Price from £1,730pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This 7-night holiday takes you to the depths of Lapland and into Aurora territory. You can choose to stay at either Harriniva Wilderness Hotel or Hotel Jeris and we've left the days free for you to tailor your time with exceptional Arctic activities. At night, we've included dedicated Aurora hunts to complete your winter escape.

What's included?

The activities and services listed below are all included in the holiday price 

  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Direct return flights from London Gatwick are available for a supplement on certain dates. Flight routes are subject to change. 
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in a standard twin/double hotel room (choose between Harriniva or Jeris). Upgrade to Aurora Dome and snow igloo available on request (subject to availability).
  • The following activities are all included: Northern Lights workshop, Aurora snowshoe, entrance to the Arctic Elements Sauna World or Harriniva Spa (depending on which hotel you are staying), and cross-country ski or snowshoe hire for one day (order of activities is subject to change).
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK-based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
  • Aurora alert mobile app until approximately 1am

This Northern Lights holiday provides exceptional value for money and offers the chance for you to spend seven nights in the heart of The Aurora Zone.

The itinerary contains some excellent Aurora excursions and activities including; an informative workshop that will provide an insight into the science behind the Northern Lights and a snowshoe search for the Aurora that will see your expert guide leading you to an ideal viewpoint. We have also included entrance to the Arctic Elements Sauna World for those staying at Hotel Jeris, on the shore of the frozen Lake Jerisjärvi. Here you can enjoy the four saunas with incredible views stretching out onto the lake and beyond; a perfect way to relax and unwind. If you are staying at Harriniva Hotel, you will have access to the Harriniva Spa.

During your stay, you will also have the chance to upgrade and spend the night in one of the snow rooms at Torassieppi Winter Village, or one of the amazing Aurora domes at Torassieppi You can read more about these wonderful tented dome rooms in the 'Accommodation' section, but they are exceptionally cosy with their own log-burning stove and feature a wall of clear panels allowing you to curl up and look out into your Arctic winter wonderland and (fingers crossed!) onto the Northern Lights.

As Harriniva and Jeris offer a wealth of activity options for guests to enjoy during their stay, we have left your days free so you can create your ideal itinerary which suits your own budget and desires. You can take part in as many or as few activities as you choose but both hotels certainly have something for everyone. Whether you want to simply try a short husky safari or take part in a real adventure, whether you want to enjoy a taste of snowmobiling or the thrill of a long safari; the choice is yours. For many guests, relaxing with a good book, taking walks along the riverbank or lakeshore and enjoying the company of the other guests is enough.

Cross-country ski hire is included for one day during your stay so that you can explore independently and enjoy the trails that surround the hotel. If you don’t have experience of cross-country skiing then we recommend booking a lesson at the start of your stay so you can maximise the use of your ski hire.

 ©Antti Pietikainen

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Key facts

Duration: 7 nights
Pace: Set your own
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Activities: please note that if you are travelling early in the winter season and there is not enough snowfall, then some activities may be adapted by the local team, or alternatives provided, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. For more information on this, please see our booking terms and conditions.

Departure day: Sunday

Prices are based on 2 people sharing. 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 to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s dates and prices

Our dates and prices for 2023/24 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed.  This will normally be around nine months prior to departure.

Departure dates between
Sun 07 Jan 2024
to Sun 28 Jan 2024
Adults £ 1,730 To £ 1,935
Sun 04 Feb 2024
to Sun 25 Feb 2024
Adults £ 1,785 To £ 1,995
Sun 03 Mar 2024
to Sun 17 Mar 2024
Adults £ 1,750 To £ 1,965

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

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.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

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.


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.

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.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

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.

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 

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

Information for British Passport Holders

It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport and/or any required visas are up to date for your holiday.  Please take special note of rules relating to passport validity as these have changed since Brexit.  You can find more general advice from the UK government on their Passport rules for travel to Europe and then country specific advice on the Foreign Travel Advice page under the entry requirements section.

