Holidays in the remote arctic locations and Scandinavia

Adventure by Design specialises in providing custom tours and adventure packages throughout arctic regions in Finland and northern Norway and Sweden. Whether you are in search of outdoor adventure, a taste of Lapland winter magic or a road trip for your family, we can create a unique and memorable holiday tailored specifically for you. All tours encourage human powered movement and foster reconnection with the natural environment and your own mind and wellbeing. We work with a network or locally owned companies where possible and believe in providing a high level of service and professionalism.

Your Guide - Gareth Hutton

I am originally from the South Island of New Zealand and am a professionally trained outdoor instructor and guide, working with groups in the outdoors for almost 10 years. I initially came to Finland in search of adventure at the beginning of 2011, fell in love with the country, the winter, and met a wonderful woman who is now my wife.

I have worked as a guide leading both husky and snowmobile safaris, provided overnight snowshoe trips, been contracted by a number of companies, including Canon Japan, to provide tailored guide services, as well as helped a hundred or so people photograph the elusive northern lights. I am also a passionate photographer with a love for black and white photography, landscapes and of course the northern lights.

I love being in the great outdoors and since starting Adventure by Design in 2012, I have been fortunate enough to have met some wonderful people and have had the pleasure of showing them this wonderful country I now call home. I look forward to meeting you on one of my tours or designing something special just for you.

I am certified as Wilderness First Responder, as an official guide for the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and continue to remain a member of the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association. I am also a certificated wellness coach and personal trainer.

Header photo courtesy of Akiya Tamba, check out his work at

photo: Akiya Tamba

Awards and Qualifications

Wilderness First Responder Certified