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This seven-night trip amongst the fells of Lapland offers amazing opportunities to see the Northern Lights. Every evening takes you on a new adventure - you will be husky sledding, reindeer sleighing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling through the Arctic night. This means that every night you can admire the stars whilst you chase the magical Aurora during some thrilling activities. You also have access to the hotel spa and snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment, which you can make use of in your free time.

What's included?


  • Flights: Return flights from London to Kittilä. Either direct or via Helsinki depending on date(flight routes subject to change)
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in double/twin hotel rooms or Northern Lights cabin accommodation
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Secret of the Northern Lights workshop, Aurora adventure snowmobiles, Northern Lights explorer by minibus, husky night adventure, reindeer Aurora experience, Northern Lights bonus hunt, Aurora snowshoeing, daily hotel sauna (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • One unguided rental of snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment
  • Aurora App which you can download to your phone for the duration of the trip (normally works until 1am)
  • Snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment hire
  • Warm winter clothing for the duration of the trip
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Dedicated representative at Harriniva

This trip offers the ultimate Northern Lights experience. Set in Harriniva, amongst the beautiful fells of Western Lapland and surrounded by the wild, rugged landscape, this is an ideal location for a week of winter activities and Northern Lights hunting.

Every night of this trip is dedicated to optimising your chances of seeing the Lights, and each activity that is included takes place in the evening, to ensure that you can combine some spectacular experiences with the magic of escaping the light pollution and chasing the Aurora into the night. You will speed over the fells on a snowmobile, reindeer sleigh ride through the forests and husky sled into the night, all in search of the Northern Lights. Also included in your holiday package is hunting the Northern Lights by Minibus and also a guided Snowshoe tour. You will certainly not be bored on this evening with a huge variety or Aurora hunting throughout your stay.

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Routes and distances for your chases will depend on the weather and Aurora activity on the day, heightening your chances of spotting the enchanting Aurora Borealis.

The days have been left free for you to tailor your trip to suit your wishes and your budget. Staying in your cosy accommodation in Harriniva, you can use this time to unwind, utilising your free daily access to the hotel sauna, trying a traditional Finnish pastime while basking in relaxation. You may want to take yourself out and on to the rolling fells of Harriniva, making use of the day’s snowshoeing and cross-country skiing equipment that is available to you.

Or you can choose from the wide range of optional activities that are offered on this trip (see details under the ‘Personalise’ tab).

This seven-night holiday promises many one-of-a-kind experiences in a stunning location and the best possible chance of viewing the phenomenal Northern Lights.

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Duration:7 nights
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • You will arrive into Kittilä Airport and be taken on a one hour transfer to your accommodation for the week at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.

    Upon arrival, you will be greeted at reception and given your Northern Lights alarm and your cold-weather clothing. You are free to decide how to spend the afternoon.

    Dinner will be served in the main hotel and you can spend the evening settling into your cosy accommodation.

  • This morning, you will have breakfast in the hotel. In the afternoon, you will join your local guides in a kota, a Traditional wooden Kota , to cook some delicious pancakes over the open fire. The guides will give you information about the hotel, activities and the local area, answering any questions you may have. Then, you will have your ‘Secrets of the Northern Lights’ workshop, where guides will explain the science behind the fascinating phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis.

    After dinner, it is time to head out and hunt for the Lights by snowmobile on an Aurora Adventure. You will drive 2 per snowmobile (assuming both have a valid driving license. Should there be clouds then the Snowmobiles will give you the best possible chance to get to a place where you may be able to see the Northern Lights, should they appear. Hot drinks will be served at the top of the fell.

  • After breakfast, the day is completely free. You might want to book an optional safari or activity (details for these can be found under the ‘Personalise’ tab for this trip). Or you could take yourself over the snowy fell tracks on the available cross-country skis.

    Once you have finished dinner, another Northern Lights tour will commence, but, this time, you will travel by minibus. The route of this four-hour hunt completely depends on the weather forecast and the aurora activity on the day, to ensure that you are given the best possible chance of seeing the dazzling lights with all factors considered. You will be served hot drinks and cookies as you admire the stars and, with any luck, the Aurora.

  • Today, you will eat breakfast as usual in the hotel, then you will be left to your own devices once again, allowing you to tailor your day to suit your wishes and preferences.

