Finland’s Secret Island
Stay on your own Arctic Circle island and search for the Northern Lights by Snowmobile and Reindeer
Finland’s Secret Island
About your trip
A private aurora island on the Arctic circle will be your nightly base as you discover the magic of Finnish Lapland with an ex-royal marine as your guide.
By day, you’ll travel deep into silent, snow-laden forests on cross-country skis – pushing yourself to your limits as you’re lured on by nature’s ethereal beauty. You’ll plunge into freezing water holes for a taste of heart-stopping cold-water therapy and fly across frozen landscapes by husky sleigh, safe in the knowledge that a warm campfire and hearty meal will be waiting in the wings.
And by night? Always Northern Lights hunting, of course. Whether it’s a thrilling aurora safari by snowmobile, a twilight reindeer ride into uncharted territory or time spent looking to the sky on your far-flung arctic island; the odds of seeing nature’s most wonderous spectacle are firmly in your favour.
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- All meals
- Stay in 4 star hotel and boutique private island
- Private apartment with beds split across two floors
- We offset your carbon emissions
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Private minibus, snowmobile, reindeer, skis
- Arrival Airport transfer
- Cold weather kit including coat and boots
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team
Day 01 An Arctic City Welcome
Welcome to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus and your gateway to arctic circle adventures. The wilderness just beyond Rovaniemi’s colourful lights will soon be calling, however, so before you get to experience the city’s charms, you’ll stop off to be kitted out with your essential cold weather gear. After a chance to get to know everyone over some celebratory drinks, you’ll head out for your welcome dinner at Gustav – one of Finland’s top 10 restaurants. Here you’ll feast on fresh local produce, from fish and lamb to forest-picked mushrooms and veggies. Afterwards, if the the night is clear, it’ll be worth stepping outside. Rovaniemi is one of the world’s best spots to see the Northern Lights.
Day 02 A PRIVATE ISLAND & AURORA HUNTING
This morning you embark on a husky adventure. You’ll learn all you need to know about driving the husky sleighs yourself before you’re let loose onto the vast icy tundra. With the wind and snow whipping around you and temperatures reaching as low as minus 30, you’ll feel like a real Samii herder. Next, you’ll be taken to your private island. You’ll be welcomed by traditional saunas and a private chef serving outstanding local dishes. And it’s all yours. Completely private. How’s that for exclusivity? Tonight, cross over to the mainland for your twilight Northern Lights safari by snowmobile, where you’ll delve kilometres into the Arctic wilderness, always with one eye to the sky.
Day 03 Ski trek & reindeer adventures
Today you’ll strap on some cross country skis and push yourself on and on into scenes more and more beautiful, gliding to some untouched hard-to-reach spots. After some recovery time back on your island, you’ll learn how to drill and cut a hole into the ice around you. Why? You’ll all be getting in it, of course. Prepare for the ultimate invigorating wellness experience as you immerse yourself in water so cold it will take your breath away. This evening you’re off on another Northern Lights safari, and this time it’s by Reindeer. Travelling deep into the forest and 20km from the nearest city, you’ll firmly be entering wolf and brown bear territory – but don’t worry, they’ll keep their distance.
Day 04 A final sauna
Your adventure may have been short, but you’ll be leaving today knowing you packed every last moment with thrilling arctic experiences. You’ll have time this morning to enjoy a slow breakfast and one last sauna as a group before you’re transferred to the airport for your flight home. You never know, the magic might continue as you fly off – the Northern Lights from the vantage point of a plane window is something worth looking out for.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Hotel Vartio Saari is a little-known island wonderland that can only be accessed by a bridge connecting it to the mainland. As well as the beauty of it’s untouched location, the island’s accommodation has been designed by a revered Finnish architect, who has added a welcome touch of chic to the Finnish wilderness.
ARCTIC CITY HOTEL, ROVANIEMI
This hotel, at the centre of the Rovaniemi action, will provide you with everything you need for a short stay in this Arctic city. An on-site bar, restaurant, comfortable rooms – it’s an un-fussy and ideal spot to kick-off your time in Finnish Lapland.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN)
- Do I need a visa?
Most likely, you will not need a visa if you are a UK or USA national, however, some nationalities will require one. To check whether you will need a visa or not, it is best to visit this website.
If you do need a visa, visa applications are handled by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
- Can I drive a snowmobile?
You need to have a driver’s license from your home country in order to drive a snowmobile. Otherwise, you can still take part but you’ll need to ride pillion.
- By what time should my flight arrive? (so arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
Before 5 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 6.30 pm onwards starting at the hotel, which is located approximately 15 minutes away from Rovaniemi airport.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
Check-out time is before 11 am but you can leave anytime that suits you. The airport is 20 minutes away with group transfers included to the city or the airport, so we advise booking flights past 2 pm to account for travel and check-in time on your last day.
- Will I see the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are best viewed on clear nights between late August and early April.
Please be aware that the Northern Lights are weather-dependent and not guaranteed to appear on every trip.
- How much should I budget per day for extras?
This trip is nearly fully inclusive so you won’t need much. Guide and driver tips are included in the cost.
- What fitness levels do I need for this trip?
This adventure is fast-paced and it will challenge you during the ski trek especially. However, no specific level of fitness is required, we just want to ensure you are happy partaking in the activities like snowmobiling across the Arctic. The trek itself will vary between 2-5k depending on the weather and the fitness of the group. We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.
- Will the itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
- What equipment do I need?
We will kit you out with cold weather kit including a thermal overcoat, boots and gloves.
You should bring thick socks, a long-sleeved thermal top, and underwear; jeans, shirt and fleece or jersey; an insulated, wind-resistant jacket; a beanie and scarf or buff; and, a pair of good mittens.
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- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.
What Flashpackers say
"I had the absolute trip of a lifetime through Flash Pack visiting Finland! While it was one of the shorter experiences, I came away with memories of adventure and a new travel family in the fellow Flashpackers I met on the trip! "
"This trip was phenomenal! It was filled with a lot of culture and adventure in one of the most magical places in Finland! "
"Snowy wonderland. Everything was well-planned and ran seamlessly. I’m a vegan and my meals were wonderful and I didn’t have to worry about what I would eat. Every aspect of the trip was perfect and the most fun I’ve ever had on a vacation!"
" Everything about this trip was amazing - from the staff at cabins, to the cabins themselves, to the activities, the Northern Lights, the scenery and most importantly, the people. The group bonded more or less straightaway. I can honestly say I haven’t laughed that much in a very, very long time. It was just perfect. "
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