New Aurora Wilderness Camp Launched in Finland
The region surrounding the Finnish village Kilpisjärvi is known for its remote and uninterrupted Arctic tundra. Away from any manmade light pollution, it is here that that the wilderness camp is placed for the winter, giving guests the best possible opportunity to experience the Northern Lights and simply enjoy the silence of the Arctic plains.
The new Aurora Wilderness camp is made up of three mobile sleeping huts which are placed in the best possible wilderness locations for the entire season, and once the winter ice has thawed they will be relocated. Each hut comfortably sleeps two. Most importantly, the roof of each huts is entirely made from glass, allowing guests to lie back in bed and gaze out at the stars and (hopefully) the Northern Lights.
Situated 6km east from Kilpisjärvi, the Aurora Wilderness Camp huts will include gas stove, a super wide bed, table, heater, dry toilet, snowshoes, kicksleds, all adding to this glamping arctic experience.
The experience starts at 6pm where an experienced guide will transport guests by snowmobile to the camp and show guests how everything works before teaching them how to make campfire and grill sausages. After the wilderness grill, guests will have the camp to themselves to hunt for the Northern Lights and enjoy the Arctic wilderness.
To fuel guests’ Northern Lights hunting, local snacks and hot drinks are provided for the evening at the camp, with a warming breakfast also included in the overnight experience.
Statistically, the Kilpisjärvi area has more clear night skies and records more Northern Lights activity than any other place in Finland. Experts have estimated that if the sky is clear visitors have more than a 70 percent chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Day by day itinerary:
Arriving into Tromso Airport, you will collect your transfer through the Arctic wilderness (keeping an eye out for Reindeer along the way) to Kilpisjärvi just over the border in Finland. Settle into your log chalet and enjoy a home cooked meal before making the most of the evening to hunt for the Northern Lights with great opportunities to see the Aurora from right outside your cabin.
Today you have the day at leisure to explore the local village, or for those more adventurous you could add the chance to strap on some snowshoes and take on one of the local walks. As soon as early evening arrives, it’s time to meet your guide to learn all about the Wilderness Camp. After a short snowmobile journey, about 6km from your cabin, you’ll arrive at the camp where the guide will teach you how to make the fire, before cooking over the campfire flames for dinner and teaching you all about the northern lights and local culture. Leaving you with snacks and drinks for the evening, you will settle in for an evening of Aurora hunting both out in the wilderness and then from your bed through the clear roof of the Wilderness Camp hut.
After a warming breakfast and the short snowmobile back to your log cabin, you can take the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the local wilderness, or add another activity to your itinerary. After dinner, and once the night sky draws in, we’d recommend one last hunt for the Aurora, this time from the onsite, outdoor, hot-tub.
After your final Swedish breakfast, it’s time to take your transfer back to the airport and your flight home, or speak to our travel advisors to continue your arctic adventure.
As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel, every itinerary can be tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of any guest. As an example, a 3-night, 4-day itinerary costs from £1599 per person based on two adults sharing on a Full Board basis. This includes private transfers to and from the Airport in Tromso, accommodation for 3 nights in a cosy log chalet with all meals included and great opportunities to see the Aurora from right outside your cabin. This also includes an overnight experience in a wilderness camp. Other activities are available on request. International flights are not included