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 Wilderness Plus room at Harriniva with the option to upgrade to a suite
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: snowmobile safari, husky safari, Northern Lights workshop, New Year celebrations, a visit to a reindeer farm, ice restaurant, Arctic Elements Sauna World and Northern Lights snowshoeing (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners
- Aurora alert mobile app until approximately 1am
Our New Year Northern Lights Quest is sure to provide a highly memorable way to welcome in the New Year.
This holiday is based at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, which has an extremely impressive Northern Lights record and is one of our most popular destinations. The hotel is owned by the Pietikäinen family who we have been working with for over ten years and it is renowned for its 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 grasp the scale of the wilderness. Another highlight of the trip is the husky safari which is an incomparable way to travel across the snow. Furthermore, you will enjoy a visit to a reindeer farm which provides a glimpse into times gone by before enjoying a sleigh ride.
Harriniva sits 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 hotel. To increase your chances further, though, we have included some dedicated hunts using snowmobiles and snowshoes.
We love the idea of welcoming in the New Year in such a remarkable place and Harriniva hosts some excellent celebrations. If the Northern Lights grace the party then there can surely be no better way to start the next 12 months.
Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.
Image credits: Manny Alsina, Antti Pietikainen
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Arrival and Introduction
Upon arrival at Kittilä Airport, you will be transferred to Harriniva to check into your cosy rooms and enjoy a delicious dinner.
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.
Please note that the order of activities within your itinerary is subject to change and the agenda below should be used as a guide only. The exact order of your agenda will be confirmed upon arrival at the hotel.Included Meals: Dinner
Snowmobiles, husky safari, Aurora Workshop and New Year celebrations
Today, your first arctic adventure will be via snowmobiles to explore the wilderness, navigating the landscape to 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, you will head to the husky kennels where you will have a guided tour and hopefully meet some of the husky puppies! You will then have a full safety briefing before enjoying a 15km safari through the wilderness surrounding the hotel. You will travel 2 per sledge with 1 person driving and the other sitting and normally just marvelling at this once in a lifetime experience. You will then have a chance to swap roughly halfway before returning to the husky farm.
It is all go on this exciting short break and after your husky safari, 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.
Tonight, you will celebrate at the hotel, enjoying a delicious meal before some additional festivities to mark the end of the year! We suggest keeping an eye on the sky as the Northern Lights might be there to add to the party.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reindeer Farm Visit, Arctic Elements Sauna World and Northern Lights Snowshoe
Today, after breakfast, you will visit the 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 area, economically and culturally, and the small 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, 3km reindeer-pulled sleigh ride.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a tour of Torassieppi Winter Village, followed by a special lunch in an ice restaurant, while you admire the ice sculptures that protrude elegantly from the crisp white walls. Please note, lunch in the ice restaurant is dependent on conditions. If it is not available, lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota (wooden tepee).
After lunch, you will enjoy some well-earned relaxation in the Arctic Elements Sauna World at Jeris (one of Harriniva’s sister hotels). Visit the four saunas, each inspired by the four elements; fire, air, water and earth and named after Finnish gods. The facilities include a traditional smoke sauna and the very brave can also try a dip in the ice pool should they wish.
Tonight, enjoy a hearty dinner in the hotel's restaurant ahead of your snowshoe Northern Lights hunt. Your snowshoes will allow you to cover areas of deep snow as you enjoy the eerie silence of the wilderness at night. During this activity, you will stop for hot drinks at a prime Aurora viewpoint and look out for the Aurora Borealis. Overall, the activity will last for around two and a half hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flights today with heads full of fantastic memories.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
A truly memorable holiday, great place and great people and just the right amount of activities.
We loved it, and it was even better than described. Good tips for what to take including the travel kettle.
The best holiday I have ever had, just amazing. Can't thank everyone enough, from Katrina making sure we were ok, the hotel staff looking after us, to Scotty our guide the man is a legend and made our holiday. Our cabin was cosy, the equipment was fantastic and New Year's eve was a blast. Action-packed, amazing fun.
The whole trip was memorable. A great place with great people and just the right amount of activities. Husky sledding, snow mobiles and snow shoeing amongst others, and a very special New Years Eve. Our guide Scotty was excellent and all the staff were friendly and helpful. The information provided beforehand is spot on. Follow this and you can't go wrong with equipment and clothing etc. It was refreshing to see how the hotel actively supports the environment and conservation and educates guests.
Our guide was absolutely brilliant, very friendly and easy going, made the activities all the more fun. The New Years event was brilliant as well, very well thought out and an excellent way to bring in the New Year.
Alan the local guide was incredible in all aspects. Fantastic. Cabins were super, food lovely, activities with equipment and advice excellent - can't fault the whole experience. All activities were well organised but New Year's Eve with the Northern Lights was out of this world. Right on cue - good mix and right order to experience.
All excellent; really loved reindeer sledge ride and huskies and snowmobiles - oh all of it!
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.
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