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: 3 nights in a winter cottage room (winter cottage upgrades available on request)
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Aurora campfire, Aurora explorer, reindeer hike and Lapland foodie experience (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm 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.Read more
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 minibus tour allows you to venture further out into the wilderness surrounding Torassieppi, out running any potential cloud cover and using the local knowledge of an experienced guide to assess the conditions and determine the most suitable route for your hunt.
To enhance your chances of spotting the Northern Lights, you may wish to choose to spend an unforgettable 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. A Lapland foodie experience will allow you the opportunity to forage for berries and mushrooms, which you will help to prepare with an experienced chef over a campfire.
You will also encounter reindeer, which are synonymous in Lapland. Enjoy a leisurely hike with these magnificent animals amidst the colourful autumn terrain and learn about the importance of the animals to the indigenous Sami people. This activity is a particular highlight and is unique to the Torassieppi Reindeer Farm.
To conclude, 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 some fascinating activities which will introduce you to the cultural aspect of Lapland and the vibrant changes of the autumn season.
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Arrival and Aurora Minibus Hunt
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, however, an Aurora hunt by minibus allows you to venture further out into the wilderness and potentially outrun any cloud cover. Your guide will assess the conditions using their local knowledge, and decide where the best spots are likely to be before you travel by bus in search of the ‘green lady’.
A large part of the excitement during this two-hour hunt is the overwhelming feeling of anticipation and you will find that you are constantly scanning the skies for glimmers of light. It’s amazing if they do appear. That first flicker of green, which suddenly becomes more pronounced, will have you wondering whether the lights have appeared or whether it is a trick of the imagination, but when the dance begins there is no mistaking a captivating show.
Reindeer hike and Aurora campfire
After your first night in Lapland, you will undoubtedly awaken with an eagerness to explore your new surroundings. An unusual and rewarding way in which to do this is hiking with reindeer, which are synonymous with the Arctic.
Reindeer herding is an age-old tradition and integral to indigenous culture. The Sámi people of Lapland have been farming reindeer for generations and, following breakfast, you will join a local guide on a leisurely hike into the forest with the reindeer in tow. The hike will take approximately four hours and during this time you will gain local insight into the herding culture. This is an activity which is unique to Torassieppi and there are not many people who can say that they went hiking with a reindeer in the heart of Lapland. A coffee break will be enjoyed 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.
You’ll enjoy dinner in the restaurant before embarking on your first dedicated Northern Lights Hunt. Your activity will begin with an informative 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.
Lapland Foodie experience
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. An array of seasonal berries and mushrooms grow in the nearby forest and these make the perfect accompaniment to a delicious meal.
Following breakfast, you will venture into the woods and forage for these seasonal delights as you experience the best Lappish produce during an enticing foodie foraging experience. The activity will take approximately four hours and the first part is all about gathering the ingredients. The lake is teeming with fish and should you wish, you can make use of the fishing equipment and attempt to catch the main course, but don’t worry, the restaurant will be on hand to provide fresh fish or meat if required.
You will then assist your guide with the preparation of the meal over an open fire, before sampling the fruits of your labour. The dish is likely to taste exceptional, given that you foraged for the ingredients and helped prepare them yourself.
During the evening, you will enjoy dinner at the restaurant. You may then want to venture outside and seek out the Aurora for a final time or simply relax at the cosy hotel.
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 in price
Personalise this tour
Stay in an Aurora Dome
Torassieppi and Jeris' exceptional Aurora Domes offer a special overnight experience for guests. The cosy, simple domes allow for star-gazing and hopefully Northern Lights-gazing, due to their large glass wall. Enjoying the views whilst staying comfortable and warm inside is an experience like no other.Read more
The domes are equipped with a wood-burning stove, a double bed and electric heater. Although these features will keep the dome warm, 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 (50m).
On your chosen Aurora Dome night, you will enjoy dinner at the hotel before being transferred to your dome. Any required transfers are included, as well as breakfast the following morning. Please note, clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival.
Price: £134 (per Dome per night)*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
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.
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Dates & Prices
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|Adults£ 1,055||Single Adult£ 1,165|
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|Adults£ 1,180||Single Adult£ 1,300|
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Minimum 4 people, maximum 16 people
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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.
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Order of activities
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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).
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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.
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.
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.