Aurora on the horizon, Torasseippi, Finland

Finland Northern Lights

4 days
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Short Breaks
Winter Holidays
Group size:
Min age:

Long weekend in Arctic Finland in search of the Northern Lights

In order to truly appreciate the Northern Lights in their full glory, it is recommended to have the following; zero light pollution, close proximity to solar wind activity and a unique landscape. High above the Arctic Circle, this long weekend in a remote part of Finnish Lapland covers all three. With expert local guides, head deep into a unique snow-laden wilderness that will, with any luck, become the backdrop to one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on Earth.


  • See the Northern lights with expert guides
  • Enjoy exciting winter activities
  • Experience a unique wilderness location

Key information

  • 2 nights hotel, 1 night wilderness cabin
  • 2 days mixed activities and Northern Lights themed excursions
  • Group normally 5 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Basic level of fitness required
  • Countries visited: Finland

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • Return flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners
  • Half day guided introduction to dogsledding (2 person per sled)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Kittila via Helsinki; transfer to Harriniva (approx. 40mins).

    Our trip starts in Harriniva, located in the beautiful rolling fells of western Lapland, near the border with Sweden. 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Morning dogsledding near national park; "Secrets of the Northern Lights" presentation and evening snowmobile excursion.

    This morning we head to the husky kennels where we will meet our friendly teams, who will be extremely happy to see you. After a short lesson on the basics of dogsledding we head out, 2 to a sled, for a 17 km 'mush' on pre prepared sled tracks. We will then head back to the hotel where will have our lunch.

    In the afternoon we will enjoy a "Secrets of the Northern Lights" presentation with pancakes cooked on an open fire. Dinner will then be served in the hotel restaurant to sample traditional local foods. After digesting, we then suit up and head into the wilderness on snowmobiles in search of the Northern Lights. Our route takes us on a 20km circuit to the top of a nearby fell, where we will enjoy some warm drinks and hopefully a glimpse of the Aurora over the vast untouched Arctic wilderness.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Lunch at Winter Village; afternoon visit to a local reindeer herder's farm, short tour on traditional reindeer sleds; transfer to wilderness cabin, after-dinner Northern Lights snowshoe walk.

    This morning is free, spend time enjoying a hearty Finnish breakfast. We will then have lunch at the Winter Village in the Ice Restaurant, which displays ice sculptures designed by local artists. In the afternoon we transfer to a local reindeer herder's farm to learn about the life and ways of the Lappish reindeer herder. We will be shown how to throw the Lappish lasso, or 'suopunki', and also experience a 3km ride on a traditional reindeer sled. Once the sun is firmly below the horison, we then transfer to our wilderness cabin (approx 35mins). Situated deep in the forest our cabin is surrounded by 0 light pollution and is the perfect place to spot the Northern Lights. After dinner there will be a chance to don our snowshoes and head out into the wilderness in search of the Aurora.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included.
The food provided covers a variety of traditional Finnish dishes and is prepared at a high standard. Vegetarian options also available.


In the regions close to the Arctic Circle temperatures during the season range from -30ºC to +5ºC. Christmas will normally be the coldest (usually below -20 C), but the temperatures rise as the days lengthen, and early April can see temperatures around -10ºC to +5ºC. Recent years have seen massive fluctuations in the space of a few weeks with lows of -45ºC and highs of +10ºC just a few days apart. Daylight hours In mid-winter (December/January) the sun remains just above the horizon from 10am to about 4pm. But the days lengthen quickly, and by end of March there are more daylight hours than in the UK. For many people, the most exciting time to travel is in January, the low temperatures and shorter days add a sense of adventure. Often the trees are covered in heavy snow at this time of year, and the low-angled light is excellent for photography. Northern Lights There is a chance of seeing the breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from September to late April (on clear nights) at latitudes close to, and above the Arctic Circle. They are also often seen further south, but are less spectacular and less frequent. Solar activity is greater around the equinoxes (September and April), and at lower latitudes this can be the best time to see them. Inside the Arctic Circle, they tend to be just as good in any winter month, nevertheless the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and as such cannot be guaranteed. Please note that as this trip is based well above the Arctic Circle the cold weather is very unpredictable. Safety for the clients is always paramount so please be aware that the order of the itinerary and the length of route may be subject to last minute changes.

