Lapland Autumn Northern Lights holiday

A five day, autumn small group holiday to see the Northern Lights in the far north of Finnish Lapland. Staying on the shores of Lake Inari. No snow but, hopefully, lots of glow.
Autumn colours of Finnish Lapland Northern Lights Lake Inari Aurora Camps Sámi Siida Museum
£1495 including UK flights
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5 Days
Finland, Lapland
Tailor made
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Includes flights London to Ivalo (via Helsinki), airport transfers, full board accommodation, activities, cold weather clothing as required, fully qualified guides and instructors, Aurora alert service.
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Description of Lapland Autumn Northern Lights holiday

This Lapland Northern Lights holiday takes place in Finnish Lapland during the autumn months, which are not as well known as potential Aurora hunting time, but a stunning time of year to visit these wilderness regions. This small group holiday is based in a waterfront hotel on Lake Inari, where you will get a chance to, hopefully, see the Northern Lights reflected off the lake but also take in the seasonal leaf changes in the forests all around. Located north of the Arctic Circle, you get to experience this wild and wonderful landscape before it freezes over. The autumnal season is known as ‘Ruska’ locally, with everything changing colour by the day, and some flurries of snow thrown into the already magical mix if you are lucky.

The price of this autumn Northern Lights holiday includes two night trips to local Aurora Camps, where you sit and wait by a camp fire with your guides in a chosen location where lack of light pollution and other conditions make it perfect for potential light sightings. You will also get a chance to seek out the Lights with expert guides on a night time minibus trip with the rest of your group. During the daytime, you can take in the Sami Museum or shops or enjoy a guided hike around the surrounding area, which is a wonderful trip into nature at its most tranquil but also flora and fauna rich.

At the family owned hotel where you stay, you will have a choice of rooms as well as some cosy log cabins and also glass roofed Aurora cabins. Do chat with us about options available at time of booking. All meals are provided as is winter clothing. The price of this holiday also includes return flights London to Ivalo (via Helsinki), with regional departures also an option. We recommend this holiday for anyone over the age of fifteen years old.
Photography by Markku Inkila and Reeta Hanninen

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£1495 including UK flights
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Includes flights London to Ivalo (via Helsinki), airport transfers, full board accommodation, activities, cold weather clothing as required, fully qualified guides and instructors, Aurora alert service.
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Departure information

This trip can be taken anytime between 25th August - 15th November

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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.


5 Reviews of Lapland Autumn Northern Lights holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2022 by

A well gathered memory added to the tapestry that is life. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2018 by

Excellent activities. The highlight for me was the dog sledding experience. All other activities were of an exceptional standard as well. 10 out of 10. A fantastic holiday with great activities and a superb hotel with great food. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2016 by

It was quite magical. Both aurora, pale green and pinkish, and the millions of stars were reflected in the dark river below. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2016 by

Excellent. I'd be happy to go back to Nellim again. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2014 by

It was a wonderful trip and I have fallen in love with Lapland and Finland. Read full review

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Planet and people

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.

The wilderness hotel in Nellim is owned and run by the Lappalainen family, whose Sámi routes have been in this area for centuries. They have a strong sense of tradition and we encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of all Nellim’s local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc. We have also included activities with a cultural base. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly. The hotel in Nellim also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Nellim the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

Our holidays rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don’t come more un-spoilt than Nellim. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We will always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this need.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Nellim they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive. All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas.

We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.

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