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All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This has been one of our best selling holidays for well over a decade and it’s easy to see why. The itinerary is based at a wonderful hotel with its own sled dog centre and includes an epic snowmobile safari, reindeer encounter and an unforgettable overnight husky safari with a night in a wilderness cabin. If you want to enjoy some Arctic highlights and have a desire for some adventure then look no further.

What's included?

  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Flights: Return flights from London to Kittilä, either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 6 nights hotel room and 1 night in wilderness cabin accommodation
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Reindeer farm and safari, snowmobile safari, overnight husky safari, cross-country ski or snowshoe equipment hire for one day (order of activities subject to change)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
  • Dedicated Artisan Travel Company representative

Always one of our most popular holidays, the Winter Adventure in Harriniva is full of authentic Finnish activities and offers the chance to experience life in the wilderness.

This is an ideal holiday for anyone looking to tick off the main Arctic activities whilst also enjoying a true adventure as part of their holiday. The snowmobiling and reindeer encounter we include highlight the region’s culture and landscape wonderfully but the true highlight of the holiday is sure to be the overnight husky safari.

The experience of driving your own team of dogs across the Arctic is unforgettable but to lead them to a wilderness cabin for a night of true escapism is unforgettable. This is a hands-on adventure for those who want a real taste of the wilderness before heading back to the warmth of a family-owned hotel room for one last night.

We also provide you with some free time so that you can tailor your time in Lapland and enjoy some additional activities or relaxation.


Image credits:  Antti Pietikäinen
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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Ages 16+ with a good level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information.
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  • Upon arrival, you transfer directly to your accommodation at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, a journey that takes you through increasingly picturesque scenery to the heart of Finnish Lapland. Once you have settled into your room, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

    After dinner, you’ll meet with your guide and group to discuss the exciting adventures ahead. Your cold weather clothing will be provided and will be yours for the duration of your stay (if you are on a late arrival, this will take place the following morning).

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Today starts with a gentle introduction to your new surroundings, you will be driven to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm (around 20 minutes away) for an insight into the daily working lives of the herders and the important role they and their reindeer play in this part of the world.

    Built over 100 years ago, the farm showcases traditions and customs of reindeer husbandry and many fascinating facts. You can try your hand at throwing a Lappish Lasso before enjoying a 7km reindeer-pulled sleigh ride through the wilderness (one to two people per sled). Lunch will be served around an open fire.

    This afternoon you will head back to the hotel where you can take advantage of the traditional Finnish sauna.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Snowmobiles are part of daily life here in Lapland and are used as a form of transport between remote communities; however, they are also extremely good fun!

    After full instruction and a safety briefing your guide will lead you on a thrilling snowmobile safari lasting around five hours (including lunch around an open fire). You will cover between 60 and 80km of pristine landscapes during your safari (travelling two people per machine) and, as you speed through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes, you will get a real sense of the full scale of the Arctic wilds. You and your partner can take turns driving the snowmobile (providing you both have a full licence).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Driving a team of eager huskies through the wilds of the Arctic is an experience on many adventurers’ wish lists. The connection between the dogs, the musher and the wilderness has to be experienced to be understood fully.

    This morning will pack your equipment and head out to meet your team of huskies. Harriniva’s on-site Arctic Sled Dog Centre is home to over 400 dogs and is known as a centre of excellence in the area so you don’t have far to go.

    Your guide will give you full instruction and tuition on how to handle these incredible dogs. You will harness your team of four to five dogs, load the sled and head off on this most memorable of experiences.

    Driving your sled you will cover around 25km today (depending on conditions). Lunch will be served around an open fire en route.

    Your destination is a wilderness cabin where the group will all pitch in with the tasks of making the fire, preparing food, feeding the huskies and heating the sauna (there may not be electricity or running water in some cabins but there is a wood fired sauna, after all, this is Finland).

