Finland
Adults from: £1745
Children from: £1745
Brochure code: 1002

What's Included...

  • Duration: 6 nights
  • Group size: approximately 2 - 12 people
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Kittila or Rovaniemi (via Helsinki) (Manchester departures subject to availability)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 5 nights hotel, 1 night wilderness cabin
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Activities: Reindeer farm and safari, snowmobile safari, overnight husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • All equipment including thermo-overalls, socks, mittens, boots and warm hat for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors

 

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It’s not hard to pinpoint why this trip has been a firm favourite with our clients over the years. The ideal combination of the warmth and hospitality of the hotel, the fantastic Aurora record and the varied itinerary of exciting Finnish activities on the agenda ensure that this trip is the ideal Arctic adventure.

Situated 230km north of the Arctic Circle on the Swedish border, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel is a lovely Scandinavian style retreat whose reputation for excellent activities is known throughout the area. They have their own husky centre on site which allows for easy access to a variety of safaris, taking you across the beautiful surrounding area of snow-laden forests and frozen lakes.

Your accommodation will be in comfortable hotel rooms, with one night in a genuine Lappish wilderness cabin, providing a unique opportunity to experience untouched wilderness against the backdrop of spectacular winter scenery of forested fells and mountains.

Your days here will be spent participating in a range of unforgettable experiences and by the time you leave you will have enjoyed a thrilling snowmobile safari, driven a team of enthusiastic huskies on an overnight safari, and gained an insight into the unique culture of this remarkable region. The free time that is included will also allow you to relax and enjoy the peaceful nature of your surroundings. Alternatively you can enjoy the area at your own pace by hiring cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the trails which surround the hotel.

Evenings will be spent in the warmth of Harriniva’s first rate hospitality, enjoying saunas, and getting to know your fellow guests. As if all this wasn’t enough, with Harriniva’s prime location there is also a very high chance that you will see some fantastic displays of Northern Lights too.

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"This was the most amazing holiday I have ever had in my life - I had been a bit apprehensive as I have never done this sort of thing before and I am not very brave!  However, the whole experience was magical from start to finish and I am still dreaming about being whisked through snowy forests and across frozen lakes by my wonderful team of huskies." Rosemary Savinson - January 2012

Suitable for

Anybody aged 15 years or over.

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Situated in the heart of Lapland near the remote town of Muonio, Harriniva encapsulates the very best of Finnish Lapland.

Harriniva was one of the first pioneers of winter activity holidays and you’ll struggle to find anywhere with greater experience of how to explore the great outdoors in winter.

With nearly 30 years in the business, Harriniva’s range of activities is second to none and you can choose from a wonderful selection of husky safaris (Harriniva have their own Arctic sled dog centre next to the hotel), snowmobile safaris, Northern Lights searches and more.

The Bedrooms
There are 64 en suite hotel rooms with shower and hairdryer. Guests are encouraged to get together in the evenings so there are no televisions in the rooms but a TV room is available for guests should you want to try and decipher some Finnish TV. Tea and coffee can be purchased at reception.

Hotel Facilities
Separate sauna facilities are available for men and women free of charge during the evenings for around 3 hours. WiFi internet is available throughout the hotel and there are two PCs available for guests in the reception area.

The hotel 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 with a wide array of options and your evening meal is generally a salad buffet followed by a set main meal and dessert.

There is also a pub which is a great place to gather with fellow guests and discuss your Aurora and winter experiences.

Harriniva also operate an Aurora Alarm which is included in some of the itineraries (see ‘what’s included’ for details) or can be arranged in advance (see price box for details).

The Aurora Wellness Centre which is situated on the river bank offers a wide range of therapies and treatments. At busy times these should be booked in advance.

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

Harriniva accepts all major credit cards and you can also exchange currency at reception. There are no cash points available.

Wilderness Cabins
Any holiday that incorporates an overnight safari will include at least one night in a wilderness cabin. There can be few better ways to escape from everyday life than spending a night out in the wilds of Lapland.

