Christmas at Nellim Wilderness Hotel

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from £2286 7 nights | Dec 2018 Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Dec 2018


Nestled on the peaceful shores of Lake Inari and cosseted by enchanting forestry in Finnish Lapland, Nellim Wilderness Adventure Hotel is the ultimate in tranquillity and seclusion – an ideal choice for a fully-inclusive Christmas adventure. You'll have everything you need to experience a true winter wonderland, featuring a host of festive winter activities, authentic cuisine and the chance to seek the northern lights.


  • direct flight to Finnish Lapland
  • picture postcard wilderness location
  • help to decorate the christmas tree
  • cosy accommodation and friendly, personal service
  • includes winter activities for all the family
  • opportunity to search for the northern lights

Over 350km north of the Arctic circle, in the heart of taiga forest, the location of Nellim sets it apart with its spectacular views overlooking Lake Inari. This is pure wilderness territory, just a few kilometers from the Russian border and under an hour away from Ivalo airport.

The 7 night break includes full board at Nellim Hotel, a range of activities, use of outdoor equipment such as kick sleds, toboggans and skis and the traditional Finnish sauna which is available to warm up after the day's events. The remote location also provides a great opportunity to hopefully see the northern lights. More about the aurora »

There are various accommodation options to choose from at Nellim, suitable for couples to families and include hotel rooms, apartments and rustic style yet modern log suites and cabins. Please refer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the accommodation section for more details and ask our Sales team for availability.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Christmas Wilderness Week (7 night Itinerary)
Day 1: arrive Ivalo - Nellim Wilderness Hotel
Fly to Ivalo where you are met and transferred (45 minutes) to the hotel, where after a welcome drink it’s time for dinner.

Days 2-7: Winter activities
Time to have some fun in the snow with an exhilarating ride on a snowmobile or meeting the local Sami people and their reindeer herds. Learn the art of mushing a team of huskies or simply sit back on the sledge and enjoy the scenery. Take time to sharpen your skills with snowshoeing or cross country skiing and even try your hand at ice fishing. In the evenings head out on the mystical hunt for the aurora. This longer itinerary allows you more opportunities for seeing the northern lights, as well as time to relax and enjoy the nature surrounding the lodge.

Day 8: depart Nellim Hotel
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell and take the transfer (45 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.

Included activities

7 night Itinerary

Reindeer Farm visit– approx. 5 hours
Visit a reindeer farm where you will meet the herders and hear about the importance of reindeer in Lapland. Then learn how to use the lasso and have a short reindeer sleigh ride.

Wilderness Snowmobile Safari – approx. 4-5 hours
You will receive driving and safety instructions before a short lesson and then once ready, take a 60km snowmobile safari through the forests and over frozen lakes in the beautiful winter surroundings. A picnic lunch around an open fire is included.

Snowshoeing Trek – approx. 3-4 hours
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning the art of snowshoeing. You will be given advice before taking to the trails up through the snowy forest and to the hills for some stunning views over Lake Inari and Nellim. A picnic lunch is included.

Skiing Trip to the Taiga Forest – approx. 2-3 hours
A guide will give tuition on the art of cross country skiing before venturing out on a ski tour. There will be a chance to try your hand at ice fishing and if you’re lucky enough to catch something, prepare your own meal on an open fire.

Aurora Camp – approx. 2-3 hours
The camp is situated on an island amidst the endless frozen ice of Lake Inari. Its remote location far from light pollution makes it the perfect place to see any northern light displays.

Husky Safari – approx. 3 hours
You are given full instructions on how to handle the dog sled before heading onto the trail for a 18km husky safari on Lake Inari. The huskies pull the sled through the beautiful winter scenery, passing over Lake Inari. Afterwards lunch is served.

Activity Information

Please note, the activities are included once during your stay and the order in which they operate may vary from the itinerary due to local conditions. All activities begin with a safety briefing and instruction from the experienced guides. Thermal overall, mittens, balaclava, woollen socks and winter boots are provided as well as a helmet for the snowmobile safaris. Children 4-14 years will be in a sleigh pulled by guide with snowmobile or on the guide’s sledge whilst husky sledging.

Snowmobiles are covered for third party insurance only and should you have an accident and there is damage to the snowmobile, you will be charged an excess which is currently €800 (Euro). All drivers must have a valid driving licence and may be required show it before the excursion.

Please note: The weather in Finland can cause serious delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Finland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Nellim Wilderness Hotel

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Luxury Lodge

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Prices & Dates

7 night itinerary

Per person price from 21 Dec 2018             
24 Dec 2018
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £2,430 £2,286
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £1,906 £1,762
Log Suites (adult twin/double share) £2,761 £2,617
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log suite) £2,137 £1,993
Log Cabin (adult twin/double share) £2,860 £2,716
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log Cabin) £2,207 £2,063

All prices are subject to availability.

Price includes flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo with Finnair and Norwegian Air; accommodation with private facilities (see above) for 7 nights based on full board; activities as detailed in the itineraries; winter clothing; airport transfers and taxes.  

  •  On Christmas Eve you can help with the search for a perfect Christmas tree, while children make decorations and assist with gingerbread baking. Santa will visit after a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and every child gets a small present.

Set departures for 7 nights as follows:

21 Dec Gatwick to Ivalo departs 09.30, arriving 15.00
28 Dec Ivalo to Helsinki departs 10.45, arriving 12.20
28 Dec Helsinki to Gatwick departs 17.00, arriving 18.10

21 Dec Heathrow to Helsinki departs 10.20, arriving 15.15
21 Dec Helsinki to Ivalo departs 16.35, arriving 18.10
28 Dec Ivalo to Helsinki departs 13.20, arriving 14.50
28 Dec Helsinki to Heathrow departs 16.00, arriving 17.10
(please note, these flights carry a flight supplement of £100 per person)

24 Dec Gatwick to Ivalo departs 08.25, arriving 13.55
31 Dec Ivalo to Gatwick departs 06.00, arriving 07.40

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