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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2007
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Escape the somewhat hectic period between Christmas and New Year during this 3-night trip to Harriniva. Enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling and dog sledding and at night, take part in dedicated Northern Lights hunts. A spectacular post-Christmas break.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: return flights between London and Kittilä (via Helsinki). Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a double/twin wilderness plus room at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel with the option to upgrade to a suite
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: visit to a reindeer farm, lunch in an ice restaurant, husky safari, Northern Lights workshop, Snow Train, snowmobile safari and Northern Lights snowshoe and campfire (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
  • Aurora alert mobile app until approximately 1 am

This holiday offers an active short break in search of the Northern Lights, departing after Christmas and providing the chance to relax ahead of New Year. It incorporates some unforgettable activities during the day and night, as well as idyllic scenery and great Northern Lights potential.

You will stay in the wonderfully cos wilderness plus rooms at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, a delightful Scandinavian base in North West Finland, high above the Arctic Circle. The hotel enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its exciting activities and enthusiastic guides.

This holiday includes some real activity highlights. During one of the days, you will visit a reindeer farm. You’ll get an understanding of the history of herding in this region as well as enjoying a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride through the forest. You’ll also experience an Arctic favourite when you try your hand as musher and go dog sledding.

As you would expect from the name of this trip, evenings will be dedicated to seeking out the Aurora. Your excursions will take you by snowshoe and the hotel’s brilliant Snow Train sled to remote regions free from light pollution. Here you can sit under the vast Arctic sky and wait for a potential Northern Lights display; hopefully, your patience will be rewarded.

We can think of few better ways to spend some time over the festive period.

Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
  • Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be welcomed by your driver before being transferred to your accommodation at Harriniva. Located in the far north-west corner of Finland, the backdrop here is a stunning array of forest-covered fells and frozen lakes.

    When you arrive at the hotel, you can settle into your room before heading to the restaurant for dinner. You’ll need a good night’s sleep tonight ahead of the adventures beginning tomorrow.

    Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • On your first full day in Lapland, you will have the chance to meet the animals that the region is most famous for as you head to a nearby reindeer farm and then enjoy a dog sledding adventure.

    Reindeer are of great traditional and economic importance to the region and herding is intrinsic to the way of life here. A herder will take you through the skills and customs of herding and answer any questions you may have about the animals. You will also be shown how to throw a Lappish lasso and enjoy a short ride on a reindeer-pulled sleigh through the forest.

    Whilst at the farm you will enjoy lunch in an ice restaurant at the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village. Please note, lunch in the ice restaurant is dependent on conditions. If the ice restaurant is not possible, lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota (wooden tepee).

    After lunch, you will go to Harriniva’s Arctic Sled Dog Centre. Here, the dogs will be eagerly awaiting your arrival and the chorus of excitable barks will demonstrate this. You will meet the musher who will give you a safety briefing and advise you on how to handle the sled, before setting off on your short but exciting safari. The sudden silence which surrounds you once the dogs begin to run offers a remarkably tranquil ride, as you glide along the trails in peace. You will cover around 6km in total and two people will share a sled.

    This afternoon you will attend an Aurora workshop which will introduce you to the myths, legends and science behind this natural phenomenon. The workshop will be held in a ‘kota’ which is a traditional wooden Sámi building.

    After dinner you will head out on an exciting Northern Lights hunt. Tonight's adventure is via Harriniva’s Snow Train – a snowmobile pulled carriage expertly designed with an all-Perspex exterior to give you constant views of the night sky. 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.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning after breakfast you will be back on snowmobiles to explore the stunning landscape in the daylight hours. Covering approximately 20km, you’ll travel two per snowmobile with the option to swap drivers if you are both over 18 and hold a full driving licence. Full instruction and a safety briefing will be provided before your departure.

