7 independent reviews for Tailor made holiday in Lapland

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review 21 Mar 2013

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

This was a memorable holiday from beginning to end. Lots of winter activities that we took part in, with help and encouragement from an excellent guide. Saw the northern lights on two occasions - spectacular - and if we had had the inclination to get out of bed after midnight could have seen them on more occasions.

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

The operator provides lots of helpful information on what to take and what not to take - read it carefully - it is very useful. In addition to the balaclava provided we took "buffs" - thermal neckwarmers which were very good on the exceptionally cold nights aurora watching - down to minus 30 C on one occasion. The only part of you not protected by their thermal clothing is part of your face and it can get very cold, especially if you are traveling at speed in a snowmobile.

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

The local guide was excellent, and we visited several locally run and operated attractions.

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

It was excellent - far better than I had hoped for.

review 22 Apr 2011

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

The husky sledging was amazing and we also got to see the northern lights we did something nearly everyday and enjoyed every minute, went to the ice hotel you can't really explain in words how pretty the scenery is you have to go and see it to believe it.

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

If thinking about taking kids especially aged 3 to 12 would only go for 3 to 4 days a week is to long for them especially as it is very cold and one day is not long enough. But would recommend go on your own if you can as it will be well worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely benefited local people as stayed around the same area and our guide was from Kittila in Finland.

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

10 out of 10 for the food, the hotel staff where excellent, Jaakko our guide and the tour company.

review 14 Mar 2011

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

Driving a snowmobile - 80 km journey to visit the Lainio Snow Village. Quite an exciting ride!

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

Check the group's composition (nationalities) if you can. I didn't - we had 2 Dutch, 5 German and me. Fortunately the Dutch couple were very fluent in English. A German dictionary would have been useful - I had one at home. The warm clothing supplied is very good quality, as is all the equipment. Unless you want to ski, you do only need thermals and the clothing supplied for the activities. The leader was very safety conscious and made sure everyone understood all precautions etc. You'll be safe. Take goggles to wear if the forecast is lower than -5 - it's cold in the wind and sunglasses may not be enough eye protection.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes - used local people who bred Huskies and kept reindeer, the hotel was staffed by local people too.

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

Very good. I need to do another trip to see Northern Lights a bit better though!

review 25 Apr 2011

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

Meeting the huskies after the dog sledding ride.

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

Make sure you do your own research about the Northern lights as there is very little information provided at Harriniva. Take a kettle. Take your own clothes if planning to do much cross country ski-ing - the overalls are too warm for this. Be aware that advertised times for activities include travel time & in the case of horseriding, preparing the horses & having a cup of tea afterwards so you actually get 1 hour riding for 140 Euros

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Snowmobiles zooming around the countryside doesn't seem environmentally friendly. Some local people benefit ie those working at the hotel but not others as guests are not encouraged or enabled to visit anywhere locally.

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

It served a purpose in that I was able to do a range of activities & try ski-ing after a serious knee injury. VERY disappointing not to see the Northern lights especially as I believe they were visible in Lapland one night at about 0200 but I knew nothing of it at the time - there needs to be a system to inform people if they appear. Generally I found Harriniva rather impersonal & commercially driven. The holiday was poor socially; luckily I took a lot of things to do & don't mind spending time in my own company.

review 5 Jan 2010

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

We thought really hard about what was the best part of our holiday and it was too tough to choose just one; husky sledging was top of my list and snow mobiling was my partners favourite (probably because he reckoned he was James Bond). But New Years eve was also amazing and unique, we went out with the rest of the hotel's guests to a frozen lake and sat around a bonfire and drank hot berry juice and champagne whilst watching fireworks, it was so magical.

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

Try as much of the local lappish food as possible. On a free day take the opportunity to visit Levi and go up the world cup gondola, the views are spectacular (even if you are not skiing it is still worth the trip up).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

All the organised activities were with locally employed and family run businesses.

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

We will struggle to ever top this amazing holiday. The whole holiday was organised very well, the hotel was friendly and would go out of their way to help you with anything, they even noticed it was my Birthday. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The activities were excellent value for money and the food was always exciting and different every night. There was enough time to rest and relax in between the activities, but not so long you get bored! We could not have asked for a more perfect holiday.

review 22 Mar 2010

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

All amazing.

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

Leave the stilettos at home! Comfy clothes - and don't expect luxury at the hotel - it is fantastic, and friendly, and I have no complaints at all at all at all, they are such a nice team - just, it's not a Hilton.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, definitely. It was superb.

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

It was glorious. Unimprovable. Thank you.

review 6 Jan 2010

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

New Year's Eve celebrations by the river - fireworks and frozen champagne!

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

Be prepared for a 5 hour snowmobile safari and take plenty of painkillers!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

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

9/10.

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