Wilderness Hotel Nellim is the perfect place for those who are looking for adventure coupled with relaxation in a unique wilderness of Lake Inari.
Day 1. Arrival
We’ll welcome you at the airport with a Nellim sign and transfer you to Wilderness Hotel Nellim (approx. 45 min). Upon arrival you will receive your program schedule before dinner. Depending on your arrival time, cold weather gear is given to you either upon arrival or the next day.
Days 2-6. Activities
Reindeer Day with Snowmobile
A guided snowmobile tour that will give you an insight on Sámi culture and way of life in the north. The reindeer herder welcomes you and you will be invited to the reindeer enclosure. The guide will tell you more about the Sámi culture and the life of a reindeer herder. You will feed the reindeer – the curious animals might even come up and eat out of your hand! After the amazing experience you will have lunch by the open fire. Comfortably seated on reindeer hides around the fire, you will be served reindeer soup and warm drinks that have been heated over the fire. During the day we will make stops at the Nellim church and the Russian Border, and you will also have a chance to try ice fishing.
Snowmobiling in Nellim is big fun. There is unlimited wilderness, lots of tracks and beautiful sceneries all around. After a snowmobiling lesson and safety instructions, we will head off on our snowmobiling adventure. During the day we will enjoy lunch by the open fire and warm drinks to keep us warm. Is there any better way to spend a winter day?
On this trek, we will head to Nellim forests and hills. The forest is a beautiful winter wonderland, and the silence is like nowhere else. During the trek the guide will share interesting stories and information about Finnish nature and animals. Eventually you will reach your camp place, where you will have some lunch and warm drinks by the open fire. This trip is perfect for photographers and nature lovers, as snowshoeing is a true eco-activity!
Cross Country Skiing
We will get to know the skis, how to cope with them and learn some useful techniques. This skiing tryout is all about learning something new and once you get the hang of it, it will be the nicest sport you have ever done. Don’t be afraid to fall over, as the soft snow will land you safely. There are a few ready made tracks in Nellim surroundings, so you will get a chance to go out on your own after this introductory tour.
An absolute ‘must do’ when visiting Nellim! You will be taught how to handle the sled before you head out for the husky safari, where the huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery, passing through frozen Lake Inari. The dogs’ excitement is infectious and as the animals fall silent on the trail, you will realize that this is the only way to see Lapland. All our husky safaris include full instruction and are based on two people sharing a sled unless otherwise stated.
This program takes you Aurora hunting on the amazing Lake Inari. You will be comfortably seated in a sledge that is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. This way you can enjoy the northern sky all the way to the camp place. While observing the night sky, we will enjoy the blazing campfire with hot drinks and each other’s company. The atmosphere by the campfire is an experience in itself. Our Aurora Camps are located 3-6km from Nellim, facing the northern sky. Lake Inari is one of the best places in the world for aurora viewing since there is no light pollution at all. If you are lucky, you might get to enjoy this unique light phenomenon.
Snowshoeing in the woods at night has it’s own excitement. We will wander in the Nellim woods and surroundings, until finally reaching the camp spot. At the camp we will enjoy some warm drinks and gaze at the sky hoping for a possible Northern Lights show.
Day 7. Departure
Breakfast and airport transfer.
|Prices:|| Winter Season
26 Nov – 31 Mar
15 Dec – 5 Jan & 9 – 23 Feb
|Wilderness Room dbl/twin||1700€/person||1850€/person|
|Wilderness Room sgl||1880€/person||2030€/person|
|Apartment, Cabin Lusma/Nuora||1800€/person||1950€/person|
|Cabin Peska/Kasari/Aurora Lakeside Villa||2300€/person||2450€/person|
Duration: 6 nights/7 days
Includes: Accommodation, full board, return airport transfers (Ivalo Airport), winter outdoor clothing and activities mentioned in the program.
Detailed daily itinerary will be provided upon arrival.
All safaris start with full safety instructions. Your experienced guides will show you how to drive your snowmobile and provide you with a full safety briefing before you hit the trails. All snacks and drinks are included in the price of the trip. We provide thermal overalls, mittens, balaclava, thermal socks, winter boots and helmet for the snowmobile safaris. Children 4-14 years will be in a sleigh pulled by your guide with snowmobile, price reduction -30%.
All snowmobile safaris have a self-liability of maximum 800 €/snowmobile.
Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the activity providers for reasons of safety or other unforeseen circumstances. Any alternative arrangements will be made so that they are as similar to the original program as possible.