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Snowmobile Safari under the Northern Lights Holidays

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A chance to see the Northern Lights in Inari, the mystical homeland of the Sami people. You can mush your own team of huskies along the shores of the eponymous lake, snowmobile across tundra, frozen lakes and along forest trials and sapping up authentic local hospitality.

What's Special

the place itself for starters which is universally credited with being an arboreal oasis of peace and tranquillity (OK, quiet and natural if you’re not in to poetry). Jouko and Mari Lappalainen’s hospitality which they’ve managed to infuse in everybody and everything, so it’s as if they’re around looking after you even when they’re not. And of course the natural corollary of all of this, which is the absence of any commercialism – no plastic, slightly dysfunctional WI-FI (why do you want it anyway), locally sourced ingredients for the kitchen and locally sourced guides.

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 – Lapland Aurora Spotting

fly to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland either DIRECT (Fridays or Mondays) or via Helsinki, transfer to Nellim and check in to your selected room at the Wilderness Lodge. Supper in the hotel with a walk afterwards, down to the lake’s edge for an inaugural sighting of the Northern Lights (possibly, hopefully, maybe!)

2nd Day Snowmobile Safari & Aurora Spotting

After breakfast meet up with your local guide for an instructional and safety briefing on the art of snowmobiling. Once ready, set off for a 40 km safari through arboreal forests, over frozen lakes, along marked trials with a stop en route for some ice fishing and an al fresco snack lunch round an open fire. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon for a warm up and some R & R. After supper set off for one of Juoko’s aurora camps where he stores berry juice, snacks and booze to keep a look out for the Northern Lights

3rd Day Husky Safari & Aurora Spotting

After breakfast meet up with Matti and his dog pack for a mush in pairs along trails in the surrounds of Lake Inari. Once you’re team is laced up their barking falls silent leaving only their vapour breath signatures and the whooshing sound of your birch wood sleigh’s runners slicing thought the snow. After a two hour or thereabouts safari you’ll have a chance to cuddle your dogs back at the kennels before lunch in the lodge’s restaurant. R& R in the afternoon. After supper set off for your third Northern Lights hunts again to one of Jouko’s Aurora Camps where he stores berry juice, snacks and booze to keep a look out for the Northern Lights

4th Day Lapland- UK

check out of your room and transfer to Ivalo airport for your return flight(s) to the UK either DIRECT or via Helsinki.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Scheduled return flight(s) from the UK via Helsinki to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland
All airport departure taxes and passenger service charges
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (I pc Cabin 1pc Hold)
Return private group airport/lodge transfers in Lapland
Wilderness Lodge accommodation as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
3 Buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 suppers
Guided snowmobile safari (approx. 40km/4 hours)
Guided husky mushing safari (approx.15km/2 hours)
2 guided Northern Lights Search Safaris

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily  December 2018 to April 2019 (excluding December 13th to January 4th) (FIN07)
£1539* per adult & £1359 per child (under 14 years old)
*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 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

 Mari Lappalainen in Nellim Wilderness Lodge's | ScanAdventures

  • The Heart of Sami Reindeer Country
  • Unique Wilderness Lodge 
  • Husky Mushing & Snowmobiling
  • Guided Northern Lights Searches
  • Protective Thermal Clothing included
  • Guide Price £1539pp