Please also check the UK Governments ‘Get Travel Smart’ campaign for up to date information on travel advice by country, information on Travel Insurance and information on how to renew your passport if required.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:

  • Today you will land at Kittilä Airport, high above the Arctic Circle and will be transferred directly to your accommodation at either Hotel Harriniva, or Hotel Jeris, depending on your choice.

    You will have the afternoon free to explore your surroundings and enjoy the winter wonderland you now find yourself in before dinner is served in the hotel’s restaurant.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • After breakfast, you can choose from a wide range of activities to suit your tastes (see the ‘Personalise’ section for the timetable and prices).

    This afternoon, you will then take part in an Aurora Workshop, during which your expert guide will give you an insight into the science behind the Northern Lights and an understanding of some of the myths and legends that surround this phenomenon.

    After dinner this evening you can enjoy a guided snowshoe hike in search of the Northern Lights with an expert guide. You will be led along the trails to an ideal viewpoint where hopefully you will witness a display (if conditions are right). You will be out for approximately 2-3 hours this evening.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • The next few days are at your disposal so you can create your ideal holiday. A wide selection of activities is available to enjoy each day (details can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page). Options include the likes of snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, reindeer safaris, cultural experiences and ice fishing.

    You may want to make the most of the cross-country ski or snowshoe hire which is included for one day within your holiday and explore independently. If you don’t have any experience of cross-country skiing, then a lesson can be arranged on day three (see ‘Personalise’ section for details) and this is a great way to get to grips with the equipment before heading out on the trails (maps and route details are available from reception).

    We have also included entrance to the Arctic Elements Sauna World, based at Hotel Jeris, or Harriniva Spa, based at Hotel Harriniva. The four saunas here offer the perfect chance to embrace a favourite Finnish tradition and enjoy the stunning views of the frozen lake.

    Additional evening activities are available throughout or you can simply walk to one of the viewpoints close to the hotel to enjoy the views of the night sky.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After a fabulous last night in Lapland, you will enjoy breakfast today before you are transferred to the airport for your return flights home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-7

Ideally located in the north-west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday.

Owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and a large range of enjoyable activities on offer.

Hotel facilities

The hotel has a range of facilities that have been designed to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible.

  • There is free Wi-Fi throughout the main building for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
  • The hotel restaurant has a lively, buzzing atmosphere as people excitedly discuss the adventures they have taken part in that day. The meals are served in a buffet style with two or three choices for each course. The food here is hearty and wholesome
  • The hotel also has a pub serving a range of beers, wines and spirits - this is the perfect place to unwind and relax with your fellow guests in the evening
  • Tea and coffee are available free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant / bar area.
  • In the main reception area of the hotel, you will find a small gift shop selling a range of postcards, soft toys and handcrafted products. There is also a selection of snacks that can be purchased
  • A sauna is available for guest use with separate facilities for men and women. This is free of charge and is heated every evening for around three hours
  • The hotel also has an Aurora Wellness Centre (situated a short walk away on the riverbank), where you can enjoy a range of therapies such as facials or massages. A real treat after a day of soaking up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally and we recommend booking in advance if possible)
  • Snowshoes and cross country skis are available to hire for a small charge and there are marked trails surrounding the hotel for those with some experience. For those interested in downhill skiing, reception will be able to arrange a taxi to the nearby ski resort of Olos (payable locally)

Room types

Wilderness plus rooms

Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, these bedrooms were refurbished in 2018. The rooms include double/twin beds and an unfolding sofa suitable for 1 adult or 2 children. All rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer, as well as a small seating area.

Double/twin rooms

Harriniva has 64 guest bedrooms which consist of twin or double rooms. Triple rooms are also available on request. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer.

Wilderness Suite

Spacious wilderness style room, decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, these rooms were refurbished in 2018. Located on the ground floor, close to reception these rooms include double/twin beds and an unfolding sofa suitable for 1 adult or 2 children. All rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer, as well as a small seating area.

Safari House

For those travelling on our longer husky or snowmobile experiences, your nights at the hotel will be spent in shared accommodation in one of Harriniva's Safari Houses. Each has sleeping facilities, a shower room, toilet and a sauna. Some safari houses are on site, whereas others are located 3km from the hotel. If you are staying off-site, you will be transferred to and from the hotel for meals.

