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Torassieppi resides in a wonderful location in the remote forested-fells of North West Finland, with its secluded spot ensuring minimal light pollution and excellent Aurora potential. Our Lakeside Auroras trip has quickly become one of our most popular balanced options, with a delightful combination of relaxed activities, free time and Aurora hunts spread across seven nights here.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Kittilä or return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki), depending on departure date. 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 *(depending on flight times, certain dates will receive an additional lunch - 7 lunches in total)
  • The following activities and equipment are included: 17km husky safari, local crafts, Aurora campfire, cross-country skiing, local cookery course, Pallas snowshoe walk, Jeris spa and smoke sauna, ice fishing, lunch in an ice restaurant, Northern Lights reindeer safari, ski & snowshoe rental for one day, Northern Lights snowshoeing, visit a reindeer farm and 3km sleigh ride (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 mobile app until approximately 1 am

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.

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Evenings are spent in pursuit of the Aurora with hunts via reindeer-pulled sleigh and snowshoes, as well as an Aurora campfire and workshop.

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.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • 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.

  • 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.

    Following breakfast, 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.

    Then, you will 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. 

  • You will get straight down to business this morning as you head outside for some cross country skiing – a national obsession here in Finland. The area is adorned with pristine, snow-covered fells and beautiful, frozen lakes, so strapping on some skis is a great way to explore. Your guide will show you the basics, then you will head out on a ski safari, that will last for around two and a half hours overall.

    Once you have had lunch, you will have some free time before this evening’s cooking course in a traditional kota. Here you will prepare several dishes with the guidance of the head chef. Using delicious, local ingredients, your efforts will not go to waste as you will get a taste of your own cooking at dinner.

  • 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.

  • 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. Following this, you will head out on a relaxed search for the Northern Lights, as your reindeer-pulled sleigh gently travels across the frozen lake while you search the sky for the Aurora. This short safari covers approximately 3km and it ends with a nice warming drink around an open fire.

  • Today can be as leisurely or active as you like. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rental is included for you today, so you may wish to have another go at perfecting your skiing technique on the trails that surround Torassieppi, or perhaps you’d prefer to strap those snowshoes on again and hike along the shores of the lake…you even have time to do both if you’re feeling adventurous!

    After dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening, you will experience 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.

  • 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. The herder will tell you all that you need to know about the reindeer, giving you some insight into the importance that they hold on the herders’ lifestyles and cultures.

    You will feed the reindeer before visiting the small museum, where the herder will give a presentation, which will be followed by a short, 3km reindeer-pulled sleigh ride as you glide over the snow. Finally, you will have another opportunity to visit the winter village, where you can admire the incredible ice and snow sculptures. You will then enjoy your lunch in a small, traditional kota, by an open fire. This activity will last for around 3.5 hours in total.

    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.

  • 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.

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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm

Nights: 1-7

Located on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi,  and bordering the Pallas Ylläs National Park, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is situated in one of the most picturesque wilderness areas in Finland.

The farm building dates back to 1847 making it one of the oldest in the area.  Today it has been lovingly renovated and accommodation has been added nearby so that guests can stay in this spectacular spot.

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is also listed by National Geographic Travel as one of the places to visit in 2017.

Here they offer guests a choice of accommodation, in winter cottage rooms or in detached winter cottages.

Facilities

  • Torassieppi has a central restaurant and reception building which is a short walk from the rooms and winter cottages.  A roaring fire accompanies the evening meals which include as much local produce as possible Typically they are served in a buffet format and include traditional Finnish ingredients such as reindeer (of course dietary requirements are also catered for).
  • There is no bar but alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant so it can be enjoyed with your evening meal.
  • The reception building also has a small gift shop area which sells a variety of local crafts, including reindeer hides and traditional carved Kuksa cups.
  • There are two lakeside saunas at Torassieppi which are both heated in the evenings for guests to use. Separate facilities are provided for both men and women.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building.
  • During the winter months, the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village is carved out of snow and you can personalise your stay by adding an overnight in one of the amazing snow igloos. You may also choose to add a night of Arctic glamping in one of the famous Aurora Domes, which are only a short walk away from the main building and available all year round. Please see our personalise section for further details of both options.
  • A perfect spot to search for the Aurora, there are also a few wooden benches on the edge of the frozen lake, which are ideal for enjoying the expansive wilderness and hopefully a Northern Lights display or two

