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Family Holiday Week: Saariselkä and Nellim

Family Holiday Week: Saariselkä and Nellim

A week in the Ivalo region will take you on the Arctic hills and in the wilderness area next to the Russian border and offer you all the best winter adventures.  

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.

Tankavaara  is the gate of the gold-mining area of Lapland in summer. In winter the trees in this area of Lapland get a heavy snow load, which makes the trees look magical in spring winter sunshine or during northern lights nighttime. This offers an excellent environment for snowshoeing. 

The familyrun, small hotel and their nostalgic goldminer style restaurant offer a great alternative to holiday resorts - tasty food, simple but brand new rooms (opened February and August 2019)  and very friendly service.

Panorama hotel in Saariselkä  offers a unique chance to get a view over the Arctic landscape from top of hill Kaunispää. The hotel room is a two-floor suite with a king-bed upstairs facing north and a sofa bed for the children downstairs facing the Saariselkä village. The hotel is next to the longest toboggan slope in Finland so you can enjoy tobogganing and ice tubing in the Winter Zone. 

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:

Husky safari 10km takes you through the snowy landscape. Nothing beats the feeling you get when mushing an eager team of huskies. After the husky safari you will be taken to Kiilopää trekking centre where you can have lunch (for example pizza).

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.

Trip by snowmobile sleigh 2h  gives you a chance to look at the scenery proivided by the Urhpo Kekkonen National park. It is only allowed for professional guides to drive a snowmobile in the National Park so you will sit in sleigh while your guide is driving the snowmobile. There will be a photo break with hote juice being seved. 

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. 

Husky safari 10km takes you 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.

 

FAMILY NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK

Accommodation: 

  • 26.-28.12. 2 nights in two hotel rooms in the log hotel of Tankavaara Gold village
  • 28-29.12. 1 night in a suite in a panorama hotel in Saariselkä
  • 29.12.-2.1. 4 nights in a family apartment with a masterbed and a bunk bed in a wilderness hotel 

Meals: 

  • breakfast: 3xbreakfast ingredients, 4xhotel breakfast table
  • lunch: 1xbrunch, 2xlunch, 1xlunch during activity
  • dinner:3xdinner, 4xdinner buffet

Warm clothes:

  • included (=overall, boots and gloves)   

Transportation: 

  • airport transfer from Ivalo included

Flights: not included, the follwoing direct flights today online 1859,25 GBP for 2 adults and 2 children with baggage

  •  London Gatwick 11:00  - Ivalo direct flight 16:30 
  •  valo-Helsinki 7.55 + Helsinki London Gatwick 9:35

Itinerary:

Thu 26.12. Arrival 

  • 11-16.30 Finnair direct flight from London Gatwick 
  • airport transfer
  • check-in, getting youir winter gear
  • dinner
  • trip to the UKK National park by sldge pulled by a snowmobile 3h
  • night in log hotel 

Fri 27.12. Husky safari 

  • breakfast (self-prepared)
  • visiting the Gold Museum and hetting to know the hotel neighbourhood
  • transfer to Saariselkä ski village to the safari office
  • time for soup lunch in a tiny cafeteria in the village (not included in price)
  • 12.15--14:15 husky safari 10km
  • transfer to the hotel 
  • dinner
  • night in log hotel 

Sat 28.12. Saariselkä ski village tobogganing, maybe spa or indoor activity park

  • breakfast (self-prepared)
  • transfer to your next hotel in Saariselkä, leaving luggage in storage 
  • tobogganing (1,6km slope)  
  • time for lunch, shopping or visiting an indoor activity park
  • taxi or ski lift back to the hotel 
  • dinner at the hotel 
  • night in view suite on top of a hill

Sun 29.12. Snowmobile sleigh ride

  • breakfast
  • snowshoeing 2h
  • check-out, leaving your winterwear (you will get new ones from the next hotel)
  • transfer to Laanila
  • Sunday brunch in restaurant Laanila (3-course buffet, main course table served)
  • transfer to Nellim 
  • check-in to your hotel apartment 
  • 18-20:00 dinner buffet
  • night in a family apartment

Mon 30.12.

  • breakfast
  • snowshoeing tour 2h  
  • lunch at the hotel 
  • you can use the wnosehoes also in the afternoon if you like
  • sauna in your apartment
  • 18-20:00 dinner buffet
  • 20-22:30 aurora camp
  • night in a family apartment

Tue 31.12.

  • breakfast
  • 10-14/15:00 reindeer day by snowmobiles (incl. lunch)
  • lunch at hotel 
  • dinner
  • New Year's celebrations by the hotel 
  • night in a family apartment

Wed  1.1.

  • breakfast
  • cross-country skiing by easy back-country skis 2h 
  • lunch at the hotel in Nellim or ivalo depending on your activity choice
  • you can continue skiing if you like
  • sauna in your apartment
  • 18-20:00 dinner buffet  
  • night in a family apartment close to the airport

Thu 2.1. 

  • packed breakfast given to you on previous night
  • 6:00 airport transfer
  • 7:55-9:35 direct Finnari flight from Ivalo to London Gatwick

Location: Nellim, Lapland
Airport: flights to Ivalo

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