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Choose the number of days you want to enjoy Harriniva in Finnish Lapland and create your own itinerary of amazing winter experiences. Travelling for a minimum of three nights, you can experience the highlights of this winter playground including snowmobiling, dog sledding and even catching the Northern Lights.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers included from Kittila Airport
  • Accommodation: hotel accommodation in en-suite double/twin rooms or Northern Lights cabin (minimum of three nights required)
  • Meals: half board
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities, special nights and little extras (individually priced as detailed in the 'Activities' section of this holiday page)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities and dedicated Artisan Travel Company representative

More than 230km north of the Arctic Circle, Harriniva is the heart of Finnish Lapland not only geographically but in every other sense of the word. Here we have captured the essence of this unique part of the world, allowing you to pick and choose from the top traditional and the most exciting experiences to suit you and your family or friends. Our experienced wilderness guides will teach you the skills you need for each activity and outing, as well as telling you all you want to know about Lappish life, past and present. From the very first warm welcome, until you wave goodbye, you will be as impressed as our many guests who return to Harriniva each year.

On your tailor-made adventure to Harriniva, you choose how active or relaxed you want to be. There are some "must do" activities: a husky safari, for example, is on everyone's list, snowmobiling is an unbeatable thrill, and a reindeer encounter is really special too. You can head out cross-country skiing and snowshoe through the snowy landscape, visit the small town of Muonio (around 4km away) or take some "me" time out at the Aurora Wellness Centre where spa treatments can be arranged.

Safaris in search of the Northern Lights are a regular feature in this prime location and you can join the hopeful watch every night of your stay should you so wish. How about a night in a snow igloo or an unforgettable Aurora Dome? Create your own itinerary deciding how to spend each wonderful day? Choose from our range of activities, special nights and little extras which are all detailed in the 'Activities' section of this holiday page. 

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Harriniva is a perfect destination that has it all. Everything you need is included: flights, transfers, en-suite hotel room, half board meals, and winter clothing for the duration of your stay. Your only problem is how to choose what to see and do! Simply choose the duration of your holiday (a minimum of three nights is included in the price) and then select the activities which you would like to take part in from the weekly activity schedule (see Activities section of the holiday page for all the amazing options). 

Please note that some activities require a minimum number of participants to operate, schedules are always subject to change and are subject to availability. 

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Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

Nights: 1-3

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 

Other options

Wilderness Cabins

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.


Image Credits: Antti Pietikainen

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

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 are situated at Torassieppi and Jeris offer a fantastic 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).

Transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9:00 pm; 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 that the price shown is based on you keeping your hotel room for the duration of your three/ seven-night stay. Other rates apply for additional nights. Please contact one of our team for a quote.

Available: Monday - Sunday


Credit: Harriniva Hotel And Safaris

Overnight stay in a wilderness cabin

From: £183pp

In the evening, you will be taken to a wilderness cabin with shared facilities, around 45 minutes away. You will travel there by either minibus or snowmobile-pulled sleigh. A wood-heated sauna by the lake will be waiting for you, as will a hearty fireside dinner. Far from light pollution, you will also be able to look out for the Northern Lights dancing in the dark sky. Settle down for the night in before waking up to a rousing breakfast the next day. Following that, you will head back to Harriniva.

You will stay in either a shared mezzanine sleeping area or can choose to upgrade to a private room if you prefer (subject to supplement and availability - contact our team for a quotation).

This activity does not include your hotel accommodation back at Harriniva. 

Activity level: Low

Suitable for those aged 12 years and over.

Minimum group size: 2 adults

Available: Saturday at 5 pm

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 but your thick sleeping bags will ensure a warm night.

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.

Please note that the price shown is based on you keeping your hotel room for the duration of your three/ seven-night stay. Other rates apply for additional nights. Please contact us for a quotation.

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum of 1 person - during activities the maximum group size is approximately 24 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 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.

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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

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.

Traveller Reviews

Many thanks for making it all happen! 12 January 2016 by Bryan Schofield

Your local rep Katrina welcomed us with all the information necessary - and even remembered us from our visit two years ago! Whenever we saw her around, she was cheerful, chatty and made sure everything was just as we wanted it. The activities fulfilled our expectations completely. We also hired snowshoes on a free day and carried out our own explorations too. The two day Husky Safari was
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brilliant. The overnights cabin was far less spartan than we expected, and because there were just three couples on the trip, the use of the sauna worked out well. It was good to be able to get 'hands on' with the dogs with feeding/ harnessing, etc, and the guide went out of her way to explain things - as well as cooking us some excellent food. The sledding itself is at times an energetic activity, and occasionally a little challenging. Two days of it was just the right amount of time and effort. Glad we didn't opt for the five day event though as I think it would have been too much. I also enjoyed the snowmobiling, so opted for an additional trip - the Olos Panoramic on a free day. Excellent fun! Our first trip to Harriniva, two years ago, was intended to be a 'once in a lifetime trip' - primarily to see the Northern Lights. We enjoyed it so much we went again this year (and saw the Lights three nights out of six!). We are now muttering about saving up for a return visit in a couple of years - trusting we are not overcome by old age and infirmity..... If this plan comes to fruition, we shall be in touch with Artisan Travel once again. Many thanks for making it all happen!
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We saw the Aurora 4 times 16 March 2015 by Christopher Whitehurst

We saw the Aurora 4 times in one week. Everything was really good.

Great to meet the reindeer 06 March 2015 by John Malin

The Reindeer Farm - great to meet the reindeer and the safari through the forest also very interesting information about the Sami culture and the origins of the village.



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