Room types

DOUBLE/TWIN ROOMS: Torassieppi has only eight rooms which are located a short walk from the main building. There are two rooms to each small cabin building. Each room is completely independent with their own en-suite bathroom and entrance but some rooms can be interconnecting at the guest's request. The rooms can be made up as either twin or double bedded rooms and are really cosy with all the facilities you will need to enjoy your stay including tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers.


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Other options

Torassieppi Winter Cottages

Supplements from: £100pp

Torassieppi offers 8 detached winter cottages to which you can upgrade. The cottages are ideal for those who want more space or for larger groups of people. Located close to the main restaurant, they are only a short walk away through the snow-laden trees and close to the frozen lake beyond.

The smaller cottages contain a fireplace, living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette. There are two bedrooms, one with twin beds and another with three beds (including a set of bunk beds). These can accommodate two to five people, we feel they are ideal for 3 or 4 adults.

Torassieppi also has some larger cottages and these have their own sauna in addition to the fireplaces. The larger cottages offer a living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette with a kettle. They have two bedrooms which have twin beds and a sleeping alcove with bunk beds. Whilst they can sleep up to 6 people, we feel that they are most suited to 4 or 5 adults.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation if you would like to upgrade to a winter cottage.


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Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £50pp

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 and ice, but the thick sleeping bag and mattress will ensure a warm night.

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast are all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8:30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres' walk away. You will check out after breakfast

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm

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.

Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


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Stay in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. 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, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, 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 (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

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

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Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

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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 and ice, but the thick sleeping bag and mattress will ensure a warm night.

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast are all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8:30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres' walk away. You will check out after breakfast

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm

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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.

Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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Activities

Optional Aurora snowmobile

From: £100pp

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. 

 

Special Nights

Stay in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. 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.

Read more about this activity

The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, 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 (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

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

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximate group size: 2-24. Please note the trip will not be private and you may be joined by others during the activities. 

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

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 1 am 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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

Traveller Reviews

An absolutely unforgettable holiday experience 30 March 2018 by Geoffrey & Jane Stretch

This holiday for me was years in the planning. When I saw this particular “package” on your web site it covered all of the activities (and more beside) that I was looking to experience. I would like to thank everyone at Aurora Zone for your expert help and advice at every stage of this booking not forgetting all the staff and guides at the resort who’s knowledge and experience
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was invaluable and together made for my wife and myself an absolutely unforgettable holiday experience. Thank you
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The staff at the hotel and the activity guides were all very friendly 27 March 2018 by Kathleen Botham

The staff at the hotel and the activity guides were all very friendly and helpful, they added a lot to the enjoyment of the holiday.

Very impressed. 27 February 2018 by Trevor and Janet Smith

Lasting impression is of the friendliness of all the staff. Very impressed.

We enjoyed everything we did 16 January 2018 by John and Carol Ann Arnold and Friends

We enjoyed everything we did and our guides, Mikko and Christina, loved their country and were very enthusiastic and informative on all our activities.

I loved absolutely every minute of the holiday 16 January 2018 by Louise & Graham Tait

I loved absolutely every minute of the holiday - except the going home part. I loved the cross-country - it was such fun, like being a big kid all over again and even though I fell over several times - we all had such a laugh. How the guides put up with our childish antics I will never
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know.                  
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We enjoyed all the activities 15 January 2018 by Selina Tang and Martin Pink

We enjoyed all the activities, because they were varied and exciting & fun all in their own way. The activity guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Fantastic guides 12 March 2017 by Jill & Peter Evans

The activities - snowshoe safari in a snow storm in the Pallas National Park, the husky trip and the ice fishing were made even better (if that is possible) by the fantastic guides we had. They were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, really helpful and fun to be with. The staff in the hotel were also really great as well.

