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Lapland offers so many unique experiences and this holiday includes the vast majority of them. You will take part in a snowmobile safari, husky adventure and a reindeer sleigh ride across the snow. You will enjoy a Northern Lights workshop and a snowshoe hike across the majestic landscape before visiting the lakeside spa pools and saunas at Jeris.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: return flights from London to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Routeings are subject to change. Non-UK and regional departures may be available on requests (supplements may apply)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights’ hotel room or Northern Lights Cabin
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Panorama snowmobile, Aurora workshop (with pancakes), 17km dog sled safari, Aurora reindeer safari, snowshoe and spa, Northern Lights snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for duration of your stay
  • Services of our representative
  • Aurora alert mobile app until approximately 1 am


Harriniva has always been one of our most popular destinations for so many reasons. The balance that the destination offers is wonderful; warm and welcoming accommodation, great hospitality, a renowned reputation for activities, exceptional guides and of course a fabulous Northern Lights record.

Staying in either hotel rooms or cabins at Harriniva, guests will spend four nights here, enjoying the best that Lapland has to offer.

During the daytime activities include an unforgettable dog sled safari, a refreshing snowshoe hike which includes a trip to the lakeside pools and saunas of Jeris; and a captivating panorama snowmobile safari. The first evening includes participation at an informative and exciting Aurora workshop, whilst you will also be out hunting the Northern Lights during two evenings of dedicated Aurora activities. This includes an enchanting reindeer sleigh safari and an exhilarating snowmobile ride.

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This holiday provides a wonderful balance of activities and exceptional Northern Lights opportunities. There is also time for you to tailor your stay and add in additional activities, or you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.


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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed before being transferred to your accommodation at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.

    There will be time for you to settle in. Depending on your flight arrival time you will either enjoy dinner in the restaurant or will enjoy a chilled supper on arrival. Your cold weather clothing will be provided to you either on arrival or in the morning, depending on the time.

  • As you wake up following your first night in Lapland you will instantly notice the fresh Arctic air. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some time to explore before your first activity after lunch.

    The panorama snowmobile tour offers a stunning introduction to the remote winter landscapes. Discover the secrets that lie behind the snow-covered forest and glide over frozen lakes amidst the ethereal Lappish wilderness. Snowmobiles are a fantastic way in which to explore and it is thrilling to behold as you see nothing ahead of you but the glittering white of pristine snow.

    Following dinner, you will then participate in an Aurora workshop which will introduce you to the myths and legends as well as the science behind this natural phenomenon. The workshop will be held in a ‘kota’ which is a traditional temporary dwelling used by the Sámi indigenous people. Here you will prepare pancakes on the fire whilst your guide answers any questions in order to give you a better understanding of this otherworldly display of nature.

  • Husky safaris are often noted as being a favourite activity amongst guests, and with good reason. There is nothing which is comparable to the experience of driving a team of eager dogs across such a wonderful landscape.

    Harriniva is well known for its sled dog centre which is just a short walk from the hotel. After breakfast, you will meet with your team of dogs and the mushers who will provide instruction on how to handle the sled. You will cover around 17km during the safari, with the dogs pulling you enthusiastically across the snow-covered landscape. The dogs' enthusiasm for the trail can be really infectious and you are sure to take some wonderful memories away from this activity.

    You will travel two people per sled with the chance to swap drivers during the safari.

    After dinner, you will then begin your hunt for the Northern Lights as two of Lapland’s most iconic attractions combine to create and enchanting and tranquil experience. The reindeer safari will take you silently across this stunning wilderness and through the silent forests during the darkened night. The lack of light pollution will provide undisturbed viewing and increase your chances of gazing upon nature’s natural phenomenon.

  • The snowshoe and spa promise idyllic views of the land as you journey upwards and then tuck into a picnic around a campfire. After this, you will have an opportunity to look around the Pallas Nature Centre before venturing the Jeris to enjoy traditional Lappish saunas and hot tubs as well as the opportunity to take a dip into the icy waters of Lake Jeris.