    After dinner, the adventure continues with an exhilarating night-time husky safari. You will visit the local husky farm to meet the energetic dog team you will be driving during this safari. You will travel with one person standing on the runners at the back of the sledge and whilst the other sits inside (a great vantage point for taking any pictures!) and then you will have the chance to swop over. You may be lucky enough to ride beneath the Northern Lights and, once the safari is over, you will enjoy a hot drink around an open fire while you keep warm and keep a lookout for a display.

  • After breakfast, you will enjoy another free day, so you can decide how you would like to spend it. If you enjoyed your husky safari last night, you could spend your morning on an even longer, 25km safari, with one person per sled rather than two. Or, you could have another try at snowmobiling and book the snowmobile panorama safari, which takes you through the collection of fells around Harriniva and across the Swedish border.

    Dinner will be served as usual and your next hunt for the Northern Lights will begin – this time, via reindeer sleigh. You will visit the local reindeer farm, where you will begin your quiet and peaceful sleigh ride through the enchanting forest, gradually arriving further and further away from the light pollution and enhancing your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

    On your return, you will enjoy coffee and cake around the fire, as you gaze at the stars and potentially continue to appreciate the mystical Aurora.

  • Once again, you will finish breakfast and tailor your day as you wish - you may wish to simply relax after an exciting night and enjoy the hotel sauna.

    After dinner, you will attend a bonus hunt. The transport used for this hunt will be decided on the day, as your local guide weighs up which option will give you the greatest chances of seeing the Lights on that particular evening. You may end up back in the minibus, reaching longer distances to spot the lights, or speeding over the fells on your snowmobiles in the ultimate quest.

  • Following breakfast, this is your final day to choose from a number of spectacular activities. You may decide to try the national obsession of ice fishing, a relaxing and rewarding activity – particularly if you make a catch. Or, you could learn more about the indigenous Sámi community on a Sámi Culture day, visit a local museum and have another chance to experience a reindeer sleigh ride.

    This evening, you will be served a special farewell dinner, which will consist of local Finnish delicacies. You can enjoy the delicious meal and reminisce about the past week that is now coming to a close. You will put on your snowshoes for your last Northern Lights hunt, and head out on a peaceful walk through thick blankets of snow and beneath the dark, star-lit sky. Your walk will end with a hot drink by a toasty fire and, with any luck, the Lights will put on a show, dancing and swirling above you.

  • This morning, you will have breakfast and bid your holiday farewell as you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-7

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 a large range of enjoyable activities on offer.

Hotel facilities

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 the main building for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
  • The hotel restaurant has a lively, buzzing atmosphere as people excitedly discuss the adventures they have taken part in that day. 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 are 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 soaking up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally and we recommend booking in advance if possible)
  • 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)

Room types

Double/twin rooms

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 with a hairdryer, a small kitchen and a lounge area.

Safari House

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.

 Image credits Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotels & Safaris

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Overnight in an Aurora Dome

From £107pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

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The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, we do recommend keeping additional layers to hand, in case you find yourself in need of extra warmth should the fire burn out. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.

 Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Other options


Husky safari (25km)

From: £317pp

Reaching the Arctic Sled Dog Centre, you will receive full instructions on how to drive a husky sled before heading off on a 25km husky safari, going one person per sled. This adventure will give you a real sense of the trail, as you will be out for around four to five hours.

Picnic lunch included.

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Activity level: High

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Friday at 10.30am

Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Traditional Finnish ice fishing

From: £30pp

A national obsession in Finland, ice fishing is a must-try activity in this part of the world. You will be taking to a local fishing spot on a frozen lake. Here, you will be shown how to drill through the ice and arrange a line. As you wait for the fish to bite, you can take in the scenery with a hot drink in hand.

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You will be out for between one and two hours.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Thursday & Saturday at 10 am

Dog sled safari (17km)

From: £125pp

You will receive full instructions from the Arctic Sled Dog Centre on how to drive a husky sled. You will then head off on a 17km husky safari, travelling two people per sled. This is an ideal safari for those who wish to try out a longer dogsledding experience with the chance to switch between driver and passenger. You will be out for about 2.5 hours.

