Kakslauttanen captured the world’s imagination, introducing a concept of a heated glass igloo, enabling guests to watch the Northern Lights from a bed in stylish comfort. Add a village of pine log houses, scattered amongst a snow-clad forest and you have a picture-perfect postcard of Finnish Lapland. Log fires and steaming saunas are on tap, as well as snowmobile, reindeer and husky safaris and, although we can’t guarantee the Northern Lights, we will maximise your chances of seeing this magical display.
Enjoy the informal hospitality of the Pietkainen family at one of Lapland’s oldest wilderness hotels. Harriniva lies in the beautiful rolling fells of Western Lapland, where the hills and the forests typify a landscape untouched for thousands of years. Thrill at mushing your own huskies, take an exhilarating snowmobile ride and journey in a traditional reindeer sleigh. All this set against a backdrop of a wild, rugged beauty, where a lack of light pollution enhances the natural phenomenon of an Aurora Borealis show.
Lake Inari is infused with the mysticism of the Sami, and Nellim Wilderness Lodge lies at its very heart. It is here that Jouko and Mari have painstakingly converted a former school house into an authentically crafted hotel that reflects the local culture. This most tranquil of settings is home to a warm and magical atmosphere, where you will enjoy snowmobile and husky safaris, spend a day in the wild with a reindeer herder and practice the ancient Sami arts of snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Northern Lights swirling above the pine forest make for an unforgettable experience.
Informal and intimate, Harriniva provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled Christmas break. Located in the heart of Finnish Lapland, this picturesque pine-clad lodge is the ideal location for the whole family to enjoy some Finnish festive fun. Meet the Harriniva Huskies and snowmobile through glistening snow-white forests. Marvel at your kick-sledding, tobogganing and icefishing skills. Harriniva is also home to a very special Santa secret, just waiting for you to discover.
Helsinki is an intriguing mixture: a neo-classical marvel with an art nouveau quarter interspersed with Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture and set on a peninsula jutting out into the Baltic. Smart pavement cafés on Esplanaden; gourmet restaurants at a fraction of London prices; concerts and ballet at Finlandia Hall; boat trips and great value shopping particularly for such iconic design brands as Arabia and Iittala.