Price from £2,400pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight route subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights hotel room or Northern Lights Cabin accommodation
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights snowshoe, 17km husky safari, Aurora hunt by minibus, visit a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari, cross-country skiing, Northern Lights campfire (the order of activities is 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 app until approximately 1 am

This special, extended 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 snowmobile safari, followed by a visit to a reindeer farm and the chance to try your hand at dog sledding! 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.

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, snowshoes and by minibus. 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!

Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
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  • Snowmobile panorama safari

    From £87pp

    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: Monday, Tuesday & Friday at 1:30 pm; Sunday at 10 am

Other options

  • Northern Lights safari by reindeer

    From: £95pp

    Combine two of the most iconic symbols of Lapland for one very magical outdoor experience: a quiet reindeer sleigh ride in search of the Northern Lights. Covering around three kilometres, you will travel two people per sled.

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    Thanks to the lack of light pollution, you will have a much better chance of spotting the Aurora. Following the safari, you will be served hot drinks in a traditional Sami tent, or ‘kota’. You will be out for around two hours, including transfers.

    Activity level: Medium

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Tuesday & Thursday at 8.30pm

  • Northern Lights Husky Safari

    From: £110pp

    Chasing after the Northern Lights on a husky sled is a thrilling way to spend the evening. You will be carried through the wilderness, heading to excellent viewpoints for Aurora displays. Everyone will travel two people per sled, and the activity will last around one-and-a-half hours.

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    Activity level: Medium

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Wednesday and Saturday at 8.30pm

  • Traditional Finnish ice fishing

    From: £28pp

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

  • Lapland snowmobile safari (on request)

    From: £220pp

    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.

  • Husky safari (25km)

    From: £302pp

    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: Wednesday & Thursday at 10.30am

    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
  • Husky safari (9km)

    From: £83pp

    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 hours.

    Activity level: Low

    Available: Thursday at 10.30am

    Image credit: Steve Cushing (client)

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 year'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.

Wed 19 Dec 2018
to Wed 26 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,400 Single Adult£ 2,830

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 persons, maximum 24

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

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


Aurora alerts

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.

  • Northern Lights displays for 3 of the 4 nights 22 December 2016 by Kirsty & Andrew Wingate

    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.

  • We were very lucky with glorious displays of the Northern Lights 02 January 2015 by Geoffrey Denman

    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.
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    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.
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  • Frankly a fab Christmas 07 January 2013 by Vanessa Sammut

    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
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    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.
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  • Magical winter wonderland 31 December 2012 by Linda Dodge

    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
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    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.
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