Chasing the Northern Lights

Seek the Aurora every night a different way
8 days
Jan - Apr
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On this great tour, every evening sees you out searching for the Northern Lights in a different way. Walk using snowshoes on trails through the forest, ride on a dog sled with a team of friendly huskies, travel in a reindeer drawn sleigh and finally drive further afield by car. With all these safaris starting after 20:30 each night, you have the days to relax or enjoy some great optional activities, and the evenings to chase the lights. 

Day 1: Arrival  in Kittila
After arriving at Kittilä airport, transfer to your hotel at Harriniva (approximately 1 hour) where you will be issued with your warm outer winter clothing, for use during your stay, and your Northern lights alarm, which will go off to tell you if the lights are spotted during the evening, when you are in your hotel room. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Aurora Snowmobile Adventure
Day at leisure. In the evening we will drive by snowmobile to the top of the Olos fell, where we get close to the stars and hopefully above the cloud cover. This is a prime position for Northern lights watching. Hot drinks will be served at the top. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile, with the chance to swap drivers half way through. Each driver must be over 18 years of age and have a valid drivers licence.

Day 3: Secrets of the Northern Lights  and Aurora Snowshoeing 
This afternoon meet in the traditional kota or Lappish tent, to cook pancakes over the open fire. Then enjoy an informative workshop about the fascinating phenomenon of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, and the science behind it, adn get some tips about how bet to photograph the lights.  Tonight you will head out into the forest, away from any light pollution, with your snowshoes on. Snowshoeing is one of the oldest and most traditional modes of transport in Lapland and you will be amazed how quietly you can pass along the softly lit paths. A warming fire will be lit and hot drinks served during the snowshoe walk.  

 Day 4: Northern Lights Hunt by Mini Bus
Another day to relax, or perhaps sleep in after your late night adventures and maybe enjoy a sauna at the hotel. Or take some cross country skis and head off to explore. This evening you will head out by minibus for a four hour hunt for the lights, travelling to where the weather forecast predicts the best aurora activity in the area to be. Hot drinks and biscuits will give you some extra energy!

Day 5:  Husky Night Adventure 
The fun continues tonight with a visit to the local husky farm. After enjoying a 9km dog sled safari, hot drinks will be served round the fire whilst you warm up and keep a look out above. The fun continues tonight with a visit to the local husky farm. After enjoying a 9km dog sled safari, hot drinks will be served round the fire whilst you warm up and keep a look out above.

Day 6:  Aurora Reindeer Safari
The day is at leisure to explore or relax. Maybe take some snowshoes or cross country skiis out? Tonight you are off to the local reindeer farm, where you will climb aboard reindeer sleighs to be pulled through the silent forests, away from light pollution. After the safari enjoy hot drinks in a warm kota.

Day 7 - Farewell dinner and Northern Lights bonus hunt! 
Today is your last day to experience life above the Arctic Circle. This evening enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner with Lappish delicacies.  Tonight, you will head out on a "bonus hunt" with your local guide, who will decide which mode of transport will give you the last chance to see the Northern Lights, and where you should go.

Day 8 - Departure
Arrangements end after breakfast with your transfer to Kittilä airport.

Departures: Every Saturday from 6 January - 21 April 2018.

Includes: Return transfers from Kittilä Airport to Harriniva Hotel in Muonio, use of outer winter clothing, 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner in Harriniva, Northern lights workshop, Northern lights snowmobile safari, Northern lights reindeer safari, Northern lights husky safari, Northern lights minibus hunt, Northern lights snowshoe trip, Northern lights bonus hunt, Northern lights alarm, daily hotel sauna, snowshoe and cross country ski equipment hire. Please note the order of the excursions may change subject to weather conditions and other safety reasons. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional excursions- these include day time dog sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides; ice fishing; reindeer handicrafts; Lappish food experience and more.

You may want to extend your stay in Harriniva and take one of our fantastic overnight optional stays in unique accommodation:

Snow Igloo Overnight at Torassieppi
Spend an extraordinary night in a traditional snow igloo! Igloos have been used in the Northern countries for accommodation during centuries. The temperature outside can drop down to minus thirty degrees and your bed is made of snow, but the inside temperature stays moderate. Soft and warm mattress, thick sleeping bags and hot juice ensure a warm and comfortable night. The night will be memorable! Transfers, Sleeping bags, hot drink, dinner and breakfast included.

Aurora Glamping Overnight at Torassieppi
Try "glamping" or glamour camping under the northern lights! The Aurora Dome is a luxury tent, a very comfortable way to spend a night in the wilderness. The tent has a cozy bed and a fireplace, and see through side walls so you can gaze towards the northern sky with a view over the Torasjärvi Lake. The scenery to the untouched Lappish wilderness is breathtaking even on cloudy nights!  Sauna, toilet and shower facilities are located nearby (50 metres away).  Transfers, private Aurora Dome, dinner and breakfast included.

Wilderness Lodge Overnight
Transfer to the wilderness lodge (approx 30-45 minutes). The lodge is located away from the town lights, in the forest, which is an optimal location for northern lights spotting! Heat up the traditional wood heated lakeside sauna and enjoy a dinner and the romantic atmosphere by the fireplace. Overnight in either the shared loft area or upgrade to your own private room. After breakfast in the lodge transfer back to Harriniva.  Saturday nights only. Minimum 4 persons

                                   Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2865.00
Single AUD$ 3425.00

Includes: Return transfers from Kittilä Airport to the hotel, use of outer winter clothing, 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner, Secrets of the Northern lights workshop, Northern lights snowmobile safari, Northern lights reindeer safari, Northern lights husky safari, Northern lights minibus hunt, Northern lights snowshoe trip, Northern lights bonus hunt, use of Northern lights alarm, Daily hotel sauna, Snowshoe and cross country ski equipment hire.

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