 Image credits Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotels & Safaris

Other options

Hotel Jeris

Hotel Jeris occupies an enviable location which is 20 kilometres from the nearest village and is located directly on the shores of Lake Jerisjärvi. It is this remote position that makes the hotel an enchanting forest retreat.

The hotel is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, who also manage the neighbouring sister hotels of Harriniva, Kittila and Torassieppi.

Their hotels are some of our most popular accommodation options in Finland, having received high praise for their knowledgeable guides and exciting activity options.

The hotel consists of a central building and 32 winter cottages in the adjacent forest.

Hotel facilities

  • Your meals will be served in the hotel restaurant, which offers a rustic menu of traditional and local Finnish dishes. Meals are served buffet-style with one or two options for each course. Guests can enjoy local delicacies, such as salmon and reindeer. The hearty food here is ideal for setting you up for your adventures in the snow.
  • There is a small lounge area where guests can relax in the evening and take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi.
  • Tea and coffee are available free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant/bar area.
  • A significant feature of Hotel Jeris is the wonderful Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa. Renovated for winter 2019/20, the spa is the first of its kind in Finland, with strong eco-credentials, thanks to its use of entirely renewable electricity and geothermal heating generated from the Jerisjärvi lake. There are four saunas here each inspired by an element; earth, fire, water and air and each named after Finnish gods and goddesses. Included are a traditional smoke sauna and plenty of areas for relaxation. Spa area entry is included in the majority of our trips (see what's included for details), but if not you can book entry via the reception for a daily fee. For the Aurora enthusiasts, there is also an upgrade option to the special Northern Lights sauna which offers panoramic views of the night sky. If conditions are favourable, this could be one of the most relaxing ways to see this fantastic light display. For the brave (and healthy) you can complete your sauna experience with a dip in the ice pool - a Finnish tradition.
  • A small selection of souvenirs is available for guests to purchase (including postcards and local handicrafts and snacks) in the reception area.

Double/twin rooms

In the main hotel building at Jeris, there are 27 comfortable traditional bedrooms. All guest bedrooms have an en-suite shower room, a drying cupboard and television. A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.

Special Nights

Arctic Firefox Lodge

From: £220pp

For an exclusive experience, guests can choose to upgrade to the exceptional Arctic Firefox Lodge at Jeris for a night during their stay. This lakeside retreat offers panoramic views across Lake Jerisjarvi. You can spend your evening unwinding in your very own private sauna, before heading upstairs to your cosy bed, where unobstructed views of the night sky and the Arctic wilderness await. You can snuggle up in bed and gaze at the sky above you and if the Northern Lights appear above you, it really will top off this magical night. Your stay in this very special accommodation includes entry to Arctic Sauna World, bathrobes and slippers.

Prices vary depending on dates and availability. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation. 

©Harriniva Hotels and Safaris

Jeris Winter Cottage upgrade

Guests can choose to upgrade their accommodation at Jeris and spend their holiday in one of the Type A winter cottages.

The Type A winter cottages are generally located around a 10 minute walk from the main hotel building. The cottages are ideal for couples looking for a private retreat.

The cottages can vary slightly in size but all can sleep two to four people. They consist of one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people and a pull out sofa bed for two more. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently the decor and style can vary. Each cottage contains a cosy wood burning stove, a kitchenette, a television, a shower room and a private sauna.

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Our pick

Arctic Firefox Lodge

From £220pp

For an exclusive experience, guests can choose to upgrade to the exceptional Arctic Firefox Lodge at Jeris for a night during their stay. This lakeside retreat offers panoramic views across Lake Jerisjarvi. You can spend your evening unwinding in your very own private sauna, before heading upstairs to your cosy bed, where unobstructed views of the night sky and the Arctic wilderness await. You can snuggle up in bed and gaze at the sky above you and if the Northern Lights appear above you, it really will top off this magical night. Your stay in this very special accommodation includes entry to Arctic Sauna World, bathrobes and slippers.

