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Self-drive Midnight Sun Break in Rovaniemi and Kukkolankoski rapids

Self-drive Midnight Sun Break in Rovaniemi and Kukkolankoski rapids

Experience the midnight sun on the beautiful island of Vartiosaari in Rovaniemi. In daytime activities river will also play a major role, first a river cruise to the Arktikum museum, then river rafting at the Kukkolankoski rapids. 

Rovaniemi was rebuilt in the end of 1940's as almost 90 % of the city surface was destroyed in October 1944 during the World War II. Therefore the city is full of  interesting architecture in functionalist style.The main attractions are the Arktikum museum and Arctic science center, Korundi house of culture with Rovaniemi arts museum exhibiting art from 1940's until today and naturally the Arctic circle with the Santa Claus post office.

Your hotel is located on Vartiosaari Island, which  is a perfect place for admiring the midnight sun since it is located in the middle of river Kemijoki. The night sun looks amazing at midnight refelecting from the water. 

Next day you will be picked up from the hotel for a river cruise to the Arktikum museum. You will cruise along two famous rivers, which in the old times used to be the route for the timber out of the woods to the mills. This excursion will also give you a chance to admire the beautiful surroundings and the Lappish nature. You will end up to the pier of the Arktikum museum and have a guided visit of 1,5 hours there.

The Arktikum  tells about the life in the Arctic. You will learn about the history, nature, customs and culture. You will hear about the 8 seasons of Lapland and see a beautiful multimedia about the sesonal changes. The building itself is architecturally interesting with its glass-roofed passageway.

River rafting activity day in Kukkolankoski  adds adrenaline to your visit. The scenery of the western Lapland as well as the life of the locals is dominated by this big river, which divides the area to Sweden and Finland. The Kukkolankoski rapid is 3,5km long with 13,5m relief, which makes it the biggest rapid in Finland. You can choose a traditional rubber boat rafting (twice the rapid) or a softer river cruise in a bigger wooden-decked raft (the only alternative for those under 15yrs). After the rafting you will get to see, how white fish is traditionally prepared in this area and will enjoy a 3-course dinner.

 

SELF-DRIVE MIDNIGHT SUN BREAK TO ROVANIEMI AND KUKKOLANKOSKI RAPIDS

Accommodation:  Hotel Vartiosaari in rooms for 2-3 people (children's discount: in extra beds on the loft with two adults)

Meals: 2xbreakfast, 2xdinner, 1xlunch in local style (during the tours), 2xtake-away lunch

Transportation: not included 

Itinerary:

1st day: Arrival in Rovaniemi

  • check-in to Hotel Vartiosaari
  • fishing by angling from the beach
  • dinner
  • campfire night in the other end of the island

2nd day: River Cruise & Arktikum

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 guide comes with clothing top pick you up by boat from your hotel 
  • drive by river boat to the Arktikum museum
  • 11-12.30 visit to the Arktikum museum and take-away lunch break
  • 12.30-13.30 drive back to your hotel by the same boat
  • you can continue angling on your own, have a walk or just enjoy your way
  • dinner prepared together with the chef

3rd day: river rafting at the rapids of Kukkolankoski

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 drive to Kukkolankoski rapids with a 1h stop at Polar Circle 
  • 12.30 arrival and river rafting (twice!)
  • 15.30 fish preparation demonstration and 3-course lunch
  • 18.00 departure to next destination

For self-driving groups the program can also be turned upside down and you can start from Kemi in case you are driving north from south. The minimum group size is 6 and we can take individual guests only if the minimum number of people is already full. Please ask!

LOCATION: Rovaniemi
 

 

 

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 565,60€/person,when group size is 6
Prices for children discount of 100€/child with two adults
Group size min 6
Group size max 12
Month June
Timing Start date between 17.-30.6.2017
Duration 2 days
Meals Meals according to the sample program
Accomodation double or triple room (there is also a 4th bed in the rooms)
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