Over the Arctic Circle

Experience the arctic at Saariselka, Lapland
4 days
Dec - mid April
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In the far North of Finnish Lapland lies Saariselkä. Here, Sami culture is still very much in evidence in every day life, and you can discover the genuine Lapland. The unique northern countryside of national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of winter fun, and as a bonus, here the Northern Lights can dance across the night skies up to 200 days every year. Enjoy fantastic dog sled, snowmobile and reindeer safaris, plus spend one night at the wonderful Northern Lights Village in a cabin with a glass roof, ideal for looking for the Lights in absolute comfort. 

Day 1 Saariselka: Arrival
On arrival in transfer to your accommodation and time at leisure. Visit the lakefront Sámi Cultural Center, or the Destination Northernmost Europe exhibition with a panorama theatre showing films on the region’s plant and animal life, including reindeer. Or browse the shops for some special handicrafts.

Day 2 Saariselka: Husky Safari And Reindeer Aurora Sleigh Ride
This morning transfer to the husky farm, where the barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you. Before starting you will be given a safety briefing and "mushing" instructions, then off you go! Your head musher will talk about the life and training of these brave and hardy Arctic animals, and there will be plenty of stops for  some great photos. When you come back to the ranch, enjoy some hot berry juice by an open fire, before returning to your accommodation, for the afternoon at leisure.

Later this evening enjoy an exciting reindeer safari. Sit tucked cosily in blankets in your sleigh, as it is pulled by the sturdy reindeer, and start your journey into the quiet night forest. With some luck, you might even see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Stop to enjoy the warmth of a campfire while sipping hot drinks and listening to the sounds of the forest and fire, before returning to your accommodation.

Day 3 Saariselka: Snowmobile Safari & Overnight at Northern Lights Village
This morning after breakfast, check out from your hotel and time at leisure. This afternoon make your own way to the Northern Lights Village. After check-in, enjoy an exciting snowmobile safari over the Fells of Saariselka, a way to truly understand the power of winter in Lapland. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the fells, the powdery snowdrifts, and the trees bowing down under the weight of the snow line your route. Along the way, you will stop to take photographs of the beautiful scenery and to enjoy hot drinks and a light lunch. Then return to the Northern Lights Village for the night. Dinner at the hotel tonight is included.

The northern wall and roof of your cabin is made of glass, so you can lie in bed and gaze at the night skies, looking for the fabled Aurora!

Day 4 Saariselka Departure
This morning after breakfast check out and transfer to the airport.

Departures: daily 01 December – 13 April.

Includes: arrival transfer airport-hotel in Saariselka, 2 nights accommodation at Santa’s Hotel Tuntari or similar, 1 nights accommodation at Northern Lights Village, breakfast daily, 1 dinner at Northern Lights Village, departure transfer Northern Lights Village / airport, husky safari 3hrs, evening reindeer safari 2hrs, snowmobile safari 4hrs.

Excludes: transfer Saariselka - Northern Lights Village.

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 and the night of your stay at Northern Lights Village may alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1690.00
Single AUD$ 2321.00

Includes: arrival transfer airport-hotel in Saariselka, 2 nights accommodation at Santa’s Hotel Tuntari or similar, 1 nights accommodation at Northern Lights Village, breakfast daily, 1 dinner at Northern Lights Village, departure transfer Northern Lights Village / airport, husky safari 3hrs, evening reindeer safari 2hrs, snowmobile safari 4hrs.

Please note the price will vary depending upon your exact dates of travel.

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