Snow shoe walking is a wonderful way to enjoy the snowy winter forests at your own pace or spiced up with the stories of an experienced snow shoe guide.
Lapland is famous for its nature and northern lights, and Ivalo is no exception. Hotel Ivalo and Aurora Village, ran by family Suomalainen, in the northern lights zone offer the best chances in the North Calotte to see nature’s own light show in the peacefulness of the wilderness.
For those who value silence and clean nature, Ivalo offers a wide range of experiences without the fuss of mass tourism.
Hotel Ivalo is situated along the main road to the Arctic Sea on a riverside, but still near to services and the airport.
Hotel room and restaurant windows face the river and the magnificent Lapland land-scape, where, in the dark, you can admire the northern lights from either location, praises Juha Tuunanen, executive vice president of the hotel and CEO of Aurora Village.
Our guests also have three saunas, warm whirlpools on the riverside, and a cold-water tub at their disposal. There is also direct passage to a hole in the ice from the outdoor sauna.
”Our guides are skilled photographers, who after an excursion send the customers pictures by e-mail.”
A GENUINE EXPERIENCE IN THE PEACE OF NATURE
According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, in the winter, the northern lights can be seen in Ivalo four nights out of five. The warm, cosy Aurora Cabins in Aurora Village, 1.5 kilometres from the hotel, are fantastic for spotting northern lights. In each wooden cabin, the glass roof faces the northern starry sky, so you can admire the slow dance of the northern lights from your own bed. Each cabin also has a northern lights alert system.
Hotel Ivalo and Aurora Village also have many special services and activities on offer; northern lights excursions by snowmobile, reindeer, car, skis or snowshoes, as well as horse-drawn sleigh rides, husky safaris, ice fishing excursions, and ice karting.
One of our most popular northern lights excursions is snow shoe hiking in the dark wilderness. During the excursion the guides tell stories about Lapland, the nature, and the northern lights, says Juha Tuunanen.
Text: Eila Lokka
Rooms: 92 rooms, 3 suites with sauna, a restaurant for 250 guests and a private restaurant for 40 guests.
Aurora Village: 25 northern lights cabins, an ice sauna, and a restaurant
Business areas: northern lights tourism, accommodation, and restaurant and pro-gramme services