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Harriniva and Jeris – Northern Lights Winter Adventure

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This 7-night Arctic getaway takes you into Aurora territory in Finnish Lapland and is ideal for Northern Lights enthusiasts. Exciting Arctic activities like an exhilarating snowmobile expedition and a truly unforgettable overnight dog sledding adventure in a remote wilderness cabin await you. Whether you choose to stay at Harriniva or its sister hotel Jeris, you will find the warmest of welcomes awaits you at the heart of this Arctic region.

This iconic Finnish winter holiday has remained a cherished choice for over a decade, and a glimpse at the array of activities we offer shows why.

You'll delve into a rich cultural encounter at a historic reindeer farm. Here, a magical sleigh ride, drawn by these gentle, antlered companions, warmly welcomes you to the enchanting world of Lapland. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore a small museum and learn about reindeer herding in Lapland.

Next on the itinerary is an exhilarating snowmobile safari. This adventure offers the opportunity to venture deeper into the wilderness, providing a genuine feel for the vastness of Finland's untamed landscapes. Please note that this isn't a brief introduction; it's an extensive adventure that unfolds over the course of the day, spanning an impressive distance of 60 to 80 kilometres.

For many, the pinnacle of this holiday is the two-day overnight husky safari to a remote wilderness cabin. This transformative experience leaves a lasting mark on all participants, delivering an authentic taste of adventure.

Your home away from home during this unforgettable Finnish escape will be either Hotel Jeris or Harriniva. For your stay, we've also thoughtfully allocated free time for you to tailor your holiday experience. You can book additional daytime activities or just relax before dedicating some of the evenings to seeking out the Northern Lights. For the devoted Aurora hunters, there are evening activities which will give you the best opportunities to achieve your goal of seeing the Northern Lights. See our Personalise section for more information.

Important Information

Itinerary
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 will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be taken on a one-hour transfer to your accommodation for the week. You will be greeted at reception and be given your cold-weather clothing before nestling into your cosy accommodation.

Dinner will be served in the main hotel and you can spend the evening settling in. However, as you are in the Northern Lights territory, we highly recommend keeping an eye on the night sky.

Included Meals:  Dinner

[KTT] Kittila Airport, Finland To Harriniva Adventure Resort
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Harriniva Adventure Resort - Check In
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Reindeer and Lapland are inseparable, and today, you’ll get a glimpse into the everyday life of a reindeer herder when you visit a nearby reindeer farm. This farm also houses a small museum that illuminates the traditions of reindeer husbandry and their profound connection to the local culture and economy.

You’ll be introduced to the art of lasso throwing and afterwards, embark on a captivating 7-kilometre sleigh ride, pulled by these magnificent reindeer. It’s a truly enchanting experience, and lunch will be served around an open fire.

In the afternoon, you’ll return to the hotel for some well-deserved relaxation.

For this evening, why not book one of the Northern Lights activities on offer? Jump on a snowmobile-pulled carriage that will take you to a campfire site located in a prime location for seeing the Northern Lights. Please see our personalise section for more details.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Snowmobiles are a popular way of transportation in Lapland, facilitating travel between isolated communities but also offering an exhilarating opportunity for guests to venture further into Lapland’s breathtaking landscapes.

Before embarking on your snowmobile adventure, you’ll receive a comprehensive safety briefing and detailed instructions. You will travel two people per machine, allowing for a shared experience as you embark on a safari covering an impressive 60 to 80 kilometres of unspoiled terrain. Your journey will lead you through snowy forests and across frozen lakes and rivers, offering an immersive exploration of the pristine wilderness.

If you both have a full driving licence, you can take turns driving during the trip to make it more memorable.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Experience the unparalleled thrill of embarking on your own Arctic adventure as you guide a team of huskies through the wilderness (one person per sled). This special holiday takes the traditional sled dog experience to the next level by offering an overnight stay in a wilderness cabin.

After checking out of your hotel room (rest assured, your luggage will be securely stored for you at the hotel), you’ll meet with your personal team of 4 to 6 eager huskies at a nearby sled dog centre. Under the expert guidance of your musher guide, you’ll assist in harnessing your team of dogs. Following the loading of sleds, a comprehensive safety briefing will be provided by your guide before embarking on your thrilling expedition.

The dogs’ enthusiasm for the trail is noticeable; their infectious excitement is conveyed through joyful howls and barks, underscoring their eagerness to commence the journey. Once you release the sled’s brake, the dogs fall into a focused, determined silence.

Your ultimate destination is a remote wilderness cabin. Upon reaching your base, the entire group will work together to gather essential supplies like wood and water. Your guide will take charge of preparing the evening meal, building a fire, and heating up the wood-fired sauna (a Finnish essential, even in the wilderness). Your priority will then be to feed and settle your team of dogs for the night.

The specific cabin you’ll sleep in will be determined by the route and conditions. Most of these cabins don’t have running water, electricity or indoor toilets and accommodation is dormitory style. It’s undeniably a rustic experience, but your Arctic-grade sleeping bag will keep you warm and comfortable. Once the fire crackles, the sauna beckons with its warmth, and dinner is served, you’re bound to have an unforgettable overnight stay.

An added perk of this remote location is its distance from any light pollution, making it an ideal spot to witness a potential Northern Lights display if the conditions are favourable. So, try not to fall asleep too early this evening.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

This morning, you’ll be awakened by what might sound like a pack of wolves nearby, but don’t worry – it’s simply the eager dogs, ready for another exciting day! After a hearty breakfast, you’ll hit the trail once more with your trusty team.

As you cover around 25 kilometres and make your way back towards the sled dog centre, you’ll have the opportunity to further practice your mushing skills.

Saying goodbye to your furry companions is bound to be a bittersweet moment. However, once you return to your hotel, you can look forward to a delicious meal and a soothing hot shower.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

There are two days on this holiday to which are entirely yours to enjoy as you wish, whether it’s unwinding in the serene surroundings, making the most of the saunas, or indulging in extra activities.

After dinner this evening, don’t forget to keep an eye on the night sky. Alternatively, you might like to add an Aurora activity, please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

There are two days on this holiday to which are entirely yours to enjoy as you wish, whether it’s unwinding in the serene surroundings, making the most of the saunas, or indulging in extra activities.

After dinner this evening, don’t forget to keep an eye on the night sky. Alternatively, you might like to add an Aurora activity, please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Harriniva Adventure Resort - Stay
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Today, you will transfer to the airport to catch your return flight home after a truly memorable adventure in Lapland.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Harriniva Adventure Resort To [KTT] Kittila Airport, Finland
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Harriniva Adventure Resort - Check Out
Address : Muonio, Lapland Regional State, Finland

What's included?

  • Flights: Return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Direct return flights from London Gatwick are available for a supplement on certain dates. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 6 nights hotel room and 1 night in wilderness cabin accommodation (choose between Hotel Jeris or Harriniva)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Reindeer farm and safari
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Overnight husky safari
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK based operations team and in destination support from our local partners

Accommodation

Harriniva Adventure Resort
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Ideally located in the north-west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Adventure Resort serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday.

Welcoming guests for lover 50 years now, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and the 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 free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant / bar area.
  • 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)

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Price is based on 2 persons travelling

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Key Facts

Duration 7 or more nights
Pace Active
Holiday Type All
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Harriniva
Brochure Code 2019
Price from
£2,595 pp
8 days

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