Torassieppi - Lakeside Auroras
Overview & Agenda
- Duration:7 nights
- Group Size: Minimum 10 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
- Flights: Return flights between London and Kittila (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms. Cabin upgrades available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Aurora photography workshop, local handicrafts, Aurora campfire, 17km husky safari, Northern Lights minibus hunt, reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, lunch in ice restaurant, Aurora snowshoe, ice fishing experience, Northern Lights sleigh ride, Pallas snowshoe hike, Jeris spa and smoke sauna (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Free use of cross country skis and snowshoe equipment
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
- Aurora alert until approximately 1am
This balanced holiday offers guests a wonderful Lappish retreat with a relaxing schedule that still manages to provide exceptional experiences and Northern Lights opportunities, coupled with some all important 'me time'.
Your base will be the delightful Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Cottages, where you can stay in one of their quaint, recently renovated hotel rooms or upgrade to one of their popular cabins for a supplement. The restaurant focuses heavily on locally sourced produce and organic food as much as is possible in this region.Read more
You will enjoy a range of gentle activities during your time here, exploring the remarkable landscape in a variety of ways such as on snowshoes and via reindeer sleigh. You will also partake in some of Lapland's most traditional experiences such as ice fishing and dog sledding. There is ample free time on this trip, allowing you to explore independently should you wish to do so, try additional activities which can be arranged locally, or simply spend some time relaxing.
Evenings are spent in pursuit of the Aurora with hunts via snowshoe, sleigh and minibus, in addition to an Aurora campfire at the start of your holiday.
Torassieppi's location is ideal for any Aurora hunter as it sits in a pristine lakeside location, far from any light pollution. Within moments of the hotel you can be gazing skywards at the Northern Lights in all of their glory.
This holiday gives you opportunity to see Lapland at its best, during both the night and day, enjoying a relaxed pace throughout.
Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
You will be welcomed at the airport before being transferred to your accommodation in Torassieppi. The drive will take you into the forested fells of North West Finland so you will get to see the beautiful wilderness which will be the backdrop for your holiday.
Upon arrival at the hotel you will be able to settle into your accommodation either in the rooms or winter cottages, before enjoying a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant. Torassieppi serves an array of traditional Finnish and international dishes with a focus on locally sourced and organic produce where possible.
After dinner your guide will talk through your upcoming schedule and also ensure you are provided with your cold weather clothing and Aurora alert that will be yours for the duration of your stay.
Some groups may be arriving on a later evening flight. If this is the case you will have a cold supper on arrival and have your introductory talk the following morning. An advantage to arriving late is that you will be arriving at peak time for a prospective Aurora - so keep your eyes on the sky!
Day 2 Northern Lights workshop, local handicrafts and Aurora campfire
After breakfast this morning you will meet with your guide for a briefing on the days ahead.
Next you will be presented with information on the Aurora during an interesting workshop on this natural phenomenon. You will hear tales of the myths and legends surrounding the Lights, as well as the science behind them. Your guide will also give some top tips on photographing the Aurora.
Following the workshop you will enjoy a chance to take part in a handicraft session, during which you will aim to create a 'pirtanauha'. This colourful woollen ribbon is used in many ways in the region - as shoe laces, a belt, a key chain – whatever you fancy really! It makes a lovely souvenir.
After lunch at the hotel you will have some time to explore. You can take a look around independently, perhaps using the snowshoes which are included for you this week, or you can even look at arranging additional activities locally.
Following dinner in the restaurant, the group will be led to a campfire situated on the edge of the frozen lake next to the hotel. Here you can watch the skies in warmth as you grill sausages and toast marshmallows awaiting a potential glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Day 3 Husky safari and Northern Lights minibus
Today you will be enjoying one of the region's most popular activities as you try your hand at dog sledding. Driving your own team of dogs through the snow-laden forests and frozen lakes is something that is not easily forgotten.
