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Family Northern Lights Break 23.-27.12.

Family Northern Lights Break 23.-27.12.

Luxurious cabin in Nellim, far out in the wilderness with a sledge dog safari,  snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, snowshoeing  as well as aurora tours. 

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. 

Polar night takes place from the first week of December to the second week of January. This means there is no sun and there is day light only from 10am to 2pm.

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. 

A nice alternative for families with very small children is a private safari by an aurora sledge. 

Husky safari (2,5h) takes you on  river Ivalo and through the snowy landscape. Nothing beats the feeling you get when mushing an eager team of huskies. Coffee/tea and a sandwich included. 

Snowshoeing tour  (2h) takes you to the snowy forest. After a while you will arrive at campfire where you wil have some hot drinks (children can also be pulled in a toboggan). Snowshoeing is easy but gives you a good deal of exercise. Alternatively you may choose cross-country skiing by easy back-country skies. Also children can ski.

Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm (5h), where you will hea wbout reindeer herding and can feed reindeers. On the way back you can see, how winter fishing takes plase by nets and can try ice-fishing. 

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. 

Aurora Sledge ride  is a 3-hour ride in a glass igloo pulled by a snowmobile on lake Inari. This suita well for a family with small children and you will all just fit in. 

 

FAMILY NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK 23.-28.12.

Accommodation:  4 nights in a high-class 2-bedroom log cabin 90m2 in two floors with a living room, fully equipped kitchen with dining table, fireplace and bathroom with ensuite sauna

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

Warm clothes: included

Transportation:  airport transfer from Ivalo included

Flights: not included, our recommendation

  • 23.12. 8.25 from London Gatwick directly to Ivalo arriving at 13.55
  • 27.12. at 7.00 from Ivalo directly to London Gatwick arriving at 8.40 in the morning 

Sample program: 4 days  

Sun 23.12. arrival day:

  • 8.25 departure from London Gatwick
  • 13.55 arrival in Ivalo  
  • airport transfer
  • check-in, welcome info, getting the winterwear
  • time for playing in snow, there are toboggans 
  • dinner
  • night in a log cabin

Mon 24.12. Reindeer day

  • breakfast
  • 10-15.00 reindeer day
  • dinner
  • Santa Claus normally visits homes at this time in Finland, in wilderness hotels they often have Santa in a cabin meeting children -> we'll check this
  • night in the log cabin

Tue 25.12. Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing + aurora camp

  • breakfast
  • snowshoeing 2h or cross-country skiiing 2h -> or just tobogganing on your own
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • night in the log cabin

Wed 26.12.: Husky safari

  • breakfast
  • husky safari 3h (2h of sleigh ride)
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • aurora camp (in open sleighs outdoors pullled by snowmobile)
  • night in the log cabin

Thu 27.12.: Departure

  • take-away breakfast
  • 5.00 departure from the hotel by taxi
  • 7.00 flights to London Gatwick
  • 8.40 arrival in Gatwick

Location: Nellim, Lapland
Airport: flights to Ivalo

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 6501,50€ for 3 adults. 5078,50€ in a log cabin with loft only, 4749,50€ in a log suite
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Timing 23.12.-27.12.2018
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