    The cabin you stay in will depend on the trail conditions. Most cabins do not have running water, electricity or inside toilets and accommodation is dormitory style. They are, however, exceedingly cosy once the fire is blazing and your guide will cook up a campfire dinner to warm the cockles. You will spend the night in a cosy Arctic grade sleeping bag.

    The remote location of the cabins also offers dark skies and the lack of light pollution makes them ideal Northern Lights territories.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The dogs will be up and ready for the trail this morning and so after breakfast at your cabin, you will get straight back out and on with the adventure.

    The second day gives you the chance to further hone your mushing skills as you head back to the welcoming warmth of Harriniva.

    Again you will cover around 25km with your trusted huskies and there is sure to be a sad farewell when you say goodbye to them back at the hotel. A hearty meal in the hotel restaurant and a hot shower will hopefully provide some consolation.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • We have left today free to spend your way, whether just relaxing in these peaceful surroundings, taking advantage of one of the saunas or enjoying a walk.

    There are plenty of additional activities on offer including additional snowmobile safaris, Northern Lights hunts and ice fishing. These can be booked in advance through us or can be booked and paid for locally (subject to availability). As part of this package, you also have free use of cross-country skiing equipment or snowshoes for one day, so why not head out into the wintery landscape to give one of these a try (for skiing, some prior experience is recommended).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today has also been left free so that you can try additional activities or make use of the free cross-country skiing equipment and snowshoes and explore the area further.

    Tonight you will enjoy a special farewell dinner, reliving the highlights of your stay with your fellow guests.

    If you want to spend the night in true style then we can also arrange for you to upgrade to a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village or to one of the spectacular Aurora Domes (please see the ‘Personalise’ section for details).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Loaded up on souvenirs and unforgettable memories of this Winter Adventure you return to the airport for your flights home.

    Alternatively, we can arrange for you to explore the bright lights of Finland’s capital with a stop off in Helsinki en route back home. Details of all of the extensions can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-3,5-7

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 

Wilderness Cabins

Nights: 4

Wilderness cabin accommodation is reserved for those people enjoying overnight safaris. There can surely be few better forms of escape from the everyday stresses (which could include laptops, mobiles and your day job) than a night in one of these cabins. Their isolation also means that the views of the night sky are incredible.

The Northern Lights could well pay you a visit should conditions be right and, if the sky is clear, you will never forget the sight of the galaxy overhead.

The title is fairly self-explanatory as the cabins are located in the wilds. The cabins that you visit are determined by the conditions of the trails you are using. They are varied in their set up but all offer the same incredible experience of complete silence in the evening (not guaranteed if you are dog sledding as the huskies do like a howl now and then!).

Some of the cabins are more basic than others, as some have no electricity or running water. Everyone will join the guide to help set up camp by collecting wood and water if needed. Participating enhances the wilderness experience.

Once the fire is lit, the food is cooked. The guides prepare your meals over an open fire and our guests always provide exceptional feedback on the meals that the guides rustle up.

Should you have specific dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking.

There are no showers or bathroom facilities in the cabins but this is all part of the adventure. Scandinavia is renowned for its saunas and the wilderness cabins are no exception. Once heated, you can steam clean in the sauna. The toilet facilities are normally a short walk from the cabin and are compostable. We certainly recommend a head torch for any ventures to the toilet during the night!

In most cases, the sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. You will be given your own arctic-grade sleeping bag in which to sleep and, combined with your thermals and the open fire, this should keep you lovely and warm.

You will carry with you all that you need for any stay in the cabins, so luggage is typically restricted to the essentials. Your main bag will be securely stored back at the hotel and a safe is provided for your valuables.

There is something so refreshing about realising that you can strip back your belongings and enjoy such a simple but satisfying experience.

Depending on the weather conditions you might spend the nights in cosy and warm basecamp tents at one of the wilderness camps.


Other options

Harriniva Northern Lights Cabins

Harriniva also offers a number of self-contained Northern Lights Cabins just a short walk from the main building. Subject to availability, you can choose to stay in one of these rather than the hotel rooms.

