Aurora on the horizon, Torasseippi, Finland

Finland Northern Lights

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Traveller ratings
4.6 / 5 from 7 reviews >
Trip code: 
CFL
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Short Breaks, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–12

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.

Highlights

  • 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 4 to 12, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
  • No previous experience necessary
  • Basic level of fitness required

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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Itinerary

  • 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. An upgraded farewell 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

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

    After a hearty Finnish breakfast 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. We will then have lunch at the Winter Village in the Ice Restaurant, which displays ice sculptures designed by local artists. The afternoon is free to relax. 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
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Essential Info

Visas

Finland

No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland.

Vaccinations

Finland

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.

Weather

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.

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Accommodation

Wilderness Cabins

HARRINIVA HOTEL ROOMS At Harriniva we stay in a hotel, right on the edge of the river Etuvayla, the other side of which is Sweden. Each room has cozy pine interiors and a private bathroom with shower. Sauna is available at the Hotel. WILDERNESS CABINS The wilderness cabin is a dormitory style accommodation with maximum 8 persons per room. The facilities can be quite simple but cosy with all huts heated by a wood-burning stove. It also features a sauna.

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  • 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

  • Reviewed March 2016
    Vanessa Arnell Cullen

    Wonderful Adventure

    I took my 21 and 16 year old daughters on this trip in feb 2016 and what a fabulous adventure we had. Finland is truely beautiful in the snow and Exodus yet again know how to pack your time full of wonderful activities. We saw the amazing Northern lights 2 nights in a row and what a magical appearance they made however I purposefully booked this weekend in case the lights did a no show; you would have a wonderful time even if they didn't. Some things you need to know - It is cold v v cold (-30) however the equipment provided FOC is excellent quality and you'll have everything you need. - The trip isn't for the faint hearted driving a snow mobile across the wilderness with your daughter on the back took concentration however, leading the huskies was easy peasey and so amazing ... book it, you won't get better

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sharing the wilderness and northern lights with my daughters to inspire the adventurers within them. However what made this trip is the choice of activities, venues and area Exodus chose for us to experience and the travellers in our group we shared the experience with (building the log fires for the sauna in our wilderness night cabin and jumping in the snow during our sauna was great fun) Thanks Exodus for yet another AWESOME adventure

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Darren worked hard to organise and provide all that was needed

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a full on weekend and the cold weather
  • Reviewed March 2016
    David Issitt

    Arctic Adventures

    Didn't think you could cram so much activity and fun into such a short period of time! A fantastic taster of a variety of Arctic activities and the chance to see the Northern Lights twice!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When our group walked out onto the frozen lake next to the wilderness cabin and saw the aurora borealis for the second night running - especially as the lights had not been in view for the previous month.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A very knowledgeable guide who looked after us well and made sure we got the very best out of our Arctic weekend. The whole team at Harriniva was good, but especially the dog sled leader we had; his enthusiasm was boundless and we all learned lots.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take good thermal gear to wear under the excellent kit they provide. Several pairs of socks (that are not too tight) are essential. Take your own head torch - they was a limited supply from the guide. Expect to be busy - it was non-stop, but that made it all the more special.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were very lucky to have seen the Northern Lights - they hadn't been seen for the previous month - and our guide ensured that we were in the best position to make the most of our luck; he even arranged for a professional photographer (who's photos of the Aurora are second to none) to help us with camera settings.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Olivia Satchell

    Magical Lights

    Wow what an incredible couple of days! Absolutely full to the brim of activities, a fun group of people to share it with, a fantastic leader and delicious food

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without a doubt it was seeing the Northern Lights when we were out at the wilderness cabin for the night. We all laid in the snow star-gazing for an hour before the lights put on a show for us - magical!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Darren was a fantastic leader - enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable and helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're a bit short on time but still want to experience everything Finland and the Arctic Circle has to offer, then book this trip, it's full of new experiences!
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Deborah Deborah

    Finland

    Packed with activities and new experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a spectacular display of the Northern Lights - it was like a laser show!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good leader - enthusiastic and patient.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on the longer trip if you have the time!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take your driving licence as you will need it for the snow mobile driving.

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