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Family Winter Break Ivalo 2020

Family Winter Break Ivalo 2020

A new exciting winter adventure for each day: first an aurora camp followed by ice-fishing, reindeer herding and a sledge-dog safari. 

Ivalo  is the northermost airport in Finland. When landing you will see large forest areas and small villages. Due to the gold stream warming up the climate, it is possible to live as far north. During your visit we'll take you to the Sámi museum to learn more about life in the Arctic. 

Inari  is the administrative centre of the Sámi culture. The Sámi parliamentSajos is located here as well as the Sámi museum Siida. It is located appr. 35km north from Ivalo by lake Inari. Lake Inari is also called as "the sea of Lapland". It is simply huge. Your log cabin is part of hotel Inari Wilderness appr. 4m from the Inari village also by lake Inari at a beautiful location. 

You will live first three days in a log cabin in Inari, then stay one nigh closer to the husky farm and the airport. We have set up a pallette of activities challenging enough but yet safe for school-age children. Acttivities are 3-4h long including breaks, which is the maximum at this time of the year as days can still be very cold. 

You will be provided overalls, boots and gloves in Inari and for the husky safari. You will need to take wit you thermall underwear and very warm socks and beanie. Dressed properly you can well take activities in -25 degrees celcius. 

Activities: 

1) Aurora camp takes you to a wide open location by campfire to wait for northern lights to show up.

2) Ice-fishing with Sámi fisherman takes you aon frozen lake inari. Inari is the 3rd biggest lake in Finland. You will pass the holy island of Ukko-Pyhä, where the guard of Lapland Ukko Lives. You will make a hole in the ice and try to catch fish by jigging. Your guide Jarmo is an indegenous Sámi man, his family has been living by lake Inari many generations. 

3)  When visiting the reindeer herdeing family you will all sit in sledge and enjoy the wintry scenery of Inari while the reindeer herder drives the snowmobile. Area is surrounded by lakes, forest and hills. On the way we can spot wild animal track's. You will find the reindeerhed in their winter herding area. Some of our reindeer are very friendly and you can get close to them. You have a good opportunity to photograph the reindeer. After a cup of warm homemade berry juice and Cloudberry cake you can taste also our reindeer meat snacks.At the farm you can visit our home and see, how ecologically this young reindeer herding family lives in their new log house. You will hear about their family and Sámi culture.Please note! This is a private visit, there are no other guests at the same time.

4) Sámi museum Siida gives you background information about the 8 seasons, northern lights as well as the Arctic animals. When oving in nature, you can often notice trails in snow. There is also a cafeteria at the museum as well as a small museum shop. 

5) Husky safari takes place on a family-owned husky farm, where dogs are taken good care for. The dogs are friendly and eager to run. The strongest ones are always in back and the wisest ones in front. Two guests always share a team of huskies. Children under 12 yrs always sit in sleigh. 

 

FAMILY WINTER BREAK IN IVALO 

Accommodation: 

  • 3 nights in a log cabin at Inari Wilderness hotel 
  • 1 night in a 2-bedroom apartment 10 minutes from the airport decreasing the price and shortening the morning transfer to the airport. Please note! Alternatively you could stay 2 nights in the log cabin and 2 nights in the log hotel of the husky farm.This would also take the cost down by 460€ for a family of 4.

Meals: 4xbreakfast, 4xdinner, 3xlunch during activities

Transfer. all neecessary transfers included in Ivlo

Flights: not included, our recommendation would be to leave on Feb16th by Finnair's direct flight at 8:30-14:00 from London Gatwick to Ivalo and back on Feb20th at 7-8:40, price on 1.4. 403,512GBP..

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Sun

  • 8:30-14:00 flight from London Gatwick to Ivalo or your own choide
  • 14:20-15:00  private airport transfer dropping luggage to the hotel 
  • check-in, welcome info, getting winter gear
  • 18-20:00 dinner 
  • 20-22.30 aurora camp by sleigh (you will feel it is 2h less)
  • night in log cabin 

Day 2: Mon

  • breakfast
  • 10-13:00 ice-fishing by sleigh with a Sámi fisherman Jarmo (incl. snacks)
  • 18-20.00 dinner
  • night in log cabin 

Day 3: Tue

  • breakfast
  • check-out
  • 9:45 transfer to the reindeer farm 
  • 10-13.00 visit reindeer herd and reindeer herder's home
  • transfer to Inari village
  • 13:15 -15:15 visit to the Sámi museum Siida with lunch at cafeteria Saarit
  • 18-20:00 dinner 
  • night in log cabin 

Day 4: Wed

  • breakfast
  • check-out, luggage with you 
  • transfer to the husky farm 
  • 10.30-14.30 husky safari with lunch
  • transfer to Ivalo
  • dinner 
  • night in a 2-bedroom apartment 

Day 5: Thu

  • breakfast packed with you
  • 5:30 airport transfer
  • 7-8.40 direct flight from Ivalo to London Gatwick
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Location Lapland
Price 5739,30€ for 2 adults and 2 children (12-year old child in this offer)
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