The cabins are generally so remote that there is little or no light pollution, creating the best possible chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis.

Some of the cabins can be basic (no electricity or running water) but they are all comfortable and when the fire is going they can be very cosy. Everyone helps with collecting water and fire wood so you will get your hands dirty but this all adds to the experience.

Your guide will cook you dinner over an open fire (we must be made aware of all dietary requirements at the time of booking). Despite the wilderness locations, the meals the guides produce get wonderful feedback from clients every year.

There are no shower or bathroom facilities but as this is Finland there is always a sauna and the secret is to steam clean in the evenings. Toilets are generally compostable and are situated a short walk from the cabin. A head torch is very handy for any nocturnal visits.

Sleeping arrangements are in dormitory style areas. You will sleep in Arctic grade sleeping bags and, if you feel the cold, possibly your thermals. The cabins tend to get toasty warm once the fire has been blazing for a while. Be sure to pack cosy clothing for inside the cabin.

During overnight safaris your luggage will be securely stored at the hotel. Valuables can be left in the hotel safe.

Safari Houses and Cabins
On our multi day husky and snowmobile safaris you spend some nights in shared safari houses or cabins at the start and end of the holidays. Harriniva have a variety of cabins and safari houses, some of which are on site and others are situated 3km from Harriniva. Guests are 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 and provides the perfect place to bond with your fellow adventurers before your safari.

All meals are served in the main hotel building and you will have access to all facilities there.


Day 1: Flights, arrival and introduction
After landing into Kittila you will be met at the airport before your transfer to Harriniva Wilderness Hotel. After checking in and settling into your rooms you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your group. Harriniva serves a delicious variety of local and international dishes and meal times here are a great time to socialise with fellow like-minded guests.

Following dinner there will be an introductory meeting with your guide who will discuss your upcoming adventures. If you arrive late, then this meeting will take place the following morning.

Day 2: Reindeer farm and safari
Today is the ideal introduction to your new surroundings.

After breakfast you will be driven to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, which, at over 100 years old will allow you an insight into the traditions and customs of the reindeer industry. You will be able to chat with the herders and ask them questions about their livelihood before enjoying a 7km reindeer safari through the forest (1-2 people per sled). This is a lovely, peaceful way to take in your surroundings as these gentle creatures lead you across the snow. Weather permitting; you will also enjoy lunch over an open fire.

Following your reindeer encounter, you will be returned to the hotel where the afternoon is free for you to perhaps enjoy a traditional Finnish sauna or maybe hire cross country skis or snowshoes to explore your surroundings at your own pace.

Day 3: Snowmobile safari
The introduction of snowmobiles to this region was somewhat revolutionary as it allowed rapid access to remote areas. Efficiency aside though, they are also exceptionally good fun and a major trip highlight for the majority of our guests. Today, after a full instruction and safety briefing, your guide will lead you on a thrilling snowmobile safari which is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

You adventure will last around five hours and cover 60 to 80km of the expansive snow covered landscape, during which you will also enjoy lunch over an open fire. As you speed through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes you will be able to gain a very real sense of the full scale of the Lappish wilds.

Day 4: Free day or optional activities
Today’s itinerary has been left open for you to relax and enjoy the relaxing silence of your surroundings. You may of course, wish to do something a little more exciting and if this is the case then there are a variety of additional activities which you can book locally such as guided cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or dog sledding. The choice is entirely yours.  Alternatively you may choose to spend a night in a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village.

Day 5 and 6: Overnight husky safari and night in the wilderness
On today’s husky safari you will enjoy a true adventure as you encounter the exceptional connection that exists between the dogs, their musher and environment of this remote corner of the world.

Following breakfast you will pack up your equipment for your two day tour, before meeting your team of enthusiastic huskies from the onsite sled dog centre. Full instruction on how best to handle these eager creatures will be given before you harness up your team of 4 to 5 dogs. The dogs were born to run and their anticipation for the trail is hugely infectious.

