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 routes are subject to change
- Transfers: return transfers from Kittilä Airport
- Accommodation: 2 nights hotel room accommodation and 1 night in an Aurora Dome
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- Activities: Northern Lights workshop and Aurora campfire, Aurora hunt by horseback (this can be changed to Northern Lights hunt by minibus, if preferred), Aurora glamping and husky hike (order subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Torassieppi enjoys an idyllic setting close to the borders of Pallas Ylläs National Park in the north-west corner of Finnish Lapland. Autumn here is a time of change. The landscapes transform into vibrant colour, wildlife becomes more active as it prepares for the long winter, and the nights draw longer following 24 hours of daylight during the summer. This combination makes for the perfect Aurora hunting escape, as not only can you potentially witness captivating displays, but you can also enjoy ‘Ruska’, which is a local word used to describe the changing colours of the leaves which takes place for around two-three weeks each year (timing varies, depending on the weather).
A Northern Lights display in autumn can rival those of winter, particularly given the location of the accommodation at the edge of Lake Torasjarvi. You can potentially get two displays for the price of one here, as the dancing lights flicker off the unfrozen lake. Torassieppi is at the heart of the Aurora Zone and the lack of light pollution due to the surrounding wilderness makes for prime Aurora viewing conditions.
An Aurora camp is a fantastic introduction to the scientific elements behind the Northern Lights and this is the first of your dedicated activities. An informative workshop will be followed by a campfire, where you will cook pancakes at the edge of the lake, awaiting a potential Northern Lights display. On your final night, a horse riding safari in search of the Aurora allows you to venture further out into the wilderness surrounding Torassieppi. Alternatively, you can choose to change the horseback safari for a Northern Lights minbus hunt, free of charge. You'll then spend a night in an Aurora Dome, situated on the banks of the lake. The insulated domes contain a large Perspex north-facing window, which provides their inhabitants with the best possible views of the night sky. Imagine the sudden appearance of ethereal colours from the comfort of your accommodation.
The dramatic changes of the Finnish ‘Ruska’ season are reflected in the forest and the growth of seasonal produce. You will get the chance to enjoy the amazing colours up close as you head out on a leisurely hike through the rich autumn terrain, with huskies at the helm.
This autumn holiday to Torassieppi offers a peaceful escape, away from the winter crowds. It is specifically designed for seeking out the Aurora but we have also made sure to include a fantastic day-time activity which will introduce you to the cultural aspect of Lapland and the vibrant changes of the autumn season.
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen, Jeremy Janin and Visit Finland
After arriving into Kittilä Airport you will be transferred to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm in north-west Finland. Your accommodation lies on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi and offers a breathtaking outlook towards the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, which is the third largest national park in the country.
This is a charming retreat during the Finnish ‘Ruska’ and has a particularly rustic restaurant with a cosy log fire from which to enjoy your evening meal.
Torassieppi has very little artificial light and is ideal for Aurora hunting, tonight you could step outside your accommodation and search the skies for your first glimpse of the Northern Lights.Included Meals: Dinner
Northern Lights Workshop and Aurora Campfire
After your first night in Lapland, you will undoubtedly awaken with an eagerness to explore your new surroundings. Today has been left free for you to enjoy as you wish. You may choose to relax by the lakeside, or perhaps you’ll want to take part in an optional reindeer farm visit, only a short walk away from your accommodation; it’s a fascinating way to find out more about the local culture and history of the area. Please see our 'Personalise' section for further details. Today’s lunch will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.
Later this evening, you’ll enjoy dinner in the restaurant before embarking on your first dedicated Northern Lights Hunt. Your activity will begin with an informative Northern Lights workshop which will give you an insight into the science behind this natural phenomenon. You will then make for the camp, which is ideally located away from any artificial light, on the edge of the lake. Your local guide will make a fire and you can simply sit beneath the starry night sky savouring the silence and await a potential show. The lakeside location of the camp is a particular highlight. It may be possible to witness two Aurora displays for the price of one as the lights reflect off the dark waters.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky Hike, Aurora Hunt by Horseback or Minibus and Aurora Glamping
A particular highlight of the Finnish ‘Ruska’ is the constant change. The dark nights grow steadily longer and the summer colours transform into autumn shades. A rewarding way to explore the colourful wilderness is hiking with huskies, which are much-loved animals in the Arctic.
Traditionally used for dog sledding when the snow arrives, hiking with huskies in the autumn gives you the opportunity to get closer to nature and really appreciate the beautiful surroundings. The dogs love the fresh air and walking and you'll have a companion as you take to the trails. The hike will take approximately three hours and you will enjoy picnic snacks along the way.
Following the hike, you will return to the hotel with the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure. The two lakeside saunas are a fantastic way in which to unwind whilst also enjoying the tranquil nature of the autumn season. Saunas are central to Finnish culture and are a must for anyone visiting Lapland. Alternatively, if you would rather take part in a Lappish Foodie experience, instead of the husky hike, you can upgrade to do this – please see the 'Personalise' tab for further details.
During the evening, you will enjoy dinner at the restaurant before heading out for your final Aurora experience.
Travelling by horseback (or minibus if you’d prefer - a minimum of two people per activity is required. Please let your Travel Expert know at the time of booking), you’ll venture further into the wilderness and on the hunt for Mother Nature’s mesmerising display. Though your journey ends back at Torassieppi, your search for the Northern Lights will continue as you spend the night glamping in an Aurora Dome equipped with a see-through wall, so you have a clear view of the Arctic sky at all times. Stay cosy in your bed as you warm by the fireplace and look out into the night where hopefully, the Northern Lights will finish your holiday in spectacular fashion.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Following breakfast, admire the breath-taking surroundings and take any last-minute photographs before being transferred to Kittilä Airport. You will hopefully be leaving Torassieppi with some unforgettable memories.
If you would like to break your journey in Helsinki on the way home then please let us know as we can arrange a tailored city break for you. See ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Lappish Foodie Experience
If you prefer, you can swap the husky hike to a delicious Lappish foodie experience for an immersive insight into the local foods on offer. During this activity, your guide will take you into the wilderness to choose from nature’s kitchen. You will help pick ingredients and wild foods according to the season such as berries, mushrooms and herbs and then use them to prepare a tasty traditional meal over an open fire.
A minimum of 2 people are required to run this activity.
Duration: 3 hours
Visit a Reindeer Farm
Close to where you are staying lies one of the oldest reindeer farms in Finland. During this guided tour, you will learn all about the reindeer herders’ way of life, as well as enjoying a tour of the farm and its museum. You’ll also get to meet and feed the reindeer. This activity lasts for approximately 1.5 hours and requires a minimum of 2 people to operate.
Helsinki city break
With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.Read more about this activity
We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our Travel Experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.
Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.
Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting-edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.
In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the Duchy of Russia, it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past, we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.
A 15-minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.
Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multicultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!
Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!
Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.
Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability.
Image credit: Visit Helsinki & Jussi Hellston
Dates & Prices
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 24 people (approximately)
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.
Travelling in autumn requires a degree of flexibility. This period is a time of change in the far North and the arrival of the first snowfall can be very unpredictable.
Autumn activities: The daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.
If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.
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.