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Birthday Tour to Lapland 7-12.12.

Birthday Tour to Lapland 7-12.12.

Inari-Ivalo region  is known as one of the most potential parts in the world for nothern lights watching. Auroras dance on the sky on 3 nights out of 4, which does not mean every single guest would see them as what you also need is clear, cloudless night. By aurora hunting we mean tour made by cars or snowmobiles searching for clear sky.

Your tour would start by a half-a-day husky safari with lunch in a Lappish hut. Normally two people share a team of huskies but if you want, you can also pay a little extra for an own husky team. As beginning of December is pretty early season, the rivers and big lakes are not yet frozen so it is impossible to make longer tours than 4h. 

When you arrive to the husky farm, you can well notice the dogs are eager to run. They compete for getting picked up to the working team by yelling. The husky farm we use has appr. 150 huskies. The owner family has been running a husky farm for 30 year and also compete in dog sledding. Their huskies never work on Sundays.

Inari  is the administrative centre of the Sámi culture. The Sámi parliament is here as well as the Sámi museum Siida giving you understanding about life in the Arctic. 

In Inari you will stay overnight in hotel Kultahovi by river Juutua. The restaurant of Kultahovi called Aanaar is widely known for their great Lappish food. The restaurant was whitelisted as the 8th best restaurant in Finland. 

Saariselkä  is a ski village on the way to Muotka Wilderness Lodge.  As you are only two, we suggest to use public buses, which are very comfortable in Lapland. My idea is that you would take a bus to Saariselkä, where you could, if you want either go downhill skiing or take the longest toboggan slide in Finland (Note! Snow reservation) from hill Kaunispää down to the village (=1,6km). You only need to rent a toboggan (appr. 4€ each), get up by a ski lift (5€) and slide down. We can arrange storage for you luggage, when needed. Taxi will then pick you up and take you to Muotka Wilderness Lodge.  

Muotka Wilderness Lodge   has been serving winter tourists for a long time but it was fully renovated after a change of owner a couple of years ago. Luxurious panorama log cabins were built for Christmas 2017. These are not igloos but each cabin has a big window for watching northern lights from bed. 

Muotka is located on the hills of tundra next to the UKK National Park. Nature is beautiful here so I suggest you would also take a 3h snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is easy and ecological way to get in the middle of the snowy forest but also good sports. After the tour it is nice to get in the cozy hotel restaurant, have some dinner and sit by the fireplace in their lounge - or spend the afternoon in your own log cabin looking at the colors of polar night. 

During the polar night it is not completely dark even though the sun does not rise at all. There is day light from 10am to 2pm. You can see beautiful pinkish and blueish colors on sky. If the weather is bright and clear, the sky looks amazing even without the northern lights. The stars, moon and the silence are magical.  

Rovaniemi  is the regional capitol of Lapland. It is rather touristic place, especially the Santa's Village but luckily you will be there before the peak season. There is a house, where you can see and meet Santa Claus free of charge but it might require some queuing. I am not sure, how long you will want to stay there so I suggest you take a taxi to the city centre to your hostel, whenever you feel like it. 

For the evening we can make a table reservation to a nice restaurant, for example the Arctic Boulevard. As your flight leaves very early in the morning we suggest to balance the budget and stay in a modern hostel's hotel room with own bathroom. 

 

BIRTHDAY TOUR TO LAPLAND 7.-12.12.

Accommodation:

  • 7-8.12. standard double room at Glo airport hotel in Helsinki
  • 8-9.12. superior room with sauna at Hotel Kultahovi in Inari
  • 9.-11.12. panorama log cabin at Muotka Widlerness Lodge
  • 11-12.12. standard room at Café Hostel Koti in Rovaniemi

Meals: 4xbreakfast, 2xlunch, 4xdinner

Winterwear: included during your husky safari and stay in Muotka (overall, boots, gloves and balaclava)

Transfers: airport transfer in Ivalo, taxi from the husky farm to Inari, bus from Inari to Saariselkä, taxi from Saariselkä to Muotka and from Muotka to the bus stop in Kakslauttanen, bus from Kakslauttanen to Rovaniemi and airport transfer in Rovaniemi

Itinerary:

Fri 7.12.

  • 18.05-23.05  flight AY1386 from Dublin to Helsinki
  • night in airport hotel

Sat 8.12. Arrival to Lapland and a  husky safari  

  • breakfast
  • 7.05-8.45 flight AY601 from Helsinki to Ivalo
  • transfer to the husky farm
  • 10.30-14.30 husky safari with lunch
  • transfer to Inari
  • check-in to hotel Kultahovi
  • dinner
  • night at the river hotel

Sun 9.12. Siida & Saariselkä

  • breakfast
  • walk to Siida
  • 10.00 visit to Sámi museum Siida
  • 12.10-13.42 bus to Saariselkä ski village (OR ice-fishing with local fisherman in Inari and a later bus to Saariselkä) 
  • if you want, you can go downhill skiing or try the longest toboggan slide in Finland (1,6km, we can arrange a place where to leave your luggage)
  • taxi to Muotka Wilderness Lodge (we can agree the time)
  • dinner
  • night in panorama log cabin

Mon 10.12. Snowshoeing & Northern Lights tour

  • breakfast
  • 10-13.00 snowshoeing 3h
  • 13.00 lunch at the hotel 
  • afternoon as you like
  • 18-20.00 dinner
  • northern lights tour by sleigh pulled by snowmobile, snowshoes or car
  • night in panorama log cabin

Tue 11.12. Santa's Village in Rovaniemi

  • breakfast
  • 8.10 transfer to the bus stop
  • 8.25 bus to Rovaniemi (during your bus tour it will get light)
  • 11.25 arrival at the Arctic Cirle 
  • self-guided visit to Santa's village 
  • taxi to café Hostel Koti, when you are ready to leave (there is a taxi stop in front of the info, NOT included in price, should be 25€ at the very maximum, there is also a bus)
  • dinner table booking at restaurant Arctic Boulevard for example
  • night in a hostel (no breakfast) 

Wed 12.12.

  • 4.15 airport transfer
  • 5.45-7.00 flight AY538 from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
  • 7.50-8.55 flight AY1381 from Helsinki to Dublin
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Location Lapland
Price 1458,40€/person, 2916,80€ for two
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Timing 7.-12.12.
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