Torassieppi & Harriniva - New Year Northern Lights Quest
- Duration:5 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 Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight route subject to change
- Transfers: Return transfers are provided
- Accommodation: 3 nights' accommodation in a double room at Torassieppi and 2 nights in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva subject to availability
- Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (inc. special New Year dinner and celebrations)
- The following activities and equipment are included: Snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, Aurora snowshoe, a visit to a reindeer farm including safari, Aurora hunt by minibus, cross-country ski lesson, Aurora snowmobile safari, 17km husky safari and New Year celebrations (the order of activities is subject to change).
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our local representative
- Aurora alert app until approximately 1am at both locations
Our New Year Northern Lights Quest is sure to make a unique and highly memorable way to welcome in the New Year.
With its picturesque wilderness backdrop, the wide range of activities and enthusiastic guides, it is always one of the most popular choices for our guests. At 230km above the Arctic Circle and 67° North, these two wonderful destinations are ideally situated within the Aurora Zone, so with any luck, the Northern Lights will be providing the icing on the cake.
This holiday has two bases located around 20km apart, both of which have an extremely impressive Northern Lights record and are amongst our most popular destinations. They are both owned by the Pietikäinen family who we have been working with for over ten years. Both hotels are renowned for their varied and exciting activities and enthusiastic guides.
Your days will be filled with activities as you try out some of the Arctic's most famous experiences. These include a snowmobile safari, which is not only thrilling but will help you to see the scale of the wilderness here. Another highlight of the trip is the 17km husky safari which is an incomparable way to travel across the snow. Furthermore, you will enjoy a visit to a reindeer farm and a sleigh ride which provides a glimpse into times gone by.
Harriniva and Torassieppi sit at the heart of the Aurora Zone, and, with minimal light pollution, you don't necessarily have to go very far should the Northern Lights prospects be high as with any luck you will see a spectacular display from close to the hotels. To increase your chances further, though, we have included some dedicated hunts using snowmobiles and a minibus!
We love the idea of welcoming in the New Year in such a remarkable place and Harriniva hosts some delightful celebrations for guests. If the Northern Lights grace the party then there can surely be no better way to start the year.
Image credits: Manny Alsina, Antti Pietikainen
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at Kittilä Airport, you will be transferred to Torassieppi to check into your cosy rooms.
You'll need a good night's sleep tonight prior to activities commencing tomorrow, however, you must remember to keep an eye on the skies in case the Northern Lights appear overhead; this is prime Aurora territory.
Due to your late arrival into Kittilä this evening, dinner is not included tonight, so we recommend eating in Helsinki Airport prior to your connecting flight.
Day 2 Snowmobiling, Northern Lights workshop and Aurora snowshoe
Snowmobiles allow you to explore the wilderness, offering the best way to navigate the landscape and get a sense of the scale of the vast Arctic wilds.
Full instruction and tuition will be provided before you set off, crossing frozen lakes and winding through forest trails. The safari will cover approximately 30km and you will travel two people per snowmobile with the chance to swap drivers (providing you both have a full driving licence and are over 18 years old).
After lunch, the group will participate in the Northern Lights workshop with an expert guide. You will get a brief scientific overview of the Aurora and some details of the myths and legends that this natural phenomenon has inspired over the centuries. Some photographic hints and tips will be offered in order to help you capture the Aurora on camera and pancakes will be enjoyed around a fire.
After dinner at the hotel, your inaugural Northern Lights hunt will take place. You will set off on foot, using snowshoes to help you in the deep snow. Your guide will take you to a local viewpoint from which, if conditions are favourable, you may witness the Northern Lights.
Day 3 Reindeer farm visit and Northern Lights Minibus Hunt
Today you will enjoy a visit to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm. This is one of the best places in Lapland to gain an insightful understanding of the connection between reindeer and this remote region, in particular, their connection to the indigenous Sámi population.
Reindeer are of vital importance to the region economically and culturally and the museum here helps to provide an understanding of this. There will also be a tour of the farm and guests will have the chance to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride.
This afternoon is left free to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel sauna. After dinner, you will be met by your guide who will discuss the weather forecast and solar activity with you before setting off via minibus to hunt out the clearest skies in the area to give you the best possible chance of enjoying an Auroral display.
Day 4 Transfer to Harriniva, cross-country skiing and Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
This morning, after breakfast, you will have some free time before transferring to Harriniva Wilderness Hotel approximately 20km away. Upon arrival, you will check into your new rooms before enjoying lunch in the hotel restaurant.
