Our weeklong Northern Lights trip is ideal for true Aurora hunters. You will be located in Karesuando a remote village 160 miles north of the Arctic Circle, far away from the commercialism of mass-market winter resorts. Our guides will lead you to night-time vantage points, offering optimum chances for witnessing the fabled Northern Lights. You will also have the opportunity to mush your own team of huskies and visit the nearby village of Hetta, home to the Sami museum which provides a fascinating insight into Sami culture.
- Full-board hotel accommodation
- Return flights with 18kg luggage
- Airport Transfers
- Call of the Wild Husky Safari
- Reindeer Camp
- Sami Museum
- Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
- Northern Lights Forest Trek
- Snowshoe Introduction
- Loan of thermal suits and boots
- All taxes and government air passenger duty
What we love
- A longer trip meaning more chances to see the Northern Lights
- Traversing the Arctic landscape using the age-old method of snowshoes, the laughs ensue!
- The small Sami museum gives a fascinating glimpse into the Sami way of life which has survived for 5000 years and is still evident in this part of the world
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Couples, Singles, Groups
Your Aurora Hunter adventure starts with your flight into Enontekiö, Finland. Once you have arrived, relax in comfort as you make the 1-hour transfer to Karesuando, enjoying the magnificent views of fells and frozen lakes as you go. Now, on arriving at your hotel the real aim of your trip begins – to catch the elusive Aurora Borealis!
During your stay you will have the chance to go in search of the lights in many ways. Drive out into the night on your own snowmobile, crossing a frozen lake to reach areas of little light pollution. Enjoy a guided forest trek to a wilderness viewpoint, where you can hope to see the Northern Lights dance above the village. You can even relax in your hotel until they decide to appear, taking just a few steps outside to enjoy the view.
Your stay includes the following excursions, giving you the opportunity to enjoy all that the land of the Northern Lights has to offer. If you wish for even more from your time north of the circle, we can even organise an overnight stay in Tromso, the capital of the Arctic or perhaps a night under the stars in your very own igloo. See the optional excursions page for more information.
Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
Duration: 2 hours
An evening excursion when, with the night sky overhead, you head out through the wilderness to a vantage point in the hope of seeing the fabled and magical Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile.
Northern Lights Forest Trek
Duration: 1 hour
You will be guided on a walk through the forest to a spectacular viewpoint, overlooking the border-village of Karesuando. From here, you may be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights dancing above the village.
Call of the Wild Husky Safari
Duration: 1 hour
An unforgettable adventure into the wilderness, pulled by your own team of beautiful huskies. Two adults share a sled and dog team.
Duration: 2 hours
Learn about herding and lassoing reindeer from reindeer farmers. Then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari.
Duration: 2 hours
This guided snowshoe tour is a fun and simple introduction to an age-old means of traversing the Arctic winter terrain.
Duration: Half Day
Learn about the native people of Lapland - the Sami, with a visit to the Sami Museum situated in the picturesque town of Hetta. With opportunity to learn how the Sami lived on the in one of nature's most harsh environments and admire the beautiful coloured fabrics of the people.
Duration: Minimum 1 hour
Situated on the Swedish side of Karesuando, the trip includes a brief tour of this traditional knife factory and an opportunity to see the importance of knives in everyday Sámi life.
Optional Excursions & Extras
The hotel was exactly as advertised - basic but clean and warm and the food was exactly what was required - warming and plentiful. Transfer to the hotel (around 2 hours) was efficient and rooms were...Read More
The hotel was exactly as advertised - basic but clean and warm and the food was exactly what was required - warming and plentiful. Transfer to the hotel (around 2 hours) was efficient and rooms were ready on arrival. The timetable of activities was on the board on arrival. All coaches/mini-buses arrived punctually to transport us to and from our various activities. The winter activities were great - very well organised and carried out in a very professional and caring way. I always felt safe in the Arctic environment whilst undertaking challenging activities. The personal equipment (suits and boots) and activity equipment was all of a high standard. This Arctic holiday was way outside my comfort zone but I thoroughly enjoyed it and returned with incredible memories of a fantastic weekRead Less
- Anne Bennett
Definitely an enjoyable experience; absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. Hotel is on the basic side but it is very comfortable with friendly staff and plenty of food - you won't go hungry! Snowmobiling...Read More
Definitely an enjoyable experience; absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. Hotel is on the basic side but it is very comfortable with friendly staff and plenty of food - you won't go hungry! Snowmobiling was superb and dog-sledding was a real hands-on experience. Meeting people was very easy, lots of guests and socialising in the evenings. Overall, I really enjoyed myself and it was a different kind of holiday experience, so well worth the money.Read Less
- Andrew Hunting
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this tour suitable for children?
Due to the extreme weather conditions in Lapland, we generally don't recommend this tour for children under the age of twelve since a great deal of time will be spent outdoors in Arctic conditions. A full driving licence is required for the snowmobiles, so children may not be able to participate in this activity.
What is the deposit?
To confirm the holiday, the deposit is £200 per person. The final balance is due ten weeks before departure, though these terms may differ if you have booked through a travel agent.
Will I see the Northern Lights?
The Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon and so can never be guaranteed. However, our resorts are often located on the official Northern Lights Route, as designated by the governments of Sweden, Norway and Finland, because of the propensity and intensity of Northern Lights sightings - so chances of seeing them here are amongst the best in the world!
What currency should I take?
The currency in Finland is the Euro; the currency in Sweden is the Krona. Many hotels and establishments in the Nordic countries will not accept cash and only accept card payments (the Davvi Arctic Star hotel only accepts card payments, not cash). All Transun optional excursions are advertised in Sterling; credit and debit cards are accepted as payment for excursions booked in resort.
Can anyone drive a snowmobile?
Driving a snowmobile in Finland is like driving a car, and similar laws apply. A full valid driving licence is required - please ensure you bring this with you as it must be presented in resort. Normal traffic laws apply on snowmobile routes. A damage waiver must be signed before commencing the activity. Credit card verification is taken and a €980 excess is payable for any damage, irrespective of severity, prior to leaving resort. The guide’s safety instructions must be followed, and safety helmets must be worn at all times.
Can I add on additional excursions and activities when in Lapland?
If you wanted to make your holiday extra special, it is possible to add on additional activities to your tour after arriving in Lapland. However, availability of activities and excursions is limited and so we recommend that you book your place before you travel to guarantee your place. Some of the most popular excursions added to the Aurora Hunter tour are the igloo, ice fishing, and the Ice Hotel visit, and these are likely to sell out first. Please note that glass igloos must be booked at least 3 days prior to departure.