Northern Lights Wilderness

Glass or Snow Igloos , Independent , Northern Lights
Aurora Hunt from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Inari and Kirkenes, including overnight at the Snowhotel Kirkenes
9 days
Jan - Mar
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From Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, for winter activities and Aurora hunting. Then further north to the small village of Inari, with an option to stay in a warm Aurora Cabin with glass roof. Continue to Kirkenes in Northern Norway for a King Crab Safari and overnight at the wonderful Snowhotel. 

Day 1     Helsinki Arrival 
Upon arrival in Helsinki, make your own way to Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar and check in for overnight stay. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore. The many famous sights of the city include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. 

Day 2     Helsinki - Rovaniemi, overnight train
After breakfast at the hotel, day at leisure. Perhaps explore the marketplace area down by the harbour, where there are food, souvenir and handicraft stalls, and fine old timber boats. This evening, make your own way to the train station for overnight train to Rovaniemi in a private sleeping compartment with ensuite.

Day 3     Rovaniemi
Early arrival by train to Rovaniemi, make your own way from the railway station to Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi or similar and check in for 3 nights. Remainder of the day at leisure or time for an optional excursion – afternoon Snowmobile Safari to Wilderness or Evening Aurora Borealis Excursion by Snowmobile. 

Day 4     Rovaniemi – Aurora Borealis Adventure by Bus
Day at leisure for optional excursions – visit Ranua Wildlife Park or Husky Safari. Evening excursion by bus to the Aurora Borealis camp, located away from the city lights with unlimited view to the northern sky. At the resort you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre build inside a snow igloo, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon along with spectacular photos of the Northern Lights. You will also have time to roam around the resort, take a brisk sleigh ride with snowmobile drawn sleigh, or you can just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. With a little luck the sky is clear and the moon, stars and even the Northern Lights may show up.

Day 5     Rovaniemi – Reindeer Safari to Santa’s Village
Lapland is well-known for Santa Claus and his reindeer. What a great way to see both – a Reindeer Safari to Santa Claus Village. Sitting in the sleigh pulled by the reindeer you’ll make your way from the Reindeer Farm to Santa’s Village along the snowy trails of the wintry forest. In the village you’ll have some free time to meet Santa in his office, send postcards from Santa Claus Main Post Office and explore handicraft, design and souvenir shops. Receive a Reindeer Driving License and a Diploma for Crossing the Arctic Circle. Transfers by car. Remainder of the day at leisure or time for an optional excursion.

Day 6     Rovaniemi – Inari, Aurora Snowshoeing
This morning, make your own way to to Rovaniemi bus station. Bus trip from Rovaniemi to Inari Wilderness Hotel, located by the beautiful Lake Inari, offering breathtaking views and an ideal location for Northern Lights hunting (the trip is around 5.5 hours duration). Check in for 2 nights. Optional upgrade for 2 nights to a warm Aurora Cabin on the lake shore, with a glass roof for Aurora viewing. Dinner at the hotel. Evening guided Snowshoeing excursion into the dark forest by the light of the moon. Warm up with hot drinks by the campfire and with some luck the Northern Lights may appear.

Day 7     Inari – Husky Safari
Enjoy a Husky Safari today through the beautiful winter scenery, two persons share a sled. Lunch before or after the safari at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Optional evening excursion – Aurora Snowmobiling or Under the Northern Lights with Reindeer.

Day 8     Inari – Kirkenes, Snowmobile King Crab Safari and Snowhotel
After breakfast, relax with a private car transfer which takes you along the shores of Lake Inari and other nearby lakes, over the Norwegian border to Kirkenes Snowhotel (the trip is around 3 hours duration). Upon arrival, meet the local resident reindeer and relax before dinner. Tonight you can choose between "cold" accommodation in a Snow Igloo or "warm" accommodation in a cosy and charming private Gamme Cabin.

Snow Igloo: The Snow Igloo rooms are wonderful displays of snow architecture and Arctic nature, created each winter from local ice and snow, with ice sculptures, ice carvings and more. In your Snow Igloo you will sleep on a bed carved from ice, snuggled warmly in a thermal sleeping bag and blankets. 

Gamme Cabin: You will sleep in a private, charming wooden cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing Gamme huts of the Artic and Sami areas. The cabins are like small jewels and have every comfort including air conditioning, underfloor heating and a snug bathroom with a separate aurora glass wall. Best of all, the cabins have a large panoramic window and lounge chairs covered in sheepskins, so you can gaze out in warmth and comfort, as you look for the Northern Lights. Being so far away from light pollution, this is a wonderful place to seek the magical Aurora Borealis. All cabins have private facilities.

