Nellim Wilderness Adventure

from £1227
including flights
3–4, 7 nights Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec


Surrounded by beautiful winter wilderness, on the shores of Lake Inari near the Russian border, Nellim Wilderness Hotel offers a quiet and remote adventure break with comfortable accommodation and magnificent views of Finnish Lapland. This fully inclusive experience has everything you need to capture a true winter wonderland - with a range of day activities, traditional cuisine and a chance to witness the northern lights, this winter retreat has proved an instant hit!


  • Beautiful wilderness location
  • Cosy accommodation and friendly, personal service
  • Includes winter activities for all the family
  • Opportunity to search for the northern lights
  • Choice of inclusive tour durations
  • Direct flight to Finnish Lapland
  • Christmas and New Year flights available

What's Included

  • Return flights between London and Ivalo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Activities as per itinerary

Full description

Over 350km north of the Arctic Circle, in the heart of taiga forest, the location of Nellim sets it apart with its spectacular views overlooking Lake Inari. This is pure wilderness territory, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and under an hour from Ivalo airport.

There is a choice of different breaks which include full board, a range of activities depending on the duration chosen, use of toboggans and the traditional Finnish sauna which is available to warm up after the day's events. The remote location also provides a great opportunity to hopefully see the northern lights. More about the aurora »

There are various accommodation options to choose from, suitable for couples to families and include hotel rooms, apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms, some with private sauna, 1 bedroom cabins and rustic style yet modern Log Cabins and Log Suites. Please refer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the accommodation section for more details.

Aurora Bubble and Kota

During your time at Nellim you can spend a night in an Aurora Bubble under the dark starry sky and if you’re lucky the aurora borealis may appear. The bubble has a double bed with large window facing the north sky and eco toilet. The bubble is booked in addition to the chosen accommodation so only an overnight bag is needed and you still have your wash facilities available. The Aurora Kota is slightly larger and can accommodate an extra bed.
Supplement: from £145 per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Santa Visits in December

The busiest time of year for Santa is December, but this year he has made a special arrangement to be at Nellim on the 12, 15, 18 & 21 December to meet the eager children and adults alike. Each family is taken by a sledge pulled by snowmobile to a cabin deep in the snowy forest. Children can bring their letters to Santa and parents can ‘sneak in’ a present for Santa to hand over.

Price: £142 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children) / additional person £47

Departure: as each family is taken separately, there are several departures throughout the day and the exact time will be confirmed locally.

Duration: 30 minutes (10 minute transfer each way and 10 minutes with Santa)

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Wilderness Room Apartment Log Suites Log Cabin
17 Nov - 14 Dec 2018 3 nights £1,321 £1,377 £1,472 £1,566
17 Nov - 14 Dec 2018 4 nights £1,614 £1,756 £1,803 £1,897
17 Nov - 14 Dec 2018 7 nights £2,039 £2,291 £2,370 £2,469
15 Dec - 23 Dec 2018 3 nights £1,415 £1,472 £1,566 £1,661
15 Dec - 23 Dec 2018 4 nights £1,708 £1,850 £1,897 £1,992
15 Dec - 23 Dec 2018 7 nights £2,134 £2,385 £2,456 £2,564
06 - 20 Jan 2019 3 nights £1,227 £1,278 £1,363 £1,448
06 - 20 Jan 2019 4 nights £1,491 £1,618 £1,661 £1,746
06 - 20 Jan 2019 7 nights £1,874 £2,100 £2,172 £2,261
21 Jan - 08 Feb 2019 3 nights £1,321 £1,377 £1,472 £1,566
21 Jan - 08 Feb 2019 4 nights £1,614 £1,756 £1,803 £1,897
21 Jan - 08 Feb 2019 7 nights £2,039 £2,291 £2,370 £2,469
09 Feb - 23 Feb 2019 3 nights £1,415 £1,472 £1,566 £1,661
09 Feb - 23 Feb 2019 4 nights £1,708 £1,850 £1,897 £1,992
09 Feb - 23 Feb 2019 7 nights £2,134 £2,385 £2,456 £2,564
24 Feb - 19 Mar 2019 3 nights £1,321 £1,377 £1,472 £1,566
24 Feb - 19 Mar 2019 4 nights £1,614 £1,756 £1,803 £1,897
24 Feb - 19 Mar 2019 7 nights £2,039 £2,291 £2,370 £2,469
20 - 31 Mar 2019 3 nights £1,227 £1,278 £1,363 £1,448
20 - 31 Mar 2019 4 nights £1,491 £1,618 £1,661 £1,746
20 - 31 Mar 2019 7 nights £1,874 £2,100 £2,172 £2,261

