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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2222
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This seven-night trip amongst the fells of Lapland offers amazing opportunities to see the Northern Lights. 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 sauna, snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment, which you can make use of in your free time.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • 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, Lappish foodie experience, husky night adventure, reindeer Aurora experience, Northern Lights bonus hunt, Aurora snowshoeing, daily hotel sauna (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Aurora App which you can download to your phone for the duration of the trip (normally works until 1 am)
  • 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.

The nights of this trip are 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 a Lappish foodie experience 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.

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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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • You will arrive at 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 rest of your day.

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

  • 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.

    After dinner, it is time to head out and hunt for the lights by snowmobile on an Aurora Adventure. You will drive two per snowmobile (assuming both are over 18 years old and have a valid driving licence). 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.

  • This morning, you will have breakfast in the hotel. In the afternoon, you will join your local guides in a kota to cook some delicious pancakes over an 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.

    You will put on your snowshoes tonight for your 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.

  • 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.

    This evening, you will head to a traditional Lappish kota and help your guide to prepare a BBQ over an open fire. Afterwards, the dishes will be served as a three-course meal whilst you enjoy the cosy atmosphere and wait for the Northern Lights to appear.

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

    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 whilst the other sits and then you will have the chance to swap 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.

    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.

  • 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.  

    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.

  • 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

Other options

Harriniva Riverside Cabins - Brand New for 2018

Just built this summer, we are unable to provide winter images of these lovely riverside cabins, but once the first snow of winter falls in Harriniva, they will make the perfect cosy winter escape.

Set in a picturesque, riverside location and ranging from 39m² to 47m², Harriniva’s Riverside Cabins are ideal for larger groups, or those wanting a little more space and privacy during their trip. Each cabin sleeps five people in total, with a main bedroom for two people, a loft area (accessible by a steep ladder) sleeping a further two people and a pull out sofa bed in the lounge. Fully-equipped with kitchen facilities, including a stove, dishwasher and fridge, and with a cosy living room, you can relax and enjoy your own space in complete comfort. Each cabin even has its own private sauna, perfect for keeping warm after a long day out in the cold.


Upgrade to a Riverside Cabin: from £199 per cabin 


Credit: Antti Pietikainen

Special Nights

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.

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

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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

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Activities

Who's the Meister (9km husky safari)

From: £92pp

Say hello to the friendly huskies at the Arctic Sled Dog Centre and pick up the art of driving a dogsled. You will then test your skills on a nine-kilometre trail. Travelling two people per sled, you will have the chance of swapping the roles of driver and passenger halfway. This is activity is ideal for those who wish to get a taste of dogsledding before going on a longer husky safari later in their holiday.

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You will be out for around one-and-a-half to two hours.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Thursday at 10.30am


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

It's a husky day (25km husky safari)

From: £325pp

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: Thursday at 10.30am


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Lapland snowmobile safari (on request)

From: £246pp

This is the ultimate one-day snowmobile safari, covering a total distance of 80 to 100 kilometres, with a stop for hot drinks and a picnic lunch. While those taking part travel two people per vehicle, we suggest upgrading to going one person per snowmobile (please speak to our Travel Experts for more information). You will be out for between five and six hours.

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Guides, instruction and equipment included.

You must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Activity level: High

Available: On request and subject to availability, a total of 4 participants are required in order for this trip to operate.


 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 around two hours.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Tuesday & Saturday at 10 am; Sunday at 1 pm

Tour de Olosvuoma (17km husky safari)

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 & Tuesday at 1 pm, Friday & Saturday at 10.30 am


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Cross-country skiing - Harriniva trails

From: £50pp

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; Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm


Image credit: William Lynds

Sámi culture and short reindeer safari (3km)

From: £125pp

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 three to four hours including transfers.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 10.30 am

Snowmobile panorama safari

From: £96pp

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

Read more about this activity

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: Monday, Tuesday & Friday at 1.30 pm and Sunday at 10 am


 Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. 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.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

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

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

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 level 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

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

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.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

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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