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Once you've mastered the handling of your snowmobile, the guides will teach you how to cope with challenging conditions like deep snow. Described as "quad bikes for winter", these powerful machines allow cross-country access to otherwise out of bounds places. This trip takes you beyond being just a visitor.

What's included?

  • Transfers: Return airport transfers to meet scheduled flights
  • Accommodation: 2 nights shared safari houses (for 3 - 4 people sharing), 2 nights Galdotieva Fell Centre cabin, 2 nights Kilpisjärvi cabin
  • Activities: 5-day snowmobile safari driving your own snowmobile (you must have a valid driving licence)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities 

A note on flights: Whilst flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our travel experts for details of the available options from your preferred departure airport. Direct flights are available on some dates and our team will offer you the best available flights and fares.


You need to be over 18 years old and in good physical condition to undertake this snowmobile safari into the remote wilderness. A full driving licence is required and you must have previous experience of snowmobiling for this holiday.

You will follow your knowledgeable local guide on breathtaking trails to Kilpisjärvi – a mystical and remote region steeped in Sámi tradition and folklore. Admire the incredible views of frozen lakes and snow-covered mountain peaks along the way through the wildest corner of Finnish Lapland.

Before February, the weather is too hostile to travel from Muonio to Kilpisjärvi. But we are ready to take you there as soon as the time is right and the weather improves to reveal one of Finland's best-kept secrets. The locals agree that this is one of the most beautiful places in all the country.

When snowmobiling came to this area in the 1960s it transformed the lives of the local people; communities could keep in contact in the dark winter months and it made the tough existence of the Sámi reindeer herders easier. For guests here today, snowmobiling is about Arctic adventure that allows you to fully appreciate the beauty and the scale of the wilderness.

You will travel to the place where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet, as well as driving to the summit of Halti, Finland's highest mountain.

At the end of your holiday, we can arrange for you to spend the final night of your stay in either an Aurora Dome or a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village for an unforgettable night. 


Image credits: Antti Pietikäinen & Steve Cushing
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Key facts

Duration:6 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a good level of physical fitness and a full driving licence.
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  • From the airport, you will be transferred to your shared accommodation for the first night of your holiday. This will vary depending on availability but could be at any of the Pietikäinen family’s three hotels or a safari house located near the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel (max distance of around 5km). If you are staying in one of the hotels then you will enjoy your evening meal in that hotel reception, if you are staying in one of the safari houses the hotel will provide a minibus to take you to dinner. You will be provided will full information regarding your accommodation for the first and final nights of your stay upon arrival.  If you would like to upgrade to a private en-suite hotel room for the start and end of your stay then please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

    For an extra special start or end to your holiday it is possible to upgrade to an Aurora Bubble or a night in the Torassieppi Winter Village. Please see the personalise section for more details. 

  • After breakfast, you will meet with your snowmobile guide for a briefing and introduction on what the days ahead will bring. You will be kitted out with your cold weather gear (warm overalls, boots, socks, hat, mittens, gloves and helmet) and be given instruction in correct snowmobile handling and safety etiquette which your guide will show you how to put into practise.

    Then, it is time to turn the key and start your engines. Your previous experience of snowmobiling and good physical fitness are called upon straight away. Covering around 100km of winter terrain, you journey through forests and across frozen lakes against the stunning backdrop of Lapland.

    There is a picnic lunch stop before continuing the drive to Galdotieva Fell Centre close to the Norwegian border which is your base for the night.

    Following dinner, you will enjoy a well-deserved night’s sleep in a shared log cabin or simple apartment.

  • Following a satisfying breakfast, you enter the treeless mountain area of North West Finland. The weather here can change rapidly with bright sunshine one minute and a snow blizzard the next so it is imperative that you follow the guide’s instruction as they know the trail better than anyone.

    Today’s route covers around 150km and ends at the small village of Kilpisjärvi where you will spend the night in cabins. You should take the opportunity to walk down to the lake here for a view to remember.

  • The driving distance today is a little shorter (around 120km) but the challenges are tougher! This morning your snowmobile ascent of the highest mountain in Finland, Halti, offers spectacular views of the Norwegian mountains. In the afternoon, you will ride out to the famous point where the countries of Finland, Norway and Sweden meet.

    On returning to your accommodation in Kilpisjärvi you can use the sauna to soothe any aching bones and unwind, in true Scandinavian style.

  • By now you will be feeling confident driving your snowmobile when you head back to Galdotieva. Clock up another 150km or so today using skills you’ve learnt so far. If the snow conditions allow, you will learn new skills from your guide on how best to handle your snowmobile in deep, powdery snow. You have a picnic lunch en route today with dinner served in your overnight accommodation. 

  • After breakfast, the last part of your snowmobile safari follows part of the Victoria Trail between Finland and Sweden. This 120km run back to Muonio is an absolute thrill. Back at the safari houses, you can enjoy a well-deserved sauna and a farewell dinner of Lappish delicacies to reward your achievement of completing this challenging snowmobile safari.

    If you would like to spend the final night of your trip somewhere pretty unique then we can arrange for you to sleep in either an Aurora Dome or in a snow igloo room at Torassieppi Winter Village. Please see the 'personalise' section of the holiday page for details.

     

  • Today you adventure draws to a close and you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flights home. 

    If you would like to stop off in Helsinki on your way home then we can arrange for you to enjoy some time in the city on your way home. See the 'personalise' section for details or simply speak to one of our travel experts. 

