New Year in Harriniva

New Year in Harriniva

New Year in Harriniva

Watch a dazzling display of Aurora this New Year

Snowmobile Safari

Snowmobile Safari

Drive in pairs through the forest

Harriniva

Harriniva

Home to one or the largest husky kennels in Europe

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

The original mode of transport for locals

Snowshoeing in Harriniva

Snowshoeing in Harriniva

Enjoy snow fun in Harriniva

New Year in Harriniva

Welcome in the New Year in fabulous Finnish style. Informal and intimate, Harriniva provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled celebration break amid an endless snow filled playground. As well as thrilling snowmobile and husky safaris, visit to Finland’s oldest reindeer corral, eat in an ice restaurant and if weather conditions are right you can toast the northern lights with hot chocolate and marshamallows around an evening campfire. There are of course New Year celebrations, which include a gala dinner and fireworks.

30 DEC: Fly to Finnish Lapland

Fly from Heathrow to Kittila (via Helsinki), in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Transfer by private coach to Harriniva, a family owned wilderness lodge belonging to the Pietikainen’s. A late light supper will be served on arrival.

31 DEC: Husky Safari, Snowmobile Safari & New Year Celebrations

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast to ensure that you have plenty of energy for a day packed with activities.

After breakfast, you will meet the 400-strong Harriniva husky family, who live just a short walk from the lodge. After instruction, you will mush a team of dogs, all eager for their morning run. As you and your co-driver journey through the forest, the silence is only broken by the panting dogs and your occaisional instruction. Lunch is served in the main restaurant, after which you will embark on an exciting snowmobile journey.

After instruction and safety briefing, you will drive in pairs through the frozen landscape. Take a break halfway to switch drivers and to admire the beauty of the surrounding snow-covered scenery. Children will sit in the sled behind your qualified guide.

This evening, welcome in the New Year with a gala dinner complete with Lappish specialties. This is followed by fortune telling, fireworks and a complimentary glass of wine at midnight to welcome in the New Year after which the revelry continues.

01 JAN: Reindeer visit, Ice Restaurant and Aurora Camp Fire

Breakfast is followed by a short coach transfer to Torassieppi reindeer farm, which dates back to 1847. Here there will be a tour of the winter village and lunch in the unique ice restaurant.

This is followed by a visit to the old farm house and museum. Here you can master the art of lasso throwing and feed the reindeer. You will also be taken on a short reindeer drive and receive a reindeer driving license.

Return to Harriniva for dinner then gather around the campfire, keeping warm with hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows whilst keeping an eye out for the northern lights above. 

02 JAN: UK

Breakfast at the hotel before your return transfer to Kittila airport in time for your return flight home.

Itinerary is subject to change

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge
Harriniva Wilderness Lodge

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge stands alongside the frozen Muonio River,  marking the border between Finnish and Swedish Lapland. Here, the Pietikainen family have offered hospitality for over 25 years to travellers, fishermen, skiers and adventurers. Comfortable and versatile accommodation includes 46 pine-clad rooms, all with private WC/shower. In addition, there are 6 larger rooms with private saunas and 12 duplex, apartment-style rooms, ideal for larger families. Close by are Harriniva’s latest innovation, a small intimate snow hotel and Aurora Domes. Harriniva’s cosy bar offers a warm welcome after the day’s exertions with coffee/tea and snacks served throughout the day. The lively restaurant has a wide choice of meals, and successfully combines local specialities with international cuisine, whilst the sauna is a perfect place to relax and recharge. Harriniva is also home to the largest Siberian husky breeding kennels in Lapland. Situated a short walk from the lodge, the 400-strong pack are lovingly reared and all individually named. A tour of the farm often includes a visit to any new additions to the fold.