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4 days - Short stay to search for Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
Enjoy the best of Finnish Lapland, staying in the countryside resort in Harriniva. Located 230kms north of the Arctic Circle, this local resort offers a great range of winter activities. A comfortable Scandinavian style accommodation combined with a wellness centre with a wide range of therapies and treatments, get ready for a great Winter Adventure with an added bonus of the Northern Lights, fingers crossed.
During the day time you get to know huskies and reindeers and at night time our guides will take you out on snowshoes as well as snowmobiles to 'hunt' for the Northern Lights. This short tour is ideal for 'beginners' and families with kids.
Ask us about the new Aurora Dome accommodation for a 'chill free' Northern Lights experience.
- Dogsledding safari during the day and then after dinner, you will pack your snowshoes and head out with your guide in hope of spotting the Northern Lights
- A comfortable Scandinavian style accommodation combined with a wellness centre with a wide range of therapies and treatments, offers you a great stay with an added bonus of the Northern Lights
- Visit a local reindeer herder and his reindeers and in the evening, go on a snowmobile safari.
- Lots of different accommodation options
- Day 1
- Welcome to Lapland, arrive into Kittilä and transfer to your hotel.
- Day 2
- Visit a local reindeer herder and his reindeers and in the evening, go on a snowmobile safari
- Day 3
- Dogsledding safari during the day and then after dinner, you will pack your snowshoes and head out with your guide in hope of spotting the Northern Lights
- Day 4
- Good Bye, transfer on to your next location.
- Start/End Place
- Kittilä, Finland, Finland tours
- Country Visited
- Finland tours
- 4 Days
- Special Interest
Snowmobile, Private transfers from airport, snowshoes & husky rides.
- Airport transfers
- 3 nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast x 3, lunch x 1, dinner x 3
- Evening snowmobile safari – 2 persons per snowmobile
- Husky safari 15 km – 2 persons per husky team
- Reindeer farm visit
- Evening snowshoe trip
- Not only winter suits and boots, you will get hats, balaclavas, inner and out gloves and woolen socks, essential for the arctic climate
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Aurora Alarm can be organised at the reception on your arrival - approx. 12 Euros. Aurora Sighting SMS will be sent to your phone during your stay at the cabins.
Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland, arrive into Kittilä and transfer to your hotel.
Arrival to Kittilä airport and transfer to Harriniva Hotel. Harriniva Hotel is located 230kms north of the Arctic Circle in the Finnish part of Lapland and offers a great range of winter activities. A comfortable Scandinavian style accommodation is combined with a wellness centre with a wide range of therapies and treatments.
Accommodation in cosy double rooms with shower and toilet. Dinner in the restaurant.
Day 2 - Visit a local reindeer herder and his reindeers and in the evening, go on a snowmobile safari
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Today we will visit a local reindeer herder and his reindeers. You will learn about the life and ways of the reindeer man and of course also about his reindeer. Reindeer herders will show you how to throw the lappish lasso (suopunki) and you will also enjoy a short safari during the program. Lunch is served in a small lappish ‘kota’ by the fire. Return to hotel. Dinner.
In the evening you will start your snowmobile engines again and head out. The chances of seeing the famous ‘Aurora Borealis’ are great on this night safari. The approximately 20km tour takes you to the top of a nearby fell, where you will enjoy some warm drinks and feel how the sky is closer and stars brighter... You can either drive your own skidoo or enjoy the ride in the guide’s sled.
Optional Add Ons
Day 3 - Dogsledding safari during the day and then after dinner, you will pack your snowshoes and head out with your guide in hope of spotting the Northern Lights
After breakfast you will meet your guide and our happy huskies - there are over 400 husky dogs in our husky farm. After a guided tour of the husky farm and some driving and safety instructions, you will start the 17 km husky safari -2 persons per sled with one driving, and the chance to swap drivers halfway. After the safari lunch is served in the hotel restaurant.
This afternoon is free to explore the local area or book an excursion. After dinner you will pack your snowshoes and head out with your guide in hope of spotting the Northern Lights. After finding the perfect spot with a view to north you warm up with hot drinks before returning to the hotel.
Day 4 - Good Bye, transfer on to your next location.
After the breakfast transfer to Kittilä airport.
All prices listed are per person. Please note that tour runs on Thursdays. Other starting days are possible but the day to day itinerary might change slightly. This program is suitable for those aged 12 and over.
19 Mar 2022
16 Apr 2022
Extra optional upgrades for Saturday Night:
Exchange your Northern Lights snowshoes for a night in a Snow Igloo. After dinner transfer to Torassieppi Winter Village where you will spend a night in a Snow Igloo. Transfers, warm drink, sleeping bag and breakfast in the morning included.
Please note that you will check out of your hotel room on Saturday.
One of the best ways to see the Northern Lights is to head to the wilderness with minimal light pollution and this is where we are going this evening. Your guide will transport you to a wilderness cabin where a dinner will be prepared. There is a chance to experience a true Finnish wood burning sauna before night closes in. Snowshoes will be available as we lay in wait for those mystical lights. Overnight in the wilderness cabin. Breakfast will be prepared by the guide before returning to Harriniva in the morning. Please note that you will check out of your hotel room on Saturday.
Northern Lights wilderness cabin experience is suitable in combination with flights leaving afternoon and is a small additional cost.
