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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2232
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Spend 5 nights in Finnish Lapland, surrounded by peaceful winter wilderness that doubles up as an excellent Northern Lights searching ground. Your evenings are spent Aurora hunting in many different ways, including an exceptional night glamping in an Aurora Dome. Your days are left free to relax in the pristine landscape and nearby Arctic sauna.

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 routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return transfers from Kittilä Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights hotel room accommodation and 1 night in an Aurora Dome
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Activities: Northern Lights campfire, reindeer Northern Lights experience, Arctic Elements Sauna World, Aurora hunt by horseback, Aurora glamping (order subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay

Close to the borders of the stunning Pallas Ylläs National Park, tucked away in the north-west corner of Finnish Lapland sits Torassieppi, a peaceful winter landscape full of Arctic and Aurora opportunities.

The surrounding wilderness means a lack of light pollution, giving you ideal viewing conditions for the Northern Lights. Your itinerary includes three dedicated activities to get you out further into the wilds and on the search for the Aurora. From visiting a prime lookout spot with your expert guide to riding out into the wilderness on horseback and then via a reindeer-pulled sleigh, you’ll be searching the skies in memorable ways.

A true highlight in your Northern Lights quest is spending the night in an Aurora Dome, situated on the banks of the frozen lake. The insulated domes come equipped with a large Perspex north-facing window, giving you the best possible views of the night sky, and if conditions are favourable, the Northern Lights.

Your days here have been left free to tailor your time as you please. This means you can make your stay as adventurous or relaxing as you like, with a visit to the Arctic Sauna World included and a range of optional activities to create your dream winter itinerary.

  • Upon arrival at Kittilä airport, you will be transferred to Torassieppi to start your winter getaway.

    You will either stay in the Aurora Dome tonight or on your last night - find out more information about this exceptional concept in our 'accommodation' tab. No matter where you are staying tonight, keep an eye on the sky as you may get your first glimpse of the Northern Lights.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Your first day has been left free for you to settle into your surroundings. We have a range of optional activities if you would like to fill your time with some Arctic adventures. See our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information.

    All meals will be served in the hotel restaurant and following dinner, you will embark on your first dedicated Northern Lights activity.

    You will meet with your guide who will give you an expert insight into the science behind the Auroras. You will then make your way to a nearby camp, ideally located away from artificial light. Your guide will make a fire and you can ask any questions you have about life in Lapland as you wait for a potential display.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today is again free for you to enjoy the pristine environment as you please. Choose from our range of activities in the ‘personalise’ section or simply relax in the hotel’s surroundings.

    As usual, all meals will be served in the hotel restaurant. Tonight after dinner you will head out with the local reindeer herder for a peaceful sleigh ride on the frozen lake. You will be warm under the blankets in the reindeer sleigh, all the while keeping your eyes on the sky for the Northern Lights. After the 3km tour, enjoy hot juice by the fire.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today following breakfast, you will have a free morning to either arrange additional activities (bookable and payable locally) or to relax in your cosy winter accommodation. Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant before transferring mid-afternoon to Torassieppi’s sister hotel, Jeris for your visit to the Arctic Elements Sauna World.

    Unwind in a variety of saunas, each themed on the four elements; earth, fire, water and air and named after Finnish gods and goddesses. The facilities include a traditional smoke sauna as well as areas designed for ultimate relaxation with uninterrupted views out to the vast frozen lake. The very brave can also try a post sauna dip in the icy lake, the Finns claim it is a truly euphoric experience.

    After dinner, your evening is free for you to Aurora hunt independently. Keep an eye on the forecast and the skies for a potential display.

     

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Spend the day relaxing in Torassieppi before your Northern Lights hunt tonight.

    Travelling by horseback (or you can upgrade to a minibus if you prefer - please let your Aurora Travel Expert know at the time of booking), you will head further into the wilderness to search the dark skies. If conditions are favourable, this could be one of the most peaceful ways to see the Northern Lights.

