This combination tour offers two different worlds. Experience Sami culture in Northern Finland at Inari where you can visit the exceptional SIIDA Museum of Sami culture, enjoy a husky safari and two hunts for the Northern Lights (winter + autumn tours only). Then, transfer by private car to Kirkenes in Northern Norway for an overnight at the wonderful Snowhotel Kirkenes. You can also do the tour in reverse.
The winter Itinerary is immediately below, and notes for the autumn and summer tours follow.
Arrival at Ivalo Airport and transfer to your hotel in Inari. Time at leisure - you might like to visit nearby SIIDA, the Sami Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre. Learn how nature and people have adapted to the extreme conditions of this Arctic environment. Photographs, videos, dioramas, soundscapes and original artefacts guide you between the seasons and back through time, while the open area outside has various structures from across the land. (The Museum is open Tuesday- Sunday 10am to 4pm). Tonight after rugging up in the Winter wear provided, your Northern Lights Search by Snowshoe starts at around 20:30hrs. This safari takes you to the ideal viewing areas for the night, taking into account weather factors. Hot drinks will be served along the way to keep you warm, before your return to the hotel.
This morning enjoy a fantastic Husky Safari. 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. 2 persons share each sled. Tonight, depending on the day of your stay, you can choose betweeen Aurora Hunting by Snowmobile or Snowmobile Sleigh (daily), or by Reindeer Sleigh (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday). Whichever you choose, Inari is the best place - being so far away from any light pollution means your chances of spotting the fabled lights are greatly improved.
After breakfast, relax with a private car transfer which takes you along the shores of Lake Inari and other nearby lakes, to SnowHotel Kirkenes (the trip is around three hours duration). Upon arrival, meet the local resident reindeer, or perhaps time for an optional excursion before dinner. Tonight you can choose between "cold" accommodation in a Snow Room or "warm" accommodation in a cosy and charming private Gamme Cabin.
Snow Rooms: The Snow Rooms are wonderful displays of snow architecture and Arctic nature, created from local ice and snow, with ice sculptures, ice carvings and more. You will sleep on a bed carved from ice, snuggled warmly in a thermal sleeping bag and blankets. With a constant temperature of - 4°, you are in for a cool and magical experience. Restrooms/showers/wardrobe/sauna are located in the service building adjacent to SnowHotel, and you will have access to the warm lounge 24/7.
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.
Enjoy breakfast at the Snowhotel, before returning to Kirkenes. You can choose between a transfer at 09:00 or 11:30hrs to either Kirkenes downtown or to the Hurtigruten Pier.
Summer Itinerary 01 June - 31 August: Day 1 transfer Ivalo airport - Hotel Inari; Day 2 Husky Farm Visit 1.5hrs (Tue/Thu/Sat), Lake Inari Catamaran Cruise 2.5-3hrs (daily); Day 3 private transfer Inari-Kirkenes Snowhotel, one night in Snow Room OR Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel; Day 4 departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier.
Autumn Itinerary 01 September - 30 November: Day 1 transfer Ivalo airport - Hotel Inari; Evening Aurora Hunt by Car 4hrs; Day 2 Husky Farm Visit 1.5hrs (Tue/Thu/Sat), Evening Aurora Hunt on Lake Inari 2hrs (Mon/Wed/Fri); Day 3 private transfer Inari-Kirkenes Snowhotel, one night in Snow Room OR Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel; Day 4 departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier.
Additional seasonal excursions are available in Inari - please enquire.
At Hotel Inari you can choose between Standard or Superior accommodation.
NEW - a limited number of Aurora Huts situated in the quiet location of Holiday Village Inari (400m from Hotel Inari), far from light pollution by Lake Inari - please enquire.
The tour can be done in reverse from Kirkenes in Norway to Inari in Finland.
The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 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.
Please note the order of the excursions will alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.