In the far north of Finnish Lapland on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, the Inari Wilderness Hotel is a remote retreat where snow-covered forests and frozen lakes provide the backdrop to the day’s adventures. Far from major civilisation, this is a fantastic place from which to search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile and even at an Aurora Camp. Then, learn how to drive a husky-sled through the Lappish wilderness.
Four types of accommodation are available at Inari Wilderness Hotel: choose from a Wilderness Room, an Aurora Cabin, an Arctic Chalet or a Log Cabin. Stays here are full-board, with both lunch and dinner served buffet-style in the beautifully-designed restaurant.
All excursions on days 2-4 are included in this holiday, but the order in which you enjoy them may vary depending on timing and snow conditions in Finland.
Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Wilderness Hotel Inari (approx. 30 min). Upon arrival, receive the programme schedule before dinner. Cold weather gear is provided either upon arrival or the next day. (D)
Snowmobile adventure: Today is all about local winter fun – snowmobiling in the wilderness! A guide teaches guests how to safely drive these powerful machines before heading out through white winter scenery. Then, enjoy a tasty outdoor lunch by an open fire.
Aurora snowmobiling: Night time snowmobiling is an exhilarating experience. Head out in search of the Aurora Borealis, with warm drinks provided during this wintry excursion. (B,L,D)
Gentle snowshoeing: Embark on a gentle walk through beautiful snowy surroundings. Don your snowshoes (and poles if preferred) and head out into the surroundings of the hotel. Along the way, hear interesting stories and information about Finnish nature from the guide.
Aurora camp: Then it's time for Aurora hunting on the stunning Lake Inari. Sit comfortably on a sledge pulled by the guide’s snowmobile and enjoy the northern sky all the way to the camp. While observing the night sky, warm up around a blazing campfire sipping hot drinks and enjoying each other’s company. Lake Inari is one of the best places in the world for aurora viewing since there is no light pollution. (B,L,D)
Husky safari: An absolute ‘must do’ when visiting Lapland is a husky safari. Learn how to handle the sled before the huskies pull you through the beautiful winter scenery, passing frozen Lake Inari. The dogs’ excitement is infectious but they fall silent on the trail.
Reindeer farm visit: Then, head to a reindeer farm for a once in a lifetime experience. Discover interesting facts about the reindeer and meet a local reindeer herder to learn more about their unique life. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to the UK. (B)