ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight route subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers are included
- Accommodation: 4 nights hotel room or Northern Lights Cabin accommodation
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights snowshoe, 17km husky safari, Christmas celebrations, visit a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari (order subject to change). Please note that you must hold a valid UK driving license in order to drive a snowmobile
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
- Aurora alert mobile app until approximately 1 am
This special, Christmas edition of our Northern Lights Quest at Harriniva promises to be a wonderful festive escape.
Your base is the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, a real gem, renowned in the area for its varied and exciting activities and enthusiastic guides. You will stay in either one of the cosy hotel rooms in the main building or a Northern Lights Cabin situated a short walk away from the hotel. The hotel is ideally located in the Aurora Zone and thus offers all guests the chance to see the Northern Lights in all their glory, should the conditions be right.
As well as the Christmas celebrations at the hotel, you will enjoy an array of exciting activities during your time here that will really allow you to feel a sense of connection to the Arctic and gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the region.
The inclusive activities kick off with a thrilling husky safari, followed by a visit to a reindeer farm and the chance to try your hand at snowmobiling! These activities will allow you to gain an idea of the scale of this spectacular natural environment, an insight into some of the region's traditions and some incredible memories.Read more
Harriniva's location in the heart of the Aurora Zone means that you don't necessarily have to go far to seek out a possible display, but we have included some dedicated hunts to help improve your chances via snowmobile and snowshoes. Your expert local guides will use their local knowledge and experience in order to help give you the best possible chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
We love Harriniva for its wonderful warmth, enthusiastic guides and stunning riverside scenery. Winter time in Lapland is always spectacular, but at Christmas, it really is a magical place to be!
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Arrival and Introduction
Upon arrival at Kittilä Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Harriniva where you can check in and enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant. You will also be shown how to use the Aurora alert application.
You'll need a good night's sleep ahead of the start of the adventure tomorrow.Included Meals: Dinner
Husky Safari, Northern Lights Workshop and Christmas Celebrations
Today you will spend Christmas Eve in a truly special and unique way. There is something about a husky safari that seems to fully encapsulate the spirit of Arctic adventure and it is an activity which is almost always a universal favourite with our guests.
Travelling in such a traditional fashion allows you to appreciate the incredible landscape as the activity is such a peaceful one (once the dogs have got over their initial excitement!).
The trail will cover about 17km of the snow-laden landscape and you will travel two people per sled with one person sitting in the sled and another standing on the back controlling the brake. There will be a chance to swap over so you each get a try mushing. The enthusiasm the dogs share for the trail is infectious and this is sure to be a real highlight of the trip.
There will also be the chance for you to chat with the mushers and ask them any questions you may have about dog sledding and their lives up here above the Arctic Circle.
In the afternoon, the group will participate in the Northern Lights workshop with an expert guide. A brief scientific overview of the Northern Lights will be given as well as an insight into some 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 film. Pancakes will also be enjoyed around the fire.
Christmas is celebrated on the 24th December in Finland and so this evening you will be treated to a delicious meal including some traditional festive Finnish food as well as more international dishes. There may even be a visit by Father Christmas himself! The evening is then free for you to spend as you please. Make sure you keep your Aurora alert close by as your Christmas wishes may be answered with a phenomenal display.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Snowmobile Safari and Northern Lights Snowshoeing
This morning you will kick things off with a thrilling 30km snowmobile safari to allow you to explore the wilderness which surrounds Harriniva. Full training and instruction will be provided before you set off on the trails travelling two people per snowmobile (you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile). There will be the chance to swap drivers half way should you wish to. This is an ideal way to gain a sense of the scale of this spectacular landscape.
Lunch will be served as usual and your afternoon will be free to spend as you choose. After dinner, you will strap on your snowshoes for a relaxing walk through Harriniva’s ethereal landscape. Enjoy the silence and tranquillity of the forest at night, and keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights. You will stop for hot drinks at a prime Aurora viewpoint half-way through the activity, which will last for around two and a half hours in total.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reindeer Farm and Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
You will begin the last day of your itinerary with a trip to a reindeer farm. At over 100 years old, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm 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.
Evidence of reindeer herding in this region has been found dating back to the Stone Age, and despite the modernisation of the work with snowmobiles, the knowledge and traditions that have been passed down through the generations remain of the utmost importance to this day.
