Spend four nights at new resort Juutua in pristine Finnish Lapland wilderness, an ideal spot for nature lovers and aurora hunters.
Finland's Arctic Experience at Juuta
Located in the heart of Inari in northern Finland, this new property is in a beautiful location to experience stunning scenery, northern lights, and winter activities.
- 4 nights in one of the Nellim Resorts newest hotels
- Winter activities such as snowmobiling and husky sledding
- Aurora wake up call
- Full Board
- Winter kit hire included
- 4 nights in one of the Nellim Resorts newest hotels in a Wilderness Room
- 4 winter activities and a special five-course dinner
- Aurora wake up call
- Full Board & arctic winter clothing
- Shared transfers to/from the airport
A note on flights
While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.
Day by Day Itinerary
Transfer from Ivalo airport to the beautiful location of Wilderness Hotel Juuta. The hotel is a charming retreat located in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, the hotel offers a true arctic experience for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. You will check into your River Suite which will be your home for the next four nights.
Today you will learn the art of mushing a team of huskies, as you go out for the day with your guide and team of dogs. In what is a ‘must do’ experience, you will be shown around the husky farm before heading out on the two-man sledges.
In the evening you will try to catch a glimpse of the northern lights at one of the Aurora Camp spots, where you will be comfortably seated in a sled and pulled by a guide’s snowmobile. There will be an open fire and warm drinks available while you wait to see if the sky will show its magic.
If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll in a stunning snowy landscape, then this tour is perfect for you. We’ll provide you with snowshoes and optional poles, and take you on a gentle walk through the picturesque surroundings of the hotel. As you meander through the snow, our knowledgeable guide will regale you with fascinating tales and information about the wonders of Finnish nature. With a focus on relaxation and enjoyment, this tour is ideal for anyone seeking a peaceful winter excursion.
After breakfast, head out into the wilderness on snowmobiles where a guide will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy a scenic trip taking in the stunning scenery. Then in the afternoon you’ll get the opportunity to meet a genuine reindeer herder and his herd, where you can discover intriguing details about these semi-wild creatures and the way of life in the northern regions.
Then in the evening you will enjoy a special fuve-course dinner at the Aanaar restaurant where you will get to taste Lapland’s seasons.
After breakfast you will get your flight back home. You have the option to extend your stay and explore further afield in Finnish Lapland. There are also options of a special six-night itinerary with added excursions included.
Alternatively, you might like to head back to Helsinki for a couple of nights. Just speak to our team and we can get that organised for you.
Where You'll Stay
Nellim Resorts - Juutua
Hotel Juutua in the northern reaches of Finnish Lapland, is situated along the banks of the River Juutua in the heart of Inari village. This cozy haven offers exceptionally comfortable accommodations and a range of facilities for guests, along with a variety of seasonal activities set amidst the Arctic wilderness.
Having undergone a comprehensive renovation, Hotel Juutua now stands at par with its sister hotels in the region, boasting modern amenities and design elements. Capitalizing on its picturesque river setting, the hotel offers sweeping panoramic views through its expansive windows in the lobby, restaurant, and guest rooms.
For a restful night’s sleep, guests can choose between two options. Wilderness rooms, suitable for 1 or 2 guests, are situated in the main building and feature a private bathroom with toiletries, a small wardrobe, and a hairdryer. On the other hand, River Suites, located adjacent to the main building along the riverbank, provide a private balcony or patio, offering a close connection to nature. With north-facing windows, the suites provide an opportunity to observe the night sky and potentially witness the northern lights. Each suite is equipped with its own sauna, fridge, wardrobe, and tea & coffee making facilities.
The restaurant’s panoramic windows showcase the stunning winter scenery, creating a perfect backdrop to savor traditional Lappish cuisine. The full-board option encompasses an evening meal on arrival day through to breakfast on departure day.
Hotel Juutua’s ideal winter wilderness setting sets the stage for an array of exciting activities that capitalise on the snowy surroundings. With ample opportunities to witness the aurora, the resort provides an excellent backdrop for an unforgettable winter experience. In the midst of the serene snowy landscape, guests can breathe in the crisp Arctic air, engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and indulge in the traditional Finnish sauna, all contributing to a profound sense of well-being.
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See what our clients say
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The Abisko Mountain Lodge was fantastic, every member of staff was friendly welcoming and charming. Accommodation, upgraded room was excellent. The food in the lodge definitely deserves the high reviews. Good breakfast, great hime made lunch soups and extremely tasty evening dinners.
The included trips were great. The only let down was the camera night, couldn’t see the lights no one fault, but we were walked through thigh high snow to be left on a frozen lake for the duration of the trip. There was no warning of the difficult walk and we had a 91 year old with us and I have hip problems! That said the guide was great, as were the ones on the skimobile and husky rides. We went up to the sky station in a snow storm with high winds, added to the experience!
Would go back in a heart beat.
We had little communication with Weekend a la carte, no need as all communications were clear and contained all the information we needed. Very informative emails
Would use again if going back
Fantastic service, with every detail taken care of and communicated to your agencies and hotels. Would definitely recommend and will be using again.
