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Finland Northern Lights

from $2,049.00

Discover Finnish Lapland and view the Northern Lights

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 12
All about the Finland Northern Lights.

In order to truly appreciate the Northern Lights in their full glory, it is recommended to have the following; zero light pollution, close proximity to solar wind activity and a unique landscape. High above the Arctic Circle, this long weekend in a remote part of Finnish Lapland covers all three. With expert local guides, head deep into a unique snow-laden wilderness that will, with any luck, become the backdrop to one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on Earth.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 2 nights hotel, 1 night wilderness cabin
* 2 days mixed activity and Northern Lights themed excursions
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners
* Half day guided introduction to dogsledding (2 person per sled) Group normally 4 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years.

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • See the Northern lights with expert guides
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities
  • Experience a unique wilderness location
  • 2 nights hotel, 1 night wilderness cabin
  • 2 days mixed activities and Northern Lights themed excursions
  • Group┬ánormally 4 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Basic level of fitness required
  1. Day 1 Start Harriniva.

    Our trip starts in Harriniva, located in the beautiful rolling fells of western Lapland, near the border with Sweden.

  2. Day 2 Morning dogsledding near national park;

    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. 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.**

  3. 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.**

  4. Day 4 End Harriniva.

    Our trip ends in Harriniva.

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Where you stay

Hotel and 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 cosy pine interiors and a private bathroom with shower. A sauna is available at the hotel.

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

Eating and 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.

Level 2 – Leisurely/Moderate

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.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Awesome

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the whole holiday
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Darren was really good
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Warm socks

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Excellent wintery weekend!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were 3 main highlights of the trip for me, which were: 1. Seeing the Northern Lights for 2 nights on this 3 night trip! Our guide Darren told us that the aurora borealis had not been seen at all for the last month prior to our arrival. We were obviously very lucky as on our 2nd night, we went out on the snowmobiles and saw them. Wide green arcs spread out across the sky that changed shape and glowed brighter and fainter as we watched them, it was very exciting and we stayed out until 12.30 pm in minus 27 degrees celcius! We saw them again on our 3rd night at the wilderness lodge from the frozen lake. A beautiful sight that I will never forget. 2. Husky sledding - this was so much fun! Our guide was great and clearly very passionate about his dogs and making sure they are well cared for. The dogs are so excitable and have so much energy! 3. Relaxing in the sauna and then rolling about in the snow afterwards. This was great fun and very relaxing!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not walk away from the path during your time at the wilderness lodge. One did in our group and she ended up knee height in snow and the men in our group had to go and rescue her!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend anybody who would like to experience the arctic wilderness to book this weekend. I was just disappointed that I couldn't spend longer there, I will be back!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Wonderful Adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sharing the wilderness and northern lights with my daughters to inspire the adventurers within them. However what made this trip is the choice of activities, venues and area Exodus chose for us to experience and the travellers in our group we shared the experience with (building the log fires for the sauna in our wilderness night cabin and jumping in the snow during our sauna was great fun) Thanks Exodus for yet another AWESOME adventure
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Darren worked hard to organise and provide all that was needed
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a full on weekend and the cold weather

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Arctic Adventures

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When our group walked out onto the frozen lake next to the wilderness cabin and saw the aurora borealis for the second night running - especially as the lights had not been in view for the previous month.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    A very knowledgeable guide who looked after us well and made sure we got the very best out of our Arctic weekend. The whole team at Harriniva was good, but especially the dog sled leader we had; his enthusiasm was boundless and we all learned lots.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take good thermal gear to wear under the excellent kit they provide. Several pairs of socks (that are not too tight) are essential. Take your own head torch - they was a limited supply from the guide. Expect to be busy - it was non-stop, but that made it all the more special.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were very lucky to have seen the Northern Lights - they hadn't been seen for the previous month - and our guide ensured that we were in the best position to make the most of our luck; he even arranged for a professional photographer (who's photos of the Aurora are second to none) to help us with camera settings.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Finland northern lights adventure!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern lights each night but especially on the third night at the wilderness cabin. I just lay in the snow and watched them, a very exciting and exhilarating sight.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Becky was an outstanding guide. From giving us a talk about the Northern lights, leading us on a snow mobile tour through the forest at night to cooking our delicious dinner and breakfast at the wilderness cabin, her knowledge and enthusiasm for Finland could not be faulted. She is truly an asset to Exodus.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wrap up warm! Get hand and foot warmers as your fingers and toes will feel the cold first! Several layers of thermals, head torch, walking pole, and your driving licence for the snow mobile. The kit provided is very good but you may prefer your own liner gloves and balaclava. A
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An outstanding trip. If you are even considering this holiday my advice is BOOK IT, you will not be disappointed!

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