This afternoon your guide will provide an introduction to one of Lapland’s most popular pastimes – cross-country skiing, a great way to explore your hotel’s new wilderness surroundings. After dinner, tonight's adventure on snowmobiles is a thrilling way to hunt down the Northern Lights. Your guide will give a full safety briefing before you set off, travelling two adults per snowmobile. You will make your way to the top of a fell around 20km away where you will enjoy warm drinks and await a potential sighting of the Aurora.
Day 5 Husky safari and New Year’s Eve celebrations!
Along with snowmobiling, husky safaris are always one of our guests' favourite experiences. There is something about being pulled along on the snow by a team of eager dogs that leaves the traveller with a wonderful connection to the Arctic.
Harriniva has a husky centre on site, so this morning you will walk down and meet your team. The guides will give you full instructions and help you to prepare your sled before you head out on an exciting 17km safari. The dogs' enthusiasm for the trail is evident from the start and, once they have settled into a steady rhythm, you will be able to enjoy your wonderful surroundings from this fabulous vantage point. 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. There will be the chance to swap over when you break for a hot drink en route.
Tonight you will celebrate at the hotel, enjoying a delicious meal before some additional festivities mark the end of the year!
Day 6 Departure
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flights today with heads full of memories.
Included in price
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Cottages
Located on the edge of Torasjarvi Lake and bordering the Pallas Ylläs National Park, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is situated in one of the most picturesque wilderness areas in Finland.
The farm building dates back to 1847 making it one of the oldest in the area and one of the only buildings here to survive the Second World War.
Today it has been lovingly renovated and restored. The farm offers unique accommodation for visitors with both hotel rooms and winter cottages available.
The farm and its cottages are owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, who also look after the sister hotels of Jeris, Harriniva and Kittila
- The main facility at Torassieppi is its restaurant - a delightful rustic retreat and, with its warming log fire, the ideal place to spend your evenings. Here you can enjoy a range of local and international dishes, which will be served buffet style
- Torassieppi aims to use as much locally sourced and organic food as possible
- There is no bar but alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant
- There are two delightful lakeside saunas at Torassieppi, which are heated in the evenings for guest use. Separate facilities are available for men and women
- There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building
Guest room types
Torassieppi has only eight rooms. All can be found in the separate lodge buildings near the main restaurant building. These can be made up as either double or twin bedded room. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room, hairdryer and coffee maker.
Torassieppi also has eight winter cottages to which you can upgrade. The cottages are ideal for those who want more of a private retreat or for larger groups.
The smaller cottages contain a fireplace, living room area and kitchenette. There are two bedrooms, one with twin beds and another with three beds (including a set of bunk beds). These can accommodate two to five people, but we would recommend a maximum of four adults.
Torassieppi also has some larger cottages and these have their own saunas. The larger cottages contain a fireplace, living room area and kitchenette. They have two bedrooms which have twin beds and a sleeping alcove with two single beds. Whilst they may be suitable for two to six people, we would recommend no more than four adults.
Please contact our travel experts for a quotation if you would like to upgrade to a winter cottage.
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 soaking 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.
Personalise this tour
Stay in an Aurora DomeFrom £85pp
The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and offer a remarkable experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.
The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50m).Read more
Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.
Please note that the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.
Available: Monday - Saturday
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Tue 27 Dec 2016Book
Sun 01 Jan 2017
|Adults£ 1,665||Single Adult£ 1,901|
Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.
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.
Tue 26 Dec 2017Enquire
Sun 31 Dec 2017
|Adults£ 1,750||Single Adult£ 2,000|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 10 persons, maximum 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.
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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.
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.
During your stay you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system 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 on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
All excellent... 28 December 2015 by Leonard Brayford
All excellent; really loved reindeer sledge ride and huskies and snowmobiles - oh all of it!
The activities were all fantastic. 28 December 2015 by Susan Snowball
Our local guide, Scotty, was OUTSTANDING. So interesting, and couldn't do enough for us. He really made the holiday in fact – so, so good. The activities were all fantastic. The snowmobiling was the first to come to mind, especially the night safari as it was so pretty and memorable. But the dog-sledding and their 'village' afterwards was also very memorable. Really hard to pick one because when you start to think about them they were all great.
A perfect end to a perfect holiday 06 January 2013 by Richard Staincliffe
Hi all. We just wanted to let you know that we have just spent an amazing week in Harriniva where we saw the Northern Lights twice on our 2012-13 New Year holiday. This picture is from Friday night just after we got engaged! Many thanks for the superb organisation and programme, brilliant activities and helpful staff, in particular your rep Cary who helped me organise the special event! Best regards, Richard and Jazmin