In the far north of Finnish Lapland, on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, Nellim Wilderness Hotel is a remote retreat where snow-covered forests and frozen lakes provide the backdrop to the day’s adventures. Learn how to drive your own husky-sled through the Lappish wilderness, snowshoe through glittering forest trails and search for the northern lights on a starlit snowmobile safari on this fully-inclusive short break.
Nellim offers the perfect location for northern lights viewings and winter adventures such as snowmobiling, reindeer and husky sleigh rides, snow shoeing and other Arctic adventures. Choose from wilderness rooms located in three different buildings on the hotel’s premises. Or chose a cosy log suite or cabin—we can also offer an upgrade to an Aurora Bubble or Auroa Kota.
All excursions on days 2-4 indicated below are included in this holiday, but the order in which you enjoy them may vary depending on timing and snow conditions when you arrive in Finland.
Fly to Ivalo Airport in Northern Lapland and transfer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel, located in the heart of the forest just a few kilometres from the Russian border. Enjoy a Lappish buffet dinner in the cosy wood-cabin restaurant before checking in to a Wilderness Room. Ask a Regent Finland Explorer about upgrading to a private Log Cabin with it’s own living space, kitchenette and sauna. (D)
Embark on a snowmobile safari through the glistening Finnish landscape, stopping to visit a local reindeer farm where you will have a chance to meet an authentic reindeer herder and his herd. Hand-feed the animals and learn more about this arctic way of life before zipping back through the snowy forests. There will be also possibility for a short reindeer sledge ride, as well as learning to lasso a reindeer during your visit here. The excursion includes lunch (soup by the open fire).
After dinner, travel to one of the hotel’s special Aurora Camps – remote viewing spots far away from any light pollution – to search for the swirling northern lights. Sit comfortably a sledge that is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Enjoy the northern sky all the way to the camp place. While observing the night sky, warm up around a blazing campfire sipping hot drinks and enjoying each other’s company. The atmosphere by the campfire is an experience in itself. (B,L,D)
Learn how to mush a traditional dog-sled before heading out with your own pack of huskies across the beautiful frozen waters of Lake Inari. The huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery. The dogs’ excitement is infectious but fall silent on the trail, allowing you to just take in the raw nature.
After dinner, take to the snowmobiles once again for a starlit safari past lakes and forest, searching the northern skies for the magical aurora borealis. head out in search of a good location, trying to spot the Aurora Borealis. If the northern lights appear, we will stop and admire the show. You will also have warm drinks to keep us warm and comfortable. (B,L,D)
Don snowshoes and follow trails into the snow-draped forest, returning to the hotel to warm up in the sauna. Snowshoeing trekking is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and calmness of the Nordic forests. You can spot animal tracks on the snow, see the snow covered forests and if lucky, also meet some wildlife during your trek. There will be a lunch by open fire during the day.
Perhaps upgrade to an Aurora Bubble for the final night’s accommodation. These compact cabins topped with Perspex domes provide unending views of the northern skies from the comfort of your own bed. (B,L,D)
Upgrade to an Aurora Bubble for the first or final night for £84 per person - speak to one of our Lapland specialists for more information. This tour uses direct flights with Finnair, operating from Sundays - Thursdays from 14th December 2017. For alternative days or longer stays, please contact our Arctic Travel specialists.