Harriniva - Winter Wilderness Adventure - Snowmobiling Trip
1 week: UK to Finland (HA)Winter Wilderness Adventure
Quite simply, we love this place and judging by the feedback, so do our clients. Situated 230kms north of the Arctic Circle, this wilderness hotel combines Scandinavian style accommodation with the warmest of welcomes and a great range of winter activities. Located on the banks of the Muonio River (cross it when itís frozen and you find yourself in Sweden) the hotelís unforgettable safari programmes will take you into the very heart of Laplandís winter wilderness.
Situated 230kms north of the Arctic Circle this family-run hotel has 64 Scandinavian style en-suite bedrooms. Most of the rooms accommodate 2 or 3 people but there are some larger bedrooms suitable for families. The hotel has 3 cosy dining rooms (including one with a log fire) and a recently built pub, ideal for those pre-dinner aperitifs. Naturally, this being Finland, there are two large saunas and a family sauna within the main building.
For a bit of pampering, the Aurora Wellness Centre offers therapies such as massages, dry cupping, peat treatments and a variety of facials. On the riverbank there are 2 hot jacuzzis, 2 steam baths, an ice hole (for the very brave!) and a relaxation room. There is even a husky farm just 2 minutes walk from the hotel entrance.
On our Winter Wilderness Adventure with dogs, snowmobiles and reindeer, you will spend a night in a wilderness cabin. Despite being rather basic (no electricity or running water) they are comfortable and cosy, especially once dinner is cooking over the open fire.
The cabins are generally so remote that there is little or no light pollution creating the best possible chance of seeing a spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis. Despite their far-flung locations, there is always a sauna in the cabins - after all, this is Scandinavia!
Flights, Arrival and Transfers
The Winter Adventure starts on Sunday evening when there will be a meeting with your guides who will introduce you to the region and brief you on the week ahead. The meeting is followed by dinner.
Reindeer Farm and Safari
This morning you will visit a local reindeer farm and learn about the reindeer\'s life and their importance in Lapp culture. You will meet local herders who will tell you about reindeer husbandry and teach you to catch a reindeer using a lasso. After helping to harness the reindeer, you head into the forest on a 2-3 hour safari. In the late afternoon you return to Harriniva where you can relax in a sauna before dinner.
Snowmobiles are the preferred mode of transport here in Lapland. Once you are zipping over frozen lakes or navigating your passage along the winding forest tracks, it is easy to understand why they are so popular.
Your guides will show you how to drive your snowmobile and the rest of this exhilarating safari is spent passing through the winter scenery of Fell Lapland.
Free Day or Optional Activities
Today is left free so you can partake of optional activities which are not included in the overall package price. You can try cross country skiing, downhill skiing at Olos (transfer by shuttle bus) or how about a snowshoe tour?
Overnight Wilderness Husky Dog Safari
The highlight of any winter holiday in Lapland is the opportunity to drive your own dog team across the wilderness. In the morning you will meet the dogs and receive instruction on their care and how to handle the sled before departing on your two day safari. Lunch is taken by an open fire en-route to a wilderness cabin where you can relax in a sauna before dinner and bed.
There is a fair chance that you will be woken in the morning by what sounds like a pack of starving wolves surrounding the cabin. Fear not, itís just your huskies anxious to be doing what they love - running. The second leg of your adventure covers approximately 25 to 30kms before arriving back at the hotel. A farewell meal gives you the chance to gather with your trail partners and discuss the weekís activities one last time.
Departures, Transfers and Flights
Return airport transfers and flights.