Winter adventure in Finland

“A week of winter activities in Finnish Lapland, travelling in a small group, and staying in a wilderness hotel. Husky safari was totally unforgettable. ”

Highlights

Finnish Lapland | Wilderness hotel | Husky safari | Overnight in wilderness cabin | Northern Lights | Reindeer farm and safari | Snowmobile safari | Overnight husky safari | Cross country skiing | Snowshoeing | Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Description of Winter adventure in Finland

Winter 2021/22 departure dates now available.

This winter adventure holiday in Finland, far north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland is not only an exciting outdoor experience but also packed with typical Finnish things to do, wilderness being our middle name. You can choose to stay at either Hotel Jeris, next to the frozen Lake Jerisjarvi or Hotel Harriniva, located by the Muonio River and on the outskirts of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

The national park boasts over a thousand square kilometres of boreal forest, high fells and myriad snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails, and has a very untouched feel about it. It is, therefore, the perfect location for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, visiting a reindeer farm and, the highlight for many, going on a husky safari. No ordinary husky safari, however, but an overnight one staying in a wilderness cabin for escapism at its most exquisite. Especially if the Aurora Borealis does her beautiful thing.

Accommodation
Harriniva Wilderness Hotel (nights 1-3, 5-7)
Ideally located in the north-west corner of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle and in the very heart of the Aurora Zone, Harriniva Wilderness Hotel serves as a perfect base for your adventure holiday. Owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, the hotel has developed a growing reputation for its warm ambience and the large range of enjoyable activities on offer.

Hotel Jeris (nights 1-3,5-7)
Hotel Jeris occupies an enviable location which is 20 kilometres from the nearest town and is located directly on the shores of Lake Jerisjärvi. It is this remote position that makes the hotel an enchanting forest retreat, with the amazing backdrops of the forested fells and frozen water. The hotel is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family. The hotel consists of a central building and 32 winter cottages in the adjacent forest.

Wilderness Cabin (night 4)
Wilderness cabin accommodation is reserved for those people enjoying overnight safaris. There can surely be few better forms of escape from the everyday stresses (which could include laptops, mobiles and your day job) than a night in one of these cabins. Their isolation also means that the views of the night sky are incredible.

What's Included
Return flights London to Kittilä
Transfers
7 nights’ accommodation, six in a hotel and one in a wilderness cabin
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Winter outdoor clothing
Expert guides
Activities: Reindeer farm and safari, snowmobile safari, husky safari, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, equipment

Photography: Antti Pietikäinen, Steve Cushing, Laura Hodgkiss, Manny Alsina & Martin Prcychodny

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05 Dec 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Development from a period of extractive industry to an industrial society has come about quickly. In 1950 the largest part of Lapland’s inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce are in the service industry, 22 % in processing and 10 % in primary production.

This huge growth in tourism and service provision has been developed in conjunction with a long-term sustainable tourism plan with one of the primary objectives being to maintain nature in its natural state while guaranteeing the traditional way of life.

Much of this has been achieved along with membership of EU development programmes, aimed at diversifying sources of livelihood, effective usage of resources and to increase export.

Approximately a quarter of Lapland’s 100 000 strong workforce was unemployed in 1997. Promoting entrepreneurship, ongoing re-education of the workforce and development of the educational system to suit the needs of enterprises is continuing. The target is to diversify the sources of livelihood, increase the value of refinement production and develop new enterprises particularly in the area of tourism. National measures as well as EU-programme measures support this objective.

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.
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3 Reviews of Winter adventure in Finland

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Reviewed on 12 Jan 2016 by

The scenery, experiencing the Arctic and the husky safari were the most memorable parts of the holiday! Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2015 by

The husky tour is probably my favourite but I enjoyed the Northern Lights, the snowmobile, the snowshoeing, the cross country skiing, the ice hotel, the reindeer!! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2012 by

Every day was an adventure, so difficult to single one experience out really, but I'll go for the husky sledding. We expected someone else to be driving - controlling the dogs yourself (though I use the word "control" in the loosest sense) was utterly exhilarating. The accommodation and surroundings were fabulous too. Read full review

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