Situated on an island in the frozen River Kemijoki, Aurora Island feels like an escape to the remote Lappish wilderness, despite being just ten minutes’ drive from Rovaniemi. With the pristine Arctic nature at your fingertips, this is the perfect place to combine exhilarating winter excursions with relaxing wellness activities, including yoga and traditional Finnish sauna experiences.
Arrive in Lapland’s capital and transfer to Aurora Island for a three-night stay. In the afternoon, head out into the frozen landscape with an experienced guide to explore the snowy environment. Hike the forested hills that surround and overlook Rovaniemi and enjoy a tasty snack around a campfire before a serene hour-long yin yoga session. (L, D)
After breakfast, travel to Sierijärvi to spend time at a local Siberian husky farm; home to nine husky dogs and a cat. More than just a husky sled ride, this three-hour excursion gives visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with the farm and experience elements of the traditional huskyrearing lifestyle. Play freely with the dogs and get to know their individual characters before helping to harness the huskies and try your hand at mushing. The sleigh holds two adults
and two children, and the route crosses frozen lakes and dashes through snowy forests. Stop to rest and enjoy pancakes cooked over an open fire. In the evening, perhaps opt for a traditional Finnish sauna, which is available for
guests to use on Aurora Island. (B, L,D)
Step away from the stresses and strains of daily life and focus on reconnecting with nature on this Arctic wellness day. Head to the family’s remote Sierituuli home retreat and spend the day leisurely enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a 90-minute yin yoga class, relax in the lakefront wood-fired sauna and, for those who dare, opt for a refreshing lake swim. Take care of your mind and body and complete your wellness experience with a delicious home cooked meal made from local produce. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. Morning activities can be arranged depending on your flight schedule. (B)