Prices vary depending on dates and availability. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation. 

©Harriniva Hotels and Safaris

Other options


Reindeer Aurora Experience

From: £112pp

Combine two of the most iconic symbols of Lapland for one very magical outdoor experience: a quiet reindeer sleigh ride in search of the Northern Lights. Covering around three kilometres, you will travel two people per sled.

Thanks to the lack of light pollution, you will have a much better chance of spotting the Aurora. Following the safari, you will be served hot drinks by the fire. You will be out for around one to one and a half hours, including transfers.

Activity level: Medium

Minimum: 2 people


Harriniva: Tuesday & Thursday at 8.20pm

Jeris: Tuesday & Thursday at 8.40pm

Local Culture and Short Reindeer Safari (3km)

From: £141pp

Learn about the culture of the original Lappish reindeer herders at one of the oldest farms in Finland. On this activity, you will head to a local reindeer farm and find out about the herder’s way of life, take a tour of the on-site museum to discover more of the history, and enjoy an enchanting reindeer sleigh ride. Lunch is served in a traditional Lappish ‘kota’ around an open fire.

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From late December, you will then enjoy a tour of the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village which features snow rooms, ice sculptures and a very cool restaurant (weather permitting!).

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Duration: approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hour in total (including lunch and transfers)


Harriniva: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 10.20am

Jeris: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday at 10.40am

Aurora Snow Train

From: £69pp

Step inside the cosy Snow Train carriage for an Aurora hunt into the wilderness.

Pulled along by your expert guide on a snowmobile, the Snow Train has been cunningly designed with an all-Perspex exterior to give you constant views of the night sky. As you journey further into the darkness, keep your eye out for a potential display.

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You’ll also stop in a prime location to enjoy hot drinks and continue your search. Your location will be chosen based on the local weather and Aurora forecast for the evening, giving you the best possible chance of ticking the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

Duration: 2 hours


Harriniva: Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 9pm

Jeris: Tuesday at 9pm

Tour de Torassieppi

From: £138pp

Visit the Arctic Sled Dog Centre and meet the team of dogs that will be taking you on a 15km (approximately) dog sledding adventure.

After a full safety briefing and instructions, you’ll take to the sled and drive your team of dogs through snow-covered forests to see the best of the winter wonderland.

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Two people will ride per sled and we recommend taking it in turns so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours in total including transfers (approximately)

Minimum group size: 2 people

Suitable for: aged 5 years and over

Available: Tuesday and Saturday at 1:15pm (Jeris Only)

Snowmobile Panorama Safari (30km)

From: £99pp

On this exhilarating tour you will explore the fell landscapes which surround Harriniva. It is an excellent introductory trip. You will travel two people per snowmobile (with chances to switch between driver and passenger) and cover around 30km through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes. Children will ride in a sled pulled by the guide. Guides, instruction and equipment included.

Total duration: approximately 2 hours

Activity level: Low


Harriniva: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 1.30pm and Sunday at 10.00am

Jeris: Tuesday at 2pm & Sunday at 10am

Traditional Finnish Ice Fishing

From: £33pp

A national obsession in Finland, ice fishing is a must-try activity in this part of the world. You will be taking to a local fishing spot on a frozen lake. Here, you will be shown how to drill through the ice and arrange a line. As you wait for the fish to bite, you can take in the scenery with a hot drink in hand.

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Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Duration: approximately 2 hours in total


Harriniva: Tuesday at 10am and Saturday at 2pm

Jeris: Thursday at 10am

It's a husky day (25km husky safari)

From: £301pp

Reaching the Arctic Sled Dog Centre, you will receive full instructions on how to drive a husky sled before heading off on a 25km husky safari, going one person per sled. This adventure will give you a real sense of the trail, as you will be out for around four to five hours.

Picnic lunch included.

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Activity level: High

Minimum: 2 people

Duration: approximately 4.5 to 5.5 hours in total (including lunch)


Harriniva: Thursday at 10.30am

Jeris: Thursday 9:50am

Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Aurora Adventure (20km Snowmobile Safari)

From: £103pp

For an adventurous way to search for the Northern Lights, hop onto a snowmobile and drive through the Arctic night (2 people per snowmobile).

