Harriniva - Northern Lights Quest
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information.
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: Return flights from London to Kittila (via Helsinki). Routings are subject to change. Non-UK and regional departures may be available on requests (supplements may apply).
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in hotel room or Northern Lights Cabin
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, Aurora snowshoe, husky safari, Northern Lights hunt via minibus, visit to a reindeer farm, Northern Lights snowmobile (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our representative
- Aurora alert app until approximately 1am
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, exhilarating snowmobile trip and an informative visit to a reindeer farm. You will also be out hunting the Northern Lights during three evenings of dedicated Aurora activities, exploring on foot using snowshoes, by snowmobile and utilising a minibus to hopefully chase down the lights.
This holiday provides a wonderful balance of activities and exceptional Northern Lights opportunities.
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and welcome
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed before being transferred to your accommodation at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.
The majority of our guests will be arriving on an afternoon flight, so you will have chance to settle into your rooms before sitting down for a welcome dinner with the group.
You will then be provided you with your cold weather clothing and shown the details of the Aurora alert app. We would suggest taking a walk down to the nearby River Muonio which offers a wonderful Northern Lights viewpoint should conditions be conducive to a display.
Some groups may be arriving on a later evening flight. If this is the case you will have a chilled supper on arrival and receive your introductory talk and cold weather clothing in the morning. The added bonus of a later arrival is the chance of seeing the Northern Lights during your transfer as you travel through the wilds.
Day 2 Snowmobile safari, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoe
You will kick off your adventure today with a snowmobile safari in the stunning Lappish wilderness. Snowmobiles are an ideal method of transport in these parts as they are efficient and very versatile. The mobility they offer allows you to see a great deal in a short space of time. They also happen to be exceedingly good fun to drive.
Full instructions and a safety briefing will be provided before you head into the wilderness; crossing frozen lakes and enjoying forest trails, covering around 30km in total. You will travel two people per snowmobile and will have the chance to swap drivers (as long as you both have a full driving licence).
In the afternoon you will gather for a Northern Lights workshop, during which you will learn a little about the science of the Aurora, the myths and legends which surround them and will be provided with some photo tips. Pancakes will also be enjoyed around a fire.
After dinner, your guide will lead you on foot, using snowshoes to help in the deep snow, as you make your inaugural foray into the wilds in search of the Aurora. Your destination will be a local viewpoint with great views of the night sky. If conditions are favourable, you may witness your first Aurora display.
Day 3 Husky safari and Northern Lights minibus
Husky safaris often get 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 back at Harriniva, your guide will collect you for your minibus Aurora hunt. They will use their expertise, the latest weather and solar activity forecasts in order to ensure that you have the best chance of witnessing the Northern Lights if conditions are favourable.
Day 4 Reindeer farm, Torassieppi Winter Village and Aurora snowmobile
Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and an understanding of their importance is something that all guests to the region should gain. Torassieppi Reindeer Farm dates back over 100 years and provides an insight into the traditions of the local culture as well as the lives of the herders and their animals.
A tour of the farm will be given on arrival and there will be the chance to take in the displays at the on-site museum. Next on the agenda is the chance to get close to the reindeer and enjoy a short sleigh ride – an unforgettable experience.
Located adjacent to the farm, Torassieppi Winter Village is a spectacular monument to snow and ice architecture. You will have some time to explore the rooms and admire the sculptures before you enjoy dinner in a wooden kota (teepee) around the fire.
After a final meal at the hotel you will enjoy a 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 arrange 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.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay
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.
Included in price
Harriniva Wilderness Hotel
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.
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 for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
- The hotel restaurant consists of three separate dining areas. 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 sapping up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally)
- 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)
Guest bedroom 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, 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.
Harriniva Northern Lights Cabins
Subject to availability you may wish to upgrade to a Northern Lights Cabin throughout your stay. The cabins are located right on the edge of the river and have a small kitchenette, their own private sauna and en suite shower room. 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.
Dates & Prices
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Next year's provisional dates and prices
To secure places on any trip next season, you can make a provisional booking. This means paying a deposit of £400pp to secure your holiday. We will contact you when the final dates and prices are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel then we will refund your full deposit.
Wed 11 Jan 2017Enquire
Sun 15 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,610||Single Adult£ 1,785|
Wed 25 Jan 2017Enquire
Sun 29 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,485||Single Adult£ 1,660|
Wed 08 Feb 2017Enquire
Sun 12 Feb 2017
|Adults£ 1,450||Single Adult£ 1,625|
Wed 15 Feb 2017Enquire
Sun 19 Feb 2017
|Adults£ 1,555||Single Adult£ 1,730|
Wed 01 Mar 2017Enquire
Sun 05 Mar 2017
|Adults£ 1,505||Single Adult£ 1,680|
Wed 15 Mar 2017Enquire
Sun 19 Mar 2017
|Adults£ 1,505||Single Adult£ 1,680|
Wed 29 Mar 2017Enquire
Sun 02 Apr 2017
|Adults£ 1,810||Single Adult£ 1,985|
NB: Please note that our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
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Holiday group size
For all departures excluding the 26 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. On the 26 December the minimum group size is 10 people with a maximum of 24.
Group sizes and minimum numbers
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Order of activities
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination
Medical History and advice
If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Experience and fitness
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
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 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!
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 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!
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 is always a pleasure and honour to visit another part of the world, and meet people from other countries.
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 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.
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.