Is this trip for you?

Level 2 - Leisurely/Moderate

This is a mixed activity trip. None of the activities require previous experience, however a good level of fitness is needed to take part in the dogsledding excursion and in the walks. Please bear in mind that being in the cold for an extended period of time can be quite tiring.

Please note: the itinerary might be adjusted depending on the weather conditions. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Hotel and Wilderness Cabins

At Harriniva we stay in a hotel, right on the edge of the river Muonio, the other side of which is Sweden. Each room has cosy pine interiors and a private bathroom with shower. A sauna is available at the hotel.

The wilderness cabin is a dormitory style accommodation with maximum 8 persons per room (mixed dorms). The facilities can be quite simple but cosy with all huts heated by a wood-burning stove. It also features a sauna.

Please note: Single supplements are only available for 2 nights, they are not available at the evening spent in the cabin. 

Call for general departures:
Call for tailor made trips:
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Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2020

    Stunning scenery and exciting activities

    Finnish Lapland is exhilarating. So clean and spacious and quiet. We may not have seen the Northern Lights but the snowmobiles, huskies, reindeer and wilderness lodge all made up for it. An action packed weekend. Lovely food and hotel. Equipment provided was good. The guide Jenni was brilliant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunset across the frozen lake at the wilderness cabin. Speeding across a lake on a snow mobile at midnight. The delight of seeing the excited huskies rolling in the snow and drinking it. Feeding the baby reindeer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenni, our group leader was amazing. She worked so hard, staying up very late to try to locate the Northern Lights. Her cooking at the cabin was fantastic. She looked after us all very well. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent host. We all loved her Finnish irony.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a non stop weekend, and be prepared for very late nights. Take flip flops for the wilderness sauna. Contact lenses are better for the activities if you have them as glasses steam up very quickly. It does get very cold, but as long as you follow the trip notes and layer up and use the centres equipment you will be fine. Hotel and cabin are lovely and warm.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although this seems like a costly trip for only 3 nights it is well worth it as you get to travel to Europe's last wilderness and there are minimal costs once you are there: only alcohol and souvenirs. All food, including tea and coffee is included. Finnair were excellent too. Plenty of leg room, clean new planes, films on board and free drinks.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Alex Davids

    Superb weekend introduction to arctic activities

    In our two active days there the area experienced the heaviest snow fall this year, so we did not get to see the Northern Lights 😕, BUT I still had an unforgettable weekend driving a husky sled and snowmobile, being pulled by a reindeer in a sled, having lunch in the ice hotel, and spending a night in a wilderness cabin. I definitely want to go again next winter for longer so that I can indulge in some of those activities for a longer time. Amazingly I was never cold despite a low temperature of -13C. They provided arctic clothing and you had to make sure that you had on a few layers below: long johns, thermal vest, a fleece or two, a beanie and a pair of warm socks were mine. They gave you boots, gloves, balaclava and arctic outer suit. The trip was superbly run and is highly recommended

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We started with the husky sleds and after that some of our group already felt that if that was all we did, the trip had been worth it. That evening's snowmobile drive in falling snow and wind was unforgettable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Darra was superb: he clearly communicated changes in plan due to the weather and put the group's safety foremost. He was informative, friendly, organised - just what a group leader should be.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are travelling on your own, you are not allowed to share a husky sled or snowmobile. If you feel uncomfortable driving one of these on your own, you can always be a passenger with the group leader or activity leader. Bring layers to wear: it is better to be too warm than to be cold.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Sue Nicholls


    Absolutely fantastic holiday everything and more that we could of ever dreamed of

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the whole holiday

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Darren was really good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Warm socks
  • Reviewed February 2019
    nik koehli

