Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills

“Wrap up warm for a funpacked activity break in Finland with the chance to see the Northern Lights and take a husky sled safari.”

Highlights

Lapland Northern Lights | Saariselka | Arctic Hills | Urho Kekkonen National Park | Inari | Sámi museum Siida | Stay in a wilderness lodge with private sauna | Cross country skiing | Ice swimming | Snowmobiling | Husky sledding safari |

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Departure information

This trip is available between 25th March and 15th April
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Environment
We hope our guests will get to see with their own eyes how beautiful the Arctic and its nature is, gaining an understanding of the reasons behind why protecting this pristine environment is so important. We want our guests to learn to value silence. Many of us do not even understand how total silence feels as in cities it is never really silent.

As far as possible groups are preferred and group transportation is used to cut down on carbon emissions. In this product snowmobiles are used when necessary to avoid extra driving and we use ecological fuel where possible.

Both the hotels we use are run by local private families putting high emphasis on the nature around them. Nature is the most valuable asset of Lapland and the local companies are doing all they can to preserve it.

Food served in your hotel comes from the neighborhood. You will get a lot of fish and reindeer as well as local berries. During their time in Lapland, guests will enjoy a meal outside and learn how to prepare it using locally grown ingredients.

Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Based on feedback from our clients we have picked up the best of the best local services in this product offering 4 different wilderness experiences and a comprehensive understanding of the local nature and life in the Arctic.

First the participants will arrive in Inari, the Sámi village, where they visit Siida, the Sámi museum and learn about 8 seasons of the north, local culture and northern lights. They will then be taken by a local driver from Inari to Saariselkä area ,visiting two Arctic hill tops on the way to get a broader view.

Next there is a snowmobiling safari introducing the Saariselkä area and third a skiing tour enjoying the nature. Last but not least our guests will get far out in the wilderness pulled by a team of huskies guided by a local guide again.

A whole network of local service providers are needed for making all this happen: two 100% local small hotels, a husky farm and a transportation company as well as the museum of Sámi culture..

Climate

4 Reviews of Northern Lights activity break in Finland, Arctic Hills

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Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020 by

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


I couldn't possibly choose just one! it was a magical experience in so many ways and the activities were awesome, husky ride, reindeer safari, snow shoeing, ice fishing, cooking over an open fire in the middle of the snow and the scenery was breathtaking.

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


Take lots of layers, it was actually unusually warm when we were there (-2) but the day we left it was -25! which felt pretty chilly! Also hand warmers and balaclavas to keep faces out of the cold. Finally some snacks from home if you're taking children.

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


Absolutely I was so inspired by the guides we had who lived so sustainably and educated us all on how they lived off the land using the natural environment to make tools, eat and cook. Their culture is really interesting and very different to others we have experienced before.

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


An absolutely amazing vacation. I wanted to go somewhere and do something with my family that was very different, to celebrate a milestone birthday. I could not have asked for a more magical experience, (except maybe seeing the northern lights but in hindsight I would take not seeing them over the warmer weather!) The activities were incredible lifetime experiences and I've ticked many things off my bucket list.

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2020 by

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


The 3 day Husky Safari was soAmazing , words are not enough From arrival to Guest house Husky and returning 3days later was beautiful ,the best
experience of a lifetime the dogsAre adorable, the terrain unbelievable, the two guides Yarhou& Lewis top guys Thank you so much

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


To make sure you have good Warm clothing & whiskey ha ha

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


Yes for sure

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


Honestly the best, Heaven on earth the Finish People. The food everything. Ten Stars

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2019 by

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


Ice fishing with Jarmo was great. I actually caught a fish which was big enough to eat and we grilled it over the fire. I learnt a lot about fishing but also about the Inari area and life there.

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


If you are going to see the northern lights you need to be flexible as it is very weather dependent. Include an option which allows you travel a reasonable distance. I got lucky on a snowmobile tour on Inari Lake.

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


I met a lot Finnish people who were making their passions a profitable
business through tourism. This was especially true of Extreme Huskies who operate with high standards of animal welfare. For two nights I stayed in a family run hotel which served amazing local recipes, including fried litchen.
Plus the tour operator had an impressive knowledge of transport options, so some transfers used local buses. In general Finnish society is very environmentally aware.

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


Great introduction to Lapland, guaranteed to make you want to return for more polar experiences.

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2017 by

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


All of it ! Finnish Lapland is truly magical ! We were lucky to experience the fun of snowshoeing through deep freak snow the sun came out most days for amazing photos and we experienced the aurora in all their glory on our snowshoe night tour. Every day was different loved the husky safari, the cross country skiing the saunas followed by an ice pool plunge. Food accommodation all great thank you Rita!

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


Don't bother with Kammi restaurant at Kiloppa overpriced dreadful service waited over an hour for food with no apologies and food was no different from cafe menu. But we laughed about it!

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


Yes to conservation not sure about local people as some guides were not Finnish but taxis and buses taken were driven by locals.

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


5 stars fell in love with Lapland never go on an alpine ski trip again!

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