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IAH001 - Lapland Arctic Highlights

In the far north of Finnish Lapland, on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, the new Wilderness Hotel Inari 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 car, snowmobile and even at an Aurora Camp. You'll also learn how to drive your own husky-sled through the Lappish wilderness, snowmobile through glittering forest trails and try icefishing on this short break holiday.

Three types of accommodation are available at Wilderness Hotel Inari; choose from a Wilderness Room, an Aurora Cabin or a Log Cabin. Stays here are full-board, with both lunch and dinner served buffet-style in the beautifully-designed restaurant.

Highlights

  • Stay in the new Wilderness Hotel Inari
  • Enjoy full-board, with both lunch and dinner served buffet-style in the beautifully-designed restaurant
  • Travel by snowmobile to the reindeer farm, where you will have a chance to meet an authentic reindeer herder and his herd

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Airport transfers (for scheduled domestic flights)
  • 4 nights'accommodation in wilderness room. Upgrade to log cabin or aurora cabin available at extra cost.
  • Full board for complete stay
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Husky Safari
  • Reindeer and ice fishing with Snowmobile
  • Outdoor clothing for complete stay
  • Daily itinerary will be provided upon arrival
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
5
Price From
AUD $2,476
Start Location
Ivalo, Finland
End Location
Ivalo, Finland
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure, Polar
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Dec 201805 Jan 2019On requestAUD $2,668
06 Jan 201908 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,476
09 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $2,668
24 Feb 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,476
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Fly to Ivalo and transfer to the Wilderness Hotel Inari

Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Wilderness Hotel Inari (approx. 30 min). Upon arrival you will receive your program schedule before dinner. Depending on your arrival time, cold weather gear is given to you either upon arrival or the next day.

Day 2 - Reindeer & Ice fishing with Snowmobile during the day, Aurora Snowmobiling at night.

Travel by snowmobile to the reindeer farm, where you will have a chance to meet an authentic reindeer herder and his herd. Here, learn some interesting facts about these semi-wild animals and the life up in the Arctic circle. There will be also possibility for a short reindeer sledge ride, as well as an ice fishing experience. The excursion includes lunch (soup by the open fire).

This evening, you will go Aurora snowmobiling. Night time snowmobiling is an exhilarating experience. Head out in search of a good location to try and spot the Aurora Borealis. If the northern lights appear, we’ll stop, turn off the head torches and snow mobiles to admire nature’s light show. There will be warm drinks to keep us warm and comfortable during this wintry excursion.

Day 3 - Snow shoeing trek and Aurora hunting on the stunning Lake Inari

After breakfast, head out snowshing, the best way to experience the beauty and calmness of Nordic forests. Perhaps spot animal tracks on snow, see the snow-covered forests and if lucky, also meet some wildlife during your trek. There will be a lunch by an open fire on this day.

This evening, join another excursion taking you Aurora hunting on the stunning Lake Inari. 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. Lake Inari is one of the best places in the world for aurora viewing since there is no light pollution at all. If you are lucky, you might get to enjoy this unique light phenomenon.

Day 4 - Husky Safari and an Aurora Hunt by Car

An absolute ‘must do’ when visiting Lapland! You will be taught how to handle the sled before heading out on the husky safari, where the huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery, passing along frozen Lake Inari. The dogs’ excitement is infectious but they fall silent on the trail, this is the only way to see Lapland. All our husky safaris include full instructions and are based on two people sharing a sled unless otherwise stated.

Try and hunt down the Auroras by car. During good weather head for one of the specific camp spots, to try and photograph this phenomenon. If the weather dsn’t look as promising, head further out in search of clearer skies. During the trip, guide will serve some warm drinks and snacks.

The excursions on days 2 and 3 may occur in a different order, depending on availability, timings and weather, but all are included in your stay.

Day 5 - After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight

After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight.