We booked directly with Wilderness Hotel, opting for the lake Inari Aurora Hut as we wanted the igloo experience. We booked our own flights and got to the hotel extremely early - I think check in is at 5pm and we got there at about 9:30am. In hindsight I should have told them this but they were extremely hospitable and told us to rest and help ourselves to breakfast while we waited.
The main lobby is stunning and the buffet breakfast was absolutely superb. Our rooms weren’t ready until 5pm but we were able to walk the grounds, shower and get changed.
When we got to the huts (my husband and myself one one, my parents aged 60 in the other), we didn’t realise we wouldn’t be able to take our bags with us. Completely fine but bear this in mind, you’ll leave your bags in the main lodge and then use the showers there, so this is really just a place to get your head down and enjoy the view (northern lights if you’re lucky).
We didn’t realise that there aren’t any power sockets in the huts. There are USB outlets, heating and lighting etc, it’s very cosy and comfortable but Unfortunately my mother uses a CPAP machine which needs to be plugged in. She stayed the first night in the hut but for the following two nights, the staff moved my parents into a log cabin room (no charge and no fuss). This was more comfortable for them (stunning room) and good for us as we could keep our bags and shower in their room.
Bear in mind when choosing your room - the huts are awesome but it’s very much a glamping experience! I loved the experience of the hut for a short break but the panoramic log cabins are so beautiful and self contained that I’d book one of these next time.
We booked all of our excursions through the hotel, cross county skiing and husky safari. Both were absolutely amazing - you are taken to the nellim hotel to do these and I do believe the Nangu hotel is far better - it’s pretty as a postcard and the staff are the best!
We opted for bed & breakfast and paid for dinner each night. Next time I’d go half board because the food is so amazing. All good, wholesome ingredients and freshly prepared (you can see chefs prepping throughout the day). They also catered for one veggie meal which was never repetitive (veggie substitutes, all meals looked the same). Plenty of fresh meat, fish and veggies and proper comfort food.
I read that some people thought the food was repetitive but I can’t comprehend that, every night was a surprise and I’m still dreaming of the food!
I also want to say that the staff are the most welcoming and helpful people I’ve ever encountered in a hotel. They can’t do more to help - little things like packing us a breakfast for our departure, printing off our itinerary, swapping one of our rooms without question.
I can’t wait to come back!
I booked this as a dream trip before I retire and wanted activities to remember in case the Northern Lights didn't show themselves. They didn't but I loved every minute of this trip. I travelled solo but there were always friendly people & guides around to make the trip special. The hotel is fantastic and I had a double room to myself - comfortable & warm. The food was wonderful, staff attentive & friendly - I felt thoroughly spoilt during my stay. I had 2 aurora camps which were fun despite no lights and did the husky sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Each activity had so many wow moments - I hadn't done anything like it before and enjoyed them all even if I was a bit apprehensive of my ability to snowshoe and snowmobile beforehand. Yes, it's expensive for 3 nights but Finland is expensive and everything was included - even the arctic clothing that kept me warm in -12 degrees. I highly recommend AuroraZone as a travel company - lots of information, helpful staff & the rep, Lucia was great, & literally going the extra miles to get me a souvenir I'd mentioned & couldn't get locally. Best holiday ever!
We visited for 4 nights at the end of January booking through Best Served Scandanvia. Everything was well organised from the transfer from the airport to the warm welcome and dinner on arrival and all of our activities. The food was really lovely - a choice of vegetarian for non fish or meat eaters on request, but otherwise a three course dinner served to the table each evening with a buffet breakfast and soup and salad buffet lunch. Even the excursion guides were armed with warm soup, hot chocolate, and other delicious goodies to keep our energy levels up. We did a 4 hour snowmobile trip on Lake Inari, a couple of hours snow showing through the hills, the night-time aurora campfire and a trip to the sister Wilderness Hotel Nellim to visit a reindeer farm, village church and the highlight of the trip - an hour driving husky sleds through the snowy wilderness. The accommodation was wonderfully cosy we stayed in a superior room for 3 nights then transferred to an aurora cabin for the final night. It didn't disappoint as the aurora came out to play and we gazed into the sky for hours from the cosy comfort of our bed under the heated glass panels. The hotel staff and guides were wonderful hosts and the snow suits and boots were clean and very much needed kit on the exursions where temperatures hovered between - 25 and - 37. We took lots of layers - merino base layers, fleece and wool mid-layers, light-weight down jackets and then wore the snow suits on top. Our own walking boots which are designed for snow and ice were great for walking to dinner or breakfast but the hotel's snow boots with fleece inserts were much needed as was the addition of some heated pads which you can buy at reception inserted to warm our toes and fingers. Even with technical glove liners and snow mittens and heated pads, the husky sledding trip was bitterly cold. Wrap up as warm as you can. An hour's private use of the sauna was a good way to thaw out. Everything was spotless, well maintained and we toasted our anniversary with a glass of bubbly in bed under the aurora. Unforgettable.
My husband and I spent four days at Nangu and had an amazing time. It is a beautiful place with friendly, helpful staff. The food was lovely, not a lot of choice but what we had was delicious. The hotel is on the edge of a frozen lake and we saw a wonderful display of Northern Lights. I upgraded our room to the Panoramic log cabin which had a hot tub on the balcony and it's own sauna. It was well worth the money. I would thoroughly recommend this area to see the Northern Lights, it was our second visit and we saw them most nights on both trips. Even if you are not able to see the Lights it is a very good activity holiday if you like snowmobiling, snow shoeing, huskies etc.
We visited as part of the Artic Experience with the Baltic Travel Company. The Wilderness Hotel Nangu was excellent. The main hall where food is served was warm and cosy. Wi-fi available. The hotel room was good - hot shower, spacious, good storage though I didn’t find the bed very comfortable. The food was very tasty but appreciate that you have to eat what you are served. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The experiences were exceptional including snow shoeing, snowmobiling and husky sleighing. We managed to see the Northern Lights but not at the Aurora Camp. Particular thanks to Yarmo, one of the guides on the excursions, who was helpful and kind. Bring warm clothes! It was cold and the Hotel provide outer overalls, snow boots, gloves only - you will need thermal top and bottoms, hats, scarves, inner gloves, fleece tops, and thermal socks (several pairs). At beyond minus 10 it feels cold especially on activities such as the snowmobiling and husky sleighing. Overall an excellent experience!!