New for the 2017-18 season, Wilderness Hotel Inari has a wonderful location by a beautiful Arctic lake in the far northern reaches of Finnish Lapland and just a few minutes from Inari village - this perfect setting combines pristine nature, breath taking views and an ideal place for aurora viewing. The wilderness resort offers all-inclusive packages with exciting winter activities, meals and transfers included, as well as accommodation in three different styles.
• Fantastic northern lights location
• Brand new wilderness hotel
• All-inclusive packages
• Traditional Lappish food
Wilderness Hotel Inari is the new creation of Mari and Jouko Lappalainen, owners of the popular resorts Nellim and Muotka Wilderness Hotels, both of which have been big hits with our guests for many years. It will open its doors on 20th December 2017 and we are sure it will prove a successful addition to the Lappalainen family.
There are three room types to choose from this winter – wilderness rooms, log cabins and aurora cabins. The spacious rooms are located in three separate buildings, all are tastefully decorated in a rustic style and available with either queen sized beds or twin beds. Some rooms can accommodate an extra bed.
Log Cabins have prime position with either a view over Lake Inari or River Nukkumajoki. They have fine Lappish detail with plenty of space and comfort – perfect for families! It comprises of a living/dining area with comfortable seating, fireplace, kitchenette, bathroom with private sauna, separate bedroom with queen size bed and a loft area with up to three single beds.
The Aurora Cabins look out onto Lake Inari and offer a unique stay with glass thermal roof ensuring the window stays clear of ice, and the warmth of the cabin ensures you have a most comfortable aurora viewing experience. The cabins have twin beds and private bathroom. It is also possible to fit extra beds for children.
There is a choice of different duration breaks which all include transfers from and to Ivalo airport; full board starting with dinner on the first night to breakfast on the last day; winter clothing for the whole stay and a range of different activities including husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, reindeer farm visit and searching for the aurora. Please refer to the itinerary section for the specific activities included with each tour.
Christmas and New Year
The festive period is a great time to celebrate with your family and friends and enjoy 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 over Christmas and New Year on certain dates and durations for our packages. Please ask our Sales team for details.
February half-term 2018
The February half-term week is also a very popular time to travel with families wanting to experience a great winter adventure. We have seats and accommodation available at this busy time on certain dates. But hurry, these packages do tend to fill up quickly. Please ask our Sales team for details.
Itinerary & Accommodation
- All Inclusive Itineraries
- All of our all-inclusive packages include return transfers from/to Ivalo airport; full board starting with dinner on the first day to breakfast on the departure day; accommodation in your chosen room type, winter activities as detailed below and winter clothing for the duration of your stay.
- Winter Activities Included
The following activities are included in the different packages.
Aurora Break - 3 night itinerary
Snowmobile Tryout; Husky Safari; Reindeer Farm visit; Visit to Sámi Museum Siida; Aurora Camp; Aurora Snowshoeing.
Arctic Highlights - 4 night itinerary
Reindeer & Ice Fishing with Snowmobile; Snowshoeing; Husky Safari; Aurora Snowmobiling; Aurora Camp; Aurora Hunt by car.
Arctic Experience - 7 night itinerary
Lake Inari Snowmobile Adventure; Husky Safari; Gentle Snowshoeing; Cross Country Skiing; Reindeer Farm visit; Visit Sámi Museum Siida; Aurora Camp; Aurora Snowshoeing; Sámi Culture evening.
Note the order of these activities will be confirmed locally and each activity will be included once during your stay.
- Activity Information
Snowmobile try out (approx.2 hours) - This is perfect for those who have never tried snowmobiling before. First you are given full safety instructions and a lesson before heading out on a small journey into the nearby surroundings.
Lake Inari Snowmobile Adventure (approx.4 hours) - The guide will show you how to handle the machines, and after a full safety briefing and driving lesson you head out to Lake Inari and its surroundings. Snowmobiling through white winter scenery is a breathtaking experience. During the day, there will be a chance to try ice fishing and lunch by the open fire.
Husky Safari (approx.3 hours) - Husky sledding is a must do experience when visiting Lapland. You will be taught how to drive the sled before heading out for the safari, where the huskies pull the sled through beautiful scenery. Enjoy the dog’s excitement at the start, and the serene silence once they get going. You have lunch before or after the activity, and the guide will also show you around the husky farm. Sleds are based on two people sharing, taking it in turns to drive.
