ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers; transfers to and from activities
- Accommodation: 2 nights' accommodation in twin/double rooms at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, 1 night's accommodation in a twin/double snow room at Luvattumaa Snow Hotel and Ice Gallery. Winter cottage upgrades available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Aurora campfire, reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Lappish foodie experience, Northern Lights snowmobile safari, 17km husky safari, Levi Spa and snow hotel overnight (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
So many of us wonder how to fill the tiresome gap between Christmas and New Year. The excitement of Christmas has come to an end, the sluggish, post-Christmas dinner feeling has kicked in and there is little to do other than wait for New Year’s Eve. There is, however, an alluring alternative to how you spend your ‘betwixmas’ (as we here at The Aurora Zone like to call it) - fly to Kittilä and spend three nights in the festive winter wonderland that is Torassieppi.
Working hard with our partners in Northern Finland, we have created a trip that is the perfect post-Christmas treat. Every one of our most popular winter activities is included, as well as a rare opportunity to stay overnight in the Luvattumaa Snow Hotel and ice Gallery.
As soon as you arrive, you will be transferred to Torassieppi, which is where you will stay for the first two nights of your trip.
Our longstanding relationship with the Pietikäinen family, owners of Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, means that we can cooperate and work closely with them to provide the best possible itinerary. Therefore, we are able to offer you three days' worth of activities, including a husky safari and a reindeer experience. You will also receive a taste of the local culture as you spend an afternoon learning how to cook in true Finnish style with the chance to taste the dish later on at dinner.Read more
We have also included two Northern Lights activities in order to increase your opportunities to experience an astounding Northern Lights display. One evening will include a relaxing hot drink around a campfire, as you toast marshmallows and await a potential sighting. The other is a little more active, as you venture out on snowmobiles to the darker, more remote areas of Torassieppi in order to hopefully catch a glimpse of the lights. During both activities, your guide will take you to a prime Northern Lights viewpoint that he/she has chosen based on knowledge of Aurora activity and weather conditions that day.
Following your stay in Torassieppi, it will be time to move on to Luvattumaa Snow Hotel and Ice Gallery for your final night in Finland. The snow hotel is rebuilt annually using snow and ice. Snow sculptures shimmer and intricate ice carvings stand tall and proud in the corridors throughout the hotel. You will dine in the atmospheric Lappish Hut restaurant, with its roaring fire and the warm glow of the candlelit tables. Prior to your overnight in the snow hotel, you will have the chance to visit the nearby Levi Spa, which has a variety of hot and cold pools, saunas and a steam room; perfect for relaxing prior to your journey home.
So go on; treat yourself to a ‘Betwixmas’ break and make your friends envious on New Year’s Eve, as you gloat about the time that you spent in Finnish Lapland.
Photography credits: Luvattumaa Snow Hotel and Ice Gallery, Antti Pietikainen,
Arrival and Aurora Campfire
Once you land at Kittilä Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Torassieppi.
After checking in to your room and collecting your cold weather clothing, you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant, prior to heading out for your first night in search of the Northern Lights. You will meet with your guide for a lakeside Aurora campfire. Firstly, there’ll be a short Northern Lights workshop, during which you will learn about this natural phenomenon and why it all happens up there in the Arctic sky. Then, your guide will lead the way to a nearby Aurora viewpoint which they have chosen based on their knowledge of weather forecasts, cloud cover and Aurora activity for this evening.
Once you have reached this prime spot, your guide will light a warming fire. There is something terribly relaxing about listening to the crackling fire and staring into the flames as you savour the soft and sticky gooeyness of toasted marshmallows. Hopefully, all of this will be accompanied by an awe-inspiring Northern Lights display that will leave you with the massive buzz of having experienced this once-in-a-lifetime thrill.Included Meals: Dinner
Reindeer Farm Visit, Lappish Foodie Experience and Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
Today will provide you with a taste of the local culture here in Northern Finland, as you visit Torassieppi Reindeer Farm which dates back to 1847.
