Adventure in Finnish Lapland – 7 days Private Guided Tour

Discover Lake Inari: Winter Tranquility, Northern Lights, and Finnish Wilderness

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About the Trip

We will discover the natural environment of the region in winter and early spring. At the end of each day, we will be able to enjoy the fire in the comfortable wooden cabin, taste the traditional gastronomy and the authentic Finnish sauna.

The territory of Lake Inari, located in the north-east of Finland and above the polar circle, stretches gently along the Russian border. We will enjoy accommodation in cabin in a unique and singular place, to have the possibility of sighting the Northern Lights in situ. The scarcity of large urban centers and the lack of large tourist complexes allow you to enjoy extreme tranquility and no light pollution. The lakes and coniferous forests that cover the area are home to a large population of wild animals.

Available

December to March

Groups

For guided groups in English, Spanish, Italian and German

Duration

7 days

Minimum age

12 years

Travel category

Mild Adventure

Highlights

  • Travel with multiple and unique activities in Lapland. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing etc.
  • Very small groups so you can fully enjoy your experience.
  • Lodging in cabins with shared bathroom and in selected locations to facilitate the observation of Northern Lights.
  • Excursions included in the price to avoid expenses at the destination.
  • We will learn about the Sami culture, the last indigenous people in Europe and we will deepen our knowledge of the northern lights.
  • Professional guides with experience in Lapland.

The trip includes

Included

No included

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Itinerary

Welcome to Finland! Pick up at Ivalo airport. We will move to our comfortable and cozy wooden cabin in the Saariselkä area, where we will settle in and begin to enjoy the true essence of Finland. We will prepare the traditional sauna and enjoy the surroundings. Throughout our stay, we will have the possibility of sighting the Northern Lights without leaving our cabin. The guide will always be attentive to the daily predictions, and we will learn more about this natural phenomenon.

Breakfast in the cabin. On this first day, specially chosen to familiarize ourselves with the weather and the snow, our guide will explain the technique for walking with snowshoes and we will go into the snowy forests, we will get to know the taiga and we will observe the tracks of different animals, including some groups of reindeer. We will make a stop along the way to recover our strength with a traditional meal and we will learn to make a fire in the Arctic.

In the afternoon, return to our cabin.

After breakfast we will travel to Inari, the heart of the Sami culture in Lapland. Upon our arrival, we will dress in thermal equipment and, after the safety instructions, we will go out on a snowmobile to see some of the most important places of this culture, crossing the frozen Lake Inari during the tour.

We will visit the Church of Pielpajärvi, the cemetery island or the sacred island of Ukko.

We will have lunch around the fire and we will start our return trip to Inari where in the afternoon our guide will take us to see the Siida museum to continue learning about the Sami culture and the nature of northern Lapland.

Return to our cabin.

Breakfast in the cabin.

Today we will immerse ourselves fully in the Nordic tradition of cross-country skiing.

Skiing has historically been the means of transportation for northern peoples, and today one of the most popular sports and pastimes in Finland. After collecting our equipment, our guide will give us the appropriate instructions and we will go out to enjoy this activity.

We will start slowly, learning the technique on the flat, then how to go up and how to go down. We will make a beautiful journey, crossing rivers, frozen lakes and silent forests full of snow. During the journey, we will have lunch in a historic building where, in the 18th century, the lumberjacks who came to Lapland for the season lived.

We will arrive at the cabin in the afternoon, to have free time and enjoy it, its sauna and the surroundings.

After breakfast in our cabin, we will begin the day with one of the activities most in demand by visitors to Lapland, a sleigh ride pulled by Huskies. We will do a safari of about 10 – 15 km to be able to enjoy all the sensations of this magnificent means of transport and its handling. Each sled is pulled by 5 or 6 dogs and occupied by two people, one driving and the other sitting in front, who will exchange halfway through the journey.

After lunch in Saariselkä, we will take a ski ride through the Kiilopää area. We leave the taiga behind and enter the Finnish tundra, where the trees no longer grow. We will use a type of skis that will allow us to get off the slopes a bit and follow our own route.

After the walk we will enjoy the smoke sauna, the traditional Finnish sauna, and we will be able to take an Arctic bath.

Return to our cabin.

After breakfast, we will have the opportunity to meet these beautiful creatures, the reindeer.

These were animals of vital importance to the Lapps, since they allowed their settlement in this inhospitable place. We will visit a family farm, where our reindeer herder will explain how these arctic animals live, we will be able to feed them and take a short reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy forest.

After visiting the reindeer, we will go to the Gold Museum, where, apart from learning about the Gold Rush in Lapland, we will have lunch.

Return to the cabin, dinner and sauna.

Breakfast and departure to Ivalo airport to take our flight back home.

Possibility of doing some optional activity, depending on the flight departure time.

Note: The itinerary can be done in one direction or another without distinction.

For logistics reasons in the country, some location or accommodation may change without prior notice. This does not usually happen, but Finland is one of the world destinations with the greatest increase in travelers in recent years and on certain occasions we have had to make small changes on the fly for external reasons. This does not affect the visits to be made and the guides always try to include as much as possible.

Excursions included

Snowshoe ride in the P.N. Urho Kekkonen

Snowshoe ride in the P.N. Urho Kekkonen

Included
Visit to the Siida Museum in Inari

Visit to the Siida Museum in Inari

Included
Snowmobile safari on Lake Inari

Snowmobile safari on Lake Inari

Included
Cross-country ski tour in Saariselkä and Kiilopää

Cross-country ski tour in Saariselkä and Kiilopää

Included
Smoke sauna and arctic bath

Smoke sauna and arctic bath

Included
Visit to a reindeer farm and sleigh ride

Visit to a reindeer farm and sleigh ride

Included
Visit to the Gold Museum

Visit to the Gold Museum

Included
Huskie sled safari

Huskie sled safari

Included

Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure in Finnish Lapland – 7 days Private Guided Tour

Wear comfortable and waterproof clothing, it does not matter if it is summer or winter. Include comfortable footwear such as boots with good grip and travel with several changes of socks. It is convenient to take an umbrella if you go in the rainy season, and if you travel in winter, take warm clothes and a windbreaker.

It is not always possible to see the puffins, but if you travel in the summer or in the closer months it is very likely that we will see some.

Yes, it is an excursion suitable for children, although you must bear in mind that it lasts 10 hours.