On this independent tour you are based at the Scandic Rukahovi Hotel, a traditional and elegant mountain hotel near Kuusamo, in Finnish Lapland. The hotel is inside Rukatunturi, a 490m high fell (or mountain) and ski resort, offering downhill skiing as well as over 500km of cross-country skiing tracks. Enjoy four nights here, with some great fun winter excursions included - a Husky Safari, Searching for the Northern Lights by Reindeer Sleigh, and Meeting Santa Claus at his Secret Cottage. Plus there is a full day free, for you to add some optional skiing, or an optional, exciting River Floating experience!
On arrival in Kuusamo transfer to the hotel, about 20 minutes from the airport. Kuusamo is situated in the southeastern edge of Finnish Lapland, close to the Russian border and Oulanka National Park, one of the most rugged of the country's national parks, with incredible scenery. Time at leisure - if time permits you can purchase ski tickets and hire equipment through the hotel, and try out the ski fields and trails. Four nights at Scandic Rukahovi Hotel.
This morning start with a 2hr visit to the local Husky Farm. Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the kennel, where you will meet the happy working dogs and learn about their lives. After safety and driving instructions we head into the silent forest for an exciting 5km sled ride. When we return, there is time to warm up with hot drinks and snacks, before we say goodbye to our new 4-legged friends, and return to the hotel. Two persons share each sled with the chance to swap drivers along the way. Includes transfers, use of outer winter clothing, hot drinks and hot snack. Then time at leisure before your evening 3hr Hunt for Northern Lights by Reindeer Sleigh. Transfer to a local reindeer farm which was established in 1920 and is still owned by the same family. 2 persons sit in each sleigh, driven by the reindeer herder who will take you through the forests. This peaceful and easy ride allows you plenty of time to take in the beauty of nature, and hopefully in the darkness of the forest you might spot the northern lights. A stop is made along the way for sausages and coffee or tea by the fire, when your guide will tell stories about the life of the reindeer and the reindeer herding. Includes transfers, hot drinks and snacks by an open fire.
This morning spend a joyful time with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves! Santa's Cottage is located about 30 minutes drive away and you will start the day with a transfer there. Once you arrive, enjoy some tobogganing, instructed by Santa's elves, and snack on grilled sausages and hot berry juice. Mr and Mrs Claus will then invite you to their cottage, where Santa tells stories about his life while hot drinks and gingerbread biscuits are served. Don't forget to call in at Santa's little Post Office, where you can buy souvenirs and post cards.
Spend the day as you want to! Relax, enjoy a sauna, or get active with some optional winter fun. You can book downhill or cross-country skiing at the hotel. Or try optional River Floating - a magical, 3hr guided adventure where you immerse yourself in the cold water of the river, wearing a special dry suit which keeps you warm and completely insulated. After some safety instructions we are off, floating together both up and down the river. The thrill of going into the freezing water is unique! A minimum height 160cm is required for this activity. Includes transfers, thermal dry suit, hot drinks. (Please note this activity must be pre-booked)
Check out from the hotel, transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.