Christmas holiday in Finland, Northern Lights over Lake Inari

“A small group holiday in Finnish Lapland, staying in wild places, chasing northern lights, snowshoeing and finding the child within. Although note this is for minimum age eighteen years old. ”

Highlights

Christmas in Lapland holiday |Northern Lights| Snowshoeing | Husky sledding | Nellim | Option to stay in Aurora Bubble | Wilderness huts and hotel | Reindeer farm | Christmas dinner and most other meals

Description of Christmas holiday in Finland, Northern Lights over Lake Inari

This Christmas holiday in Finland, staying in Lake Inari in the wilderness region of Finnish Lapland, is proof that Christmas is not just for kids. Because this small group holiday is for adults only, and incorporates lots of winter activities from snowshoeing to husky safaris. This really is a sublime seasonal holiday for those who really want to experience Christmas in a traditional way.

Travelling with a local expert guide, you will have four nights and five days to enjoy snowshoeing around Lake Inari, chasing the Northern Lights (sometimes on snowmobile when necessary!) and also going on a husky safari, with your end point being the most stunning wilderness lodge.
These are the remote lands of the indigenous Sámi people making this not only a fun way to spend Christmas but also a cultural one, taking in local traditions such as reindeer herding. And of course seeing the Northern Lights, which are considered sacred by the Sámi with many believing that the Lights are a manifestation of the souls of their ancestors.

Spend two evenings at the Aurora or Northern Lights camps or upgrade to spend a night in one of their stunning Aurora Bubbles with glass views up to the sky from your bed. As for Christmas itself, in Finland it is celebrated on Christmas Eve when you will be treated to a traditional dinner in your wilderness hotel, with local specialities. This hotel is family run and prides itself on fine locally sourced food, making Christmas here extremely special.
Price includes : Return flights London to Ivalo, airport transfers, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, most activities and equipment, cold weather clothing, Aurora alert until 1am, leader guide.

Photo credits: Markku Inkila, John Burgess, Joanne Richardson & Kevin Owen

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2017: 24 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Christmas holiday in Finland, Northern Lights over Lake Inari

Environment

In admiring the beauty of Lake Inari and the fells that surround it, a visitor cannot allow themselves to be so mesmerised that they forget to carry out their admiration in a responsible manner. Whether a visitor or local guide, a person must ensure that their actions do not cause any damage to this pristine part of Northern Finland.

During fast-paced activities like snowmobiling and dogsledding, it is easy to zoom through areas of natural importance with little time to think of how they should be treated. Indeed, the beauty of such areas can prove rather distracting and make people forget about their actions! To counter this, our guides give holidaymakers full instructions on how to use snowmobiles and control dogsleds so that they can drive as responsibly as possible, greatly reducing the possibility of damage to the outdoor settings.

In addition, guides lead visitors on specially selected trails which provide excellent, non-disruptive viewpoints. The snowmobiles used run on four-stroke engines, which are notably less noisy and considerably cleaner. A particular highlight of how Nellim enables its guests to make the most of its environment is the Aurora Camp setup. Set in specific natural locations, the Aurora Camps make use of campfire light – rather than disturbing artificial lights. The emphasis is on breaking free from everyday technological distractions (apart from the obvious use of Aurora forecasts!) and focusing on nature.

Community

This Christmas trip to Nellim and Lake Inari does much to build awareness of local customs. Along the way, it also benefits the local community. For many, Christmas Day is held as the day of celebration and traditional festivities. It is an instructive (and thoroughly enjoyable) contrast to observe the Finnish practice of celebrating on Christmas Eve. Holidaymakers will be served a Christmas dinner with typical local dishes, providing a friendly and delicious challenge to their usual concept of festive fare.

This holiday features a visit to a Sami reindeer farm. The Sami and the reindeer have a time-honoured relationship which goes back thousands of years, and it is heart-warming to see this kept alive in the modern age. Holidaymakers can enjoy the Christmassy feel of meeting reindeer while simultaneously putting aside stereotypes to see the dedication and effort that goes into rearing these animals. In doing so, they are helping to keep a valuable local industry alive. Throughout this holiday, we employ the services of Finnish guides to ensure that the local Finnish industry can benefit. This also means that visitors have a truly authentic experience of the country and its communities.

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