    After a final meal at the hotel, you will enjoy an exhilarating snowmobile safari in search of the Northern Lights. This is a very different experience to the daytime safari you experienced earlier in your holiday. Instruction will once again be provided and you will continue to travel with two people per snowmobile. If you would prefer to have your own machine, then this can be arranged for a supplement. Your guide will lead the way and will take you to dark skies, far from any light pollution in the hope of witnessing the Northern Lights. Regardless of whether the lights appear, this is a spectacular way to explore the trails after dark.

  • This morning, you will enjoy breakfast at Torassieppi before you must sadly bid farewell to Lapland and head back to the airport for your return flights home.

    If you wish, we can also arrange for you to spend the night in Helsinki on your way home for a mini-break in Finland's capital. Full details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-4

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 throughout the day at reception, but it is not free of charge, so we would recommend taking a travel kettle if this is of particular importance to you
  • 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

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.

Northern Lights cabins

The hotel has a small number of cabins available on the riverbank, which offer a more secluded accommodation option. The cabins have double or twin beds, a private sauna, an en-suite shower room with a hairdryer, a small kitchen and a lounge 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 - Brand New for 2018

Just built this summer, we are unable to provide winter images of these lovely riverside cabins, but once the first snow of winter falls in Harriniva, they will make the perfect cosy winter escape.

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 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.


Upgrade to a Riverside Cabin: from £199 per cabin 


Credit: Antti Pietikainen

Harriniva Northern Lights Cabins

Subject to availability you may wish to stay in a Northern Lights Cabin. The cabins are located right on the edge of the river and have double beds (formed from two single beds pushed together) or twin beds, a small kitchenette, their own private sauna and en-suite shower room with a hairdryer. As they are located slightly away from the main building and also facing the frozen river, there is minimal light pollution, so if the Northern Lights do appear during your stay you will be able to witness a stunning display from just outside your cabin door.


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Helsinki city break

With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.

We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our travel experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.

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Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.

Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting-edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.

In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the duchy of Russia, it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past, we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art, or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.

A 15-minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.

Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multicultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!

Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability. 

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Single adult price: based on own hotel room and driving your own snowmobile during activities.

 

Dates
Sun 09 Dec 2018
to Thu 13 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 1,595 Single Adult£ 1,809
Sun 06 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,785 Single Adult£ 2,049
Sun 13 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,615 Single Adult£ 1,879
Sun 20 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,675 Single Adult£ 1,939
Sun 27 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,575 Single Adult£ 1,839
Sun 03 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 1,909
Sun 03 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,685 Single Adult£ 1,949
Sun 10 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,695 Single Adult£ 1,959
Sun 17 Mar 2019
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,555 Single Adult£ 1,769
Sun 31 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,555 Single Adult£ 1,769

Please note: 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.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

For all departures except 9th December, the minimum group size for this holiday is 2 and the maximum is 24. Please note that activities are not private and you will be joined by others. The 9th December departure has a minimum group size of 8 and a maximum of 24.

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 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.

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

Photographing the Northern Lights as it was a hopeful primary aim of the holiday, and they performed for over an hour for us! 28 March 2018 by Paul & Lisa Workman

We loved the snowmobiling as it was the first time and needed to compare it to jet-skiing. Husky sledding as we love the dogs anyway. Photographing the Northern Lights as it was a hopeful primary aim of the holiday, and they performed for over an hour for us!

We had a really wonderful holiday 27 March 2018 by Claire & Denis McMillan

HUSKY SLEDDING - Just a wonderful experience with the dogs going through the beautiful landscape in the cold, crisp air. We had a really wonderful holiday and were lucky enough to see the lights on 3 of the 4 nights (the 4th night I was seeing stars and blue lights anyway).Staff at the hotel were very pleasant and informative and the accommodation was warm and comfortable. Also the organisation
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and information prior to the trip was excellent.
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They really make the holiday even more special 22 March 2018 by Jane & Michael Bentley

We thoroughly enjoyed the other activities we took part in, husky safari, snowmobiles and aurora workshop. All our guides were so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Plus we treated to a full aurora display as we snowmobiled on our last night. The hotel staff, guides and Greta were all extremely friendly and helpful. They really make the holiday even more special, if that's possible!

