Northern Lights holiday in Finland

“A four day Northern Lights small group holiday, in the autumnal wilderness of Pallas Ylläs National Park, staying on a reindeer farm no less. ”

Highlights

Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland | Pallas Ylläs National Park | Accommodation on reindeer farm | Torasjarvi Lake | Autumn viewings with milder temperatures

Description of Northern Lights holiday in Finland

This Northern Lights holiday in Finland takes place in the wonderful autumn environs of Pallas Ylläs National Park, with over 1000 square kms of boreal forest, high fells, walking and cycling trails. There are stunning lakes including Torasjarvi Lake on which your hotel is located and these lakes offer mesmerising effects if the Northern Lights appear and are reflected on the water below.

The Aurora hunting season begins as early as the end of August, giving travellers an opportunity to experience this forest filled wilderness in autumn, gaining glimpses of wildlife before the winter hibernation and enjoying the change of leaf colour everywhere. As well as milder temperatures. In this part of Finland, you never know what the weather will bring, however, and snow can fall as early as October.

Enjoy local walks during the daytimes on this short break, in a perfectly tranquil location with a traditional Scandinavian lakeside sauna at your accommodation to warm up in afterwards. The evenings are, of course, dedicated to searching for the Northern Lights. Your guide will take you to remote, light pollution free spots with excellent vantage points. You can try some night time hikes or even cycles through forests, and also stay warm with camp fires and outdoor cooking. Pancakes on the fire are our favourite.

There is also an option on this trip to spend a night in an Aurora Dome on the lake shores. These are cosy yurt-like cocoons with North facing Perspex windows for maximum Aurora viewing potential, or at least great views of the night sky. Do chat more with us if you want to consider this option.

Accommodation

On this short break you will stay at the Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, a traditional homestead dating back to 1847, all beautifully restored as welcoming tourist accommodation. Run by the Pietikäinen family, they are experts in hospitality as they also run sister hotels, Jeris and Harriniva. You will also spend quite a lot of your time at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, just 15mins away for various activities. Torassieppi Farm serves excellent locally produced food, and has many traditional meals on offer. There is no bar, but drinks can be bought in the restaurant. And most importantly, there are two waterfront saunas.

The price of this holiday includes: Return flights between London and Kittila, via Helsinki. Other regional departures can be organised of course. Just chat with us about details. The price also includes airport transfers, three nights’ accommodation, all meals, sauna, Northern Lights excursions, campfire, Aurora explorer, tour guides.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Lights holiday in Finland

Environment

Our local partner’s guides are trained to minimise impact on the environment while supporting the guest’s experience. Guides practice a ‘Leave No Trace’ principal on the trail - all litter is removed from all of our activity sites; all rubbish from picnic lunches and snacks is collected and disposed of properly. Our suppliers are also encouraged to recycle whenever possible in all the regions we travel and guests are always recommended to carry reusable water carriers rather than plastic bottles during day activities.

We encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of the local inhabitants of the destination they are visiting by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc (provided in their pre-travel information). We have also included activities with a cultural base and in addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

We strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.

Community

Local employment in the traditional industries of Finnish Lapland such as Forestry has been slowly declining. This economic turn is particularly noticeable in the small, relatively unknown region of Finnish Lapland and working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.

We embrace this philosophy, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.

In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly.

The hotel in Jeris also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small village such as Jeris the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

By using local suppliers we can ensure that they are they are committed to designing and operating our holidays in such a way to ensure we maximize the positive effects of tourism on the local economies, cultures and the environment whilst minimising any negative impacts.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved the Autumn colours; walking with the reindeer and learning about and experiencing the local culture and food. The aurora dome was very special ... a must do on the tour!! I just loved everything to be honest. The staff and guides are fantastic. Nothing is too much for them.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go just to see the northern lights because you may not be lucky enough to see them - but there is so much more to this tour/destination that makes it an amazing experience. I wish I had longer there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely. I think the local guides, reindeer and husky owners would benefit from the tours for obvious reasons. Conservationwise, Torasseippi is pristine and retains its authenticity - doesn't in anyway feel ruined by tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would absolutely love to revisit Toressieppi. Next time in winter to experience the husky tours.

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