Gentle Snowshoeing (approx.2 hours) - This trip is perfect for anyone who wishes to try snowshoes. With gentle snowshoeing you get light exercise, and a relaxed atmosphere from the nature and peaceful surrounds.
Cross Country Skiing (approx.2hours) - The traditional Finnish winter sport is definitely something you have to try on your trip. Cross country skiing used to be the most common method of transportation – there is no other method as quiet taking you through frozen and snowy scenery than on skis. The guide shows you how to use them, and once everyone is ready, you take a nice route in the surrounding nature.
Reindeer Farm visit (approx.2.5 hours) - Travel by car to the reindeer farm and learn about the life of a reindeer herder and the importance of reindeer to the local people. Meeting a local herder and his peaceful reindeer is one of the top memories for many visitors.
Visit to Sami Museum Siida (approx.3 hours) - Visiting the museum is a nice change from the outdoor activities. The museum is fairly small, but full of information about Sámi culture and history. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum usually has other seasonal exhibits.
Aurora Camp (approx.2.5 hours) - You will be comfortably seated in a sledge pulled behind a guide’s snowmobile and driven to one of the chosen camp spots where an open fire and hot drinks keep you warm while waiting for the sky to show the magical northern lights.
Aurora Snowshoeing (approx.2.5 hours) - Experience the atmosphere of old forests on this relaxed snowshoe walk in the evening to the aurora camp. Walking in the dark forests with the moon as your light and dancing lights overhead is unforgettable. Warm up by the camp fire with hot drinks before returning.
Sámi Culture evening with Lappish dinner (approx.2.5 hours) - You are presented with information about Sámi culture from an authentic Sámi dressed in traditional costume. During the evening you are served Lappish foods and delicacies.
Reindeer & Ice Fishing with Snowmobile (approx.4 hours) - meet an authentic reindeer herder and learn about his semi-wild animals and about life in the north. There is also the chance for a short reindeer sledge ride at the farm, as well as snowmobiling and ice fishing with lunch by the open fire.
Snowshoeing (approx.4 hours) - A calm and peaceful way to enjoy the beauty of the snow covered forest - spot animal tracks in the snow and if you're lucky, also meet some wildlife. Lunch by the open fire is included.
Aurora Hunt by Car (approx. 2.5 hours) - Depending on weather, you will try to chase the aurora by heading for one of the specific camp spots and if needed head further out in search of the amazing lights. During the trip warm drinks and snacks are included.
- 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 - 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.
Prices & Dates
Per adult price from
|Wilderness room (twin/double share)||£1,321||£1,470||£1,975|
|Log Cabin (twin/double share)||£1,543||£1,725||£2,477|
|Aurora Cabin (twin/double share)||£1,628||£1,768||£2,681|
Price includes: return flights, either direct from London Gatwick to Ivalo (Thursday and Sunday only) or from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo; airport charges; accommodation in rooms with private facilities (as above based on full board); activities as detailed in the itinerary; winter clothing and return transfers.
Price excludes: meals/snacks other than stated; drinks; personal expenses.
Above prices are based on low season (07 - 21 January 2018 and 20 March - 16 April 2018). Other periods including Christmas, New Year and February half term are available at a supplement. Prices for single rooms and child prices are available on request. Please speak to one of our Sales team for a quote on your specific requirements.
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 gingerbread baking. Santa will visit after a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner and every child gets a small present.
- On New Year’s Eve enjoy a special meal before venturing outside to toast the New Year with sparkling wine, bonfire and fireworks.
The prices above are based on direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo with Finnair (Sundays and Thursdays only). These flights operate between 14th December 2017 and and 22nd March 2018. Flights are also available on alternative days via Helsinki with Norwegian Air to London Gatwick and with Finnair from/to London Heathrow. It is possible to overnight in Helsinki and spend time to explore the Finnish Capital city before continuing the journey.
Direct flight departs Gatwick at 08.25, arriving Ivalo 13.55 - Sunday
Direct flight departs Ivalo at 06.00, arriving Gatwick 07.40 - Sunday
Direct flight departs Gatwick at 09.30, arriving Ivalo 15.00 - Thursday
Direct flight departs Ivalo at 07.00, arriving Gatwick 08.40 - Thursday
- 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. Over the festive period and half term we have a limited number of seats available on set dates and durations. Please refer to the separate Christmas and New Year packages online or 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.
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