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This holiday offers an exceptional way in which to welcome in the New Year. Your days will be filled with unforgettable experiences including dog sledding, snowmobiling and a visit to a reindeer farm and your nights with dedicated Northern Lights hunts as well as some memorable New Year celebrations.

What's included?

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: 4 nights accommodation in a double room or Northern Lights Cabin at Harriniva subject to availability
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 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, Aurora hunt by minibus, Aurora snowmobile safari, 17km husky safari 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 mobile 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.

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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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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • 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.

  • Today you will begin New Year’s Eve with one of our guests' resounding 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.

    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.

    Tonight you will celebrate at the hotel, enjoying a delicious meal before some additional festivities to mark the end of the year!

    Then, it’s time for your first Northern Lights hunt. Your snowshoes will allow you to cover areas of deep, untouched snow as you enjoy the eerie silence of the blanketed fells. During this activity, you will stop for hot drinks at a prime Aurora viewpoint and look out for the mysterious Aurora Borealis. Hopefully, they will make a dazzling appearance and ensure that your New Year’s Eve is especially memorable. Overall, the activity will last for around two and a half hours.

  • 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).

    Lunch and dinner will be served as usual today and, in the evening, your second Northern Lights hunt will take place. 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.

  • Today you will begin your final day of the trip with 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, 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

    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 from where you will enjoy warm drinks and await a potential sighting of the Aurora. Please note that you must hold a valid UK driving license in order to drive a snowmobile.

  • You will be transferred to the airport for your return flights today with heads full of fantastic memories

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-4

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.

Hotel facilities

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 the main building for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
  • The hotel restaurant has a lively, buzzing atmosphere as people excitedly discuss the adventures they have taken part in that day. 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 and we recommend booking in advance if possible)
  • 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)

Room types

Double/twin rooms

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 with a hairdryer, a small kitchen and a lounge area.

Safari House

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.


 Image credits Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotels & Safaris

Special Nights

Stay in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, 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.

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 (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

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

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Stay in an Aurora Dome

From £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, 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 (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

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


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Activities

Snowmobile panorama safari

From: £96pp

This safari lets you get familiar with the surrounding region, taking you through the fells around Harriniva. 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 and Sunday at 10 am

Traditional Finnish ice fishing

From: £30pp

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 around two hours.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

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

Lapland snowmobile safari (on request)

From: £246pp

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.

It's a husky day (25km husky safari)

From: £325pp

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: Thursday at 10.30am


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Who's the Meister (9km husky safari)

From: £92pp

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 to two hours.

Activity level: Low

Minimum: 2 people

Available: Thursday at 10.30am


Image credit: Steve Cushing (client)

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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
Sun 30 Dec 2018
to Thu 03 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,905 Single Adult£ 2,165

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 season'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
Sun 29 Dec 2019
to Thu 02 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,040 Single Adult£ 2,320

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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.

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.

Traveller Reviews

an excellent way to bring in the New Year. 07 January 2018 by Ruth Jacques

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.

Can't fault the whole experience. 05 January 2018 by Rosemary and Nicholas King

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... 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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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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