A Family Company
Why we started it?
We are a family-owned business with a long experience of offering accommodation to everyone who is coming to Utsjoki to enjoy our nature’s many treasures. Aurora Holidays is specialising in nature and outdoor holidays. Our accommodation and guided services are available all year round, but our main focus is winter and the Northern Lights. We offer you a once in a lifetime experience of Aurora chasing, outdoor activities & Sámi culture 450km (along the road, 380km as the crow flies) North of the Arctic Circle in Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland.
Although Aurora Holidays is founded 2016, we have years of experience in the tourist industry, local knowledge and lots of passion. Let us make sure that your holiday in Utsjoki will be magical from start to finish. Visit us & let us show you nature’s most spectacular gift: the Northern Lights.
A holiday with us could not be easier. Everything from the transportation to accommodation and guided services in one package, making it easy for you. All you have to do is book your holiday, pack your bags and arrive at the airport – we will take care of the rest.
Tiina & Mika
First one in our team is Tiina, who is more than just the owner of Aurora Holidays, she is the heart and soul of the company. She runs the business with strong background support from Mika, her partner who is Sámi reindeer herder and has been living here most of his life.
She treats both the company and the guests as if they were all part of her family. That´s the way she is, warm-hearted and welcoming. There is no question or situation she would leave unsolved, and she is full of creativity waiting to be unleashed.
Tiina has lived in Utsjoki for over 15 years now and has adapted & excelled in the way of life here. She has a passion for the Lappish lifestyle. And more importantly, she has a passion for the Northern Lights that is highly contagious. Tiina really lives and breathes Auroras. That´s why it was so natural to grow a business around it.
Need for a cozy accommodation? Questions about night photography? Want to taste traditional Sámi dishes? Interested to hear about local culture and reindeer herding? Maybe you need guidance to find the best spots for Aurora hunting? Or you simply want to experience fun winter activities? Tiina makes it all possible!
Language skills: Finnish, English, Norwegian
Emilia has been an integral part of the company from the very start.
Not only has Emilia got years of experience in the tourism industry, she has travelled all across the globe herself. As a guide she has been sharing her passion for nature, winter landscape and knowledge of the local culture with our guests.
Emilia combines her organisational skills and knowledge of the local area on all her tours. She is caring and thanks to her attention to detail you will always get the help and tips you need to make sure you’re warm, comfortable and safe at all times.
When she isn’t working, Emilia is most likely found out in the wilderness taking her snowmobile for a spin, hiking, fishing or studying the Sámi language and culture.
Emilia loves the life here. She wants to share her passion with you – that can really be seen when you join a tour with her. What could be a better feeling than raise up your eyes to the sky and feel a smile of happiness spread across your face.
Language skills: Finnish, English, Norwegian, Swedish and learning Northern Sámi.
Maria fell in love with Lapland and Utsjoki a few years ago and we fell in love with her great spirit. She has since made Lapland her home. Maria is a person that one just has to like. A spontaneous, generous, friendly girl with an adventurous personality.
Maria makes every day feel like an adventure, because she has passion for life and travelling. She is always ready to help everybody and is a good companion for road trips. When she is around, there is no silent moment. You can ask almost anything and she has the answer.
Maria has a passion for photography, nature and likes to spend her free time in the great outdoors hiking, kayaking and going on camping adventures. She loves winter and all outdoor activities that come with the magical season. Maria is a lover of international cuisine, music and culture.
We are so happy to work with her and we are sure that you will like her too!
You can check out her photography on her Instagram profile: Into the Nordic Wilderness
Language skills: English, German, basics in Spanish and she is currently learning Finnish & Norwegian.
Why Choose Aurora Holidays
Planning a visit to Finnish Lapland? Here is why you should choose Aurora Holidays for your stay!
Small groups – we only offer small group tours so it will never be too crowded and you get to enjoy everything the surrounding nature has to offer in peace.
We don’t charge extra – We don’t charge single people occupancy rates, we don’t charge extra for more than two people per cottage and we don’t charge you extra even if you’re the only guest that has booked a certain activity.
We are flexible – Our holidays & activities have no minimum bookings or set time limit. Aurora hunting can take time and may require driving which is why we don’t set a time limit. We plan our Northern Lights chases according to the weather & aurora activity so you have the best possible chances to see the Aurora Borealis.
We go the extra mile – Literally! Our Northern Lights chases are NOT limited by time or distance. We will always do our best to make sure you see the Northern Lights. Sometimes that means driving 200km in one night or going on a 6h road trip. We can’t guarantee that you will see the auroras (no one can), but we can promise to go the extra mile!
Enthusiastic & Passionate guides – We love what we do. We are passionate about nature, Northern Lights & Sami culture and we cannot wait to share it with you!
Professional & Approachable Staff – We are there for you. We offer professional guidance during all activities and can be reached 24/7 in case of an emergency or if you ever need help.
We care – traveling and dietary restrictions can be a difficult combination. Sometimes it feels too much, when trying to book a holiday, right? Do not worry about that, we truly want to make sure everyone can enjoy their holiday and eat well – delicious and safe food. If you are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy or egg allergic – do not worry – we will handle it all!
We are personal – Our holidays are not rehearsed and cold. We want to create the holiday of your dreams and make you feel right at home here at Aurora Holidays. We can share local knowledge, stories and our own experience of what it is like to live and work 450 km north of the Arctic Circle.
We are transparent – Everything we do is transparent. We will never promise you Northern Lights when the weather conditions are bad. If it isn’t safe to drive somewhere to chase the lights we will tell you and plan accordingly.