3 independent reviews for Lapland Northern Lights vacation

Reviews for Lapland Northern Lights vacation

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review 9 Nov 2016

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

Can I have two? First, finally, on our third Aurora Hunt and our last night, we watched from the bridge with fantastic open sky views overlooking the Russian border, as the aurora gradually emerged dancing like curtains above us. It was quite magical. Both aurora, pale green and pinkish, and the millions of stars were reflected in the dark river below. Second, hiking through the frozen forest wilderness up the hill, following reindeer tracks towards the low sun streaming through the white, glistening treetops. The silence and stillness of the wilderness are absolute and very moving if you pause, take time and listen.

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

Take lots of layers, thermal if possible. Ski clothes are perfect. It is very, very cold especially on aurora hunts at night. The overalls and boots the hotel give you are brilliant and you need layers underneath. Inner gloves inside mittens are best. Be prepared to be out from 9pm until the early hours as that's when the aurora is most likely and visible. Star gazing is excellent too becasue there is absolutely no ground light away from the lodge. Take binoculars. And take naps in the afternoon to make up for it!

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

Yes all three. Nellim is a tiny village and the Wilderness Lodge is employing more and more local people. The management is developing the lodge in harmony with the local wilderness environment and the way of life of the local population. We were in a group of 6 at the start of the season. The management will have to be careful not to grow too quickly and lose the ambience of living with the natural environment not just in it.

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

Excellent. Really great lodge and very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent guides, very knowledgeable and willing to share with you. Lovely to be in a small group.

review 30 Mar 2016

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

It was all good but the night trips were the best part

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

Plan to take naps during daylight so you can stay awake longer for the nighttime aurora hunting

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

Yes, clearly provided lots of employment and income for local people. Our stay was too short to assess environmental impact.

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

Excellent. I'd be happy to go back to Nellim again

review 1 Jan 2014

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

I went on this trip hoping to see the Northern Lights. We did not see them on this trip, but I enjoyed the trip so much, I would happily return, lights or no lights. Some memories: watching the beauty of a light snow falling on pine trees from the dining room while enjoying a lunch of homemade soup and bread (I don't see much snow where I live), traveling through the woods on a sledge pulled by snowmobiles while covered with blankets , a very good talk about the Northern Lights at a nearby research station, enjoying my first ever sauna in my own room, etc. and etc.

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

Just stick with the plan and enjoy!

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?

It was a wonderful trip and I have fallen in love with Lapland and Finland.

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