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3 & 4 nights at Northern Lights Village

Dates & Prices for Northern Lights Village itinerary

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Prices are per person based on a couple staying at the accommodation listed on a Full Board basis.  
Prices include flights, transfers, thermals, boots & the Northern Lights Village itinerary below.

Airport
Date
Duration
Accommodation
Price per Person
Booking Request
Manchester
09-Dec-21
5 nights / 6 days
Aurora Cabins
London Heathrow
09-Dec-21
5 nights / 6 days
Aurora Cabins
London Heathrow
19-Dec-21
7 nights / 8 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
28-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
London Heathrow
18-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
London Heathrow
16-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
London Heathrow
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
London Heathrow
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
London Heathrow
15-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
08-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
01-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
11-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
04-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
27-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
22-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Aurora Cabins
London Heathrow
15-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Aurora Cabins
London Heathrow
08-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Aurora Cabins
London Heathrow
21-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Petajalampi Cottages
London Heathrow
17-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Petajalampi Cottages
London Heathrow
15-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Petajalampi Cottages
London Heathrow
10-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Petajalampi Cottages
London Heathrow
22-Dec-21
4 nights / 5 days
Petajalampi Cottages
London Heathrow
29-Dec-21
4 nights / 5 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
26-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
19-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
15-Dec-21
4 nights / 5 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
12-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
05-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat
London Heathrow
27-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Harriniva Hotel
London Stansted
11-Mar-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
04-Mar-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
25-Feb-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
18-Feb-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
11-Feb-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
04-Feb-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
28-Jan-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
21-Jan-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
14-Jan-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Stansted
07-Jan-22
3 nights / 4 days
Liverpool
22-Dec-21
Daybreak
Daybreak
London Gatwick
19-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
Leeds Bradford
16-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
Manchester
12-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
Bristol
09-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
Birmingham
05-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
Bristol
17-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
Leeds Bradford
13-Dec-21
4 nights / 5 days
Winter Cottages
Manchester
10-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
London Gatwick
07-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
Winter Cottages
London Heathrow
11-Mar-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
09-Mar-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
07-Mar-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
04-Mar-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
02-Mar-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
28-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
25-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
23-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
21-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
09-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
04-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
02-Feb-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
28-Jan-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
19-Jan-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
14-Jan-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
12-Jan-22
9 nights / 10 days
London Heathrow
23-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Heathrow
23-Dec-21
4 nights / 5 days
London Heathrow
20-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Heathrow
17-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Heathrow
14-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Heathrow
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Bristol
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Bristol
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Bristol
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
Price on Request
Manchester
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
Price on Request
Bristol
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
Price on Request
Manchester
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
Price on Request
Bristol
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
08-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
08-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
15-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
15-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
22-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
22-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
29-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
29-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
05-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
05-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Bristol
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
London Gatwick
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
Price on Request
Manchester
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
Manchester
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
London Gatwick
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
Manchester
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
Bristol
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
London Gatwick
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
London Gatwick
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
27-Nov-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
04-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
11-Dec-22
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
London Gatwick
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
Manchester
18-Dec-22
8 nights / 9 days
TBA
Bristol
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
London Gatwick
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
Manchester
26-Dec-22
6 nights / 7 days
TBA
Bristol
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
01-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
08-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
08-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
08-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
15-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
15-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
15-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
22-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
22-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
22-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
29-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
29-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
29-Jan-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
05-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
05-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
05-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
12-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Bristol
19-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
19-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
Manchester
19-Feb-23
7 nights / 8 days
TBA
London Gatwick
27-Nov-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
27-Nov-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Bristol
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Bristol
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
27-Nov-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
27-Nov-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
30-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Bristol
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
04-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
07-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Bristol
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Manchester
11-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Bristol
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Gatwick
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
Manchester
14-Dec-22
4 nights / 5 days
London Heathrow
09-Dec-21
3 nights / 4 days
London Gatwick
21-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Bristol
25-Nov-22
3 nights / 4 days
Belfast
28-Nov-22
4 nights / 5 days
Leeds Bradford
02-Dec-22
2 nights / 3 days
Birmingham
04-Dec-22
2 nights / 3 days
London Gatwick
06-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Glasgow
09-Dec-22
3 nights / 4 days
Humberside
12-Dec-22
2 nights / 3 days