When you arrive, the herder will show you how to feed the reindeer before you have the chance to do so yourselves. This is generally done in a way that avoids any accidental touching of the reindeer antlers, which can be very sensitive. Then, you will visit the small, on-site museum and receive an informative presentation on the history of reindeer herding and the vital part that the animals play in Lappish and Sámi culture.
A brief sleigh-ride will follow and you will then have lunch back at the hotel, before having the chance to explore Torassieppi Winter Village, which is filled with various ice and snow carvings. The activity will last for around three and a half hours in total.
The culture theme will continue this afternoon as you participate in a cooking course. Finns are proud of their local delicacies and love introducing guests to their cuisine; traditional meals generally involve reindeer (close your ears, Rudolph), berries and a variety of fish. You will have the chance to create several dishes using local ingredients, cooking over an open fire and tasting your delightful creations at dinner this evening.
Following dinner, you will then head out for another evening of Aurora hunting, as you start your engines and set off on a Northern Lights snowmobile safari. Your expert guide will show you how to operate your snowmobile before setting off on a 20km safari, riding two people per snowmobile. Your guide will take you to a local viewpoint where you will break for warm drinks and hopefully catch sight of the Aurora. Drivers must be over the age of 18 and hold a valid driving licence. You will be out for approximately two hours tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Husky safari, Levi Spa and Overnight in a Snow Room
Today you will experience one of the most popular winter activities that we offer in our Northern Lights holiday packages: husky sledding.
After breakfast, you will prepare for your tour of Torassieppi by husky sled as you head to the Arctic Sled Dog Centre. When you arrive, the dogs will be eager to greet you and bursting with energy as they await their next run. The excitable sound of barking and yelping will echo through the centre as your guide provides you with a full safety briefing and instruction on how to drive the sled. Then, your team of huskies will lead the way as you set off, two people per sleigh, over the sparkling white fells with only the sound of the huskies’ soft paws brushing the snow in the background. You will cover around 17km and the activity will last for around two and a half hours in total, including a stop for coffee and biscuits.
You will check out of your hotel room and then enjoy lunch in the hotel restaurant. Later on this afternoon, you will then transfer to the Luvattumaa Snow Hotel and Ice Gallery for your night in a snow room.
Arriving at the hotel, you will drop your bags off and then transfer back into the small ski resort of Levi, which is a 15-minute drive away. Once here, you have some free time to explore, perhaps stopping for a coffee and cake in one of the charming cafes. You also have an entry ticket to Levi Spa included in your package. The spa is home to several outdoor and indoor heated pools, as well as hot tubs, saunas and a steam room. It’s a wonderful place to relax after this morning’s activity and prior to your flight home tomorrow.
Following your free time in Levi, you will be transferred back to the snow hotel at approximately 7:30 pm, where you will enjoy a guided tour, followed by dinner in the hotel’s traditional Lappish Hut restaurant.
Every year, a team of experts rebuild this sparkling snow hotel, which is made up of pure white snow and crystal clear ice. You can admire the fantastic snow sculptures, as well as the ice bar and chapel, all of which are illuminated by atmospheric lighting. After dinner, it is time to stay in your snow room, which is made up entirely of ice and snow. Your room will be available to check-in from 9 pm. You will receive instructions on how to stay comfortable and warm in your room, which is also equipped with high-quality sleeping bags with fleece linings.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, you will return to the airport, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to fill your friends in on your incredible experiences on New Year’s Eve; the bragging rights will be all yours.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum group size 16 people; maximum 22
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
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 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.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
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 level 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
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.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
All activities were superb - great guides and good duration.
Where to start? The huskies were incredible, the snowmobiles exhilarating, the reindeer fun, the ice hotel a great novelty. All of it was fantastic. Myself and my family were thrilled with the whole adventure. My only disappointment was that it wasn't long enough for me... I could have easily stayed for several more days, with more than one safari on the animals and snowmobile.
Husky ride- great experience and very enjoyable