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Nangu - Inari Christmas Auroras

Nangu - Inari Christmas Auroras

Nangu - Inari Christmas Auroras Overview

With an ideal location for Northern Lights sightings and an 'adults only' policy during the winter, Nangu is an exceptional place for a grown-up Aurora hunting Christmas holiday. Excellent north-facing accommodation (child-free), pitch black skies, unforgettable activities and a superb Aurora record combine to make a Christmas holiday to remember

Nangu is everything you ever imagined a secluded winter retreat to be. The lakeside setting and the snowy forest that surround it are quintessential Lapland. To simply stand outside and listen to the silence of nature is a rare treat these days.

When you travel north of the Arctic Circle there was previously a distinct lack of more boutique style accommodation. This is particularly the case when you leave the more populated areas and go in search of the dark skies required to see the Aurora Borealis in its full glory. Happily, that has now changed with the welcome addition of Hotel Nangu on the southern shore of Finland’s third largest lake.

This small, adults-only boutique hotel is the brainchild of Jouko and Mari Lappalainen who have revolutionized the accommodation sector in this part of Finland. With the emphasis being very much on traditional design and the Aurora, they have created a real gem here at Nangu. The secluded location is perfect for actively exploring by day, Aurora hunting by night and relaxing in comfort during the intervening hours.

This holiday takes place over the Christmas period, but it is a far, far cry from the overcrowded “Santa Centrals” further south. During your stay at Nangu, you will explore the winter landscapes during the day by snowmobile and dog sled, as well as having the chance to meet a Sámi reindeer herder and help them feed their animals.

The evenings will be taken up with Aurora hunting. We have included two visits to Aurora camps on Lake Inari, both in prime locations for potential displays of the Aurora, as well as a Northern Lights Snowmobile trip. This really is tremendous viewing territory and our guides will be doing their absolute best to ensure that you experience one of Mother Nature’s greatest wonders in what is a truly spectacular setting.

All your meals are included, as is your cold weather clothing and a wealth of exceptional activities such as dog sledding during the day and your Aurora hunts at night. The essence of it is that you really do not need to do a lot of thinking. All you need to do is relax and enjoy a fabulous Christmas.

Included in the price:

  • Flights: return direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a standard twin/double hotel room
  • Meals: full board
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: dog sledding, two Aurora Camps, Aurora snowmobiling, Lake Inari snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay


DAY 1: Arrival, welcome and Aurora Camp
DAY 2: Free day and Aurora snowmobiling
DAY 3: Dog sledding and Christmas Festivities
DAY 4: Lake Inari Snowmobile Safari and Aurora Camp
DAY 5: Departure

Image credits: Markku Inkila, Richard Jenkinson (client)

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