Torassieppi - Aurora Photography
- Duration:7 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: Direct flights between London Gatwick and Kittilä. Flight routes are subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights’ accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Winter cottage upgrades are available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora photography workshop and photography lesson, 17km husky safari, Aurora campfire, reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Pallas photo shoot and snowshoe trip, snowmobile safari with photo stops, local landscapes, four nights of Aurora hunting via minibus, photography presentation (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
- Aurora alert app until approximately 1am
- Photography tuition
- Free use of cross-country skis and snowshoe equipment on Day 6
Capturing the Northern Lights in all of their glory is a feat that many people long to achieve. This holiday has been crafted to help guests achieve this goal whilst also enjoying the other exceptional experiences and photographic subjects available in Lapland.
Based in the cosy accommodation at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm you will be immersed in the nature of Lapland from the very outset. This location is deep within The Aurora Zone and on the edge of the Pallas National Park.
Throughout this holiday, you will be accompanied by an expert guide who knows this landscape like the back of their hand and, importantly, will tutor you in how to capture it on camera. At night, your guide will use their specialist techniques and knowledge to help you seek out and photograph the magnificent Northern Lights. During the daylight hours, your subjects will include local wildlife, landscapes and sculptures crafted from ice. To be honest there is very little in Lapland that can be classed as un-photogenic and your guide's knowledge will enable you to make the most of the opportunities this region presents.
Whilst photography underpins this holiday, you will also experience a full range of Lappish activities including dog sledding and snowmobiling, whilst also gaining an understanding of this very unique natural environment and the local culture. With reindeer encounters and snowshoe hikes in a national park, the daytime activities during this holiday are an exceptional complement to the dedicated Northern Lights excursions which occur during the hours of darkness.Read more
Your guide will lead you on four evening trips which are dedicated to the pursuit of the Aurora and to capturing them on camera. These include four evening minibus hunts for the Northern Lights. The key to the success of these hunts is your guide's knowledge and expertise, as they utilise their forecasts and network of Aurora hunters, to help determine the route for the evening's quest. Minibuses allow you to outrun any potential local cloud cover and reach clear skies where displays may be visible.
These hunts may be rescheduled at quite short notice if conditions are better on certain nights or two may even be combined together to make a six-hour epic Northern Lights hunt wherever your guide may take you to give you the best possible chance of accomplishing your goal. If the group is lucky enough to locate an Aurora then your guide's years of photography experience come into their own as they help you capture the best possible imagery.
This is a holiday for those who want to experience this magical landscape in an active way, whilst capturing some of its greatest experiences on camera.
You can also choose to spend an unforgettable night in a unique Aurora Dome situated on the banks of Lake Torassieppi. The domes are in effect large tents 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.
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be transferred to your accommodation at Torassieppi.
Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and presents the ideal opportunity to get to know the like-minded photographers with whom you will be sharing the forthcoming week. You will also be kitted out in your cold weather clothing and will be signed up for the Aurora alert app.
Day 2 Aurora photography workshop, husky safari and Aurora campfire
After breakfast, it is straight on to the primary task for the week, as you participate in an Aurora photography workshop led by your expert guide. Information on the Northern Lights will be provided before the group move on to the equipment and the settings which will need to be applied to cameras in order to capture the Aurora. Techniques will be demonstrated ahead of your first chance to put it all into action tonight.
After the workshop, the group will enjoy one of the most popular winter activities in Lapland as you head to a nearby sled dog centre to meet the eager huskies. Prior to setting off on your adventure you can meet with the mushers and learn a little about their lives and the how these huskies are trained. You won't be able to avoid the dogs' enthusiasm for the trail, as the noise is likely to be deafening as their excitement builds (there can be 400 dogs in this sled centre!).
Once you have had the chance to meet the dogs the mushers will provide you with instruction and a safety briefing, as you are presented with your team of four to six dogs for a 17km safari.
As soon as you release the brake, the dogs will fall silent as they pay full attention to their most beloved pastime, pulling a sled. Travelling two people per sled, you will have the chance to swap drivers as you travel through the wilds, and no doubt you will be able to capture some wonderful action shots whilst you are the passenger.
