Northern Lights in MenesJarvi
4 night breaks to Northern Finland
This 4-night trip takes you to Menesjärvi, one of the wildest and most pristine locations we offer. With excellent Northern Lights viewing potential, incredible winter activities and the warmest of welcomes from hosts Anne and Timo, this is a very hard place to leave.
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
Flights: return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Flight routes are subject to change
Transfers: return group airport transfers
Accommodation: 4 nights twin/double hotel rooms
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari and winter fishing, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoe, morning with a reindeer herder, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari, visit to the Sámi Siida Museum, Aurora dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
Free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kicksleds and toboggans
Services of our expert local guides
Flights, Arrival and Introduction
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the remote region of Menesjärvi. On the way, you will drive through an increasingly wild landscape before reaching Hotel Korpikartano.
After arriving at the hotel you will have a chance to settle into your rooms before enjoying dinner in the hotel dining room. You will also be given a brief introduction to the upcoming schedule of activities and will be provided with your cold weather clothing.
Before bed, we would suggest taking a walk down to the lake. Here you can see the vast Arctic sky from a prime vantage point and this is the ideal place to stand and wait for a potential Aurora display.
It may be that you are arriving on a late night flight – if this is the case then you will get a cold supper on arrival and be given your introduction and cold weather clothing the following morning.
Included Meals: Dinner
Snowmobile Safari, Winter Fishing, Aurora Workshop and Northern Lights Snowshoe
Today you will get the chance to explore the endless, pristine wilderness of the surrounding area both during the day and at night.
Following breakfast this morning you will be given a safety briefing and full instruction on how to use snowmobiles before setting off on an exhilarating safari. You will travel two people per machine with the chance to take turns at driving (providing you both have full licences and are 18 years or over). If you would like to travel one person per snowmobile, ask Reservations. You will firstly travel to the village of Lemmenjoki - a traditional Sámi community - before trying your hand at one of the most popular local pastimes – winter fishing.
Lunch and dinner are included today. After dinner, there will be a two-part Aurora workshop. Many of the guides here are exceedingly talented and passionate Aurora photographers.
You will see some of their spectacular images during the presentation alongside information on the science and myths behind the Aurora. If you are interested in photography and have the right equipment they will also give you tips on how to capture the Northern Lights on camera yourself.
The second part of your workshop involves outdoor tuition and photography practice before you strap on snowshoes and head out with your guide on a leisurely hike. Our local experts know all of the best spots from which to capture the Northern Lights and they will lead you to the ideal viewpoints.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning With a Reindeer Herder and Aurora Snowmobiling
Today you will gain a far better understanding of the essential role of the reindeer herders in this traditional community. Reindeer are of the utmost importance in the region and many elements of herding have remained unchanged for centuries.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to a nearby reindeer farm where you will gain an insight into the life of a reindeer herder in this very special part of the world. During your visit, you will depart from the farm in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh and will travel out into the forest. You will journey through the beautiful untouched wilderness, reaching a clearing. Drawn by the promise of the food they are about to receive, the reindeer will make their way towards the herder and you will then be given the chance to feed them their favourite snack of lichen and take some photographs.
A fire will be lit and you can sit and watch the reindeer with a nice, warm drink. You can chat and ask the herder any questions you may have about the reindeer herd and their way of life. This activity will last for approximately three and a half hours, including transfers.
This afternoon is free for you to do as you wish, with lunch included. You will have access to snowshoes, cross-country skis and toboggan equipment at the hotel so you can explore in the snow independently if you have some experience. You must obtain maps and trail conditions from the reception before setting off.
Many people simply like to relax and unwind with a good book or perhaps enjoy the sauna facilities.
After a hearty meal this evening you will be back on the snowmobiles for a safari into the Arctic night. The mobility provided by the snowmobiles should enable you to hopefully escape any cloud cover that may obstruct a potential Aurora. Regardless, this will be a thrilling experience as the forest takes on a very different feel once darkness has fallen.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Along with the Aurora Borealis, one of the main highlights for most visitors to Lapland is a husky safari. Today it is your chance to feel the thrill of driving a team of eager dogs through this stunning landscape.