This has been the best holiday experience that I have ever had 12 March 2017 by Angela Kelly

I got to tick so many things off my bucket list. I was travelling solo but was never left out of any of the activities due to this, the staff made sure that I was included in everything. Favourite activity? The husky safari, outside with nature going over the frozen lakes, forests and through the snow! What more could you ask for? The holiday was so well planned out. All the staff were friendly
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and helpful, full of advice. This was from the moment I booked this trip to the driver that took us back to the airport. What a fantastic team of professional people.
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It was brilliant 12 March 2017 by Lorna & Bernard Walker and Janet & Christopher Jones

Just loved the huskies, fun, exciting and wonderful for animal lovers, although my husband, a confirmed non-animal lover was quite taken too. The ice fishing is a fun idea and so unique to the culture, it had to be done. The holiday was well planned with free time increasing towards the end as we got more tired. The local guides were exceptional, they were very friendly and extremely skilled in
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assessing the group and making sure everyone was comfortable with the level of activity without making slower or less fit members feel they were holding the group up. They also went out of their way to answer questions, lighten the moment and make sure everyone got maximum value from the experience.
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We loved experiencing everything 29 January 2017 by Tracey & Stephen Thomas

Dog sledding was great fun, we enjoyed it immensely. The dogs are happy and love to run, the scenery was beautiful, and driving the sled wasn't as difficult as it looks. We loved experiencing everything. The itinerary was well arranged; members of staff were very helpful. Although this was a very active holiday, it was also relaxing and we never felt rushed.

We would love to go back 29 January 2017 by Sally Stacey & the Harvey party

We just wanted to e-mail you and the team at The Aurora Zone to say thank you for all your help with the planning of our holiday to Torassieppi. We had an amazing time; the staff were all very experienced and friendly and couldn’t do enough to make our stay memorable and welcoming. Torassieppi itself is very beautiful and peaceful in a perfect location and we were so lucky as the Northern Lights
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came out to play one evening, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all our activities, the guides were very friendly, enthusiastic and extremely helpful and knowledgeable, the husky sledding was fantastic and probably our favourite activity, although the Aurora Dome was amazing. The Restaurant was very welcoming and warm and we enjoyed spending time eating and drinking by the log burner. We did have an amazing time and fell in love with Toressieppi and its very friendly people.
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We hope we can go back in the not too distant future 29 January 2017 by Jackie and Trevor and the Stacey party

We just wanted to email to thank all the team at The Aurora Zone for making our holiday to Torassieppi such a great time. We were very lucky and saw a spectacular show of Northern Lights. We also felt that all the activities were great fun. We were also very pleased with where we stayed, as it was a small resort which gave such personal service. So, thank you Barry for recommending Torassieppi to
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us.
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Fantastic holiday 08 January 2017 by Tina & Vincent Gray

Fantastic holiday at Torissieppi with excellent facilities and excursions giving a wonderful experience of Lapland. I would thoroughly recommend booking a cabin with log fire and excursions including husky and reindeer sleigh rides. Snowmobiles were great fun too. The 'warm weather clothing' that we were given for the duration of our holiday was ample to the task and we never found ourselves cold.
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I loved the gentle amble of the reindeer sleigh, but my husband preferred the husky sledding. Val was an exceptional excursion guide and Carly was a fantastic hostess in the restaurant. We saw the Northern Lights only on one night as the rest of the time it was too snowy and cloudy. This meant that it would be a waste of time going on a drive to look for clear skies, and we were offered a snowmobile ride instead if we would prefer that. Needless to say, we had such fun on the snowmobile ride that we felt this more than made up for our disappointment.
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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
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beautiful photographs now.
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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
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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
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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
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and appropriate. The activities are varied and well staggered. The scenery was pure "Narnia"!
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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
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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!
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Absolutely fantastic holiday 13 January 2013 by Gretchen Rowles

What an absolutely fantastic holiday – it was like visiting "Narnia". All the people and guides were incredibly friendly, all travel went very smoothly and everybody was reliable and punctual. The Abisko Mountain Lodge is a special place and Mina was a fantastic hostess and all the staff incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Every single trip was fantastic. Thank you.



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