    After dinner, you will head out on your final Northern Lights excursion - a snowshoe hunt for the Aurora led by your guide. The snowshoes will give you access to a remote area where the views of the night sky are unobstructed and, with some luck, you will have the chance to witness the Northern Lights in all their glory. You’ll keep warm by the campfire as you gaze up at the sky.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today you will bid farewell to Harriniva as you return to the airport for your flights home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-3

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

Harriniva Riverside Cabins

Set in a picturesque, riverside location and ranging from 39m² to 47m², Harriniva’s Riverside Cabins are ideal for larger groups, or those wanting a little more space and privacy during their trip. Each cabin sleeps five people in total, with a main bedroom for two people, a lower ceilinged loft area (accessible by a steep ladder) sleeping a further two people and a pull out sofa bed in the lounge. Fully-equipped with kitchen facilities, including a stove, dishwasher and fridge, and with a cosy living room, you can relax and enjoy your own space in complete comfort. Each cabin even has its own private sauna, perfect for keeping warm after a long day out in the cold.


Credit: Antti Pietikainen

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.

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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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.

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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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Traveller Reviews

I loved watching the Northern Lights 05 January 2018 by Mahesh Shindhe

I loved watching the Northern Lights and experiencing a husky safari!

We would not hesitate to recommend the holiday to our friends 02 January 2015 by Elisabeth Lifford

We thoroughly enjoyed the range of your activities - all new to us & although we didn't see much of the Northern Lights it didn't seem to matter as everything else was so exciting! Driving a team of huskies from a sleigh across snowy fields in the moonlight - was exhilarating and unforgettable. Staff were friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. The range of activities was wide and included
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cultural and historic information about the area as well as the more active "hands on". Accommodation was comfortable and the equipment provided exceptional. We would not hesitate to recommend the 'package' to our friends.
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Husky safari was fantastic 26 March 2013 by Lisa Rodbourn

Husky safari was fantastic and better than we imagined. Everything was good - it was one of the best holidays I have ever had. It was a unique experience and we met some great people.

Absolutely fabulous 02 February 2013 by Robert Dobson

The trip was absolutely fabulous, a dream come true!!! A bucket list spectacular. The staff and arrangements were absolutety spot on. Everything was catered for. Personally I had a slight medical problem and before setting out I was interviewed by the staff to check that I was able to undertake the task. They had already been briefed before my arrival. They made contingency plans by getting one of
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the staff to follow the group for 15 minutes at the start and when we stopped they checked I was ok, which I was. This was both a sensible and very much appreciated safety check. All was OK for me throughout the trip. Also must mention the pre-trip customer service, which was also excellent. Very good with questions and in my personal case, when I injured my leg before the trip, they were able to advise me and the staff in Finland. I give you my special thanks, my dream to do this was hanging on a thread but you assisted in making it come true. WELL DONE!! Overall, words cannot describe how much we loved our trip, due to the expense for us (I am retired), this was worth every single penny. With much thanks.
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Out of this world 22 January 2013 by Kim Latus

WOW - out of this world; if you haven't done this then you simply must. A fantastic experience action-packed into a memory that will last me a lifetime. The staff are brilliant, nothing is too much trouble and they work so hard to make your break amazing. I want to go back next week. I miss the huskies so much, you really do bond with the dogs on this overnight safari and when you get back, relax
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in the Jaccuzzi, with the open sky above and we watched the sunset. Simply amazing....
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Fantastic surprise for my partner's birthday 14 January 2013 by Inderjeet Nagra

A fantastic holiday which was organised as a surprise for my partner for his birthday. We very much enjoyed the experience with the husky safari and enjoyed driving a snowmobile. I would say that the staff at the hotel were very friendly as was the husky tour leader Miku. The food at the hotel was also very good and I was pleasantly surprised in the standard of accommodation overnight on the
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safari. The Northern Lights are very temperamental so any activity is a bonus. It should be borne that these things may or may not happern but there are so many other activities available even if you do not see the lights. I would recommend booking this trip.
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