This form of transport takes you to the best location for spotting the Aurora and you will also enjoy warm drinks as you search the sky.

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You must over 18 to drive a snowmobile and hold a valid driving licence.

Duration: 20km (approx. 2 hours)

Minimum group size: 2 adults

Suitable for: Aged 12 years and over (children can ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile).


Harriniva: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 9pm

Jeris: Monday, Friday, and Sunday at 9.15pm

Lapland Snowmobile Safari (on request)

From: £279pp

This is the ultimate one-day snowmobile safari, covering a total distance of 60 to 80 kilometres, with a stop for hot drinks and a picnic lunch. You will drive your own snowmobile and will be out for between five and six hours.

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Guides, instruction and equipment included.

You must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Activity level: High

Minimum: 2 people

Duration: approximately 5 to 6 hours in total (including lunch)

Available: Harriniva and Jeris - Friday at 10am

Image Credit: Antti Pietikainen

Ski like a Finn!

From: £57pp

Cross-country skiing is a much-loved activity in the Nordic Countries. Training in the basics will be provided, so it is an ideal session for those who have never tried the sport before. 

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Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Duration: approximately 2 hours in total


Harriniva: Monday at 10am & Thursday and Sunday at 2pm

Jeris: Tuesday and Friday at 10am


Image credit: William Lynds

Little Extras

Cross-country ski hire

From: £9pp

Book out some cross-country skis and try your skills out on the trails surrounding the hotel.

Image credit: William Lynds

Snowshoe hire

From: £9pp

You can hire snowshoes and go for a trek at your own pace over the snow.

Image credit: William Lynds

Arctic Elements Sauna World

From: £22pp

You will be transferred to Harriniva’s sister hotel at Jeris. Once here, you will have the afternoon to enjoy the spa facilities in this wonderful lakeside location.

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Saunas are a traditional wellbeing pastime in Finland. They not only provide a space for relaxation, but the Finns also use them for meditation as well as mental and physical cleanliness.

Jeris is a wonderfully luxurious spa facility for you to experience the sauna just as the locals do. What’s more, it is the first of its kind in Finland, with strong eco-credentials thanks to features such as geothermal heating generated from the Jerisjärvi lake, 100% renewable electricity from wind, water or solar power and the shower water is from the nearby under earth fountain.

The four saunas have been carefully themed on the four elements; earth, air, fire and water, as these are found in all traditions and shamanic wellbeing rituals. These elements combine to create a fifth, steamy löyly, the spirit of sauna. Each element is represented by Finnish gods or goddesses, as the protectors of the saunas. For the Aurora enthusiasts, there is also a special extra facility you can add to your visit - the Northern Lights sauna:

  • Sauna of Tapio (Earth). Tapio is the antlered king of the forest and in this sauna, you will feel the earthly and forest surroundings of the Finnish wilderness. Created from wood, tiles and natural stone, the sauna is split into four areas, north, east, south and west, each providing a different kind of löyly from mild to hot.
  • Sauna of Ukko (Fire). Ukko is the king of all gods and master of lightning, fire and air. This smoke sauna is the most traditional, and a favourite among the Finns. The wood heating process carries the smoke throughout to create a dark colouring, smokey scent and if you choose, a fiery heat.
  • Sauna of Vellamo (Water). Vellamo is the goddess of water and the ruler of lakes and rivers. This sauna has a panoramic view over Lake Jeris, a holy place for Sámi people, with its waters reflecting light onto the sauna walls it offers an incredibly calming atmosphere. The soft and moist löyly means you can stay in for longer for extended relaxation.
  • Sauna of Ilmatar (Air). Ilmatar is the goddess of wind, and the first mother in the beginning of times. Made from wood and natural stone, this sauna has no fire or thick walls - instead infrared heaters are situated inside a traditional kota for a soft and gentle heat. Think of this as half sauna, half relaxation room.
  • Saunas of Tulikettu (The Northern Lights Sauna.) Tulikettu is the mystical firefox that lights up the sky and creates the Auroras. This two-storey panorama sauna is ideally situated under the open sky with a 180 degree view over Lake Jeris. The relaxing room on the second floor has an all-sky panoramic window for a clear view of the night sky and if conditions are favourable, the Northern Lights. This sauna is perfect for private relaxation and comes with its own toilets, changing room and showers. Please ask our Aurora Travel Experts if you wish to include the Northern Lights sauna in your package.

