Harriniva - Northern Lights Quest with Aurora Cabin
- 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 wilderness Aurora Cabin.
- 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 provides a wonderful balance. A cosy and welcoming family run base, a varied array of outstanding activities, exceptional staff, wonderful Northern Lights prospects and the chance to spend the night in an Aurora Cabin situated deep in the wilderness.
During your four nights here your accommodation will be principally at the charming Harriniva Wilderness Hotel. This is one of our most popular accommodation options with its warm hospitality and traditional wooden décor. It is also famed for its activities, and the excursions on this trip are sure to be both enjoyable and interesting providing you with a wealth of photographs and lifelong memories.Read more
As this is one of our active trips your days include some wonderful experiences. You will head out into the wilds on an exciting snowmobile safari across frozen lakes and through forested-fells in addition to travelling in an altogether more peaceful manner on a 17km husky safari. On another day you will be able to gain an invaluable insight into the culture of this remote region as you spend the morning at a working reindeer farm.
For your evening Aurora activities you will enjoy searches on snowshoes with your guide leading the way to what will hopefully be ideal vantage points for a potential display of the Northern Lights. You will also enjoy a hunt via minibus, with the mobility of the vehicle hopefully allowing you to outrun any cloud cover that may be obscuring a display.
For your last night you will check out of your accommodation at Harriniva and journey to a remote wilderness setting where you will find an Aurora Cabin. Here you will spend your final night in Lapland, deep in the wilds, enjoying a more simple way of life and, with luck, the Northern Lights dancing overhead.
We love this trip as the combination of interesting daytime activities, relaxing afternoons and varied Northern Lights hunts. The night in the wild is truly the icing on the cake.
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 after your warm welcome at Harriniva you will have a chance to settle into your rooms before sitting down to dinner with your group.
You will then be provided you with your cold weather clothing and Aurora alert. We would suggest taking a wander down to the nearby River Muonio as this is a lovely vantage point should the Northern Lights make an appearance.
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. An advantage to the lateness of the hour though, is that you are arriving at the ideal time for a prospective Northern Lights display, so keep an eye on the sky on the drive here.
Day 2 Snowmobile safari and minibus hunt for the Northern Lights
Your Arctic adventure will begin in earnest this morning. First up on the agenda is a thrilling snowmobile safari, which offers the ideal introduction to your vast wilderness surroundings. Snowmobiles are essential during the winter months as they help to maintain links between remote communities and are also essential in the working lives of the reindeer herders here. For visitors to the region though they are great fun and allow you to see a lot of this remarkable landscape in a short amount of time! 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 and look forward to your stay here at the end of your trip.
Full instructions and tuition will be provided before you head into the wilderness, crossing frozen lakes and winding through 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 and are over 18 years old).
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
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is one of the best places in Lapland to gain an understanding of the essential ties between the reindeer and this region. The practice of herding dates back centuries, with knowledge and traditions being passed down by generations of Sámi families.
After arriving at the farm you will be given a tour and the chance to feed the animals before enjoying a short reindeer sleigh ride. The herders will answer any questions you may have and hopefully you will gain an insight into the importance of reindeer to both the economy and the culture of the region. There is also a small museum on site which offers further information and a wide selection of artifacts from Sámi families who have lived in the area for centuries.
This evening, following dinner, you will set off for a guided Northern Lights snowshoe hunt. Your guide will choose the most appropriate route for the group and conditions and with some luck the Aurora may light your path.
Day 4 Husky safari and Aurora Cabin
This morning you will check out of Harriniva and ready yourself for your final night in the wilderness. There is some serious fun to be had prior to this evening's adventures however!
We really have saved the best until last and your final full day in Lapland will certainly be one to remember. A husky safari is a wonderful winter activity which encapsulates the spirit of Arctic adventure and is almost always a universal favourite with our guests.
Harriniva has a husky centre on site, so you will walk down to meet the eager team who will be leading you through the wilderness. You will cover around 17km on your sled, with the dogs pulling you enthusiastically across the snow-covered landscape. The dogs have a real passion for running and their boundless joy is infectious. You will travel two people per sled with one person standing on the back controlling the brake and the other person sitting in the sled enjoying the fantastic scenery. There will be a chance to swap over when you stop for some hot drinks and you will also be able to ask the musher any questions you may have about dog sledding and their lives up here above the Arctic Circle.
