Wilderness Hotel Inari
Inari, Finnish Lapland
At a Glance
- Explore the vast frozen lake by snowmobile, snowshoe or on cross-country skis
- Inari is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, heightening your chances of seeing illuminated skies here
- Spend your days exploring the frozen wilderness and nights cosying by the fire or warming up in the sauna
Experience local Sami culture with a traditional dinner and performance or visiting the local museum
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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 Wilderness Hotel Inari
Wilderness Hotel Inari enjoys an enviable location in Northern Lapland on the edge of Lake Inari, making it the perfect spot to enjoy endless snowy views with optimal chances of spotting the elusive Northern Lights.
The hotel is spread out over a number of different buildings, providing a various accommodation options from spacious family-friendly log cabins, to glass-roofed aurora cabins for watching the night’s sky and panorama chalets to gaze out over the frozen lake.
The main building hosts the reception, restaurant and bar area. Surrounded by panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows all meals are accompanied by breath-taking, uninterrupted views of the endless frozen lake, where you may spot the occasional cross-country skier or snowmobile whizzing across. Food is served either buffet-style, or you can opt for an a-la-carte option with a range of mouth-watering dishes from king crab to warming soups and steaming vegetables.
The vast, frozen lake offers the perfect playground to enjoy a plethora of winter activities here, and Wilderness Hotel Inari has plenty on offer, all of which are enjoyed as part of a small group. There are a number of activities you can do directly from the hotel with snowmobiles available to jet out on guided tours, snowshoes, cross-country skis, ice fishing and a range of different Northern Lights excursions including heated sleighs. A little further from the hotel you can also go husky sledding, visit a local reindeer farm or even have a private meeting with Father Christmas. The list of options available is endless, ensuring you go to bed night with full bellies, rosy cheeks and weary limbs!
After experiencing the joys of the fresh, wintery air the perfect way to warm up is in traditional Finnish style in the warmth of a sauna. The spacious log cabins and chalets have their very own for you to enjoy, otherwise you can have a private session in the aurora-cabin style sauna, with fantastic views over the lake.
The accommodation options at Wilderness Hotel Inari range from the cosy wilderness rooms to the Aurora Cabins and Panorama chalets, both perfect for couples. The spacious log cabins offer enough space for 6 people to sleep, making these great for families.
|Inari Log cabin||
Standing by the side of the frozen lake, the spacious log cabins can sleep up to 6 people with a double bedroom downstairs and a loft space upstairs with 3 or 4 single beds- the perfect hideaway for your children. The Cabins have a large living area, complete with kitchen, dining table and log-burning fireplace, as well as panoramic windows overlooking the lake. The large bathroom has a shower and adjoining sauna.
|Inari Arctic Chalet||
The semi-detached chalets have large floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise your views over the woodland and lake. These cosy cabins are perfect for couples with a king-sized bed, sauna, shower and a living area with a fireplace.
|Inari Aurora Cabin||
The Aurora cabins are a true bucket list experience for those wanting to sleep under the starry, northern sky with a slanted glass ceiling, so you can watch the sky above from the comfort of your bed. These small, yet cosy cabins are perfect for a short stay, so work in great combination with a stay in a panorama chalet or wilderness room and feature a bathroom with shower.
|Inari Wilderness Room||
The Wilderness Rooms are situated in the centre of the main hotel area behind the main building. The rooms feature wither a king, or twin beds with en-suite bathrooms with a shower.
The large reception building houses the restaurant and plenty of seating areas to cosy up next to the log-burning fires and watch the starry sky outside. The log cabins and chalets have their own sauna, or there is a private sauna guests can book, overlooking the lake.
The wilderness of Finnish Lapland is the perfect spot to try out some exciting activities. At Wilderness Hotel Inari you can sample snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or head out on an excursion to a local reindeer farm, go husky sledding or visit the local Sami museum. The hotel has an impressive range of different options to set out at night to chase the Northern Lights including heated sleighs, Aurora camps and Aurora snowshoeing.
Ria Santamaria (Staff)
On the shores of Lake Inari in Northeast Finland, Wilderness Hotel Inari offers something for families, couples or groups of friends. From log cabins, arctic chalets or aurora cabins, its a great base for arctic activities and ideally situated for some aurora sighting.
Sarah Jackson (Staff)
Walking into my Inari Log cabin I was blown away by the size of the cabin, with a wide entrance hall and plenty of important space to peel off your outer layers with hooks and hangers for storage. The bathroom is vast with a typically Finnish wet-room style shower and an adjoining sauna,with space for the whole family. The downstairs double bedroom is snug, but there is ample space in the living area with a large sofa, which was so cosy to sit on at night once I lit the wood-burning fire and gazed out on the frozen lake. My highlight came just after 10:30pm when my Aurora alert suddenly burst into life. After quickly donning my warm gear I rushed outside and as I gazed upwards my breath was taken away from me as I saw a light shimmering in the sky. Stepping out further on the frozen lake there were only a few people around, but the vastness of the lake allowed me to enjoy complete silence to gaze up at the starry sky. The food was also fantastic here- the King crab Gratin starter being a firm favourite!
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.
Spend an evening under the stars, huddled around the campfire in the middle of the winter wilderness. Stay warm with hot drinks as you keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights dancing in the sky overhead.
Take a snowmobile across the snowy landscape in search of the Northern Lights. Once darkness has fallen, you will drive away from artificial lights and towards the Lappish wilderness. If the weather is clear, you will hopefully see the Lights dancing!
Enjoy a snowshoe adventure across the wintry landscape in search of the Northern Lights. Once darkness has fallen, head away from the lights and towards the Lappish wilderness. If the weather is clear, you will hopefully see the Lights dancing!
Cross Country Skiing
Experience the calm and peaceful arctic nature on a pair of skis, crossing Finland’s wintry wilderness. After a brief demonstration on how to use the skis, you will set off towards the beautiful winter scenery.
Husky sledding is a unique and thrilling Finnish experience and an opportunity for a close encounter with the excitable Lappish husky dogs. You'll travel through the snowy wilderness on a comfortable sled pulled by a group of huskies.
Ice fishing by snowmobile sleigh
Drive through the beautiful fells and wilderness tucked up in a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile, before arriving at a private lake to try your hand at the traditional practice of Ice fishing.
Reindeer farm with reindeer safari
Enjoy an unforgettable private visit to see where Santa's loyal companions, his reindeer, live, followed by a magical reindeer sleigh ride through the snow-clad forest.
A highlight of any Arctic adventure, a snowmobile is a magical and exhilarating way to discover the incredible snowy landscape of Finnish Lapland.
Take part in a snowshoeing expedition exploring the woodland around your hotel. You will be glad to have these specially-adapted shoes as you make your way down less-trodden paths in the deep snow.
Visit a reindeer farm
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to see where Santa's loyal companions, his reindeer, live. Learn about the ways of reindeer husbandry and the special relationship between the herder and their animals.
Finland and Norway for Families
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from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights
- Combine Norway and Finland in this thrilling itinerary full of activities
- Explore remote locations, off the beaten track with breathtaking scenery
- Have a go at husky sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing
Finnish Lapland with Kids
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- Be mesmerised as you sleep under a glass roof for optimum Northern Lights spotting at the Aurora Village
Location & directions
Inari, Finnish Lapland
Wilnerness Hotel Inari is located on the shores of Lake Inari, in the far North of Finnish Lapland.
How to get there
Ivalo international airport is a 40-minute drive.
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