Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Min age 15+
Description of Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Departure dates from November to March.
With no light pollution and unobstructed views of the night sky from the eponymous lake, Northern Lights holidays in the village of Menesjärvi offer visitors a high chance of witnessing the Aurora at their most spectacular. In Finnish Lapland, this holiday has a wonderful base at Hotel Korpikartano, a charming hotel which was once a boarding school, but which now proffers the perfect wilderness accommodation for those seeking the Northern Lights.
As we wait to see if the Northern Lights appear, we offer plenty of winter activities so that you can enjoy your Lapland holiday in a traditional way. Such as snowshoeing or cross country skiing in wilderness areas, as well as spending time with a local reindeer herder, still a very important aspect of the local culture and economy. We also enjoy dinner under the stars at a traditional wooden kota building, where we can also light fires and enjoy the remote tranquillity of this wonderful region. Of course, there is also the sauna. These traditional activities are all part of waiting to see if the Northern Lights appear, as well as immersing yourself in the Finnish wilderness. And if the Lights do appear, there is nowhere better to experience them than out on the frozen lake just beside where we are staying.
Once a remote boarding school, it is now run by a superb team, who have created the most welcoming accommodation for people who want to enjoy this wild part of Finnish Lapland. They specialise in traditional home cooking, with plenty of goodness to keep your energies up for all those outdoor activities. Local ingredients are a speciality, especially the fresh fish caught especially for you, or reindeer from local herders. There are 28 rooms, designed in simple, local style, and all ensuite. There is also a communal lounge, with windows facing north of course, so it is the perfect place to hang out by the stove for waiting and watching. There are two indoor saunas as well as a wood-burning outdoor one, with ease of access to the lake for that traditional post sauna dip.
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73 Reviews of Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2022 by Alison Pemberton10/10 - the whole holiday was fantastic. Highly recommended. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2022 by Malcolm RittmanBrilliant - it exceeded our expectations. Everything worked well. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2022 by Alison harnettExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Mar 2022 by Lesley CodlingFantastic we loved everything about the trip and wished we could have stayed for longer, we were very sad to leave such a beautiful peaceful place Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2022 by Camilla StellaTo be honest all the activities were amazing but we enjoyed the most talking with the locals as the reindeer herder Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2022 by Linda EwersIt was an amazing and quite magical holiday. A very special experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2022 by Rachel MorrisPerfect in every way. The hotel was excellent with delicious wholesome food. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The guides for all the activities were knowledgeable and we always felt safe in their hands. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jan 2022 by David AngellFor us it was the holiday experience of a lifetime with stunning views of the sky untainted by any artificial light. We took in enough activities in the 4 days to make it well worth while. We will never forget this. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022 by Angela BantockDefinitely 5 stars or more if possible. There was an excellent range of activities and the guides were so helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2022 by John LyonsFantastic!…It was all great but we were fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights so that has to be the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2022 by Andrew SharpFantastic family holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2022 by Bryn ThomasBrilliant - my 18 and 16 year old sons said it was one of the best holidays they had ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Feb 2022 by Andrew SlaterReally good holiday but would have been much improved if we had been able to see the Northern Lights. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Dec 2021 by Sarah Jane Layton BluntThe whole experience was memorable as I chose the holiday because I wanted it to be completely different to anything I had done before..... I loved the activities, the hotel staff and the whole holiday! Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020 by Ele OvervoordeIt was a fantastic experience. I would go again in a heartbeat. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020 by Kath ShepherdWe loved every minute. Such a wonderful experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020 by Jo BarkerPerfect...The most memorable part was the Dog sledding and meeting some great people. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020 by Susan HoareSuch a lot packed into such a short space of time, yet at no time did we feel rushed as everything was so beautifully organised Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020 by Pauline Coombes100% would go back tomorrow. But seriously will be looking to return. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Mar 2020 by Kate RoddeExcellent! Such a warm welcome and everyone keen to make our trip special. From explaining local customs, being understanding of food sensitivities and even coming to collect me when my injured back decided it couldn't take the bumpy snowmobile... Such lovely people, highly recommended. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by Nikki HughesThe whole trip surpassed our expectations with the husky experience being our number one. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Erika BenowitzIt was a trip of a lifetime! We even got to see the Northern Lights! Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020 by Howard RobinsonA brilliant week, with extremely friendly and helpful staff. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020 by Lisa DayTen out of ten. Would highly recommend this trip! We loved every single minute and would gladly do it all over again! Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020 by Maria BirdAmazing, fabulous and memorable Five star Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020 by Patricia StavertonWonderful insight to a beautiful Country. The wilderness is something for all to experience, no matter what age, tranquility at its best. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020 by Will TimbeyI would love to repeat it again and take my family with me. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by Kate HigginsI have totally fallen in love with the country and the Northern Lights Village Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by Elizabeth GreavesAll of it was super memorable, but the icing on the cake was witnessing the Northern Lights on the evening of day 3. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020 by Lisa JoanesIt was fantastic! I honestly can't fault it. The activities are awesome and were so different from anything else we've done before. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020 by Christine McLoneAn amazing place to go and experience and do things you have not done before-It was magical Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020 by Catherine WickensI shall never forget the exhilaration of the husky safari, the magic of the reindeer appearing through the snowy forest or the wonderland joy of seeing northern lights dancing in the sky. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020 by Sally ReeveThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the Northern lights 3 nights in a row! Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Dec 2019 by Kerry KillinFabulous and a wonderful experience. Did things we have never done before. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2019 by Marie-ange Pakiryall experiences were great , just arrived from my trip exhausted but happy , it was a holiday of a life time , the people made you feel welcome , the food was good , going on the snowmobile in the dark on a frozen lake was excited Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2019 by Stefan BulbaczynskyjThe most memorable part of the holiday was the Dog sledging and aroura Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2019 by Anthony BernardoFantastic value for money and just a genuinely exciting and original authentic holiday, off the beaten track. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2019 by Ira GreenbergThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the Northern Lights 2, out of the 4 nights of my stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2019 by Allison BucknellThe holiday met or exceeded our expectations on all levels. However a small caveat - we have done this sort of holiday before so knew what to expect. I am going to give it 5 stars but that does not mean 5 star luxury!! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by Mary LewisSeeing the Northern Lights, husky sledging, snowshoeing were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2019 by Jane SargantDifficult to go for one thing as it was all very memorable and exciting... If pushed I would say that one of the most memorable single events was being in the forest with Petri and his reindeer. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jan 2019 by Jane HarrisonThe whole holiday was amazing the best I’ve ever been on! The home cooked food, the staff, the planned activities, transfer all was top notch ten out of ten! Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2019 by Law Pooi lengIt was a fantastic holiday to me from 20th until 24th Jan 2019, our group witnessed the Auroras on 21st & 22nd night. It was amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2019 by Jay SivellThe Northern Lights displays over the frozen lake... On the final one, the show was high overhead and when my camera battery finally died, I just lay down in the snow and watched the aurora flicker and coil like a Chinese dragon dance. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Sian MinnsThe highlight was everything! from start to finish. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by Andrew AllenObviously seeing the Aurora was the best part of the holiday however the Husky safari was a big tick off the bucket list. This was indeed a once in a lifetime experience! Our holiday was the best and something we will never forget. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2018 by Steve KillickThe highlight was the Northern lights - though husky sledging pretty good and reindeer herding exceeded expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Mar 2018 by Lyndsay LongSnowmobiling across a frozen lake lit by the most starry sky I have ever seen. Snowmobiling, dog sledding and snow shoeing were all brilliant ways to experience this pristine wilderness and we saw the most amazing aurora display! Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2018 by Teresa CooperNow that’s a tricky one as the whole holiday was fab. But, if I had to choose something on pain of death I would say the husky ride, it was amazing. The dogs are so friendly and very well looked after and the enthusiasm they show when you arrive for your trip is infectious. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2018 by Norman SmithThe day we spent with the Reindeer herder, sitting around the fire drinking coffee outside in the snow covered forest clearing with all the reindeer milling around us. It was so interesting hearing all about Petri's lifestyle, and the Sami culture, a real privilege. