Harriniva - New Year Northern Lights Quest
Overview & Agenda
- Duration:6 nights
- Group Size: Minimum 10 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)
- Suitable for: Ages 16+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
- Flights: Direct outbound flight from London Gatwick to Tromsø and inbound flight from Kittila (via Helsinki) to Gatwick. Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: Northern Lights route transfer from Tromsø to Harriniva and return airport transfer to Kittila Airport
- Accommodation: 1 night double/twin hotel room in Tromsø, 5 nights' accommodation in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva
- Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 light evening buffet in Tromsø & 5 dinners at Harriniva
- Activities: Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights hunt by minibus, snowmobile safari, visit to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay at Harriniva (not provided in Tromsø)
- Services of our expert local guide and representative at Harriniva
- Aurora alert until approximately 1am at Harriniva
Our New Year Northern Lights Quest is sure to make for a unique and highly memorable way to welcome in the New Year. With its picturesque wilderness backdrop, wide range of activities and enthusiastic guides it is always one of the most popular choices for our guests. At 230km above the Arctic Circle and 67° North, Harriniva is ideally situated within the Aurora Zone, so with any luck the Northern Lights will be providing the icing on the cake.Read more
This year the holiday has been upgraded to allow guests to experience even more. You will arrive in Tromsø, Northern Norway, and spend the night in this remarkable city. You will have the day to explore the sights and sounds and take in the air of Arctic adventure that fills the city. It is from Tromsø that some of the most extreme polar expeditions set out! After a cosmopolitan day, your Northern Lights Quest begins as you journey south along the famous Northern Lights Route to Kilpisjarvi, one of the most remote outposts, famous for its spectacular Northern Lights record. Here you will enjoy dinner before continuing on to Harriniva.
Your base for the rest of your holiday is Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, renowned for its varied and exciting activities and enthusiastic guides. Staying in a Northern Lights cabin or double room you will enjoy warm and welcoming hospitality throughout.
Your days will be filled with activities as you try out some of the Arctic's most famous experiences. These include a snowmobile safari, which is not only thrilling, but will help you to see the scale of the wilderness here. Another highlight of the trip is the 17km husky safari which is an incomparable way to travel across the snow. Furthermore you will enjoy a visit to a reindeer farm and a sleigh ride which provides a glimpse into times gone by.
Harriniva sits at the heart of the Aurora Zone, and with minimal light pollution, you don't necessarily have to go very far should the Northern Lights prospects be high, with any luck you will see a spectacular display from close to the hotel. To increase your chances further though we have included some dedicated hunts using snowmobiles and a minibus!
We love the idea of welcoming in the New Year in such a remarkable place and Harriniva hosts some delightful celebrations for guests. If the Northern Lights grace the party then there can surely be no better way to start the year.
Image credits: Manny Alsina, Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival in Tromsø and overnight
Your holiday starts in Tromsø where you will arrive in the evening and will be transferred to your centrally located hotel. A light buffet is included in your stay at the hotel should you wish to take advantage of it, otherwise the restaurants of Tromsø await.
Day 2 Free day in Tromsø and Northern Lights Route
There is a lot to see and do in Tromsø, with an abundance of shops and restaurants and some wonderful sights to take in. You can visit Polaria (the world's most northerly aquarium) or the fascinating Polar Museum which highlights some of the greatest adventures in polar exploration – many of which began in this very city.
Late in the afternoon you will be collected from the hotel and will depart for your journey along the Northern Lights Route. You will head across the mountains of Norway and into Finland, arriving at the remarkably remote village of Kilpisjarvi in time for dinner. There will be the chance to relax and enjoy the views of the night sky before continuing on to Harriniva – keeping a constant watch for the Northern Lights overhead.
You are likely to arrive at Harriniva quite late – especially if you have seen an Aurora and so you will need a good night's sleep before tomorrow's adventures.
Day 3 Snowshoeing, Northern Lights Workshop and Aurora hunt by minibus
You will have a leisurely start today so you can get better acquainted with your surroundings after your late arrival last night. This will be your first chance to take a walk along the river bank and breathe in the fresh air of Lapland. Once you have met the rest of the group and had a short introduction from your local guide, they will then issue all of the winter equipment for the remainder of your stay. Your guide will then lead you on a snowshoe safari to explore the hotel's surroundings. This is a great first activity to allow you to get your bearings and get some perspective on the hotel's fantastic wilderness location.
After lunch the group will participate in the Northern Lights workshop with an expert guide. You will get a brief scientific overview of the Aurora and some details of the myths and legends that this natural phenomenon has inspired over the centuries. Some photographic hints and tips will be offered in order to help you capture the Aurora on camera.
After dinner at the hotel your inaugural Northern Lights hunt will take place. Using the latest Aurora forecasts and weather details your expert guide will use a minibus to help you track down the Northern Lights. The bus's mobility helps to improve your chances of being able to escape any potential cloud cover that could prevent you seeing an Aurora.
Day 4 Snowmobile safari and New Year’s Eve celebrations!
You will spend the last day of the year in style as you enjoy a thrilling snowmobile safari.
The snowmobiles allow you to explore deeper into the wilderness, offering the best way to navigate across the landscape and get a sense of the scale of the vast Arctic wilds.
Full instruction and tuition will be provided before you set off, crossing frozen lakes and winding through forest trails. The safari will cover approximately 30km and you will travel two people per snowmobile with the chance to swap drivers (providing you both have a full driving licence and are over 18 years old).
Tonight you will celebrate at the hotel, enjoying a delicious meal before some additional festivities mark the end of the year!
