Ice Fish and Snowshoe under the Northern Lights in Lapland

Spend a weekend in the Finnish wilderness as you explore Pyhä-Luosto National Park and ice fish on Pyhäjärvi lake. 1 day off work.

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Ice Fish and Snowshoe under the Northern Lights in Lapland

Spend a weekend in the Finnish wilderness as you explore Pyhä-Luosto National Park and ice fish on Pyhäjärvi lake. 1 day off work.

  • Finland
  • December—February
  • Rovaniemi Airport, Rovaniemi (RVN)

Experience true Finnish culture as you snowshoe across the Pyhä-Luosto National Park on the hunt for Auroras before spending half a day ice fishing on the frozen lake of Pyhäjärvi. Your guides will even teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights professionally, so you can return home with incredible photographs. Your Finnish experience includes:

  • 2 snowshoeing trips
  • Ice-fishing equipment
  • 1 night of accommodation in a 3-star hotel
  • All meals
  • Professional, certified, English-speaking guides
  • Aurora photography lesson with tripods provided
  • All snowshoeing equipment
  • Liability insurance
  • Local transfers
  • Airport (ski-)shuttle
  • Hot drinks throughout the day

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re looking to really shake up your winter by getting to know the Finnish lifestyle. Two days of arctic activities with no experience required—all you need is an adventurous attitude.

What to Expect

Friday: Snowshoeing and Aurora photography

Arrive at Rovaniemi Airport and either meet up with your optional private transfer or hop on the Skibus to Pyhä. Check into your hotel, settle in and let the adventure begin.

First thing, you’ll clip on your snowshoes and head into the Pyhä-Luosto National Park for dinner. It will be completely dark when you’re hiking through the forest, so better follow the footsteps of your guide closely. If the snow conditions allow, there may even be the opportunity for Altai skiing.

After an hour of hiking, you’ll be rewarded with a stop at the Kota (Laplander’s hut), and here, you’ll learn to make fire. Warm up here and enjoy the serenity of the dark forest before you head back to the hotel in time for dinner.

Once you’ve finished your meal, you’ll head back out for an Aurora photography lesson in a remote area.

Under the darkness, your guides will explain how the Aurora work, before bringing out tripods and teaching you how to photograph the Northern Lights properly, so you can show your friends back home just how amazing it was.

2 hours snowshoeing, 2-3 hours Aurora photography

Saturday: Ice Fishing

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide as you head to Lake Pyhäjärvi for ice fishing.

It’s only a 15-minute drive to the frozen lake, but upon arrival, you will start drilling through the 40+cm using traditional tools to create your ice fishing holes.

Spend the morning sitting on the ice of Lake Pyhäjärvi, surrounded by silence and tranquility - and the occasional reindeer. Then clip into your snowshoes and head into Pyhä-Luosto National Park, conveniently close-by.

Around midday, you can take a break in the wilderness for lunch (often based on local raw materials), then carry on back to your accommodation.

Either you can take the private transfer or Skibus back to the airport, or continue to Rovaniemi for another Arctic night out.

4 hours ice fishing, 30 min driving

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the 3-star Hotel Pyhätunturi at the base of the Pyhätinturi ski mountain. The hotel offers a sauna, gym, bar and grill, lounge, and excellent views in every direction.

Double rooms are ensuite and feature free wifi, satellite TV, hair dryer, and clothes dryer.

For larger groups of 5+ we can arrange a private log cabin, for the very best Finnish Lappland experience.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Private Airport Transfer (min of 4) Payable Before Departure
Private Airport Transfer Retour (p.p.) £46.00

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Location

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Pyhä (pronounced poo-haa) is a small town in north-central Finnish Lapland. The town is based around a ski mountain and is home to a handful of restaurants, chalets and saunas. Where Pyhä excels is in its easy access to the surrounding wilderness.

Just 300m from Hotel Pyhätunturi is Pyhä-Luosto National Park. The park preserves a unique landscape of 12 tunturis, the remnants of 2-billion-year-old mountains. The mountains were once comparable to the Alps, but now they rise to just over 500m.

Between the chain of tunturis the landscape ranges from deep ravines to gentle valleys and scattered evergreen forests. The park is home to otters, bears, moose, reindeer, jays, buzzards and more.

