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Unique delights of summer in Lapland at Hotel Harriniva + Wilderness Cabin overnight
Wilderness cabin Vuontisjarvi, Finland © Harriniva

Experience unique delights of summer in Lapland at Hotel Harriniva + Wilderness Cabin overnight. Over eight days enjoy a hike with huskies to a wilderness cabin where you will spend one night, visit a traditional reindeer farm and hike with a reindeer, try fat biking, canoeing and river rafting.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kittila Arrival

On arrival at Kittila Airport transfer to Hotel Harriniva in Muonio - the transfer time is approximately one hour. Dinner in the restaurant. Your accommodation at the hotel can be in standard rooms, in rooms with saunas, in suites or in riverside cabins - prices for each accommodation type do vary so please ask us for details.

Day 2 Reindeer Farm Visit

After breakfast, transfer to the Torassieppi Reindeer farm, a unique 100-year-old Lappish farmhouse and small museum. Meet the reindeer, try your herder skills in lasso-throwing, learn all about the importance of reindeer to Lappish culture. Lunch is served around an open fire. Then head out into the forest for a hike with a reindeer. In the afternoon return to the hotel, where a warm sauna is waiting for you. Dinner in the restaurant.

Day 3 Local Lappish Cooking, Fat Biking and Canoeing

This morning an opportunity to learn all about the delicacies to be found in nature, and their use in both traditional and modern Finnish cuisine. Using these local and foraged ingredients you'll help to prepare a tasty meal over an open fire. This afternoon hop on a Fat Bike - these are bikes with special large tyres that help you travel on country tracks, and ride down to the river where the canoes await. You'll paddle through the crystal clear waters, with a coffee break along the way. Later in the afternoon we return to the hotel by bike and enjoy a warm sauna and dinner.

Day 4 Into the Wilderness with Husky Hiking and Overnight in Wilderness Lodge

Time to pack your overnight bag for this very special trip. We start with a transfer to the nearby husky farm, where we learn all about the life of these Arctic dogs and you meet your hiking companion for the next two days. Then we set off - your dog is on a harness and is attached to you with a lead so that he or she will help you along. Lunch is served around the fire along the way, and in the afternoon you arrive at the wilderness cabin, where you can test your camping skills by helping to make the fire, feed the huskies and heat the lakeside sauna. Dinner and overnight in the cabin with shared toilet facilities. Please note the cabin does not have electricity, showers or running water.

Day 5 Return from the Wilderness with Huskies

Today we hike back, helped by our four legged friends, a trip of around 5km through the wonderful Finnish forest. Lunch is served along the way and we then return to the hotel in the afternoon, ready for a shower and sauna before dinner in the restaurant.

Day 6 Hiking & River Rafting

This morning we go for a great hike in the National Park of Pallas, one of the best parks of Finland. Enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of the forest as we go, together with some breathtaking views. We stop for a picnic break along the way. This afternoon enjoy an exciting paddle on the Muonio River, passing through four lots of rapids. Dinner in the restaurant tonight.

Day 7 Day at Leisure

Today, relax in the hotel grounds, or go out exploring on your own. Or perhaps take one of the optional activities such as fishing, or visiting the husky farm. You can also book one of the optional wellness treatments offered. A picnic lunch is prepared for you and tonight a final dinner at the hotel restaurant is enjoyed.

Day 8 Kittila Departure

Following breakfast this morning, your tour concludes with your transfer back to Kittilä airport.


2020 departures:
12 July
09 August

Notes:

Exchange your first or last night of accommodation to stay in an Aurora Dome. Try "glamping" or glamour camping in an Aurora Dome. This luxury tent is a very comfortable way to spend a night in the wilderness. The tent has a cosy 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. Sauna, toilet and shower facilities are located nearby (50m away).

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Unique delights of summer in Lapland at Hotel Harriniva + Wilderness Cabin overnight
  • Tour Category

    Independent
  • Duration

    8 days

    Departures

    Jul & Aug

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for standard rooms

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: return transfers from Kittilä Airport; 6 nights accommodation at Hotel Harriniva; 1 nights accommodation in wilderness cabin; full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8; hike with huskies; reindeer farm visit & hike; canoe trip & fat biking; hike in the National Park; Lappish foodie and cooking experience; river rafting; services of English speaking wilderness guide during activities.

      EXCLUDES: optional activities; optional room upgrades; optional wellness treatments; optional Aurora Dome Glamping overnight.

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