    If you didn’t spend your first night in the Aurora Dome, you will get the opportunity tonight. Continue your Aurora hunt well into the night, from the comfort of your spectacular glamping site. See our ‘Accommodation’ tab for more information on the wonderful Aurora Domes.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today, it is, unfortunately, time for your wilderness glamping retreat to come to an end. After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight home. If you have and early flight time, we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Aurora Dome at Torassieppi

Nights: 1

These incredible structures at Torassieppi offer a rather different overnight experience for guests. Shaped like domes, these tents have pleasant, cosy décor, with one wall designed to be see-through, allowing you to gaze at the night sky in search of the Northern Lights. 

Each dome has a double bed and a wood-burning stove. Toilet, shower and sauna facilities are just a short walk away (around 50-100 metres).

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm

Nights: 2-5

Located on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi,  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.  Today it has been lovingly renovated and accommodation has been added nearby so that guests can stay in this spectacular spot.

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is also listed by National Geographic Travel as one of the places to visit in 2017.

Here they offer guests a choice of accommodation, in winter cottage rooms or in detached winter cottages.

Facilities

  • Torassieppi has a central restaurant and reception building which is a short walk from the rooms and winter cottages.  A roaring fire accompanies the evening meals which include as much local produce as possible Typically they are served in a buffet format and include traditional Finnish ingredients such as reindeer (of course dietary requirements are also catered for).
  • There is no bar but alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant so it can be enjoyed with your evening meal.
  • The reception building also has a small gift shop area which sells a variety of local crafts, including reindeer hides and traditional carved Kuksa cups.
  • There are two lakeside saunas at Torassieppi which are both heated in the evenings for guests to use. Separate facilities are provided for both men and women.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building.
  • Tea and coffee are available free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant / bar area.
  • During the winter months, the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village is carved out of snow and you can personalise your stay by adding an overnight in one of the amazing snow igloos. You may also choose to add a night of Arctic glamping in one of the famous Aurora Domes, which are only a short walk away from the main building and available all year round. Please see our personalise section for further details of both options.
  • A perfect spot to search for the Aurora, there are also a few wooden benches on the edge of the frozen lake, which are ideal for enjoying the expansive wilderness and hopefully a Northern Lights display or two

 

Room types

DOUBLE/TWIN ROOMS: Torassieppi has only eight rooms which are located a short walk from the main building. There are two rooms to each small cabin building. Each room is completely independent with their own en-suite bathroom and entrance but some rooms can be interconnecting at the guest's request. The rooms can be made up as either twin or double bedded rooms and are really cosy with all the facilities you will need to enjoy your stay including tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers.


 Image credits Harriniva Hotels & Safaris

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Aurora Dome at Torassieppi

Supplements from: £107pp

These incredible structures at Torassieppi offer a rather different overnight experience for guests. Shaped like domes, these tents have pleasant, cosy décor, with one wall designed to be see-through, allowing you to gaze at the night sky in search of the Northern Lights. 

Each dome has a double bed and a wood-burning stove. Toilet, shower and sauna facilities are just a short walk away (around 50-100 metres).

Torassieppi Winter Cottages

Torassieppi offers 8 detached winter cottages to which you can upgrade. The cottages are ideal for those who want more space or for larger groups of people. Located close to the main restaurant, they are only a short walk away through the snow-laden trees and close to the frozen lake beyond.

The smaller cottages contain a fireplace, living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer 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, we feel they are ideal for 3 or 4 adults.

Torassieppi also has some larger cottages and these have their own sauna in addition to the fireplaces. The larger cottages offer a living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette with a kettle. They have two bedrooms which have twin beds and a sleeping alcove with bunk beds. Whilst they can sleep up to 6 people, we feel that they are most suited to 4 or 5 adults.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation if you would like to upgrade to a winter cottage.

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Snow Train

From £66pp

Step inside the cosy Snow Train carriage for an Aurora hunt into the wilderness.

Pulled along by your expert guide on a snowmobile, the Snow Train has been cunningly designed with an all-Perspex exterior to give you constant views of the night sky. As you journey further into the darkness, keep your eye out for a potential display.

