Torassieppi - Autumn Aurora Hunt
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: Return flights between London and Kittilä (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Winter cottage upgrades are available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Aurora workshop, nature centre visit and hike in the Pallas National Park, visit to a reindeer farm, visit to a sled dog centre, two Northern Lights hunts by minibus, wilderness cookery school, Aurora campfire (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide
- Aurora alert until approximately 1am
The Aurora hunting season starts at the end of August and, as the nights grow longer into September some spectacular Northern Lights displays can be seen.
The beauty of this time of year is that it offers guests so many unique experiences which are only possible during the autumn. These include the chance to see the Aurora reflected in the, as yet, unfrozen lakes or witnessing the abundance of wildlife preparing for the long winter. You never quite know what these months will bring as the winter snow can arrive unexpectedly, but without a doubt, they bring some exceptional Aurora opportunities.
During the day, your expert local guides will make sure that you get to witness some of the highlights of the region. You will get an understanding of the scale of this wilderness in the Pallas National Park and you will be able to get up close to some of the animals which are most synonymous with the region – huskies and reindeer. There will also be time spent enjoying the great outdoors and learning how to cook local dishes on an open fire.
Your evenings are dedicated to your quest for the Northern Lights. On two evenings you will utilise a minibus to help outrun any potential cloud cover and catch a glimpse of the Aurora. Another evening will also be spent around a warming campfire awaiting a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
This region has an exceptional Northern Lights record and being so free from light pollution means that the skies create the perfect backdrop for any displays. You can also choose to spend an unforgettable night in a unique Aurora Dome situated on the banks of Lake Torassieppi. The insulated domes are effectively large tent or yurt-like structures which have been modified for this remote environment and with a large Perspex north facing window, provide their inhabitants with the best possible views of the Northern Lights. See the 'personalise' section for details.
This is an exceptional break for those who prefer to beat the winter crowds, enjoy milder weather and experience the best that the autumn can offer.
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be transferred directly to your accommodation at Torassieppi where you can settle in.
Dinner will be served in the central restaurant and you will receive your Aurora alert. If required, you will also be given winter clothing, depending on the conditions.
Day 2 Aurora workshop, Pallas National Park and Northern Lights minibus hunt
This morning you will meet with your guide for a briefing on the days ahead before you gain an understanding of the Northern Lights during an Aurora workshop with your guide. You guide will give you an insight into the science behind the Aurora and the local legends which surround them.
Following this introduction to the Northern Lights, you will all head into the wilds of the Pallas National Park for a hike. Here you will be able to gain a perspective on the vast scale of the wilderness and take in some of the fabulous views. Your guide will show you the best vistas and there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures. You will visit the informative nature centre here and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Tonight's inaugural Northern Lights hunt utilises the mobility of a minibus in order to help you outrun any potential cloud cover. Your guide will consult the weather forecasts and Aurora activity levels prior to setting off so that they can determine the best possible route for your search. Hopefully, your efforts will be rewarded.
Day 3 Husky encounters, visit to a reindeer farm and Aurora campfire
Today begins with a visit to a sled dog centre to meet the eager huskies who are preparing for the winter months. It is fascinating to get an insight into the lives of these working dogs and the connection that they share with their mushers.
Next is a visit to a reindeer farm. Here the local herder will give guests an overview of what it is like to live and work in these parts throughout the year. You will also gain an understanding of just how important the reindeer are to the region. You will have the opportunity to feed the animals and will be shown how to use a lasso. Your lunch will be served in a cosy traditional kota (tepee) with a warming fire to add to the magical atmosphere.
Tonight's post dinner excursion is an Aurora stakeout where you will sit and await the Northern Lights around a campfire. Your guide will get you all settled on the lakeside, just a short walk from the hotel and will light the fire for you. You may then enjoy an evening grilling sausages and marshmallows as you await the Northern Lights. This is one of the most wonderful ways to spend an evening in Lapland, whether the Aurora appear or not.
Day 4 Wilderness cooking and Northern Lights hunt by minibus
Enjoying the great outdoors is a fundamental way of life in Lapland and family outings will often involve preparing food on an open fire. Following some free time first thing, it is time to cook up some lunch in the traditional style. You will be shown how to prepare some local dishes before putting your new skills to test over an open fire. You can then enjoy the results of your culinary efforts.
