Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills
Description of Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills
December to April is without question the best time to visit Finnish Lapland. The landscapes are at their most pristinely beautiful, there is an enviable range of activities to try, from husky sledding across fields of snow to swimming in a frozen river, and of course during the spring you have an excellent chance of witnessing the Northern Lights, one of nature’s most spectacular events.
This unforgettable trip begins in the village of Inari, cultural heartland of the indigenous Sami people that herd reindeer in Finland’s most northerly reaches. As an introduction to the area and its cultural heritage you’ll visit the Siida Museum here, and take a look at the Sami parliament building.
Leaving Inari, the adventure begins as you head to a charming wilderness lodge amid the Arctic Hills, near the Urho Kekkonen National Park. This will be your idyllic base for the next few days as you indulge in pursuits such as cross country skiing (over 200km of tracks in the area, and perfectly suitable for beginners too), and snowmobiling. Each of the lodge’s riverside rooms has a private sauna so you can warm up, then if you have the nerve, try the traditional Finnish ice swim!
It’s difficult to pinpoint the highlights of a trip such as this, as every day will prove memorable. But you are sure to love the experience of driving a team of huskies, as they pull your sled through magical forest. Then there’s the night you’ll spend in an Aurora Lodge. If luck is on your side you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Northern lights dancing around millions of stars. (note: you may stay in the Aurora Lodge either on Day 2, or on your final night).
Do warn friends and family before departure as there’s a good chance you will never want to come home.
5 Reviews of Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2022 by Kassem GhaisBest trip ever Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by Holly HunterI couldn't possibly choose just one! it was a magical experience in so many ways and the activities were awesome, husky ride, reindeer safari, snow shoeing, ice fishing, cooking over an open fire in the middle of the snow and the scenery was breathtaking. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2020 by Barry WilliamsThe 3 day Husky Safari was so Amazing , words are not enough From arrival to Guest house Husky and returning 3days later was beautiful ,the best experience of a lifetime. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Dec 2019 by Jane RichardsonIce fishing with Jarmo was great. I actually caught a fish which was big enough to eat and we grilled it over the fire. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Mar 2017 by Helen Smeaton5 stars fell in love with Lapland never go on an alpine ski trip again! Read full review
PlanetWe hope our guests will get to see with their own eyes how beautiful the Arctic and its nature is, 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.
As far as possible groups are preferred and group transportation is used to cut down on carbon emissions. In this product snowmobiles are used when necessary to avoid extra driving and we use ecological fuel where possible.
Both the hotels we use are run by local private families putting high emphasis on the nature around them. Nature is the most valuable asset of Lapland and the local companies are doing all they can to preserve it.
Food served in your hotel comes from the neighborhood. You will get a lot of fish and reindeer as well as local berries. During their time in Lapland, guests will enjoy a meal outside and learn how to prepare it using locally grown ingredients.
PeopleBased on feedback from our clients we have picked up the best of the best local services in this product offering 4 different wilderness experiences and a comprehensive understanding of the local nature and life in the Arctic.
First the participants will arrive in Inari, the Sámi village, where they visit Siida, the Sámi museum and learn about 8 seasons of the north, local culture and northern lights. They will then be taken by a local driver from Inari to Saariselkä area ,visiting two Arctic hill tops on the way to get a broader view.
Next there is a snowmobiling safari introducing the Saariselkä area and third a skiing tour enjoying the nature. Last but not least our guests will get far out in the wilderness pulled by a team of huskies guided by a local guide again.
A whole network of local service providers are needed for making all this happen: two 100% local small hotels, a husky farm and a transportation company as well as the museum of Sámi culture..
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