Start point?
If you upgraded to a private transfer, you’ll meet your host at Rovaniemi Airport at 11:15. Alternatively, take the Skibus from the airport to the doorstep of your hotel in Pyhä. You’ll then meet your guides at your hotel on Friday afternoon. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your guides will drop you off at the Skibus stop in Pyhä for your return trip, or, if you chose a private transfer, you’ll be dropped off at Rovaniemi airport. The next direct flight to London is on Monday at 11:50, however, you probably want to continue your adventure in Pyhä or travel to Helsinki instead. You’re free to book any flight departing on Saturday at 18:00 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Norwegian Air Shuttle. You can get any flights that suit you, but please arrive at RVN by 11:15 on Friday. You can always fly through Helsinki before of after the trip to give yourself more flight options as well as a chance to explore the capital.

Round-trip airport transfers on the SkiBus are included in your costs, or you can upgrade to a private transfer for an additional GBP 54.

Private transfer: Your host will meet you in the arrivals area with a sign. Travel time: 1.5 hours.

SkiBus: The Skibus travels between the airport and Pyhä several times a day. Check the updated timetable. Catch the 18:05 bus at the latest. Travel time: 2 hours.

To find the bus, exit the airport through the main doors; the bus stop is 30m away. The bus driver will already have your reservation. Show your passport and you’re good to go. The 5th and final stop is right in front of your hotel.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Finland
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Upgrade to a private airport transfer (GBP 54 additional)
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Much Better Adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

A basic level of fitness is needed to enjoy the snowshoeing. No previous experience is needed.

Finnish cuisine blends traditional and modern continental foods for delicious and varied dining opportunities. Dishes commonly include fish, pork, beef or reindeer, but also involve lots of vegetables and mushrooms.

The hotel restaurant serves American style foods like burgers, chicken, ribs and nachos, as well as Lappish specialties like salmon, reindeer stew and reindeer steak.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

No, unfortunately, the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will definitely increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location, away from light pollution and in a Finnish hotspot for Aurora spotting.

Winters in northern Finland are very cold, so you’ll have a truly arctic experience! In January and February temperatures range from -18 to -8 °C. In March and April is warms up a bit, ranging from -13 to 3 °C. It snows about half the days each month. Days are very short, but that just increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights!

Your guide suggests that your bring:

  • Waterproof and windproof top and bottom - windstopper fabrics are great, and clothing should not restrict movement
  • Down or other insulated jacket - you may get hot snowshoeing but it will be cold during the breaks
  • Warm fleece or sweater
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • 2 pairs of gloves - downhill ski gloves are advised, and a spare pair in case they get wet. Warm mittens are usually recommended
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Multiple pairs of wool or synthetic socks
  • Warm, waterproof boots
  • Swimsuit

Start point?
If you upgraded to a private transfer, you’ll meet your host at Rovaniemi Airport at 11:15. Alternatively, take the Skibus from the airport to the doorstep of your hotel in Pyhä. You’ll then meet your guides at your hotel on Friday afternoon. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your guides will drop you off at the Skibus stop in Pyhä for your return trip, or, if you chose a private transfer, you’ll be dropped off at Rovaniemi airport. The next direct flight to London is on Monday at 11:50, however, you probably want to continue your adventure in Pyhä or travel to Helsinki instead. You’re free to book any flight departing on Saturday at 18:00 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Norwegian Air Shuttle. You can get any flights that suit you, but please arrive at RVN by 11:15 on Friday. You can always fly through Helsinki before of after the trip to give yourself more flight options as well as a chance to explore the capital.

Round-trip airport transfers on the SkiBus are included in your costs, or you can upgrade to a private transfer for an additional GBP 54.

Private transfer: Your host will meet you in the arrivals area with a sign. Travel time: 1.5 hours.

SkiBus: The Skibus travels between the airport and Pyhä several times a day. Check the updated timetable. Catch the 18:05 bus at the latest. Travel time: 2 hours.

To find the bus, exit the airport through the main doors; the bus stop is 30m away. The bus driver will already have your reservation. Show your passport and you’re good to go. The 5th and final stop is right in front of your hotel.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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