Luxury wilderness Northern Lights holiday, Finland
Min age 16.
Winter 2022/23 departures now available.
Description of Luxury wilderness Northern Lights holiday, Finland
Departures from Nov '21 to Mar '22.
This Northern Lights holiday is a five day, small group tour, staying at a boutique hotel on the winter wonderland of Lake Inari in the far north of Finnish Lapland. This winter setting really does feel far out, a wilderness location where you can enjoy outdoor life in traditional log buildings, from bedrooms with spectacular picture windows giving panoramic views of the Northern Lights skies, and traditional activities such as husky sledding and nighttime campfires.
Although this is a family run business, this boutique hotel is for adults only, where they can enjoy a peaceful time in the wilderness with plenty of luxuries such a sauna, fine local food and elegant double or twin rooms with panoramic windows for breath-taking views of Lake Inari. Equally stunning by day or by night under the star and hopefully, Northern Lights filled skies.
The activities on this Northern Lights holidays are designed not only to maximise your chances of seeing the Aurora but also for some winter fun. They include snowmobiling over the frozen lake, husky sledding and a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride right up as far as the border with Russia. You will also take a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride by night to an Aurora Borealis camp, where you can sit out by the campfire and wait for the wonders to, hopefully, happen.
The price of this holiday includes:
Return flights London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change), airport transfers, four nights’ accommodation, all meals, and the following activities: husky sledding, reindeer farm visit, Lake Inari snowmobile safari, Aurora snowmobile safari, two Aurora camps, expert guides and instructors, outer winter clothing.
Photography by Anthony Oberlin and Markku Inkila
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1 Reviews of Luxury wilderness Northern Lights holiday, Finland
Reviewed on 06 Mar 2020 by George Bird
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing the Aurora on three out of our four nights has to be the highlight of our trip. However, it would be remiss not to mention the activities we participated in (snowshoeing, aurora camp x 2, snowmobiling, husky sled & aurora snowmobiling, which all brought their particular enjoyable moments to enhance our enjoyment.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take advantage of all that is on offer at the hotel. It is ideally located with welcoming and helpful staff.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. We had several opportunities to enact with the locals and to listen to things that mattered, from their perspective.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
We thoroughly our trip and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.
PlanetNangu sits in one of the most pristine wilderness environments in Europe and the owners fully appreciate their responsibilities when it comes to preserving this area.
The lodge has been recently transformed into a boutique hotel but many of the original log structures have formed the new incarnation, wasting as little as possible. All of the new wood is sustainably-sourced and the buildings are all in keeping with their setting and natural environment. The staff and guides at the hotel fully comprehend the requirement for a leave-no-trace policy and waste reduction policies are also in place. The guides who lead the safaris all have the utmost respect for this landscape and instil this in all of their guests.
Snowmobiles are used within the holiday but these machines are the most efficient 4-stroke engines and are far more efficient than using 4 x 4 for transport. The vehicles are all expertly-maintained to ensure they work at the optimum MPG.
The dogs and reindeer visited during the holiday are kept to excellent welfare standards and fully in line with the stringent Finnish legislation.
PeopleThis region of Finnish Lapland has become more and more reliant on tourism income and the economy locally now relies upon it. The owners of the hotel are a local couple and always endeavour to invest in local young people, training them and providing employment. This really helps to combat the rural to urban shift of young people which can otherwise detrimentally affect such remote areas after traditional industries such as forestry have declined.
The tourist money spent at Nangu remains in the local area. The hotel owners pride themselves on using local furnishing and materials wherever possible in their buildings and local produce is at the forefront of their menus. Guests gain a real insight into local culture this way but also can be assured that the money they spend benefits the local economy via the tourism multiplier effect.
Guests will also be given an appreciation of the traditions and way of life of the indigenous Sámi people whose culture is still very much a part of everyday life here. Through such education, it is hoped that the future survival of this incredible way of life can be preserved.
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