FINLAND

Nellim Wilderness Adventure

Northern lights over Finnish Lapland
from £1,287pp 3, 4, 7 nights | Dec - Mar Inc. flights See price details
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Overview

Surrounded by beautiful winter wilderness, on the shores of Lake Inari near the Russian border, Nellim Wilderness Hotel offers a quiet and remote adventure break with comfortable rustic accommodation and magnificent views of Finnish Lapland. This fully inclusive experience has everything you need to capture a true winter wonderland - with a range of day activities, traditional cuisine and a chance to witness the northern lights, we're sure this winter retreat will prove a popular hit!

Highlights

  • beautiful wilderness location
  • cosy accommodation and friendly, personal service
  • includes winter activities for all the family
  • opportunity to search for the northern lights
  • choice of 3, 4 and 7 night inclusive tours
  • Christmas and New Year flights available

We are delighted to introduce Nellim Wilderness Hotel to our Finnish collection of holidays, the sister hotel to our popular Muotka Wilderness Lodge.

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.

There is a choice of 3, 4 and 7 night breaks which include full board, a range of activities depending on the duration chosen, 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, suitable for couples to families and include hotel rooms, apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms, some with private sauna and rustic style yet modern Log Cabins and Log Suites. Please refer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the accommodation section for more details.

Aurora Bubble and Kota
Spend a night in an Aurora Bubble under the dark starry sky and if you’re lucky the aurora borealis may appear. The bubble has a double bed with large window facing the north sky and eco toilet. The bubble is booked in addition to the chosen accommodation so only an overnight bag is needed and you still have your wash facilities available. The Aurora Kota is slightly larger and can  accommodate an extra bed.
Supplement: from £100 per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Christmas and New Year

The festive period is a great time to celebrate with your family and friends and enjoying the wonderful picture postcard settings with guaranteed snow, sitting by log fires and taking part in local traditions.

At this time flight availability is quite often very limited, however, we are delighted to have some flight seats available on certain dates for 7 or 5 nights over Christmas and 7 or 4 nights for New Year. Please see our separate festive packages online or ask our Sales team for details.

February half-term 2017

The February half-term week is also a very popular time to travel with families wanting to experience a great winter adventure. We now have set dates with flights and accommodation guaranteeing availability at this busy time. But hurry, these packages do tend to fill up quickly. Please refer to the flight section for dates and durations available.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Northern Lights Adventure (3 nights)
Day 1: arrive Ivalo - Nellim Wilderness Hotel
Fly to Ivalo, where you are met and transferred (45 minutes) to the hotel. After dinner, there will be a short welcome meeting with information about the program and then the first opportunity for aurora viewing. Please note, if arriving on a late flight the dinner option may be limited to a hot soup and the welcome meeting held the following day.

Day 2: husky safari and snowshoeing
After a relaxing morning, meet the huskies for a fantastic husky safari experience. After dinner head out again in search for the northern lights by snowshoe on your included activities in the company of expert guides.

Day 3: snowmobiling and ice fishing
Take a snowmobile trip in the Nellim area and try your hand at ice fishing. After dinner, with a cabin as base, go out for Northern Light viewing.

Day 4: Nellim Hotel - Ivalo
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell and take the transfer (45 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.

Included activities

Northern Light Search at the Aurora Camp– approx. 2.5 hours
Head out to a heated cabin which is the base for the evening. With no light pollution around it is the perfect place for northern lights viewing. Snacks and hot drinks are available.

Husky Safari – approx. 3 hours
Harness up your dog team for a spectacular husky sledging journey through the wilderness and over the thick frozen ice of Lake Inari. You will be given full instructions on how to handle your team before hitting the trails. Lunch is included.

Snowmobile and Ice Fishing – approx. 4 hours
You will be given full safety and driving instructions before taking to snowmobiles out to explore your surroundings. You will stop by a frozen river to try your luck at ice fishing. This is a great opportunity to speak with your local guide and learn about the nature, landscape and culture. A picnic lunch is included.

Aurora Snowshoeing – approx. 2 to 3 hours
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning the art of snowshoeing. You will be given advice before taking to the trails. A picnic lunch is included.
Arctic Explorer (4 nights)
Day 1: arrive Ivalo - Nellim Wilderness Hotel
Fly to Ivalo, where on arrival you are met and transferred (45 minutes) to the hotel. After dinner, there will be a short welcome meeting with information about the program and then the first opportunity for aurora viewing. Please note, if arriving on a late flight the dinner option may be limited to a hot soup and the welcome meeting held the following day.

Days 2-4: winter activities
Spend time enjoying the range of activities included in the holiday: northern light snowmobiling, reindeer farm visit, husky sledding and snowshoeing as well as an evening at the aurora camp.

