stays here are full-board, with both lunch and dinner served buffet-style in the beautifully-designed restaurant.
Day 1 – Fly to Ivalo and transfer to the Wilderness Hotel Inari
Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Wilderness Hotel Inari (approx. 30 min). Upon arrival you will receive your program schedule before dinner. Depending on your arrival time, cold weather gear is given to you either upon arrival or the next day.
Day 2 – Meet the local reindeers and their herders then enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve
Today you will meet a local reindeer herder and his reindeer! At the reindeer farm you will learn interesting information about the reindeer and the life of a reindeer herder and Sami culture. There will be also possibility for a short reindeer sledge ride during your visit at the farm. This guided trip will be made by car.
This evening, it is Christmas Eve which is the main Christmas event in Finland. Enjoy the traditional festive buffet dinner as well as a Santa visit with a small local gift.
Day 3 – Husky Safari through the winter scenery then an evening Aurora excursion
An absolute ‘must do’ when visiting Lapland! You will be taught how to handle the sled before heading out on the husky safari, where the huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery, passing along frozen Lake Inari. The dogs’ excitement is infectious but they fall silent on the trail, this is the only way to see Lapland. All our husky safaris include full instructions and are based on two people sharing a sled unless otherwise stated.
This evening after dinner, dress warmly and head out to the Aurora Cam, an all-time favorite among our guests.
This trip takes you to one of the specifically chosen camp spots, where you will try to catch the northern lights. You will be comfortably seated in a sledge, pulled by a guide’s snowmobile. We will have open fire and warm drinks while waiting for the sky to show its magic.
The excursions on days 2, 3 & 4 may occur in a different order, depending on availability, timings and weather, but all are included in your stay.
Day 4 – Snowmobile safari then your final night in an Aurora Cabin
This tour is perfect for those who have never tried snowmobiling before. First you will get familiar with the snowmobile, have full safety instructions and driving lesson. After everyone feels comfortable, you will head out for a small journey into the nearby surroundings.
This evening, transfer to an aurora cabin. The shape of the aurora cabin is inspired by the traditional Sámi hut, Kota. Stay warm and cozy in your bed while gazing at the night sky through the glass ceiling facing north. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the northern lights dancing in the sky! All Aurora Kotas have double beds and room for 1 extra bed. There’s also a private toilet and limited space for luggage.
Day 5 – After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight.
After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight.
- Airport transfers (for scheduled domestic flights)
- 3 nights’accommodation in wilderness room. Upgrade to log cabin at extra cost.
- 1 night accommodation in an aurora cabin
- Full board for complete stay
- Snowmobile safari
- Husky Safari
- Aurora Camp
- Reindeer farm visit and ride
- Christmas buffet dinner, Santa visit in lobby and small gift
- Outdoor clothing for complete stay
- Daily itinerary will be provided upon arrival
International and domestic flights
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!