Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

“A three night and four days, small group guided tour in Finnish Lapland, not only going in search of Northern Lights, but a lot of frosty fun too. Husky sledding being one of them!”

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Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland | Husky sledding | Cross country skiing | Lake Inari | Night in Aurora bubble | Snowshoeing | Quick transfer from Ivalo airport

Description of Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

This Northern Lights short break holiday takes place in Finnish Lapland, during the months when the stunning sights of the Lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, are most likely to appear. This natural phenomenon is most likely to happen between September-October and then again between February-March.

When the Lights appear in these stunning snow covered landscapes of northern Finland, and when the conditions are clear, you may be lucky enough to see them up to three out of four nights on this trip. Lake Inari, where we are based at a hotel on its south eastern shores, proffers the perfect frozen landscape to reflect the world’s greatest lightshow when it appears.

It is also an area steep in traditional Sami culture, which is why we are also able to offer plenty of winter activities that tie in with this heritage. And to keep you busy as you wait for the Lights to appear, as the best time is two hours either side of midnight. Such as snowshoeing or cross country skiing on tracks around the lake or through remote forests. Watching the Lights from wonderful Aurora Bubbles, based on traditional Sami igloo design. Ice fishing on the lake followed by open fires under the winter sky. And last but not least, going on a husky sled ride through snow laden forests. And of course, the obligatory sauna, followed by running through the snow for those who dare.

The price of this holiday includes: Accommodation in hotel for two nights and Aurora Bubble for one night, all meals, winter outer clothing, airport transfers to and from Ivali.

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Responsible tourism: Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

Environment

All the activities on this trip have been chosen bearing the environment in mind. We have included in this program; snowshoeing, a husky safari and snowmobiling with ice-fishing . Snowmobiling we have used in this case, as otherwise it is impossible to get quickly and safe out on the lake in extreme conditions to try ice-fishing. Skiing, reindeer herding and Sami culture can be offered as an alternative to snowmobiling in other cases.
Food served in your hotel comes from the neighbourhood. You will get a lot of local pure fish and reindeer as well as local berries.

We hope our guests will get to see with their own eyes how beautiful the Arctic and its nature is, in turn gaining an understanding of the reasons behind why protecting this pristine environment is so important. We want our guests to learn to value silence. Many of us do not even understand how total silence feels as in cities it is never really silent, and therefore to appreciate the wilderness and help to protect it like we do. Local food is served in the hotel, allowing you to experience the great food which has been sources nearby.

Community

Your hotel is privately owned and run by a local family. After a total renovation an old school was turned into a nice hotel which has brought a lot of work to the local service providers: reindeer farm, husky farm, snow mobile guides, fishermen, skiing instructors, hotel employees to name a few.

Guests come here to enjoy silence and admire the night light show. No negative side-effects are caused to the local community, which is located in the wilderness with very few opportunities to make a living. We respect the local culture and try to include a short introduction to it in every tour if the timetable allows. Local food is served. In this area of Lapland berries, potatoes, reindeer meat and fish are typical ingredients. On the ice-fishing tour the guests will see, how it is possible to get fresh fish in wintertime, when the lakes are frozen.

We bring guests in small groups to hotels we have hand-picked, offer first-class service and pay attention to the environmental questions. If needed, we arrange accommodation and activities also on the way in Helsinki or other parts of Finland, helping other local economies.

6 Reviews of Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

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Reviewed on 24 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of the accommodation, guiding and tours in Lapland and Repovesi were of a terrific standard and in some cases outstanding. The most memorable part of
a very memorable trip was the Tentsile camping experience. This is where we camped overnight in beautiful surroundings with comfortable bedding in a tent
suspended in the trees. The catering and camping facilities were exceptional.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Our tour organiser co-ordinated everything so that all we had to do was "turn-up". We think that having access to individual tour components on the website enabled us to have an intelligent conversation about the best travel options in a country we knew little about. Riita then just made things happen by providing transport options between the various components so our "tour" became seamless. We should add that this was done with a very short notice period. So the main tip is to consider the options on offer and then engage directly with the organiser. The second tip is stay a minimum of two nights in each place and in some three-this was our mistake, we rushed the trip and would in retrospect have added a night at each stop.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Having communication with a local Finnish operator made us feel that local people were actively engaged. We felt this strongly as we talked with each of the guides assigned to us. In all cases the guides emphasised the environmental impacts of tourism and what they were doing to enhance sustainability. The hotels themselves also promoted care for the environment. An important experience for us both was a guided tour of the Sami parliament in Inari. Learning first hand how indigenous people were attempting to maintain their cultural integrity had a major impact on us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing! We really started with a blank sheet and and a short notice period so it was challenging for anyone to organise . The operator put a lot of care and thought into the organisation of our trip and the result for us meant a thoroughly enjoyable and stress-free travel experience. It has left us wanting to
return to Finland again.

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All arrangements went very well. The programs arranged were excellent. My wife and I enjoyed the husky rides and snow mobile safari. Had 2 night of fantastic aurora experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Come during the end of winter and beginning of spring. Even during this period aurora watching in the open is extremely cold. Need to be proper attired.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, learned a lot about the Sami culture.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the glorious Northern Lights in an igloo room in Nellim in the northern part of Lapland; spending the night in a cabin in the wilderness for photographers near Kuhmo in the east, close to the Russian border; spending 2 days in a non-touristic huskies farm;

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go to the Lapland end of February to mid-march, it's the best time. Don't worry if you do not speak a word of Finnish, everyone speaks English.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not really, but it did not damage it. I wish there was more obvious recycling, though.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Exquisite, magical, enriching and extremely well organized by our agent Ritta. Although it was hard at the beginning to make her understand our travel needs and demand, she did understand them and completely satisfied them. She could not have done much better: it was seamless.

Read the operator's response here:

There is a very high national standard of recycling in Finland. Maybe we should make it more visible. Your wish will be communicated to the local service providers, which in this case were many.

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's hard to say as every aspect of the holiday was fantastic. If I have to say one thing it would be the activities, exciting, brilliantly organised and great fun!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take warm socks. We were advised to take good socks and it was good advice! So thank you Riitta x

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


A lot of the staff and activity leaders were local so I guess it is good for local tourism? It was clear that all the staff took care of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Best holiday ever!

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything, but if I really had to choose - husky
sledding and seeing the Aurora the three nights I was there!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Dress in layers as the weather is so unpredictable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Perfect!

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Snowshoeing in the dark

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Leave plenty of time between arrival at Rovaniemi and your flight, as there is only 2 desks, and 1 security lane, and lots of Japanese with huge suitcases.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local companies

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

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