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Family Northern Lights Break 26.-31.12.

Family Northern Lights Break 26.-31.12.

Luxurious cabin in Nellim, far out in the wilderness with a sledge dog safari,  snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, snowshoeing and an aurora camp. 

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. 

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  (4h) takes you to the snowy forest. After a while you will arrive at campfire where you wilderness guide will prepare lunch for you. Snowshoeing is easy but gives you a good deal of exercise. Alternatively you may choose cross-country skiing by easy back-country skies.

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. 

 

FAMILY NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK 26.-31.12.

Accommodation:  3 nights in a high-class log cabin, 2 nights in double/triple hotel room

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

  • 26.12. 19.35 from London Heathrow by Finnair to Helsinki, night in an airport hotel and 10.40-12.10 flight to Ivalo
  • 31.12. at 6.00 from Ivalo directly to London Gatwick arriving at 7.40 in the morning 

Sample program: 4 days  

Tue 26.12. arrival day:

  • 19.35 departure from London Heathrow (or earlier flight and more time in Helsinki)
  • late night arrival in Helsinki
  • night at the airport hotel

Wed 27.12. Sledge-dog safari 

  • breakfast
  • 9.00 go to gate
  • 10.40 departure from Helsinki
  • 12.10 arrival in Ivalo 
  • airport transfer 
  • by 12.30 arrival to the husky farm
  • 13-15.30 husky safari 2,5h
  • transportation to Nellim
  • dinner
  • welcome info
  • night in the log cabin

Thu 28.12. Snowshoeing

  • breakfast
  • snowshoeing 4h with lunch
  • dinner
  • night in the log cabin

Fri 29.12.: Cross-country skiing and aurora camp

  • breakfast
  • cross-country skiing 2h
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • aurora camp or aurora hunting by car (=famous Paatsjoki bridge)
  • night in the log cabin

Sat 30.12.: Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm

  • breakfast
  • 10-15.00 reindeer day
  • transfer to Ivalo village
  • dinner 
  • night in hotel rooms

Sun 31.12.

  • take-away breakfast
  • airport transfer
  • flight 6.00 from Ivalo to London
  • 7.40 arrival in London Gatwick

Location: Nellim, Lapland
Airport: flights to Ivalo

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 8054€ for 4 adults and 2 children (without flights)
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Timing 26.12.-31.12.
Duration 5 days
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