I was VERY impressed 14 March 2018 by Tina Shoon & Simon Phelan

I was very impressed with the efficiency of staff. All transfers were well planned. Every activity was well thought out and on time. The food in Harrinava was just lovely. I was VERY impressed, always a hearty meal. At no time was I hungry or felt the need to snack. I think what impressed me the most was the sheer enthusiasm of the guides. It was stunningly obvious that they all really
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enjoyed the activity they were leading on and that enthusiasm was infectious. Especially the guide who took us snow shoe walking: she was even hugging the trees which made me smile!!!!!
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A very slick well organised holiday 06 February 2018 by John and Julie Pollock

A very slick well organised holiday in Harriva. Busy schedule but we packed everything in and had a fantastic experience. Thanks

An awesome holiday 23 January 2018 by Aidan Limerick and Aoife O'Sullivan

The Husky safari was great fun meeting the dogs and seeing how keen they were to run and how much noise they make while waiting compared to the silence when they run; also a nice way to take in the surroundings at a more relaxed pace than the snowmobiles and the driver gets to see everything too as the dogs do most of the steering. Really well organised with lots of fun activities to occupy your
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day but still leaving plenty of time for you to relax and not feel you're run ragged trying to keep up. The cold weather kit provided is really good, particularly the snow boots, so comfy and warm we want a set. The hotel staff and guides are all really friendly and happy to answer any questions and always had the info we wanted (or could get it quickly). Even though we weren't lucky enough to see the Aurora we still had a great holiday with lots of new experiences and memories and will definitely look at doing a repeat in the future.
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We had the most amazing time at Harriniva 12 March 2017 by Nicola Engelbrecht & Tracey Mills

We had the most amazing time at Harriniva. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the place is just beautiful. We had one of the cabins which were right on the (frozen) river. The view is beautiful and it is lovely to have your own space and sauna. The cabins are about 200m from the main buildings so it is a bit of a hassle to get all dressed up in your warm clothing to just to walk up to get
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breakfast but it is worth it to have the space and it is much quicker to get outside to see the lights if they decide to come out. We found the range and amount of food provided to be great and there were a lot of options so you won’t go hungry. All the outer warm gear they provide is very warm but make sure you bring enough thermals as you are in them every day. The equipment room can be busy and there is only one person there so make sure you leave enough time to get your gear on the first day. The activities are all amazing and everything is very well run. We had the best guide for the week (Mathieu) who really made the experience. He was very passionate and knowledgeable about everything we did and had a great sense of humour. Our favourite activity was the snowmobiling which is great fun and on this tour, you get to do it twice. We were very lucky to have the Northern Lights come out on our last night while we were on the snowmobiles and thankfully Matthew knew what to look for as I would never have noticed them. The husky safari was also a highlight. The dogs are all very well cared for and seem to really love what they do. We had a great group of people on our trip as well and really enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing the experience. I absolutely loved the week and am already looking at how to get back there as the place is just magical. Aurora Zone staff were amazing and made everything very easy. Their contact at the Lodge, Katrina was very friendly and welcoming. Amy on their sales team was great and very helpful with the booking and made the process very easy. I fully recommend this particular tour and The Aurora Zone.
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Can't thank you enough - fantastic holiday 12 February 2017 by Penelope Whiteman and Peter Baxter

A totally fantastic holiday 05 February 2017 by Sarah and Christopher Hamer

Gosh. Where to start. I think the daytime snowmobile was (the most enjoyable activity) just for the unexpected beauty of the ice trees on the tops. Not knowing that the air would change that evening and the whole resort and area became an ice forest spectacle. I also loved the cross-country skiing just for the racing heart and the exhilaration of mastering a new skill. Two guides stood out for us.
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Becky and Jenni - the 2 girls were great fun and when Jenni took us to the Reindeer Farm and gave us the history lesson she really spoke with knowledge and passion about the Finnish people and had a great sense of humour. Katrina as our welcome host was also a joy. You have a great team there and you should be proud of all that you offer. English were a minority which is such a shame and I am not sure why - a totally fantastic holiday. Scenes like I never thought I would ever witness and cold, gosh, who knew that it could actually get that cold and yet we still go out and enjoy ourselves.
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Great sightings of the Northern Lights 22 December 2016 by The Harrison Family

