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 and your team of huskies will be on your way. Keeping in line along the trails, speeding through the wilderness and weaving through the 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, 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.
Hidden away in a snowy candlelit magic forest, full of atmosphere and fun for the children. Visit one of Santa's workshops and make gingerbread with his elves, enjoy 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.
*COMING SOON* Take the skies and experience the most beautiful views of Levi. Travel in style to the heliport with a limousine transfer before you ascend above the fells for an exhilarating 15 minute helicopter ride.
Flights depart at midday or 1pm to make the most of the daylight hours. Maximum weight for 4 passengers = 360kg. For holidays to Levi only.
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 and Yllas 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.
Sky View Cabins
*COMING SOON*In a peaceful setting, a 20 minute drive North of Levi you’ll find the Sky View Cabins. With just 15 available, these cabins enjoys an intimate setting away from any artificial light. Complete the experience with dinner at the Ranch, followed by a night under the heated glass roof – Deluxe cabins even have a hot tub!
Each Sky View Cabin is decorated in a Scandinavian style and have a fridge/mini bar, coffee capsule machine, kettle and free Wi-Fi. Superior and Deluxe models have a TV in the alcove.
To learn more, visit the Glass Igloo & Aurora Cabin page.
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.
How to book our Lapland excursions
Our excursions are available to be added during the process of booking your holiday online, or they can be added via 'My Booking' once you've booked your holiday. Alternatively speak to a member of our UK based team on 01483 791 111.
We act as at all times as the selling agent for the supplier of excursions and activities.
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 4-10yrs and will be towed behind the guide in a sleigh or pod. Children must be aged 11 yrs or above and at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile. 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.
**In Saariselka guests will visit a reindeer pen rather than a traditional farm.
***Overnight stays in the Lainio Hotel usually begin from Christmas onwards.
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.