Take a Snowmobile to Your Hotel on Skis


A new totally immersive Arctic adventure has been launched allowing guests to embark on an epic snowmobile adventure through Norway, Finland and Sweden – before ending up at an iconic glass roofed hotel on skis to hunt for the Northern Lights.

Organised by Arctic travel specialists Off the Map Travel, this new adventure staying at the Aurora Wilderness Camp is available for anyone travelling from January to April 2019 and is based out of the spectacular Arctic destination of Kilpisjärvi, in northern Finland.

After your full day snowmobiling adventure, guest will stay for the night in Northern Finland at the beautifully appointed glamping cabin which is towed into a remote wilderness location, deep in the Arctic Circle, perfectly situated for lying back to experience the Northern lights from the comfort of your bed.

The mobile room, which importantly includes a clear Aurora viewing roof, is placed in the best possible location for Northern Lights hunting in the wilderness six kilometers east of Kilpisjärvi. Once the winter ice has thawed the rooms will then be relocated to a new home for the following season.

Measuring 2.5m wide, 4.5m long and 2m tall, the hotel room on skis includes a comfy 160cm super wide bed to lie back and take in the night sky, a table, dry toilet and a heater with thermostat to ensure a warm and cozy night.

“The adventure all starts with an epic snowmobile adventure,” adds Jonny Cooper, Arctic travel expert and founder of Off the Map Travel. “Heading out into the Arctic wilderness, a specialist guide will lead guests across the border into Norway and Sweden through pristine landscape, before returning to Finland and arriving at the Aurora Wilderness Camp for a night under the stars looking out for the Northern Lights.”

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When they arrive, guests will also have exclusive use of the cabin’s snowshoes and kicksleds giving the chance to explore the surrounding area. The specialist guide will then teach guests how to make a campfire and grill some local sausages for dinner and leave guests with local snacks and hot drinks to fuel an evening of Northern Lights hunting.

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.

“The wilderness surrounding Kilpisjärvi is known for its remote and uninterrupted Arctic tundra,” added Jonny Cooper, founder of Off the Map Travel and Arctic travel expert. “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.”

As with any itinerary from Off the Map Travel (www.offthemap.travel), each adventure is tailor-made to fit the wishes and requirements of the guest. As an example, a 3-night, 4-day itinerary costs from £1,599 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 two nights in a cozy log chalet and one in the new Aurora Wilderness Camp with all meals included and great opportunities to see the Aurora. Other activities are available on request. Flights not included.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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