After the safari, guests can freshen up in the sauna suites at Harriniva before their transfer to the Aurora Cabin, deep in the wilderness around thirty minutes from the hotel. This is a hands-on and back to basics experience and all of the guests will get stuck in with helping to collect wood for the fire if needed. Dinner will be cooked on an open fire by your guide tonight and you will get to taste the delights of wilderness living, something very few people get to enjoy in today's world. With this being Finland, there is of course a sauna at the cabin which the guides will heat for you so you can steam clean.
This is a real wilderness cabin, whilst being extremely atmospheric and cosy, it is basic and the accommodation is shared here in one large dormitory style room. However, enjoying a final farewell dinner, around a warming fire, in such a wonderful location is something not to be forgotten. In our opinion this is the perfect way to end your time in Lapland after a few days of exhilarating winter adventures.
Of course this very special location is also an exceptional viewpoint for any Northern Lights display as you are far from any light pollution. This is a spot regularly frequented by the guides from the hotel because of its remote location and dark skies.
Should you prefer to spend this final night in a snow village then please see our Northern Lights Quest and Snow Village holiday. If you would simply prefer to spend the night at the hotel then this can be arranged (subject to availability), please contact our travel experts for details.
Day 5 Departure
This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the cabin before you must sadly bid farewell to Lapland and you head back to the airport for your return flights home.
If you wish, we can also arrange for you to extend your stay. Perhaps you may enjoy a night at the nearby Torassieppi Snow Village or a city break in Helsinki on the way home. 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.
The Aurora Cabin
There are a number of wilderness cabins which can be used for this programme with varying facilities and levels of comfort. Some cabins do not have running water or electricity whilst others do have additional facilities such as private sleeping areas. Regardless of the specifics of the accommodation the main attraction of this special programme remains the same; an utterly unique and memorable experience, with like-minded individuals who are looking to give themselves the best possible chance of witnessing the incredible Aurora Borealis.
- The vast majority of the time this holiday is based at the wonderful Aurora Cabin which is situated in the depths of the Lappish wilderness around 30 minutes drive from Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.
- This cabin is one of those which is often utilised for overnight husky safaris and other such adventures, meaning that it is basic but offers a wonderful experience for all who stay there. The location, far from light pollution, creates the ideal backdrop for guests to enjoy the Northern Lights, should the conditions be favourable.
- All guests get involved in the collection of wood for the fire and help to prepare the evening meal with the guide. Dinner is cooked over an open fire, a truly wonderful experience.
- As this is Finland, there is of course a sauna (located a few short steps from the cabin) which the guides will warm for you to enjoy giving you the chance to steam clean. You can even roll in the snow nearby for the authentic Finnish sauna experience!
- Alcohol cannot be served in the wilderness cabin but if you want to buy some from the hotel reception to take with you then this is permitted but you will need to buy it before you set off.
Accommodation here is shared and dormitory style; everyone stays together and enjoys the warmth given off by the stove and the friendly group atmosphere and camaraderie provided when people enjoy such a unique and special experience together.
This cabin does have running water and electricity, a rarity in these parts, and it also has the luxury of an indoor toilet for added convenience.
This is an exceptional wilderness (and hopefully Aurora) experience and one that very few people get to enjoy.
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
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Wed 13 Jan 2016Book
Sun 17 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,595||Single Adult£ 1,720|
Tue 26 Jan 2016Book
Sun 31 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,475||Single Adult£ 1,600|
Wed 10 Feb 2016Book
Sun 14 Feb 2016
|Adults£ 1,465||Single Adult£ 1,590|
Wed 17 Feb 2016Book
Sun 21 Feb 2016
|Adults£ 1,545||Single Adult£ 1,670|
Wed 02 Mar 2016Book
Sun 06 Mar 2016
|Adults£ 1,495||Single Adult£ 1,620|
Wed 16 Mar 2016Book
Sun 20 Mar 2016
|Adults£ 1,495||Single Adult£ 1,620|
Wed 30 Mar 2016Book
Sun 03 Apr 2016
|Adults£ 1,785||Single Adult£ 1,910|
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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.
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.
Aurora alerts: During your stay you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is essentially a mobile phone to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.
The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely upon them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
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.
