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Nellim-Lights over Lake Inari

Nellim-Lights over Lake Inari

Nellim-Lights over Lake Inari Overview

Our Northern Lights over Lake Inari trip has been one of our bestselling holidays for years and with its exciting and varied activities, remote location and its dedicated night time Aurora hunts it’s very easy to see why.

In the far northeast corner of Finland, the tiny village of Nellim's remote location ensures not only an incredibly scenic wilderness setting for your trip but also fantastic Aurora potential. The warm and welcoming Wilderness Hotel Nellim is located close to the shore of Lake Inari and the lake’s frozen surface provides an ideal Aurora viewing spot. The hotel also has incredible Aurora Bubbles and Aurora Kotas on-site and guests can upgrade to spend the night in these, gazing directly at the Arctic sky from the comfort of their bed.

On two of your evenings, you will travel to one of Nellim's Aurora Camps. They have several at their disposal, all situated in locations chosen to maximise your chances of seeing the Aurora, with their clear views of the night sky. Here you can warm yourself by the fire and enjoy a hot drink as you wait for a potential Northern Lights display to light up the sky. Another of your nights will be spent on an Aurora snowshoe hike where you can really appreciate the silence and beauty of the surroundings as you walk along snowy trails and look up at the night sky.

Whilst the evening excursions are undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday, the days are also filled with some wonderful activities which showcase this remarkable region. You will drive a snowmobile along snowy trails, enjoy a morning with a reindeer herder where you will gain an insight into the importance of these animals to this region and take on a husky safari across the lake, as you guide a team of eager dogs through this spectacular landscape.

Nellim is where four of us here at The Aurora Zone, on separate occasions, got our first glimpse of the Northern Lights and so it holds a very special place in our hearts. There is something about it, with its warm hospitality, beautiful scenery and very knowledgeable guides that make it a very special place indeed. This, in combination with its almost total lack of light pollution and array of Aurora watching spots, makes it an ideal destination for a Northern Lights holiday.

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.

Please note 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 are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Accommodation upgrades can be arranged, subject to availability and supplement
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: snowmobile safari, Aurora snowshoeing, 2 evenings at Aurora Camps, husky safari, reindeer farm visit (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora Alert until approximately 1am
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners


DAY 1: Arrival
DAY 2: Snowmobile Safari and Aurora Camp
DAY 3: Husky Safari and Aurora Snowshoeing
DAY 4: Reindeer Visit and Aurora Camp
DAY 5: Departure
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