Ivalo, Finnish Lapland
At a Glance
Gaze up at the stars from the comfort of your bed, hoping with luck that the Northern Lights appear
Take some food to the friendly reindeer herd who reside at the hotel for a close encounter with these majestic animals
Venture out onto the frozen lake to try curling or ice skating
Relax in the outdoor hot tub as you marvel at the surrounding winter wonderland
Set out on a magical sleigh ride through the forest
Best time to Visit
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Winter is the perfect time to visit Finnish Lapland. The winter temperatures can vary anywhere between 0°C and -40°C. The average temperature in January is -14°C, but the cold is not biting because the air is dry. There can be as much as one metre of snow and it usually lasts until May. There is potential for Northern Lights viewing throughout the winter months.
To start planning your holiday to Aurora Village
Aurora village offers cosy Aurora Cabins where you can relax in your bed and watch the sky above through a glass ceiling. With just 25 cabins there is plenty of privacy for you to enjoy excellent service and the surrounding Lapland winter wonderland.
The Aurora cabins are centred around a small enclosure where, during the winter season, a small herd of reindeer roam. Each morning, guests are invited along with staff members to feed the reindeer, offering you a wonderfully close encounter with these enchanting animals. The cabins are well spaced and not overlooked, offering you plenty of privacy as you move around inside.
The setting around the hotel is postcard-perfect as you are surrounded by woodland, overlooking a lake, which freezes over in winter creating the perfect spot for winter activities. Here, the hotel create an ice-skating rink and you can even have a go at curling! There is also plenty of other equipment on offer for you to try out as you can borrow snowshoes, cross-country ski's and fat bikes, which have thicker wheels to allow you to cycle on the snow.
The small cabins feature an en-suite bathroom with shower and a king size or twin beds. For families there is also a sofa bed and space for an additional roll away. The slanted glass ceiling is heated to allow for any falling snow to melt away, so that your view of the twinkling night sky is not obstructed. All meals are served in the elegant Loimu restaurant, serving up Lappish delicacies sourced from the purest nature in the world. Featuring a high, pointed ceiling the restaurant building is designed to emulate a traditional kota, a hut or tent used by the Sami people of Lapland. The central fireplace offers cosy arm chairs, making it the perfect spot to relax for a while post-dinner before adjourning to your cabin to watch the night sky.
The sauna is a real highlight here, designed on the same style as the cabins the windows instead open out to panoramic views over the frozen lake, so you can gaze upon the endless snowy wilderness whilst enjoying the warmth inside. The sauna can be booked privately alongside the outdoor hot tub where you can gaze dreamily at the setting sun or starry night sky.
The 25 Aurora cabins are identical in size and style with king or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and a sofa which can be converted into a sofa bed. There are also Nespresso coffee machines and a kettle.
Aurora cabins are identical in size and style with king or twin beds, a bathroom with shower and a sofa which can be converted into a sofa bed. There are also Nespresso coffee machines and a kettle.
The main building houses a small reception area and the hotel’s restaurant, Loimu, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Tea and coffee making facilities and a small bar make this space available at any time of day, where you can relax next to the small fire and even borrow a board game. The sauna and hot tub can be booked privately and offer breath-taking views over the frozen river. There is also a separate hut which houses a vast range of high-quality outer clothing which guests can borrow to keep warm during outdoor activities.
There is an endless array of activities available on offer here- one of the unique highlights being that you can take to the frozen lake to enjoy an outdoor ice-skating rink- or even try your hand at curling! Each cabin is provided with their own snowshoes and there are also fat bikes available to borrow. Other activities that can be arranged include cross-country skiing, husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and you can even take a magical sleigh ride to visit Santa Claus in his hideaway cabin!
Ria Santamaria (Staff)
One unique factor that makes this place stand out is having reindeers within close proximity. At the center of the cluster of 28 cabins is a reindeer paddock where these endearing animals freely roam. Feeding time occurs daily and it's very hard to pull yourself away! A dip into the ice pool followed by the sauna is an exhilirating experience and a must try! There is also a tiny slope which allows for some toboganning. The size of this property is just perfect and allows you to feel at home right away.
A magical Sleigh Ride to visit Father Christmas
Climb aboard a cosy, wooden sleigh nestled warmly under a soft blanket as your friendly Finnish horse leads you deep into the forest in search of Santa’s secret hideaway cabin.
Ice Kart Racing at Aurora Village
Experience the thrill of racing on Ice and snow as you whizz around the specialist track close to the forest surrounding Aurora Village.
Northern Lights by snowmobile
Take a snowmobile across the snowy landscape in search of the Northern Lights. Travelling through snowy forests, you'll reach high terrain, away from any artificial lights, where conditions for spotting the Lights are at their peak.
Panorama sauna with outdoor jacuzzi
Relax in the warmth of Aurora Village's very special sauna, complete with a panoramic view of the frozen river below. This is perfectly accompanied by the outdoor Jacuzzi.
Reindeer feeding at Aurora Village
Get up close to the small reindeer family who reside at Aurora village as you help with their daily feeding. These friendly animals can be a little shy but with patience will happily eat from your hand.
Snowmobile safari from Aurora Village
Drive through the arctic winter forests, crossing frozen rivers and admiring the beautiful Lappish nature as your guide leads you on a thrilling snowmobile excursion.
Snowmobile safari with ice fishing
Set out by snowmobile on a thrilling ride to the frozen river where you'll try your luck at ice fishing. Your guide will show you how to drill a hole through the thick ice and instruct you on how to attract the fish, a traditional method for many Finns.
Snowshoe walk under the Auroras
Put on a pair of snowshoes and follow your professional guide to the snowy forests nearby, heading away from any artificial lights, if you are lucky hopefully the Northern Lights will be dancing above.
Finnish Lapland for Families
Inari and Ivalo, Finnish Lapland
from £1900 pp inc flights & transfers for 4 nights
- This action-packed adventure is a great option for a February half-term break
- Sleep under a glass roof for optimum Northern Light spotting opportunities
- Enjoy a close encounter with reindeer as you hand-feed Father Christmas' loyal companions
Location & directions
Ivalo, Finnish Lapland
Aurora Village is located in the far North of Finland, above the Arctic Circle.
How to get there
Ivalo airport is just 15 minutes by car.
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