Date of stay: March 2011
Where you stayed: Davvi Arctic Lodge
Tour or pre planned: Transun – Northern Lights
We booked through Transun who was offering a flight and accommodation deal for only £200. Far cheaper than the all-inclusive deals (minus alcohol) which other travellers were on.
The Davvi Lodge is pretty isolated, as you would expect for a lodge in the Arctic Circle! The rooms are warm and the beds are comfy. There is not a TV in your room and I imagine this is to encourage you to go on the various excursions and use the bar facilities. This wasn't a problem for us as we were out of the lodge most of the time and when not on an excursion we were walking about the area - Sweden is only a 30 min walk away!
The highlight for me was the husky ride and the night snowmobile northern lights trip. We paid separately for these and they are not cheap (approx. £100 each) BUT we saw the most amazing light show and in hindsight I would of paid double - you can't put a price to it! We were very lucky, other people had been waiting a couple days and had paid to go on the excursions a few times. There is no planning a natural phenomenon I’m afraid so it's a risk you have to take, but when/if it pays of it is certainly awe inspiring.
The husky ride was also great, the scenery is beautiful and it really does make you feel like a child at Christmas! Please note, they constantly pass wind in your face - I would advise taking a scarf to hold over your nose if you do go on this!
We didn't bother with the other excursions, many you can do on your own for cheaper (visit to factory and forest walk) but if you are on the all-inclusive deal then I’m sure they are worth the visit.
So to summarise…. good authentic lodge living, tasty food to warm you up, friendly staff and the opportunity to see some great things. Just make sure you have a good amount of money in your pocket and be prepared to have to entertain yourself in the evenings.
I hope you get to enjoy it as I did.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: Yes (Transsun)
Would you recommend your hotel: Yes (Davvi Arctic Lodge)
Overall rating destination: 4/5