Price from £1,715pp
VISITING: Finland, Norway
BROCHURE CODE: 2005

Key facts

  • Duration:6 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Group Size: Minimum 10 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights: Direct outbound flight from London Gatwick to Tromsø and inbound flight from Kittila (via Helsinki) to Gatwick. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Northern Lights route transfer from Tromsø to Harriniva and return airport transfer to Kittila Airport
  • Accommodation: 1 night double/twin hotel room in Tromsø, 5 nights' accommodation in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 light evening buffet in Tromsø & 5 dinners at Harriniva
  • Activities: Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights hunt by minibus, snowmobile safari, visit to a reindeer farm, Aurora snowmobile safari, husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay at Harriniva (not provided in Tromsø)
  • Services of our expert local guide and representative at Harriniva
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1am at Harriniva

Our New Year Northern Lights Quest is sure to make for a unique and highly memorable way to welcome in the New Year. With its picturesque wilderness backdrop, 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, Harriniva is ideally situated within the Aurora Zone, so with any luck the Northern Lights will be providing the icing on the cake.

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This year the holiday has been upgraded to allow guests to experience even more. You will arrive in Tromsø, Northern Norway, and spend the night in this remarkable city. You will have the day to explore the sights and sounds and take in the air of Arctic adventure that fills the city. It is from Tromsø that some of the most extreme polar expeditions set out! After a cosmopolitan day, your Northern Lights Quest begins as you journey south along the famous Northern Lights Route to Kilpisjarvi, one of the most remote outposts, famous for its spectacular Northern Lights record. Here you will enjoy dinner before continuing on to Harriniva.

Your base for the rest of your holiday is Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, renowned for its varied and exciting activities and enthusiastic guides. Staying in a Northern Lights cabin or double room you will enjoy warm and welcoming hospitality throughout.

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, 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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Dates
Mon 28 Dec 2015
to Sun 03 Jan 2016
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Adults£ 1,715 Single Adult£ 1,954

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 affect on the activity experience.

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 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.

  • 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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