Operators Opinion:

The main thing I love about the Northern Lights Village is that it is the only place we sell which is dedicated to Aurora accommodation only. This means that you really do maximise your chances of seeing the lights, even outside of the dedicated Aurora hunts. When I was in my cabin, I constantly found myself gazing up at the sky above my bed, fighting sleep for as long as I could. When I noticed a flicker of green I was overcome with excitement. I got dressed with my PJs under my winter clothing and watched with the other guests as the display became more animated. It was an unforgettable experience.    -    Katharina Rogalski

3 Nights Itinerary
4 Nights Itinerary
Christmas Itinerary
New Year Itinerary
Northern Lights Village
4 Night Itinerary
 
Day 1  -  Arrival & Aurora Camp

Following your arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will make the short transfer to the Northern Lights Village and your Aurora accommodation.

Viewing the Northern Lights is a spectacular experience, but capturing them on camera is no easy task. This evening’s Aurora photography workshop will help prepare you as you join a local guide who has many years of knowledge and experience. The workshop will reveal all the secrets necessary to capture the Aurora through a lens. Should the lights appear in the coming days, you can then proudly show off your photos. If you do not have a camera capable of capturing the lights, then they are available to hire locally.

Day 2  -  Reindeer Day and Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile
Pulled Heated Sled

After breakfast, you will meet a local reindeer herder before enjoying a tour which will explore this age-old way of life. Reindeer are synonymous with the Arctic and it is fascinating to learn how they manage to survive in these harsh winter conditions. In addition, you will gain insight into Sámi culture which has thrived north of the Arctic Circle for generations. Reindeer have played a key role in the Sámi’s ability to adapt and asking a Sámi how many reindeer he has, is like asking how much money somebody earns.

You will explore the paddock at the Northern Lights Village before meeting the reindeer and having the opportunity to feed them. Your guide will introduce you to the various aspects of reindeer herding. Following this, you will enjoy a short ride on a reindeer-pulled sleigh. This was once a traditional method of transport, before the introduction of snowmobiles, and it can feel quite ‘Narnia-esque’ as you venture into the snow-covered forest. Lunch will be served at the Northern Lights Village and with this included, the activity will last between three to four hours.

During the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant, before embarking on your first Northern Lights hunt by a snowmobile-pulled heated sled. You’ll break to enjoy hot drinks by a fire and listen to local stories told by your guide on this 3-hour tour as you eagerly await a potential display. The anticipation felt during the hunt is part of the enjoyment, and with a little luck, the conditions will be promising for you tonight.

Day 3  -  Snowmobile & Ice Fishing and
Aurora Camp by the Lake

Following breakfast, you will join your local guide and enjoy a combination of two popular winter activities. The four-hour tour will begin with a snowmobile safari as you enter the forest and breeze past breathtaking scenery towards a nearby frozen lake. Once at the lake, your guide will assist as you drill a hole into the ice, bait the hook and attempt to catch perch or whitefish. Ice fishing is very popular with the locals and, whilst it may seem a sedate activity, that all changes if you land a catch! Your guide will build a fire and you will enjoy lunch, which hopefully will include some fresh fish. Full driving instructions will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile (you must have a full driving licence and be over the age of 18 to drive the snowmobile).

During the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant before venturing out for another dedicated Aurora hunt. This three-hour tour will take place in the comfort of a bus and includes a visit to Lake Inari. The Aurora Camp is located on the lakeshore and has a stunning outlook across the frozen ice. You will enjoy drinks and snacks around a cosy campfire and should the lights appear, you can grab a reindeer hide, lie down in the snow and enjoy a captivating display.