At Torassieppi you will be given a tour of the farm, have the chance to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. You will also be able to ask the reindeer herders any questions you may have and visit the small but informative museum which is on site. Then, you will visit the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village, admiring its incredible snow rooms, ice sculptures and restaurant, where you will stop for a special lunch.
After dinner, you will meet with your Aurora guide for your final venture into the darkness in search of the Northern Lights, and your second try at snowmobiling. You will receive a full safety briefing from your guide to remind you how to use the snowmobiles, before driving away from the light pollution. You will head towards an ideal Northern Lights viewpoint, chosen by your dedicated guide depending on the Aurora activity, cloud cover and weather conditions on the day. You will stop here for a hot drink while you look out for a potentially dazzling Northern Lights display – keep your fingers crossed that they will make an appearance. The activity will last for around two hours, please note that you must hold a valid UK driving licence in order to drive a snowmobileIncluded Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will be transferred to Kittilä Airport for your return flights today with heads full of memories of your festive adventure.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Panorama Safari (30km Snowmobile Safari)
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
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
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Traditional Finnish ice fishing
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.Read more about this activity
You will be out for around two hours.
Activity level: Low
Minimum: 2 people
Available: Tuesday at 10 am; Sunday at 1 pm
Lapland snowmobile safari (on request)
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. You will drive your own snowmobile and will be out for between five and six hours.Read more about this activity
Guides, instruction and equipment included.
You must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
Activity level: High
Available: Saturday at 10 am
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It's a husky day (25km husky safari)
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.Read more about this activity
Activity level: High
Minimum: 2 people
Available: Thursday at 10.30am
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Who's the Meister (9km husky safari)
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.Read more about this activity
You will be out for around one-and-a-half to two hours.
Activity level: Low
Minimum: 2 people
Available: Wednesday at 10.30am
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Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 10 persons, maximum 24
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am 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 on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
The recommended minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 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.
Our tour Guide Scotty was amazing, an amazing amount of knowledge backed up by a great attitude - He definitely turned the trip from a great one into an amazing one.We really enjoyed the husky sled tour and husky visit - and seeing the Northern Lights was a great bonus
The activities were so enjoyable - they so different to what we get at home
The snowmobiling to see the Northern Lights (was) fun and a perfect escape from any light pollution. We enjoyed our holiday very much, but we were blessed with clear skies and Northern Light displays for 3 of the 4 nights we were there.
The food was actually better than I expected. There was plenty of it and the quality was very good. If the choice was a little limited, it really didn't matter. Most enjoyable (activity): Like most people, the husky ride. Apart from anything else, the dogs were obviously loving it and just wanted to run. Least enjoyable (activity): I don't think there was one! I can't think of any improvements. This was a truly memorable holiday. It was cold, of course, -30C at the hotel and colder on the lakes, so we had to put a lot of clothes on just to go from the cabin to the hotel for meals. But it was worth it, and we were very lucky with glorious displays of the Northern Lights.
Have just completed the questionaire but wanted to say that we had, frankly a fab Christmas, thanks to Harriniva, the staff there, your rep Cary (best rep I have every had on a holiday) and the guides.
The weather was unkind - v. v. v. cold, minus 35 - but the Northern Lights were v. v. kind and we saw them on Christmas Day. Magical. Staff at Harriniva could not do enough to make us comfortable that night, really, really great. If I had a criticism it would be that the hoiday was advertised as no kids - but the hotel was full of a french party with their kids, and they were rather disruptive. Hotel and Cary did their best to make the problem less intrusive, and succeeded to a point - we as a group made a joke of it in the end - but something for you to think about in the future. We had kids running around corridors early and late and food times were sometimes a little chaotic as a consequence.
This very small issue aside, in my top 5 holidays ever…. mostly down to customer service - something I value and would like to mention to you.
Just returned home after spending a wonderful six nights at Harriniva from 23 Dec to 29 Dec. Everything from start to finish was superb. Hotel, food and staff couldn't have been better. This was truly an amazing experience for us both. Activites included were 2 x snowmobiling, husky ride, snowshoe walking, ice fishing, reindeer sledge ride, cross-country skiing (very tiring). We had a free day to do what we wanted - we chose to go off on a trip with five others to a snow village to visit an ICEHOTEL; it was amazing. We have been on a number of holidays but this beats them all!!!!. We would not hesitate in recommending this company and this amazing experience. We have brought home some truly amazing memories and some fab pictures. Thank you Aurora Zone Team.