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“Unforgettable and unique experience. We were lucky, though.”

Ivalo Trek Lapland - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Ivalo
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Owner description: Ivalo Trek Lapland offers individually organized excursions within the Ivalo and Inari districts. Trips are mainly organised for small groups. In the winter available Northern Lights and photographing excursions. In the summer hiking and photographing trips.
Reviewed March 5, 2014

"It is not unlikely NOT to see the northern lights!" - a friendly and kind warning or reminder of our guide about what we are dealing with here. It is a cold winters night, we are just about to leave from our hotel when a weird feeling overcomes us: Well, what if we REALLY don't see them? - "Yeah, on the other hand it is a good night, the best night in days!" was our guides next sentence. And somehow we believed his words. - And they shall become true:

On our tour up north we have seen fabulous and magnificent polar lights and the probably best part about it was our guide taking a lot of memorable pictures with and without us on them which we then got of him!

On that very night we truly must have been very lucky as we have seen many lights, however, with the experience of our guide this trip became unforgettable! Thanks!

1  Thank PeterJagla
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"hot drinks"
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"northern lights"
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"light show"
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"last night"
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"warm clothes"
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Jouni and Maria are natural guides whose passion for the Northern lights shines through with their enthusiasm, knowledge and planning. Jouni monitors the cloud coverage and strength of activity to find out where and when would be the best time to see them. He is very honest and would not take you if he thought there was no chance of seeing the lights. I would really recommend using Ivalo Trek.

2  Thank TravellerTwin
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Jouni, from IvaloTrek, is the perfect host and guide for an unforgettable evening hunting for the Northern Lights. He monitors the local weather, cloud forecast and Aurora Borealis activity, and kept us informed of the likelihood of being able to view the Northern Lights; he has the client's best interests in mind at all times, and won't run a tour if the weather is poor (eg total overcast cloud coverage).

We were only visiting for a few days, and it was during a period of poor weather; in fact North Lapland had been covered by cloud for all of the previous week, and the period we were there didn't appear to provide any breaks either. We talked by email, and had our 1st tour cancelled (30 Dec 13) due to thick cloud covering the region. Jouni visited us at our Hotel on 31 Dec (New Years Eve) and we discussed the evening's weather. Jouni was not convinced that there would be a break in the clouds, but he reviewed several weather forecasts and a couple offered some hope. We decided to go for it as the next 2 nights were forecast as being far worse! In order to find the Aurora, and a possible break in the clouds, Jouni drove north, past Irani and along the E75 towards Utsjoki. After about 1.5hrs, Jouni pulled over and set his camera up and took a photo into the gloom, 25s later and the picture highlighted a faint Aurora, our 1st 'sighting'. We continued on another 20 minutes and noted stars appearing in the night sky; the illusive break in the cloud appeared, and for the next hour we were treated to a glimpse of the fabled Northern Lights. Eventually, the cloud cover returned, we waited another hour, more in hope than anything. During this time Jouni provided refreshments (hot drinks and sandwiches), before opening a small bottle of champagne to ring in the New Year!

As a retired Finnish Border Guard, Jouni has a wealth of experience operating in the northern regions of Lapland. He is also passionate about the Aurora Borealis, and his efforts to ensure his clients are provided with the best opportunity to view this awesome sight. The photographs that he takes provide an excellent souvenir of an outstanding night out.

2  Thank David H
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Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Jouni is so knowledgeable in the search of northern lights and he takes every details and concerns to give us the best possibilities by checking the weather forecast prior and also prepared us for otherwise! The experiences truly were amazing; seeing the northern lights is really a bonus as we had the best view of the stars and great guide as company! And to top it off, he takes great photographs for us and provide us guidance to our camera settings too!

And of course the warm tea & sandwiches to get us warm is a perfect end to the outing! :)

2  Thank ShermaineYvonne
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