I really enjoyed the entire trip 28 March 2015 by Michelle Wald
I really enjoyed the entire trip; was very peaceful to be in such a remote town with nice people and unique experiences. The airport transfer was easy, Luka awaited us with a sign. And Quincy was very nice greeting us as we arrived at the lodge. The rest of the trip was easy, clear communication of where to be when, easy access to all the right clothing/gear, great guides and friendly staff, fun husky ride, nice snowmobile safari (although those things are hard to turn!), accomodation was nice, especially compared to what I expected in a remote lodge like this. Food was fine, nothing super special, but also quite good for such a remote location. They even provided us some special veggie options upon request, so that was nice. The sauna was a nice warm break from the outside temperatures! I liked that we could reserve it privately for an hour, but I wonder if that would be possible during busier times. As when we were there the lodge was pretty empty. so in peak times, it might mean that some guests don't get a turn, which would be a shame. So overall a really nice winter holiday! Most enjoyable: seeing the Lights! We only got to see them our first night, as the next two were cloudy. but glad we caught them at all! the husky ride was also fun and special.I
Fantastic holiday package 22 March 2015 by Robert Adams
A fanstastic holiday package. It provides a good set of activities within the four full days spent in Harriniva - snowmobile safari, snowshoeing, husky safari and the reindeer farm and off course the northern Light quest (and the Aurora alert). Equipment, all meals and transfer from airport to hotel (and hotel to airport) all included with a dedicated guide and tour rep; perfect receipe for an enjoyable, exciting and stressfree holiday. Sue Adams, March 2015
100% perfect 14 March 2015 by Heidi Adby
We have had the best holiday we have ever had! This was a truely remarkable experience and we loved every single thing about it! I loved the snow mobiling as I got to go really fast across the frozen lakes! My husband loved the huskies as he is a big dog lover. 100% perfect. I really can't sing the praises of the whole experience and all the people highly enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We saw the Lights every night! I would say that there is a little more to the local area for walks to the village and the rapids in the other direction - I was nervous we would not have much to do on our free days but I think there was lots to keep us occupied so I think you can say this to other holiday makers. The staff and guides etc at Harriniva were truly excellent. We are missing everyone and everything!
Three nights of excellent Auroras - we were so lucky 13 March 2015 by Veronica Clarke
Favourite activity: The snowmobiles, which my husband really enjoyed. I thoroughly enjoyed the husky safari. The dogs seemed to be part of the natural world and in harmony with the forest. And of course the 3 nights of excellent Auroras - we were so lucky.
Fantastic trip 06 March 2015 by Diana Willard
Fantastic trip. Katrina was extremely friendly and welcoming. Hotel basic but comfortable. Alan was great for the tours, enthusiastic and encouraging. Nice mix of activities and time to relax. Food was good, and plentiful. Would have maybe liked tea and coffee facilities in the room. Treated to a fantastic display of the Northern Lights on the last night. Snowmobiling was amazing. Huskies a fantastic experience. Loved the campfire by the lake after nightime snowmobiling. Can't choose the best activity!
Activity guide Alan was in particular very good 06 March 2015 by Joseph Staton
Activity guide Alan was in particular very good. Draw between the husky experience/safari and the snowmobile safari (across the frozen lakes) as favourite activity and the fab light show on the last night.
We enjoyed all the activities 06 March 2015 by Helen Buckley
We enjoyed all the activities, our guides were excellent, really helpful. We enjoyed the reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoe hiking, cross-country skiing and the husky sledding. The Aurora alert is an excellent idea. We know that we were extremely lucky to have had an excellent show of the Northern Lights, but it was this that made our holiday go from a brilliant activity holiday, to a BREATHTAKING AMAZING STELLAR EXPERIENCE.
The whole holiday was enjoyable 06 March 2015 by Lesley Flowers
For myself the whole holiday was enjoyable. Obviously seeing the lights was an added bonus and seeing them three nights out of four was more of a bonus. The trip to the forest on the snowmobiles was for me, magical, especially when all the headlights went out and you could see the sky, the stars and 'hear' the silence. I honestly do not think that there was a time when I did not enjoy myself. The whole holiday was amazing and even sitting here now typing this, I am thinking about what I was doing this time last week! The rep, Katrina was so friendly and helpful and should be praised. The person who put the icing on the cake, was the guide, Alan who was absolutely amazing. By the end of the trip, you felt as though he was part of your friendship circle and he made every activity accessible for all and helped me realise a lot of things.
