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Nellim – Aurora in the Wild

Nellim – Aurora in the Wild

Nellim – Aurora in the Wild Overview

This action-packed, week-long holiday at Nellim is a perennial bestseller and with good reason. If you want to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, whilst ensuring you try out as many daytime activities as possible, then this is the holiday for you. Max group size 24 approx

As you would expect from the name, our Aurora in the Wild trip is an exciting adventure in the wilderness of North-East Finland. It provides a busy mix of activities by day in combination with Aurora hunting at night.

Wilderness Hotel Nellim is a small family run hotel close to the shores of Lake Inari and just nine kilometres from the Russian border. This remote location, in combination with the almost total lack of light pollution, makes it the ideal spot for a potential Aurora viewing.

The hotel has always been ahead of the game when it comes to innovation and certainly makes the most of this when it comes to Aurora activities. Firstly, they have created several Aurora Camps in spectacular spots from which to view the Northern Lights, offering unobstructed views of the night sky. They are wonderful locations in which to sit around a campfire and wait for the sky to light up.

Just a short walk from the main hotel building you will also find four fantastic Aurora Bubbles which you can upgrade to for a night during your stay. Inside you can lie back on the bed and gaze directly through the glass roof into the Arctic sky above you. We can also offer guests the chance to enjoy an Aurora sleigh ride from the hotel – a private trip in a heated sleigh with panoramic windows, allowing you to search out the Northern Lights with your guide. These are in addition to the evening activities which are scheduled during this wonderful week.

There are many highlights in the array of activities offered on this trip. A wilderness snowmobile safari and the chance to try dog sledding are amongst the favourites with our guests. For those interested in the fascinating culture of this region or the Sámi people who have lived here for centuries, you will also spend time with a reindeer herder, gaining an insight into the traditional techniques that are still utilised today.

We love Nellim for many reasons – it's huge Northern Lights potential, its welcoming staff, and its exciting variety of activities. One of the most wonderful things about it, however, is that it is the perfect antidote to a busy life and work schedule. Here you will re-discover what it is to experience true silence and you will be able to understand that there are some parts of our world which are truly unspoilt.

Please note that the activities outlined will all be included in your holiday, however, the order of activities listed here is for guidance only, and your final timetable will be confirmed on arrival.

If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, you will enjoy a festive dinner and celebrations on the 24th and the 31st of December (traditionally in Finland, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve).

Included in the price:

  • Flights: return from London to Ivalo (via Helsinki). Flight routes subject to change./li>
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Upgrades can be arranged, subject to availability and supplements
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: cross-country skiing, Aurora workshop, Northern Lights snowshoe, wilderness snowmobile safari, snowshoe trek, Aurora Camp, visit to a reindeer farm, Aurora camp, husky safari, minibus hunt for the Northern Lights (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guide and representative
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am


DAY 1: Arrival
DAY 2: Cross-country Skiing, Aurora Workshop and Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari
DAY 3: Wilderness Snowmobile Safari
DAY 4: Snowshoe Trek and Visit to Aurora Camp
DAY 5: Time at Leisure
DAY 6: Reindeer Farm and Aurora Camp
DAY 7: Husky Safari and Aurora Hunt by Car or Minibus
DAY 8: Depart or extend your stay

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed on The Aurora Zone website. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £100pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead.

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