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Applicable on 08 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan and 05 Feb *12 Feb and 26 March 2017

Duration: 7 nights

  • Flights: Direct return flights from London Gatwick to Kittila. Routings subject to change (*12 Feb and 26 March include return flights from London Heathrow to Rovaniemi)
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite hotel room or winter cottage
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities are included: Reindeer farm, local culture and handicrafts, cross-country skiing to National Park and local cookery course, husky safari, snowshoeing, an afternoon in the Arctic spa (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities.
  • Services of our Artisan Travel Company representative

Applicable on all other dates

Duration: 6 nights

  • Flights: Return flights from London Heathrow to Kittila (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 6 nights' accommodation en-suite hotel room or winter cottage
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • The following activities are included: Reindeer farm, local culture and handicrafts, cross-country skiing to National Park and local cookery course, husky safari, snowshoeing, an afternoon in the Arctic spa (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
  • Services of our Artisan Travel Company representative

 

Overview
Accommodation
Agenda
Prices

Torassieppi provides all that is needed for an adventure in the heart of Lapland. Here you will be close to nature, enjoy clear skies with great Aurora potential and enjoy accommodation with an ecological focus.

A sister hotel to Harriniva, Torassieppi is set to become one of our most sought after destinations. The location is spectacular and you can combine this with the wonderful array of activities for which Harriniva has long been renowned.

Torassieppi is a reindeer farm which dates back to the 1840s; it is one of the most historic farms in Lapland and to this day provides guests with an insight into the life of a reindeer herder both past and present. The addition of the Torassieppi Winter Village nearby is a new development that heightens the attraction of this destination. The snow rooms (of which there are 10) and ice restaurant at the Winter Village just have to be seen and many guests enjoy a night in a cold room here as part of their stay (see price tab for details).

Torassieppi is the first one of the hotels in the Harriniva family to focus on organic and locally sourced foods. This is something new and exciting in a region where the local produce includes magnificent ingredients such as reindeer and lingonberry. You will get a real insight into this on the trip as you enjoy a cookery course with the chef here.

This fairly gentle holiday combines traditional Lappish experiences such as reindeer and husky safaris with a selection of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and a dedicated nocturnal excursion in search of the Aurora Borealis.

Suitable for

Anybody aged 18 years or over.

 

Amy Griffiths, The white circle

Our Opinion

“Torassieppi Reindeer Farm has been a favourite with our guests for years when they visited as part of other holiday itineraries. The fact that you can now stay in this beautiful lakeside accommodation and enjoy activities such as dog sledding during the day and dedicated Northern Lights searches in the evenings is so exciting. You feel like you are really getting away from it all here and the sense of tradition and history that emanates from the reindeer farm and manor house is very special.” Amy Griffiths

 

Lainio Snow Village

Lainio Snow Village, located 200km above the Arctic Circle, is a marvel of snow and ice construction in the west of Finnish Lapland. Rebuilt annually, the hotel has a differing theme each season and showcases the incredible talent of local designers and architects through a marvellous village which covers 20,000 square metres.

A night at the Snow Village in one of their cold rooms is a delightful addition to your trip and an alternative to your final night at the hotel after which you will be transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Please be aware that your flights will most likely be departing in the late afternoon so you will have a free morning at Lainio. During this this time you can relax and make use of the hotel’s sauna, or perhaps hire snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the neighbouring region (all bookable and payable locally).

Hotel facilities
The Snow Village consists of 30 snow rooms and suites, in addition to a restaurant, bar, chapel and outdoor sculptures and slides which have all been beautifully designed and crafted from snow and ice.

Alongside the ice restaurant there is also a warm restaurant and you can choose to dine at either (subject to availability). The meals that are served here are hearty and wholesome and guests can sample some Finnish specialities such as reindeer and Arctic Char for dinner and enjoy a plentiful buffet for breakfast.

Beside the Snow Village there is a warm area where you will find the sauna, shower and toilet facilities, lounge area and a small selection of warm bedrooms should you find yourself unable to sleep in your cold room in the middle of the night.

Following your night in the cold room you will be awoken by a glass of warm berry juice.

Room types
Standard snow rooms
Each snow room has been crafted from snow and ice and contains a carved bed and bedside table. The beds are topped with a mattress and reindeer skins to keep in the warmth and you will sleep in high quality fleece lined sleeping bags. Before bed you will be given advice on how best to stay warm and what to wear for your overnight experience in the cold room.

