Price from £1,625pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights: Return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: Return group airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' in a standard double or twin hotel room
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Activities: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, introduction to Utsjoki, reindeer sleigh ride and local culture, husky safari (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided during winter activities
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

*Arrivals which do not meet the group transfer times will be subject to a private transfer supplement.

Staying in cosy, comfortable accommodation run by a friendly Sámi family, guests will leave feeling like friends, knowing some of these stories and secrets of this fascinating culture. Your winter cottage accommodation (around 2km from Utsjoki town) has great views north across the Teno River and into Norway. You are in prime Northern Lights territory here, with frequent and spectacular displays which even still stop the locals in their tracks. Evening safaris are available during your stay to book and pay for locally. They are not part of the Artisan holiday because Utsjoki has such great views of the Aurora when they occur that an inclusive trip may be surplus to requirements.

Around Utsjoki, dramatic peaks rise from snow-covered fells above the tree-line. Wild Lapland can be an inhospitable place so a good wilderness guide is vital. They will teach you about how the Sámi people survived in such a barren landscape for so many centuries.

Today the population density is 0.25 people per square kilometre. Compare this to London where it is 4,978 people per square kilometre and you have some idea of the remote beauty you may expect. Nothing, however, can prepare you for the reality of this stunning environment where snow covers the ground for six months of the year and the reindeer outnumber the people.

Images credits: Holiday Village Valle and Klaus Peter Kappest

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  • Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled

    From £76pp

    Sitting in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, warmly wrapped up you will travel behind the guide's snowmobile in search of the magnificent Northern Lights. The local guides know all the best vantage points and they will lead you to an area with minimal light pollution. Throughout your journey, you can keep your eyes on the sky and should conditions be favourable you will hopefully enjoy a display of the Aurora.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: 2 hours

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  • Scenic tour via snowmobile-pulled sled

    From: £76pp

    The focus in Utsjoki is on enjoying the stunning wilderness at the very north of Finland. This scenic snowmobile-pulled sled tour is an ideal way in which to sit back and enjoy the idyllic surroundings whilst venturing further out into the wilderness, towards the Norwegian border. The diverse nature is particularly picturesque as you approach Norway, with spectacular views towards the Teno River and the rugged Norwegian fells. This trip is ideal for those looking to capture the nature of Utsjoki on camera and you may even spot some reindeer.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Winter Fishing

    From: £64pp

    In Utsjoki, Ice Fishing is perhaps the most popular winter activity for locals. Join an experienced guide and learn the secrets behind this unique form of fishing. Your trip will begin as you are transferred via car to a nearby frozen lake. Following this, your guide will then drill holes in the ice using a special drill called ‘kaira’ before you attempt to catch Arctic Trout or Salmon Trout from the watery abyss below. Whilst you are fishing, your guide will prepare warm drinks over a campfire.

    Duration: 2-3 Hours

  • One-day husky safari

    From: £392pp

    If your two-hour husky safari has you addicted to dogsledding, this will make for a perfect addition to your free day: a daylong husky safari covering around 30 kilometres! You will ride one person per sled, with winter clothing and a picnic lunch provided.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Availability: January 2018 onwards

  • Excursion to the wilderness

    From: £164pp

    Following breakfast, you will be taken to a splendid fell region by snowmobile-pulled sled. A stop will be made at a frozen lake to learn ice fishing, with the chance to catch species like Arctic trout and grayling. If you would prefer not to fish, snowshoes will be brought along for an alternative trek around the fells. You will also be taken to meet reindeer and learn how they are reared by their herder.

    This activity is best enjoyed from 22 January 2018 onwards due to increasing light levels. That said, it is available from November 2017 onwards, with the land covered by more of a twilight.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Tour to the Arctic Ocean by car

    From: £165pp

    You will be driven over the border into Norway to the magnificent Varangerfjord and the fishing village of Nesseby. A trip will be made to the nearby Sámi museum to learn more about the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, and you will also find out about contemporary life by the Arctic Ocean. Time will be made to visit a ‘seita’, or Sámi worship site, and there will be a picnic lunch along the way. Heading back, a stop will be made at a Sámi handicraft workshop in the village of Tana.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: 4-5 hours

  • Northern Lights reindeer sleigh ride

    From: £126pp

    Combine two of the most well-known Lapland symbols in one activity and hunt for the Northern Lights while sitting back on a reindeer-pulled sled. Carried along at a gentle pace, you can relax and focus all of your attention on the night-time landscape and the skies above. You will cover around two kilometres.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: Approximately 2 hours

  • Cross-country skiing

    From: £60pp

    Cross-country skiing is one of the oldest methods of travel used by the Sámi people. Using the cross-country skiing equipment will allow you to make the most of the snow-covered landscape and explore the untouched wilderness that surrounds the area and to appreciate the beauty of this remote region. You will enjoy a real sense of silence during this activity and hopefully, encounter some of the local wildlife such as elk, hare and willow grouse. There will be a break for picnic snacks en-route. This activity requires a minimum of two participants.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Northern Lights snowshoeing

    From: £60pp

    Strapping on snowshoes you will head out into the surrounding wilderness to hopefully seek out the Northern Lights. You will have two hours at your disposal and your guide will lead the way to a remote spot far from light pollution. Your guide will highlight some of the flora and fauna that can be found in the region. With any luck, the Northern Lights will pay you a visit.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Northern Lights hunt via car

    From: £76pp

    This is an opportunity to seek out a prospective Northern Light display via car or minibus. The guides here are all local experts and know all the best spots in the region from which to view the Aurora. The mobility that the car provides should ensure you are able to outrun any cloud cover and hopefully be successful on your mission to witness a dazzling Aurora display.

