Authentic Lapland

Great winter activities & the culture of Lapland
8 Days
Jan - Apr
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This tour offers you  the pleasures of staying in a small resort situated by Lake Torassieppi, just next to the Pallas-Ylläs  National Park.  Each day enjoy some fantastic winter outdoor activities including snowshoeing, dog sledding, a visit to a reindeer farm, cross country skiing, an Arctic dip into icy waters followed by a traditional smoke sauna, a cooking course, and a lesson in local handicrafts. Then at night step outside and look for the Northern Lights-  this area with no light pollution  is one of the best places to search for the Lights. Each evening after an active day outside enjoy scrumptious dinners made with local organic ingredients. 

Day 1 Welcome to Torassieppi
On arrival at Kittilä airport transfer to your hotel at Torassieppi (abut 45 minutes drive). Meet your hosts and your guide at a welcome meeting, where you will receive full details on the programme for the days to come. Dinner is served in the restaurant, after you’ve settled into your cosy accomodation. 

Day 2 Local Culture, Reindeer Sled Ride & Handicrafts  and Aurora Campfire
After breakfast your guide will take you to the reindeer farm which is situated just a few minutes walk from your accomodation. The reindeer herder will give you an insight into the role of the reindeer and their significance in Lappish life, before we visit the original 100 year old manor house and local museum. Then it's time for a reindeer sled ride on a 3 km safari through the snow-covered landscape. Return to the farm for lunch served in a traditional lappish kota by the fire. After lunch enjoy making some very traditional Lappish handicrafts including  ”pirtanauha”- colourful woollen ribbons traditionally used as shoe laces, belts, and chains - a lovely souvenir to bring back from your Lapland adventure. Dinner is served in the restaurant.

In the evening, take a guided walk from the hotel to a prime Northern Lights viewing spot, and enjoy hot drinks and snacks next to the campfire, while waiting for the lights to (hopefully!) appear. 

Day 3 Cross Country Skiing trip to the National Park & Local Cooking Lesson 
After a lesson in cross-country skiing, hop on to your skis and head to the national park, which is just around the corner. Your guide will lead you on a 3-hour skiing trip, over well maintained tracks, passing through the untouched beauty of the national park. After the trip lunch is served in the restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is free for relaxing. In the early evening join the hotel chef in the large Kota for a cooking lesson using fresh local ingredients - the dishes prepared will be served tonight in the Kota. 

Day 4  Snowshoe hike in Pallas Fell area & Arctic Spa
After breakfast transfer by minibus to the Pallas fell area. This is the biggest fell area in West-Lapland and well known for its breathtaking scenery. Here we strap on our snowshoes for an exciting trek to capture the most beautiful views. Enjoy a tasty picnic snack by the fire before, returning to the hotel. This afternoon you can relax at the Arctic Spa on the shores of the lake. Try the bracing experience of diving into icy waters, before warming up in the smoke sauna- true Finnish winter fun!  

Day 5  Husky Safari  
After some free time this morning, it's off to meet some furry friends down at the husky farm. The dog "musher" will tell you about the life and habits of these amazing Arctic working animals, before  we head out on a 17 km safari, with 2 persons sharing each sled. The route takes us through snow covered forest and untouched areas of wilderness. 

Days 6 and 7 Days at leisure & Farewell Dinner.
Today and tomorrow there is time to relax and just savour the delights of winter in the Finnish countryside. You can hire snowshoes or cross country skis, or perhaps do an additonal winter activity? These can incldue more dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and more.  Lunch is served daily in the restaurant. On your final evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with local delicacies. 

Day 8 Farewell
After breakfast transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departures: Saturdays or Sundays from 07 January - 21 April 2018

Includes: Return transfers from/to Kittilä, 7 overnights with full board , outer winter clothing for use during your stay, a day of local culture with 3 km reindeer sled ride & handicrafts session, 3-hour cross-country skiing trip,  Local cooking course, 17km husky safari,  3-4 hour snowshoe trip in the National Park,  one afternoon in the arctic spa and smoke-sauna. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional excursions

You may want to extend your stay in Harriniva or Jeris and take one of our fantastic overnight optional stays in unique accommodation:

Wilderness Lodge Overnight
Transfer to the wilderness lodge (approx 30-45 minutes). The lodge is located away from the town lights, in the forest, which is an optimal location for northern lights spotting! Heat up the traditional wood heated lakeside sauna and enjoy a dinner and the romantic atmosphere by the fireplace. Overnight in either the shared loft area or upgrade to your own private room. After breakfast in the lodge transfer back to Harriniva.  Saturday nights only. Minimum 4 persons.

Snow Igloo Overnight at Torassieppi
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! Transfers, Sleeping bags, hot drink and breakfast included. 

Aurora Glamping Overnight at Torassieppi
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 cozy 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 (50 metres away).  Transfers, private Aurora Dome and breakfast included. 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2433.00
Single AUD$ 2993.00

Includes: Return transfers from/to Kittilä, 7 overnights with full board , outer winter clothing for use during your stay, a day of local culture with 3 km reindeer sled ride & handicrafts session, 3-hour cross-country skiing trip,  Local cooking course, 17km husky safari,  3-4 hour snowshoe trip in the National Park,  one afternoon in the arctic spa and smoke-sauna. 

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