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Saariselka - Northern Lights

Saariselka - Northern Lights

Saariselka - Northern Lights Overview

Saariselka combines an excellent Northern Lights record with innovative, glass-roofed Aurora cabins and dedicated Aurora hunts to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Unforgettable experiences are also included during the daytime as you discover what life is like for a reindeer herder and take to the trails with huskies.

Saariselkä is ideally located at the edge of a winter wilderness in the far north of Finland. It is approximately 250km above the Arctic Circle which means that it is a prime location for Aurora hunters. Although the fresh Arctic air can be quite tiring, you will find yourself fighting to stay awake, attempting to seek out flickers of green in the sky above your bed. Don't worry if you fall asleep though, as you can make use of the Aurora alert system in your cabin which will sound if the Northern Lights are showing!

Perhaps one of the most sought-after souvenirs from any Aurora holiday is a photograph of the lights. An initial Aurora workshop will reveal the secrets necessary for capturing the lights, introducing the settings required for producing the best pictures. You’ll then set out to hunt the lights on two nights, enjoying time at an Aurora Camp and then going on a snowshoe hike.

In addition to hunting the Northern Lights, this holiday includes some of our favourite winter activities. A session combining snowmobiling and ice fishing ensures that you are able to enjoy a popular Finnish pastime whilst also experiencing the thrill of snowmobiling. You will also enjoy a 10 km husky safari. When not planning on how to sneak a husky home, you shall take to the trails for an unforgettable adventure with the dogs.

Living this far north of the Arctic Circle is extremely challenging given the harsh winters, but the indigenous Sámi people have thrived here for generations, many as reindeer herders. This holiday provides an insight into their culture, including a visit to the reindeer paddock for a sleigh-ride.

This four-night itinerary is designed to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, whilst also introducing you to the fascinating culture north of the Arctic Circle.

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 in an Aurora Cabin
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Activities: Reindeer day, Aurora workshop, snowmobile and ice fishing tour, Aurora camp by the lake, 10km husky safari and Northern Lights snowshoeing (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alert service which you can set to alert you throughout the night or end at a specific time
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners

Agenda

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
Day 2: Reindeer Day and Aurora Workshop
Day 3: Snowmobile and Ice Fishing and Aurora Camp by the Lake
Day 4: Husky Safari and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
Day 5: Departure

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

Our dates and prices for 2022/23 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed. This will normally be around 9 months prior to departure.

Image credits: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd, Markku Inkila

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