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Snow Mobiling
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  • Duration: 4 nights
  • Return airport transfers
  • 2 nights safari house in shared accommodation, 2 nights Galdotieva Fell Centre in shared cabin accommodation
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Our expert local guides
  • The following activities and equipment ARE included in the price; 3 day snowmobile safari (600cc snowmobile)
  • Dedicated representative
  • Group size: Minimum group size of 4 people with a maximum group size of approximately 10 people
NB: You should be in good physical shape to participate in this tour. You must have a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
 
A note on flights: Whilst flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our travel experts for details of the available options from your preferred departure airport. Direct flights are available on some dates and our team will offer you the best available flights and fares.
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This thrilling four night trip offers the perfect adrenalin-filled short break. Travelling by snowmobiles allows you to take full advantage of the arctic landscape and as you travel across frozen lakes and through forests of snow-filled trees you will get the chance to develop your skills.

The introduction of snowmobiles to this far flung corner of the world in the 1960s helped to maintain essential links between remote communities and improved the lives of reindeer herders in the area by allowing their daily job to be much more effective. Today this is still important but for visitors to the region, snowmobiles are mostly about having fun and covering larger areas of the wilderness.

Travelling across the top of Northern Finland and up by the Norwegian border your guides will take you out into deep powder-snow and show you how to really handle these machines in any conditions. The guides’ endless enthusiasm for snowmobiling is sure to make this an awesome short break and unforgettable experience - you couldn’t be in better hands.

 

Suitable for

18 years and over. You should be in good physical shape to participate in this tour.  You must have a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

Barry Nolan - Travel Expert - The White Circle

Our Opinion

"By far one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the Arctic is by Snowmobile. Snowmobile Safaris allow you to power to the top of fells to capture the stunning views and race across the frozen lakes. Snowmobiles allow you to reach the areas that are inaccessible on any other mode of transport. When you feel comfortable on your snowmobile your guide will teach you skills and tricks to adapt to the Arctic conditions." 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 and transfers
After landing at Kittila Airport you will be transferred directly to Harriniva. After checking into your log cabin accommodation along with your fellow snowmobilers, you will be served dinner in the main hotel building. We would suggest getting a good night sleep in preparation for your snowmobiling adventure.

Day 2: Safari to Galdotieva (100km)
Following breakfast, there will be a meeting with your guide where you will be informed about the upcoming programme and receive your winter equipment (warm snowmobile jacket and trousers, boots, socks, mittens, hat, gloves, balaclava and helmet). For your expedition you will need to pack a small rucksack with personal items you wish to take with you. The rest of your luggage will be stored securely at Harriniva whilst you are out on the trail.

The knowledgeable and experienced guide will give you full safety instructions and driving training before you set out into the vast arctic landscape. Today’s driving distance is around 100km and you will travel over frozen lakes and through snow-laden forests, allowing you to appreciate the full scale of your surroundings.

Later in the afternoon you will arrive at Galdotieva Wilderness Centre on the border with Norway where a warm sauna and dinner await. You will then spend the night in comfortable log cabins or apartments where you can relax and reflect on your day’s adventures.

Day 3: Powder snow (80-100km)
After yesterday’s chance to get used to the machines and appreciate your surroundings, today offers the opportunity to learn the tricks of deep snow driving. Your journey today will be in the treeless fell region which has ideal conditions for playing in the powder-snow.

Depending on the weather conditions and the skills of the participants you will travel around 80-100km before heading back to Galdotieva for dinner and a sauna.

Day 4: Safari to Harriniva (100km)
Following breakfast your adventure will continue as you head back towards Muonio and Harriniva. You will travel around 100km and are sure to feel the effort in your muscles on your arrival back at the hotel.

Your farewell dinner will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss your adventures with your fellow guests and say goodbye to your beautiful arctic surroundings.

Day 5: Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
08/01/2017 £1195
15/01/2017 £1195
29/01/2017 £1245
12/03/2017 £1245
19/03/2017 £1195
26/03/2017 £1195