Northern Lights vacation in Finnish Lapland, Harriniva

An eight day odyssey not only of Finland’s winter wilderness but of the dark skies. Watch constellations, gasp at the Aurora and go husky sledding. Hurrah for Harriniva.
Harriniva Winter adventures in Western Finnish Lapland Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park Snowmobiling Husky sledding Reindeer sled ride Wilderness hotel Northern Lights Options for cross country skiing or snowshoeing
Price
£2115To£2525 including UK flights
Duration
8 Days
Countries
Finland, Lapland
Type
Small group
Group size
8-22 people
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Includes flights from London to Kittila, transfers from Kittila, accommodation, full board, 6 guided activities and equipment (as per schedule), cold weather clothing.
Minimum age 15 yrs
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Description of Northern Lights vacation in Finnish Lapland, Harriniva

Price information

£2115To£2525 including UK flights
Includes flights from London to Kittila, transfers from Kittila, accommodation, full board, 6 guided activities and equipment (as per schedule), cold weather clothing.
Minimum age 15 yrs
Make enquiry

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2 Reviews of Northern Lights vacation in Finnish Lapland, Harriniva

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Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


That's a difficult question because there were so many, I couldn't pick just one. From seeing the snow glittering on the trees as we snowshoed through the Narnia like nighttime forest, to the excitement of dog sledding and getting hugs and kisses from the dogs after our trip, to seeing the Northern Lights, to sitting under a blanket in the stillness of the night as a reindeer pulled our sleigh across a frozen lake; it was all magical. Many memories to last a lifetime.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a book, games, cards, snacks such as popcorn, hot cocoa. We travelled with our 2 young adult children. Our activities were all at night so while we skied, hiked and explored during the day, there was time before and after dinner that we spent in our cabin and were glad for having brought playing cards and snacks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. This was all confirmed in conversations had with the staff, the dog handlers and the reindeer herder. I also appreciated that all items in the gift shop were made in Finnland. A suggestion would be to add paintings and drawings by local artists.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Definitely a 5 star vacation. We enjoyed every meal and the options. The staff were knowledgable and friendly. Our cabin was perfect, the beds comfortable and the sauna a delight. The excursions were well done, the guides excellent. They explained things well, our safety and an enjoyable experience were their primary concern.

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were many memorable parts to this vacation, from catching a glimpse of the lights, to riding snow mobiles through the forest at night, to breathing such beautiful clean air. The vacation was magical.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There is no need to buy lots of specialist clothing, just some thermals and a couple of base layers. No need to dress up. Also don't stress about seeing the lights, the vacation is fabulous and if you get to see them its "the icing on the cake", enjoy all the wonderful experiences and the beauty and magic of the place.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The vacation was so interesting from the environmental and conservation point of view. We went on the Sami culture day which explained so much about how they lived and how they worked with the environment. A truly beautiful, unspoilt place.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



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Planet

This Northern Lights- dedicated trip is thoroughly focused on exposing guests to the stunning nature of Harriniva, and operates with great care for the environment. Every day of this itinerary is open for guests to choose how to spend their time, and they are offered free use of snowshoes, cross country skis and of the hotel spa. This encourages recreational activities which are non-polluting and focus on physical health and well-being, as guests are likely to take advantage of facilities that are free of charge.

Many of the activities use completely natural facilities, making the most of the area’s animal-powered transport, as guests complete a reindeer safari and a husky safari. Not only does this minimise carbon emissions where ever possible, it also benefits the animals as it keeps them exercised and adds some extra love and attention to their daily routine. It is safe to say that most sledding organisations in this region take great care of their huskies, and we specifically choose husky farms that do so. Guests will complete their safari at the largest and most well-known husky farm in Finland, which places the health and well-being of the huskies as its top priority. They receive regular visits from the vet and an annual inspection to ensure their happiness and welfare.

The surrounding landscape also greatly benefits this trip’s itinerary, as activities such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing are environmentally harmless. When potentially harmful machinery is used, such as the snowmobiles, two people drive one snowmobile. This reduces the number of snowmobiles being driven at any one time, minimising the number of fumes and chemicals that are released into the environment.

Each activity has the goal of seeing the Northern Lights, therefore guests are taken away from the light pollution and sound pollution of busy, built-up areas in order to appreciate them. They will pay constant attention and awareness to their environment and the phenomenal natural properties of Western Lapland, admiring the stars and the Northern Lights, should they be visible.

People

All aspects of this trip remain local and close to the surrounding community. Activities are based in Harriniva and all guides are local, providing native workers with financial support and gain. Two of the included activities are a visit to a local husky farm and a visit to a reindeer farm, where guests join local families to learn about the history of the animals and their importance to the economy. This combines fun and thrilling activities with culture and tradition, teaching guests important Finnish pastimes in an interesting and enjoyable manner. This also benefits small, local businesses and maintains financial security within the community.

The dining on this seven night venture is also local and regional. Each meal is taken in the hotel restaurant, including a special farewell dinner which consists of only Finnish delicacies. Eating locally not only has its financial benefits, but also advocates tradition and cultural exchange, giving guests a taste of the regional cuisine.

Guests have the option to attend a Sámi Culture day, which involves learning about Sámi traditions and visiting a museum. This allows indigenous people to teach others about their lifestyle and customs which may otherwise be misunderstood or merely unknown. This is hugely important for such an interesting and diverse culture, advocating respect and understanding of their beliefs and values.

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