Autumn Auroras in Utsjoki, in North Lapland

Auroras, Sami Culture and relaxing in the beautiful Sami Village in northern most Lapland, close to Norway and the Arctic Ocean.

Autumn auroras

Did you know that statistically autumn and spring are the best time for the Northern lights. This is  because of how the magnetic field of the earth is towarded comparing to the sun. Close to the equinox even smaller sparkles of solar wind activity might light up quite spectacular northern lights!

Autumn is in many standards one of the best times of the year in Lapland. The beautiful autumn colors illuminates the fells with golden, purple, red, orange, violet and red colors – you can see that the nature is giving its final blossom of beauty before the darkness of the polar night and the long winter takes over.

Depending on the year and the timing, you might still keep your snowshoes and skis on the storage and just go hike to the nearby fells!  Or maybe you are lucky to experience the first snow of Lapland! 

Our autumn aurora package has one learn aurora evening where you learn about the northern lights and the how to take pictures of them – and 2 aurora tours where you will go seek the northern lights with a professional aurora guide who is ready to answer all your questions about this magical phenomenon.

Come join our autumn aurora holiday package!

Utsjoki, the land of the Sámi, is the northernmost municipality in Finland and the only municipality, where the majority of the 1400 inhabitants are Sámi. The Sámi culture still lives very strongly in Utsjoki and there are more than 10.000 reindeer in the area.  In winter the Northern lights, the starry heavens and the moon lend a mystical twilight which hangs suspended above the landscape  

The Northern Lights have always fascinated arctic people  

The flaming aurora borealis may sometimes entertain us with their playful dance long into the night, while at other times, this mystical natural phenomenon may disappear in the blink of an eye. Before being scientifically explained, this beautiful natural phenomenon induced many mystical beliefs. The Sámi people, in particular, had many beliefs about the Northern Lights.  

During our Northern Lights explorations, we strive to find an ideal place for seeing the Aurora Borealis. On default all our Aurora tours start after dinner and last 2-3 hours, but we are also flexible of departure times based on circumstances and time of year. We follow various aurora forecast applications and weather permit to plan our Aurora tours to ensure our guests can enjoy this natural phenomenon. We are able to take a car or a bus to drive further away or walking to stay in the surroundings based on the current situation. During every Aurora tour, we explain what the aurora borealis meant for the Sámi people in the olden days. 

Day 1: Arrival 

Following your flight into Ivalo, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Utsjoki. The northern skies are visible all the way to your destination and many a transfer has witnessed a display of the Aurora – what a way to be welcomed! Depending on when your flight lands, you will either have dinner in the restaurant on arrival or a packed dinner during the journey.  

Your hosts will greet you at your accommodation. You can head to your cabin or hotel bedroom to enjoy your first peaceful night in the very north of Finland. 

Day 2: Nature tour in The Sacred valley 

After breakfast you will be meeting with your guide who will give you the warm winter clothes. You will do a Nature tour to the nature nearby with your guide, who will tell you about the nature and area. You will also learn how to make fire. You will make coffee together by campfire. The valley is a historically significant sacred area of the Sámi people since thousands of years. There are lots of historical signs of ancient times. Duration 2-3 h  

After the dinner we learn about the Northern Lights and how to take photos of them and adjusting the camera setting for aurora photographing. Then we go out, and if lucky, we can admire the Northern Lights dancing on the sky and we can start taking photos. For taking the photos of Northern Lights you need a proper tripod to hold your camera steady and the camera need to be good in low light conditions.  Warm drink is included. Duration 2h 

Day 3: Church Huts, Sámi culture and Village Tour 

Today you will get to know better Sámi culture and history. After breakfast a transfer to the Church Huts near the church. Your guide will tell you about  life of Sámi.After that we come back to the village and if you want buy some handigrafts or something from the shop. If you want, you can walk back to Valle or we can pick you back. Duration 2 – 3h 

After the dinner we will start an Aurora tour 

Day 4: Free day for optional activities or relaxing 

After breakfast you have free day. You can relax and enjoy the silence of the area, or maybe you want to do walking trip in nearby nature by yourself. You can also book additional activities. 