Once their initial excitement dies down, the dogs will soon settle into a steady and relaxed rhythm as they pull you across the landscape. As well as being a highly memorable experience, a husky safari is also a very peaceful experience. The journey is one of almost total silence, with the gentle swish of the sled’s runners and the padding of the dogs’ paws the only sound to distract you from the beauty of your surrounds.

You will travel one to two people per sled and cover around 25km each day. Your overnight accommodation will be remote wilderness cabin with shared facilities. Whilst here you will be able to hone your wilderness skills by building fires, preparing food for the group and feeding the huskies.

This remote location, with its almost total lack of light pollution is also the ideal opportunity for a potential Aurora viewing, so be sure to keep an eye on the night sky before settling into your arctic grade sleeping bag.

Your second day on the trail will allow you to further hone your mushing skills as you head back to the welcoming warmth of Harriniva. Back at the hotel, the sad farewell to your dog team will hopefully be eased by a special farewell dinner with delicious Lappish dishes, during which you will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to relive your exciting week with your fellow guests.

Day 7: Departure

Available  Limited places  On request 
 
Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult Child (15 - 18) Availability
01/12/2013 £1865 £1865
08/12/2013 £1795 £1795
15/12/2013 £1845 £1845
22/12/2013 £1895 £1895
29/12/2013 £1895 £1895
05/01/2014 £1745 £1745
12/01/2014 £1745 £1745
19/01/2014 £1795 £1795
26/01/2014 £1745 £1745
02/02/2014 £1875 £1875
09/02/2014 £1875 £1875
16/02/2014 £1895 £1895
23/02/2014 £1875 £1875
02/03/2014 £1875 £1875
09/03/2014 £1875 £1875
16/03/2014 £1875 £1875
23/03/2014 £1795 £1795
30/03/2014 £1795 £1795
Supplements :
Name Adult Child (15 - 18)
Single supplement (excludes wilderness cabin) £250 -
Single snowmobile £75 -
Third person sharing a standard room (£90) -
Torassieppi Winter Village Overnight (per person) £80 -
Torassieppi Winter Village Overnight Single Supplement (Per Night) £55 -
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.

Getting there

All dates are based on scheduled flights from Heathrow to Kittila or Rovaniemi (via Helsinki).

Manchester departures may be possible subject to availability (supplements will apply).

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income replacing traditional industries such as forestry.

Development from a period of extractive industry to an industrial society has come about quickly. In 1950 the largest part of Lapland’s inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce are in the service industry, 22 % in processing and 10 % in primary production.

This huge growth in tourism and service provision has been developed in conjunction with a long-term sustainable tourism plan with one of the primary objectives being to maintain nature in its natural state while guaranteeing the traditional way of life.

Much of this has been achieved along with membership of EU development programmes, aimed at diversifying sources of livelihood, effective usage of resources and to increase export.

Approximately a quarter of Lapland’s 100 000 strong workforce was unemployed in 1997. Promoting entrepreneurship, ongoing re-education of the workforce and development of the educational system to suit the needs of enterprises is continuing. The target is to diversify the sources of livelihood, increase the value of refinement production and develop new enterprises particularly in the area of tourism. National measures as well as EU-programme measures support this objective.

We embrace this philosophy, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.

Alistair Mclean - Activities Abroad
Our Opinion

“Harriniva is where we operated our first ever winter holiday.  It provided the inspiration for everything on our website and is as wonderful today as it was when we started.  Kiitos Harriniva."  Alistair Mclean

Our Customers' Feedback

The guide "Scotty" (dutch guide) was fantastic and made the holiday perfect for our family. Nothing was too much trouble, he was a mine of useful information, you felt safe and well looked after all the time. The whole group thought he was excellent. The advice we received on booking the holiday was just right. We have two teenagers and although Hannah is only 13 she thoroughly enjoyed the more adult based excursions.
Amanda Chetwynd - Mar 11

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