Harriniva - Northern Lights Quest and Snow Village
- Duration:4 nights
- Group Size: Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)
- 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: 3 nights' accommodation in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva, 1 night Torassieppi Winter Village
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights hunt by minibus, visit to a reindeer farm, Northern Lights snowshoe, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
- Aurora alert until approximately 1am at Harriniva
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.
This holiday gives guests the chance to experience all of the above as well as a night in a snow room at a spectacular Winter Village.Read more
Staying in either hotel rooms or cabins at Harriniva, guests will spend three nights here before heading to spend their final night in the spectacular Torassieppi Winter Village; a small and intimate snow hotel which offers guests a unique place to overnight.
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 two evenings of dedicated Aurora activities, exploring on foot using snowshoes and utilising a minibus to hopefully chase down the lights.
For your final night in Lapland you will enjoy dinner at Harriniva before being transferred to the wonderful Torassieppi Winter Village where you will spend the night in one of the snow rooms. This is an experience that is surely never to be forgotten.
This holiday provides a wonderful balance of activities, exceptional Northern Lights opportunities and the chance to end your holiday in style with a night at Torassieppi Winter Village.
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 Aurora alert. 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 cold 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 minibus hunt for the Northern Lights
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. During your safari you will also make a stop at the fascinating Torassieppi Snow Village, where you can marvel at the snow rooms and sculptures.
Full instructions and a safety briefing will be provided before you head into the wilderness; crossing frozen lakes and enjoying forest trails, covering around 40km 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).
Please note, if you are travelling on our 17th February departure, your safari will not stop at the Snow Village and it will cover approximately 30km in total.
Day 3 Visit to a reindeer farm and Aurora snowshoe
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.
After dinner back at Harriniva, the group will depart on a guided snowshoe search for the Northern Lights. Snowshoeing is great fun at any time but exploring the silent forests at night is a particularly wonderful experience, particularly if the Aurora shines overhead.
Day 4 Husky safari and Torassieppi Winter Village
This morning you will have a leisurely morning and time to pack up your belongings ahead of the next part of your adventure. You will check out of your rooms and store your luggage securely before an exceptional activity this afternoon.
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.
You will return to Harriniva and have the chance to freshen up in the saunas, if you wish, before your transfer to Torassieppi.
Your evening meal will be served at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm prior to checking into the Winter Village.
The temperature indoors remains at a constant of around -5 degrees Celsius, regardless of the weather outside and so you can keep remarkably warm in here. You can enjoy the various snowscapes and ice sculptures which adorn the walls of the hotel before it is time to snuggle up in your cosy arctic sleeping bag and take to your bed in a snow room. A night in one of these rooms is unforgettable and totally unique.
If you would prefer to spend your final night in a wilderness cabin, then please see our Northern Lights Quest and Aurora Cabin holiday. If you would like to remain at Harriniva for one final night then this can also be arranged for you, subject to availability.
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 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 is 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
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.
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.
Torassieppi Winter Village
Located on the edge of Pallas Ylläs National Park, Torassieppi Winter Village is a marvellous construction of ice and snow, which is built anew each season. The winter village is surrounded by a picturesque backdrop of forested fells and frozen lakes.
It is located next to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, where you will enjoy breakfast following your night in a cold room.
The Winter Village is an exhilarating place to spend the night in a unique setting.
- The Winter Village consists of approximately 10 cold bedrooms where guests sleep.
- There are also further ice and snow constructions for you to explore including a snow chapel and an ice restaurant.
- Whilst you will sleep in the cold room, breakfast will be enjoyed in the warm building of Torassieppi Reindeer Farm. Here you will be served a hearty buffet breakfast. Torassieppi aims to use as much locally sourced and organic food as possible.
- You will also have access to the warming sauna.
- There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the main restaurant building.
Torassieppi has approximately 10 snow rooms which are constructed anew each year inside large snow igloos. Beds are made of snow and ice, which are covered with a mattress and plenty of reindeer skins (both wonderful insulators). You will be kitted out with an arctic grade sleeping bag and so you should stay warm. The indoor temperature of around -5°c is fairly consistent no matter what the weather is doing outside.
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.
Personalise this tour
Aurora DomeFrom £115pp
This option offers guests the chance to enjoy a luxury camping experience under a beautiful Arctic sky!
Located atop the banks of Lake Torassieppi, these domes are a wonderfully comfortable way to experience the wilderness nature of this location. Each consists of an igloo shaped tent which is fully insulated and includes a log burning fire to keep you extra toasty.Read more
The domes enjoy a north facing transparent wall allowing you panoramic views of your surroundings and the chance to easily keep watch for a potential appearance of the Northern Lights.
Inside they are equipped with a double/twin bed with space for two additional beds. They have been lovingly decorated with either a husky or reindeer theme so you are sure to be cosy and comfortable.
There is a sauna building around 50 metres away which houses the toilets so they are easily accessible.
A night in the dome can be either an inclusive night or booked as an additional night (subject to availability) – please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Wed 13 Jan 2016Book
Sun 17 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,530||Single Adult£ 1,696|
Wed 27 Jan 2016Book
Sun 31 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,410||Single Adult£ 1,576|
Wed 10 Feb 2016Book
Sun 14 Feb 2016
|Adults£ 1,380||Single Adult£ 1,546|
Wed 17 Feb 2016Book
Sun 21 Feb 2016
|Adults£ 1,480||Single Adult£ 1,646|
Wed 02 Mar 2016Book
Sun 06 Mar 2016
|Adults£ 1,430||Single Adult£ 1,596|
Wed 16 Mar 2016Book
Sun 20 Mar 2016
|Adults£ 1,430||Single Adult£ 1,596|
Wed 30 Mar 2016Book
Sun 03 Apr 2016
|Adults£ 1,720||Single Adult£ 1,886|
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 affect on the activity experience.
To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
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.