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Activity level: Medium

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Monday at 10 am; Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2 pm

Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Cross-country skiing - Harriniva trails

From: £55pp

Cross-country skiing is a much-loved activity in the Nordic Countries. Training in the basics will be provided, so it is an ideal session for those who have never tried the sport before. You will be out for around two hours.

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Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Tuesday at 10 am; Friday at 2 pm

Image credit: William Lynds

Sámi culture and short reindeer safari (3km)

From: £122pp

The Sámi are Lapland’s indigenous people, and their culture can be appreciated throughout the region. On this activity, you will head to a local reindeer farm and find out about the Sámi herder’s way of life, help feed their animals and take a tour of the on-site museum close by. This is one of the oldest farms in Finland, welcoming visitors from all over the world. An enchanting reindeer sleigh ride is included, followed by lunch in a ‘kota’, or traditional Sámi tent.

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From late December, you will then enjoy a tour of the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village which features snow rooms, ice sculptures and a very cool restaurant!

You will be out for around 3.5 hours including transfers.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 11 am

Snowmobile panorama safari

From: £95pp

This safari lets you get familiar with the surrounding region, taking you through the fells around Harriniva and over the river border into Sweden. Travelling two people per vehicle, you will have the opportunity to swap the roles of driver and passenger during a break on the way.

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Anyone wishing to drive must have a full driving licence and be over the age of 18. The total distance covered will be around 30 kilometres.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Tuesday & Thursday at 2 pm

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Sun 06 Jan 2019
to Sun 13 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 1,966
Sun 13 Jan 2019
to Sun 20 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 1,966
Sun 20 Jan 2019
to Sun 27 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 1,966
Sun 27 Jan 2019
to Sun 03 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 1,986
Sun 03 Feb 2019
to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,735 Single Adult£ 2,056
Sun 10 Feb 2019
to Sun 17 Feb 2019
Adults£ 1,815 Single Adult£ 2,136
Sun 17 Feb 2019
to Sun 24 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,075 Single Adult£ 2,396
Sun 24 Feb 2019
to Sun 03 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,845 Single Adult£ 2,166
Sun 03 Mar 2019
to Sun 10 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,725 Single Adult£ 2,046
Sun 10 Mar 2019
to Sun 17 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,725 Single Adult£ 2,046
Sun 17 Mar 2019
to Sun 24 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,025 Single Adult£ 2,346
Sun 24 Mar 2019
to Sun 31 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,206
Sun 31 Mar 2019
to Sun 07 Apr 2019
Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,206
Sun 07 Apr 2019
to Sun 14 Apr 2019
Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,206
Sun 05 Jan 2020
to Sat 12 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,105
Sun 12 Jan 2020
to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,105
Sun 19 Jan 2020
to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,105
Sun 26 Jan 2020
to Sun 02 Feb 2020
Adults£ 1,780 Single Adult£ 2,125
Sun 02 Feb 2020
to Sun 09 Feb 2020
Adults£ 1,855 Single Adult£ 2,200
Sun 09 Feb 2020
to Sun 16 Feb 2020
Adults£ 1,940 Single Adult£ 2,290
Sun 16 Feb 2020
to Sun 23 Feb 2020
Adults£ 2,220 Single Adult£ 2,570
Sun 23 Feb 2020
to Sun 01 Mar 2020
Adults£ 1,975 Single Adult£ 2,325
Sun 01 Mar 2020
to Sun 08 Mar 2020
Adults£ 1,845 Single Adult£ 2,195
Sun 08 Mar 2020
to Sun 15 Mar 2020
Adults£ 1,845 Single Adult£ 2,195
Sun 15 Mar 2020
to Sun 22 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,165 Single Adult£ 2,515
Sun 22 Mar 2020
to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Adults£ 2,015 Single Adult£ 2,365
Sun 29 Mar 2020
to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Adults£ 2,015 Single Adult£ 2,365
Sun 05 Apr 2020
to Sun 12 Apr 2020
Adults£ 2,015 Single Adult£ 2,365

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum group size 4; maximum group size 22 (approximately)

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.
See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

The trip was amazing 06 March 2018 by Gillian McDonnell and Tracy Partridge

The trip was amazing. It was such a magical place, the air was so pure, the scenery stunning. We had a glimpse of the lights which made the trip. The guides, accommodation, staff etc at the Wilderness Hotel were fantastic, I didn't want to come home

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