Lunch will be served in the main restaurant back at Torassieppi this afternoon and you may then enjoy the afternoon exploring your new surroundings independently. Additional activities may be available (book and pay locally) or alternatively enjoy a relaxing sauna before your adventures continue this evening.
Following dinner in the restaurant, the group will be led to a campfire situated on the edge of the frozen lake in which Torassieppi sits. Here you can watch the skies in warmth, grilling sausages and toasting marshmallows as you await a potential glimpse of the Northern Lights. It's the ideal time to practice your night photography skills.
Day 3 Reindeer farm and Aurora hunt
Torassieppi's first role in the region was a reindeer farm and, even though there has been some diversification, the reindeer farm still exists to this day. It's not far from your cosy accommodation to the farm, where guests can encounter the animals up close, and take some shots of these gentle creatures.
There will be the chance to feed the reindeer and have a go at lassoing them in time-honoured fashion. You will enjoy a tour of the old farmhouse (which dates back to the 1800s) with many of the families possessions still preserved in wonderful condition. By the end of the tour, you will have gained a real insight into the life of a reindeer herder and the traditions that underpin their existence in the region.
A 3km reindeer-pulled sleigh ride will be enjoyed, and this peaceful experience will present many a photographic opportunity as this is picture postcard stuff.
No doubt ready for lunch after the morning's activity, you will enjoy your meal in a traditional kota (tepee) around the fire.
After dinner, your guide will join you for your inaugural Aurora hunting session. Armed with weather forecasts, solar activity information and a wealth of local knowledge, your guide will take you by minibus on a nocturnal adventure. Travelling in search of clear skies and the perfect viewpoint, your guide will determine the best route and the best spot to set up for the evening. They will then be on hand throughout to offer tuition should the Northern Lights begin their dance overhead.
Day 4 Pallas National Park photography, snowshoeing and Aurora hunt
Torassieppi is on the edge of the Pallas National Park, one of the most spectacular wilderness reserves in Europe. In this protected area, you will explore on snowshoes as you travel through the woodland, hopefully encountering some of the local wildlife, and marvelling at the panoramas that confront you. This is a winter wonderland and snowshoes enable you to get closer to the natural environment than any other activity. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, prior to heading to the nearby nature centre, where you will gain a deeper insight into this Arctic region and the flora and fauna that live here.
Your pictures from today are sure to show that some of the most beautiful sights in Lapland can be witnessed in the daylight hours.
Tonight it is back into Aurora hunting mode, as you head off with your guide on your second dedicated Northern Lights photography trip. Each of these hunts will last around three hours but, please be aware that should conditions be especially favourable on a given night, then your guide may change the order of activities or perhaps combine two of the hunting sessions into an epic six-hour adventure. They will use their experience to determine the best possible itinerary for guests, securing the best possible chances for Aurora photography.
Day 5 Snowmobiles and Aurora hunt
Taking to the trails on a snowmobile is one of the most exhilarating experiences available here. It gives the chance to venture further into this vast wilderness and gain a sense of the scale of this landscape.
After a full safety briefing, you will head off, with two people per vehicle, enabling you to capture some great images before you swap drivers (all drivers must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old). In total the safari will cover 30km of Arctic scenery before reaching Sarkitunturi Fell – a viewpoint offering some serious panoramas. A campfire lunch will be served en route. This safari will be dotted with breaks for photography, as and when your guide finds the appropriate subjects.
Dinner will be served back at Torassieppi prior to your third night out on the road, hunting down the Northern Lights.
Day 6 Free day, ice restaurant lunch and Aurora hunting
Today has been left free for you to determine how active or relaxed you would like to be. There will be a range of optional activities available (bookable and payable locally). If you have some cross-country skiing experience then the equipment can be borrowed on site or you may like to further your snowshoe skills on an independent walk. Many guests enjoy a leisurely day with some time to review and edit the images they have taken so far.
Lunch today is a memorable experience, however, as you will be visiting the remarkable Torassieppi Winter Village and dining in the ice restaurant.