Day 5: Nellim Hotel - Ivalo
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell and take the transfer (45 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.

Included activities

Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm – approx. 5-6 hours
Visit a reindeer farm by snowmobile where you will meet the herders and hear about the importance of reindeer in Lapland and learn how to use the lasso. Driving the snowmobiles on this trip will be for about 50km and will be a full day's program. A picnic lunch around an open fire is included.

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

Husky Safari – approx. 3 hours
Harness up your dog team for a spectacular husky sledging journey through the wilderness and over the thick frozen ice of Lake Inari. You will be given full instructions on how to handle your team before hitting the trails. Lunch is served around an open fire.

Northern Light Snowmobile Tour – approx. 2-3 hours
After dinner, you will be given full safety and driving instructions before taking to snowmobiles in search of the northern lights. The optimum time for viewing is between 11pm and 1am so you'll leave Nellim at around 10pm.

Snowshoeing Trek – approx. 3 hours
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning the art of snowshoeing. You will be given advice before taking to the trails. A picnic lunch is included.
Arctic Adventure (7 nights)
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. Please note, if arriving on a late flight the dinner option may be limited to a hot soup.

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

Included activities

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 and learn how to use the lasso.

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.
Notes
  • The above 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.
  • 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

There are various accommodation options to choose from at Nellim Wilderness Hotel, suitable for couples to families and include hotel rooms, apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms, some with private sauna and new for the 2015-16 season, rustic style yet modern Log Cabins and Log Suites.

Nellim Wilderness Hotel

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  • Type: Luxury Lodge

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Prices & Dates

3-night Northern Lights Adventure 

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year)

Dec 2016 - Mar 201710 - 20 Feb 2017
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £1,287 £1,585
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £1,378 £1,676
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £940 £1,270
Log Suites, Apartments, 1 bedroom cabin (adult twin/double share) £1,436 £1,733
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log suite and Apartment) £1,044 £1,374
Log Cabin (adult twin/double share) £1,468 £1,783
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log Cabin) £1,079 £1,409

4-night Arctic Explorer

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year) 
Dec 2016 - Mar 201710 - 20 Feb 2017
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £1,585 £1,842
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £1,705 £1,963
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £1,148 £1,439
Log Suites, Apartments, 1 bedroom cabin (adult twin/double share) £1,782 £2,040
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log suite and Apartment) £1,287 £1,578
Log Cabin (adult twin/double share) £1,831 £2,089
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log Cabin) £1,321 £1,612

7 night Arctic Adventure

Per person price from

(excluding Christmas and New Year)
Dec 2016 - Mar 201710 - 20 Feb 2017
Wilderness room (twin/double share) £2,046 £2,195
Wilderness room (single occupancy) £2,554 £2,403
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in room) £1,471 £1,575
Log Suites, Apartments, 1 bedroom cabin (adult twin/double share) £2,292 £2,442
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log suite and Apartment) £1,643 £1,748
Log Cabin (adult twin/double share) £2,392 £2,540
Child (4 - 14 yrs, when sharing with 2 adults in Log Cabin) £1,713 £1,863

 

Price includes Return flights between the UK and Ivalo via Helsinki; accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 3, 4 and 7 nights (as above) based on full board; activities as detailed in the itineraries; winter clothing; airport transfers and taxes.

Festive Departures

Please refer to our Christmas and New Year packages online for further details if travelling during the festive season.

  • On Christmas Eve you can help with the search for a perfect Christmas tree, while children make decorations and assist with making ginger cookies. Santa will visit after a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and every child receives a present.
  • On New Year’s Eve enjoy a special meal before venturing outside to toast the New Year with sparkling wine, bonfire and fireworks.

Departures

Scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Ivalo via Helsinki operate daily with Finnair.

Please note

  • Flights from Helsinki to Ivalo are very limited and popular, especially during the festive period and February half-term. We highly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. It may be necessary to stay overnight in Helsinki before taking the connecting flight to Ivalo. Over the festive period and half term we have a limited number of seats available from London Heathrow on certain dates and for set durations. Please refer to the separate Christmas and New Year packages online. See below for the half term departures. Please ask our sales team to check availability for you.
  • Scheduled flights are based on the lowest available fare and should this be unavailable a supplement will apply, to be advised at time of confirming your booking.


All prices are subject to availability.

February Half term departures

4 night program

12 February flight from London Heathrow departs 10.20, arrives Ivalo 18.10 (via Helsinki)

16 February flight from Ivalo departs 13.20, arrives London Heathrow 17.10 (via Helsinki)

3 night program

16 February flight from London Heathrow departs 10.20, arrives Ivalo 18.10 (via Helsinki)

19 February flight from Ivalo departs 13.20, arrives London Heathrow 17.10 (via Helsinki)

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