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Included in the price...
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Tromsø outbound (via Oslo) and inbound from Kittila to Gatwick (via Helsinki). Flight routes subject to change
  • Return airport transfers
  • New Year departure: 6 nights’ accommodation in en suite hotel room or winter cottage and 1 night in a wilderness cabin
  • New Year departure: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment ARE included in the price: Torassieppi reindeer farm and safari, snowmobile safari, overnight husky safari and night in the wilderness
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Services of our dedicated representative
  • Group size: Minimum group size of 2 people with a maximum group size of approximately 12 people
Overview
Accommodation
Agenda
Prices

Our Winter Adventure has long been a favourite with our guests, with high praise for its friendly and enthusiastic guides, the varied and exciting itinerary that lets you enjoy the best that Lapland offers and the wonderful Northern Lights record in this region.

Your accommodation will be in the lovely winter cottages or ensuite hotel rooms and you will also enjoy a unique overnight experience in a wilderness cabin during your overnight husky safari. This is a wonderful adventure that offers guests a feeling of great connection with the Arctic.

You will depart this trip with a week of unforgettable experiences behind you and will have experienced the thrills of snowmobiling, an insight into the local culture and a truly memorable overnight husky trip. Christmas and New Year are great times to travel to the region also, as the snow-covered landscape of forested fells and frozen lakes is truly magical. There will be festivities for all to enjoy for the festive period.

Your evenings will be spent in the cosy glow of the hotel’s hospitality, enjoying saunas and catching up with your fellow guests over a drink. There is also the very high likelihood that your nights will be spent enjoying some spectacular Aurora sightings!

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Next to the remote town of Muonio, deep in the heart of North West Lapland, Harriniva encapsulates the ideal Finnish wilderness location.

Harriniva is a pioneer for winter activity holidays and there are few places with greater knowledge and understanding of the vast, snow-laden, arctic playground that a Finnish winter offers.

With almost 30 years’ experience behind them, their range of activities on offer is second to none with a fantastic variety to choose from including huskies, snowmobiles, Northern Light searches, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and much more.

The hotel is an annual favourite with our guests and its combination of a warm welcome, unforgettable experiences and delightful Scandinavian-style accommodation is sure to be inviting to all.

Hotel Facilities
The hotel offers separate sauna facilities for men and women which are free of charge in the evenings for around three hours. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and, in addition, two PCs are available in the reception area for guest use.

The restaurant has three dining areas and serves simple and hearty food - ideal sustenance for outdoor activities and Aurora watching. Breakfast is a Scandinavian-style buffet offering a wide selection of options and your evening meal is generally a salad buffet followed by a set main meal and dessert.

There is also a pub on site which is a great place to gather with fellow guests to discuss your Lappish adventures.

Harriniva operates an ‘Aurora Alarm’ which is included in some itineraries or can be arranged in advance.

There is the Aurora Wellness Centre situated on the river bank offering a variety of therapies and treatments. At busy times these should be booked in advance.

In the reception building there is a small souvenir shop where you can buy postcards and pick up some locally crafted goods.

Harriniva accepts all major credit cards and you can also exchange currency at reception. There are no cashpoints available on site.

Room types
The hotel has 64 en-suite double/twin hotel rooms with a shower and hairdryer. Socialising in the evenings is encouraged, so there are no televisions in the rooms but a TV room is available in the hotel. Tea and coffee can be purchased from reception.

Wilderness Cabins
Any trip which incorporates an overnight safari will include at least one night in a wilderness cabin. There can be few better ways to escape the reality of everyday life than a night in the wilds.

The remote location of the cabins ensures there is little or no light pollution, creating the best possible chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

Some of the cabins are basic (no electricity or running water) but all are comfortable and cosy once the fire is going. Everyone pitches in to help collect water and firewood, which adds to the experience of the great outdoors!

Your guide will prepare your meals over an open fire (if you have any dietary requirements please let us know at the time of booking). Despite the wilderness locations, the meals that the guides produce always get wonderful feedback from our clients every year.

The wilderness cabins do not have shower or bathroom facilities but with it being Finland there is always a sauna on hand to steam clean in. Toilets are generally compostable and are situated a short walk from the cabin. We would suggest a head torch as a handy piece of equipment to take for any nocturnal visits!

Sleeping arrangements are in dormitory style areas where you will sleep in arctic grade sleeping bags and, should you feel the cold, possibly your thermals. The cabins tend to get toasty warm once the fire has been blazing for a while.