You will be transferred to a nearby husky farm where you will meet your eager team who will be ready and waiting to go. The dogs love to run and will no doubt make this known with a cacophony of eager barking! You will be given full instruction on how to handle the sled before heading off onto the trails.
You will travel two people per sled and have the chance to take it in turn to stand on the back and control the brake or sit in the sled. Once the dogs get going they will soon settle into a steady quiet pace which will allow you to fully appreciate the picturesque beauty of your surroundings. You will travel for 17km in total and stop for a hot drink and snack en route.
After dinner your guide will join you for your inaugural Aurora hunt. Armed with weather forecasts, Aurora activity information and a wealth of local knowledge your guide will take you by minibus on a nocturnal adventure. Travelling in search of cloud free skies your guide will determine the best route and location for this hunt.
Day 4 Visit to reindeer farm and Northern Lights snowshoe
Today you will gain an insight into the fundamental importance of reindeer herding in this region when you visit the reindeer farm, adjacent to your accommodation.
Evidence of herding dates back to the Stone Age and the culture and traditions have been passed down for generations, helping to shape the region.
Whilst here you will be able to chat with the herder and ask them any questions you may have. There will also be chance to enjoy a short sleigh ride and get up close to animals.
After your reindeer encounters you will continue to Torassieppi Winter Village which is beautifully crafted from snow and ice each year. Whilst here you will have the chance to explore all the rooms and take photographs of the wonderful designs before lunch in the ice restaurant. You can choose to upgrade and spend the night here during your stay if you wish to do so. Details can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.
After dinner tonight, you will head back out to seek another prospective Aurora display, this time heading to a nearby vantage point on snowshoes. Snowshoeing at night is an altogether different experience to the daytime as the scenery takes on an entirely different atmosphere. The star-filled sky is a wonderful sight to see if the conditions are on your side, and with any luck the Aurora will be visible too.
Day 5 Kota lunch, ice fishing experience and Northern Lights sleigh ride
You will have a leisurely morning today, prior to a delicious lunch in a traditional wooden kota.
After lunch the traditions continue as you try your hand at the very popular art of ice fishing. Throughout Lapland you will see the locals out on the lakes, spending hours enjoying the peace and quiet and relishing any catch. Your experience today will allow you to get involved in both net and rod fishing through holes in the ice.
After dinner your guide will lead you by snowmobile-pulled sleigh on another dedicated hunt for the Northern Lights. With your guide's local knowledge (and a little luck) you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the wonderful Aurora Borealis.
Day 6 Pallas National Park, snowshoeing and Aurora hunt
Torassieppi epitomises the serenity of Lapland with its remote position and spectacular views. Today you will venture out across the snowscape for a leisurely snowshoe hike into the forested-fells of the Pallas National Park, close to the hotel. Your guide will lead the way, pointing out places of interest and you will also hopefully spot some local wildlife.
Snowshoes are wonderfully effective when you are navigating across deep snow and the majority of our guests find them a hugely enjoyable way to explore the surroundings. Weather permitting, you will stop en route to enjoy a picnic lunch on the fells. This is sure to be a memorable meal with some spectacular views.
There is no scheduled Aurora hunting activity tonight but the remote location of Torassieppi, with its minimal light pollution, ensures that you don't necessarily have to go very far should the prospects be good. There are some great vantage points around the hotel, which the guides will be more than happy to point out for you.
Day 7 Jeris spa and smoke sauna
This final day is principally about relaxation but during your free time this morning you can choose to enjoy additional activities (payable locally) if you prefer to keep things more active.
In the afternoon you will head to Hotel Jeris, one of Torassieppi's sister hotels, to enjoy use of their spa pool facilities and their famous smoke sauna. A smoke sauna is one of the great traditional experiences in the region and is typically followed by a dip in an ice whole in the nearby frozen lake – we'll let you decide if you are brave enough for that!
