You decide what kind of a holiday you’d like to have. You can spend your days in and around the cottages or you can take part in our guided winter activities in Utsjoki. It’s up to you! You can let us know which activities you’d like to participate in when you book your holiday or at the latest a month before your arrival. This gives us and our cooperation partners time to plan ahead. The activities will be paid by the end of your holiday. The duration given for each activity is an estimation and can vary.

Please note that if you have booked the winter package, both the village tour of Utsjoki and three guided nights of aurora chasing are already included. If you are not staying with us but would like to join some of the winter activities, transportation from and to your accommodation (up to 20km from Utsjoki village) is included in the price.

These activities can not be booked online, please let us know which ones you are interested in, when you book your holiday. If you are not staying with us but you would like to join us, you can ask for availability via email contact@auroraholidays.net.

 

 

By Tiina Salonen

SNOWSHOE ADVENTURE

Duration: 3½ Hours in the morning/afternoon
Day: Wednesday

Availability: all season. If there is not enough snow, this will be done as a walk/hike.
Cost: 60€ for our guests, 75€ for others (Incl. guide, snowshoes, snacks and drinks, warm clothing if needed)

Take a walk through the winter wonderland on snow hoes. This little adventure gives you the opportunity to see things you can’t see unless you go off the beaten paths. Our pace is slow and the terrain won’t be too difficult to traverse so this is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. We will have a lunch break at our private hut with fireplace where you can warm up and enjoy some hot drinks & snacks. The snowshoeing hike is the ideal activity to take in everything the beautiful winter scenery here has to offer.

By Maria Berz

UTSJOKI VILLAGE TOUR

Duration: 3 – 4 Hours in the morning/afternoon
Day: Thursday
Availability: all season
Cost: No extra charge for our guests, 15€ for others

Join us for a tour of Utsjoki village and learn more about the local culture and way of life. We will visit the Sami bridge (border bridge), where you not only get some great views of one if Europe’s largest salmon fishing rivers, but you also have the chance to stand with one foot in Norway and the other in Finland. You will have the chance to visit our local café Giisa and souvenir shop with handmade souvenirs, made by local artists. Perfect to warm up with a hot drink and try some local sweet treats. The tour will also take you to Utsjoki church and Kirkkotuvat, the church huts. This trip does not need to be booked before you arrival. If you’d like to see the village with us, just let us know upon your arrival.

By Tiina Salonen

HUSKY ADVENTURE AND A VISIT TO TANA BRU, NORWAY

Duration: 6-7 Hours in the morning/afternoon (Incl. 2 hours return drive to & from Norway)
Day: Friday
Cost: 175€ for our guests, 185€ for others (Incl. guide, transportation, goggles and warm clothing if needed)

The husky adventure we will take you to is a little different from most. Instead of a set path that you go around once or twice, Dag Broch from Tana Bru in Norway, one of Norway’s leading husky sled drivers, will take you into the Norwegian wilderness with his team of Alaskan huskies. We will arrive at Tana Husky in the morning and get a short introduction in how to drive a dog sled. You will be driving in a team of two people. One driving and the other one admiring the views. You can change drivers any time during the ride. (Please note that you will be the driver. Let us know if you wish not to drive but join only as a passenger.)

During the two-hour trip, you will get to enjoy the peace and silence of nature as you guide the dogs through the wilderness. After the trip we sit around the open fire with something warm to drink and you get to hear some stories about sled dog races.

After the Husky adventure, we will drive you to Tana Bru where you have the opportunity to visit a local jewellery shop with handmade Sami jewellery, wooden handicraft and decorations.

By Tiina Salonen

SNOWMOBILE TRIP UP TO THE FELLS

Availability: Usually from December to April. It depends on how early we get snow. If we can arrange it earlier than December, we will.

