From Finland to Norway or v.v

From Inari, Finland to Kirkenes, Norway or v.v
4 days
Dec - April
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This combination tour offers two different worlds. Experience Sami culture in Northern Finland at Inari where you can visit the exceptional SIIDA Museum of Sami culture, enjoy a husky safari and 2 hunts for the Northern Lights. Then, transfer by coach to Kirkenes in Northern Norway for an overnight at the wonderful SnowHotel. You can also do the tour in reverse. 

Day 1 Ivalo Arrival and Evening Northern Lights Search by Snowmobile Safari
Arrival at Ivalo Airport and transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure - you might like to visit nearby SIIDA,  the Sami Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre. Learn how nature and people have adapted to the extreme conditions of this Arctic environment. Photographs, videos, dioramas, soundscapes and original artefacts guide you between the seasons and back through time, while the open area outside has various structures from across the land. (The Museum is open Tuesday- Sunday 10am to 4pm).

Tonight after rugging up in the winterwear provided, your Northern Lights Search by Snowmobile Safari takes you to the ideal viewing areas for the night, taking into account weather factors. Hot drinks will be served along the way to keep you warm, before your return to Inari. (2 persons usually share the driving of each snowmobile but you can drive solo, for a supplement)

Day 2 Husky Safari and Your Choice of Aurora Hunt
This morning enjoy a fantastic Husky Safari. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the husky farm for your next adventure. Help the musher prepare the team of huskies for the ride of your life. Dog sledding is a truly unique and exciting way to experience the beauty and silence of arctic nature. 2 persons share each sled.

Tonight, depending on the day of your stay, you can choose betweeen Aurora Hunting by Snowshoe (daily), by Reindeer Sleigh (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday)  or by Car (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday). Whichever you choose, Inari is the best place - being so far away from any light pollution means your chances of spotting the fabled lights are greatly improved.

Day 3 Inari- Kirkenes SNOWHOTEL
After breakfast, journey by coach along the shores of Lake Inari and other nearby lakes, towards Kirkenes. You depart Inari at 06:45 hrs Finnish time and arrive in Kirkenes at 11:15hrs Norwegian time (Finland is one hour ahead of Norway) and there is a short coffee stop along the way. 

Upon arrival in Kirkenes, time at leisure before your transfer from downtown Kirkenes to the Snowhotel at around 13:00hrs. Once there, meet the local resident reindeer and relax before dinner. Tonight you can choose between "cold" accommodation in  a Snow Igloo or "warm" accommodation in a cosy and charming private Gamme Cabin.

Snow Igloo: The Snow Igloo rooms are wonderful displays of snow architecture and Arctic nature, created each winter from local ice and snow, with ice sculptures, ice carvings and more. In your Snow Igloo you will sleep on a bed carved from ice, snuggled warmly in a thermal sleeping bag and blankets.

Gamme Cabin: You will sleep in a private, charming wooden cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing Gamme huts of the Artic and Sami areas. The cabins are like small jewels and have every comfort including air conditioning, underfloor heating and a snug bathroom with a separate aurora glass wall. Best of all, the cabins have a large panoramic window and lounge chairs covered in sheepskins, so you can gaze out in warmth and comfort, as you look for the Northern Lights. Being so far away from light pollution, this is a wonderful place to seek the magical Aurora Borealis. All cabins have private facilities.

Day 4 Kirkenes Departure
Enjoy a warming sauna and breakfast at the Snowhotel, before returning to Kirkenes. You can choose between a transfer at 09:00 or 11:30 hrs to Kirkenes downtown or to the Hurtigruten Pier.     

Departures:  20 December - 20 April

Includes: arrival transfer Ivalo Airport - Inari hotel one way; 2 nights hotel accommodation in Inari with full board; Evening Northern Lights Search by Snowmobile Safari 3hrs ; Husky Safari 2.5hrs inc transfers; Choice of Aurora Hunt by Snowshoe (2.5hrs inc transfers), Reindeer Sleigh (1.5hrs inc transfers)  or Car (2hrs) depending on which day of the week you are visiting; use of warm outer clothing during snowmobile, husky and reindeer  safaris; coach transfer Inari-Kirkenes; transfer Kirkenes downtown-Snowhotel; one night in either Snow Room or Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel inc dinner and breakfast; departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

The tour can be done in reverse from Kirkenes in Norway to Inari in Finland.

The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed. Please note the order of the excursions will alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2434.00
Single AUD$ 2509.00

Includes: arrival transfer Ivalo Airport - Inari hotel one way; 2 nights hotel accommodation* in Inari with full board; Evening Northern Lights Search by Snowmobile Safari 3hrs ; Husky Safari 2.5hrs inc transfers; Choice of Aurora Hunt by Snowshoe (2.5hrs inc transfers), Reindeer Sleigh (1.5hrs inc transfers)  or Car (2hrs) depending on which day of the week you are visiting; coach transfer Inari-Kirkenes; transfer Kirkenes downtown-Snowhotel; one night in either Snow Room or Gamme Cabin at Snowhotel inc dinner and breakfst; departure transfer Snowhotel-Kirkenes downtown or Hurtigruten pier.

* In Inari you can choose between Standard or Superior accommodation. The price shown is for Standard accommodation. Please enquire for other prices.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel

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