While there are several resorts and tour companies that offer an experience in the Lapland, we found a small family owned business, Aurora Holidays, and booked with them. Our entire experience, from start to finish, exceeded every expectation that we had and at the end of the week we left feeling more like friends than customers. (Really…this is not an ad for the company, but I honestly do think they’re just that great and I highly recommend them if you are considering a trip to the Lapland.) The tour is 5 nights which gives you lots of chances to catch auroras, while also having plenty to do during the day.
Our journey started with a flight from Helsinki to Ivalo, Finland, however our final destination was still another 3 hours north by car. Tiina, the owner of Aurora Holidays picked us up at the airport and took us to the grocery store in town so we could stock up for the week. After arriving at our cabin, we had the night to settle in and get ready for the adventures of the coming week. Chance brought our family of three together with two other couples (from Switzerland and Scotland), and the dynamic of the group made each activity through the week even more fun.
For a long time, I did not consider group travel as an option. What we’ve found however, is that trips such as this one tend to attract like minded groups of people. Anyone willing to travel far above the Arctic Circle and spend nights standing in temperatures that can get well below freezing are a unique set of people. As for choosing Aurora Holidays, a small, family owned business like Tiina’s is the best possible option. The entire week felt so personalized to what each person in the group enjoyed. Traveling with an 8 month old has some unknowns, but Tiina went out of her way to accommodate us and quickly became one of Elise’s favorite people.
I’m already dreaming of returning someday, but until then we’d like to send a heartfelt thanks to Tiina and Emilia for making our week so fantastic. More aurora photos from our trip will be coming up in the next post.