The cabins are located right on the edge of the river and have either a double bed (formed from two single beds pushed together) or twin beds, a small kitchenette, a sauna and en-suite shower room with hairdryer. They offer a simple alternative to the hotel rooms and are ideal for those who would like more secluded accommodation.

Harriniva Riverside Cabins - NEW for 2018

So new, that they are yet to experience their first Finnish winter, we are unable to provide winter images of these wonderful riverside cabins. Rest assured, however, when winter does arrive and the land is covered in a beautiful, thick blanket of snow and the river has frozen, these cosy cabins will make a welcome escape at the end of an active day.

Ranging from 39m² to 47m², Harriniva’s Riverside Cabins, are a great accommodation option for larger groups or those wanting a little extra space during their stay. Each cabin comes fully equipped with a kitchenette which includes a stove, dishwasher and fridge, private bathroom and sauna, and a living area. With one bedroom, one loft area (accessed by a steep ladder) and a pull-out bed in the living room, the cabins can sleep five people in total.


Upgrade to a Riverside Cabin: from £60 per night 


Credit: Antti Pietikainen

Special Nights

Night in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes, situated at Torassieppi and Jeris, offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (approximately 50-100m).

Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at the hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8.30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.

Available: Monday - Sunday


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £84pp

Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.

Your bed may be made of snow and ice but your thick sleeping bags and mattresses will ensure a warm night.

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8.30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres’ walk away. You will check out after breakfast.

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm


Please note: as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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Night in an Aurora Dome

From £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes, situated at Torassieppi and Jeris, offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

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The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (approximately 50-100m).

Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at the hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8.30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.

Available: Monday - Sunday


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Other options

Activities

Optional Winter Activities

There will be the option for you to arrange additional activities locally during your holiday. Your guide will discuss the possibilities with the group as the available options can change and the order of the main itinerary is also subject to amends.

If, however, you know that there is an activity which you would like to try and include before you travel then please let our travel experts know at the time of booking and we will do our best to try and secure this for you in advance (subject to availability). 

Extensions

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. 

Image credit: VisitFinland.com

Special Nights

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £84pp

Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.

Your bed may be made of snow and ice but your thick sleeping bags and mattresses will ensure a warm night.

Read more about this activity

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8.30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres’ walk away. You will check out after breakfast.

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm


Please note: as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Pricing note: prices are per person and based on 2 adults sharing a hotel room. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation if you have any other requirements.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

The minimum number of participants is 4 and the maximum is 12. 

Group size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, 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

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

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 and equipment hire

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

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.

Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Overnight husky safari

Please note: Should you wish to discontinue the overnight husky safari for reasons other than emergency evacuation, you will be charged an evacuation fee of €300.

Traveller Reviews

I cannot fault the hotel and their staff! 10 April 2018 by Christopher Gault & Claire Ingram

The hotel were fantastic in providing our Gluten Free food. I have never been to a hotel or holiday destination where as much care and choice was provided when it came to our food. They went above and beyond to ensure we did not miss out on anything that guests without food allergies were having. They cooked a separate meal especially for us on one day as both of the other options contained Gluten
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and they even brought additional dishes to our table to ensure we had sufficient food. I cannot fault the hotel and their staff! On mentioning the staff; from day 1 they were personable, remembered our names as well as every other guest's name and addressed us by our names daily. They came across as genuinely caring for each individual staying with them. The guides on the activities were fantastic, knowledgeable about Finland and the activities, and great fun to be with. A special mention to Darren who went above and beyond to make our holiday what it was.
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Most enjoyable 27 March 2018 by Stuart & Anita Armstrong

Most enjoyable was probably the two day husky sledding. Everything about it from the dogs, the guides, the campfire cooking, the wilderness cabin, the sauna and the other guests on the safari were excellent.

