All About Aurora

Northern Lights hunting in Inari, Finnish Lapland
Inari, Finland © Jouni Mannisto/Inari-Saariselka Tourism

This tour is all about the Northern Lights! Stay in the small town of Inari, in Finnish Lapland and enjoy evening tours targeted at experiencing the Northern Lights in different ways - by snowmobile sleigh and by car. During the days, enjoy some great activities including getting to know the Sámi culture and the locals, and dog sledding. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, use of outer winter clothing, airport transfers and guided excursions from Inari.

Itinerary

The tour is offered as either a 4 day/3 night package or a 6 day/5 night package. The 4 day/3 night itinerary is immediately below, and notes for the longer tour follow.

Day 1 Ivalo Arrival - Inari & Aurora Information

On arrival at Ivalo Airport transfer to your Hotel Inari or similar. Upon check in you will be given your winter outdoor clothing for use during your stay, and vouchers to the Siida Sámi Museum, which you can visit on your own during your stay (the Museum is open Tuesday- Sunday 10am to 4pm). This evening attend an Aurora Information Session - learn more about the Northern Lights and the nature of the Inari area. Your guide will take you through the eight seasons of Lapland, while showing you beautiful pictures of the Aurora and the Arctic nature. Learn why the Northern Lights appear, how Aurora forecasts are done and how best to photograph them.

Day 2 Sami Culture at Siida Museum, Snowshoe Hike & Evening Snowmobile Sleigh to the Aurora Camp

This morning visit the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida, a museum and centre celebrating the local indigenous Sami culture and traditional life in Lapland (the museum is open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm). Later, strap on your snowshoes for a very different experience. Stay upright and mobile even on deep snow, while enjoying the beauty of the wintery forest during a snowshoe walk. Your guide will answer your questions about the surrounding natural environment and provide hot drinks to keep you warm. In the evening, your guide will take you by snowmobile sleigh to the Aurora Camp, located in area with no light pollution. In traditional kota hut your guide will prepare a tasty snack. During the excursion you'll have possibility to go out in the snow with snowshoes. With good luck the dancing northern lights may appear.

Day 3 Husky Safari & Aurora Hunting By Car

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the husky farm for your next adventure. Help the musher prepare the team of huskies for the ride of your life. Dog sledding is a truly unique and exciting way to experience the beauty and silence of arctic nature. Two persons share the driving of each sled. This evening, your guide will drive you to a location a few kilometres from the village in search of the Northern Lights. Sometimes cloudy skies can limit the view of the northern lights, even if there is aurora activity in the sky, so your guide will check weather conditions and try to predict the movement of clouds in order to find the best viewing spot.

Day 4 Inari - Ivalo Departure

Transfer to Ivalo Airport and end of arrangements


2019-2020 departures: 1 December - 31 March

Notes:

Minimum 2 persons

The 6 day/5 night tour has the following itinerary: Day 1 Arrival & Aurora Information Session; Day 2 Fishing, Reindeer Sleigh Aurora Ride; Day 3 Husky Safari & Snowshoe Search For The Northern Lights; Day 4 Cross Country Ski School & Aurora Hunting by Car; Day 5 Day at Leisure; Day 6 departure.

The order of the excursions may be changed due to safety, weather conditions and other factors.

Choose from standard or superior hotel room accommodation - please enquire.

The excursions operate with a minimum of two persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Northern Lights hunting in Inari, Finnish Lapland
  • Tour Category

    Independent, Northern Lights
  • Duration

    4 or 6 days

    Departures

    Dec - Mar

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for the 4 day/3 night tour 

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: airport transfers to/from Ivalo Airport to your hotel; 3 nights accommodation including daily breakfast and dinner; Aurora information session; SIIDA entrance tickets; guided Snowshoe Hike 2hrs, guided Evening Snowmobile Sleigh to the Aurora Camp 3hrs; guided Husky Safari 3hrs; guided Aurora Hunting By Car 4hrs; use of outer winter clothing (overalls, boots, mittens and woollen hat) during your stay; use of snowshoes or cross country skis for one day.

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for the 6 day/5 night tour

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 5 nights hotel accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5; Ivalo Airport transfers to/from the hotel; guided excursions being Ice Fishing 4hrs; Reindeer Sleigh Aurora Ride 2hrs; Husky Safari 3hrs; Arctic Snowshoe Hike 3hrs; Cross Country Skiing 2hrs; Aurora Hunting By Car 3hrs; use of outer winter clothing whilst on an activity (overalls, boots, mittens and woollen hat); SIIDA entrance tickets; use of snowshoes or cross country skis on Day 5.

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