We had a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable, interesting, amusing. We had great sightings of the Northern Lights - by walking, snowshoeing and late-night snowmobile riding – were all excellent. Also great that guide was a photography expert who could assist us with settings on our cameras as well as taking some wonderful shots which he shared. Husky sleighing – fantastic - would happily have
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done this for longer or as an additional day. The other highlight, for all of us, were the huskies and sleigh riding with them.
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Seeing the Northern Lights was everyone's dream come true...AWESOME! 17 February 2016 by Richard Boittier

The whole trip was very well organised and we always felt the staff were making every effort to ensure we were completely satisfied. We were a family of 7, so everyone had their own special moment. Seeing the Northern Lights was everyone's dream come true...AWESOME! We embraced every activity! Our excellent holiday began with the first call to Barry Nolan. We had concerns about our Son's special
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needs and dietary requirements. Barry took his time to go through every aspect of what may be involved with the various activities and assured us of how the staff on-site would take care of us. When we arrived at Harriniva, everything that Barry had said was reflected by the local team. Despite a late arrival, the staff took the time to reassure us that they had prepared special meals for my son and showed us where all his food could be found on the buffet. For the activities, our guide Becky was truly amazing! Her knowledge and experience was second to none, but more importantly, her patience and understanding with our son was just brilliant. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure he had a great time. A very special thank you to Becky!
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This was the best trip we have ever been on 10 February 2016 by Rebecca Hancock

This was the best trip we have ever been on. We've only ever made up our own itineraries and travel arrangements in the past, but we were nervous about doing something so adventurous and yet so remote, which is the reason we opted to go via Aurora Zone. Everything was perfect. (Most enjoyable activity): Seeing the Northern Lights, because we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we probably
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wouldn't, given the weather! Other than that, snowmobiling was great fun whizzing across the snowy landscape. It helped that the group size was very small and the guide was knowledgeable and friendly (Jenny). She even took loads of photos with her own camera and WhatsApped them to us afterwards, which really went above and beyond. The reindeer and husky safaris were also great. Absolutely WONDERFUL trip. We desperately want to go back as soon as we can. We couldn't believe how friendly and welcoming the Harriniva staff were and the lengths they went to to make our experience so special. Also, our rep Katrina was great - we had a bit of an accident on our transfer to the igloo when we realised we had left a pair of walking boots in the van. Katrina rang round at nearly midnight and made sure we got them back, which was much appreciated!
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Our trip was perfect 29 April 2013 by Debra Carlson

Our trip was perfect. The small group was pleasant (and all participants quite amiable). Each day was very well organized, but never felt rushed. And the local guides were all incredibly patient - no mean feat at the end of the season! Most enjoyable: Seeing the Aurora Borealis, and driving a dog sled. Both firsts for us, and not something we can do in our country (at least not like this). And it
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is always a pleasure and honour to visit another part of the world, and meet people from other countries.
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The whole holiday was very well organised 22 March 2013 by Victoria Yandall

The whole holiday was very well organised from my initial contact with The Aurora Zone right up until we touched back down in the UK. The information provided in advance was very helpful and I always received a prompt and polite reply to e-mails and phone calls. It was great to be met at the airport and Emma provided the right amount of information and was very friendly and approachable. Favourite
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activity: If I had to pick it would probably be the two day husky safari, but everything was really good. Least favourite: Stopping for tea and coffee on the night of the snowshoeing, because our hands got absolutely frozen! The snowshoeing itself was fun though.
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Totally different to anything else we had done 11 March 2013 by Christopher Sweby

Husky sledges were totally different to anything else we had done (and we had the Northern Lights out in the wilderness). Snowshoeing - it was very hard work; Improvements: It was about right.



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