Lapland New Year holiday, Northern Lights

“A one off, five day small group tour in time to celebrate New Year. Staying in a wilderness hotel in Finnish Lapland, at the heart of the Aurora Zone. With lots of winter adventures.”

Highlights

Hotel north of Arctic Circle | Finnish Lapland at New Year | Husky sledding safari | Snowmobile safari | Reindeer farm visit | Reindeer sleigh ride | Muonio town

Description of Lapland New Year holiday, Northern Lights

New Year dates available for 2021.

This Lapland New Year holiday is a very special way to see in the New Year, located in the far north of Finland, in a spectacular winter wilderness area of Finnish Lapland. A small group tour, you will be guided through many exciting winter activities, such as husky sledding and a snowmobile safari. Please note that you need a UK driving licence to use a snowmobile. And then, of course, there is plenty of Aurora hunting, which at 230km north of the Arctic Circle you will have a decent chance of seeing. Even if you don’t, we have created an itinerary that takes you out into this winter wilderness for many adventures and a lot of New Year fun.

For this four-night break, you will be based at Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, a family-owned accommodation which we have been working with for ten years and who provide the perfect New Year welcome. Just outside the town of Muonio, as well as laying on a party on New Year’s Eve they also provide the perfect base for your activities. They have a variety of rooms including doubles and Northern Lights cabins.

The price of this holiday includes all the activities on your itinerary, four breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners, one of which is a celebratory New Year’s dinner. We also include the price of return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki), as well as airport transfers. Cold weather clothing will be available for the duration of your holiday in Finnish Lapland.

Photography credits: Manny Alsina, Antti Pietikainen

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30 Dec 2021
£2295
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Environment
Harriniva is situated in the wilds of Finnish Lapland, a few kilometres from the village of Muonio. The hotel and its cabins are surrounded by pristine wilderness and operate their own activities throughout the area including the Pallas National Park.

This holiday takes our guests out exploring this landscape and its protection has been taken to account at every level. During the snowmobile safaris here, guests do not travel within the National Park boundaries and follow the marked trails at all times. This prevents erosion and disruption to any local wildlife. The snowmobiles are of the highest quality and are some of the most efficient machines available.

When operating all activities the group sizes are restricted to lessen the impact of any visitor’s excursions and a ‘leave no trace’ policy is in place throughout. Any fires that are lit for campfire lunches are done so in designated fire pits or suitable locations and use sustainable wood.

The guides will always try and instill the importance of preserbing the environment here during their activities.

The accommodation we use in Tromso for our guests’ first evening is a larger hotel but has a strict corporate and social reposnibility programme and ensures that energy and water saving measures are in place throughout their operations.

At Harriniva the accommodation has been built using sustainable timber and in sympathy with its surroundings. It is all low rise and in keeping with the local architecture. Energy and water saving policies are in place throughout and food is locally sourced where possible in order to reduce potential food miles.

All of the dogs at the Sled Dog Centre and Reindeer Farm which Harriniva operate are kept to the highest welfare standards and the animals are treated in line with all local veterinary requirements.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Harriniva itself is a family owned and operated hotel and activity centre, and is of the most well known in Lapland.

The hotel employs a huge number of local people throughout the year and is working hard to reduce the seasonality of the employment on offer. As it offers its own activities they are able in invest in training local people to be guides and providing young people with a viable form of employment in a region which may otherwise see a migration of its youth to urban centres in search of work.

The tourism multiplier effect can be seen in action here as the hotel and activity centre utilise a great deal of local services in order to provide for their guests. Servicing of machinery, transportation for guests, the purchase of local produce from reindeer herders and the like to serve in the restaurants; all provide a vital source of income for the region.

As part of this holiday our guests will get the opportunity to learn about the local indigenous population, their traditions and their heritage. They will also be able to gain an insight into reindeer herding which is still of vital importance to the local economy.

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Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020 by

Perfect. We all absolutely loved it, everything was well planned, the staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, and the food was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2020 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was the hospitality, the food, husky and reindeer safari, the arctic swim sauna, the peaceful surroundings and of course seeing the Northern Lights. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2019 by

The whole trip was memorable. A great place with great people and just the right amount of activities. Husky sledding, snow mobiles and snow shoeing amongst others, and a very special New Years Eve. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2019 by

… particularly enjoyed the Snow Shoe Wilderness Hike (invigorating, incredibly beautiful) the Husky Sled Ride-Drive (exhilarating), and actually witnessing two extraordinary displays of the aurora, The Northern Lights. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2018 by

The whole day and evening of New Year's Eve: Reindeer farm and sled ride, lunch in the ice restaurant and the evening's entertainment and fireworks. All of this and the Northern Lights!!! Best New Year's Eve ever!!! Throughout the week our guide, Alan, was professional, efficient attentive, creative and still managed to be good humoured and patient. Read full review

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