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by Amanda EdwardsSeeing the northern lights every night and husky experience. Absolutely fantastic trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2018 by Martin MathiasThe scenery was outstanding and the friendliness and knowledge of the staff was superb. We really enjoyed the husky safari, but all of the activities (i.e. reindeer safari, snowshoe walks, Kota dinner and snowmobile trips) we excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jan 2018 by Rosaleen KirbyFabulous....The spectacular wilderness of Lapland, exciting activities which involved seeing more of that wilderness and interacting with some of the animals. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Northern Lights village, Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jan 2018 by Fiona KemptonSo many amazing sifts and experiences. We did everything and more than expected. Northern lights were amazing but so were the night time bonfires under the stars, dog sledding, skidooing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing photos on the bridge by the Russian border... Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jan 2018 by Jane TurnerAll of it but the aurora was obviously the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018 by Batrice LasseronThe highlight was auroras which we saw from the hotel lake 3 nights out of 4. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by Steve BuckinghamThe morning with Petri and his reindeer was a real authentic Sami/Finnish experience and a real privilege to be with him and be invited into his home. If you fancy getting close up and personal with reindeer there really can't be a better opportunity... Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Dec 2017 by Hannah LynchThe husky safari was the most memorable. Seeing the Northern Lights was amazing, but all the activities we did exceeded my expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2017 by Simon BurrowsThe reindeer farm was a great day out. Then seeing the northern lights which lasted for hours and just got better and better. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Dec 2017 by Jodie BuckleySeeing the lights & huskies was my most memorable moment. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Mar 2017 by Lynn LovelockThis was a very special trip. Every day was well balanced, with plenty of activities but enough time to relax and do our own thing. Everyone involved was delightful. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2017 by Julie ThainThe highlight for me was the Aurora. This was made even more special by our night drive on the snowmobiles across the frozen lake to get the best viewing. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2017 by Richard BowlingThe most memorable part of the holiday was standing on the middle of a frozen lake watching the northern lights dancing in the sky, magical and breathtaking at the same time. We had a fantastic time, a great group of people there at the same time to share the experiences made it even more enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2017 by Linda DixtonEven if we hadn't been able to see a wonderful display of the Northern Lights on our last night the variety of the activities and the friendliness of all the people we met, the cold, the setting of the accommodation made this a memorable holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by Jill Bridden10 OUT OF 10 Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Mar 2016 by Marilyn MolyneuxEvery minute I spent in Finland was truly memory making! To walk in snowy woods along paths through the trees, to hear nothing but the sound of my breath was so soul restoring. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2016 by Samantha MayOne of the best holidays we have ever had, we loved it all. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by James TanThe most memorable part of the holiday was catching the northern lights twice! This was just before Christmas night when the moon was shining bright and to be able to capture it all on digital camera despite the freezing -20c temperature on that night. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by John HetheringtonThe morning with the reindeer herder. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by John WhiteDon't hesitate to opt in for the activities as the search for the Northern Lights then becomes secondary. Don't rely on seeing them and don't spend hours in a car trying to find them - do the activities and hopefully see them whilst enjoying yourself! Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Feb 2016 by Jennifer GeorgeIt was fabulous. 10 out of 10!! Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by Tom LuptonThe most memorable part of the holiday was the sheer scale of Lapland and being able to get a feel of how the Sami live (reindeer farming, sledging with huskies, ice fishing). Wonderful. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jan 2015 by Adeline TeoThe entire trip was a great experience! From the moment you land to the last day was very enjoyable. And the itinerary was very well planned even for single traveller like me. Read full review
PlanetOur holidays rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don’t come more un-spoilt than Menesjarvi. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We will always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this need.
We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Menesjärvi they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive. All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas.
We adopt a ‘no trace’ policy and always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.
PeopleTourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.
In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly. The wilderness hotel in Menesjärvi is owned and run by the Lappalainen family, whose Sámi routes have been in this area for centuries. The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. They have a strong sense of tradition and we encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of all Menesjärvi’s local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc. We have also included activities with a cultural base. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.
The hotel in Menesjärvi also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Menesjärvi the effects of such a drift could be devastating.
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