Curious spectators have long since been captivated by the Northern Lights, and it’s not hard to see why. The shifting swirls of the Aurora envelop you in their majesty as they illuminate the Arctic skies, performing beguiling dances of colour: twists and turns, bends and bows. Rolling. Spinning. Dancing.
But the playful Aurora isn’t always flamboyant: it’s elusive. You’ll have to find it.
Fortunately, we at Transun know where to go. Lapland specialists with almost four decades of experience behind us, we know a thing or two about searching for the Aurora Borealis – that’s why all of our holidays are based in uncommercial, True Lapland locations, where city light pollution doesn’t impair the intensity of the Northern Lights. Moreover, all of our holiday locations are based along the Official Northern Lights Route, a 600km route weaving through Lapland, recognised by the governments of Finland, Sweden and Norway as offering the best viewings of the Aurora.
Our 3 or 4-night breaks in True Lapland are a perfect winter holiday for those looking to catch a display of the Northern Lights, and also experience a host of once-in-a-lifetime Arctic activities: mush a team of huskies across the Arctic tundra, drive a snowmobile down a frozen river, and ride a reindeer sleigh through the snow-capped forest. Why not stay a night in an igloo, too?
For a longer stay, you may like to consider our 7-night Aurora Hunter holiday.
- Full-board hotel or cabin accommodation
- Return flights with hold luggage
- Airport transfers
- Loan of thermal snow suits and boots
- Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
- Reindeer Camp
- Call of the Wild Husky Safari
- Northern Lights Forest Trek
- Snowshoe Intro (4-nights only)
What we love
- Seeing the Northern Lights blaze over the Arctic night sky
- Zipping down a frozen river on night time snowmobile safari
- Playing in the deep, deep snow! We're just big kids really...
Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Exeter, Humberside, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich
Couples, Singles, Groups
Our Northern Lights holidays are arranged so that you can make the most of your time in Lapland and enjoy the extraordinary experiences offered in this very special corner of the world.
Your holiday begins with a morning flight to Enontekio Airport from one of 14 UK airports, on our direct charter flight, exclusive to Transun. Enontekio is a very small airport and yours is likely to be the only flight that day. From there, you make the one-hour transfer to Karesuando, a remote border village that straddles Swedish and Finnish Lapland. Located some 300km inside the Arctic Circle, Karesuando is located perfectly on the Northern Lights Route and offers the choice of two hotels: the Davvi Arctic Star in Swedish Karesuando, or the more rustic Davvi Arctic Lodge, in Finnish Karesuando. Your included accommodation is on a full-board basis. We also provide you with thermal snow suits and boots for the duration of your stay, so you are well equipped for Lapland’s Arctic temperatures.
Although the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be guaranteed, you’ll still have an amazing holiday thanks to the host of once-in-a-lifetime excursions which are included in this holiday. A full itinerary is given on arrival so it can be best organised around weather conditions and Northern Lights predictions, and will include the following:
Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
Duration: 2 hours
An evening excursion when, with the crisp Arctic sky overhead, you head to a vantage point in the wilderness with the hope of seeing the fabled Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile*.
Northern Lights Forest Trek
Duration: 1 hour
A guided 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
Mush a team of excited huskies through spectacular Lapland scenery - they're eager for the off! Two adults share a sled and dog team.
Duration: 2 hours
Learn about the importance of reindeer to the people of Lapland on a visit to a traditional kota and herding corral. Then, enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride - a time-old mode of transport in these parts!
Duration: 2 hours
This guided snowshoe tour serves as a simple introduction to a fun way of traversing the snowy terrain. (Only available on 4-night holidays).
Optional Excursions & Extras
Staff lovely and friendly. We really enjoyed the excursions especially the husky ride and snowmobiles.
- Libby Jones
Staff very friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed all the activities offered. Overall a fantastic trip with awesome activities, would recommend to anyone looking to do a similar trip.
- Gina C Taylor
Our best holiday to date. Transun cannot be faulted. Thanks for an amazing trip
- Samuel Ross
Excursions very enjoyable. Would recommend holiday to friends
- Celia White
Very Good Excursions. A very busy time with all the activities was good.
- Teresa Jaciuszko
Fab, fun and excellent. Fab staff, helpful friendly. Sad to leave. Thank you all for a great holiday
- Lorayne Piner
We have thoroughly enjoyed the whole time - from the minute we got on the plane to the departure time. In fact we have made the decision to come back again next year! Thank you so much to all.
- Maria Mawbey
An absolutely awesome and amazing experience. This was nothing like our normal holiday, but has turned out as our best holiday ever!
- Joan Board
Excellent Holiday from start to finish. Staff lovely, food very good highly recommended.
- Anita Nevin
Thank you for an amazing holiday
- Gabrielle Cleeve
The whole trip from start to finish has been everything and more than we could have dreamed of.
- Tracey Elliott
Overall it's been a memorable time. One we will never forget. Thank you all
- Gillian Ansell
Absolutely Fantastic, Well Organised, Fabulous Staff, Wonderful Experience
- Debora Griffiths
Staff are very friendly and full of knowledge. All the trips were fantastic. The place is magical and beautiful, will definitely recommend to friends and I will be back to Lapland. Well done to all the...Read More
Staff are very friendly and full of knowledge. All the trips were fantastic. The place is magical and beautiful, will definitely recommend to friends and I will be back to Lapland. Well done to all the staff on a great job!Read Less
- Turner Lorraine
Excellent holiday. All staff very helpful and informative. Would recommend Transun for this type of holiday,
- Annette Pollard
Thank you so much for our amazing trip. Everything is so organised and a memory we will never forget.
- Lucy Roud
Just returned from a three night stay at Davvi Lodge which has been excellent. Amazing organization throughout the whole trip. Every one of the staff have been lovely. Our two bed room in the fell house...Read More
Just returned from a three night stay at Davvi Lodge which has been excellent. Amazing organization throughout the whole trip. Every one of the staff have been lovely. Our two bed room in the fell house was warm and very clean. We all thoroughly enjoyed the activities, where else can you mush your own team of huskies and ride a snowmobile at midnight. Cross country skiing was great fun and worked up an appetite for lunch. The food was perfect, wholesome, tasty and satisfying. All in all we've had a lovely time and have some wonderful memories. Can't wait to return.Read Less
- Judith Hanson
My wife's and my priority was to see the Northern Lights (which we did though not on the organised excursion to do so) but we also loved the idea of the inclusive trips, such as the sleigh ride (good),...Read More
My wife's and my priority was to see the Northern Lights (which we did though not on the organised excursion to do so) but we also loved the idea of the inclusive trips, such as the sleigh ride (good), dog sledding (awesome), snow-shoe trek (brilliant) and the snowmobiles (harder and bumpier than it looks). From the moment we arrived, we were looked after attentively by an international cast of employees, all of which were unfailingly helpful and polite. The food was plentiful if not a little basic, but very wholesome.The hotel rooms were plain, but warm and reasonably comfortable. The excursions were well organised by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew and the various transportation was always on time. The loaned snow-suits and boots did their job well! Great fun, awesome experiences, wonderful setting, good value for money and highly recommended. I have recommended it to all of my work colleagues and we will almost certainly return with other family members in the future.Read Less
- Trevor Elliott
We had a fabulous time staying at The Davvi Arctic Lodge in one of the cabins. All the staff at the Davvi were very helpful and cheery. The staff allocating snow suits and boots were so helpful and made...Read More
We had a fabulous time staying at The Davvi Arctic Lodge in one of the cabins. All the staff at the Davvi were very helpful and cheery. The staff allocating snow suits and boots were so helpful and made sure we were happy with the outfits, which were incredibly useful and good at keeping us warm and dry. The restaurant food was good and plentiful and the ambience in the restaurant was lovely. Our cabin was good and very cosy, so cosy we had to turn the heating off (the weather was mild -5 when we were there!). We loved the husky sledging - such fun with a wonderful chap who owns the huskies. The reindeer are beautiful and the night time sleigh ride through the forest was magical (just lacked the stars that night!) Visited the IceHotel, not our type of hotel, but very interesting to visit plus a lovely lunch in their restaurant before heading home. Definitely recommend this holiday (even though we only caught a glimpse of a green haze which I'm told was the Northern Lights). We'll just have to visit again!Read Less
- Lesley Bugden
We packed in a great deal of enjoyable activities and even though we didn't see the Northern Lights, it didn't seem to matter as everything else was so good. We will never forget the early morning howling...Read More
We packed in a great deal of enjoyable activities and even though we didn't see the Northern Lights, it didn't seem to matter as everything else was so good. We will never forget the early morning howling of the husky dogs as they eagerly waited to get going, pulling our sleds. All the guides were friendly and knowledgeable and helped to make it a really exciting experience of a lifetime.Read Less
- Yvonne Arntsen
Had one of the best holidays ever. Well organised, staff very helpful. Food excellent and plenty of it. The hotel and lodges are basic but very functional when you think that you are coming and going in...Read More
Had one of the best holidays ever. Well organised, staff very helpful. Food excellent and plenty of it. The hotel and lodges are basic but very functional when you think that you are coming and going in snowy gear. We had a ball.Read Less
- Melanie Foley
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. We have already recommended this to other family and friends. The hotel was warm and comfortable; staff friendly. Excursions were excellent; and we were lucky enough to...Read More
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. We have already recommended this to other family and friends. The hotel was warm and comfortable; staff friendly. Excursions were excellent; and we were lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights on a night when they weren't expected to appear!Read Less
- Janet Chapman
A holiday which was nothing like we had ever had before...and totally brilliant. We were probably lucky with the weather as it was quite mild (which meant snow) but it also cleared enough to see the Northern...Read More
A holiday which was nothing like we had ever had before...and totally brilliant. We were probably lucky with the weather as it was quite mild (which meant snow) but it also cleared enough to see the Northern Lights. We thought we would have some time on our hands but the whole break was packed, the planned excursions were filled in with a walk over the frozen river to Sweden (church, museum and hot chocolate), tobogganing down the hill and walks up the hill. The lodges were fantastic, comfy and very warm. We even splashed out on the hot tub (with chocs and sparkling wine). The planned excursions were very well organised and the staff were lovely. We shall never forget the huskies, the reindeer, snow-shoeing and, best of all, snowmobiling to go ice fishing (I didn't even catch anything but my wife did). Great holiday, not cheap, but such a great experience.Read Less
- Stephen Mottershead
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the day-to-day itinerary of the holiday?
A full itinerary of what happens on each day is given on arrival in Lapland. Itineraries are not circulated beforehand since there are often many changes. Activities and excursions are planned around expected weather conditions and Northern Lights predictions to give the best chance of seeing the Aurora or minimizing disruption caused by weather. Our activities and excursions operate in 'True Lapland' and are susceptible to adverse weather conditions such as snow drifts and storms, so it may be necessary to reschedule some arrangements at short notice.
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.
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 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 does not accept cash. All Transun optional excursions are advertised in Sterling; credit and debit cards are accepted as payment for excursions booked in resort.
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!
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 Northern Lights 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.