Afternoon Snowmobile King Crab Safari. Travel by snowmobile (with 2 persons on each snowmobile) to the fjord ice, where you help pull up the crab pots. The King Crab is served for lunch in a rustic restaurant by the fjord. Dinner at the Snowhotel. Optional evening excursion - Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile OR Husky OR Bus.

Day 9     Kirkenes Departure
Morning transfer to Kirkenes airport or the Hurtigruten pier, and end of arrangements.

Departures: daily 13 January – 31 March

Includes: 6 hotel nights (Days 1, 3-7); 7 breakfasts (Days 2, 4-9); 3 dinners (Days 6-8); overnight train one way Helsinki - Rovaniemi in private 2 berth sleeping compartment with ensuite; Aurora Borealis Adventure by Bus 2.5hrs (Day 4); Reindeer Safari to Santa’s Village 2.5hrs (Day 5); bus Rovaniemi to Inari Wilderness Hotel 5.5hrs (Day 6); Aurora Snowshoeing 2.5hrs (Day 6); Husky Safari with lunch (Day 7); private car transfer Inari-Kirkenes Snowhotel 3hrs (Day 8); Snowmobile King Crab Safari with lunch (Day 8); one night in Snow Room OR Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel (Day 8); departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier (Day 9).    

Excludes: optional Hurtigruten shore excursions (Days 9-14); optional excursions being 2hr Snowmobile Safari to Wilderness, 3hr Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari (Days 3, 5), 5hr Ranua Wildlife Park Excursion (Day 4), 2.5hr Aurora Snowmobiling or 1.5hr Under the Northern Lights with Reindeer (Day 7), 2hr Aurora Hunt by Bus or Snowmobile or Husky (Day 8); optional upgrade to an Aurora Cabin at Inari Wilderness Hotel; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; luggage handling.

Please note the order of excursions may change according to your dates of travel, or due to unforseen circumstances or weather. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements.

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5042.00
Single AUD$ 6616.00

Includes: 6 hotel nights (Days 1, 3-7); 7 breakfasts (Days 2, 4-9); 3 dinners (Days 6-8); overnight train one way Helsinki - Rovaniemi in private 2 berth sleeping compartment with ensuite; Aurora Borealis Adventure by Bus 2.5hrs (Day 4); Reindeer Safari to Santa’s Village 2.5hrs (Day 5); bus Rovaniemi to Inari Wilderness Hotel 5.5hrs (Day 6); Aurora Snowshoeing 2.5hrs (Day 6); Husky Safari with lunch (Day 7); private car transfer Inari-Kirkenes Snowhotel 3hrs (Day 8); Snowmobile King Crab Safari with lunch (Day 8); one night in Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel (Day 8); departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier (Day 9).    

Excludes:optional Hurtigruten shore excursions (Days 9-14); optional excursions being 2hr Snowmobile Safari to Wilderness, 3hr Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari (Days 3, 5), 5hr Ranua Wildlife Park Excursion (Day 4), 2.5hr Aurora Snowmobiling or 1.5hr Under the Northern Lights with Reindeer (Day 7), 2hr Aurora Hunt by Bus or Snowmobile or Husky (Day 8); optional upgrade to an Aurora Cabin at Inari Wilderness Hotel; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; luggage handling.

Please note the order of excursions may change according to your dates of travel, or due to unforseen circumstances or weather

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5151.00
Single AUD$ 6119.00

Includes: 6 hotel nights (Days 1, 3-7); 7 breakfasts (Days 2, 4-9); 3 dinners (Days 6-8); overnight train one way Helsinki - Rovaniemi in private 2 berth sleeping compartment with ensuite; Aurora Borealis Adventure by Bus 2.5hrs (Day 4); Reindeer Safari to Santa’s Village 2.5hrs (Day 5); bus Rovaniemi to Inari Wilderness Hotel 5.5hrs (Day 6); Aurora Snowshoeing 2.5hrs (Day 6); Husky Safari with lunch (Day 7); private car transfer Inari-Kirkenes Snowhotel 3hrs (Day 8); Snowmobile King Crab Safari with lunch (Day 8); one night in Snow Room at Snowhotel (Day 8); departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier (Day 9).    

Excludes:optional Hurtigruten shore excursions (Days 9-14); optional excursions being 2hr Snowmobile Safari to Wilderness, 3hr Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari (Days 3, 5), 5hr Ranua Wildlife Park Excursion (Day 4), 2.5hr Aurora Snowmobiling or 1.5hr Under the Northern Lights with Reindeer (Day 7), 2hr Aurora Hunt by Bus or Snowmobile or Husky (Day 8); optional upgrade to an Aurora Cabin at Inari Wilderness Hotel; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; luggage handling.

Please note the order of excursions may change according to your dates of travel, or due to unforseen circumstances or weather

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel

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