SNOWMOBILING ONLY

Duration: 2 hour trip
Day: Saturday
Cost: One person per snowmobile, 160€ per person. If you don’t want to drive, you can sit as a passenger or in the sled. Price for this is starting from 120€ per person (Incl. guide, snacks & warm drinks, fuel, insurance (deductible 960€ / snowmobile), helmet and warm clothing if needed)

SNOWMOBILING & ICE FISHING

Duration: 2-3 hour ice fishing trip
Day: Saturday
Cost: One person per snowmobile, 195€ per person. If you don’t want to drive, you can sit as a passenger or in the sled. Price for this is 155€ per person (Incl. guide, snacks & warm drinks, fuel, insurance (deductible 960€ / snowmobile), helmet, warm clothing if needed and all equipment needed for ice fishing)

If you have ever wanted to take a trip to the top of the fells and see the beautiful and vast landscape of the Finnish Lapland in the winter, this trip is for you. Together with experienced snowmobile guides from TenoSafarit, we will take you to see the arctic wilderness on snowmobiles.

ABOUT DRIVING A SNOWMOBILE

You can drive a snowmobile in Finland if you are 15+ years old and have at least a T, LT or B category driver’s licence issued in an EU or EEA Member State or if you hold a driving licence issued in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan or a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention (you can check the countries here. In some occasions you need to present either an international driving permit (IDP) or an official Finnish or Swedish translation of your national licence. Usually you don’t need an IDP, if your licence in written in English and it clearly shows a picture of the driver, ID and the category of your licence. If you are unsure whether you need IDP or not or you have any concerns about the driving licence, don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to help you.

You must also fulfil the current age requirements for driving in Finland. Your driving licence will be valid regardless of whether you are visiting Finland as a tourist or are a permanent resident.

If you would like to join a snowmobile trip, but you don’t want to or can’t drive a snowmobile yourself or if you have children under 15, let us know. We will then do our best to arrange a trip everyone can join.

We reserve the right to make changes according to weather, safety and other such conditions.

By Tiina Salonen

INTRODUCTION TO SÁMI CULTURE – SIIDA, SÁMI MUSEUM IN INARI

Duration: 5-6 hours (incl. 3 hours return drive to & from Inari)
Day: Saturday
Cost: 70€ for our guests, 85€ for others (Incl. guide, transportation to the museum and back to Utsjoki, entrance fee, lunch in the museum restaurant)

Want to learn about the indigenous people of Lapland and their way of life? Then this day trip to the Siida Sami Museum in Inari is perfect for you!

Siida is the National Museum of the Finnish Sami with various permanent and temporary exhibitions that will give you an insight into Sami culture and history here in Finnish Lapland over the years.

This museum is far from dull. The permanent exhibitions use not only visuals to bring the Sami culture to life, but a range of soundscapes and authentic Sami tools and clothing. For more information about the museum and their temporary exhibitions, you can check their website here.

 

By Tiina Salonen

NORTHERN LIGHTS CHASING

(Please note that if you have booked a winter / autumn holiday package, you have three Northern Lights chasing evenings included in your holiday)

Duration: Usually 3+ hours
Day: Normally Wed-Thu-Fri, other days may be possible too.
Availability: September – March
Cost: 140€ per person (Incl. guide, transportation from and to your accommodation (up to 20km from Utsjoki village), warm clothing if needed, snacks & warm drinks, 3-5 photos, if we are lucky to see the lights and capture photos. You can ask for more photos, additional cost)

If you are on holiday somewhere near us and you would like to try Northern Lights hunting just for one night, it is possible. You can join our group on each evening when we are heading out to chase the Aurora Borealis, if there is space available. A private aurora chasing evening is also possible, please check with us for availability.

We will always schedule the Northern Lights chase based on weather conditions and aurora activity. Please make sure you give us your contact information so that we can easily reach you, to inform you about the pick up time and the plan for the evening.

We might have to cancel driving due to weather conditions. We take safety seriously and will not drive if it puts you or us in any unnecessary risk. On the coldest nights when the temperature drops below -25°C (-13°F), we won’t go out in the van for safety reasons (in case of breakdowns so we don’t get stranded out in the cold). We try to choose the best possible night with you, when to do the chasing.

You can ask for availability and book your Northern Lights chasing evening with us via e-mail contact@auroraholidays.net or just give us a call +358 40 7625 005