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Aurora Cabin Santa Break

5 nights in Saariselka

Northern lights cabin accommodation

5 nights / 6 days

Duration

Overview

5*, 'Small & Personal' programme staying at the Aurora Cabins in the Northern Lights Village and containing extended activities and a personal experience.

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Depart

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Date

Times

London Heathrow

Ivalo

09-Dec-21

1020-1820

Ivalo

London Heathrow

14-Dec-21

0910-1235

For expert advice call 0161 298 7477
 

or use Online Chat 

Guide Prices

Family of 3 from:

Family of 4 from:

£6,185

£7,980

* Example prices. Contact Reservations to check for any party size.

Deposit:

£150 per person

Balance due 12 weeks before travel

Aurora Cabin Santa Break

Includes:

Return Flights 


Return Airport Transfers 


Accommodation in 

glass-roof Aurora Cabin


Aurora Expedition on Snowshoes 


Husky Safari


Aurora Camp by the Lake


Aurora Hunting 

by Heated Sleigh


Reindeer Ride and 

Meeting Santa Experience


Guide for all organised activities


Free use of cross country skis and snowshoes


Free use of kids snowmobile 

1 hour per day


Complimentary use of Toboggans

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Aurora Country

Your Northern Lights adventure begins when we pick you up directly from Ivalo Airport and transfer you into the Lappish wilderness, through pristine snow encrusted pine forest and snowy fells until we reach the Northern Lights Village.

Here, you’ll be shown to your private cabin. This stylish, elegant space will provide you with your base for the experience, and offers beautifully cosy warmth against the Arctic weather outside.


And of course, the glass roof means that you’ll have unobstructed views of the spectacular night sky and the jaw-dropping Northern Lights, all from the comfort of your bed.

After a hearty dinner, it’s time for your first expedition to spot the Northern Lights. Led by locals who are experts in spotting the natural phenomenon, you’ll venture into the wilderness by heighted sleigh and take in the night skies in comfort.


Day 2 - Husky Rides

After another hearty breakfast, set out on a husky ride, swishing through the silent, snow-covered forest on your own private sleigh.


Meet these beautiful, energetic dogs that will take you exploring through the glistening Lapland wilderness, on a safari you are sure never to forget.


After dinner, you’ll head out on another expedition, this time on a heated sleigh, to see if you can catch another glimpse of the stunning northern lights.


Day 3 - Searching for Santa

After breakfast, it is time for a magical experience for the children (large and small ) as you go in search of Santa in his own enchanted forest.


Day 4 - Spa day!

Get ready for a day or relaxation and rejuvenation as you take advantage of the sauna, ice pool, and hot tub in your winter wonderland!


Day 5 - Reindeer Express and cross country skiing lesson

Sit down into the sleigh and signal the reindeer – and hold on! You’ll get to see how Laplanders used to move around before snowmobiles arrived in the northern wilderness. Driving a reindeer sleigh through the wintry forest is an experience to remember!


Next you get to try out cross country skiing – another traditional way to get around through the winter carpets – however you’re doing the rewarding work.


Day 6 - Farewell

Your final morning in the Northern Lights Village. Wake up at whatever leisurely time you like (check-out isn’t until 12 noon), and enjoy a final breakfast by a log fire as you reflect on the wonderful adventure you’ve had with us.


We’ll transfer you back to the airport, and look forward to maybe seeing you again!

Accommodation

Below are the accommodations used in this itinerary.  Call Reservations on 0161 298 7477 to check the availability and prices for individual accommodation or room types.

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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.

Resort

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Saariselka

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too.