All in all a value for money holiday 26 February 2015 by Andy Gibson

The dog sled trip was the biggest highlight - we plan to do a multi-day trip now! The whole open-fire eating outdoor experience on the three safari's was also worthy of praise. Over all a superb holiday. Accommodation great; food varied and great; staff excellent - all in all a value for money holiday.

Fantastic experience, everything ran like clockwork 16 February 2015 by Nigel Robinson

Fantastic experience, everything ran like clockwork. Dog sledding without a doubt..amazing! Saw the Northern Lights 3 times and combining this with the huskies it was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Thank you.

Nothing was too much trouble 13 February 2015 by Peter Howlett

Hotel was excellent, staff could not have been more helpful or friendly (nothing was too much trouble). Not your typical 5* luxury in the sun, far better. You were made to feel so welcome it was like being in your own home. Food was excellent but limited but that did not spoil anything. (Lots of Fish and Reindeer, which is very nice). Accommodation - Rooms very spacious, Cabins basic but superb
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all very clean and warm. Activities - Snowmobile Safari - Brilliant fun and so much of the area covered; Husky Safari (2 day overnight) - What an experience, every minute brilliant; Reindeer Farm - Brilliant and fun; Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing - Hard work but also fantastic fun; Staff/Guides - There was not one member of the staff (Bus driver, guides, hotel, equipment) that could not do enough for you. All people should be like this the world would be a better place. I would like to thank all the staff for making the holiday so enjoyable.
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Better than we ever thought possible 11 January 2015 by Graham Halstead

Husky Safari was by far the best as it was so close to nature and so quiet while travelling along was awsome. Guides were surpurb and gave us full involvement and were happy to talk and not just disappear. My partner and I both love nature and to be with dogs and out in the snow-covered trees was better than we ever thought possible.

Everything was perfect! 05 January 2015 by Helen Lovegrove

Everything was perfect! Everyone was friendly and helpful both when booking the holiday and throughout our stay. The equipment provided was excellent and the activities so much fun! The accommodation was comfortable and the food at Hotel Jeris was just what was required for an active winter holiday! For our whole family the two day husky safari was definitely the most enjoyable activity. It was
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such a unique experience being in charge of a team of dogs while passing through such a beautiful landscape and we will cherish the memories forever. It seems unfair to talk about the least enjoyable activity when, in fact, we enjoyed everything and each day was a new adventure for us. My husband would say that cross-country skiing was his least enjoyable but only because he spent so much time falling over! It was perfect! Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday! Everything was so well organized and the combination of activities made our perfect winter holiday. I have already recommended this holiday to friends!
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This truly is the holiday of a lifetime 05 January 2015 by Mary Liston

We decided on a true adventure for our honeymoon and can honestly say this was the best holiday we've been on. The activities were incredible and provided such an adrenaline rush especially the overnight husky safari and the snowmobiling where we reached 9th across the frozen lakes. For those who love adventure, beautiful scenic landscapes and are foodies this is the ultimate holiday.Everything
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was enjoyable in its own way, even showshoeing across the thigh deep snow, but possibly the most memorable was driving our own teams of huskies over the frozen landscape for 2 days. The huskies were so affectionate and well kept, so being able to build a relationship with your own dog team and care for them was awesome.In terms of a shock to the body, relaxing in the smoke sauna (hotter than any other sauna you've ever experienced) and then running in the snow and jumping in the ice lake, but we absolutely loved it. Not for the faint hearted. It was perfect. A huge thank you for putting together an incredible and memorable experience. This truly is the holiday of a lifetime.
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We had a fantastic holiday... 07 April 2014 by Andrew Boulton

We had a fantastic holiday that we would highly recommend to friends and family and consider going ourselves again. We appreciated the online portal that contained all the information we could possibly require for our holiday. The staff at the resort were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.Two day husky safari was by far the most enjoyable activity. It was unlike any activity we had done before
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and was a fantastic way to fully appreciate the picturesque landscape.
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The icing on the cake! 27 February 2014 by Carrie Dawson