Day 5 Reindeer farm and Northern Lights snowmobile safari
Today you will kick off the New Year in an unforgettable way as you enjoy a visit to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm. This is one of the best places in Lapland to gain an insightful understanding of the connection between reindeer and this remote region, in particular their connection to the indigenous Sámi population.
Reindeer are of vital importance to the region economically and culturally and the museum here helps to provide an understanding of this. There will also be a tour of the farm and guests will have the chance to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride.
After dinner, tonight's adventure on snowmobiles is a thrilling way to hunt down the Northern Lights. Your guide will give a full safety briefing before you set off travelling two adults per snowmobile. You will make your way to the top of a fell around 20km away where you will enjoy warm drinks and await a potential sighting of the Aurora.
Day 6 Husky safari
Along with snowmobiling, husky safaris are always one of our guests' favourite experiences. There is something about being pulled along on the snow, by a team of eager dogs, that leaves the traveller with a wonderful connection to the Arctic.
Harriniva have a husky centre on site, so this morning you will walk down and meet your team. The guides will give you full instructions and help you to prepare your sled before you head out on an exciting 17km safari. The dogs' enthusiasm for the trail is evident from the start, and once they have settled into a steady rhythm you will be able to enjoy your wonderful surroundings from this fabulous vantage point. You will travel two people per sled, with one person standing on the back controlling the brake and the other person sitting in the sled. There will be the chance to swap over when you break for a hot drink en route.
This evening is free for you to relax and enjoy one last night in this remarkable place. We recommend enjoying a post dinner stroll by the river in case the Aurora comes out to bid you farewell.
Day 7 Departure
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flights today with heads full of memories.
Included in price
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora
This hotel is well located in the harbour area of the cosmopolitan city of Tromsø. The hotel has a lovely modern design with free Wi-Fi, a light evening buffet included for all guests and stunning panoramic views of the mountains surrounding Tromsø and the Tromsøysund Strait. The hotel has a small gym and an outdoor hot tub set on the rooftop which is one of our favourite places to spend an evening in Tromsø.Read more about this accommodation
There is a bar area which is quite popular in the evenings or if you would like to take the opportunity to explore this vibrant city your location in the heart of the city couldn't be better for exploring the highlights on foot.
- The location is this hotel's real selling point at just 500 metres from the famous Polar Museum and the Polaria Aquarium just a 10 minute walk away.
- This hotel offers a wonderful afternoon tea for guests which includes coffee and fresh waffles, delicious
- A light evening buffet is included for all guests to enjoy
- There is an gym, sauna and exceptional outdoor hot tub on the roof of the hotel
- The friendly reception desk is open 24 hours to help you with anything you may need
The hotel offer 121 hotel rooms each equipped with flat screen, cable TV and work desk. All rooms are very clean, comfortable and welcoming. Some of the hotel rooms have a lovely view towards the harbour and many guests enjoy watching the Hurtigruten ships sail into port whilst en route north or south.
Harriniva Wilderness Hotel
Ideally located in the north west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday.
Owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and large range of enjoyable activities on offer.Read more about this accommodation
The hotel has a range of facilities that have been designed to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible.
- There is free Wi-Fi throughout for guest use, in our experience we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
- The hotel restaurant consists of three separate dining areas. The meals are served in a buffet style with two or three choices for each course. The food here is hearty and wholesome
- The hotel also has a pub serving a range of beers, wines and spirits - this is the perfect place to unwind and relax with your fellow guests in the evening
- Tea and coffee is available throughout the day at reception, but it is not free of charge, so we would recommend taking a travel kettle if this is of particular importance to you
- In the main reception area of the hotel, you will find a small gift shop selling a range of postcards, soft toys and handcrafted products. There is also a selection of snacks that can be purchased
- A sauna is available for guest use with separate facilities for men and women. This is free of charge and is heated every evening for around three hours
- The hotel also has an Aurora Wellness Centre (situated a short walk away on the riverbank), where you can enjoy a range of therapies such as facials or massages. A real treat after a day of sapping up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally)
- Snowshoes and cross country skis are available to hire for a small charge and there are marked trails surrounding the hotel for those with some experience. For those interested in downhill skiing, reception will be able to arrange a taxi to the nearby ski resort of Olos (payable locally)
Guest bedroom types
Harriniva has 64 guest bedrooms which consist of twin or double rooms. Triple rooms are also available on request. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en suite shower room and a hairdryer.
Northern Lights cabins
The hotel has a small number of cabins available on the riverbank, which offer a more secluded accommodation option. The cabins have double or twin beds, a private sauna, an en suite shower room, a small kitchen and a lounge area.
For those travelling on our longer husky or snowmobile experiences, your nights at the hotel will be spent in shared accommodation in one of Harriniva's Safari Houses. Each has sleeping facilities, a shower room, toilet and a sauna. Some safari houses are on site, whereas others are located 3km from the hotel. If you are staying off site, you will be transferred to and from the hotel for meals.
Dates & Prices
Tour dates and prices
Flight inclusive prices
Mon 28 Dec 2015Book
Sun 03 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,715||Single Adult£ 1,954|
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Order of activities
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination
Medical History and advice
If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Experience and fitness
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
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Group sizes and minimum numbers
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
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Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
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Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
The minimum age for participation in this holiday is 16 years old. All guests must also be a minimum height of 160cm at the time of travel to ensure that all participants are able to ride pillion on a snowmobile. To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old. There may be younger children staying at the accommodation or utilising shared transfers but they will not take part in the same activity programme (this excludes any additional activities arranged).
Aurora alerts: During your stay you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is essentially a mobile phone to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.
The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely upon them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.