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Northern Lights Snow Mobiling
Included in the price...
  • Duration: 6 nights
  • Return airport transfers
  • 2 nights shared hotel room or safari house in shared accommodation, 2 nights wilderness cabin in shared accommodation, 2 nights Galdotieva Fell Centre in shared cabin accommodation
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Our expert local guides
  • The following activities and equipment ARE included in the price; 5 day snowmobile safari (600cc snowmobile)
  • Dedicated representative
  • Group size: Minimum group size of 4 people with a maximum group size of approximately 10 people

This remarkable and memorable experience will take you into the wildest corner of Finnish Lapland and offers up some incredible, once in a lifetime experiences.

Whilst the weather is usually too hostile for you to travel the route from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi before February, once the time is right and the weather improves it reveals one of Finland’s best kept secrets. The locals will inform you that this northwest corner of Finland is one of the most indescribably beautiful places in Finland and one that is best appreciated in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

When snowmobiling was developed in the 1960s it transformed the lives of people in this remote region, allowing communities to maintain contact in the dark winter months and assisting hugely in the lives of Sámi reindeer herders. For guests to the area, today they help to promote a great sense of arctic adventure and allow you to fully appreciate the sense of scale of the wilderness here.

Your trails on this epic journey will lead you to Kilpisjärvi – a mystical and remote region steeped in Sámi tradition and folklore which offers breathtaking views of frozen lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks. Whilst on this trip you will also travel to where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet as well as driving to Halti, Finland’s highest mountain. There can be few experiences in life which can compare to this.

Suitable for

Anybody aged over 18 years (good physical condition required). Participants must have a full driving licence and have previous experience of snowmobiling.

NB: Please be aware that families may also be staying at the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel.

Barry Nolan - Travel Expert - The White Circle

Our Opinion

"Snowmobile safaris are one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the Arctic. The ability to power across a frozen lake or scale a fell for the ultimate view is thrilling. Snowmobiles are effectively quad bikes for winter and they allow you to access regions that are otherwise out of bounds. The great thing is that once you are comfortable on the machines your guides will teach you tricks and skills to help you deal with different conditions and deep snow so that you can really get out and enjoy yourselves". Barry Nolan

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 transfers
On arrival in Finland you will be met and transferred to the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel where your accommodation will be in shared hotel rooms or safari cabins. You will enjoy dinner in the restaurant with your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Departure on the summit
Following breakfast you will meet with your snowmobile guide for a briefing and introduction for what the days ahead will bring. You will be kitted out with your cold weather gear (warm overalls, boots, socks, hat, mittens, gloves and helmet) following which you will be shown a film which demonstrates the correct snowmobile driving and safety etiquette.

Finally, it’s time to start your engines. Be warned that this is no gentle introduction! You will cover approximately 100km of winter terrain as you journey through forests and across frozen lakes against the stunning backdrop of Fell Lapland. You will stop for a picnic lunch before your day’s journey ends at Galdotieva Fell Centre situated close to the Norwegian border.

Following dinner, you will enjoy a well-deserved night’s sleep in cosy log cabins or apartments.

Day 3: Snowmobile to Kilpisjärvi (approximately 150km)
After breakfast your journey will continue into the treeless mountain area of North West Finland. The weather here can change rapidly with bright sunshine one minute and a snow blizzard the next so it is imperative that you follow the guide’s instruction as he will know the trail better than anyone.

Today’s trail is around 150km and will end at the small village of Kilpisjärvi where you will spend a night in the cabins. You should take the opportunity to walk down to the lake here – there can be few better views in the world than here.

Day 4: Snowmobile ascent of Halti
The driving distance today is a little shorter (around 120km) but the challenges are tougher! This morning brings a snowmobile ascent of the highest mountain in Finland, Halti which offers spectacular views across the Norwegian mountain chain. This afternoon you will drive out to where the three Scandinavian countries (Finland Norway and Sweden) meet.

On returning to your accommodation in Kilpisjärvi you may want to take advantage of the sauna to soothe any aching bones.

Day 5: Powder-snow snowmobiling
By now you are sure to be fully confident driving these machines so now you can sink your teeth into learning new skills. The journey today is another 150km and your guide will show you some snowmobiling tricks in the deep, powdery snow.

There will be a picnic lunch on the way and dinner will be served in your overnight accommodation at Galdotieva.

Day 6: Final leg on the Victoria Trail
After breakfast, the final leg of your safari will follow part of the Victoria Trail between Finland and Sweden. It will be 120km back to Harriniva where the sauna and farewell dinner of Lappish delicacies are a welcome reward for your endeavours.

Day 7: Departure
Today your adventure will draw to a close as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
19/02/2017 £1995
05/03/2017 £1995
26/03/2017 £1925
09/04/2017 £1925
18/02/2018 £2075
04/03/2018 £2075
25/03/2018 £1995
01/04/2018 £1995
Supplements :
Name Adult
Extra Night Including Half Board £55
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.