Hotel Korpikartano


Autumn and the Aurora Borealis in Lake Menesjärvi

The first snowfalls arrive with anticipation in the Arctic region. Witnessing the transition from Autumn to Winter is a privilege as is seeing the first displays of the Aurora enliven the night sky. This period is known in Finnish as ‘Ruska’ - reflecting the Autumn colours of the trees. This holiday is designed to give you maximum chances to experience the Northern Lights and Ruska in Finland between September and December. It also offers activities including visiting a local husky farm and the Sami village of Inari. You’ll stay at Hotel Korpikartano, a cosy family-run hotel where you can enjoy the outdoors by lake Menesjärvi accompanied by breathtaking views to the fells of Lemmenjoki, the largest national park in Finland. This holiday can be tailored to your needs and is suitable for families with older children.




DAY 1:

Arrival at Ivalo airport where you’ll be met by your hosts and transferred to Hotel Korpikartano. Settle into your wilderness hotel by Lake Menesjärvi. Your hosts, Anne and Timo will explain how your itinerary will work based on local weather conditions and Aurora forecasts. The order of the program may therefore vary. You'll be served dinner at your hotel before your chance to look to the night skies for possible glimpses of the Aurora.

Staying at: Menesjärvi - Hotel Korpikartano

DAY 2:

You’ll enjoy a day at your own pace with the chance to explore the surrounding area. Perhaps you’ll go for an independent hike in the Lemmenjoki National Park. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange excursions for you such as a visit to a reindeer herder or Sami felt maker. In the evening you will learn about capturing the Northern Lights by camera and join a Northern Lights excursion on foot. If snow has arrived you’ll be affixing snow shoes to accompany your walk.

DAY 3:

Today you’ll have the option to visit a husky farm meet a pack of eager husky dogs and their puppies. Your journey continues to the Sami Museum and Nature Centre in the village of Inari. This fascinating museum will give you a unique insight into life in this Arctic region. The museum is situated next to the impressive Lake Inari, which you’ll have the chance to visit during your time here.

In the evening, after dinner, you will be whisked off by car in search of the Northern Lights. Your guide will check local forecasts and take you where the Aurora is most likely to appear that night. If snow has arrived, you will travel by snow mobile.

DAY 4:

Transfer to Ivalo airport or extend your stay in the Arctic with additional nights and activities.


From £675 per adult based on two guests sharing a double or twin room (excluding flights)

£675.00 GBP roughly converts to: 743 EUR | 884 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.


Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers 
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation in a double/twin room
  • Half board
  • Evening sauna
  • Aurora workshop and guided walk
  • Aurora excursion by car


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your personalised travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Ivalo
  • Lunches 
  • Optional activity: Husky farm and Siida Museum visit 

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


Ivalo (IVL)

Winter Spring Summer Autumn
3 nights

Traveller's Top Tips

Laura from Magnetic North Travel

Don't forget to make the most of the hotel's impressive saunas which are heated up each evening. After a day of adventure, it's the perfect way to round off the day.

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