This evening you will be back on the road for the final night of Aurora hunting with your guide, and the chance to once again seek out the Northern Lights in all their glory. By now you will hopefully have mastered the art of Aurora photography but of course, your tutor will be on hand to help you develop your skills further.
Day 7 Local landscapes, farewell dinner and photography presentation
Today has been left as a relatively flexible itinerary so that your guide can tailor the day to best suit the conditions and to showcase areas that you may not yet have seen. You will explore areas of great beauty either travelling by snowmobile or by minibus, depending on what is the most suitable mode of transport for the day's adventure. Lunch will be served whilst you are out.
After your final day in Lapland, you will be served a special farewell dinner tonight after which you will gather for a photography presentation led by your guide. Here you can review some of the images from the past week and recap some of the adventures that you have had.
Day 8 Departure
It is time to say goodbye to Lapland today but you will leave with a wealth of memories and hopefully many SD cards full of exceptional images.
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. The farm itself is one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to 1847 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.
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.
Torassieppi Winter CottagesSupplements From: £100pp
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 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.
Personalise this tour
Overnight at Torassieppi Winter VillageFrom £45pp
Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.
Your bed may be made of snow but the warm reindeer skins and thick sleeping bags which cover it ensure a warm night.
Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your igloo.
Please note that the price shown is based on your spending either the first or final night of your holiday in a snow igloo and therefore you will not require your primary accommodation for this night. If you wish to stay on any other night then additional supplements apply so that you are able to keep your hotel/cottage accommodation. Please contact us for a quotation.
Available: Monday to Saturday at 8.30pm
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
NB: Please note that as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.
Aurora DomeFrom: £85pp
The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and offer a remarkable 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).
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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Sun 08 Jan 2017Book
Sat 14 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,895||Single Adult£ 2,184|
Sun 05 Feb 2017Book
Sun 12 Feb 2017
|Adults£ 1,995||Single Adult£ 2,284|
NB: Please note that 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
Minimum 4 and maximum 8 people (approximately)
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
JUST PREFECT!!! 07 February 2016 by Tony & Cheryl Dormer
We certainly had an amazing time “dancing with the Northern Lights”, everything went perfectly, thank you again so much. Staff were all awesome, very helpful. Absolutely nothing was ever a problem, very happy. One of the best adventure holidays we have ever had, JUST PREFECT!!! The Northern Lights were just amazing; Jarno was extremely good & just unbelievable at tracking down clear skies and the magical Northern Lights. Awesome information & help on setting up the camera to get that perfect photo.
Jarno, our guide and mentor for the tour was truly amazing 07 February 2016 by Roger Kent
We enjoyed all the activities and each one was extremely enjoyable in its own right. It was just a perfectly balanced holiday. We are both in our 60's but found all the activities very doable and thought the balance between activity and cultural learning was spot on. Jarno, our guide and mentor for the tour was truly amazing. He made Bear Grylls look like an amateur! Whether it was snowmobiles, snowshoes, reindeers or Aurora hunting, he guided our group with great humour and interest. We all admired and respected his knowledge.
Cheers from far above the Arctic Circle 03 February 2016 by Cheryl & Tony Dormer
Cheryl and I are having an awesome time in Finland, all is going very well.......Katrina has been amazing, she has been extremely helpful, seems nothing is a problem. I have attached some photos taken last night (Friday 5th February 2016) on our “Northern Lights Minibus Tour”, just magical. Thank you once again.....Cheers from far above the Arctic Circle.