Whilst on overnight safaris, your luggage will be securely stored at the hotel and valuables can be left in the hotel safe.

Safari Houses and Cabins
On our multi-day husky and snowmobile safaris you will spend some nights in shared safari houses or cabins at the beginning and end of your trip. Harriniva has a variety that they use, some of which are on site and others which are situated 3km from Harriniva. Guests will be transferred to the hotel for all meals if they are staying off site.

Each safari house or cabin has its own shower, toilet and sauna.


Day 1: Flights, arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel situated in the heart of Finnish Lapland. After a chance to settle into your accommodation, you will enjoy a welcome dinner in the restaurant before an introductory meeting with your guide to discuss your upcoming adventures. You will also be provided with your cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay (if you are on a late arrival this will be the following morning).

Day 2: Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and safari 
Today offers a reasonably gentle start to your trip and the ideal introduction to your new surroundings. You will be driven to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm (around 20 minutes away) where you will gain an insight into the daily working lives of the herders and the important role that reindeers play in this corner of the world. At over 100 years old, the farm will showcase the traditions and customs of reindeer husbandry.

You will get the opportunity to learn how to throw a Lappish Lasso and test your reindeer skills on a 7km reindeer safari through the wilderness of the forest (1-2 people per sled). Lunch will be served around an open fire.

This afternoon you will head back to the hotel where you can take advantage of the traditional Finnish sauna or maybe hire some cross-country skis to enjoy one of the trails around the hotel.

Day 3: Snowmobile safari 
Snowmobiles are essential in this part of the world as a form of transport to remote areas, but they are also exceptionally good fun for visitors to the area! After full instruction and a safety briefing your guide will lead you on a thrilling safari. The adventure will last around five hours (including lunch around an open fire) and cover 60-80km of the pristine white landscape. As you speed through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes, you will get a real sense of the full scale of the arctic wilds. You will travel two people per snowmobile with the chance to take it turns to drive (providing you both have a full licence).

Day 4 and 5: Overnight husky safari and night in the wilderness 
There are few experiences in life which can compare to driving a team of eager huskies through the wilds of the Arctic. The connection between the dogs, the musher and nature is one that is both unique and truly memorable. 

After breakfast this morning you will pack your equipment for your two day tour and transfer to Harriniva to meet the huskies. The Arctic Sled Dog Centre has over 400 huskies and upon arrival here you will be given full instruction and tuition on how to handle them. The dogs have an enthusiastic anticipation for the trail and will be eager to run. Their excitement is bound to pass to you and as you harness your team of four to five dogs you will get the feeling that this is the start of a very memorable day indeed.

You will each get your own sled and will cover around 25km on each day. Your overnight accommodation will be in a wilderness cabin where you can fine-tune your wilderness skills, making the fire, preparing food, feeding the huskies and heating the lakeside sauna. Overnight in the cabin is in shared facilities.

This remote wilderness location offers up the ideal opportunity for a chance to view the Northern Lights. Being so far away from any form of light pollution, your odds are exceptionally high so do keep an eye on the night sky before you snuggle up in your arctic sleeping bag.

The second day on the trail will give you the chance to further hone your mushing skills as you head back to the welcoming warmth of the hotel.

Back at the hotel, the sadness of saying goodbye to your dog team will hopefully be lightened by your festive celebrations as you enjoy a New Year celebration. 

Day 6: Free day
Today is left free for you to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings. You may wish to hire snowshoes or cross-country skis and wander independently through the wilderness (payable locally) or you can take advantage of one of the saunas or sit and relax with a good book.

Alternatively you may want to try out some additional activities that Jeris can offer you of which there is an extensive variety including snowmobiles and huskies. These can be booked in advance through us or can be booked and paid for locally (subject to availability).

Day 7: Free day
Again you will have time to tailor your programme today and spend your final day in Lapland as you wish.

There will be the chance to enjoy further activities, explore independently or relax in one of the hotel saunas.

Day 8: Departure
Sadly today you must bid farewell to Lapland but you will return home with a head full of exceptional memories.

Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
27/12/2015 £1965
Supplements :
Name Adult
3rd Adult Sharing a Room (deduction for 3rd person) (£45)
Single Snowmobile (per person) £56
Single Room Supplement (excludes wilderness cabin) £190
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.