Overall very good. Staff excellent and helpful. Accomodation basic but was what we expected. Tour guides very good (nature walks, snow mobiles, dog sleighs). Sky station disappointing as we never got to go up due to the weather and this seem to be a recurring feature.The alternative walk at night and meal was a let down as a result.Overall would recommend to others.
We did the aurora nights break and had a great time overall. Everything related to flights, hire car, and hotels ran smoothly. There were a few issues largely relating to the weather and driving conditions (we travelled in mid March), but what we did manage to do was amazing.
The blue lagoon was easy to access from the airport and was a brilliant experience. We booked the standard package and it came with a free drink and face mask. Facilities were clean and organised with free toiletries in the shower rooms, which helps if you’ve gone there straight from the airport.
The drive to Hotel Ranga afterwards was long but fine (check out the road on google streetview to know what to expect). The hotel and staff were great. We were limited to one option as vegetarians on the bar and a la carte menus, but the food was lovely and if you are a meat eater you will see options of unusual dishes like puffin and reindeer.
Our northern lights super jeep trip was cancelled on both nights due to a poor forecast, but we were lucky enough to get an aurora wake up call from Hotel Ranga the first night. We couldn’t use the hottubs as there are only a few and they were always taken in the limited time we spent at the hotel, so don’t go expecting to get lots of time in one and you won’t be disappointed. View them as an add on if you can time it right. We were travelling with an 11 year old, so we didn’t stay up really late. If you are a couple you probably have a better chance of getting one later on.
The glacier/volcano super jeep trip was outstanding. Our driver, Íbí was excellent. She went above and beyond and gave us such an awesome experience. We were also super lucky with the weather the first two days and had great views across Iceland.
The ice cave tour was also incredible and the guides running it were excellent. The group size was much bigger than expected (especially after the more exclusive volcano super jeep tour), but it was broken down into smaller groups that were managed well, with plenty of time factored in for photographs. There were several unexplained delays getting to the cave during the tour that meant we weren’t able to ‘mini tour’ the rest of the South Coast afterwards, so if you plan to do the ice cave don’t overplan for the afternoon as you may not have much time. Not a huge disappointment for us as we got to experience the cave, but I imagine someone who planned a full itinerary afterwards might be frustrated by the estamiated timings not always being right and subject to change with the weather (which was wicked that day).
Driving around Reykjavik was a horrible experience as we arrived around rush hour and weren’t prepared for all the traffic, having only experienced quiet roads along the south coast. It was difficult finding a parking space, so be prepared to drive around a little when you arrive. If you haven’t driven on the right before and are not a confident driver this could leave you feeling stressed. Again, check out the roads into Reykjavik on Google maps to get a sense of what awaits if you aren’t used to self-driving.
We didn’t get to tour the golden circle because of road conditions/ice/road closures, so we spent the day in Reykjavik instead. This turned out okay for us as we did some of the attractions (Lava Centre and Fly Over Iceland – both hughly recommended), but it ended up being an extra expense and we missed out on the golden attractions. Again, not a big issue if you are aware this could happen. The weather is so changeable that having a plan B is a good approach.
Weekend a la Carte sent us a text warning us about the bad weather conditions, which we’d already seen on the Safe Iceland app, but we were grateful for anyway. It was good to know they were looking out for us!
All in all, a remarkable trip, with some unique experiences. If you book this in the knowledge that nature will have her own way, and you may not see everything you want (especially in winter), you will have a great time. Ranga is definitely the best place to maximise your chances of seeing the lights.
This was a bucket list trip. The company are specialists and I’ve valued their advice. Everything from the when to go for the best opportunity to see the lights and equipment needed and provided.Our activities included, the Ice Hotel, night photo shoot, snowmobiling, guided walk and the sky station meal. All excellent and well run by knowledgeable experts and guides. The Abisko Lodge is warm comfortable and relaxing the food is excellent and the staff welcoming, friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a different and exciting experience.
Brilliant short break. Hotel Ranga was lovely, excellent food. Managed to see the Northern Lights as well! Iceland on the whole was quite expensive but a lovely place to visit, the people were very friendly.
Dear Abigail, We have safely returned from Iceland and we wanted to say a huge and sincere thank you for all the plans that you put into place to make this one of the most memorable holidays we have ever had. It was simply beautiful each and every day. The cabin was idyllic and so cosy and warm. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and friendly and the scenery was breathtaking. All the arrangements worked so well and we will remember the trip for a long time to come.
Thank you once again.
We had a wonderful time! The food at the lodge was amazing and there were some great vegetarian dishes. I had the best beetroot I’ve ever had (beetroot tartare).
Everyone was really friendly and all the guides were good fun and very knowledgeable.
A special thanks to William and Petri who were really friendly and really added a personal touch to our trip. The activities were really well planned and we especially enjoyed the trip with the huskies. The area we were in is stunning and the lodge was very nice. We would definitely recommend this to friends and family.