New Year By Lake Inari

Snowmobile into the new year

Snowmobile into the new year

Enjoy a snowmobile ride under the sunset as the old year ends and the new year commences

Northern Lights in Nellim

Northern Lights in Nellim

Gaze at the amazing Northern Lights as the new year comes to a start

Nellim Church

Nellim Church

Visit the local Church in Nellim

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights over Lake Inari

Kota in Nellim

Kota in Nellim

Celebrate New Year in Nellim's Kota

New Year By Lake Inari

The kaleidoscopic mix of cultures in Nellim with its Inari, Skolt and Northern Sami roots and the possibility of the Northern Lights swirling around over the pine forest, make a New Year here something of a culinary & festive riot. 

DEC 28 UK – LAPLAND Depart Heathrow on Finnair scheduled flight(s) to Ivalo via Helsinki. Arrive in Ivalo and transfer to the Nellim Wilderness Lodge. Check into your room, welcome drink, programme briefing and dinner. Your thermal clothing will be ready for collection on arrival.

DEC 29 HUSKY SAFARI This morning it’s time to meet a pack of Alaskan huskies whose kennels are just a short walk from the hotel and whose excited barking slowly magnifies as you approach. Adults mush in pairs with children riding in a sled behind the guide and, as they pull you along a snow-carpeted 10km trail across Lake Inari’s vastness, the Arctic silence is broken only by the whooshing sound of slicing sleigh runners. En route, take a break washed down with sooty coffee and berry juice before heading back to the Lodge for lunch. Spend the afternoon playing grown up snow games on the sloping bank by the Lodge’s adjacent lake with snow shoeing, cross country skiing, tobogganing, ice fishing. (A log wood fire is burning all the while for restorative warming up around). Buffet supper in the hotel.

DEC 30 INARI REINDEER & AURORA STAKE OUT After breakfast snowmobile over to a nearby reindeer corral to meet a herder along with some of his herd, help feed them and listen to Sami tall stories! Return to the Lodge for an afternoon break. In the evening take a snowmobile safari out to a special spot by Lake Inari  and stake out the Northern Lights for perhaps what can be nature’s most dazzling light .

DEC 31 SNOWMOBILE SAFARI & NEW YEAR’S EVE After breakfast, climb aboard your snowmobile for a safari through the pine & birch forests surrounding Lake Inari and a lunch of soup and hot berry juice in a clearing around an open fire. Afternoon to relax  before New Year’s Eve celebrations for which begins with a Finnish medley menu. The Evening continues with fireworks after which you leave by snowmobile, with adults paired up on machines and children in a sleigh behind the guide, to bring in the New Year with a search for the Aurora.

JAN 1 LAPLAND – UK Breakfast and time for a quick last toboggan before transfer to Ivalo and return flight(s) via Helsinki to Heathrow.

Wilderness Hotel Nellim
Wilderness Hotel Nellim

The Wilderness Hotel Nellim is owned and run by the Lappalainen family: Jouko and Mari. Here they have converted the old school house into a home for travellers looking for adventure and tranquility. The hotel consists of 3 buildings facing in on each other around what was once the children’s playground:  there are 20 hotel rooms, 6 cosy apartments, two new log cabins & 3 privately owned cabins, all with private WC/shower; fresh food from the lake or forests and an authentic Sami family welcome characterise the hotel. The hotel’s principle public area has a small lounge seating area, restaurant and bar, hand crafted by Jouko himself.

Guided Cross Country Skiing in Nellim
Guided Cross Country Skiing in Nellim

Nellim is a perfect location to try out cross country skiing. Whilst out on the frozen lake, you will appreciate the silence and the stunning surroundings. A local guide will be on hand to lead you teach you the basic skiing techniques.

Duration – 2 Hours

Distance – 5-6Km

A full day tour is also available.


£56 pp
A Day with a  Reindeer Herder in Nellim
A Day with a Reindeer Herder in Nellim

On this excursion you will experience the way of living in the north and learn the Finnish local culture. You will have the opportunity to feed the reindeers and help the reindeer herder with his work. Lunch will be served by an open fire before heading to Lake Inari where you will get a chance to try your hand at ice fishing! You will travel approx 30km by snowmobile during the day.  

Duration - 5-6 hours

Distance - 50km

£138 pp
Aurora Camp on Lake Inari

The Aurora camp is situated by the mystical Lake Inari. Its distance from any light pollution makes it the perfect place to gaze into the night sky waiting for the aurora. Sit back and relax by an open fire where warm soup and drinks will be provided.  

Distance - 10km (in sledge by snowmobile)

Duration - 2 hours

£85 pp
Nellim Half Day Husky Safari

You will start your safari with an intrduction to the dogs before heading out into the beautiful winter scenery mushing your own team of dogs. Along your route you will glide over Lake Inari and through the snowy landscapes. 

A full day husky safari is also available.

Distance - 15km

Duration - 4-5hours 

£155 pp
Snowmobile Safari
Nellim Snowmobile Safari

Enjoy a snowmobile safari around the arctic landscapes that surround Nellim Wilderness hotel.

Duration - 2 Hours

Distance- 80km

Single supplement applies

£84 pp