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Northern Lights Finland

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Northern Lights Active Finland Weekend

Go in search of the Northern Lights on a long weekend in Arctic Finland. On this unique experience you’ll stay for two nights in wooden cabins and one night in a wilderness cabin.

Get ready to enjoy two days of 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; eat lunch in an ice village; spend the evening on a brilliant Northern Lights snowmobile excursion; experience dogsledding near the national park with a picnic lunch and go in search of the Northern Lights on a snowshoe 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 – with a little bit of luck – view one of the Earth’s most spectacular natural phenomena.

Trip Notes

Itinerary:

Northern Lights Finland

Day 1
Start Harriniva.
Day 2
Morning visit to a local reindeer herder’s farm, short tour on traditional reindeer sleds; lunch at ice village; evening Northern Lights snowmobile excursion.
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 short 3km ride on a traditional reindeer sled. We will then have lunch in a local ice hotel, which displays ice sculptures designed by local artists.
In the afternoon there will be time to relax and unwind in the sauna. Dinner will then be taken in a Kota (a traditional structure shaped like a teepee) 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.

Day 3
Morning dogsledding near national park with picnic lunch; evening transfer to wilderness cabin, after-dinner Northern Lights snowshoe excursion.

This moring 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. After picnic lunch prepared on an open fire in the woods we then head back to base. 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 zero light pollution and is the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights from. After dinner there will be a chance to don our snowshoes and head out into the wilderness in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 4
End Torassieppi / End Harriniva

Details

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.

More Details

Accommodation: Wilderness Cabins

HARRINIVA WOODEN CABINS – At Harriniva we stay in 2 person wooden cabins, right on the edge of the river Etuvayla, the other side of which is Sweden. Each cabin is en suite, with its own private sauna.
WILDERNESS CABINS – For the night in the wilderness the 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.A single supplement is available for a supplement of £140 (approx. US$280). Please contact us for availability.

Essential info

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.
Dogsledding 
While speeds rarely exceed 20 km per hour, injuries can occur if a sled tips over or leaves the trail, and participants should be prepared for this risk.
Low level snowshoeing:we have chosen to categorize this holiday as ‘Low Level Snowshoeing’, which is described as snowshoeing over flat or undulating terrain, where avalanche risk is non-existent, and there are no big-drops and very steep terrain is rare. There is minimal risk of injury from falls or slides on icy terrain.
Cross-country skiing 
On a beginner’s cross-country skiing course your instructor will choose the trails and terrain carefully, and will avoid steep slopes, however, even on the flat you should expect to fall over. Unlike downhill skiing, where falls can happen at speed, most cross-country falls happen at slow speeds or from an almost static position, and cause no injury. Although it is very rare, some falls do lead to injury, in the worst cases this may include broken bones. Overall cross-country skiing is a safe sport to take part in, if properly instructed.All active winter holidays involve some element of risk; from something as simple as slipping on icy pavements, to the possibility of injuries sustained as a result of the activities themselves. While we do all we can to minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday.
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. Vegetarians are catered for on request.

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.
  • Daylight hours
  • 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.
  • Northern Lights
  • 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.

   

Dates & Rates

Thu 09 Mar 17 – Sun 12 Mar 17

Price from £979 excluding flights (flight inclusive options from the UK also available), please enquire for availability and live rates.

What’s included

  • All meals
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Thermal jacket, trousers and boots throughout
  • Northern Lights specialist in the evenings

What’s not included

  • Ski hire
  • Travel insurance

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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