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Aurora over Lake Inari viewed from Nellim's Sarmi Lodge

Your Adventure

Hunting the Aurora across tundra plains; mushing your own team of huskies in Inari in Finnish Lapland the spiritual home of the Sami (Lapp) people christened Enari by author Philip Pullman, and a sort of glamping overnight with like minded people in a newly built boutique lodge.

The Glamping Bit

a few years back Jouko and Mari Lappalainen bought the local primary school and tuned in into a Wilderness Lodge which has become something of a haven for Aurora hunters. The combination of Mari’s taste in décor and Jouko’s tireless workmanship (he handcrafted the bar himself) has given the place a deserved reputation for authenticity, hospitality and Aurora. Their latest thing is the Sarmi Eco Lodge.

Aurora over Nellim Wilderness Lodge's Sarmi Cabin | Lapland Holidays
Open Fireplace at Nellim Wilderness Lodge's Sarmi Cabin | ScanAdventures
Open lounge Interior at Nellim Wilderness Lodge's Sarmi Cabin
Ice fishing by Nellim Wilderness Lodge's Sarmi Cabin

Sarmi Eco Lodge

The Sarmi Eco Lodge has limited electricity (essentially an emergency generator), no running water (warm water wash) and is as close as spending an night outdoors as you can get . On your doorstep are elegant pine forests, glistening, crystalline lakes and silent snow lying under the star studded Arctic night sky.The cabin has five rooms, a private cabin room and sleeping space up to 12 guests. And the always on sauna and open log fire and the shared conviviality of the group all help create a sort of night of Finnish 'hygge'.  

Nellim Wilderness Lodge by night in Lapland Finland
Restaurant in Nellim Wilderness Lodge in Lapland Finland
Twin room in Nellim Wilderness Lodge in Lapland Finland
Apartment in Nellim Wilderness Lodge in Lapland Finland

Nellim Wilderness Lodge

We first met Mari Lappalainen in London dressed in her snow white gakti with appliquéd collar held in place by a pewter clasp talking about how she and her husband had begun to renovate a disused primary school in the village of Nellim. That was in London and later that year one of our number went to Nellim, which is in Inari close to Petsamo on the Finnish/Russian border, to see what she and her husband Juoko were up to. And what that was, was painstakingly converting the school into a home for travellers and doing it in spades so that today the Nellim Wildreness Lodge has a deservedly top of the range reputation for authenticity and charm infused with family warmth. The Lodge consists of 3 buildings facing in on each other around what was once the children’s playground: there are 22 wood clad, simply furnished twin and single rooms with private WC/shower decorated with fabrics personally chosen by Mari; 4 apartments also with private WC/shower and configured with varying numbers of bedrooms capable of accommodating differing family sizes along with private log cabins in the grounds surrounding the hotel. The hotel’s principle public area has a small lounge seating area, recently renovated and extended restaurant and pine wood bar, hand crafted by Jouko himself. Outside there is a Safari House with kick sleds, toboggans and skis free for you to use; a log fired sauna whose hot, sap filled air provides the perfect warm up after a day’s adventures and a traditional Kota. Immediately to one side of the main building are the husky kennels behind which a pathway leads down through the pines to a frozen lake where there is always an open fire to warm you up whilst spotting for the Northern Lights.

1st Day UK – Finnish Lapland

fly scheduled airline to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland, meet up with your guide and transfer to Nellim. Settle into your room, have supper and afterwards take a walk down the incline leading to the lake where you’ll find a wind break and an open fire to keep your bones from chilling whilst seeing if you can catch your first sight of the Northern Lights.

2nd Day Snowshoeing & the Sarmi Lodge

have a lie in before breakfast and then set off by snowmobile sleigh along a snow carpeted trail leading to the Sarmi Lodge . Here your guide will fill you in on how the place runs before lunch ( a certain amount of self-help is involved) after which you snow shoe or ski in the forest surrounds (this is an easy peasy afternoon if you’re reasonably day to day fit). Afterwards you can curl up in the lodge with a book or each other and take a sauna before dinner which you eat round an open fire. Now its time for the point of it all: an aurora spotting evening by Lake Sarmi round an open fire with hand warming hot, sooty coffee at one of Jouko's special spots.

3rd Day Husky Mushing

after breakfast transfer back to the mother Lodge as it were, and spend the morning watching the day go by down by the lake or in the forest and texting home your Aurora images tagged ‘eat your heart out’. After lunch meet up with a local musher and his pack of Alaskan huskies and after some tution mush two to a sleigh alongside the shoreline of Lake Inari. Later after supper you might just catch a valedictory view of the Northern Lights a few yards down from the Lodge by the lake.

4th Day Lapland – UK

check out of your room and transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) to UK via Helsinki OR Direct.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Scheduled return flight(s) from the UK via Helsinki to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland OR Direct from London Gatwick
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
Return private group lodge/airport transfers in Lapland
2 nights’ accommodation at the Nellim Wilderness Lodge
1 night's accommodation at Nellim’s Sarmi Lodge
Lodging in twin room with private WC/shower (Wilderness Lodge) & open cabin (Sarmi Lodge)
3 Buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 suppers
Snowmobile sleigh trip to & overnight programme at Sarmi Lodge
Snow Shoeing or Cross Country Skiing
Husky Mushing Safari (3 hours )

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily November 2017 - April 2018 
£1534*pp (Minimum Group Size 4 pax)
*Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.

Safaris included or available on request

Husky Mushing by Nellim | Lapland Holidays | ScanAdventures

  • 4 Days in Finnish Lapland
  • Exclusive Luxury Aurora Cabin 
  • Northern Lights Hunting
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 suppers 
  • Group Guide Price £1534pp