Torassieppi - Lakeside Auroras
- 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 return flights from London Gatwick to Kittilä except for the 12th March departure which is based on flights from Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights’ accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Cabin upgrades available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora workshop and photography lesson, local crafts, Aurora campfire, 17km husky safari, dinner in a kota, Northern Lights hunt by minibus, visit to a reindeer farm and 3km sleigh ride, Northern Lights snowshoe, ice fishing, Pallas snowshoe walk, Jeris spa and smoke sauna (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of expert guides
- Services of our representative
- Aurora alert app until approximately 1am
This balanced holiday offers guests a wonderful Lappish retreat with a relaxing schedule that still manages to provide exceptional experiences and Northern Lights opportunities, coupled with some all important 'me time'.
Your base will be the delightful Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Cottages, where you can stay in one of their quaint, recently renovated hotel rooms or upgrade to one of their popular cabins for a supplement. The restaurant focuses heavily on locally sourced produce and organic food as much as is possible in this region.
You will enjoy a range of gentle activities during your time here, exploring the remarkable landscape in a variety of ways such as on snowshoes and via reindeer sleigh. You will also partake in some of Lapland's most traditional experiences such as ice fishing and dog sledding. There is ample free time on this trip, allowing you to explore independently should you wish to do so, try additional activities which can be arranged locally, or simply spend some time relaxing.Read more
Evenings are spent in pursuit of the Aurora with hunts via snowshoe and minibus, in addition to an Aurora campfire and workshop at the start of your holiday.
Torassieppi's location is ideal for any Aurora hunter as it sits in a pristine lakeside location, far from any light pollution. Within moments of the hotel, you can be gazing skywards at the Northern Lights in all of their glory.
This holiday gives you the opportunity to see Lapland at its best, during both the night and day, enjoying a relaxed pace throughout.
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 tent or yurt-like structures which have been modified for this remote environment. They have a large north facing window and provide their inhabitants with the best possible views of any Aurora displays.
Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
You will be welcomed at the airport before being transferred to your accommodation at Torassieppi. The drive will take you into the forested-fells of North West Finland so you will get to see the beautiful wilderness which will be the backdrop for your holiday.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be able to settle into your accommodation either in the rooms or winter cottages, before enjoying a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant. Torassieppi serves an array of traditional Finnish and international dishes with a focus on locally-sourced and organic produce where possible.
After dinner, your guide will talk through your upcoming schedule and also ensure you are provided with your cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay. You will also be given details of the Aurora alert app.
Some groups may be arriving on a later evening flight. If this is the case you will have a chilled platter on arrival and have your introductory talk the following morning. An advantage to arriving late is that you will be arriving at peak time for a prospective Aurora - so keep your eyes on the sky!
Day 2 Northern Lights workshop and photography lesson, local crafts and Aurora campfire
You will get straight down to business this morning with an Aurora workshop with your guide. They will provide you with an insight into some of the myths and legends which surround the Northern Lights before providing you with some instruction on how to best capture them on camera.
Lunch will be served at the hotel; following that, enjoy a handicraft session and create a 'pirtanauha'. This colourful woollen ribbon is used in many ways in the region - as shoe laces, a belt, a key chain – whatever you fancy, really! It makes a lovely souvenir.
This evening your guide will lead you to a prime Aurora viewpoint close by. Here a fire will be lit and stories told as you enjoy warm drinks in the glow of the flames. With a little luck, your patience will be rewarded with the Northern Lights dancing overhead.
Day 3 Husky safari and dinner in a kota
Today you will be enjoying one of the region's most popular activities as you try your hand at dog sledding. Driving your own team of dogs through the snow-laden forests and frozen lakes is something that is not easily forgotten.
You will be transferred to a nearby husky farm where you will meet your eager team who will be ready and waiting to go. The dogs love to run and will no doubt make this known with a cacophony of eager barking! You will be given full instructions on how to handle the sled before heading off onto the trails.