Ice suites
The ice suites are similar to the snow rooms but are slightly larger in size and all reflect unique design in their art and lighting.


Day 1: Welcome to Lapland
You will be greeted at the airport for your transfer to Torassieppi. The journey through this increasingly remote region of Finland is a taste of what's to come with forests and lakes frozen in the winter-kissed landscape.

 

At the hotel, you have some time to settle into your rooms before dinner in the restaurant with the rest of the group. The food has an emphasis on organic local produce where possible, and you are encouraged to sample some Lappish delights during your stay. Dinner on this first night is followed by a brief introduction from your guide.

If you arrive on a later evening flight then you will enjoy a chilled supper and your briefing will take place the next day.

Day 2: Local culture, reindeer, handicrafts and Aurora campfire
After breakfast, it is off to the reindeer farm which is just a short walk from the hotel. Reindeer have a history in Lapland that dates back centuries. To this day, they share an intrinsic link with the culture and economy of the area. You will meet the herder who will be happy to answer any questions you may have and you'll be able to visit the small on-site museum.

 

You'll get up close to the reindeer and then can enjoy a short sleigh ride through the snowy forests. Your warming lunch will be served in a traditional kota (tepee) around the fire.

After lunch, you can try a traditional craft such as making a 'pirtanauha', colourful woollen ribbon plaits traditionally used as shoelaces, belts and key chains. This is a nice souvenir to take home and a chance to gain insight into the strong and very much living Sámi culture of this area.

Following dinner, you will gain insight into the magical phenomenon of the Northern Lights, before joining your knowledgeable guide on a magical walk across the silent landscapes to an area away from artificial light. Once here, your guide will then build a campfire where you will toast marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate, whilst gazing up at the dark night sky in the hope of spotting the Aurora.

Day 3: Cross-country skiing to National Park and local cookery course
After breakfast, try out cross-country skiing and we bet you will soon be hooked on this national obsession. It is easy once you get going and such a great way to cover longer distances. Your guide will talk you through the basics before you set off with your skis and poles on tracks leading into the nearby Pallas National Park. This is the perfect way to make the most of the landscape and stay close to nature. Once you have the hang of it, you can keep the equipment for a little more independent exploring today.

 

In the afternoon, it's time for your Finnish cookery lesson. This insight into Finland's favourite cuisine comes courtesy of the chef, who will invite you to watch and try traditional cooking techniques and learn about some local dishes and ingredients in a kota. The dishes that are created will be served for dinner this evening.

Day 4: Snowshoe hike and Arctic spa

After breakfast, transfer to the Pallas Fell area, the biggest fell area in North West Finland. Famed for its breathtaking scenery, this is an idyllic area to strap on your snowshoes and go exploring. In total, you have around four hours in this beautiful area with a campfire snack en route.

 

You will then transfer to the Artic Spa located on the lakeside at Jeris. Here you get the chance to relax in the spa pools, take a dip in the icy waters of the frozen lake (for the healthy and fit only) and enjoy a traditional smoke sauna.

Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Day 5: Husky safari
This morning you will be able to try out one of the most popular winter activities offered in this region as you head out on a delightful husky safari. You will be taken to a nearby husky farm where you will meet the eager dogs and be able to chat with the mushers. They will tell you all about the lives of the dogs in the region and the history and art of sledding.

After receiving instructions you will set out on a thrilling 25km husky safari across the snow. 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 also be the opportunity to swap over before you continue your journey into the forest.

You will return to the hotel for lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to do as you wish.

Day 6: Free time
Today has been left free for you to choose how you would like to spend it. You can explore independently or perhaps enjoy additional activities (payable locally). Meals will be served in the main restaurant.


Day 7: Free day

Following Breakfast, once again you have a free day in which to enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding Torassieppi. Additional activities are available (payable locally), please see your local representative for details.

 

Lunch and dinner are also included.

Day 8: Departure

After your final breakfast, it is now time to wave goodbye and you will transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.

Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
07/01/2018 £1495
14/01/2018 £1495
21/01/2018 £1495
28/01/2018 £1525
04/02/2018 £1595
11/02/2018 £1855
18/02/2018 £1815
25/02/2018 £1845
04/03/2018 £1895
11/03/2018 £1895
18/03/2018 £1695
25/03/2018 £1695
01/04/2018 £1695
08/04/2018 £1695

Pricing Notes

As this trip isn't exclusive to The White Circle there may be families also taking part in this programme, especially during peak times.