Saariselka - Glass Igloo Aurora Escape
3 night breaks to the Northern Lights Village
Saariselkä, Finland has a fantastic Northern Lights record and during your 3 nights here, you’ll stay in a glass-roofed Aurora Cabin to give you the chance of seeing this amazing display right from your bed. There’s also dedicated Aurora activities as well as an unforgettable husky safari included.
ALL OF THE SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
Flights: return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
Transfers: return airport transfers
Accommodation: 3 nights in an Aurora Cabin
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Activities: Northern Lights snowshoeing, 5 km husky safari, Northern Lights snowmobiling (the order of activities is subject to change)
Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
Aurora alert service until approximately 1 am
Services of our expert local guide
On arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation at the Northern Lights Village and can check into your Aurora Cabin.
You will receive your Aurora alert and your cold weather clothing that you will keep for the duration of your trip. Dinner will be served in the restaurant.
Included Meals: Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
Following breakfast, the day is yours to spend at leisure. The Northern Lights Village is approximately 1000 metres away from the ski resort town of Saariselkä and, despite been 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Saariselkä has much to offer. There are shops, restaurants and cafés to enjoy as well as downhill ski slopes if you fancy some alpine action.
During the evening, you will venture out into the wilderness which lies on the doorstep of the Northern Lights Village for a Northern Lights snowshoe hike. This is an invigorating and peaceful way in which to hunt the Aurora and your guide will lead the way to a perfect viewpoint. Here, you will stop and build a fire and enjoy snacks and hot drinks as you watch the skies in this most incredible location. You will be out for around two hours.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Safari and Aurora Snowmobile
After breakfast, you will enjoy a wonderful taster of the most eagerly anticipated winter activities; a 5 km dog sled safari. Huskies are synonymous with the Arctic and a husky safari is the epitome of a winter adventure.
The huskies are eager to run and you will not fail to notice their excitement as they bark and howl in anticipation, straining to get going. You might expect this to continue as the safari gets underway, but this is not the case, as the dogs are soon focused only on running. Full instruction will be provided before you take to the trails, travelling two people per sled.
This activity lasts around one hour in total (including instruction). We expect you to be out on the husky sledge for around 30 minutes in total. You can upgrade to a longer ride on request (at supplement).
Lunch will be enjoyed at the restaurant before a final Aurora hunt.
Following dinner this evening, you will go on a Northern Lights snowmobile safari lasting around three hours in total. After a full safety briefing and driving instruction, you will follow your guide, travelling two per snowmobile, in search of the Northern Lights. You’ll travel into the fells and once at the top, you will keep warm by an open fire and enjoy hot drinks. Please note that the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today it is time to bid farewell to Lapland and you will be transferred back to Ivalo after breakfast for your return flights home. If you are on the early flight, a packed breakfast
will be provided.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Saariselkä Northern Lights Village
Located in North East Finland, the Northern Lights Village sits on the outskirts of the ski resort of Saariselkä. Tucked away from the town and separated from it by dense forest, the location is ideal for viewing the Northern Lights but is still within walking distance (around 1000m) of the town’s amenities. The ski slopes can be accessed via a shuttle (small charge applies) or a pleasant walk of around 40-50 minutes.
The Northern Lights Village offers accommodation in Aurora Cabins which are half-roofed with glass. The twin or double beds are situated beneath the panoramic roof and provide the chance to view the Northern Lights from your bed! It’s not often that folk prefer a sleepless night but here it’s not considered to be a huge inconvenience as it provides the chance to potentially witness Mother Nature’s greatest light show!
There are 80 cabins in total, all of which are within a 5-10 minutes’ walk of the Village’s central facilities which include the restaurant where you’ll enjoy breakfast and dinner.
The village restaurant is an atmospheric place, inspired by traditional wooden kotas (Finnish teepees). Breakfast is a buffet of continental options and some hot dishes. Evening meals are a buffet with starters of soups and salad, a choice of local meat or fish will follow (the reindeer and white fish in this region are delicious!). Typically a cake will be served for pudding, keeping you well-fuelled for your nocturnal Aurora hunting adventures. Dietary requirements are all well-catered for as long as we are informed at the time of booking. There’s also a large lobby near reception for you to relax in after your meal.
The Northern Lights Village has an onsite reindeer farm and all activities (including the reindeer safaris) start in the village so there is no need for time-wasting transfers. Basically, because we want to make your holiday as uncomplicated as possible, life is made very easy here.
The Northern Lights Village is home to a herd of reindeer and you can watch them go about their business as you eat breakfast in the restaurant.
Saariselkä is around a 20-25 minute walk from the Northern Lights Village (40-50 minutes to the ski slopes) which means that all of the amenities, shops, cafés and local restaurants are within easy reach.
For all Northern Lights activities, an expert guide will provide you with photographic tuition. If you do not have an SLR camera and tripod then they can both be rented locally. The guides sometimes take pictures throughout the activities which can be purchased on your return to the village, if they take any. There’s also the option to rent an Aurora Alert buzzer which will vibrate, ring and flash when Auroras are visible during the night. This is payable locally, please contact our Travel Experts for more information.
To really complete your winter experience, you could dine in the ice restaurant
For all of your provided winter clothing, simply go to the onsite Safari House where overalls, gloves, boots, skis and snowshoes are stored for easy access.
Guests can pay extra to use the hot tub, sauna and ice pool. This can be used during public time or booked for private use.
The Aurora Cabins have a half-glass roof and all face north. The design is based on the traditional wooden kotas (teepees) of Finland and has been specifically created for the village.
Each cabin has twin beds (which can be made into a double) and a sofa bed, suitable for an additional adult. There is a shower room (with underfloor heating) and a toilet, as well as a luggage storage area. Tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a minibar are also included.
Importantly for duvet-based Aurora hunting, a timer switch can be used to heat the glass roof should your view be obscured by snowfall. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to heat and melt the snow so there’s no need to go and sweep the roof in your pyjamas!
Cabins are not cleaned between arrival and departure unless requested from reception. Additionally, towels can be exchanged at reception if required.
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.