You will travel two people per sled and have the chance to take it in turns to stand on the back and control the brake or sit in the sled. Once the dogs get going they will soon settle into a steady quiet pace which will allow you to fully appreciate the picturesque beauty of your surroundings. You will travel for 17km in total and stop for a hot drink and snack en route. Lunch will be taken back at the hotel.
You will have some free time to relax this afternoon, prior to a truly memorable meal this evening. Dinner will be served in a traditional kota (wooden tepee) and you will eat around the central fire and enjoy some delicious local cuisine, cooked in a time honoured way.
After dinner, your Aurora guide will collect you for a minibus hunt for the Northern Lights. Using the latest weather and Aurora forecasts your guide will determine a route which offers maximum Aurora viewing potential.
Day 4 Reindeer farm and safari, Northern Lights snowshoe
Today you will gain an insight into the fundamental importance of reindeer herding in this region when you visit the reindeer farm adjacent to your accommodation. Evidence of herding dates back to the Stone Age and the culture and traditions have been passed down for generations, helping to shape the region. Whilst here you will be able to chat with the herder and ask them any questions you may have. You will be able to enjoy a 3-kilometre reindeer safari to top off the experience.
Lunch will be served in a kota, to continue the cultural theme of the day.
You will enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore at your leisure or simply relax in your stunning surroundings.
After dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening you will enjoy a Northern Lights snowshoe hike in search of the Aurora. Exploring the forest after dark is a unique experience in its own right and really comes into its own if the Lights start to dance overhead.
Day 5 Ice fishing, lunch in ice restaurant and optional Aurora snowmobile safari
Today you will try your hand at one of the most traditional activities in Lapland; ice fishing. Your guide will show you how to drill through the ice before you drop your line and wait for a fish to bite. Even if you don't catch anything during your time on the lake this remains a wonderful way to spend time in delightful surroundings.
The 'ice' theme continues with a visit to Torassieppi Winter Village and lunch in the ice restaurant. This really is a unique dining experience and you can enjoy the ice art and sculptures as you tuck into a warming meal. You can choose to spend a night in one of the snow rooms here during your stay, see the 'personalise' section of the holiday page for details.
After some time to relax, you will enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening. After your meal, you will have the option to include a Northern Lights snowmobile safari. On some departure dates, it may be possible to arrange a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride instead if preferred. See the 'personalise' section for details.
Day 6 Snowshoe hike and Jeris Spa
Torassieppi epitomises the serenity of Lapland with its remote position and spectacular views. Today you will venture out across the snowscape for a leisurely snowshoe hike into the forested-fells of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, close to the hotel. Your guide will lead the way, pointing out places of interest; you will also hopefully spot some local wildlife.
Snowshoes are wonderfully effective when you are navigating across deep snow and the majority of our guests find them a hugely enjoyable way to explore the surroundings. Weather permitting, you will stop en-route to enjoy a picnic lunch on the fells. This is sure to be a memorable meal with some spectacular views.
You will then head to Hotel Jeris, one of Torassieppi's sister hotels, to enjoy use of their spa pool facilities and their famous smoke sauna. A smoke sauna is one of the great traditional experiences in the region and is typically followed by a dip in an ice hole in the nearby frozen lake – we'll let you decide if you are brave enough for that (you must also be in good physical shape).
There is no scheduled Aurora hunting activity tonight but the remote location of Torassieppi, with its minimal light pollution, ensures that you don't necessarily have to go very far should the prospects be good. There are some great vantage points around the hotel, which the guides will be more than happy to point out for you.
Day 7 Free day and farewell dinner
Today has been left free for you to tailor your time and perhaps try one of your favourite activities again. We also find that many guests simply like to relax and enjoy their surroundings prior to tomorrow's departure.
A farewell dinner will be served at Torassieppi and you will have a night to yourselves this evening. Torassieppi is in the heart of the Aurora Zone and so if the skies are clear and the solar activity levels are good, you may get to experience an aurora display without having to venture far at all.
If you would like to cap off your stay with something very special then we can arrange for you to spend the night in an Aurora Dome or in a snow room at the winter village. Details of all of the options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.
