Chasing the Northern Lights

Seek the Aurora every night a different way. Upgrade to overnight in a Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or Arctic Firefox Lodge
Northern Lights Muonio, Finland © Harriniva

On this great tour, you will have the opportunity in the evenings to go out searching for the Northern Lights in a different way. Take a snowmobile safari, ride on a dog sled with a team of friendly huskies, travel in a reindeer drawn sleigh, walk using snowshoes on trails through the forest and travel in a snow train. During the day, enjoy great optional activities or just relax.

"Lapland is like a stunning enchanted forest, it is just magical. The tour itself was so much more than what we expected. The sights, the beauty, the people, the activities, the accommodation, the food, the everything, so exceeded our expectations!! We could not recommend this tour highly enough." - Steph & Col, Central Coast, N.S.W. 2018

Itinerary

Day 1 Kittila Arrival

After arriving at Kittila Airport, transfer to your hotel at Harriniva (approximately one hour) where you will be issued with your warm outer Winter clothing, for use during your stay, and your Northern Lights alarm application, 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 to relax or take an optional activity. In the evening, we drive by snowmobile to the best location to look for the Northern Lights. While enjoying a hot drink you will feel as though you are really close to the stars. Round trip approx. 20km. 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 Husky Adventure

Morning at leisure to relax or try another optional activity. This afternoon, meet your guide for an informative workshop about the fascinating phenomenon of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, and the science behind it. The fun continues tonight with a visit to a local husky farm. After a driving lesson and safety briefing, enjoy a 9km dog sled safari, whilst you keep a look out above. 2 persons share each sled.

Day 4 Aurora Reindeer Safari

Today is a day to explore, relax or maybe take some snowshoes or cross country skiis out? Tonight, you are off to the local reindeer farm, where you will climb into reindeer sleighs, to be pulled through the silent forests, cuddled cosily in the sled with warm blankets, and making sure you keep a lookout in the night skies. After the sleigh ride, enjoy hot drinks around an open fire.

Day 5 Arctic Sauna World and Shaman

Day at leisure or join an optional activity. Tonight you will visit the Arctic Sauna World, which is located on the shores of Lake Jeris. Here you will experience four different styles of the sauna and learn the history along with the sauna customs. A local drink will be served and a Shaman will perform a ceremony calling on the powers of the four elements - earth, water, air and fire.

Day 6 Aurora Snowshoeing

Day at leisure. Tonight, 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. Hot drinks will be served during the snowshoe walk.

Day 7 Farewell Dinner and Aurora Snow Train

Another day to relax, or perhaps sleep in after your late night adventures. This evening enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner with Lappish delicacies. Then for one last hunt we head out on the Aurora Snow Train. Search for the lights whilst driving around in the heated carriage, a stop will be made for drinks and a snack around the fire.

Day 8 Kittila Departure

Arrangements end after breakfast with your transfer to Kittilä airport.


2021 departures: every Saturday and Sunday 03 January to 28 March

Notes:

Minimum Age: 18 years

You can upgrade your experience by swapping either your first or last night of hotel accommodation with one of these 3 fantastic stays in unique accommodation:
Snow Igloo: 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 double 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! Sleeping bags and hot drinks included.
Aurora Dome Glamping: 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 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 even on cloudy nights! Sauna, toilet and shower facilities are located nearby (50m away).
Arctic Firefox Lodge: spend a night in privacy and luxury in a lodge with it's own private sauna, and panoramic views across Lake Jeris and from your bed. 

The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed.

The order of the excursions may alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start or they may change subject to weather conditions and other safety reasons. 

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo.

For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Seek the Aurora every night a different way. Upgrade to overnight in a Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or Arctic Firefox Lodge
  • Tour Category

    Independent, Glass or Snow Igloos, Northern Lights
  • Duration

    8 days

    Departures

    Jan - Mar

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: transfer from Kittilä Airport to Muonio; 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; Northern lights snowmobile safari, Northern lights workshop; Northern lights husky safari; Northern lights reindeer safari; visit to Arctic Sauna World; Northern lights snowshoe trip; Northern lights snow train; daily hotel sauna; snowshoe and cross country ski equipment hire; use of outer winter clothing during your stay.

      EXCLUDES: optional daytime excursions - these include horse riding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer sleigh rides, ice fishing, ice karting and much more.

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