Spot the Northern Lights on a private island in Finland
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Spot the Northern Lights on a private Arctic island
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Way up in the Arctic Circle of northern Finland, a private island will be your base for this action-packed adventure. Away from the city lights, the long dark winter nights provide ideal conditions for a Northern Lights snowmobile hunt. With the wind whipping around you, you’ll ride off into the Arctic wilderness with one eye to the sky.
Witnessing the amazing Aurora Borealis is one of the world’s most extraordinary experiences. And while sightings are a matter of luck, this far-flung Arctic island puts the odds firmly in your favour. By day, you’ll master cross-country skiing, husky sledding and ice swimming, before gathering around a warm campfire at night amid nature’s ethereal beauty.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Your boutique exclusive-to-you hotel is a haven of warmth and comfort. Located 10 minutes from the town of Rovaniemi (the official home of Santa Claus), this private island in Finland is accessed via a 70-metre footbridge. With chic Scandi design, handcrafted furnishings and a dining room shaped like an indigenous Samii ‘kota’ hut, the hotel is a cosy base to chase down the Northern Lights.
Before activities, you’ll be provided with thermal suits, including snow boots and thick winter gloves. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to warm up in the wood-fired Finnish sauna. With delicious local food (think Arctic salmon and roasted lamb) and nature on your doorstep, this island escape gives a unique insight into Arctic life.
WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS
Flash Pack leader, Kyle Miller, is our local expert on the ground in Finland. “It might seem strange, but when I welcome guests at the hotel, I never mention the Northern Lights. I talk about the fun activities we’ll do, the Samii history and culture, the traditional local food and how to dress for the cold. But I don’t mention the Northern Lights.”
“That’s because I can’t promise that nature will perform,” he says. “So I say, come to experience life on a small Arctic island. Come to relax in nature and breathe in the pure fresh air. Come to see why Finnish people are the happiest in the world. That way, you’re sure to have a great time. And if the Northern Lights decide to dance, well, that’s the icing on the cake.”
HOW TO BOOK IT
This private-island stay in the Arctic is bookable as part of Flash Pack’s Finland Secret Island adventure – which also includes gliding through forests on cross-country skis, plunging into ice-cold water, wood-fired saunas and learning how to mush a sled of huskies.
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