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Northern Lights Break Arctic hills

Northern Lights Break Arctic hills

Northern lights holiday in Lapland! Experience the  beauty of the Arctic hills each day in a different way. 

The northern lights season starts from September and ends mid-April. During this period it is also possible to see northern lights on three out of five nights, when the sky is clear. As we cannnot influence on weather we are starting our winter tours in the end of  November to be sure there is enough snow for winter activities.

Saariselkä  is the most northern skiing resort in Finland. It is a ski village known as a cross-country skiing paradise but there are also 15 slopes and a lot of other activities, for example the longest toboggan slide in the country (=over 1 km). Part of Saariselkä is located in the Urho-Kekkonen National Park. The most famous Arctic hills are called Kaunispää, which is next to the village and Kiilopää, which is 17km away from the village. Urho Kekkonen National Park  (=UKK-park) established in 1983 and covering 2 550 square kilometres, it is one of Finland's largest protected areas. It is named after the former president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen.

Village of Inari  is the center of Finnish Sámi people. This will be your first destination. 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. 

Kultahovi hotel  is located in the middles of the Inari village by river Juusua. You have a walking distance to the Sami museum from there. This hotel is knwon for their delicious Lappish food.

In Inari you will visit a local reindeer farm run by a young Sámi family. You will visit also their modern log house and hear about their life n the Arctic.  Nigt time we'll take you for a snowshoeing tour.

Husky safari is the most memorable of all the activities. your will stop on a 4h husky safari on your way to the second hotel. It feels amazing to glide through the snowy forest and across rivers and lakes. Huskies are very eager to run, you will notice this clearly, when arriving at a husky farm.

Muotka Wilderness Lodge  has a long tradition in serving cross-country skiers.  The fell hotel is located next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park by the road leading to the Kiilopää fell center. It is an ideal place for independent, shorter fell skiing trips, even for inexperienced cross-country skiers as there are marked ski-tracks leaving from the yard and leading to the Saariselkä fell line. There are 200 km of ski-tracks, which you can see here (scroll down a bit from Saariselkä and you will find Muotkan Maja on the map): http://infogis.infokartta.fi/infogis-saariselka/

The lodge is built by a river on taiga. You wll stay two nights in an aurora cabin there but also have an aurora snowmobiling safari. If you are lucky and the night is bright, you can spend a magical night under millions of stars and dancing northern lights.  

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK ARCTIC HILLS

Accommodation:

  • 2 nights in a village hotel in Inari 
  • 2 nights Aurora cabin in a wilderness hotel

Meals: 4xdinner, 3xlunch, 4xbreakfast

Transportation: airport transfers and transfers from Inari to Muotka Wilderness Hotel 

Flights: not included

Activities: snowmobiling to a reindeer farm 5h, husky safari 3h, aurora snowshoeing and camp, sightseeing taxi drive 2h and a visit to the Sámi museum in Inari

Winter clothes: winter clothes included 

Program:

Day 1: Tue or Thu Arrival 

  • arrival at  IVALO airport
  • airport shuttle bus to Inari (group size 1-3) or private transfer (group size 4-8)
  • Inari menu dinner at the hotel 
  • night in hotel Kultahovi in Inari 

Day 2: Wed or Fri - Sámi culture and sightseeing by car & Aurora Camp

  • breakfast
  • 10:45 transfer to the reindeer farm
  • 11:00-13:00 home visit at a local reindeer farm (or ice-fishing on lake Inari replacing the reindeer farm and the museum)
  • transfer to the Sámi museum Siida
  • time for lunch and exploring the museum exhibitions
  • 15:00 multimedia about the 8 seasons and northern lights in the auditorium  
  • walk back to the hotel 
  • dinner in the hotel 
  • 20:30-23:30 Arctic night showshoeing

​Day 3: Thu or Sat - Transfer to Saariselkä with a husky safari

  • breakfast
  • 9-10:00 transfer from Inari to the Husky farm (luggage taken to the hotel)
  • 10-14:00 husky safari 4h (with soup lunch)
  • transfer further to the hotel 
  • dinner buffet 
  • night in an Aurora Cabin

Day 4: Fri or Sun Wilderness Hotel on the hills

  • breakfast
  • extra activities: a visit to Saariselkä for tobogganing there (1,8km slope, 38-44€/person), cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the hotel (70€/person) or fatbiking in Kiilopää  trekking centre 2h (=90€-110€/person)
  • lunch restaurant Laanila (brunch on Sundays 12-16:00)
  • dinner buffet 
  • 20-23:00 Aurora Snowmobiling 
  • night in an Aurora Cabin

Day 5: Departure day

  • breakfast
  • airport transfer
  • flight back home or a stopover in Helsinki  

 

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Location Lapland
Price 2 adults:1617€- 8 adults:1476,45€/person, single supplement 422€
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