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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5006
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
If you have previous snowmobiling experience and you’re looking for a thrilling winter adventure then look no further. Follow your knowledgeable guides across frozen lakes, through deep powder snow and to the top of the surrounding fells during this unbelievable adventure.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 2 nights safari house and 2 nights shared cabin or apartment
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Activities: 3 days snowmobile safari with own snowmobile (must have a valid driving licence)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities and dedicated on-site Artisan Travel Company representative at Harriniva
  • 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

The Harriniva Powder Pro experience is a four-night adrenalin-filled quick-fix for all adventurers looking for fun. Travelling by snowmobile, you can take full advantage of the Arctic landscape by crossing frozen lakes and snowy forests. With every mile, your skills improve and your admiration of this beautiful landscape grows.

In the 1960s, the introduction of snowmobiles to this far-flung corner of the world revolutionised daily life here. Essential links between remote communities were secured and the important work of reindeer herders was made much more efficient. Still very much favoured today, the snowmobiles are a top pick by visitors to the region for recreation by giving them the chance to explore larger areas of the wilderness in the shortest time.

Across Northern Finland and up by the Norwegian border, your guide leads you out into deep powder snow, where you really learn how to handle these powerful machines in any conditions. You are in the best hands here with expert guides whose endless enthusiasm for snowmobiling makes this an awesome Lapland holiday experience.

NB: Some previous experience of snowmobiling is required and you will need a full driving licence to participate in this holiday. 


Image credits: Antti Pietikäinen
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Key facts

Duration: 4 nights
Pace: Active
Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a reasonable 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 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.

    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. 

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Breakfast is followed by a briefing with your guide about the upcoming programme. You will be given your warm snowmobile jacket and trousers, boots, socks, mittens, hat, gloves, balaclava and helmet for the trip. You will need to pack a small rucksack with any personal items you wish to take with you. The rest of your luggage will be stored securely at Harriniva whilst you are out on the trail.

    Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will give you full safety instructions and driving training before setting out into the Arctic landscape. On your first day, you will cover around 100km, crossing frozen lakes and driving through snow-laden forests. It's a great way to fully appreciate the scale and beauty of these magnificent surroundings.

    Sometime later in the afternoon, a warm sauna and dinner await at Galdotieva Wilderness Centre (on the Norwegian border). This night out on the trail is spent in comfortable log cabins or apartments, where you can relax and look back on this amazing day's adventure.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, your journey takes you to the treeless fell region near the Norwegian border

    Depending on weather conditions and the skills of the participants, you will travel around 80-100km before heading back to Galdotieva for dinner and a sauna.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Your adventure continues after breakfast as you head back towards Muonio and Harriniva. Travelling around 100km and buzzing with excitement, you arrive back at the hotel ready to share your stories at tonight's farewell dinner.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport for your flights home.

    Alternatively, if you would like to extend your stay at Harriniva then we can arrange for you to enjoy a wealth of additional activities and experiences. Just speak to one of our Travel Experts for details. 

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1,4

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.

Wilderness plus rooms: These recently renovated rooms include double/twin beds and an unfolding sofa suitable for 1 adult or 2 children. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer, as well as a small seating area


Image Credits: Matt Robinson, Emmi Kähkönen, Harriniva Hotels & Safaris 

Galdotieva Fell Centre

Nights: 2-3

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.

We include more, no hidden costs

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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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 4 - 17 people.

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 and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

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.

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.

The UK 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.

Booking activities locally

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office are advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Traveller Reviews

Most enjoyable 21 March 2018 by Saki Choudhury

Most enjoyable was just experiencing the wilderness and whiteness!

Best adrenaline rush 29 January 2017 by Brian Edlington (The crazy English man with Snowmobile with the Reindeer bell!)

Absolutely brilliant the best adrenaline rush I have had in years. The guides Yani & Scottie were great – patient, calm, good-humoured - filling you with confidence in their abilities not just to survive but thrive & keep everyone safe. Please pass on my thanks to Yani & Scottie for making my holiday such a great experience.



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