Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras

“Searching for the Northern Lights is an adventure in itself, but this trip paints the complete Arctic picture adding exciting activities and charming accommodation too.”


Inari | Menesjarvi | Arctic Circle | Northern Lights | Cross country skiing through Finnish Lapland wilderness | Winter fishing | Aurora Workshop | Northern Lights snowshoe hike | Morning with a reindeer herder | Snowmobiling | Husky Safari | Sami Siida Museum | Aurora dinner

Description of Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras

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. And of course there is also the traditional sauna. These traditional activities are all part of waiting to see if the Northern Lights appear, as well as really immersing yourself in 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 superb hosts Timo and Anne, 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 fish caught by Timo 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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Trip type:
Small group, 2-16 adults (min. age 18).
Activity level:
4 nights comfortable hotel.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Flights, transfers, accommodation, listed activities, cold weather clothing, guides, instructors.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras


Our 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. We always offset our air travel emissions and would encourage you to do the same.


Tourism 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.

We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

28 Reviews of Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by

Obviously 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

The highlight was the Northern lights - though husky sledging pretty good and reindeer herding exceeded expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2018 by

Snowmobiling 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

Now 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

The 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

Seeing the northern lights every night and husky experience. Absolutely fantastic trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2018 by

The 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

Fabulous....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

So 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

All of it but the aurora was obviously the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018 by

The highlight was auroras which we saw from the hotel lake 3 nights out of 4. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by

The 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

The 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

The 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

Seeing the lights & huskies was my most memorable moment. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2017 by

This 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

The 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

The 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

Even 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

10 OUT OF 10 Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2016 by

Every 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

One of the best holidays we have ever had, we loved it all. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by

The 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

The morning with the reindeer herder. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

Don'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

It was fabulous. 10 out of 10!! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by

The 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

The 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

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