Epic private island Lapland adventure with Northern Lights

Hotel Vartiosaari, Finland

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Flights included Flights included

The perfect package with flights included

Lapland

Superior Double room with loft

Superior Double room with loft

Reindeer safari

Snowmobile safari

Northern Lights

Superior Double room with loft

Superior Double room with loft

Superior Double room with loft

Northern Lights

Aurora Island's suspension bridge

Reindeer safari

Lapland

Northern Lights

Bucket-list three or four-night stay at unique hotel on a private island in Finnish Lapland - with flights, breakfast, Northern Lights snowmobile safari, and optional Arctic highlights tour

Set on its own private island in the middle of the Kemijoki River (the longest in Finland at 342 miles), the intimate Hotel Vartiosaari is a real game changer. And its location just outside Santa Claus’ hometown of Rovaniemi is equally fabulous, not least because there’s no light pollution to obscure the otherworldly glow of the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above. Accessed by a 72-metre suspension bridge between the mainland and the island, the cosy yet exclusive hotel is small yet perfectly formed.

While here, you'll embark on a three-hour Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari and drive through the dark landscapes to experience the Northern Lights (hopefully), a star-studded sky, or a mystical full moon. You also have the option of staying a fourth night and experiencing a six-hour Arctic Highlights Tour, taking in Santa Claus Village (including the chance to meet Santa Claus) and Santa Claus Post Office, along with a snowmobile ride to a reindeer farm and a short ride in a reindeer sleigh. For both tours winter clothing will be provided to keep you snug and warm, and you'll have the services of a professional guide.

After all this, days here can be spent taking an exhilarating dip in the river (year-round swimming is allowed), relaxing in the bookable wood-fired sauna or the more modern Finnish sauna, and feasting on traditional Lapland cuisine at the charming Restaurant Kota. By night, there’s little more to do than cosy up by the open fire and wait for nature to take its course.

Good to know

Please be aware that the Northern Lights are a naturally occurring phenomenon, so while we hope you will get to marvel at them during your excursion, we can't guarantee they will be visible.

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We like

  • Staying on a private island in the middle of the River Kemijoki, Finland’s longest river
  • Bedding down in guest rooms with wood-clad walls and ceilings, tiled flooring, and earthy colour tones
  • Taking a bracing swim in the river followed by a warm-up session in the wood-fired sauna

Second opinion

  • To find out more about the hotel, please visit their website
  • To find out more about the three-hour Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari Tour, please visit the Arctic Lifestyle website
  • To find out more about the six-hour 6-hour Arctic Highlights Tour, please visit the Arctic Lifestyle website
  • Read guest reviews on TripAdvisor

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