You will master the basics of dog sledding and receive a full safety briefing before heading out with your husky team (two people per sled) for a safari lasting around an hour. You will be out for around 3 hours in total spending time with the dogs and enjoying a hot drink after the safari in a Lappish hut.
After your husky adventure, you will head to the village of Inari. Here you will have lunch and then have the chance to visit the famous Sámi Siida Museum. The wonderful exhibits, displays and presentations offer an insight into Sámi culture and life in this region, both past and present.
To allow you to bid farewell to Menesjärvi in style, tonight’s dinner will be cooked on an open fire in one of the hotel’s lakeside kotas. After a meal to remember, you can head to the lake and keep a watch for the Northern Lights.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning it will be time to say goodbye to Menesjärvi and return to the airport for your flights home.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Hotel Korpikartano is a very special place in a breath-taking location in Finnish Lapland. Its situation could not be more idyllic, with a fantastic outlook over Lake Menesjärvi and the remote wilderness beyond. The lack of artificial light in the area ensures that if the Aurora appears, then you can enjoy amazing displays from very close to the hotel.
Hotel Korpikartano was originally a boarding school for those growing up in this remote part of the world and is, therefore, full of quirks, character and charm. The welcome provided by the owners, Anne and Timo (Timo is retired but still makes regular appearances to take Aurora photos here), creates a wonderful atmosphere and their passion for the region is infectious.
The staff and guides have a huge passion for this landscape and for providing guests with a truly memorable stay.
The hotel comprises of two main buildings. The first houses the dining room and a number of bedrooms. A separate annexe building (a very short walk away) houses the majority of the guest accommodation.
It is a place with great soul and which offers guests the chance to completely switch off from the everyday and relax in a wild and beautiful environment. You are likely to leave feeling very privileged to have experienced this wonderful place.
Traditional home cooking is the order of the day in the hotel’s dining room. The food can be described as 'simple, tasty and hearty' and is very much designed to fuel you up for your outdoor adventures. In many cases, the evening’s set menu will contain local ingredients such as fresh fish that Timo has caught, berries Anne has foraged, or meat purchased from the local reindeer herders. The set meals are all self-service. Breakfast is a buffet of breads, meat, cheese and fish with the addition of porridge and fruit. Lunch and evening meals start with a salad and bread, a set main and then a pudding which is often a local speciality. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements so these can be accommodated.
You can also purchase a range of wine, beer and spirits to accompany your meal.
Obviously, saunas are a pre-requisite in these parts and there are two, one in each building. They can each be booked privately by guests each day in hour long slots.
There is an outdoor wood-burning sauna and rustic hot tub. Should you request the use of the outdoor sauna (a local charge will apply), don't forget that a dip in the lake (in autumn) or a roll in the snow (in winter) is almost obligatory (as long as you are in a good physical condition).
The simple lounge (near the reception) provides tea and coffee making facilities. Consider this to be the perfect spot to relax by the stove with a book but remember to keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights as the windows face north!
There is free Wi-Fi for guests to use throughout both buildings and there is a PC available at reception.
Books and games are also available to borrow from reception.
If you are travelling in the winter then the hotel offers free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kick sleds and toboggans so there is also something for those who love the great outdoors and want to explore independently between activities. There are marked trails across the stunning frozen lake and maps are available at reception.
If you want to send a memento home, then there are postcards available to purchase and some of Timo’s Aurora photography is for sale. Anne also knits cosy woollen socks for charity and these can usually be purchased at reception.
There is a lakeside Kota (wooden tepee) which is open for all guests during the evening. Here you can light a fire and warm up in between forays out onto the lake in search of the Northern Lights.
The 28 guest bedrooms vary in size and shape as you may expect from a former school. They are cosy, comfortable and decorated with locally-sourced wood. Some of the furnishings have been crafted by Timo's own hand.
All guest bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. Cups and kettles are provided in each bedroom and a variety of teas and coffee is available in each building for you to take to your room.
Reservations: 0161 298 7477
If outside 14 weeks of departure this holiday can be booked by paying a deposit of £400 per person. If within 14 weeks before the full balance is due.
Call 0161 298 7477 to book.
This holiday is fully ATOL protected. Dream of Lapland is part of Hays Travel and our bookings are fully ABTA protected.