For those feeling particularly brave, you can even enjoy some ice swimming. Towels are included and a minimum of 2 adults are required for this activity.

Activity Level: Easy


Harriniva: Tuesday and Saturday at 3.30pm

Jeris: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm until 10pm and Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm

Torassieppi: Monday to Sunday at 3.40pm

Special Nights

Jeris Winter Cottage upgrade

Guests can choose to upgrade their accommodation at Jeris and spend their holiday in one of the Type A winter cottages.

The Type A winter cottages are generally located around a 10 minute walk from the main hotel building. The cottages are ideal for couples looking for a private retreat.

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The cottages can vary slightly in size but all can sleep two to four people. They consist of one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people and a pull out sofa bed for two more. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently the decor and style can vary. Each cottage contains a cosy wood burning stove, a kitchenette, a television, a shower room and a private sauna.

Traveller Reviews

We could not fault one tiny thing 12 February 2020 by Patricia and Stephen Riches

Our holiday was amazing from the minute we stepped off the plane. Everyone at both locations were so helpful. Lowryt took us ice fishing one morning and then snowmobiling in the afternoon and then made time to cook a fish I had caught and shared it with us; that just made our day! He was amazing and also a big shout out to Maria. Everything was very well organised and the guides were constantly
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checking we were ok and not too cold. The food was very nice and plentiful. The Aurora Dome was a fabulous experience and our log cabin overlooking the frozen river was very comfortable. I could go on and on about this holiday - it was truly magical. It is very hard to pick a favourite moment but I really enjoyed driving the huskies, we did a night trip and a day one. For my husband, he really enjoyed the snowmobiling. We were very lucky to see the Northern Lights, however even if we hadn’t, this has been the most amazing holiday which will be hard to top.
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Harriniva - Aurora Escape 05 January 2020 by Victor & Claire Hiscock

Overall the holiday was good and we are pleased we went. Actually caught the lights on two occasions.

Easily the best holiday we have ever had - can't wait to experience something like it again. 05 January 2020 by Jonothan Booth and Siobhan Lovatt

Hard to choose between seeing the aurora, going husky sledding or the snowmobiles. All were great fun in their own way and a great way to spend our time. The guides were super friendly and really knew what they were doing so we always felt comfortable and confident.

The customer service from The Aurora Zone has been excellent 03 March 2019 by Anna & Christopher Carpenter

The food, activities and accommodation were all excellent. There were some really lovely staff at the accommodation too including an excellent barman at Harriniva. We would definitely recommend booking through The Aurora Zone! The customer service from The Aurora Zone has been excellent, along with our really helpful and friendly guide Katrina.

Overall a fantastic experience 06 February 2018 by Jane and Neil Bates

We originally booked to see the Northern Lights but that became secondary to all the great activities. We did see the lights just not in full technicolour.... Next time... All our guides were great, friendly, helpful and worked really hard to ensure everything ran as smoothly as possible. We had a couple of extremely cold days (-35 ish) and the guides ensured we kept moving to warm up and checked
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on us frequently. In addition, flights with Finnair were great. Good service, on time, clean and friendly.
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Fab Holiday 03 February 2018 by Charlene Skinner & Joe Hutton

To be honest from the moment we stepped off the plane to the moment we left everything we did from walking to huskies to skiing everything was so much fun! Fab Holiday, Fab staff at the hotel, the guides. Everyone made our holiday amazing. We saw the Northern lights 4 times but underneath them by Boyfriend proposed. The Food was amazing and we couldn't have wished for a more perfect time away.
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I've said to everyone that booking thru Aurora Zone is a most and traveling to Lapland is a bucket list that shouldn't be ignored. DO it, its really worth it.
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Finland is amazing 01 February 2018 by Neil and Barbara Boulton

