A Lapland holiday is not complete without at least one winter safari – and preferably all of them! For over 20 years, Inghams has worked closely with local tour operators to ensure our guests receive the best value winter safaris in Lapland. We offer the chance to participate in each of the ‘Big 3’ safaris: reindeer, husky, and snowmobile.
The huskies are impatient and ready to go. As soon as they are harnessed to their sleds, the sound of excited barking fills the air. The huskies are in their element as the sled glides across the pristine snow.
After some essential instruction you will be your team of huskies will be on your way. Keeping in line along the trails, speeding through the wilderness and weaving through deep forest in the low winter sun.
Our husky safaris have been tailor-made to suit all ages, experience and fitness levels. With the shorter safaris being the most popular, there is also longer half-day trips and an evening safari in search for the Northern Lights.
Visiting a local Sami reindeer farm gives you an evocative picture of the traditional Sami lifestyle, in which reindeer play a central part. You will hear great stories from the Sami hosts and learn the secret of suopunkki (Sami lasso), along with many reindeer facts and their fondness for mushrooms. There is one variety, akin to the infamous 'magic mushroom', that can turn a reindeer into 'hullo poro', which is Finnish for 'crazy reindeer'.
Ride in a reindeer sleigh through the snowy fells and forests, which feels as if you have entered the secret world of Narnia through a magic wardrobe. At least until your reindeer decides to pause for a snack on some tasty lichen under the snow... some do have a stubborn streak.
Experience an exhilarating ride through the breathtaking arctic scenery, changing from deep pine forests, fells, moorland, to the wide open expanses of frozen lakes and rivers.
You will be kitted out in some serious winter gear, including complete thermal suits and boots, thick gloves and insulated helmets. With the surprisingly easy to drive snowmobiles you will be on your two-hour trip, covering some 25km, in no time. Pausing for a break half way through to really take in the snowy wilderness that is around you.
Choosing from daytime and evening safaris, to family daytime trips, there is a snowmobile safari for everyone to enjoy.
The clever, moody lighting of the snow, ice-sculptures and wall-carvings, and the way the lights glow through the solid ice 'furniture', creates a mystical feel to the Lainio SnowHotel.
Each winter it takes over 27,000 cubic metres of snow, chunks of river-ice up to a metre thick and weighing up to 3 tonnes, and a team of 50 people working flat out for 350 hours, to create its impressive 4,500 square metres. Beautiful carvings decorate the rooms, courtyards, ice bar, restaurant and Ice Chapel.
From Levi and Ylläs you can choose a day visit or to spend the night in one of the beautiful ice rooms or suites. Staying overnight you will be equipped with Arctic sleeping bags, a wake-up call with a hot berry juice and buffet breakfast in the warm log restaurant.
Santa's Elves Hideaway
Hidden away in a snowy candlelit magic forest, full of atmosphere and fun for the children. Visiting one of Santa's workshops and making gingerbread with his elves, the chance to visit Comet the reindeer, Elf school and various snow games for youngsters - tobogganing and snowballs are always on the agenda. Plus of course, there's the highlight of the day with a private meeting* with Santa Claus himself guaranteed for each family.
(Do not book as well as SantaPark excursion - see right)
Visit Santa at SantaPark
Located in an indoor grotto theme park, deep in a magical snowy wonderland with fun activities and a meeting with Santa for every child. Follow elves along a candlelit path to feed and pet Santa's reindeer. See how Elf Smith sends presents around the world. Cross the bridge over Gold Creek for a meeting and photos with Santa in his cabin. Warm up inside with hot drinks and ginger biscuits.
(Do not book as well as Santa's Elves Hideaway excursion - see left)
Take a gentle guided snowshoe walk, immersing yourself in the stunning Arctic Circle scenery. Breathe in the fresh air as you reach some spectacular and untouched beauty spots. On your well deserved break you will take a seat ready for hot drinks and interesting stories about the night sky, Northern Lights and the Lappish culture.
Choose to take a daytime trip or an evening safari searching for the magical show of the Northern Lights.
Enjoy the winter magic whilst riding along snowy forest trails. With a rose tinted sky being seen through the snow-laden trees, you will get the feeling of an enchanted journey on horseback.
A perfect experience for both beginner and experienced riders, you will warm up after your hack with a hot drink and cookie. You may also choose to sit back and relax in a one horse open sleigh under the starry night sky, being in search of the Northern Lights.
Get competitive and race your friends and family in this exciting ice-karting event, just have fun and take a go at this really fun event. Ice-karts are east to drive and similar to Go-Karts but on a snow-packed track.
This exciting event from Levi includes driving instructions, helmets, thermal suits, boots and gloves. With warm up laps, heats, a final with prizes, you will be the Lewis Hamilton of the ice-karting world in no time.
Sami Museum & Inari Village
Surviving in an untamed land in the challenging Arctic Circle climate has shaped the fascinating history and culture of the indigenous Sami people across the entire north of Scandinavia. Many of these ancient Sami traditions, with reindeer farming always being at their heart, remain a way of life today.
A unique Sami Museum at the Inari village on the shores of a sacred lake is a fascinating excursion from Saariselkä. You will learn about how the Sami have so successfully survived for generations, their hunting skills and their rich traditional culture.
Glass Igloo Overnight Stay
A must have experience for your Lapland holiday, sleeping in an igloo under the stars and the Northern Lights swirling in the distance. Only available to our Levi guests, ‘Golden Crown’ igloos are 10km from Levi in a scenic fell-top location with panoramic views.
Please visit this Glass Igloo & Aurora Cabin page for more details on the igloos, and the options available for your magical stay.
Aurora Cabin Overnight Stay
We have two separate sites of Aurora Cabins, in both Levi and Saariselkä. These sites have very little light pollution which provides a perfect location to spot the breath-taking Northern Lights. A magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and dancing Northern Lights, with the laser-heated glass roof located directly above the King size bed, giving you a perfect view of the night sky.
For more details on the Aurora Cabins then please visit this Glass Igloo & Aurora Cabin page.
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Husky Safaris: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. Husky Safari child age 4-12yrs. Children 0-3yrs free (transport must be pre-booked) but are not allowed on 10km Husky Safari.
Reindeer Safaris: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. Reindeer Safari child age 4-12yrs. Children 0-3yrs free (transport must be pre-booked).
Snowmobile Safaris: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. Snowmobile Safari child age 4-12yrs. Children 0-3yrs free (transport must be pre-booked) but are not allowed on any Snowmobile safaris. Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs and bring a full, photographic driver's licence with them. Single riders who have purchased a sharing snowmobile may need to upgrade locally to a single driving snowmobile, if a sharing snowmobile is not available.
Travel insurance is a condition of booking with us, and you should ensure that your chosen policy covers the activities that you plan to take part in during your holiday. Your policy should provide cover for your own personal and medical expenses, however individual policies will not cover damage to snowmobiles or skidoos and a compulsory excess will be payable directly to the supplier of the snowmobile/skidoo excursion.
Horse-riding Safaris: Available in Levi and Yllas only. Suitable for beginners. Advanced riders will have their own group. Children under 12 yrs must be experienced.
Santa Excursions: Please do not book both the Santa's Elves Hideaway and Santa Park.
*For Saariselka this will be a group meeting with only Inghams guests, this will be around 30 minutes in Santa's home.
Overnight stays: These can be pre-booked but the exact day of the week will be confirmed within 3 working days of booking, as all reservations are subject to availability.