Day 8 Depart or extend your stay
It is time to say goodbye to Lapland today, but you will leave with a wealth of memories. If you would like to extend your holiday then we can arrange for you to enjoy a night in Helsinki on the way home, should you wish to see some of Finland's other bright lights. Simply see the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page for more details.
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: £98pp
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.
Optional Aurora snowmobileFrom: £75pp
This thrilling hunt for the Northern Lights will see you heading off on the trails in search of the ideal Northern Lights viewpoint.
Full instruction and a safety briefing will be provided before you set off travelling by the light of the headlights. You will travel two people per snowmobile.
Covering approximately 20km you will break to enjoy a warm drink whilst hopefully gazing at a shimmering sky.
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
Sun 15 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,595||Single Adult£ 1,875|
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Sun 22 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,595||Single Adult£ 1,875|
Sun 29 Jan 2017Book
Sun 05 Feb 2017
|Adults£ 1,615||Single Adult£ 1,925|
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Sun 12 Feb 2017
|Adults£ 1,695||Single Adult£ 1,995|
Sun 12 Mar 2017Book
Sun 19 Mar 2017
|Adults£ 1,855||Single Adult£ 2,155|
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
The 12th March departure has a minimum group size of 8 people whilst all other dates have a minimum of 2 participants. The maximum group size is 24 people. Please note the trip will not be private and you may be joined by others during the activities.
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.
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.
Lakeside Auroras 06 March 2016 by Andrew & Louise Cotton
Everything was absolutely superb, best holiday we've ever been on.
Fabulous time in Torassieppi 24 March 2015 by Erica Taylor
Just wanted to say that we had a fabulous time in Torassieppi. The people there were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing, tasty and well presented, and plenty of it. The guides were very knowledgable, friendly & again, incredibly helpful. I really hope I can go back sometime! We were lucky enough to see some amazing Northern Lights shows, & have some beautiful photographs now.
We had an amazing holiday 06 March 2015 by Paul Whittaker
We had an amazing holiday spending many hours of darkness out on the ice and were very lucky to see the Aurora 5 nights out of 7 with two spectacular corona displays. Scotty was an exceptional guide taking us on some great snowshoe hikes and exceptional Aurora hunt.
A fantastic week 01 February 2015 by Brian Eagles
What a fantastic week! The activities were well organised and not too close together to allow recovery time which was much needed, the cold really is tiring! Once at Torrasieppi everything is included, the snow suit, boots and gloves are really good. Just wear a few loose layers underneath to keep warm even at -19 with a severe wind chill was no problem. All the equipment is available whenever you feel the urge to just go outside. It is difficult to single out any one of the staff, all were knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble. Just fantastic. Brian & Janice
Impressed with all aspects 25 February 2013 by Gillian Butcher
I was impressed with all aspects of the holiday and in particular, the activity guide Toini was brilliant. All the staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly. I thought the tour group was a particularly nice and friendly group of people, which I found as a single traveller made a positive difference.
The holiday was excellent 18 February 2013 by Christopher Lee
Here are my shots of the Aurora we observed on our first evening - sadly this was the only Aurora showing we had due to continuous cloud cover thereafter. However, you were all excellent companions for the week and it was a pleasure to meet you all. The holiday itself was excellent. The sessions were about the right length of time and Toini/Eva were excellent guides. The hotel food is plentiful and appropriate. The activities are varied and well staggered. The scenery was pure "Narnia"!
Absolutely the best holiday ever 22 January 2013 by Kevin Perry
This was absolutely the best holiday ever. The information beforehand was comprehensive and reassuring. From the moment we were met by Emma at Kittila airport everything went swimmingly. The activities were very well organised and just the right length of time. Our guide Toini was stand-out amazing. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were inspirational and she was attentive, caring and great fun. We also hired skis for a day and again, nothing was too much trouble and the whole process was very easy. I've been pining for Lapland since we left and we want to go back ASAP!