    Lapland wilderness

    A fun packed long weekend in the heart of nowhere.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the northern lights against all the odds in the evening of a cloudy snowy day in the wilderness with no light pollution! But in addition the dog sledding, ski-doing and reindeer rides were really enjoyable. The scenery was amazing with the forest trees laden with snow.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very organised and coped with the group well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was -23 C whilst we were there and had in previous weeks been -35 C . The kit worked very well for me on the body but I found hand/feet warmers very useful. If you remove gloves to take photographs try not to drop them in the snow and put them back on quickly!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was fine, but with limited options and not as good as on our previous Exodus trips.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Barbara O'Neill

    Good description

    Amazing trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the aurora

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and knowledgeable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of thermals and a rucksack

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A memorable trip
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Hannah Gibbs

    A proper winter wonderland!

    This trip outdid all my expectations - a brief yet action-packed weekend of winter activity topped off by a spectacular Northern Lights show outside our wilderness cabin. It was remarkable just how much we seemed to do in the two full days we were there - dogsledding, midnight snowmobile riding, reindeer sleigh ride as well as learning a bit about traditional regional culture and spending the night in a cosy wilderness cabin.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed all the activities but had particularly hoped to see and get some photos of the Northern Lights. The forecast hadn't looked too good but we were surprised to see a very faint glow on the first night after arriving at the hotel, a slightly more visible (albeit brief) show whilst on the snowmobiles, and finally a good hour's worth of lights dancing around the skies above the cabin and snow-covered forest on the final night. I may have been close to getting frostbite (it was up to -30 degrees) whilst trying to set up my camera but it was totally worth it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Becky was excellent - knowledgeable, capable, and enthusiastic to share her love for the region. It helped to have a really great group of fellow travellers too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Due to bad weather at Helsinki and some flight delays, our luggage did not arrive until the evening of the day after arrival. It might be a good idea to pack a set of thermals and a few basic items in hand baggage as a precaution as although you are provided with full outer clothing, you will still need the base layers. There is a small gift shop at the hotel that sells thermals but the range may be limited. I would also echo the advice given by Exodus re photographing the aurora - to get decent photos it helps to have some knowledge of using manual mode and long exposures, and a remote shutter release is also recommended. Mobile phone batteries also tend to die very quickly in the sub-zero temperatures.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were very lucky with the aurora but even if we hadn't had an amazing light show there is enough packed in to the weekend to make it worthwhile. I'd definitely recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    JUDITH Hulse

    Finland northern lights adventure!

    The most fun its possible to have in a few days, fast paced dog sledding, snow mobiling in the forest at night, staying overnight in a wilderness cabin and seeing the beautiful northern lights! Wow, life does not get much better!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern lights each night but especially on the third night at the wilderness cabin. I just lay in the snow and watched them, a very exciting and exhilarating sight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Becky was an outstanding guide. From giving us a talk about the Northern lights, leading us on a snow mobile tour through the forest at night to cooking our delicious dinner and breakfast at the wilderness cabin, her knowledge and enthusiasm for Finland could not be faulted. She is truly an asset to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wrap up warm! Get hand and foot warmers as your fingers and toes will feel the cold first! Several layers of thermals, head torch, walking pole, and your driving licence for the snow mobile. The kit provided is very good but you may prefer your own liner gloves and balaclava. A

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An outstanding trip. If you are even considering this holiday my advice is BOOK IT, you will not be disappointed!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Diane Hurley

    Northern Lights, Finland

    A fun, full-on holiday packed with great active experiences including dog sledding and snowmobiling. If you think you are going to be driven by someone else, think again. You are doing the driving! For most of this, it was a first!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern lights on the last night when we were staying in the Wilderness cabin - after a very nice dinner, by the wood burning fire, we wandered down through the forest to the frozen lake. There we could see the amazing movement and colours lighting up the night sky.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Becky was amazing. Very cool and collected, multi-skilled. One day giving us an interesting talk about the science behind the Northern lights, then leading us all at a hectic pace on a night ride, snowmobiling through the snow covered forests in search of the lights, the next cooking us a tasty dinner in the Wilderness Cabin.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I had a log cabin all to myself with no radio or tv and being a Londoner I am not used to complete silence. Bring a device that can play some music to you if you are the same. Internet doesn't work well in the grounds. The other good tip was to keep your mobile warm and close to your body as the freezing temperature saps the battery very quickly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Another great holiday - thanks Exodus!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Katherine Sandford

    Excellent wintery weekend!

