With two nights in a fantastic Aurora Cabin at Northern Lights Village, Saariselka, you can relax in bed and search the night sky through your glass roof. Seek out the Aurora Borealis and experience a husky safari, before travelling on to Rovaniemi for two more nights. Visits to a Reindeer Farm and Santa Claus Village, offer a true taste of Lapland's best in Autumn.
On arrival at Ivalo Airport, transfer to the hotel in Saariselka and time at leisure. Two nights with dinner at Northern Lights Village in a fantastic Aurora Cabin. Each cabin has a huge glass roof facing north, so you can lie in bed looking out at the forest and night sky.....a truly wonderful experience! If time permits, you might like to enjoy an optional guided excursion such as hiking (3hrs), a visit to the Sami SIIDA Museum of culture, Inari (6hrs), a day trip to Nellim near the Russian border, for the Holy Trinity Church and Sami, Orthodox history exhibition (6hrs), gold panning at Tankavaara Village (4hrs) or Aurora Hunting by electric fatbike (2hrs).
Prepare to meet some furry friends on a 1.5hr guided safari, starting with a kennel visit to these amazing canine athletes. A 4km drive along forest trails on a wagon pulled by enthusiastic dogs, is an unforgettable experience. After the ride, it's time to relax in the Kota and enjoy warm berry juice, as you listen to the musher's exciting stories. (If conditions allow, a sled may replace the wagon). Includes transfers, hot drinks and snacks. After dinner, get ready for your three hour lakeside, Aurora Camp experience. This is a great evening, where a roaring fire and (hopefully!) the spectacular dance of the Northern Lights awaits you, beside a picturesque lake. En route we stop at rugged Lake Inari, which the ancient Laplanders believed was the home of Ukko the Overgod. From there we continue to the camp, where we warm up in a cosy hut by the fire. Enjoy hot drinks and a traditional midnight snack, while waiting for the Aurora to appear on the horizon. Includes transfers, hot drinks and snacks. 2nd overnight in the Aurora Cabin.
Take the regular coach from Saariselka to Rovaniemi (approx 4hrs). On arrival, make your own way to your hotel and time at leisure. Explore the town, browse the shops or perhaps visit the fabulous Arktikum Museum. Two nights in Rovaniemi. Tonight, you might choose an optional 4hr guided, Evening in the Wilderness excursion. Experience a big part of Finnish culture, with a sauna on the banks of a beautiful lake. Upon arrival, we learn how to heat the sauna (a process which takes about 1hr), then relax and look outside for the Northern Lights, before enjoying time in the sauna. This is followed by a traditional Lappish meal of local delicacies such as glow-fried salmon. Includes transfers, dinner and sauna.
Experience the fun of the Arctic with a 4hr guided safari, as you enjoy a visit to a local reindeer farm. Meet the reindeer herder and his friends, take photos and listen to them tell about life on their reindeer farm and Sami traditions. Then it's off to Santa Claus Village where you can visit Santa's Post Office, maybe meet the man himself and explore the quirky souvenir or outlet shops! Includes transport and hot drinks. 2nd overnight in Rovaniemi.
Following breakfast and check-out, transfer to Rovaniemi Airport and end of arrangements.