Without exception, all the staff were friendly 06 March 2015 by Graham Whyte
Without exception, all the staff were friendly, helpful and courteous. Our activity guides (Jorno and Terhi) were super - caring and supportive - and the restaurant staff couldn't do enough for us and were very informative. Having seen the other locations, I'm really pleased we chose this holiday; so quiet and intimate. The Arctic clothing really worked well - I didn't need my handwarmers. The Aurora alarms were worth their weight in gold. After the night-time reindeer safari with a cloudy sky, we were about to return to our cabin, when we were alerted to the beginning of a stupendous display.
I just loved it 30 April 2014 by Angela Norton
Favourite activity? It’s got to be the snowmobiling. I just loved it. The guide was wonderful, very patient, and worked so the whole group had a great time. The only thing was I wanted to do it for longer! I really can't say there was anything I didn't enjoy.
AMAZING...we had the most fantastic time 22 March 2014 by Carol Allen
AMAZING...... We had the most fantastic time at Harriniva!!!! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Staff were pleasant, friendly & attentive. The hotel & surroundings were lovely. The food was good & fresh & plenty of it. Driving the snow mobile was a fantastic experience, husky dog sledging great, reindeer sleigh ride brilliant. Mark, our first guide, explained how to control snowmobiles with a touch of humour included. Any worries were instantly dispelled. Sara was our guide for the husky dogs & reindeer rides. A fountain of knowledge! Our group of eight, of various ages, worked well together and laughs were certainly had. We even managed to see the lights....... Thanks to Sara's endurance. She drove the minibus at night and kept going to give us the best chance. What an experience!! Would we recommend this trip ........ YES. Thanks, Aurora Zone for an amazing holiday, Carol & Graham March 2014
Olti our guide was great! 06 March 2014 by Nicola Bush
Olti our guide was great! She really made the activities fun and we had a lot of laughs as a group on our days out! Most enjoyable activity was cross-country skiing as it was new for us all and involved a lot of falling over!
All in all a very enjoyable time 22 February 2014 by Peter King
We had a very enjoyable trip. The activities were all good and our guide, Outi, was cheerful, helpful and very patient. I have annoying food intolerances, but the chefs looked after me very well, cooking specially when there was something I couldn't eat (which was most meals). The weather was warmer than expected with a lot of cloud cover, but we did manage to see an Aurora for half an hour on our penultimate night. The scenery is very beautiful during the day and if the sun shines it can be spectacular near sunset. All in all a very enjoyable time. Peter and Heather
Fantastic location 19 January 2014 by Ellis Adlam
Have just returned from our NLQ where our group was based at Jeris. Fantastic location with the lake adding another dimension to our activities and photo opportunities. The equipment supplied was excellent especially as the temperature dropped to minus 31 degrees! Thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities which were led by Mark and Mia whose knowledge, instruction and good company ensured a safe, educational and thrilling holiday in what we would call an extreme environment! Antti's briefing on the Northern Lights and camera set-up was invaluable and some photos are here. Hotel Jeris was clean, warm and comfortable with very helpful staff and the food was plentiful, varied and hearty and we also enjoyed the glogi and berry juice with biscuits! Haven't stopped talking about it since we returned three days ago and look forward to returning one day to this winter wonderland. Ellis, Melissa & Tracy.
Awe-inspiring time! 19 April 2013 by Andree Jordan
An awe inspiring time! Beautiful scenery, exhilarating experiences and the Aurora to top it all!