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1,6

Ideally located in the north-west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday.

Owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and the large range of enjoyable activities on offer.

Hotel facilities

The hotel has a range of facilities that have been designed to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible.

  • There is free Wi-Fi throughout for guest use, in our experience, we have found it works best in the main reception and dining area
  • The hotel restaurant consists of three separate dining areas. The meals are served in a buffet style with two or three choices for each course. The food here is hearty and wholesome
  • The hotel also has a pub serving a range of beers, wines and spirits - this is the perfect place to unwind and relax with your fellow guests in the evening
  • Tea and coffee are available throughout the day at reception, but it is not free of charge, so we would recommend taking a travel kettle if this is of particular importance to you
  • In the main reception area of the hotel, you will find a small gift shop selling a range of postcards, soft toys and handcrafted products. There is also a selection of snacks that can be purchased
  • A sauna is available for guest use with separate facilities for men and women. This is free of charge and is heated every evening for around three hours
  • The hotel also has an Aurora Wellness Centre (situated a short walk away on the riverbank), where you can enjoy a range of therapies such as facials or massages. A real treat after a day of sapping up the pristine wilderness! During peak periods, we would strongly recommend booking therapies in advance through reception (all payable locally)
  • Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to hire for a small charge and there are marked trails surrounding the hotel for those with some experience. For those interested in downhill skiing, the reception will be able to arrange a taxi to the nearby ski resort of Olos (payable locally).

Room types

Double/twin rooms: Harriniva has 64 guest bedrooms which consist of twin or double rooms. Triple rooms are also available on request. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer.

Safari House: for those travelling on our longer husky or snowmobile experiences, your nights before and after setting out on your adventure you will stay either at one of the Pietikäinen family’s three hotels (in a shared room) or a safari house located near the Harriniva Wilderness Hotel (max distance of around 5km). If you are staying in one of the hotels then you will enjoy your evening meal in that hotel restaurant, if you are staying in one of the safari houses the hotel will provide a minibus to take you to dinner. You will be provided will full information regarding your accommodation for the first and final nights of your stay upon arrival.  If you would like to upgrade to a private en-suite hotel room for the start and end of your stay then please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation. If you are staying in one of the Safari Houses then each has sleeping facilities, a shower room, toilet, hairdryer and a sauna.


 ©Matt Robinson, Emmi KäHköNen, Harriniva Hotels & Safaris 

Galdotieva Fell Centre

Nights: 2,5

Situated close to the Norwegian border, Galdotieva Fell Centre is a spectacularly isolated spot on the route to Norway, which will play a significant part in your wilderness adventure. With very few cars or people passing this way, the vast landscape will take your breath away.

The shared cabins have a perfect position to capture remarkable views across the frozen wilds with nothing else in sight so you can experience uninterrupted views of the Northern skies and the possibility of exceptional Aurora viewing.

Hotel facilities

The main building is a short walk away from the ten cabins. Here you will find the simple restaurant that serves wholesome and hearty meals for all you adventurers. Browse around the shop, a favourite with locals on their way to and from Norway, which stocks almost everything from outdoor gear to reindeer steaks! It is a great place to meet some locals who are passing through.

Room types

Galdotieva can accommodate around 50 guests in a total of 10 cabins.

Our guests stay in one of the four larger cabins which sleep four to eight guests. The cabins are simple yet cosy and comfortable providing a welcome retreat after a day of adventures.  Each cabin contains a kitchenette, sauna, shower, WC, fireplace and TV. There is a dormitory style sleeping area on the second floor.

Kilpisjärvi

Nights: 3-4

Kilpisjärvi may not have five-star accommodation facilities, but it is in a five-star location; this is a stunning area of Finland that is well off the tourist trail and one that few people will ever get to experience.

Accommodation in this remote village is limited and so depending on availability you will stay in either simple apartments or cabin accommodation on the village outskirts. The bedrooms are typically all shared, as are the bathroom facilities.

Kilpisjärvi is a favourite holiday destination with many of our guides across Scandinavia and you are sure to discover why!

Image credits: Gareth Hutton, Antti Pietikäinen

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Helsinki City Break

The majority of our remote destinations in Finland can only be accessed by flights that connect through the Finnish capital city of Helsinki so a stopover here is a popular choice.

In Helsinki you can enjoy some world class restaurants, a rich culture and a beautiful coastal location on the Baltic Sea. Some of our favourite experiences include a tour of the Ateneum Art Museum, stopping off at one of the city’s many coffee shops and taking a ferry ride out of the main city to visit the incredible UNSECO listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

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Please note that the included flights will not always allow for a stopover but we shall do what we can to meet your requirements. We would advise getting in touch with our Travel Experts to discuss all of the options available and they will happily provide a quotation for you. 

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 4 - 16 people.

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

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Unless otherwise stated in the 'Key Facts', the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company: www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Reduced mobility
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

Still buzzing & aching a little. Had a great time. 10 April 2018 by Brian Edlington

Enough even for the most adventurous. River/forest trail,rolling moors, high fells, mountain passes, powder snow, high speeds on frozen lakes & the Northern lights! Still buzzing & aching a little. Had a great time. Many thanks to the guides & Artisan Travel/Harriniva's organisation & planning. Brian Edlington, The crazy Yorkshireman with the snowmobile with the reindeer bell.



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