    A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Daytime snowshoeing

    From: £60pp

    Snowshoeing is a fantastic and ecological way in which to explore the surrounding nature of Utsjoki. This particular trip will lead you across a beautiful wonderland towards the snow-covered forests whilst your guide gives you an insight into the surrounding nature and the diverse flora and fauna which can be found north of the Arctic Circle. You may even spot some wildlife for yourself with both moose and reindeer common in this area.

    Duration: 2 Hours

  • Overnight husky safari

    From: £675pp

    If you are looking for a real adventure then you can extend your stay in Finland and choose to add on an overnight husky safari in the region of Tana. This is a wonderfully exciting opportunity to lead your own team of enthusiastic dogs to a remote wilderness cabin where you have the chance to get back to nature and appreciate the endless remote landscape which surrounds you.

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    The safari includes two picnic lunches, one dinner at the cabin and breakfast in the morning. You will stay overnight in a wilderness cabin with shared facilities, all of your equipment including an arctic grade sleeping bag is provided for you.

    This extension requires a minimum of two participants.

    Availability: January 2018 onwards

    Distance: Approximately 60km in total (or around 30km per day)

    Duration: 2 days

  • Extend your stay

    From: £80pp

    If you have a little bit more time to enjoy the wonder of the wilderness then why not extend your stay. We can arrange for you to spend an extra night in a cabin, with half board included so that you can take advantage of some of the other activities that are available in this remote and beautiful area.

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Please note: Single occupancy is only available for the hotel room option.

Sun 19 Nov 2017
to Sun 26 Nov 2017
Adults£ 1,915 Single Adult£ 2,215
Sat 25 Nov 2017
to Sat 02 Dec 2017
Adults£ 1,775 Single Adult£ 2,075
Sun 10 Dec 2017
to Sun 17 Dec 2017
Adults£ 2,195 Single Adult£ 2,485
Sun 07 Jan 2018
to Sun 14 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,635 Single Adult£ 1,925
Sun 14 Jan 2018
to Sun 21 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,915
Sun 21 Jan 2018
to Sun 28 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,635 Single Adult£ 1,925
Sun 28 Jan 2018
to Sun 04 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,915
Sun 04 Feb 2018
to Sun 11 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,925
Sun 11 Feb 2018
to Sun 18 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,045
Sun 18 Feb 2018
to Sun 25 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,915
Sun 25 Feb 2018
to Sun 04 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,915
Sun 04 Mar 2018
to Sun 11 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 1,915
Sun 11 Mar 2018
to Sun 18 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,635 Single Adult£ 1,925
Sun 18 Mar 2018
to Sun 25 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,725 Single Adult£ 2,015

Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next year's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Sun 18 Nov 2018
to Sun 25 Nov 2018
Adults£ 2,155 Single Adult£ 2,495
Sat 24 Nov 2018
to Sat 01 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,000 Single Adult£ 2,340
Sun 09 Dec 2018
to Sun 16 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,470 Single Adult£ 2,800
Sun 06 Jan 2019
to Sun 13 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,840 Single Adult£ 2,170
Sun 13 Jan 2019
to Sun 20 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 20 Jan 2019
to Sun 27 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,840 Single Adult£ 2,170
Sun 27 Jan 2019
to Sun 03 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 03 Feb 2019
to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 10 Feb 2019
to Sun 17 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,975 Single Adult£ 2,315
Sun 17 Feb 2019
to Sun 24 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 24 Feb 2019
to Sun 03 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 03 Mar 2019
to Sun 10 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,825 Single Adult£ 2,155
Sun 10 Mar 2019
to Sun 17 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,840 Single Adult£ 2,170
Sun 17 Mar 2019
to Sun 24 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,940 Single Adult£ 2,270

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 – 20 people. However, please note that for the Aurora Centre Wilderness Yurt, the maximum capacity is 120 people.

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

  • More than lived up to expectations 19 March 2017 by Mary Piers

    The holiday was fantastic and more than lived up to expectations. A very well planned and organised holiday. Very good guides and instructors. So very friendly and helpful. The Husky sledding (was my favourite) because I just adore the huskies and I spent several hours out in the beautiful wilderness driving the tram. Thank you for all your assistance and a huge thank you to all in Utsjoki, I
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    could not have asked for better care and assistance. Activities fantastic. So very sorry to leave but I will be back in Sami country next year!!
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  • The whole holiday was so, so excellent 06 March 2016 by Sok Wai Lou

    All meals were good quality, excellent scenery around where we stayed, the accommodation was so good...having my own sauna in the house was a real bonus! Henry, the owner of the place was so attentive to our needs (he even provided packed-breakfast the night before we left for Helsinki very early morning). The whole holiday was so, so excellent that I won't hesitate to recommend to my friends.

  • An excellent experience in all respects 17 February 2014 by Hilary Hazzard

    I got back from Utsjoki ('the top of Finland') on Friday and I'm just emailing to let you know what an excellent experience it was in all respects (even at -35°C)Travelling was trouble-free, the hosts were professional-yet-friendly and attentive to our needs (that's me and the only other people there, a couple from Germany) - though we didn't actually need anything outside of what was
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    provided. The food was particularly fabulous. We agreed that Anne and Petteri made us feel more like welcome visitors than 'tourists' - I particularly appreciated that as a lone traveller - and I'd definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a closer-to-nature experience than some of the hotel-based trips. The Northern Lights made their appearance twice (that we caught). That's not something you could have laid on but I thought you might like to know. Best birthday ever!
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