Thank you Aurora Zone for a fantastic trip 01 April 2013 by David Tonge
The main reason for doing this trip was purely to see the Northern Lights. However, we had such a good time doing all the activities. Being bikers we loved the snowmobiling, although riding on the back was like being on a bucking bronco at times! The frozen lakes were lovely and smooth though, so we managed to go at a fair speed across them. We loved the huskies too - they were so cute and eager to go. The reindeer sleigh was more sedate but still very enjoyable and it was interesting to learn about the lives of the herdsmen. We even got to try our luck with a spot of lassoing (a wooden reindeer, not a live one!) which was a laugh. The only activity we weren't bothered about was the snowshoes, which we thought was a bit pointless, but at least we tried it. The hotel was great, lovely and warm, and our room was very comfortable and snug. We weren't at all cold inside, even when it was minus 18 degrees outside! And we couldn't fault the food - loads of it, hearty stuff which you need in those temperatures. The cold saps your strength so you need to keep eating. We were all given a boiler suit, mitts and gloves, and big clodhopper boots which insulated us against the cold. Our rep, Emma, was lovely; very friendly and approachable, as were all the hotel staff and guides. Everyone went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible and nothing was too much trouble. However, like I said, the main reason for going was to see the Northern Lights and we weren't disappointed. We were treated to a spectacular display which the resident photographer, Antti, managed to video. He advised how to set up our cameras and we got some great pics. We also saw a fantastic curtain display, which was a surprise on the way back to the hotel at midnight so we didn't really have time to do anything except stand there and watch in amazement. It really was a case of once seen, never forgotten. We enjoyed our trip so much that we're thinking about going back again. Thank you Aurora Zone for a fantastic trip.
It was a fabulous holiday 11 March 2013 by Thomas Imber
It was a fabulous holiday. The rep was great; everything worked smoothly; the activities were great, and the pace of the holiday was perfect. Luckily, the weather was perfect, and we saw the Northern Lights every night, including one amazing red, green and blue sighting. One of our best holidays ever. I liked the husky trip best. The weather was sunny and cold and the snow looked magical. I liked all the activities. I was hopeless at the cross-country skiing, but I still enjoyed it. Superb value for money I thought.
Whole holiday was well planned 27 February 2013 by Louise Jackson
The whole holiday was well planned. You made it so easy. Outi our guide was Excellent! The cabins and restaurant was lovely and the staff so friendly. Best holiday ever, thank you for making it so easy to book.
An amazing week in Finnish Lapland 25 February 2013 by Susan Allan
We had an amazing week in Finnish Lapland – although we are back in the UK we have left our hearts at the wilderness hotel. Everything from the booking to the holiday itself & all the activities have been superb. We were lucky enough to see the Aurora twice but there were so many highlights that it’s difficult to say what bits were the best! Our Rep Emma was so very helpful & organised a couple of extra activities for us. She was very knowledgeable & gave us lots of ideas of things to do on our free day. We also spent a night in the Igloo which was an amazing experience, but the icing on the cake has to be our meal in the ice restaurant & overnight stay at the snow village. We upgraded to a suite where there were some beautiful ice carvings on the walls – WOW what an experience. Our only problem now is choosing what holiday to pick from your brochure for next year.
So impressed with the staff 25 February 2013 by Nicola Rednall
We have just been so impressed with the staff - they make sure they get to know you personally. Barry at the office was able to help us deal with some potentially awkward issues, in a very sensitive manner. Thank you. Emma - our Rep - was great. She took the time to have a discreet chat to my husband about his eye sight problem, without making an issue of it. She was always cheerful and extremely helpful throughout our stay. Our guide Ollie was great fun and ensured we enjoyed all of the activities he led. Laura and the other girls at reception were soooo cheerful and always happy to help. Your team really help to make the experience what it is.
Thanks to our guide, Matthew, for making this trip so interesting 11 April 2012 by Mabel Kwan
It is really enjoyable! Thanks to our guide, Matthew, for making this trip so interesting. We love the places and most of the activities, except snowshoes which is too tiring for us... We are glad that we joined the right tour to enjoy Aurora hunting to the max! Thanks Aurora Zone!
Enjoyed every minute 10 April 2012 by Wendy Bailey
We enjoyed every minute. The organisation very good, our local guide, Matthew, was excellent and told us everything we needed to know. Seeing the Northern Lights was the best, because that was the main aim of the holiday. We were lucky enough to have an excellent show. The hotel staff were very helpful, the whole atmosphere was relaxed, the equipment was superb and the activities were just right.
Magnificent sight of the Aurora 10 April 2012 by Samuel Kwan
A magnificent sight of the Aurora captured in the night! The wait is worthwhile!
We found the staff, representatives fantastic at the resort 05 March 2012 by Pamela Cleaver
We found the staff and representatives fantastic at the resort. The food was great, rooms clean, lovely and warm. If we go again we will try and have some free days to allow us to discover the area by ourselves.