The Northern Lights are a frequent visitor to Lapland’s skies – but they arrive on their own terms. Ever elusive and capricious, they appear unannounced, interrupting the still, silent Arctic night with a riot of colour: soaring greens, twirling pinks, and rolling blues. At once, the vast snowy planes which stretch to the horizon are illuminated by flashes of incandescent turquoise and teal.
And where better to see this night-time drama unfold, than amongst the Arctic tundra of True Lapland? In the far north of Lapland, away from the city light pollution of Rovaniemi or Levi, the intensity of the Aurora shines vividly and unimpaired. Not for nothing did the governments of Finland, Sweden and Norway recognise this as the best place to see the Aurora Borealis, designating the road which weaves through it as the Official Northern Lights Route. It is here, then, that keen enthusiasts have long since travelled in search of the fabled Lights, and here, too, that provides the perfect setting for our Aurora Hunter tour.
The week-long Aurora Hunter holiday provides ample time to relax in the Arctic surrounds and explore all that this special corner of the world has to offer. From mushing a team of huskies to driving a snowmobile down a frozen river, a host of traditional and cultural excursions are included in this holiday, and the seven-night duration gives ample chances of an Aurora sighting.
For a shorter stay, you may like to consider our 3 or 4-night Northern Lights holiday.
- Full-board hotel or cabin accommodation
- Return flights with hold luggage
- Airport transfers
- Loan of thermal suits and boots
- Call of the Wild Husky Safari
- Reindeer Camp
- Sami Museum
- Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
- Northern Lights Forest Trek
- Snowshoe Introduction
What we love
- This extended holiday increases the chances of seeing the Northern Lights!
- A visit to the Sami museum gives a fascinating insight into indigenous culture!
- Mushing a team of huskies through snow-capped forests – a Lapland classic!
Couples, Singles, Groups
The Aurora Hunter holiday begins with our charter flight to Enontekio, in the far north west of Finland, avoiding rushed or lengthy airport transfers at Helsinki or Stockholm. Enontekio is a very small airport and yours is likely to be the only flight arrival that day, or even that week. From there, a transfer to Karesuando of approximately one hour. Upon arrival at your chosen hotel, there is a welcome meeting and collection of thermal snow suits and boots, which are yours for the duration of the holiday – there is no need to return them after every excursion.
Karesuando is a small border village, with its Swedish and Finnish ‘sides’ being divided by the frozen River Muonio. Your accommodation may be at the Davvi Arctic Star hotel, in the Swedish part of the village, or the more rustic Davvi Arctic Lodge hotel and cabins in the Finnish part of the village. The holiday is based on a full-board basis, so all meals are included on a buffet service.
Your week-long stay in the Arctic includes a host of exhilarating activities and excursions which give you a cultural insight to this fascinating part of the world and its peoples. It is possible to add some optional excursions and activities to make your time in Lapland extra special, but the following are already included in the holiday:
Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
Duration: 2 hours
Set off into the crisp Lapland night on a snowmobile (or ‘skidoo’) and drive down frozen rivers and across Arctic tundra in the hope of finding the Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile*.
Northern Lights Forest Trek
Duration: 1 hour
On this guided walk you will ascend a fell, through a small forest, to find a vantage point which is ideal for seeing the Northern Lights, should they bless your holiday with their appearance. Hot drink included.
Call of the Wild Husky Safari
Duration: 1 hour
No Lapland holiday would be complete without mushing your own team of huskies through snow-capped forests and over frozen lakes – a must do! Two adults share a sled.
Duration: 2 hours
Learn about Lapland’s most famous residents from the experts! This excursion includes a talk on the reindeer and their importance in Lapland culture, and is followed by a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride through the snow.
Duration: 2 hours
This guided snowshoe tour is a fun and simple introduction to an age-old means of traversing the Arctic winter terrain. There will be plenty of fresh air, exercise in the snow… and a lot more laughs!
Duration: Half Day
A fascinating exhibition presenting an insight into the culture of the Sami people. Native to Lapland, the Sami are Europe’s last indigenous people and their livelihoods are rooted in their 5,000-year history.
Optional Excursions & Extras
This was a holiday of a life-time, met our expectations and more. All the activities were well organised and well spread out over the week so we were doing something everyday. The food was good and you...Read More
This was a holiday of a life-time, met our expectations and more. All the activities were well organised and well spread out over the week so we were doing something everyday. The food was good and you would never go hungry. We would certainly recommend Transun and would have no hesitation in using them again.Read Less
- Stephen Booth
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.