What's Included

  • Return flights, either direct from London Gatwick to Ivalo (Thursday and Sunday only) or from London Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Winter clothing
  • Return transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee


The prices above are based on direct flights from London Gatwick to Ivalo with Finnair (Sundays and Thursdays only). These flight operate between 13th December 2018 and 28 March 2019. Flights are also available on alternative days via Helsinki with Norwegian Air from London Gatwick and with Finnair from/to London Heathrow. It is possible to overnight in Helsinki and spend time to explore the Finnish Capital city before continuing the journey.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

All Inclusive Itineraries

All of our all-inclusive packages include return transfers from/to Ivalo airport; full board starting with dinner on the first day to breakfast on the departure day; accommodation in your chosen room type, winter activities as detailed below and winter clothing for the duration of your stay.

Winter Activities Included

The following activities are included in the different packages.

Northern Lights Adventure - 3 night itinerary
Aurora Camp; Snowmobile Safari; Husky Safari; Aurora Snowshoeing.

Arctic Explorer - 4 night itinerary
Reindeer day by Snowmobile; Aurora Camp; Husky Safari; Snowshoeing; Aurora Snowmobiling.

Arctic Adventure - 7 night itinerary
Reindeer day by Snowmobile; Aurora Snowshoeing; Snowmobile Safari; Snowshoeing; Cross Country Skiing in Taiga Forest; Aurora Camp; Husky Safari.

Note the order of these activities will be confirmed locally and each activity will be included once during your stay.

Activity Information

Aurora Snowshoeing (approx. 2.5 hours) - Enjoy the beautiful scenery lit by the snow, the moon and the stars. Your guide will give you advise on how to master the skill of snowshoeing before encountering the trails in search of the Aurora.

Reindeer day by Snowmobile (approx. 5 hours) - Visit a reindeer farm where you will meet the herders and hear about the importance of reindeer in Lapland and learn how to use the lasso.

Snowmobile Safari (approx. 4 hours) - You will receive driving and safety instructions before a short lesson and then once ready, take a 60km snowmobile safari through the forests and over frozen lakes in the beautiful winter surroundings. A picnic lunch around an open fire is included.

Aurora Snowmobiling (approx. 2.5 hours) - After driving instructions this snowmobile tour heads to the clear spots where there are higher chances of seeing the northern lights. The distance travelled will vary depending on weather conditions, and if the sky looks promising you will stop to wait for the light show.

Snowshoeing (approx. 3-4 hours) - Enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning the art of snowshoeing. You will be given advice before taking to the trails up through the snowy forest and to the hills for some stunning views over Lake Inari and Nellim. A picnic lunch is included.

Skiing Trip to the Taiga Forest (approx. 2-3 hours) - A guide will give tuition on the art of cross country skiing before venturing out on a ski tour. There will be a chance to try your hand at ice fishing and if you’re lucky enough to catch something, prepare your own meal on an open fire.

Aurora Camp (approx. 2-3 hours) - The camp is situated on an island amidst the endless frozen ice of Lake Inari. Its remote location far from light pollution makes it the perfect place to see any northern light displays.

Husky Safari (approx. 3 hours) - You are given full instructions on how to handle the dog sled before heading onto the trail for a 18km husky safari on Lake Inari. The huskies pull the sled through the beautiful winter scenery, passing over Lake Inari. Afterwards lunch is served.

Nellim Wilderness Hotel


Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

In a beautiful wilderness location in Finnish Lapland, on the shores of Lake Inari, the hotel has a warm atmosphere and offers hotel rooms, apartments, traditional log cabins and log suites.

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