Autumn Aurora Explorer

Autumn Aurora

Autumn Aurora

Enjoy The Autumn Colours Of The Aurora

Autumn In Northern Finland

Autumn In Northern Finland

An Explosion Of Colour In The Forests Of Lapland

A Hike In The Forest

A Hike In The Forest

Take A Relaxing Walk Around The Fells

A Night In An Aurora Bubble

A Night In An Aurora Bubble

Look Out For The Northern Lights From Your Bed

Northern Lights Watch

Northern Lights Watch

Witness The Northern Lights From Nellim Lodge

Autumn Aurora Explorer

Officially, the best time to go in search of the Aurora is between November and March, however the Northern Lights can actually be seen from as early as September. Autumn is also a time favoured by the Finn’s to go hiking in the fells, which are bursting in vibrant autumnal colours. Combine the two and immerse yourself in the red, gold and yellows that signify the ‘Ruska Season’, with a stay at a cosy Wilderness Lodge in a favoured Aurora hotspot that ensures you harvest the riches that this season offers.

DAY 1 Ivalo
Fly to Ivalo (via Helsinki), located 240 km above the Arctic Circle. As you fly over the region you can see a riot of colour, which is splashed across the landscape in a display of defiance against the impending blanket of snow that will soon cover the area.  On arrival in Ivalo, you will be met and transferred to either Nellim Wilderness Lodge or Muotka (depending on your date of travel), just 45 minutes away and nestled deep in the country-side. Your hosts will introduce you to the lodge and its surrounds before a delicious dinner made from locally sourced ingredients. With any luck, a stroll by the shoreline may reveal the skies hidden secrets.
 
DAY 2 Exploring the wilderness 
Peace and tranquillity surround the lodge and only encourage you to savour the sights and sounds around you, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast before meeting up with fellow companions and local guide. Half road-trip and half gentle stroll, your guide will enlighten you as to the history and culture, which reflects the Sami, Russian and Finnish influences of the region. Visit Nellim Church, designed by Seppo Latvala and built in 1987 out of Lappish Logs, it is dedicated to a 16th century Russian Orthodox monk.  The Russian border is not far away, so you may head to the border and cross the nearby Paatsjoki Bridge for some magnificent views. The insight to the region continues with a visit to the historic wooden log flume, built to transport timber to the mills in the 1920’s and 30’s. Lunch will be served wilderness style over an open campfire. On returning to the lodge, there will be an Aurora briefing, which not only covers the science of the Aurora, but ensures that you and your camera are fully prepared to capture this awe-inspiring sight, should the Northern Lights show.There is then time to relax in the sauna before dinner and (one hope’s) an evening performance of the Aurora Borealis.
 
DAY 3 A hike in the forest
Today you will be delving into the surrounding fells and forests for a relaxing walk. Whilst walking along the easy trails, your expert guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the region. The land has always been a source of vital nutrients. Mushroom and berry picking still form a vital part of traditional life in Lapland, finding their way into much of the local cuisine, something you may experience during your wilderness lunch. Return to the lodge for dinner and where tonight, you will be sleeping in aurora accommodation. This specially constructed wooden ‘pod’ comes complete with heating, a comfortable bed and clear roof. Perfect for a romantic night and a last chance to catch the Aurora. There is no need for a TV when it’s the stars and sky that provide the evening’s entertainment.
 
DAY 4 Home
The aurora accommodation has an eco-toilet, and there are communal showers and sauna for use. It is then to breakfast before bidding a reluctant farewell to this magical location. A transfer is provided back to the airport in time for your return flight home.
 
Please note: At this time of the year, weather conditions can be changeable and the onset of snow can come quickly. As a result, activities may have to be curtailed or altered for safety reasons or other unforeseen circumstances. Your understanding is appreciated and where possible, alternative arrangements will be in keeping with the spirit of the original itinerary.
Nellim Wilderness Lodge
Nellim Wilderness Lodge
This former school house has been lovingly converted into an authentically crafted hotel that reflects the local culture. Located in an Aurora hot spot, this warm and cosy property captures the essence of rural life in Finnish Lapland, which is enthusiastically shared by its owners, Mari and Jouko. Although small, Nellim offers adaptable accommodation including hotel rooms, apartments, and cabins that are flexible enough to lodge couples, groups of friends and differing family sizes. Nellim is also home to the Aurora Bubble. Each individual and romantic pod has heating, private eco WC and a comfortable double bed from where you can view the star-lit sky. Located on the water's edge, the north facing pods have specially formulated curved glass ceilings, which allow you to watch nature unfold. In addition to the hotel’s restaurant there is a welcoming lounge and a bar handcrafted by Jouko himself.
Muotka Wilderness Lodge
Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Muotka is ideal for families and couples, presenting a choice of hotel rooms, riverside and aurora cabins, offering flexible accommodation in a rustic wilderness style. The restaurant and bar reflect Muotka’s commitment to using local seasonal ingredients and menus are inspired by traditional Lappish cuisine. A sauna in the main building is heated daily for guests. Traditionalists can try the wood smoke sauna (charge applies) and leap into the lake after! Enjoy kick sleds and toboggans, which are on hand for children and adults alike to try.

Moutka Wilderness Rooms: Hotel style accommodation with private WC/shower
Riverside Room: Hotel style accommodation with private sauna, WC and shower
Riverside Suite: Large double suite with fireplace and private sauna.
2-bedroomed Suite: Also with kitchenette, large living room, and own entrance.
Fireplace rooms: Hotel style accommodation complete with fireplace, WC and shower.
Muotka Log Suite: Each of these romantic 1-bedroomed suites comes with queen bed, private sauna, WC and shower.
New for 2016: Aurora Cabin Romantic, cosy, rustic teepee-style cabins with double bed, fireplace and private sauna, WC and shower and panoramic windows for comfortable northern lights spotting.