Cannot fault the hotel, food, rep, guides or hotel staff at all. Finland is amazing, the people are friendly and the staff and guides couldn't do enough for us and they are passionate about the country. Really enjoyed the dog sledding and reindeer sleigh ride. Sleigh ride as it was done at night, under the moon and stars with two of us in a sleigh. Very romantic. Sledding as it was a faster pace,
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lovely to see the dogs and how they work.
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Perfect holiday - thank you so much 31 January 2018 by Charlene Skinner and Joe Hutton

The holiday from start to finish was amazing and we can't pick a favourite memory because, in all honesty, the holiday was perfect. We had amazing service from all the staff, amazing food and all the activities were so much fun and very well organised. My boyfriend proposed to me under the Northern Lights, so this is also an amazing memory for us but the little gift left by the rep and the hotel
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staff just completed it. Thank you to everyone and we will defiantly return. Don't change a thing because everything you did and will continue to do was ideal.
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We thought everything was lovely 30 January 2018 by Clive and Lesley Hollingsworth

We thought everything was lovely with very attentive Reception staff at the hotel probably the best Reception staff we have encountered anywhere.The Auora Workshop was expertly led by a wonderful guide from Chile, named Alan. He led us in the evening on an adventurous trail through the forest with a wonderful prize at the end of a campfire and hot drinks and biscuits.

10 out of 10 just isn't enough to say how much we enjoyed our experience 30 January 2018 by Donna Redford and Stephen Baker

Pre holiday info and booking easy to follow and the staff I spoke to were helpful and knowledgeable. On arrival at the airport - Greta was on hand to guide us and welcome us to Lapland. The hotel was comfortable, warm and the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make our stay incredible, especially Laura and Eve. There aren't enough stars to rate them 10 out
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of 10 just isn't enough to say how much we enjoyed our experience. Meeting the huskies and getting to hug them was great. As I was unable to ride the sleigh due to back problems, they gave us a tour of the compound and a talk so I could experience a little of the tour. However the tour was great and the guides were phenomenal. We had a FAB time and will be returning soon. The staff and guides were incredible and we wish to thank them all.
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Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful holiday 24 January 2018 by Janice and Stephen Aldridge, Ainsley Smith and Angel Child-Dixon

Thououghly enjoyed this holiday. Probably one of the best I have ever had. The activities are amazing and catered for all ages. Our party of four ranged from 19-68. We didn't have an unenjoyable activity. It was such an amazing holiday. We even saw the Northern Lights which was such a bonus as there was a lot of clouds. I have been on lots of holidays but this was undoubtedly one of the best. The
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staff were amazing and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. All the activities were worth paying for. Not a holiday to be sitting around doing nothing. There's always something to do. The pancakes cooked over the open fire were amazing. I would recommend a visit here for anybody any age. The Northern Lights really made the holiday that extra special. Brought a tear to the eye, it's something I never thought I would see. If your thinking of visiting Finnish Lapland then Harriniva is definitely the place to go. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful holiday.
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Holiday was absolutely amazing 16 January 2018 by The Hunter Family

The overall holiday was absolutely amazing. We all had a great time. The support and help received at the time of booking was extremely good and helpful with all questions and queries answered. Without a doubt the snowmobile safari was a favourite and we must put a special shout out for our guide Jenni. She was brilliant. She took photos of us all and then whatsapp'd them to us which made the
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whole experience more meaningful and gave us a sense that she wanted us to enjoy our experience as well. She also cooked our pancakes for the Aurora workshop and was our guide for our snowshoe trek. She always stopped and chatted to us, without a doubt a very valued person. I would def book again and have given the link to your site to a few people as highly recommended it :-)
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We will go back 22 January 2017 by Peter and Louise Stone

The holiday was really good and we had a fantastic time, Finland and the people were really warm and friendly and we will go back. Many of the reps were really good in their communication and very helpful. Katrina - resort rep was great and very useful, she could not have done a better job.