After the dinner we will start an Aurora tour  

Day 5: Departure 

Breakfast and free time depending on departure time of your flight. Check-out and transfer to Ivalo airport. Bye-Bye amazing Sámiland! 

Duration:5 Days / 4 Nights 

Dates: Every week Sunday – Thursday (or on request)  

between 15.09.2019 – 14.12.2019  

Group size: 2-12 persons, several groups 

Price:In the new hotel Deatnu opened in December 2016, panorama windows 

From 1024 / person in double/twin room 

 From 1296 €/ person in single room (double for single use) 

Children  From 704/ child 4-11 years, when with min. 2 adults in the same cabin or in extra bed in hotel room with two adults.  

In holiday cabins for 2-4 persons: 

From 1211 €/ person, when 2 persons in the cabin  

From1111 €/ person, when 3 persons in the cabin 

From1061 / person, when 4 persons in the cabin 

Services included: 

Transfers from airport Ivalo to Utsjoki and from Utsjoki back to airport, 4 nights in cozy hotel rooms with shower/wc or in holiday cabins (2-4 persons per cabin), half board ((5 x breakfast & 5 x dinner), activities as mentioned in the program, warm outdoor clothing for the whole stay (warm overalls, socks, mittens, boots, hat), necessary equipment for the activities, English speaking wilderness guides and hosts.

Additional day:  

 103 €/ person in double/twin room incl. half board 

159 €/ person in single room incl. half board 

121 €/ person incl. half board, when 2 persons in the cabin 

108 €/ person incl. half board, when 3 persons in the cabin 

  95 €/ person incl. half board, when 4 persons in the cabin 

  50 €/ child incl. half board, with 2 adults in the cabin or in extra bed in hotel room with 2 adults. 

 

Holiday Village Valle in Utsjoki  

The family-run Holiday Village Valle is situated by the legendary Teno river, just 2 km from Utsjoki village center. Holiday Village Valle is a wonderful destination for travelers who are looking for untamed nature, genuine cultural experiences and fantastic nature-based activities all year round. In summer fishing in the Teno River and in the Fell lakes is extremely popular along with hiking in the fells, visits to reindeer farm, biking, canoeing, hunting, trips to Norway & Arctic Ocean. In winter this is a wonderful destination to hopefully view the Northern Lights.  Various Aurora activities can be arranged along with reindeer rides and safaris, snowshoe and cross-country skiing trips, winter fishing, snowmobile transfers and safaris, tours to Norway and Arctic Ocean, and much more. 

Hotel rooms 

The new hotel building was opened in December 2016 and has 12 high quality twin rooms with huge panorama windows, a breathtaking view towards the northern sky and the beautiful Teno river valleyEach room is equipped with private bathroom, a television, hairdryer, kettle and fridge. 

 The new restaurant Deatnu with 50 seats and reception is just a few steps from the lodgings, with wonderful view to the Teno river and the opposite dramatic Norwegian fells. This unique restaurant offers a wide range of local delicacies and specializes in traditional dishes which have long been enjoyed by the Sámi people. 

 

Riverside cabins 

The cabins overlook the nearby river and have traditional and homely feel. Each cabin has 2 twin bedrooms, a cozy living room with kitchenette and delightful open fireplace. A private bathroom with sauna is also included, as well as TV and hairdryer. 

 

Grandpa´s villa 

This spacious and modern suite has 4 cozy twin bedrooms. Guests can take advantage of a well-equipped dining area with kitchenette and roaring fireplace. A homely living room with TV, private sauna and shower, two bathrooms and a hairdryer are also included. 

 

Information and booking: 

Holiday Village Valle, Ellintie 25, FI99980 Utsjoki, Finland 

Email:  info@holidayvillagevalle.fi  

Tel. +358 400 948 210