Hi allWe have just returned from 6 nights at Harriniva and just wanted to let you know it really was a holiday of a lifetime. The whole package was fantastic, Katrina and the staff at Harriniva could not have been more helpful, the weather was fabulous and for the first time in weeks, the Northern Lights made an appearance! The icing on the cake! We absolutely loved the two night Husky Safari with
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Otto, fell in love with the dogs and wanted to bring them home, the snow mobiles was great fun and our guide Dirk gave us a memorable insight into the role of the Reindeer in Northern Finland. I could go on but suffice to say we couldn't fault the Adventure.Many thanks and we will continue to recommend you and your holidays to all our friends!Kind regardsCarrie Dawson
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An amazing holiday!!! 13 March 2012 by Rosemarie Rabbitt

An amazing holiday!!! Ronny our guide for the week was great, the hotel was good with good food - fairly basic rooms but perfect for the holiday. Great company and no need for TV or any other type of entertainment. The activities were amazing as was our massage!!!

An absolutely wonderful trip 04 January 2012 by Judy Bould

Had an absolutely wonderful trip last week, found the activities very stimulating. Dirk our guide was superb, a good sense of humour, helped with all activities and he helped the group bond well. Full marks to the team, highly recommended for anyone looking for an active winter holiday.

Harriniva was AMAZING! 20 November 2011 by Merissa Schmidt

Harriniva was AMAZING! From the food to the accommodations to the staff, I made a lifetime of memories in such a short period. Arto (snowmobile guide) and Meku (mushing guide) were absolutely amazing! I did not feel like a customer, they made me feel like I was a part of this wonderful family. I went to Harriniva at the beginning of the season and the snow did not want to show up, so we utilized
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quads instead of sleds. IT WAS EXCITING! It was really always about the huskies anyway. The Finnish wilderness is fantastic for the soul. Words can never express my new found love for Finland and her people. I love this country as if it were my own. Lots of Love from the United States, Merissa
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The most fulfilling holiday we have been on 02 March 2011 by Elizabeth McIlroy

Fantastic. This was the most fulfilling holiday we had been on. We were content to return to the UK after the 7 days because we did all that we came to do. Our expectations were exceeded by far. The cabin safari - this is where the team got to know each other which set the scene for the forthcoming week. We got to see the Aurora - the best sitting in 12 months apparently. There was no least
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enjoyable activity. The ski-doos were hard to handle but I still enjoyed the trip. My husband assisted the guide very much in this area as he had much experience in this area. No improvements could be made. The whole experience was totally amazing. Having eaten reindeer meat, we will not be able to talk about Rudolf in the same way!! It was delicious I have to say - sorry Santa. You have covered everything. Wonderful experience. Thanks to all at for helping to make this experience happen. Thanks also to our guide "Scotty" who was truly committed and professional throughout the whole week. Any future tours would not be the same without him. He is a credit to the whole experience.
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The most amazing time 06 January 2011 by Heather Noble

I had the most amazing time and ticked off all the experiences I went there looking for - it was a real trip of a lifetime! I'd like to thank everyone for making the booking procedure so straightforward, personal and friendly, and all at Harriniva for making me so welcome.

The memories of this holiday will last a lifetime 15 March 2010 by Maxine Guest

Overall Holiday Rating: Excellent. Our guide Toini was brilliant and went out of her way to make sure we had the best holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Most enjoyable activity? All of them! I have never been on a ski mobile, a reindeer sleigh, cross-county skied or driven huskies. They were all amazing and exceeded every expectation I had. The itinerary was fantastic in that you got
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to try everything. Comments: Although apprehensive at the start of the holiday, I soon realised it was going to be an amazing experience and enjoyed every minute. We had fantastic weather and the Northern Lights didn't disappoint - they were amazing! The memories of this holiday will last a lifetime, although I'm planning on coming back soon! I'm looking forward to exploring the (other) destinations you currently have!
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