In Lapland you can experience twilight or the Polar Night – a time when the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon at all. The Polar Night in Nuorgam lasts for over 50 days – from the end of November through to mid-January (26 November – 16 January). The Polar Night is a twilight time, but the moonlight and glistening white snowscapes together with the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) will light up Lapland’s magnificent snowy nature before your eyes. The Polar Night paints the horizon with spectacular colours and the daily Blue Moment is a stunning experience.
There are plenty of fell highland lakes close to Nuorgam on both sides of the Finland – Norway border. You can choose a different lake for each trip, and the Arctic char here has a fine red belly. The best lakes on the Norwegian side of the border are close to the main road, so these are easy to reach on skis. We sell maps of Norwegian ice fishing spots. If you yearn for larger waters, take a day trip to the Arctic Ocean where you can even experience sea fishing during the winter months. Why not try a red king crab safari?
Wintertime makes Nuorgam a superior place for snowmobile riding due to its outstanding location and many different routes. You can choose snowmobile day trips from a short ice fishing trip to an Arctic Ocean safari covering hundreds of kilometres.
The snowmobile routes traverse varying terrain: open fell highland, coniferous forest zone, frozen swamps between the rugged fells and the great ice of the frozen Tenojoki River. A theme for each snowmobiling day can be chosen according to the terrain.
If you want, we can organise local guides to order to accompany you on your day trip or take you in a sled pulled by a snowmobile for a trip into the fell highlands. The village of Nuorgam has fuel sales and a service station, and a snowmobile repair shop that also sells spare parts.
You can purchase permits for the Finnish side of the border online at Eraluvat.fi.
No special permits are needed for riding a snowmobile on the Norwegian side of the border
The Husky Farm is located on the Norwegian side of the Tenojoki River in Tana. Meet the husky guides at the farm and get to pet these lovely Arctic animals. You can experience controlling your own team of huskies, taking you across the expansive, silent fell highland snowscapes and pristine Arctic nature on the shores of the Tenojoki River. To round off the safari, hot drinks and snacks will be served by the campfire.
Bookings: Two (2) days in advance before 6 p.m.
265 €/person, min. 4 person Price incl. transportation, guidance in English, 3 hour program, warm overall Duration 4 hours
Northern Lights are the most spectacular colour show of northern nature. They are light phenomena appearing as colourful, dancing and quickly moving lights that change form, and can be viewed in the northern regions in dark and clear night skies.
Northern Lights can be observed starting from the last week in August, when the nights start to darken. Northern Lights can be viewed through to mid-April, following which the nights become too bright to spot these light phenomena. The more north you travel, the more often you will see the Northern Lights, and they are often visible throughout the night.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are natural phenomena that can be forecasted on the basis of solar wind activity and of course the weather. The following websites help you to estimate when the Northern Lights are visible.
Nuorgam is surrounded by spectacular, open and Arctic nature that is astonishingly diverse, and the Nuorgam Holiday Village is an outstanding base for exploring the Arctic wilderness. The pure nature and clean natural waters with oxygen-rich air will definitely charm you.
The environment is treeless tundra wilderness, given its own character due to proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the mountain birch at its own extremes. Kaldoaivi, Finland’s northernmost roadless wilderness area is just around the corner and provides excellent opportunities for watching nature.
The fauna is plentiful in this area. In Norway and on the shores of the Arctic Ocean you can see species you will not find in Finland. You can observe a number of species of wading birds, and there are a few rare species, such as the extremely rare European freshwater flounder and Myricaria germanica with its only known occurrence in Finland being Pulmakijärvi.
You can spot at least the following species in the immediate vicinity.
Norway lemming, mountain hare, reindeer, elk, fox. Special species of moths and butterflies.
Willow grouse, merlin, wood sandpiper, red-throated diver, bluethroat, golden plover, red-necked phalarope, black-throated diver, Arctic tern, common redshank, velvet scoter, Temminck’s stint, Siberian tit, Arctic warbler, long-tailed jaeger, common sandpiper, common redpoll
Equally as important as skiing in Nuorgam is viewing the open snowscapes of the fell highlands, feeling the true power of nature and enjoying tranquillity. There is no real need to dress in tight-fitting skiing wear or a sweatband. You will feel naturally vitalised, far from everyday hustle and bustle and mass tourism destinations.
You can easily access the fell highlands directly from Nuorgam Holiday Village. The immediate vicinity has a marked and maintained (no lighting) Fielbmajärvi cross-country skiing track, taking you easily to Skaidijärvi. There is also a skiing track taking you to the campfire shelter owned and maintained by the Holiday Village.
Nuorgam Holiday Village is also a great base for departing or return journeys if you are heading for the Nuorgam–Pulmankijärvi–Sevettijärvi cross-country skiing route.
Guided snowshoe trip into Nuorgam’s fell highlands, Arctic nature and tranquillity. Admire the beauty and grandness of nature as the guide tells you more about this Arctic nature, its wildlife and local culture. Hot drinks or packed lunches will be served by the campfire.
75 €/person, min 2 adults (2 h) 90 €/person, min 2 adults (3-4 h, incl picnic lunch) Price incl. Guidence in English. equipments, warm drink or picnic lunch Duration 2 or 3-4 hours Availability December – April
The closest fishing spot is Mortensnes, located just over half an hour’s drive from Nuorgam. Despite Norway being regarded as an expensive country, it has great benefits for fishermen as no special fishing permits are required for sea fishing, so independent fishing on the Arctic Ocean is free of charge.If it’s bigger waters you’re after, hop in a car and drive up to the shores of the Arctic Ocean in Norway. The closest fishing spot is Mortensnes, located just over half an hour’s drive from Nuorgam. Despite Norway being regarded as an expensive country, it has great benefits for fishermen as no special fishing permits are required for sea fishing, so independent fishing on the Arctic Ocean is free of charge.
Guided sea fishing trips are available throughout the year. Catches include the red king crab, coalfish, cod and the large-mouthed catfish.