Highlights of Lapland

The best of everything for Winter in Finland with optional overnight in Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or Arctic Firefox Lodge
Aurora Dome Muonio, Finland © Harriniva

This great tour offers the best of Winter in Lapland. Over eight days, enjoy a husky safari and sled ride, visit a traditional reindeer farm including a reindeer sleigh ride, eat lunch in an Ice Restaurant, thrill with an exciting snowmobile tour to feel the speed of the snow, try snowshoeing and cross country skiing, ice fishing and more. Plus there is the opportunity to upgrade your first or last night's stay with an overnight in a Snow Igloo or an Aurora Dome or at the luxury Arctic Firefox Lodge - please ask us for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kittila Arrival

On arrival at Kittila Airport transfer to Hotel Jeris in Muonio - the transfer time is approximately 45 minutes. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 Husky Safari & Northern Lights Workshop

This morning transfer to the nearby husky farm to meet the eager huskies, enjoy a tour of the farm and then take a 15km dog sledding safari, with two persons sharing the driving of each sled. Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant. In the afternoon, your guide will tell you more about the fascinating phenomenon of the northern lights, and the science & myths behind it. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3 Snowshoe Walk, Ice Fishing and Aurora Snow Train

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. This morning enjoy a guided snowshoe walk, to try out one of the oldest modes of Lapland transportation. Afterwards lunch is served in the hotel restaurant. In the afternoon your local guide will take you to the lake to try your luck with ice-fishing. Return to the hotel and time to relax before dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner we head out again in Search of the Aurora on the Snow Train - you sit snugly in the heated sled capsule of the Snow Train which is pulled by your guide's vehicle, so you can enjoy the polar night in warmth and comfort. A stop for drinks and snacks around the campfire is made along the way.

Day 4 Reindeer Farm Visit and Sled Ride and Winter Village Visit with Lunch in the Ice Restaurant*

After breakfast, transfer the short distance to the Torassieppi Reindeer farm, a unique, 100-year-old Lappish farmhouse and small museum. Try your reindeer herder skills in lasso-throwing and then enjoy a 3km reindeer sleigh ride through the forest, in landscapes right next to the Pallas-Ylläs National Park. Then a short walk to the winter village with its fabulous ice restaurant, bar, sculptures, and impressive snow buildings. Lunch is served in the ice restaurant. *Please note lunch in the Ice Restaurant is weather dependent. If the Ice Restaurant has not been completed or it is extremely cold, lunch will be served around a fire in a traditional kota instead. Return to the hotel and time to relax, before for a traditional dinner around the open fire tonight.

Day 5 Cross Country Skiing & Snowmobile Adventure

After breakfast we set off on cross-country skis. The skiing tracks starts right next to the hotel and you will learn the basics of cross-country skiing with your guide. Lunch will be served in the restaurant. In the afternoon, meet your snowmobile instructor who will give you snowmobile driving and safety instructions. Then start your engines and follow the guide through the snow covered forests, over frozen lakes and creeks and along perfect fell scenery. The driving distance is about 30km and you will drive with two persons per snowmobile. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Days 6 and 7 Days at Leisure and traditional Lappish dinner (Day 7)

Today and tomorrow are free for you to relax and enjoy the winter serenity. Or you can add optional excursions - depending on the date of your arrival these include husky safaris, reindeer sleigh rides, ice fishing, horse riding and sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, an Arctic sauna experience, evening hunts for the Aurora, and more. Lunches are served in the hotel restaurant or you can opt to have a packed lunch box to take out with you. Dinner in the hotel restaurant and on your last night celebrate your adventure with a fabulous dinner, where some unique Lappish specialities are served.

Day 8 Kittila Departure

Following breakfast this morning, your tour concludes with your transfer back to Kittilä airport.


2021 departures: Saturdays or Sundays 03 January - 28 March

Notes:

Perhaps you might like the speial New Year departure: 27 December 2020 - 03 January 2021 including special New Year dinner celebrations and slightly altered itinerary being Day 2 Husky Safari & Cookie Baking; Day 3 Snowshoe Walk; Day 4 Winter Village & Ice Restaurant lunch, Reindeer Safari & Aurora Snow Train; Day 5 Snow Fun activities, Snowmobiling and New Year Dinner with fireworks; Day 6 time at leisure & Gingerbread House making; Day 7 time at leisure and Day 8 departure. Please ask us for further information regarding prices and inclusions for this departure.

Minimum Age: 5 years

You can upgrade your experience by swapping either your first or last night of hotel accommodation with one of these three fantastic stays in unique accommodation: 
Snow Igloo: 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! Sleeping bags and hot drinks included.
Aurora Dome Glamping: 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 cosy 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 (50m away).
Arctic Firefox Lodge: spend a night in privacy and luxury in a lodge with it's own private sauna, and panoramic views across Lake Jeris and from your bed.

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.

The order of the excursions may alter.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked.

Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. Children under 18 years sit in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Children under 4 are not permitted on snowmobile safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

Husky Safaris: Older children may be able to drive a husky team themselves but this depends on the child's size and other factors. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may not drive a husky sled and who must sit in the guide's sled. Children 4 –12 years sit in the guide's sled during safaris. Children under 4 are not permitted on husky safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    The best of everything for Winter in Finland with optional overnight in Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or Arctic Firefox Lodge
  • Tour Category

    Independent, Glass or Snow Igloos, Northern Lights
  • Duration

    8 days

    Departures

    Jan - Mar

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: return scheduled Kittila airport transfers; 7 nights hotel accommodation; full board from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day including Ice Restaurant lunch, traditional fireside dinner and Lappish farewell dinner; 15km Husky safari; Northern Lights workshop; Guided Snowshoe Walk; Ice Fishing; Snow Train tour; Reindeer farm Visit including 3km sled ride; Winter Village Visit with Ice Restaurant lunch; Cross Country Skiing; snowmobiling safari 30km; use of thermal outer clothing; one entry to the hotel's Arctic Sauna.

      EXCLUDES: optional excursions, optional upgrade to log cabin accommodation; optional upgrade to overnight in Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or Arctic Firefox Lodge.

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