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Lapland by rail / Autumn

Lapland by rail / Autumn

Overnight train is a comfortable way of travelling in Finland. The cabins are for 2 people and in some trains two of the cabins can be combines to a bigger one. You will sleep through the night and wake up in your destination. Every train has a restaurant where you can buy drinks, snacks and meals. 

Boutique Hotel Kemi is located as well as it is possiblle for a hotel to be located — right at the train station! Boutique Hotel is a beautifully renovated old wooden building with a relaxed vibe.

Kemi Snow Castle is built in December every year, but the all-year-round Snow Restaurant is where you'll have an exotic lunch. 

River rafting activity day in Kukkolankoski  adds adrenaline to your tour. 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 rafting 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.

Pyhä-Luosto National Park  is known for its 35 kilometer chain of hills and its extra-ordinary beautiful nature. In the middle of the park there is an amethyst mine, the only gemstone mine in the world that welcomes visitors. This mine hides many jewels, some of them can be up to 2000 million years old. If you are lucky you can find most famous jewel in Lapland – the Shaman jewel. In the center of Pyhä you will find the Naava heritage center, which is worth stopping by. There is a nice lunch restaurant and no entrance fee to the exhibition, where you can learn about the geology of Pyhä- Luosto´s national park as well as about the cultural history of the local Sámi people.

Pyhä-Luosto with its unique log cabin area  is surrounded by the most beautiful Arctic forests and hills. The environment is silent and authentic. There is less light in the village, which makes Pyhä-Luosto one of the best northern light observation places during the aurora seasons (Sept-Nov, Feb-April).

EXTRA! PyhäIgloos is ecologically built, crafted from Lappish timber, a material that breathes, endures and is natural and local. The carbon footprint of the Igloos is low as the trees chopped for building are replanted making the buildings themselves carbon sinks. 

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 a hill so that you can admire the ever changing arctic nature. 

Arktikum Arctic Nature Centre and Museum 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.

Helsinki, also called the daughter of the Baltic sea, is the capital city of Finland, located on the Southern coast. The top sights are the Rock church, Chapel of Silence, the Market Square, Senate Square and UNESCO World Heritage site Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

 

ROVANIEMI BY TRAIN / AUTUMN

Note! The itinerary can be modified and extra nights in every location can be added. For example 5 nights instead of 2 in Pyhä-Luosto or 2 nights in Helsinki.

Accommodation:

  • 2 nights in overnight train (Helsinki-Kemi and Rovaniemi-Helsinki)
    • cabin with shower for 2 people
  • 1 night in Boutique Hotel, Kemi
    • double/twin rooms
  • 3, nights in Log cabin, Pyhä-Luosto (or alternatively 2 nights in Ecological Aurora Cabin in Pyhä)
    • cabin
  • 1 night in Panorama Hotel, Rovaniemi
    • double room

Activities:

  • Kemi
    • lunch in the all-year-round Snow Restaurant
  • Kukkolankoski
    • River Rafting and Traditional White Fish Preparation
  • Pyhä-Luosto, chosen activities
    • Fishing Tour, 3h
    • Canoeing on river Pyhä, 5h
    • Midnight Sun Canoeing, 2h (1.6.-15.8.)
    • Midnight Sun Hiking, 3h (1.6.-15.8.)
    • The historical village of Suvanto and Naava nature heritage centre, 2,5h
    • Hiking tour to the Isokuru Ravine and the Pyhänkasteenputous Waterfall, 6,5km, 2,5h
    • Birdwatching & hiking on nature trail, 3h
    • Photography Tour to the Amethyst mine, 2,5h
    • Northern Lights Photography Hiking tour (15.8.-15.4.2020)
  • Rovaniemi
    • possibility to visit Santa Claus Village (01.06 – 25.08.)
    • morning walk in Ounasvaara hill with local guide, 2h
    • visit Arktikum Arctic Nature Centre/Museum, 2h
    • Summer Sauna Experience, 2h

Meals:

  • breakfast x5
  • lunch x6
  • dinner x5

Transportation:

  • as mentioned in the itinerary

Itinerary (sample):

Day 1, Arrival

  • arrival to Helsinki airport
  • catch a local train to Tikkurila
  • (if early arrival, time to see Helsinki)
  • 19:43 or 23:59 changing to overnight train to Kemi
  • night in overnight train

Day 2, Kemi/Kukkolankoski

  • 5:52 or 9:34 arrival to Kemi train station
  • breakfast (not included, either on train or at Kemi train station)
  • leave luggage in hotel storage
  • walk to Kemi Snow Castle (~20min)
  • lunch in Kemi Snow Restaurant
  • 14:00 pick up to Kukkolankoski
  • 14:45 arrival to Kukkolankoski rapids
  • River Rafting, ~2h
  • traditional white fish preparation
  • 3-course dinner
  • transfer back to Kemi
  • night in boutique hotel, Kemi

Day 3, Kemijärvi/Pyhä

  • breakfast package to take with you from the hotel
  • 5:56 train to Kemijärvi
  • 8:45 arrival to Kemijärvi
  • 8:45 pick up to Pyhä-Luosto
  • 9:30 arrival to Pyhä-Luosto
  • keep luggage in storage/car
  • 10:00 f.ex. Canoeing on river Pyhä, 5h
    • picnic lunch included
  • check in to your cabin
  • sauna
  • dinner
  • night in log cabin, Pyhä-Luosto

Day 4, Pyhä

  • breakfast
  • 10:00 f. ex. Fishing tour, 3h
    • includes barbeque lunch
  • afternoon relaxing / sauna
  • 18:00 dinner 
  • 20:00 f. ex. Midnight Sun Hiking, 3h (1.6.-15.8.) or Northern Lights Photography Hiking tour (15.8.-15.4.2020)
  • night in log cabin, Pyhä-Luosto

Day 5, Pyhä

  • breakfast
  • 10:00 f. ex. Hiking tour to the Isokuru Ravine and the Pyhänkasteenputous Waterfall, 6,5km, 2,5h
    • lunch included
  • 15:00 f. ex. Photography Tour to the Amethyst mine, 2,5h
  • dinner as you wish
  • night in log cabin, Pyhä-Luosto

Day 6, Rovaniemi

  • breakfast
  • check-out
  • 11:00 f. ex. visit to the historical village of Suvanto and Naava nature heritage centre, 2,5h
    • lunch in Naava nature centre
  • 15:30 bus to Rovaniemi
  • 17:15 arrival to Rovaniemi (Santa Claus Village bus stop)
  • possibility to visit Santa Claus Village (01.06 – 25.08.)
  • transfer to the hotel
  • dinner
  • night in panorama hotel, Rovaniemi

Day 7, Rovaniemi

  • breakfast
  • 10:00 morning walk in Ounasvaara hill with local guide, 2h
  • 13:00 transfer to Arktikum
  • lunch
  • 14:00 visit Arktikum Arctic Nature Centre/Museum, 2h
  • 16:00 transfer to Summer Sauna Experience
  • 16:30 Summer Sauna Experience, 2h
  • dinner
  • 20:00 transfer to Rovaniemi train station
  • 21:15 overnight train to Helsinki
  • night in overnight train

Day 8, Departure

  • breakfast on train (not included)
  • 8:29 arrival to Tikkurila train station
  • changing trains to Helsinki airport
  • arrival to Helsinki airport
  • departure flight

AS EXTRA YOU CAN ADD 2 OR 3 DAYS IN HELSINKI

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