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Northern Lights Break in September 2019

Northern Lights Break in September 2019

Tailor-made autumn northern lights tour to Inari and Lemmenjoki National park. See the wild nature in autumn colours.  

Autumnal Northern Lights are very beautiful, when reflecting from the open water. In September also the nature of Lapland is very colorful as the cold nights make trees and plants change color. We call this time of fall foliage with the name "ruska". 

Ivalo village has an airport and there is also a husky farm. There is no snow yet at this time and huskies are not working yet but we'll arrange a short visit at the farm, where 150 huskies live in their small cabins. Your driver will wait and then take you to the Inari Wilderness hotel, where dinner buffet is waiting for you. There will a sauna turn of 1,5h booked for you and you can even swim if you like. You will stay in an aurora cabin with glass roof. 

Lake Inari   is the third biggest lake of Finland, which is also called the sea of Lapland.  You will first visit the Sámi museum Siida, see a multimedia about the 8 seasons of Lapland, have lunch at the museum and then take a cruise on lake Inari by electrical catamaran type of a boat. There is a cafeteria onboard.  

Hotel Korpikartano  served as a Menesjärvi Sami village school until 2005. As the disctances are long in Lapland, there was also a dormitory, where the children lived during the school year. The owners have renovated the old school to a comfortable hotel, which offers just a suitable combination of activities plus equipment for exploring the hotel environment by yourselves as the hotel canoes and boats are in your usage free of charge. 

Lemmenjoki is a National Park but also a small village in the wilderness. Your full day in Lemmenjoki will be full of experiences. You will first visit the felt maker’s studio at a reindeer farm in an old Sámi setting on the bank of River Lemmenjoki. You will hear how felted items have been made of lamb wool for various purposes in the course of thousands of years and see, how the felt maker creates pictures of surrounding nature from wool fibres. Furthermore, you will have opportunity to try felt making yourself! 

After the felting workshop and a short 1,2km walk you will arrive to a cafeteria, where lunch is served. After lunch you will take a river cruise to see the ravada falls in Lemmenjoki National park.  Alternatively to the felting workshop and river cruise  we can arrange a 10km guided hiking to the ravada falls, lunch there in nature and a boat trip back to the village of Lemmenjoki. 

AUTUMNAL NORTHERN LIGHTS BREAK / September 2019

Accommodation: 

  • 2 nights in twin rooms in wilderness hotel Korpikartano or in a new but original in style log cabin with two bedrooms next to the felting studio at a reindeer farm 
  • 1 night in aurora cabin at wilderness hotel Inari (4km south from the village)  

Meals: full pension meaning 3xbreakfast, 3xdinner, 2xlunch

Transfers: all necessary local transfers included

Itinerary: 

Day 1 Wed Arrival 

  • 10:20 Finnair flight to Ivalo from London Heathrow 
  • 17:55 arrival in Ivalo 
  • 18:05 transfer to the husky farm
  • 18:15-18:45 a short visit to a husky farm
  • 19:15 arrival to the wilderness hotel in Inari
  • night in aurora cabin (2 sharing one cabin)

Day 2 Thu 

  • 8-10:00 breakfast
  • 10:45 check-out and transfer to Inari village
  • 11-13:00 visit to the Sámi museum Siida, lunch buffet there
  • 13-15:00 cruise on lake Inari
  • 15:30-16.30 transfer to the wilderness hotel/cabin near Lemmenjoki National park 
  • check-in, time for rowing or canoeing or just looking around 
  • 18:00 dinner / if log cabin alternative, catering dinner 
  • if potential night for auroras, you only need to get out by the lake
  • night in a twin room

Day 2 Fri Lemmenjoki

  • 8-9:00 breakfast 
  • 9:00  transfer to the studio of Kaija Paltto/walk to her studio
  • 9:30-11.30 Felt making workshop  with Kaija (or hiking in Lemmenjoki National park with a private guide ending to the river cruise)
  • walk to Ahkun tupa 1,2km
  • 12-13:00 lunch at Ahkun tupa
  • 13-17.00 river boat cruise to Ravada Falls
  • pick-up back to the hotel/walk back to the cabin
  • sauna 
  • dinner / if log cabin alternative catering dinner 
  • if potential night for auroras, you only need to get out by the lake
  • night in a twin room

Day 3 Sat Sámi museum and lake Inari

  • 8-9:30 breakfast
  • check-out 
  • 9:50 airport transfer 
  • 12.45 Finnair flight from Ivalo via Helsinki to London Heathrow arriving at 17.10

It is well possible to arrange an extra night but if the flights next year will take place in the same way as this year, the flight departure would take place at 8:10 in the morning on Sunday.  This would make at the minimum +100,50€/person but of course give you one more night for aurora watching.

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