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!”

Highlights

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, 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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Daily departures between 11th Jan and 13th April
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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

The Impacts of this Trip

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.

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16 Reviews of Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

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Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by

Fantastic! The operator was really helpful and I look forward to my next adventure in all of Finland . Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2020 by

Super holiday. Really pleasant, efficient service from the operator who answered requests promptly. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019 by

We had a lifetime goal to see the Northern Lights, and we were successful! This happened on a cold snowy night between snow squalls. Magical! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2019 by

Of the activities, all were superbly family friendly (we were there with 7 and 8 year olds), but the day at the Husky Farm was the most exciting - a four hour husky sledding trip and helping to feed the dogs afterwards. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2019 by

Meeting Reindeers and sled dogs, watching Aurora Borealis were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2019 by

I couldn't have asked for more! It was a fantastic holiday, the tour company was extremely accommodating and efficiently responsive. I take this opportunity to commend them, and Responsible Travel. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2019 by

I think our snow-shoeing walk, in sunshine, getting into the beautiful, pristine snowy landscape of the national park stood out for me. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2018 by

The husky ride was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2018 by

The husky dog sleigh day at Guesthouse Husky was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2018 by

The Husky Safari and Wilderness Boutique Hotel was the highlight. Brilliant. Such a wonderful and unique experience with a friendly bunch of local and knowledgeable people at hand. Wished we could stay longer and only saw a mild version of the Northern Lights on 1 night - but beggars can't be choosers! Will definitely try and go back in some sort of capacity again. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2017 by

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! Best holiday ever! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by

Best bits: Everything, but if I really had to choose - husky sledding and seeing the Aurora the three nights I was there! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

Snowshoeing in the dark was the most memorable experience. Read full review

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