A farewell dinner will be served back at Torassieppi and you will have a night to yourselves this evening. Torassieppi is in the heart of the Aurora Zone and so if the skies are clear and the solar activity levels are good, you may get to experience an Aurora without having to venture far at all.
Day 8 Depart or extend your stay
It is time to say goodbye to Lapland today but you will leave with a wealth of memories. If you would like to extend your holiday then we can arrange for you to enjoy a night in Helsinki on the way home should you wish to see some of Finland's other bright lights, simply see the 'personalise' section of the holiday page for more details.
Included in price
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is located next to Torasjarvi Lake and is on the edge of the Pallas Ylläs National Park, one of the greatest wilderness areas in Finland. The farm itself is one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to 1847 and has been lovingly renovated and restored as a unique accommodation option.
The farm is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family who also run the sister hotels of Jeris, Harriniva and Kittila. The farm is only a 15 minute drive from Harriniva Wilderness Hotel where the majority of the activities will take place, so everything is conveniently close by.Read more about this accommodation
- The restaurant serves a variety of dishes which include both local and international cuisine. This is the perfect place in which to unwind and enjoy evenings by the log fire. The food here focuses on locally sourced and organic produce where possible. Traditional dishes and cooking methods are also frequently featured.
- There is no bar at Torassieppi but drinks can be purchased in the restaurant. Two lakeside saunas are also available in the evenings with separate facilities for men and women.
- There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building.
There are eight rooms at Torassieppi which can be made up with either twin or double beds. The rooms all have their own entrance, shower, toilet and coffee maker. They are located in separate lodge buildings near the central restaurant building.
Torassieppi Winter Cottages
Guests can choose to upgrade their accommodation at Torassieppi and spend their holiday in one of the winter cottages.
These cottages all feature a fireplace, living area, kitchenette, two bedrooms and a fold out sofa bed. One bedroom offers twin beds and the other features bunk beds with a double bed on the bottom and a single on top. They can accommodate between two and five people (we recommend a maximum of four adults).Read more about this accommodation
Some of the cottages also have their own saunas. These are larger and have two bedrooms plus a sleeping alcove. These are suitable for two to six people (we would again recommend maximum of four adults). They feature a living room, fireplace, kitchen, shower, toilet, drying cupboard and washing machine. Both bedrooms have twin beds (which can be joined to make a double) and the alcove can accommodate two people on single beds.
The rooms and cabins are all located near to the main building where guests will enjoy all of their meals.
Personalise this tour
Spend the night at Torassieppi Winter VillageFrom £70pp
Torassieppi Winter Village is a marvellous construction of ice and snow, crafted from scratch every winter. During your holiday we can arrange for you to spend the night in one of the snow rooms here and enjoy this unique accommodation.Read more
You will enjoy dinner in your hotel before transferring to check into your snow room (details below).
After your stay you will be served breakfast at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, before continuing back to your hotel to continue your holiday. If you choose to spend the last night of your holiday at the Winter Village then you may have some time to explore the delightful surroundings before you head directly to the airport for your return flights home.
Torassieppi has ten snow rooms inside large snow igloos. Beds are made of snow and ice, which are covered with a mattress and plenty of reindeer skins (both wonderful natural insulators). You will be kitted out with an Arctic grade sleeping bag so you should stay warm despite the indoor temperature of around -5°C!
NB: Please note that as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi, although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.
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.Read more about this activity
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 UNSECO 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 multi cultural 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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Dates & Prices
Tour dates and prices
Flight inclusive prices
Sat 23 Jan 2016Book
Sat 30 Jan 2016
|Adults£ 1,875||Single Adult£ 2,155|
Sat 20 Feb 2016Book
Sat 27 Feb 2016
|Adults£ 1,815||Single Adult£ 2,095|
Sun 13 Mar 2016Book
Sun 20 Mar 2016
|Adults£ 1,855||Single Adult£ 2,135|
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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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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.
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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.
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 18 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. To travel on a snowmobile (as passenger or driver) guests must also be a minimum of 140cm tall.