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Northern Lights Finland

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Northern Lights Finland Adventure Weekend

Go in search of the Northern Lights on a long weekend in Arctic Finland. Join expert guides on snowmobiles and snowshoes as you hunt down this spectacular natural phenomena deep in the Finnish wilderness. 

Highlights

  • Search for the Northern lights with expert guides
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities
  • Experience a unique wilderness location
  • Stay in wooden cabins
  • Go dog and reindeer sledding
  • Try snowshoeing
  • Meet Lappish reindeer herders

Get ready to enjoy exciting winter activities and excursions themed around the incredible Northern Lights. You’ll visit a local reindeer herder’s farm, take a short tour on traditional reindeer sleds; spend the evening on a brilliant Northern Lights snowmobile excursion; experience dogsledding near the national park with a picnic lunch and don snowshoes for another Northern Lights excursion.

You don’t need any particular experience to take part although a basic level of fitness is required. This long weekend in a remote area of Finnish Lapland, high above the Arctic Circle, ticks all the boxes when it comes to experiencing the Northern Lights in all their glory. Your expert local guides will do everything they can in the midst of this snow-laden wilderness to help you view one of the Earth’s most spectacular natural phenomena.

Itinerary:

 

DAY 1

Fly to Kittila via Helsinki; transfer to Harriniva (approx. 40mins).
Our trip starts in Harriniva, located in the beautiful rolling fells of western Lapland, near the border with Sweden.
Meals included: dinner

DAY 2

Morning dogsledding near national park; “Secrets of the Northern Lights” presentation and evening snowmobile excursion.

This morning we head to the husky kennels where we will meet our friendly teams, who will be extremely happy to see you. After a short lesson on the basics of dogsledding we head out, 2 to a sled, for a 17 km ‘mush’ on pre prepared sled tracks. We will then head back to the hotel where will have our lunch.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a “Secrets of the Northern Lights” presentation with pancakes cooked on an open fire. An upgraded farewell dinner will then be served in the hotel restaurant to sample traditional local foods. After digesting, we then suit up and head into the wilderness on snowmobiles in search of the Northern Lights. Our route takes us on a 20km circuit to the top of a nearby fell, where we will enjoy some warm drinks and hopefully a glimpse of the Aurora over the vast untouched Arctic wilderness.
Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

DAY 3

Morning visit to a local reindeer herder’s farm, short tour on traditional reindeer sleds; lunch at Winter village; transfer to wilderness cabin, after-dinner Northern Lights snowshoe walk.

After a hearty Finnish breakfast we transfer to a local reindeer herder’s farm to learn about the life and ways of the Lappish reindeer herder. We will be shown how to throw the Lappish lasso, or ‘suopunki’, and also experience a 3km ride on a traditional reindeer sled. We will then have lunch at the Winter Village in the Ice Restaurant, which displays ice sculptures designed by local artists. The afternoon is free to relax. Once the sun is firmly below the horison, we then transfer to our wilderness cabin (approx 35mins). Situated deep in the forest our cabin is surrounded by 0 light pollution and is the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights. After dinner there will be a chance to don our snowshoes and head out into the wilderness in search of the Aurora.
Meals included: breakfast lunch dinner

DAY 4

Transfer to Kittila Airport; fly to London via Helsinki.
Our trip ends in Harriniva.
Meals included: breakfast

More Details

Essential info

  • 2 nights hotel, 1 night wilderness cabin
  • 2 days mixed activities and Northern Lights themed excursions
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Basic level of fitness required

Group Size

This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.

Activity Level

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

Accommodation: Wilderness Cabins

At Harriniva we stay in a hotel, right on the edge of the river Etuvayla, the other side of which is Sweden. Each room has cozy pine interiors and a private bathroom with shower. Sauna is available at the Hotel.

The wilderness cabin is a dormitory style accommodation with maximum 8 persons per room. The facilities can be quite simple but cosy with all huts heated by a wood-burning stove. It also features a sauna.

Vaccinations and Visa

No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland. There are no specific health risks.


Holiday style

2 days mixed activities, with visits to and exploration of areas of natural beauty. Each evening we will attempt to see the Northern Lights, choosing location and times based on the latest information to give us the best chance of seeing them.

This is a mixed activity trip. None of the activities require previous experience, however a good level of fitness is needed to take part in the dogsledding excursion and in the walks. Please bear in mind that being in the cold for an extended period of time can be quite tiring.

Eating & drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included.
The food provided covers a variety of traditional Finnish dishes and is prepared at a high standard. Vegetarian options also available.

Weather & seasonality

In the regions close to the Arctic Circle temperatures during the season range from -30degC to +5degC. Christmas will normally be the coldest (usually below -20 C), but the temperatures rise as the days lengthen, and early April can see temperatures around -10degC to +5degC. Recent years have seen massive fluctuations in the space of a few weeks with lows of -45degC and highs of +10degC just a few days apart.

In mid-winter (December/January) the sun remains just above the horizon from 10am to about 4pm. But the days lengthen quickly, and by end of March there are more daylight hours than in the UK. For many people, the most exciting time to travel is in January, the low temperatures and shorter days add a sense of adventure. Often the trees are covered in heavy snow at this time of year, and the low-angled light is excellent for photography.

There is a chance of seeing the breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from September to late April (on clear nights) at latitudes close to, and above the Arctic Circle. They are also often seen further south, but are less spectacular and less frequent. Solar activity is greater around the equinoxes (September and April), and at lower latitudes this can be the best time to see them. Inside the Arctic Circle, they tend to be just as good in any winter month, nevertheless the Northern Lights are a phenomenon of nature and cannot be guaranteed or promised in any way.

Please note that as this trip is based well above the Arctic Circle the cold weather is very unpredictable. Saftey for the clients is always paramount so please be aware that the order of the itinerary and the length of route may be subject to last minute changes.

   

  • 18 Jan 2018 – 21 Jan 2018. Price from: £1,099
  • 08 Feb 2018 – 11 Feb 2018. Price from: £1,099
  • 08 Mar 2018 – 11 Mar 2018. Price from £1,099

Note that prices exclude flights and are subject to change. Enquire for live availability and prices. Flight inclusive prices to/from UK also available.

What’s included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners
  • Half day guided introduction to dogsledding (2 person per sled)

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Operator

“If you’re looking for a company with experience you can’t beat these guys. This operator started life in February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.

For the company, and people who work for them “it’s all about adventure” which is what they were founded on and what they are still about today. Their trips take place all around the world where they help travelers to delve into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to a country’ unique identity.

We love that their groups and guides travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise the impact, to ensure that every holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.”

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