Day 4  -  Husky Safari and Northern Lights Snowmobile
Following breakfast, you will join your local guide and enjoy a combination of two popular winter activities. The four-hour tour will begin with a snowmobile safari as you enter the forest and breeze past breathtaking scenery towards a nearby frozen lake. Once at the lake, your guide will assist as you drill a hole into the ice, bait the hook and attempt to catch perch or whitefish. Ice fishing is very popular with the locals and, whilst it may seem a sedate activity, that all changes if you land a catch! Your guide will build a fire and you will enjoy lunch, which hopefully will include some fresh fish. Full driving instructions will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile (you must have a full driving licence and be over the age of 18 to drive the snowmobile).

During the evening, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant before venturing out for another dedicated Aurora hunt. This three-hour tour will take place in the comfort of a bus and includes a visit to Lake Inari. The Aurora Camp is located on the lakeshore and has a stunning outlook across the frozen ice. You will enjoy drinks and snacks around a cosy campfire and should the lights appear, you can grab a reindeer hide, lie down in the snow and enjoy a captivating display.

Day 5  -  Departure
Following breakfast, it will be time to leave the Northern Lights Village behind. If you are departing on an early flight then a boxed breakfast will be provided for you to take with you. You will be transferred back to Ivalo Airport for your return flights home.
Northern Lights Village
3 Night Itinerary
 
Day 1  -  Arrival & Aurora Camp

 

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 be served an evening meal in the restaurant before embarking on your first Northern Lights hunt.

Tonight’s inaugural hunt will last around three hours and will involve making a journey to the Aurora Camp at Lake Rahajarvi by bus. You will stop at vast Lake Inari en-route and will hear about the lake’s importance to the region and the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland.

Once at the camp, you will keep warm by the fire and enjoy a hot drink and snacks with your guide providing some information regarding the Northern Lights and answering any questions you may have.

At the camp, the anticipation will begin to build and you will search the skies for any glimmers of green. If you are lucky enough to witness a display begin, then you can grab a reindeer hide, lie down in the snow and enjoy a captivating show as the lights dance overhead.

Day 2  -  Free Day & 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.

If you prefer to stay onsite, then the Northern Lights Village has a reindeer paddock close to the restaurant (where your lunch will be served). Follow the jangling of bells and you will be greeted by these furry nosed animals.

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.

Day 3  -  Husky Safari & Aurora Camp OR 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 and a half hours in total (including transfers and instruction). We expect you to be out on the husky sledges for around 20 – 30 minutes in total. There are much longer safaris if you would like to enjoy more time out on the trail. If you would like to extend and spend more time with the dogs then please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for more details.

Following the husky safari, you will enjoy lunch at the restaurant before a final Aurora hunt.

Following dinner this evening you have the choice of two activities.

Option one is a visit to an Aurora Camp close to the Russian border. The four-hour activity will begin with a bus journey through the small villages of Ivalo and Nellim. Once at the border you will walk an extra kilometre towards Paatsjoki Bridge (a prime viewpoint), before settling down by a roaring campfire. Hot drinks and snacks are included.

The more adventurous option is a Northern Lights snowmobile safari lasting around three hours. 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.

Day 4  -  Departure

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.

Northern Lights Village
Christmas Itinerary
Day 1  -  Arrival, Aurora Workshop & Northern Lights Hunt
by Sleigh

Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to the Northern Lights Village. You can then check in and relax ahead of your inaugural activities this evening.

Your trip starts with an Aurora workshop. The expert guides here are all so passionate about the Aurora and so they share their knowledge about how to capture the lights on camera. Should you need to rent equipment then this can be done locally.

After dinner in the restaurant, part two of your evening begins as your guide will lead you on a Northern Lights hunt in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh. Your route will be chosen to provide you with a prime view of the northern sky and you’ll enjoy warm drinks around a campfire as you keep watch for a potential display. You will be out for around three hours in total.

Day 2  -  Reindeer Experience

You really can’t visit Lapland around Christmas and not meet some reindeer. The reindeer paddock is within the village and so you do not have far to go for this experience today.

Your expert guide will introduce you to the animals before you get the chance to feed them. A short reindeer-sleigh ride will follow, and lunch will be served in a warm kota (traditional teepee) at the village. Including your meal, the activity lasts between three and four hours.  

Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve in Finland and so tonight the festivities begin with a special meal in the hotel restaurant showcasing some typical Finnish Christmas fayre.

 
Day 3  -  Snowmobile & Ice Fishing Tour and Aurora Camp

Today’s activity combines two of the most popular pastimes in Lapland; snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Your snowmobile experience begins with a full safety briefing and instructions on how to handle the machines before you set off, two people per snowmobile, with your guide leading the way.

Your destination is a frozen lake nearby and it is here that your guide will assist you in drilling a hole through the thick ice. You then drop your baited line into the chilly depths below and begin the patient business of ice fishing. Whilst you maintain focus on catching a fish, your guide will prepare lunch around a campfire (weather permitting). With luck, you may have a perch or a local Inari whitefish to add to the menu.

After your meal, you will head back on your snowmobiles and return to the village. You will be out for around four hours in total.  Please note that you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

During your free time this afternoon you may like to include additional activities which can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page. You may, however simply like to relax and enjoy Christmas Day in this stunning setting.

A second festive meal will be served this evening. It gives you another chance to experience some of the traditions of a Finnish Christmas.

After your meal, it’s time for an evening of Aurora hunting to top off the day nicely. You will begin with a bus journey north towards Lake Inari. In the area, there are numerous Aurora Camps which have been erected in prime viewpoints. These are ideal places to wait for a potential show and your guides will choose the best spot based on the evening’s forecast.  A fire will be lit, warm drinks and snacks will be served, and you can settle in to watch the skies. You will be out for around three hours in total.

Day 4  -  Husky Safari and Northern Lights Snowmobile

Dog sledding is one of the most unforgettable winter activities and today is your chance to try it for yourself. Travelling in twos, each pair will be given their own team of eager dogs for the safari with one person sitting in the sled and the other taking the controls.

After a transfer to the sled centre, you will meet the excitable huskies. You will hear them bark and howl in anticipation of the trail and they’ll be hugely pleased to see you. They love to pull the sleds and they know what your arrival means!

After a full instruction and safety briefing, you will take to the trails, the dogs will fall silent and the fun will really begin. There are few better ways to travel in the Arctic.

This activity lasts for around two and a half hours (including a break for hot drinks, transfers and training) in total and includes around one to one and a half hours of dog sledding depending on the conditions. You shall cover around 10km during the safari.  

Lunch will be served at the Northern Lights Village and the afternoon is free for you to explore Saariselkä or perhaps enjoy additional activities. Ski hire is available in the town for those who fancy some downhill skiing.

Your last night of Northern Lights hunting is one of the most exciting, as you are back on snowmobiles to try and hunt down a display. With your headlights lighting the trail and your guide leading the way, this trip gives a real sense of being out in the wilds. You will wind your way to the top of one of the fells where the views to the northern sky are excellent. With the right conditions and a little luck, the lights will hopefully appear as you gather around a warming campfire.

In total, you will be out for around three hours and full driving instructions will be provided before departure. Again, you will travel two people per snowmobile and the driver must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence.

Day 5  -  Departure
Today, it will be time to leave the Northern Lights Village behind. As you are departing on an early flight, a packed breakfast will be provided for you to take with you on your transfer.
Northern Lights Village
New Year Itinerary
Day 1  -  Arrival, Aurora Workshop & Northern Lights Hunt
by Sleigh

Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to the Northern Lights Village. You can then check in and relax ahead of your inaugural activities this evening.

Your trip starts with an Aurora workshop. The expert guides here are all so passionate about the Aurora and so they share their knowledge about how to capture the lights on camera. Should you need to rent equipment then this can be done locally.

After dinner in the restaurant, part two of your evening begins as your guide will lead you on a Northern Lights hunt in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh. Your route will be chosen to provide you with a prime view of the northern sky and you’ll enjoy warm drinks around a campfire as you keep watch for a potential display. You will be out for around three hours in total.

