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HS Family Northern Lights Break: sledge dogs, reindeer farm...

HS Family Northern Lights Break: sledge dogs, reindeer farm...

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. 

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

Husky safari (4h) takes you on the Ivalo river and through the snowy landscape. Nothing beats the feeling you get when mushing an eager team of huskies. You will have a lunch break at a Lappish hut. Two adults are sharing one team of huskies. Children sit in sleigh of he guide quite often.

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.

Snowmobiling safari to a reindeer farm is an exciting day tour, which starts by snowmobiling over a small lake to the forest. AT the farm you will hear about reindeer herding, have soup lunch and get a short reindeer slegh ride. 

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

Accommodation: 

  • 1 night in a hotel apartment
  • 3 nights in a log suite (standard room 41,5€/night less, aurora cabin 135€ more/night)

Meals:

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

Warm clothes:

  • included overall, boots, beanie, gloves

Transportation: 

  • airport transfer from Ivalo included

Flights: price at finnair.com on Aug 17th 871,30GBP for your family two ways

  • 2.1. Finnair flight from Heathrow at 10:20 via Helsinki arriving in Ivalo at 18:20
  • 6.1. Finnair flight from Ivalo via Helsinki to Heathrow arriving at 12.15

Sample program: 4 days, 4 nights  

Wed 2.1.

  • 10:20 departure from London 
  • 18:20 arrival at the Ivalo airport 
  • airport transfer to hotel Kultahippu
  • dinner
  • night in a hotel apartment

Thu 3.1.

  • breakfast
  • 9:50 transfer to the husky farm
  • 10:30-14.30 husky safari 
  • 14:45-15.30 transfer to wilderness hotel 
  • welcome info, getting winter wear
  • 18-20:00 dinner 
  • night in a log suite

Fri 4.1.

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • 10-12:00 gentle guided snowhoeing tour
  • lunch 
  • snow fun as you prefer
  • 18-20.00 dinner
  • 20-22:30 aurora camp /hunting by bus

Sat  5.1.

  • breakfast
  • 10-14/15:00 reindeer day by snowmobile
  • snow fun as you prefer
  • dinner
  • night in a log suite

Sun 6.1.:

  • breakfast
  • airport transfer

Location: Nellim, Lapland
Airport: flights to Ivalo

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Location Lapland
Price 2 adults. 1 child = 4504€ with these activities
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