Finland Northern Lights
Discover Finnish Lapland and view the Northern Lights
Reviews 10 Reviews5/5
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
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.
* 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.
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- 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 normally 4 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
- No previous experience necessary
- Basic level of fitness required
Our trip starts in Harriniva, located in the beautiful rolling fells of western Lapland, near the border with Sweden.
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.**
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.**
Our trip ends in Harriniva.
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.
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.