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A short break overnighting at the Harriniva Wilderness Lodge and husky mushing with a pick of the pack from Lapland's biggest dog sled centre, snowmobiling in the Pallas-Yllas National Park and reindeer sledding under The Northern Lights. You'll learn how to handle a larchwood sledge and a team of 6 dogs, speed scoot through the forest Jeremy Clarkson style and contrastingly meander by reindeer across a blanket of snow laid down in the forest. Plus have the chance to 'design your own adventure' for a day or even take a wilderness cooking course (watch out The Hairy Bikers). And all this leavened with the legendary hospitality of Harriniva's Family Pietikainen:Kyosti (Kopi), Maria, Niina & Antti.

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Harriniva Wilderness Lodge

Alongside the frozen Muonio River demarcating the border between Finnish and Swedish Lapland sits the Pietikainen family’s Harriniva Wilderness Lodge. Many moons and auroras ago, when co-owner Pietikainen Pere was a young man, Harriniva was nothing more than a pit stop for travellers on their way to Nordkapp. Over the years its morphed into a Wilderness Lodge, a riverside colony of 28 cabins , and a home for 400 Siberian Huskies in what has become Lapland's largest husky breeding kennels. The lodge’s rooms are all clad in light pine & locally quarried granite, simply furnished with handicraft fabrics and fitted with a private WC/Shower. 46 of them are configured for 3 or 4 guests (with 3 beds or twin beds plus bunk beds respectively), 6 are larger ones with a sitting area and private sauna, and 12 are apartment style with a kitchenette & children’s sleeping gallery. In the internal public areas there is a sitting area, a bar serving soft drinks, snacks and coffee/tea 24/7, a licensed bar often with 'informal' local entertainment, and 3 restaurant areas collectively termed Kuukkeli, whilst outside there is a traditional Kota restaurant. And everywhere, anywhen and all the time, there is someone, generally a Pietikainen or a BFF, to look after you just as Pietikainen Pere did way back when.

Day1 UK - Finnish Lapland

fly to Kittila in Finnish Lapland via Helsinki, transfer to Muonio and the Harriniva Wilderness Lodge before checking in to your selected room. Take supper in Kuukkeli, the hotel's tripartite restaurant, and afterwards walk down to the river bank for an inaugural sighting of the Northern Lights (possibly, hopefully, maybe!)

Day 2 Husky Mushing

after a bit of a lie in and breakfast, take a wander along the river bank as far as the bridge and cross over to Sweden (its about a 1200 km there and back). In the early afternoon walk down to the kennels to meet up with your guide who will walk you round introducing you to some of the more than 400 dogs Harriniva has in residence at any one time. After a short tuition in sled handling, set off 2 to a sled for a two hour mush through the surrounding snow draped fells swapping driver and passenger positions half way. Later chill your bones out with a sauna before dinner during which you may be interrupted by the Lodge's aurora alarm if the Northern Lights are seen overhead.

Day 3 Snow Fun & Reindeer Aurora Search

after breakfast its a 'design your own day' doing what you will from just hanging out, snow shoeing, cross country skiing or even Harriniva's wilderness cooking school!! In the evening after supper settle on to reindeer sled and snuggle back as your graceful reindeer gently pulls you through the snow in search of the Northern Lights. Your guide will search out the local Aurora hot spots and keep you fortified with hot berry juice.

Day 4 Snowmobiling

today it's time for snowmobiling: riding one through the forest is just about as boy's own racer as it gets. Modern snowmobiles such as Ski-Doos with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive being controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar with a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. Scooting through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and mogul littered tundra is a magic way of enjoying the Pallas-Yllas landscapes. After 30 km of pumping adrenaline round your arteries, return to the Lodge for a sauna before supper.

Day 5 Finnish Lapland - UK

breakfast in the Lodge restaurant before transferring to Kittila airport for your return flight(s) to the UK via Helsinki.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled Finnair flight(s) from Heathrow to Kittila
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Private Airport/Lodge group transfers
4 nights’ accommodation at Harriniva Wilderness Lodge
Lodging in twin room with private WC/shower
4 breakfasts & 4 suppers
HuskyTuition & Mush (approx 15km/2hrs)
Snowmobile Safari (approx 30km/2 1/2hrs)
Reindeer Northern Lights Safari (1 1/2 hours)
Complete set of protective clothing: thermal salopette & jacket or onesie; gloves, mittens, ribbed socks, snow boots, scarf & deer flapped hat for duration of stay
Services of local guide(s)
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Departure Dates & Prices:

Sundays. Mondays & Tuesdays January 5th to April 8th 2020 (FIN15)
Guide* £1379 per adult
FLIGHT PLAN LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL KTT 1620 1750
KTT HEL 1335 1505 HELLHR 1600 1700 
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fares which are real time variable unlike our ground costs. We don't do fancy lead in prices and always use the lowest air fare available at the time you confirm your booking. This may mean your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays. 

Safaris included or available on request

Harriniva Wilderness Lodge by Muonio in Finnish Lapland

  • 5 Days at Harriniva Wilderness Lodge
  • Husky Mushing
  • Northern Lights by Reindeer
  • 4 breakfasts & 4 Suppers
  • Pietikainen Family Hospitality