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Autumnal Northern Lights Break

Autumnal Northern Lights Break

Very potential season for northern lights but challenging time for outdoor activities so we packed this tour full of local Sámi culture. You will meet charming and talented. local Sámi people during your tour. Sámi people are indigenous people living in the northernmost Lapland of  Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. 

Hotel Korpikartano  served as a Menesjärvi Sami village school until 2005. As the disctances are long in Lapland, there was also a dormitory, where the children lived during the school year. The owners have renovated the old school to a comfortable hotel, which offers just a suitable combination of activities plus equipment for exploring the hotel environment by yourselves.

During your visit you will learn more about northern lights and learn to photograph them. You will also visit the home of a reindeer herding family and meet Kaija Paltto, a famous felting artist in her studio. ou will see how her felt art takes shapes and colors from the surrounding nature and how she has clothed her family from head to toe with traditional Sami clothing. On this tour you will also see reindeers and hear about reindeer herding.. 

Lake Inari   is the third biggest lake of Finland, which is also called the sea of Lapland. After getting a short briefing on the Sámi culture at Sámi museum Siida we'll take a boat tour to the Ukko island, one of the wholy places of the indigenous Sámi people. Alternatively you can choose to go fishing with a local Sámi fisherman Jarmo.

Night in an aurora cabin might be the experience of a lifetime, if northern lights show up. Northern lights are typically seen often before and after the autumnal equinox (23.9.). In the sample package we have included two nights in an aurora cabin but if you like, you can also continue to Tankavaara gold village on day 4, visit the gold museum and stay overnight there. 

Vuotso  is the next village south from Tankavaara and there we'll meet a Sámi artista, teacher and hostess of a reindeer farm Tuula-Maija Magga-Hetta, who has grounded a Sámi gallery in her parent's old house.  Tuula-Maija will tell about her culture in her own lively way. there are several topics to choose but we would strongly recommend to try traditional way of singing. 

AUTUMNAL NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK

Accommodation: 

  • 2 nights in hotel rooms in wilderness hotel Korpikartano
  • 2 nights in aurora cabin at wilderness hotel Inari (4km south from the village)

Note!  Also the standard rooms are very cozy at the wilderness hotel if you wish the cost to be lower. You can also choose to stay in a village hotel in Inari or take just one night in aurora cabin and get to gold village Tankavaara for one night.  

Meals: full pension

Transfers: all necessary local transfers included

Itinerary: 

Day 1 Thu Arrival 

  • 10:40 Finnair flight to Ivalo 
  • 12:15 arrival in Ivalo 
  • airport transfer
  • by 14:00 arrival to hotel Korpikartano
  • 17:00 aurora workshop: northern lights and photographing them 
  • dinner
  • aurora hunting by foot
  • night in a double room

Day 2 Fri Lemmenjoki

  • breakfast 
  • 10-12:00 Sámi Culture visit (or felt making workshop +1h, 55€/person)
  • transfer back to the hotel 
  • lunch
  • time for a self-guided hiking or paddling
  • sauna
  • dinner
  • night in a double room

Day 3 Sat Sámi museum and lake Inari

  • breakfast 
  • transfer to Inari village (dropping luggage to Inari Wilderness hotel first)
  • 10:00 visit to the Sámi parliament and Sámi museum Siida (if there is a group of more than 6, we can take both of these guided)
  • lunch buffet at the museum
  • 13.00 boat tour on lake Inari ending up to your hotel 
  • 18-20:00 dinner
  • night in an aurora cabin

Day 4 Sun Inari 

  • 8-10.00 breakfast
  • 10-13.00 hiking tour
  • lunch
  • time to relax
  • sauna (and swimming if you dare)
  • 18-20.00 dinner
  • night in aurora cabin

Day 5 Mon Workshop with Tuula-Maija

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • check-out
  • 12:11 bus from your hotel to Vuotso 
  • 14.25 arrival in Vuotso
  • 14.30 visit to a Sámi Gallery and an afternoon workshop wit Sámi artist Tuula-Maija Magga-Hetta (topic can be traditional singing, Sámi culture, reindeer herding or arts)
  • 16.30 transfer to Ivalo airport    
  • 18:30 Finnair flight from Ivalo to Helsinki 
  • 20:50 arrival in Helsinki
  • night at the airport hotel Glo

Day 6

  • breakfast 
  • connecting flight 
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 2 pax:1625€/adult (std room1329€), 4 pax:1407€/adult (sts room1111€, log cabin 1271€/person)
Prices for children 4 pax: 1196€/child (in log cabin 1060€/child)
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Month October
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Timing during 21.9.-21.10.2019
Duration 4 days
Meals Meals according to the sample program
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