The weeks leading up to Christmas are among those in which the breathtaking Northern Lights are at their most visible inside the Arctic Circle. We have a series of Festive Lights short breaks running from late November to the end of the Christmas holidays, with special departures from regional airports across the UK – perfect for combining nature’s most extraordinary light show with the atmosphere of the festive period. On these tours, you’ll search for the Aurora Borealis by snowmobile (or ‘skidoo’) in the hope of a spectacular Northern Lights sighting.
- Call of the Wild Husky Safari
- Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
- Reindeer Camp
- Full-board accommodation
- Return flights and transfers
- Thermal suit and boots
What we love
- Skimming through a snowy forest on a sled pulled by a team of eager huskies
- Staying within sight of Sweden’s picture-perfect northernmost church
London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Stansted, Belfast, Doncaster, East Midlands
Singles, Couples, Groups
Your three or four-night Festive Lights break begins with a flight from your chosen UK airport to Enontekio in Northern Finland. From there, you make the short transfer to the Arctic Star Hotel in Karesuando.
As well as three or four nights’ full board accommodation at the Arctic Star (including for those staying over Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, a special Christmas Dinner or New Year’s Eve Dinner) and loan of an all-in-one thermal suit and boots, your break includes all the activities detailed below. We’ll organise the running order according to the local conditions while you’re there. We can also give you the chance to choose from our programme of optional excursions – including one of the highlights of our Arctic Spirit programmes – the chance to spend the night in an igloo!
Call of the Wild Husky Safari
Duration: 1.5 hours
An unforgettable adventure into the wilderness, pulled by your own team of beautiful huskies. Two adults share a sled and dog team.
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.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Learn about herding and lassoing reindeer from reindeer farmers. Then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari.
Optional Excursions & Extras
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens to my activities if there is not enough snow or it is extremely cold?
If there are insufficient levels of snow or ice for activities to operate upon the day of participation, then our suppliers will move all activities to a position where snow is available, adjust tracks accordingly so a modified activity programme can operate or provide alternative activities that are not reliant on snow and ice. Because it is possible that snow will fall just the night prior to one of our planned trips, Transun will not cancel trips nor refund payments in the event of no snow on the day and will endeavour to arrange all activities to replicate those planned. In cases where an exact replica is not possible a suitable alternative will be offered. Where this happens no refunds will be made. All activities are arranged subject to local weather conditions, which are outside of our control. Should temperatures reach an extreme, then modified programmes will operate. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any part of tours or safaris if our suppliers or we consider that conditions are unsafe. The provision of igloos and an ice bar is wholly reliant on the appropriate weather conditions being available for construction and safe use. Transun does not accept any liability for these facilities not being provided.
Will I see the Northern Lights?
The Northern lights is a natural phenomenon which is dependent on a number of natural events combining to produce the appropriate conditions. All of our breaks take place in an area which has been officially designated as part of the Northern Lights route. We make every attempt to take excursions to areas where there is little light pollution or to vantage points from which a large portion of the sky can be seen. However, we can not guarantee a sighting of the Northern Lights.