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Culinary Adventure from the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic sea

Culinary Adventure from the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic sea

Hunting after the northernlights  up to the Arctic Sea! On Varanger peninsula a quality guesthouse will wait for you. You will make a snowshoeing trip with amazing views and a rib safari to catch kingcrabs for dinner.  You will then return to Finland along a landscape route. In Inari you will get an introduction to the Sámi culture  and get out on frozen lake Inari with breathtaking views again. By mid-april the nights are too light for northern lights but the scenery remains amazing and pictorescue.

Varanger peninsula  is located in Finnmark county in northeasternmost Norway along the Barents sea. It has an Arctic tundra climate but its south coast the climate is milder, with temperatures from -5 to -12 degrees Celcius, very seldom up to -20 degrees. The car drive itself to the coastal cities of Berlevåg, Kongsfjord and Båtsfjord is an adventure. The road over the hill area is covered in a thick wide blanket of snow. During a snow storm you are not allowed to drive alone but will follow a convoy.

Red king crabs  are also called Camtschatika crabs, Norwegian crabs or Russian crabs. In Barents Sea this crab is an invasive species, whose population is growing rapidly. In Barents Sea the red king crab grows big, even 12-15kg crabs with diameter of 1,5-1,8m have been catched. It is an expensive delicasy, whose fishing is environmentally useful as if the crab population increases in number the original species of the Barents sea can disappear. 

The crab safari takes place by a rib boat. You will be taken out on the bay for 2-4 hours depending on the wind. On heavy wind the safari is shorter and on light wind longer. In any weather you will get to the crab pots and see, how they are hauled up. You will get your catch to take to the guesthouse restaurant, which will prepare it for you for dinner.

From late February until the Arctic spring in May you will see a lot of Arctic birds in the bay. For photographers there are specific photo hides available for bird photography.

Village of Inari  is the center of Finnish Sámi people. The Sami people (or Lapps)  are indigenous people living in the northernmost areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Kola peninsula of Russia. In order to get a better understanding of the area,where you are traveling, we have included in this package a visit to the Sámi museum Siida. In Inari you will also see the Sámi parliament of Finland called Sajos.

Design dinner  opens up the doors to the world of Lappish gourmandism. A gourmet wildfood dinner is prepared from local wild food in front of you in the middle of Finnish design and art. After the 4-course dinner you will sit in a Lappish hut made of glass and enjoy a cup of coffee avec. Winter nights look amazing here with or without northern lights.

In Inari you can additionally book one of the following activities:

a) Sámi culture by snowmobiling safari will take you across the frozen Lake Inari, also known as the Sámi sea, to some of the historical sites of the surrounding area. You will visit what was once the old Sámi winter village center in Pielpajärvi, where now only the wilderness church remains. You will also pay our respects to the rugged ancient Sámi sacrificial holy island, ‘Ukko’s Rock’. During the safari there will be a break with coffee and snacks by the open fire. Price: 150€/person

b) Reindeer hurder's day takes you first to a reindeer farm and then by snowmobile to look after the reindeers, which are wondering free in the nearby forest. Once they are found, you will help with their winter feeding. After the feeding he will tell about his work and life in the Arctic. Price: 179€/person

c)  A 2,5h husky drive can also be added to your tour. It will take place either on arrival or on your way back to the airport. This drive will be 15-20km long and will take you to the wilderness. Price: 170€ /person with extra transportation

 

TOUR FROM THE FINNISH LAPLAND TO THE ARCTIC SEA
 
Starting place: Ivalo (airport transfers from Ivalo 54€/person), also Utsjoki as a starting place possible
 
Program: FEBRUARY-APRIL

Accommodation: 2 nights in a guesthouse in Varanger Norway, 2 nights in a hotel in Inari in double rooms, single supplement 170€

Transportation: comfortable minibus with driver from Inari

Meals:  4xbreakfast, 3xdinner, 4xlunch
 
Flights: not included in the price
 
Program:
1. day: WED
  • arrival to Ivalo for example with flights AY461 7.15-8.50 or AY557 10.15-12.45
  • late lunch at restaurant Kultahovi
  • 4-6pm departure from Inari (later departure on good weather)
  • by 10pm arrival to the guesthouse
2. day: THU
  • 9am breakfast
  • 9-11am hiking/snowshoeing
  • 11am departure to Båtsfjord (incl. take-away lunch)
  • 11.45am Båtsfjord short or longer crab safari 3-4h depending on the weather 
  • 4pm return to Kongsfjord (with the crabs)
  • 7pm kingcrab dinner
3. day: FRI
  • 8am breakfast
  • 9am departure to Berlevåg along a landscape route
  • 10.00am Berlevåg
  • 10.30am departure from Berlevåg
  • 1.00pm lunch/Utsjoki
  • 3.00pm departure to Inari
  • 5pm return to Inari and signing in hotel Kultahovi
  • 5-7 dinner
4. day: SAT
  • 7-9am breakfast
  • 9-10.30am extra activities: can be additionally chosen at extra cost
    • Sámi culture by snowmobiling 4h 10.30am-2.30pm:179€
    • reindeer hurder's day 4h 9.30am-1.30pm:150€
  • 12.30-2.30pm return from programs directly to Sámi museum Siida, where you can also have lunch 
  • 2.30-4.30pm visit to Sámi museum Siida
  • 7-10pm gourmet wildfood dinner at Design House Idoli 3h 6-9pm
5. day: SUN
  • early breakfast
  • morning flight to Helsinki, for example AY462 9.30-11, AY557 14.20-14.50 or Norwegian 14.45-16.20

NOTE! On Sunday 24.4.2015 there will be a special tour with photographer Valentino Valkaj! Ask more for special activities available.

LOCATION: Starting place Inari
Airport: Ivalo

 

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 1294€/person(6-9), 1208€/person(10-12), 1192€/person(13-16), 16th free
Prices for children 1178€/child(6-9), 1093€/child(10-12), 1012€/child(13-16)
Group size min 6
Group size max 16
Month February
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Timing departures on Wednesdays 3.2.-24.4.2016
Duration 4 days
Meals Full pension
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Service Provider Skafur-Tour
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