Price from £2,115pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 2005

Key facts

  • Duration:6 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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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: 6 nights accommodation in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva subject to availability
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners (inc. special New Year dinner and celebrations)
  • The following activities and equipment are included: snowmobile safari, Northern Lights workshop, a visit to a reindeer farm including safari, Aurora hunt by minibus, cross-country ski lesson, Aurora snowmobile safari, 17km husky safari, snowshoe and spa, Northern Lights campfire and New Year celebrations (the order of activities is subject to change; please note that you must hold a valid UK driving license in order to drive a snowmobile)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our local representative
  • Aurora alert app until approximately 1 am

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 is based in Harriniva, 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 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 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 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
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    The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. 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.

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    The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, we do recommend keeping additional layers to hand, in case you find yourself in need of extra warmth should the fire burn out. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50m).

    Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.

    Please note: 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.

    Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen


Other options

  • Snowmobile panorama safari

    From: £87pp

    This safari lets you get familiar with the surrounding region, taking you through the fells around Harriniva and over the river border into Sweden. Travelling two people per vehicle, you will have the opportunity to swap the roles of driver and passenger during a break on the way.

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    Anyone wishing to drive must have a full driving licence and be over the age of 18. The total distance covered will be around 30 kilometres.

    Activity level: Low

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Monday, Tuesday & Friday at 1:30 pm; Sunday at 10 am

  • Northern Lights safari by reindeer

    From: £95pp

    Combine two of the most iconic symbols of Lapland for one very magical outdoor experience: a quiet reindeer sleigh ride in search of the Northern Lights. Covering around three kilometres, you will travel two people per sled.

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    Thanks to the lack of light pollution, you will have a much better chance of spotting the Aurora. Following the safari, you will be served hot drinks in a traditional Sami tent, or ‘kota’. You will be out for around two hours, including transfers.

    Activity level: Medium

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Tuesday & Thursday at 8.30pm

  • Northern Lights Husky Safari

    From: £110pp

    Chasing after the Northern Lights on a husky sled is a thrilling way to spend the evening. You will be carried through the wilderness, heading to excellent viewpoints for Aurora displays. Everyone will travel two people per sled, and the activity will last around one-and-a-half hours.

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    Activity level: Medium

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Wednesday and Saturday at 8.30pm

  • Traditional Finnish ice fishing

    From: £28pp

    A national obsession in Finland, ice fishing is a must-try activity in this part of the world. You will be taking to a local fishing spot on a frozen lake. Here, you will be shown how to drill through the ice and arrange a line. As you wait for the fish to bite, you can take in the scenery with a hot drink in hand.

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    You will be out for between one and two hours.

    Activity level: Low

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Tuesday & Saturday at 10 am; Sunday at 1 pm

  • Lapland snowmobile safari (on request)

    From: £220pp

    This is the ultimate one-day snowmobile safari, covering a total distance of 80 to 100 kilometres, with a stop for hot drinks and a picnic lunch. While those taking part travel two people per vehicle, we suggest upgrading to going one person per snowmobile (please speak to our Travel Experts for more information). You will be out for between five and six hours.

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    Guides, instruction and equipment included.

    You must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Activity level: High

    Available: On request and subject to availability, a total of 4 participants are required in order for this trip to operate.

  • Husky safari (25km)

    From: £302pp

    Reaching the Arctic Sled Dog Centre, you will receive full instructions on how to drive a husky sled before heading off on a 25km husky safari, going one person per sled. This adventure will give you a real sense of the trail, as you will be out for around four to five hours.

    Picnic lunch included.

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    Activity level: High

    Minimum: 2 people

    Available: Wednesday & Thursday at 10.30am

    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
  • Husky safari (9km)

    From: £83pp

    Say hello to the friendly huskies at the Arctic Sled Dog Centre and pick up the art of driving a dogsled. You will then test your skills on a nine-kilometre trail. Travelling two people per sled, you will have the chance of swapping the roles of driver and passenger halfway. This is activity is ideal for those who wish to get a taste of dogsledding before going on a longer husky safari later in their holiday.

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    You will be out for around one-and-a-half hours.

    Activity level: Low

    Available: Thursday at 10.30am

    Image credit: Steve Cushing (client)

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Dates
Sat 30 Dec 2017
to Fri 05 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 2,115 Single Adult£ 2,455

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 for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sat 29 Dec 2018
to Fri 04 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,385 Single Adult£ 2,775

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

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.

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.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Minimum age

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. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

 

Aurora alerts

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 1 am 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
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    you start to think about them they were all great.
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  • 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
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    regards, Richard and Jazmin
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