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Winter Break in Tankavaara

Winter Break in Tankavaara

Winter break in Tankavaara gives you an access to the magical forest of UKK National park by snowshoes, husky and snowmobile sledge. High value for reasonable cost. 

Tankavaara  is the gate of the gold-mining area of Lapland in summer. In winter the trees in this area of Lapland get a heavy snow load, which makes the trees look magical in spring winter sunshine or during northern lights nighttime. This offers an excellent environment for snowshoeing. 

The familyrun, small hotel and their nostalgic goldminer style restaurant offer a great alternative to holiday resorts - tasty food, simple but very tidy accommodation (also brand new rooms from February 15th 2019)  and very friendly service. Location 400m from the main road makes it possible to use a public bus for getting to Saariselkä or even airports of Rovaniemi or Ivalo. 

Activties included: 

1) Husky safari 2h

7km daytime safari where you can drive the sleigh yourself to the fells around Tankavaara with magnificent views to the nature around us. Safari will be driven with 2 persons on a sleigh. Safari includes coffee by the fire in our traditional kota afterwards. Dog-sled driving time is about 1 hour and you can switch drivers midway.

Safari starts and ends in Tankavaara Gold Village. Please come to the reception/restaurant for sign up and bring your booking ticket on paper or on your mobile device. Winter overalls and gear are included for free if needed.

2) Northern lights Snowmobiling by sleigh

Our guide will drive the snowmobile while you sit comfortably in our sleigh. We will borrow winter overalls, gloves and helmets free of charge, if needed, so you can stay warm during the trip. Guests can't drive the snowmobile during this tour.

The snowmobile sleigh tour will take you to the fells to look for northern lights and gaze at the starry sky. Midway you'll have hot juice and a snack by the fire in a cozy lean-to-shelter. Winter forest in Tankavaara is silent, there's no lights disturbing your views to the sky. Try walking outside the trail and you might fall waist deep in soft snow, a true adventure!

3) Northern Lights Snowshoeing 2h

Light and easy snowshoeing trip to the national park with our professional guide in the evening to hunt for northern lights. Snakcs by the fire included.

4) Winterpark Saariselkä 4,5h visit

In Saariselkä there is a very long 1,6km long lighted toboggan slope. Winterpark is a package of a 2-hour skipass for getting up on top and access to the winter zone, where you can use snowtubes and even skate if you like. Tour takes place by a public bus and does not include any meals as there are a lot of restaurant choices in the ski village.

5) Self-guided snowshoeing in Tankavaara

In spring-winter the tracks in Tankavaara start to be in such a good shape that you can well take self-guided snowshoeing tours in the forest safely. Snowshoe rental for 1 full day is included. 

Extra activity idea! A Sámi workshop at a local reindeer farm. 

WINTER BREAK IN TANKAVAARA

Accommodation: 

  • 4 nights in Tankavaaara Gold Village hotel rooms (for groups of 1-2 standard hotel rooms and for groups of 3-4 loft rooms)

Meals: 4xbreakfast, 4xdinner, 2xlunch, hot juice and some snacks during activities

Transfers: airport transfer by taxi, Saariselkä visit by public bus. Please note!  A single traveler can save up to 300€ if she/he chooses flights atching the public bus timetables. 

Flights: not included and can be other than in the sample itinerary

Itinerary: SAMPLE

Thu 14.2. / Thu 16.1.2020

  • 12-17.30 direct flight from London to Ivalo
  • taxi from the airport to Tankavaara
  • dinner
  • night in a loft apartment

Fri 15.2.2019 / Fri 17.1.2020 

  • breakfast
  • 11-13:00 husky safari 2h (only time available, they only take max 4 people sharing 2 teams of huskies, näytti olevan vapaana)
  • lunch 
  • visit to the Gold museum
  • dinnernight in a loft apartment  

Sat 16.2.2019 / Sat 18.1.2020

  • breakfast
  • snowshoe rental and snowshoeing on your own as you like
  • lunch
  • more snowshoeing maybe
  • Finnish sauna 2h
  • dinner
  • 20-23:00 NorthernLights snowmobiling
  • night in a loft apartment  

Sun 17.2.2019 /Sun 19.1.2020

  • breakfast 
  • 11:27-12.15 bus to Saariselkä ski village
  • Winterpark there: tobogganing, snow tubes
  • lunch at own cost
  • 16.45-17.30 bus back to Tankavaara
  • dinner
  • 20-22:00 Northern Lights snowshoeing 

Mon 18.2.2019 / Mon 20.1.2020

  • early breakfast 
  • 7:00 taxi to Ivalo airport
  • 9:20 flight back to London via Helsinki
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 1=1411€, 2=994€/person, 3=1013€/person,4=904€/person
Prices for children Ask for a family room -39€, child discount -120€ (3rd, 4th or 5th person in room)
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Duration 4 days
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