Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills

“Wrap up warm for a funpacked activity break in Finland with the chance to see the Northern Lights and take a husky sled safari.”

Highlights

Lapland Northern Lights | Saariselka | Arctic Hills | Urho Kekkonen National Park | Inari | Sámi museum Siida | Stay in a wilderness lodge with private sauna | Cross country skiing | Ice swimming | Snowmobiling | Husky sledding safari |

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.

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Departure information

This trip is available between 25th March and 15th April
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Environment

We 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.

Community

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


All of it ! Finnish Lapland is truly magical ! We were lucky to experience the fun of snowshoeing through deep freak snow the sun came out most days for amazing photos and we experienced the aurora in all their glory on our snowshoe night tour. Every day was different loved the husky safari, the cross country skiing the saunas followed by an ice pool plunge. Food accommodation all great thank you Rita!

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


Don't bother with Kammi restaurant at Kiloppa overpriced dreadful service waited over an hour for food with no apologies and food was no different from cafe menu. But we laughed about it!

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


Yes to conservation not sure about local people as some guides were not Finnish but taxis and buses taken were driven by locals.

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


5 stars fell in love with Lapland never go on an alpine ski trip again!

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