Day 2  -  Reindeer Experience and New Year Festivities

Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and an encounter with them is practically mandatory. Your guide will introduce you to the animals and shall provide an insight into how the reindeer and their herders survive the long winters and keep this age-old way of life alive.

The reindeer paddock is situated in the village and here you will see the animals up close and will be able to feed them. There will then be the chance for you to enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride as part of the experience. Lunch will be served in a warm kota (traditional teepee) at the Northern Lights Village and with this included, the activity will last between three and four hours.

Tonight is, of course, New Year’s Eve and the Northern Lights Village will host a special evening meal with some local specialities. There will also be a firework display to mark the end of the year. Fingers crossed, the Northern Lights may join in the fun.

 
Day 3  -  Snowmobile & Ice Fishing Tour and Aurora Camp
by the Lake

After breakfast today, you are in for a real treat. Your guide will be leading you on an activity which combines two of the most popular pastimes in Lapland – snowmobiling and ice fishing.

After full instruction and a safety briefing, you will ride your snowmobiles through the forest and out to a nearby frozen lake. Travelling two per machine, you can swap drivers should you wish at the halfway point (you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile).

At the lake, your guide will help you drill a hole through the thick ice and you will drop your line into the icy water below. This can be a game of patience but if you are lucky you might land a perch or perhaps a local Inari whitefish.

Whilst you focus on the fishing, your guide will build a fire and you will enjoy lunch in the wilds (weather permitting) before heading back on the snowmobiles. You will be out for around four hours in total today.

During your free time this afternoon you may like to include additional activities which can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

After dinner at the hotel tonight, it’s time for another evening of Aurora hunting. Lasting around three hours in total, it begins with a bus journey north to Lake Inari. The guides have a selection of camps set up on the lake shore and each is in a prime Aurora viewpoint. At the chosen camp, a fire will be lit, and warm drinks and snacks will be shared as you commence your Aurora stake-out. With a little luck and the right conditions, your patience will hopefully be rewarded with a display.

Day 4  -  Husky Safari and Northern Lights Snowmobile

A dog sled safari is often a highlight for guests in Lapland and today you will have the chance to experience it for yourself.

After transferring you will meet the dogs - they will demonstrate their enthusiasm for the trail with a pretty deafening display of howling and barks when you arrive – they just love to run and their excitement overflows when guests get ready to take them out. You will, however, notice that when the sleds’ runners begin to move, all the dogs will fall silent and focus on the task at hand.

We include an excursion which is around two and a half hours long (including a break for hot drinks, transfers and training) in total and includes around one to one and a half hours of dog sledding depending on the conditions. You shall cover around 10km during the safari.  You can, however, upgrade to a longer experience should you wish to do so and the details of the options available can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

All safaris are two people per sled as standard and full instruction will be provided before you take control of the teams. You can switch drivers should you wish to do so.

After your adventurous morning, lunch will be served at the restaurant back at the Northern Lights Village. Your afternoon is your own and so you may wish to include additional activities or perhaps explore the town of Saariselkä which is within walking distance. There are plenty of shops to keep you busy and downhill skiing is also an option.

Your final Aurora hunting activity is one of the most thrilling. You will be back on snowmobiles tonight, using them to hopefully track down an Aurora display. This experience is very different as only your headlights illuminate the dark forest and you really get a sense of the wilderness which surrounds you. Winding your way through the forests you will climb to the top of one of the fells where the views of the night sky are stunning.

Your guide will light a fire as you wait in the wilds for a potential display to come and mark your final night in Lapland.

In total, you will be out for around three hours and full driving instructions will be provided before departure. Again, you will travel two people per snowmobile and the driver must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence.

Day 5  -  Departure
Today, it will be time to leave the Northern Lights Village behind. As you are departing on an early flight, a packed breakfast will be provided for you to take with you on your transfer.

Accommodation Details

 

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.

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

Aurora Cabins

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.

Wi-Fi is only available at the onsite restaurant.

Northern Lights Village
Northern Lights Village

Northern Lights Village
Northern Lights Village

Northern Lights Village
Northern Lights Village

Northern Lights Village
Northern Lights Village

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