Embark on an epic Aurora Adventure week in Northern Lapland, an unspoiled wilderness area where you’ll find a perfect setting to observe the northern lights and challenge yourself in a variety of Nordic activities.
In winter, Northern Lapland is a versatile holiday destination that offers wonderful experiences to nature lovers, those who long for an active holiday, and those who enjoy the peace and beauty of the arctic wilderness.
During your stay, you’ll get to experience the best of what Lapland has to offer, from the exhilarating pursuit of the elusive Northern Lights to learning essential winter survival techniques with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Your home base will be in Ivalo, a picturesque village bordering one of the most remote and least visited wilderness areas of Western Europe. The top-class apartments are in the center of the village, just a few minutes’ walk from the shops.
What to Expect
This action-packed week promises unforgettable moments in the Arctic wilderness, as our carefully planned daily activities introduce you to the northern way of life.
We’ll take you hunting for the northern lights, winter trekking through the pristine Arctic wilderness, treat your taste buds to delicious meals cooked in a traditional way over an open fire, teach you the essential winter survival techniques and how to catch fish like the locals do, and put your driving skills to the test on the wheel of an ice-kart and a snowmobile, to name but a few of the adventures that await you here.
You can find a full listing of activities in the daily itinerary below.
Depending of your group wishes and hopes we are happy to tweak this package! For example groups with younger kids we can organise once in the lifetime private meeting with Santa Claus, or for group of friends an Forest Escape Game. If you are planning your Honeymoon, let us know and we will try to organise some extra Lapish romance in the package! 🙂
You will be staying at the Xwander Suites, located in a modern building in the center of Ivalo. All the apartments are fully furnished, and they have heating and air conditioning. Kitchens are fully equipped with all types of necessary appliances and utensils. The apartments also have free WIFI and television. Xwander's rental equipment storage is in the same building, and you can use all equipment for free during your stay.
Day 1 - Arrival in Ivalo & Aurora Camp with Open Fire Dinner
Whether you come by bus or plane, we will meet and greet you in Ivalo. Let the holiday begin!
Once you have checked into your apartment and settled in comfortably, it’s time to meet your local guide who will give you all the information you need about the upcoming activities.
On the night of your arrival, we take you to our cozy Aurora Camp, where you can watch the sky and wait for the first glimpse of the northern lights while our professional guide cooks your dinner over an open fire. Despite the cold, you feel warm and cozy wrapped in thick blankets and a hot drink in your hand.
Day 2: Winter Adventure Day
Our arctic winter adventure takes you deep into the untouched wilderness of Inari.
Equipped with electric snowscooters, backcountry skis and toboggans, you will learn to travel through deep snow. No previous experience is required – just be prepared to have lots of fun!
As the outdoor activities increase the appetite especially in the winter conditions, our guides will prepare a delicious lunch over an open fire, which is served and enjoyed during the excursion.
We will have ice swimming hole and tent sauna ready for the bravest ones!
Day 3: Dog Sledding & Aurora Hunting
On the third day of your holiday, it’s time for a dog sledding adventure! During this two-hour safari, you will experience a unique adventure in the wilderness of Inari. You get to drive your own dog sled and enjoy the fantastic views and silence. After the safari, you will be offered a hot drink, and the team will tell you more about the dogs and how they spend their time in different seasons.
In the evening, before heading off to hunt Auroras, our guides will first tell you more about the Northern Lights, how they form and how to best predict their appearance.
Day 4 - Ice Fishing & Bushcraft Skills
Throughout this day, you will learn practical wilderness skills that are valuable for any outdoor adventure!
First, our expert guides provide hands-on instruction on choosing a suitable location for campsite, pitching a tent, and setting up a shelter using a tarp. They will also tell you about various fire-making techniques using different kinds of kindling and tinder to ignite and maintain a fire.
Then you will be introduced to authentic local winter fishing techniques: ice fishing with a jig (a short fishing rod) and fishing with nets that have been set under the ice.
After learning how to catch fish, you will learn to handle and prepare your catch using various cooking methods over an open fire. And when the meal is cooked to perfection, it’s time to gather around a roaring fire to enjoy the freshest fish soup you’ve ever tasted.
Day 5 - Snowmobiling & Ice Karting
We kick start the day by hopping on snowmobiles! First, our guide will give you a short lesson on these snow machines and how to drive them safely. Then we go for a ride along a nice snowy path to our lunch spot.
After lunch, it’s time to get your blood pumping and experience the thrill of driving our specially designed winter go-karts on an icy track. How about some amicable competition with friends as you try to beat each other’s qualifying times? Be the first to cross the finish line and emerge victorious in this exhilarating winter race!
Since Ice Karting has a height limit of 150cm (due to kart sizes) younger children can join tobogganing on nearby longest toboggan run in Finland!
Day 6: Departure from Ivalo with an option for extending your holiday
Goodbyes are always hard. To make things easier, we can arrange transportation for you to the airport or bus station if needed.
If you want to extend your holiday by visiting Rovaniemi, Kirkenes or anywhere else, we are happy to help you plan and can recommend places that we have already identified as good destinations.
We hope you enjoyed your vacation with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancellation fee of 100 % if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
- Cancellation fee of 50 % if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the event
- Cancellation fee of 30 % if booking is cancelled 45 days or less before the event
What do I need to bring?
- Clothing & gear suitable for all weathers
- Good walking shoes
- A small backpack for daily outings
- Personal medication
What is the recommended minimum age?
All activities are beginner-friendly and suitable for 14-year-olds and older with at least a moderate fitness level.
Book With Confidence
- Local family owned business
- Personalized service
- Flexible itineraries
- Small group sizes
- Transfers to and from Ivalo Airport or bus station
- Accommodation in a modern and spacious double room apartment
- All the activities listed above and transfers to and from activities
- Winter gear such as overalls, boots, and gloves. As well unlimited use of our extensive rentals equipment from Winter Fatbikes, Toboggans to Backcountry Skis!
- Meals as described in the descriptions of daily activities
- Flights to and from destination
- Personal travel insurance
- Gear & clothing needed for activities