This afternoon you can enjoy the lakeside sauna and relax in your surroundings. If you fancy a dip in the bracing waters of the lake then that is always an option (you must be excellent health to do so).
After a farewell meal this evening you will hit the road again for a final Aurora hunt. Once more you will use the minibus as a means of hopefully outrunning any cloud cover and, with luck, the Northern Lights will dance overhead and bid you farewell.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay
It is, unfortunately, time to leave today and you will be transferred back to the airport for your return journey. If you wish to stop off in Helsinki on your way home and extend your stay in Finland, we can arrange a city break for you so you may take advantage of the many sights, shops and restaurants that the city offers. Please see the 'Personalise' section for more information.
Included in price
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is located next to Torasjarvi Lake and is on the edge of the Pallas Ylläs National Park, one of the greatest wilderness areas in Finland. Dating back to 1847, the farm itself is one of the oldest buildings in the area and has been lovingly renovated and restored as a unique accommodation option.
The farm is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family who also run the sister hotels of Jeris, Harriniva and Kittila. The farm is only a 15-minute drive from Harriniva Wilderness Hotel where the majority of the activities will take place, so everything is conveniently close by.
- The restaurant serves a variety of dishes which include both local and international cuisine. This is the perfect place in which to unwind and enjoy evenings by the log fire. The food here focuses on locally sourced and organic produce where possible. Traditional dishes and cooking methods are also frequently featured
- There is no bar at Torassieppi but drinks can be purchased in the restaurant. Two lakeside saunas are also available in the evenings with separate facilities for men and women
- There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building
Guest room types
DOUBLE/TWIN ROOMS: There are eight rooms at Torassieppi which can be made up with either twin or double beds. The rooms all have their own entrance, shower, toilet and coffee maker. They are located in separate lodge buildings near the central restaurant building.
Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
Torassieppi Winter CottagesSupplements From: £93pp
Guests can choose to upgrade their accommodation at Torassieppi and spend their holiday in one of the winter cottages.
These cottages all feature a fireplace, living area, kitchenette, two bedrooms and a fold out sofa bed. One bedroom offers twin beds and the other features bunk beds with a double bed on the bottom and a single on top. They can accommodate between two and five people (we recommend a maximum of four adults).
Some of the cottages also have their own saunas. These are larger and have two bedrooms plus a sleeping alcove. These are suitable for two to six people (we would again recommend a maximum of four adults). They feature a living room, fireplace, kitchen, shower, toilet, drying cupboard and washing machine. Both bedrooms have twin beds (which can be joined to make a double) and the alcove can accommodate two people on single beds.
The rooms and cabins are all located near to the main building where guests will enjoy all of their meals.
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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.
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.Read more
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.
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Stay in an Aurora DomeFrom: £92pp
The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and offer an unforgettable experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. 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 to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50m).Read more about this activity
Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.
Please note that 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.
Available: Monday - Saturday
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
Dates & Prices
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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 below simply by paying a deposit. This means that you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain provisional and subject to change, we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed and 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. Flight supplements may apply and any none package rates listed on the website are subject to price increases. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people, maximum 16 people
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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 1am 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.
Travelling in autumn: When travelling at this time of year the daily activities may need to be varied due to the weather conditions. The onset of snowfall can come quickly in this region and so you should travel with a flexible approach. Hikes can easily become snowshoe walks if the snows arrive whilst you are there.
Whilst winter clothing is not provided as standard, but it will of course be available for you to use should the conditions require it.
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.
What a fantastic time I had in Finland 01 July 2014 by Karen Therese Patchett
I just wanted to e-mail to say what a fantastic time I had in Finland. Our guide Timo was excellent, he worked hard to make sure our stay was interesting and varied but relaxed (and he was very knowledgeable on just about everything Finnish). It was a lovely location and hotel, and the activities gave us a nice glimpse of Finland and its culture. What I liked most about Finland (apart from the stunning scenery of course) is it is true to itself; if I had gone there and found a Disneyland-type set up I would have been deeply disappointed. And I had the best gluten free food I have had in the last place I expected it.