    I absolutely loved this weekend, it's non stop fun and adventure! From husky sledding, snowmobiling, relaxing in the sauna and seeing the northern lights, we covered every wintry activity going in Finnish Lapland!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were 3 main highlights of the trip for me, which were: 1. Seeing the Northern Lights for 2 nights on this 3 night trip! Our guide Darren told us that the aurora borealis had not been seen at all for the last month prior to our arrival. We were obviously very lucky as on our 2nd night, we went out on the snowmobiles and saw them. Wide green arcs spread out across the sky that changed shape and glowed brighter and fainter as we watched them, it was very exciting and we stayed out until 12.30 pm in minus 27 degrees celcius! We saw them again on our 3rd night at the wilderness lodge from the frozen lake. A beautiful sight that I will never forget. 2. Husky sledding - this was so much fun! Our guide was great and clearly very passionate about his dogs and making sure they are well cared for. The dogs are so excitable and have so much energy! 3. Relaxing in the sauna and then rolling about in the snow afterwards. This was great fun and very relaxing!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not walk away from the path during your time at the wilderness lodge. One did in our group and she ended up knee height in snow and the men in our group had to go and rescue her!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend anybody who would like to experience the arctic wilderness to book this weekend. I was just disappointed that I couldn't spend longer there, I will be back!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Jennifer Wain

    Finland Northern Lights

    An exciting trip. If snow-steeped Lappish landscapes, huskies, reindeers and adrenaline-pumping activity appeals, then this is a great option for you. We were fortunate enough to gaze at the Northern Lights (magical!!) which will stay with me forever. With some more closer care and guidance re safety this would be an Excellent trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the Northern Lights near the cabin by the frozen river. Husky ride comes in second.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a good guide overall. He provided excellent advice for snowmobiling, warned everyone against drinking and his presentation on the Northern Lights was first rate. However, it has to be said, I was disappointed when I later learned of his response to being woken after the group heard me screaming for help outside our cabin in the wilderness on the second night. He mentioned, “oh, she'll be ok", and immediately went back to sleep. Did he not care that I might have been injured? I had walked along the wrong path to the cabin from the river and started sinking rapidly in snow. Although not his fault, I was extremely scared (my torch wasn't working) as the route I followed was unstable, metres high in snow in places. I sunk nearly up to my waist alone in the dark and screamed for what seemed like an eternity, while holding on to a tree, not far from the cabin, before eventually a lady went to brush her teeth and heard me. Then two men from the group came to rescue me. It was so dark I didn’t know what to do, but then again, even with a light, I wouldn’t have dared to move far in the snow… I was so relieved to have been found. I had been screaming for at least 30 minutes and didn't know whether I was going to freeze during the night or potentially drown. I think Exodus should make more effort to warn travellers in advance about basic safety trips which may be obvious to locals and Winter travellers but not necessarily so to others. For instance, the hazards of walking in snow around the cabin locations should have been made clearer and your company could do with sharing survival tips in the unlikely event of ending up alone after an accident etc. I subsequently learned that a snow cave could prevent you from freezing to death during the night and I’ll never forget this and the other tips shared by one of the men from our group who had been in the navy. It was -25 degrees Celsius outside. I could have died!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Absolutely essential - stick with your group. The wilderness can be treacherous. Make sure your torch works a few times before using it! Also, avoid keeping your gloves off for too long to avoid frostbite. Get camera-friendly ones instead. Have fun, just don't take your life for granted...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The huskies were the best. I didn't want to leave them.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Jennifer for her review, although we were concerned to learn of her experience at the wilderness cabins. We are in touch with Jennifer on an individual basis and our health and safety specialist has followed up on her experience with our local manager.

    Paolo Bonato - Product Manager for Finland

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


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