This holiday has been filled with life long memories 19 March 2015 by Nicole Brown
Spending seven nights in Torassieppi Reindeer Cabins was delightful. The staff were very helpful and welcoming to the guest. When I checked into my cabin the gentleman helped me with my luggage to my cabin. The cabins were spacious, clean, and warm. There was a huge closet with hangers and shelves to put clothes and other items in there. The entrance way had an area for your snow boots to keep the floor dry, and a coat rack with hangers to hang snowsuit, coats, etc.… The floors were heated for warmth under your feet. There was an electric teakettle in the room to make hot tea or instant coffee, with sugar and creamers. There was also a big table that could seat four, while looking at the views of Torassieppi. Our guide, Jarno was very knowledgeable in telling us about the photography, Arctic weather, Aurora forecast, wildlife, and any other questions the group had. If I were ever to be stranded, I would want Jarno to be with me with his wisdom on survival skills. Since we had a small group Jarno took us to a local store to go shopping for special knives, since one of our group members collects them. The lady at the store was very welcoming and even stayed open late for us. By the end of our trip Jarno was talking and joking with us as if we had known him for years. The food was satisfying and appetizing. In the morning and lunch there was a buffet table. For dinner it was a sit down three to four course gourmet meal. We had a wide variety of meats, which included fish, beef, and reindeer. I personally enjoyed the local cuisine. The clothes that were provided for cold weather were clean, warm, and in good condition. If any one had any problems we could just go in and exchange it for another size. I was content not having to pack all my ski clothing and to use the clothing provided. I would recommend using the clothing provided during the husky and reindeer trips because your clothes will get a little dirty. Another suggestion would be to pack plenty of toe and hand warmers not just for you, but also for the camera.
We want to go back again 17 March 2015 by Sheila Liddle
We enjoyed this holiday so much that we want to go back again. We were extremely lucky and saw the Northern Lights five nights out of seven. Two nights were absolutely brilliant and we have lots of photos to show for it. The day trips were excellent, giving one an insight into how the Finnish people live and get around. I enjoyed the dog sledding, the snowmobile and the reindeer excursions. I thought the chalets were excellent, they had everything one needed. The food in the restaurant was good, and if you didn't want what was offered they would provide an alternative. Our guide was excellent - a little serious to begin with until we saw our first Northern Lights and then he relaxed. He was very good, ensuring that everyone was able to get some good photographs. We look forward to the next trip!
(Our guides) photography and local knowledge were fantastic 06 March 2014 by Simon Hancock
(Our guides) photography and local knowledge were fantastic, and he managed to find us the Northern Lights in what was an otherwise cloudy week, well done :) Katrina our rep and the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.
The Northern Lights were one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen 25 February 2013 by Paula Tallen
The most important thing is the people. The Finns were so kind and positive that it was a joy to be around them. Each person wanted to make sure we were having a nice time. You can tell clients not to worry about the cold weather as the clothes you bring plus the clothes they provide make you toasty. We were out in -34 degree Celcius at midnight and not worried about our toes, fingers - we were fine. The point of this trip is not the food or fancy-stuff. You are active and rosy-cheeked and happy about being outside doing things. The Northern Lights were one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. So lucky = three nights out of three! Antti, the guide-photographer, made the trip perfect. He is a wonderful person, patient, knowledgeable, funny - so helpful. We had five teriffic people on our tour and with Antti guiding us, we had the time of our lives. Antti 'made' the trip. Also - I know the question asked for the Best - but................ I LOVED - l.o.v.e.d. - the dog sledding. I drove a four husky team by myself and enjoyed it enormously. Loved being with the dogs, petting them, just being around them. And - I loved meeting the reindeer. I thought I travelled alot in my life but the people I met on the tour travelled constantly and we all agreed = this was one of the single best trips we had ever taken. It is almost impossible to find the correct words to describe seeing the Northen Lights in person without a TV screen inbetween. It is spiritual and amazing and you feel connected to the earth but looking at something almost sci-fi. The admin staff in England were attentive and helpful as was the rep in Finland as was the hotel staff as were all the other people = dog people, reindeer people, ice house people, everyone was very kind. You can be proud of your team and your product. The people you meet make a trip special and all of these people were great.
Simply the best holiday 18 February 2013 by Manuel Alsina
Simply the best holiday I've ever taken - from beginning to end. I can't recommend it enough - and I look forward to returning in the future.
Overall package absolutley brilliant 14 February 2013 by Rae Herries
The overall package was absolutely brilliant. The sightings of the Northern Lights were jaw-dropping, and we couldn't have achieved the fantastic photographs we have without the expert guidance from Antti who was superb. His knowledge and patience and skill were great. We can't fault the trip at all, everything surpassed our expectations.