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March 2019 Lapland Holiday Week, small group

March 2019 Lapland Holiday Week, small group

Guided small group tour from Inari to Kemi including unique experiences with local people. 

Inari  is the centre of Sámi culture. This is, where the Sámi museum Siida as well as the Sámi parliament are located. We'll start our tour by a guided visit to teh Sámi museum Siida On our first morning we'll take an ice-fishing tour on lake Inari with a local, indgenous Sámi fisherman Jarmo and then go to see the Sámu museum Siida to get an overview of the life in the Arctic. We'll see the Sámi holy island of Ukko on our way. 

Activities in Inari: 

  1. Visit to Sámi museum Siida  
  2. Ice-fishing in sleighs pulled by snowmobiles (with sandwich & fish)
  3. Aurora Hunting with a professional photographer (you will learn the tricks

Wilderness boutique hotel for adults  is the right place to experience,what silence means. After a nice snowshoeing tour and lunch you can spend time by reading a book i the cozy guest lounge or just site by the fireplace. It feels like time would have stopped,  

Activities: 

  1. Snowshoeing tour 3h + lunch at the hotel
  2. Campfire night 
  3. Husky safari (with lunch) 

Glass igloo or panorama log cabin night  is an experience of a lifetime if we are lucky and auroras are dancing on the northern sky. The group will be divided in two hotels in the same are if there are more than 4 igloso needed. . 

Tankavaara  is know as a gold village. We'll stop here to either visit the Gold Museum or take a snowshoeing tour in the most beautiful, snowy forest up to your choice. After the activity vchosen, we'll have lunch together. 

Activity; guided visit to the Gold Museum or snowshoeing with Riitta 

Tuula-Maija Magga-Hetta  is an indigenous Sámi woman . She is a teacher, an artista and a hostess of a reindeer farm. We'll meet her on her farm on our way to Rovaniemi. She 'll tell us about her life, the Sámi way of singing and in the end we can all try to sing. We'll also meet some of their reindeers on the farm. 

Activity: workshop on Sámi singing (or arts or Sámi traditions)

Rovaniemi  is the regional captital of Lapland, better known as home town of Santa. Depending on the size of our group we'll stay either at the island hotel a bit outside the town or in an old -style bed & breakfast in the middle of Rovaniemi. 

Activities: 

  1. Handicrafts workshop, in which you will make yourselves personalized souvernirs from Lapland.
  2. Private visit to Santa's command centre in a secret place outside the town. In case you are adults and do not care to go and see Santa, it is also possible to just stop in Rovaniemi and continue by evening train to Kemi. 

Kemi  is an industrial town by the Gulf of Bothnia and a peioneer in construting snowcastles. You will get to visit the snowcastle before taking a cruise by icebreaker Sampo. During the cruise you will get a guided sightseeing on the icebreaker, a chance to float among the ice and a 3-course lunch.

Activities: 

  1. Entrance to the snowcastle
  2. Afternoon cruise on icebreaker Sampo

MARCH 2019 GUIDED LAPLAND TOURS

Accommodation:

  • 10-11.3. superior room, riverside hotel in Inari  
  • 11-13.3. standard room, wilderness hotel for adults in Ivalo 
  • 13-14.3. aurora cabin, wilderness hotel OR superior room with view, village hotel
  • 14-15.3. in an island hotel in Rovaniemi
  • 15-16.3. boutique hotel in Kemi
  • 16-17.3. night in train sleeping cabin  

Meals:

  • 6 x breakfast
  • 6 x dinner
  • 3 x lunch during activities

Activities:

  • lunch visit to Design House Idoli
  • visit to the Sámi museum Siida
  • ice-fishing on lake Inari
  • campfire with snacks  
  • snowshoeing or cross-country skiing + lunch at the hotel 
  • aurora hunting with a professional photographer
  • visit to the Tankavaara gold museum OR snowshoeing 7km (on track)
  • visiting a local Sámi artist at her home on a reindeer farm: Sámi traditions 
  • artisan workshop at the guesthouse (making a personalized souvenir)
  • private visit to Santa's command centre
  • Sampo icebreaker cruise with lunch