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You’ll also stop in a prime location to enjoy hot drinks and continue your search. Your location will be chosen based on the local weather and Aurora forecast for the evening, giving you the best possible chance of ticking the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

Duration: 2 hours

Minimum group size: 2 people

Available: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm

 


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Activities

Tour de Torassieppi

From: £132pp

Visit the Arctic Sled Dog Centre and meet the team of dogs that will be taking you on a 15km (approximately) dog sledding adventure.

After a full safety briefing and instructions, you’ll take to the sled and drive your team of dogs through snow-covered forests to see the best of the winter wonderland.

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Two people will ride per sled and we recommend taking it in turns so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.


Duration: 3 hours in total including transfers (approximately)

Minimum group size: 2 people

Suitable for: Aged 12 years and over

Available: Monday at 9:45 am; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:45 pm

Panorama Safari

From: £95pp

After a full safety briefing and instructions, you will drive your snowmobiles through the Lappish winter landscape (2 people per snowmobile)

This sightseeing tour lasts for around 2 hours (30km) as you move across the snow to reach incredible lookouts.

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


Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

Minimum group size: 2 adults

Suitable for: Aged 4 years and over (children can ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile).

Available: Tuesday at 2 pm; Sunday at 10 am

Local Culture

From: £124pp

Reindeer herding is intrinsic in Lappish culture. During this activity, you will gain an authentic insight into this tradition at one of the oldest reindeer farms in Finland.

You will learn all about the fascinating history of the family who used to live here and visit the museum on site. 

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You will also meet the animals as they pull you in a traditional sled through the forest.

Lunch is served in a traditional Lappish Kota around an open fire. You will also see the impressive Winter Village Snow Hotel which is situated next to the farm.


Duration: 3.5-4 hours (approximately) including transfers.

Minimum group size: 2 adults

Suitable for: Aged 4 years and over.

Available: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:40 am

Ice Fishing

From: £29pp

See who can get the catch of the day during ice fishing. You’ll be provided with all the equipment as well as an introduction to winter fishing. This trip also includes a hot drink and if you catch a fish, the kitchen will prepare it for you.

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Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

Minimum group size: 2 adults

Available: Thursdays at 10 am


Photography by Juho Kuva Visit Finland

 

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Departure dates between
Sun 03 Jan 2021
to Mon 01 Feb 2021
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Adults£ 1,475
Tue 02 Feb 2021
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Adults£ 1,565
Sat 06 Mar 2021
to Fri 19 Mar 2021
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Adults£ 1,495

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 to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £100pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead.  A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. 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.

Departure dates between
Mon 03 Jan 2022
to Tue 01 Feb 2022
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Adults£ 1,655
Wed 02 Feb 2022
to Sat 05 Mar 2022
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Adults£ 1,755
Sun 06 Mar 2022
to Sat 19 Mar 2022
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Adults£ 1,675

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2. Maximum 24 (approximately)

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.    

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Booking Activities Locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ 

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions

Traveller Reviews

Our honeymoon in Lapland was a real trip of a lifetime! 20 March 2020

We really felt in safe hands with Aurora zone throughout and they planned an amazing week of activities which we could tailor to best suit us. Torassieppi is an incredible destination, with the friendliest and most helpful staff and guides ever (and the absolute best food throughout - and they were great at catering to our dietary requirements!) The activities and guides really made it special,
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from a romantic night-time reindeer sleigh ride to snowshoeing through the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On top of that, there was so much to do locally, including a reindeer and husky farm, winter village with incredible ice sculptures, and lots of great places to head off cross-country skiing/snowshoeing/fat biking. The real icing on the cake was seeing the northern lights, but even if we didn't it would've been an unforgettable trip. We also need to mention that we found both Aurora zone and Torassieppi to be really LGBT+ friendly, and we felt really comfortable throughout to be ourselves and enjoy our honeymoon in the incredible landscape of northern Finland.
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