Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras

“Searching for the Northern Lights is an adventure in itself, but this trip paints the complete Arctic picture adding exciting activities and charming accommodation too.”

Highlights

Inari | Menesjarvi | Arctic Circle | Northern Lights | Snowmobile Safari | Winter fishing | Aurora Workshop | Northern Lights snowshoe hike | Morning with a reindeer herder | Snowmobiling | Husky Safari | Sami Siida Museum | Aurora dinner

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11 Dec 2016
£ 1475
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18 Jan 2017
£ 1395
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15 Feb 2017
£ 1525
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19 Feb 2017
£ 1525
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12 Mar 2017
£ 1525
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29 Mar 2017
£ 1525
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Our top tip:
Try everything - the guides are expert and you don
Trip type:
Small group, 2-16 adults (min. age 18).
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
4 nights comfortable hotel.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, accommodation, listed activities, cold weather clothing, guides, instructors.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras

Environment

Our vacations rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don’t come more un-spoilt than Menesjarvi. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We will always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this need.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Menesjärvi they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive. All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas.

We adopt a ‘no trace’ policy and always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment. We always offset our air travel emissions and would encourage you to do the same.

Community

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.

In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly. The wilderness hotel in Menesjärvi is owned and run by the Lappalainen family, whose Sámi routes have been in this area for centuries. The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. They have a strong sense of tradition and we encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of all Menesjärvi’s local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc. We have also included activities with a cultural base. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

The hotel in Menesjärvi also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Menesjärvi the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

Reviews of Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


EVERYTHING BECAUSE IT WAS A NEW EXPERIENCE

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


LET THE COMPANY DO IT ALL FOR YOU. TRUST YOUR GUIDE.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


YES

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10 OUT OF 10

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every minute I spent in Finland was truly memory making! To walk in snowy woods along paths through the trees, to hear nothing but the sound of my breath was so soul restoring. Every aspect of the trip was wonderful, the activities were tailored to individual needs, the guides and staff at the lodge were knowledgeable, helpful and good company in every way. All in all it was a truly wonderful winter break in every way. To sum up standing on a frozen lake gazing at a star filled sky at midnight then being blessed with the light show of ones dreams! That's one memorable night! Thank you all who were responsible for making it happen.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Enjoy every minute, take plenty of light warm layers and have lots of fun!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As Finland is suffering in this economic climate any thing to bring tourists is a good thing the country is vast and has huge tracks of wilderness so can take more tourist activity done in a sustainable way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 09 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved it all, from the shock of the cold when we landed, all of the activities, the people, the landscape, the food, the accommodation and the warm welcome and care of all the staff - truly fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just get base layers, all you need for the cold is provided.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all of this

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


One of the best vacations we have ever had

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Catching the northern lights twice! This was just before Christmas night when the moon was shining bright and to be able to capture it all on digital camera despite the freezing -20c temperature on that night.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You have to be fit to be able to enjoy the snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing. Skiing involves quite a bit of your thigh muscles ans so does snowshoeing. The environment was really amazing and serene. Just what l really wanted, a real break from every thing. My mind was so refreshed after this wonderful trip. Don't over pack. I brought way too much winter clothing and could not do much shopping. be prepared to walk.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it certainly did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This is one my best vacations where l really got a fantstic break in a pristine environment that is so pure. I felt so rejunevated mentally. Even my friends say so. The locals are very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The morning with the reindeer herder.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


What it says in the brochure is what you get.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely all of the above

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The organisation and fun of the activities especially the dog sledding, snow mobiling and the reindeer farm trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't hesitate to opt in for the activities as the search for the Northern Lights then becomes secondary. Don't rely on seeing them and don't spend hours in a car trying to find them - do the activities and hopefully see them whilst enjoying yourself!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Possibly

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic - one of the best we've ever been on.
The scenery and experiences were so much different than I had ever expected

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the Northern lights and trying out different activities such as cross
country skiing, husky dog sledding and riding on on a snowmobile.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The trip dossier gave lots of relevant information, so just relax and have fun.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it did in respect of the environment and that local staff 95% are hired in
the hotel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was fabulous. Lovely resort, great food, friendly and welcoming staff,
clean hotel and beautiful countryside. 10 out of 10!!

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The sheer scale of Lapland and being able to get a feel of how the Sami live (reindeer farming, sledging with huskies, ice fishing). Wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


One good set of thermal underwear and woollen clothing is all that is needed. Excellent cold suit, heavy duty gloves and boots provided. Very relaxed atmosphere so no smart clothing needed. ie Don't spend a fortune on special clothing.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly supported local economy - and culture and environment will only survive if visited and valued.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Loved it - first time this far north, and a wonderful way to see in the New Year and our 60th birthdays!

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The entire trip was a great experience! From the moment you land to the last day was very enjoyable. And the itinerary was very well planned even for single traveler like me.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The package provided and dossier are very informative and has covered almost all the information.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very enjoyable!

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