Transfers: 

airport transfer in Ivalo, transfer from Inari to wilderness boutique hotel in Ivalo, transfer to the husky farm and from there to Saariselkä region,, from Saariselkä to Tankavaara, Vuotso and further to Rovaniemi 

Tour leader: included for Ivalo-Rovaniemi, in Kemi not needed as there is a guide onboard

Note! Not included

Sun 10.3. 12:35 Helsinki- Ivalo Norwegian 14:15  46,90€/person (or 9:00-11.10 Oslo-Kirkenes and by car from Kirkenes to Inari arriving by 16:00 102,57€ +357€ for 1-4 people )

Sat 17.3. Train Kemi-Helsinki not included  106€/adult, 74€/child                  

 

ITINERARY: 7 days

Sun 10.3. (tour leader Riitta)

  • 14:15 arrival in Ivalo 
  • 14:30 transfer to Inari
  • 15:00 check-in  
  • 16-17:00 guided visit to the Sámi museum Siida
  • 18:00 Inari Menu dinner
  • night in hotell Kultahovi by river Juutua

Mon 11.3. Arrival in wiilderness hotel (tour leader Riitta)

  • breakfast at the apartment
  • 10-13:00 ice-fishing on lake Inari
  • transfer to the next hotel, which can be a wilderness boutique hotel
  • dinner (table served)
  • campfire with snacks  
  • night in a wilderness hotel for adults 

Tue 12.3. Outdoor sports (tour leader Riitta)

  • breakfast
  • 10-14:00 snowshoeing or cross-country skiing + lunch at the hotel 
  • 18-20:00 dinner (table served)
  • night in a wilderness hotel for adults 

Wed 13.3. husky safari (tour leader Riitta)

  • breakfast
  • 9:15 transfer to the husky farm
  • 10-14:00 husky safari with lunch 
  • transfer to Saariselkä to Muotka Wilderness lodge/riverside hotel in Ivalo
  • 18-20:00 dinner 
  • night in a glass igloo

Thu 14.3. Tankavaara (tour leader Riitta)

  • breakfast
  • 9:30 departure to Tankavaara by a minivan
  • 10-12:00 visit to the Tankavaara gold museum OR snowshoeing 7km (on track)
  • 12-13:00 lunch 
  • transfer further to Vuotso
  • 13:30-15:30 visiting a local Sámi artist at her home on a reindeer farm: Sámi traditions 
  • 18:00 arrival to Rovaniemi
  • dinner
  • night in Lauri guesthouse or hotel Vartiosaari depending on group size

Fri 15.3. Santa Claus in Rovaniemi (tour leader Eero)

  • breakfast
  • 9:30-11:30 artisan workshop at the guesthouse (making a personalized souvenir)
  • 12-13.30 lunch
  • 13:30-16:30 private visit to Santa's command centre (I am collecting people to form one group of 10-16) 
  • 18:03-19:25 train from Rovaniemi to Kemi
  • night in Putiikkihotelli Kemi

Sat 16.3. 

  • breakfast
  • 10-12:00 visit to the Kemi snowcastle
  • 12:00 transfer to icebreaker Sampo
  • 13-17:00 Sampo icebreaker cruise with lunch
  • 19:32 departure by night train to Helsinki 

Sun 17.3. 

  • 6:03 arrival in Helsinki
  • time to see Helsinki if your flight leaves in the afternoon
  • flight back home

Please note that there will be another tour starting 12.3. by train from Helsinki and ending in Ivalo with all the same activities but in opposite order. 

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Location Lapland
Price 2530€/adult, single supplement 354€ + flight/train 191€/adult
Prices for children 1899€/child + flight&train 151€/child
Group size min 4
Group size max 16
Month March
Duration 7 days
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