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Family Xmas Break: sledge dogs, reindeer, tobogganing

Family Xmas Break: sledge dogs, reindeer, tobogganing

Cozy and comfortabe log cabin with full-pension in the northernmost Lapland. Each day a new family friendly activity. Enjoy winter like never before. 

Aurora Borelis  is a natural phenomenon with the highest propability to occur in September-October and again in February-March. The northern part of Lapland belongs to the auroral zone. You can see auroras there throughout the winter on three out of four nights, even though you cannot see them if the weather is cloudy. You need a clear and dark night. The best time of the day is plus minus 2 hours from the midnight.

Nellim wilderness hotel  is located by the 3rd biggest lake of Finland, lake Inari. The Nellim village is in the south-eastern end of the lake, 45 kilometres east of Ivalo. Nellim has ten aurora bubbles, glass igloos, which offer a unique way to watch at the northern lights safe and warm through the night from your bed. 

Polar night takes place from the first week of December to the second week of January. The coldest month is January. After that the days are getting longer fast and the sun shines more and more warming the days and daytime activities. For families we recommend the early season from mid-November to late December and again from mid-February to mid-April.

Family friendly activities included in the package:

Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm (5h)  takes you across the frozen lake and through the Arctic forest to a reindeer farm. On the way back you will get a short introduction to winter fishing. Smallest children usually sit in a sleigh pulled by the guide.   

Your tour starts by a snowmobiling lesson. You will get instructions how to handle this powerful machine. After you feel comfortable with driving, it is time to go and explore the surroundings. 

You will try your luck with ice fishing and hopefully catch something under the ice. You will see the beauty of northern nature and landscape. Your guides will tell you about life in the wilderness. Picnic lunch is included in the tour. Please note that the drivers have a liability up to 900€ in case they would crash the snowmobile. 

Ice-karting  will take place right after arrival at the Ivalo airport. Our driver will take you to Aurora village, where the ice-karting track is. You will get overalls, helmets & other equipment needed, dress and have a family race. You will drive 2 starts, each taking appr. 10 minutes.

Husky safari (2h+1h) takes you across lake Inari and through the snowy landscape. Nothing beats the feeling you get when mushing an eager team of huskies. After the 2-hour dog sledding, lunch will be served in the husky farm's guest room. 

Gentle snowshoe tour  (2h) allows you to enter the snowy forest. After a while you will arrive at a campfire and get hot drinks. Snowshoeing is easy but gives you a good deal of exercise. Alternatively you may choose cross-country skiing by easy back-country skies.

Aurora tour  is worth taking on one night at least. There are several types of aurora safaris available: by car, snowshoes or pulled by a snowmobile. By car you can get to the famous Paatsjoki bridge and have campfire, by snowshoes you have to work out yourself in order to get to campfire and in third option you are pulled to campfire by snowmobiles and you can look at the sky without having to drive.

Saariselkä ski village  is located 20minutes south from Ivalo by car. There is a toboggan slope, which is 1,8km long. You will get a toboggan and a 2-hour ski pass for the lift as well as overalls from the winter park. There are also snow tubes and curling-like games.

 

FAMILY NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK

Accommodation: 

  • 3 nights in a log suite in Wilderness Hotel Nellim
  • 1 night in a 2-bedroom apartment in hotel Kultahippu

Meals:

  • full pension (lunch served during the activities, dinner and breakfast at the hotel restaurant)

Warm clothes:

  • included (=overall, boots, beani and gloves)  -> ice-karting has its own, as well as Nellim and Saariselkä 

Transportation: 

  • airport transfer from Ivalo included

Flights: not included

  •  London Gatwick 9:30  - Ivalo direct flight 15:00 
  •  valo-Helsinki 9:20 + Helsinki London Heathrow 15:10

Sample program: 5 days (4 nights)

Day 1 (if arrival with evening flight, these activities take place on departure day):

  • 11:30 departure from London Gatwick
  • 17.30 arrival at the Ivalo airport 
  • transfer to Nellim  
  • welcome info
  • 18-20:00 dinner
  • aurora camp  2,5h
  • night in a log suite

Day 2

  • breakfast
  • 10-15.00 reindeer day
  • dinner 
  • night in a log suite

Day 3

  • breakfast
  • husky safari with lunch 3h
  • gentle guided snowhoeing tour 2h
  • dinner
  • night in a log suite

Day 4

  • breakfast
  • ice-karting
  • lunch at hotel Kultahippu
  • 13:30 transfer via Ivalo village to Saariselkä
  • 14:00-16.30 Winter park 
  • ski bus to Saariselkä ski village  
  • dinner at restaurant Petronella or in ice restaurant
  • 20:45 taxi transfer to Ivalo
  • night in a 2-bedroom apartment

Day 5

  • breakfast
  • 7:20 airport transfer
  • 9:20 flight from ivalo 
  • 15:10 arrival in London Heathrow

Location: Nellim, Lapland
Airport: flights to Ivalo

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 2 adults adn 2 children = 6248€+16€=6264€
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Timing 4 nights in period 19.12.2019-4.1.2020
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