First class experience 15 January 2017 by John and Julie Hammond

Everything about the holiday could not be faulted one of our best ever holidays. Your company was recommended to us by experienced travellers and our whole holiday was a first class experience and we have already recommended you to others.

Katarina our guide was fantastic 08 January 2017 by Zoe Richards and Duncan Louca

Katrina our guide was fantastic - when one of our activities was delayed by 45 mins, she left a bottle of wine behind the bar for us to have with dinner as a way of apologising. She was always around to offer tips and advice during our stay. The guides and hotel staff were also fantastic and helped make our trip very enjoyable. We got engaged on the first day there - and we were soon getting lots
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of congratulations from all of the staff whenever they saw us. Most enjoyable activity: "It's a husky day" - it was great to get to work closely with the dogs, harnessing them up and feeding them as well as getting to take them out with the sledge. Least enjoyable activity: Probably the ice fishing - as there were no fish and we got rather cold. Not the fault of The Aurora Zone or the guides - they made it as comfortable and enjoyable as they possibly could.
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Nellim 31 January 2016 by Ross & Jacqueline Campbell

Brilliant holiday thanks, and one that we will be recommending to all of our friends.

Wow, where do I even begin on this one! 31 January 2016 by Alistair Bowditch

Wow, where do I even begin on this one! I went on a holiday to show my wife the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) which I had been fortunate enough to have seen previously. In the event, we had such a fantastic time that the fabulous light show we eventually witnessed was a total bonus. The obvious emphasis of the holiday is understandably the Aurora, but the truth was that the fabulous
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activities on offer (and we tried them all) kept us fully occupied from first thing in the morning to last thing at night! This could have been more accurately sold as an 18-60 (a spin-off of the old 18-30 holidays). Due to the nature of the activities, this was an adult only holiday which was a bonus we hadn’t expected. There really was so much to do. In a brief and very packed week we went on snowmobile safaris, dog sledge safaris, (and husky flatulence is something that has to be experienced to be believed), ice fishing, late-night snowshoe walks, cross-country skiing (several times – wow that was hard work), late-night sauna and hot tub, at -15C staring up at the stars, walks into Muonio (twice) and across to Sweden via the river bridge, lunch in the “Ice Palace” and an unbelievable evening in the Aurora Dome down on the river – but a fantastic venue, then someone turned on the Northern Lights for 3 ½ hours! You should change the name from Aurora Zone to Aurora Euphoria!!! Despite what you might hear about Scandinavia, Finland IS NOT expensive. Beer and food is the same as the UK, fuel was the same price as in England, and the two supermarkets in Muonio (only a short walk away) sold everything that the tourist needed. The staff in the hotel were fabulous and without exception, it is the best holiday I have ever had! I really can’t suggest anything to better what was on offer at Harriniva.
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This trip certainly exceeded expectations in many ways 17 January 2016 by Sharon Bolton

I would like to thank the team out in Torassieppi for helping make my Birthday celebrations even more spectacular than I expected. This trip certainly exceeded expectations in many ways and with a few sightings of the Aurora Borealis what more could I ask for? Each activity was special in its own way. I enjoyed them all immensely but the one that stands out and brought tears to my eyes was
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returning back to base over a frozen lake with the sun setting, not a sound around except the glide on the ice 'mushing' with a husky pack- truly memorable! The Guides certainly know their job well and were such friendly people too. I would personally like to thank the team: Katrina (rep), Carly (reception), Piia, Valtteri,Scotty (guides & transfer), Eve, Lasse, Topi (amazing chefs) - nothing was too much trouble for this team, they were absolutely brilliant! I do hope to return another time and take up a husky safari as I had a truly magical day 'mushing' with my team of dogs. So many wonderful memories to treasure, thank you so very much to all the Aurora Zone Team (the wine for my birthday was a lovely gesture too).
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First class 03 January 2016 by John Evans

Katrina your rep at Harriniva was brilliant, as were all the Harriniva staff and activity leaders we met. Loved the hotel, loved the food, and once again, both your staff and all the folk at Harriniva were absolutely first class.

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