Finnish Arctic Experience

Wilderness Resort Inari

Wilderness Resort Inari is located in the far north of Scandinavia in Finnish Lapland. Newly open in 2017 the resort boasts an impressive combinations of accommodation including 2 bedroom log cabins and glass roofed Aurora cabins.

The log cabins are perfect for families with a twin bedroom in the loft that can accommodate an extra bed double queen on the ground floor. The cabins offer a fire place and an en suite sauna perfect for warming up after an exciting day outside. A kitchenette allows you to prepare snacks for the kids when required.

If you are looking for the ultimate Northern Lights experience then upgrading to an Aurora Cabin is definitely worthwhile. Occupying a prime location on the edge of lake Inari the thermal glass roofs will keep clear even on the coldest night. Instead of receiving an Aurora wake up call you just have to open your eyes so when the Northern Lights are dancing across the sky overhead you don have to move!

The Wilderness rooms are decorated in a typically rustic style using a great deal of influence from the surrounding Arctic nature. There are three separate buildings holding 20 rooms in each, perfect for family reunions or corporate groups.

The main restaurant serves traditional and international cuisine with an extensive buffet including soups and at least two mains each evening.

Things to do at Wilderness Resort Inari

Dog sledding – learn how to control your own pack of huskies and feel like a true polar explorer. Your guide will teach you how to control the dogs and steer the sled over a range of terrains. Remember the huskies are born to run, whether you are on the sled or not, so hang on! Once you have mastered the foot brake you can then enjoy the serenity of Lapland’s Arctic Wilderness.

Reindeer Sled and Farm Visit – this is a great opportunity to meet a local reindeer herder and discover more about the Sami, Scandinavia’s nomadic reindeer herder who used to migrate across the far north of Scandinavia into Russia. Learn how to lasso, understand how each family can identify their own animals in a mixed herd and the characteristics that make reindeer so suitable for Arctic life.

Snowmobiling –If you have never tried snowmobiling before then staying at The Wilderness Resort Inari offers the perfect opportunity to try. First you will be given full instruction on how to drive the machines followed by how to stay safe. After the instruction and when you are happy you will literally just head off from the resort into the nearby wilderness. There are other trips available some including a lunch time stops by an open fire and others where you can go ice fishing.

Northern Lights – there are a number of activities on offer focused on giving you the very best site of the Northern Lights. You can set off on a husky sled, put on some snow shoes or cross country skis or jump in a car to find the best spot with the weather is being temperamental.

Ice Fishing – set off across the ice on a snowmobile, drill a hole in the ice and drop your line down into the dark waters of Lake Inari. If you’re lucky you will pull out an Arctic Char or even a trout that then be cooked on an open fire at lunch time!

Unique midnight sun experience – Enjoy the spectacular phenomena of the midnight sun from mid-May to the end of July when the sun never sets below the horizon. Visit one of five recommended sites to view this amazing natural experience including Lyngstuva by the Lyngenfjord, World War II bunkers at Falsnes in Storfjord, Spåkenes, Engnes in Skjervøy and Årviksand on the island of Arnøya.

Useful information

Closest airport: Ivalo, most flights connect via Helsinki from the UK

Currency: Euro

Temperature range: -25 to + 20 degrees (although the chill factor can make it much colder!)

Did you know? You can sleep, swim, sail, fish or forage anywhere you like in Finland!

At a glance

  • The perfect venue for your first ever Arctic experience, bustling with activities
  • Try dog sledding, searching for the Northern Lights on snow shoes, ice fishing for Arctic Char
  • Great location for a family reunion, family celebration or team building event
  • A great range of accommodation to choose from including 2 bedroom log cabins to glass roofed ‘igloos’
  • An opportunity to understand more about the Sami, Scanidinavia’s nomadic reindeer herders
  • The perfect introduction to Lapland, the home of Father Christmas!