This program is suitable for those aged 12 and over. Please note that children under 18 years cannot drive the snowmobile and small children cannot drive the husky team. They will be sitting in the guide’s sledge during the safaris.
Interactive Tour Map
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Travelling with young children
Here are some suggestions and tips from our staff who have kids themselves, for travelling in Scandinavia with younger children. We hope that you will find this advice helpful and be sure to ask us for more information before travelling as our staff have all grown up in Scandinavia.
In general, Scandinavia and Finland are very child-friendly destinations and if you have any special requests or questions while here, please contact the staff at your hotel immediately. Almost all restaurants can be considered child-friendly with baby chairs and sometimes also drawing utensils, books or toys, and when using public transport, Scandinavia offers some great support for families with younger children. Baby changing tables in public toilets, play equipment and play rooms at airport terminals and family wagons in trains with playing area for the little ones are common place.
When possible, we suggest arriving to Scandinavia or Finland a day or two earlier before your holiday program begins so that your younger children can adjust to the time zone. Young children arriving from the Southern Hemisphere generally wake up at around 4 - 5am for the first few mornings before they get accustomed to the new time zone. Be sure to have breakfast provisions ready for this, as it is unusual for anything to be provided from the hotel at this early hour. We suggest bringing packages of the child's favourite breakfast cereal from home plus tea bags etc. to help in those first few days. Likewise, quiet entertainment for those early hours might be a good idea as well.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia more likely than not, only have twin beds pushed together to make a double if required. The spare children's beds are often foldout beds. Generally, it is easy to arrange at reception for the cots but be sure to ask for help if something doesn't seem right. We were provided a cot without a mattress once - very uncomfortable indeed if we hadn't chased that up!
Also, in Scandinavia it is not common practise to have tea or coffee provided in the room, and even if there is a kettle, there might be nothing else. We suggest travelling with a small supply of your own tea bags/coffee, and asking directly at reception for a kettle on arrival.
Feeding your children adequately is probably the hardest thing to do on an arranged holiday - kids are out of wack with jetlag, fussy and hungry for their own comfort food. When hotels and packages provide set times for meals and buffets, it is important to come prepared.
It is handy to take a small cooler bag already from home filled with snacks, utensils and fresh food. From the breakfast buffets it is usually acceptable to take a small amount of fresh food such as boiled eggs, rolls and fruit for morning and afternoon tea for the little ones.
We would also suggest that you give your kids a taste of what’s to come before their holiday on some foods that they are likely to get in Scandinavia. Meatballs, European flavoured sausages, soups & then treats like cinnamon buns and waffles are typical children's menu items. Cinnamon is a very common flavour used in Scandinavia and Finland.
If you are part of an arranged program, be sure to ask at reception if you need anything in particular. The hotel staff will be more than happy to warm up baby food and organise more snacks or fruit.
We recommend seeking all available information from the reception or activity provider when considering what optional activities will suit your younger children. These activities can be cold and involve a transfer a certain distance from the hotel. If you are uncertain why the activity is being run at a particular time, please ask for clarification as there is often a reason that you might be unfamiliar with. We all know as parents that children generally perform better earlier in the day than later, however, the activity providers might have a safety, logistic or climate reason for picking a certain time.
In Scandinavia, it is often left up to the parents to make decisions about age limits and suitability (unlike other regions where everything is stipulated) so be sure to ask reception or other guests who have done the activity for further advice.
We usually don't recommend winter activities, such as longer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and late evening Aurora Hunts to children under the age 4-5. This of course depends very much on a child as every child is different, but for younger children we recommend shorter excursions as it can get very cold sitting still in a sled. Some operators also do not take children under the age of 5 on their tours, so please ask us specifically before travelling about these limitations.
This is going to make or break your holiday in Scandinavia in the winter. Be sure to refer to our comprehensive packing list provided in your pre-departure information and be on the look out for the best protection for your children in the cold. Winter is great time for kids to play outside and snow-based activities will keep the young ones entertained for hours as long as they have appropriate clothing.
Extra (non-cotton) layers that can be added or taken away when needed, heat warmers and slip on crampons for the older children are recommended. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves, and extra pair of mittens will come in handy after building a snowman or two. A balaclava type of hat that covers both the neck and ears and which can also protect part of child’s face if needed, is also great under a warm and windproof beanie.
The base-layer next to skin should be either wool or synthetic blend, never cotton. With perspiration cotton turns quickly damp and then cold, no matter what other warmer clothing items are layered on top of it.
Many of the hotels and activity providers also do offer warm outer clothing for hire, but if traveling with small kids, please do check beforehand that correct sizes are available.
- Heat warmer pads for inside gloves and boots. Please note that these should not be used directly against the skin, hence for hands, you will need to use the pads in between the two pairs of gloves/mittens recommended in our packing list
- Good boots and warm woolly socks for your little ones
- Bags & suitcases that can easily be carried by one parent if the other is carrying children. Many of us use Trunkies for our travels so that our kids can sit on them, or sometimes the kids can pull the cases themselves. If your child is small enough to be carried, we highly recommend a baby or toddler carrier that leaves your hands free for handling the luggage.
- Provisions for the first day or two whether it is snacks, nappies or fruit drinks.
- Books, drawing pencils or other tranquil inside activity and your child’s favourite teddy!