Fam Trip to Northern Lapland 26.-30.11.2013

PROGRAMME

Experience the “Kaamos” time in Northern Lapland – Our Saamiland

The winter in Northern Lapland lasts from November until April and is full of interesting experiences, like the twilight of the polar night and the soft colours of the short winter days. When the sky is clear you may admire the magical Northern Lights dancing on the sky. During the fam trip you will participate in exciting activities such as husky & reindeer safaris, snowshoe and cross-country skiing trips and short walks in the evenings searching for Northern Lights. In all our programmes we want to bring you close to the local culture and pristine Lappish nature with pure, fresh flavours and silence.

Tuesday 26 November

Arrivals with Finnair flights to Helsinki. Individual transfers to Bonus Inn Hotel (information on free shuttle services between Helsinki Airport and Bonus Inn Hotel in the right column).

Wednesday 27 November

Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 Check-out.
08:10 Meet your Visit Finland tour leader Ms Sanna Tuononen at the hotel reception.
08:20 Transfer by Bonus Inn Shuttle bus to Helsinki Airport.
Finnair flight AY 557 from Helsinki to Ivalo at 10:05. Arrival to Ivalo airport at 11:45.

Welcome to Northern Lapland!

Guided transfer to Inari. Visit the SIIDA Sámi Museum & Northern Lapland Nature Center.
1-hour guided tour in Siida and a short walk to SAJOS, the cultural Center of Sámi people.
Short presentation and a lunch in restaurant “GALLA”.

Transfer further to Holiday Village Valle in Utsjoki (130 km, ca. 1,5 hrs)

Arrival to Utsjoki. Check-in in cosy cabins (each cabin has two bedrooms, living room with kitchenette and a fireplace, sauna/shower/toilet), two persons per cabin.
Welcome coffee and presentation of the premises, information about Utsjoki.
Free time for sauna.
Lappish dinner in Kota or inside, depending on the weather.
After dinner information on Northern Lights and a short walk nearby  “Searching for the Northern Lights”.

Thursday 28 November

08:00 Breakfast.
After the breakfast information about reindeers and reindeer herding; feeding the reindeers followed by a short reindeer safari and coffee by campfire in “laavu”.

ca. 12:30 Check-out and transfer to Inari.
Presentation of Lake & Snow -safari company & Holiday Village Inari. Time for cross-country skiing lesson and a short skiing trip. Coffee and sausages by campfire.

ca. 17:00 Check-in in Tradition Hotel Kultahovi by Juutua river in Inari village.
Free time for riverside sauna (or time to take a walk in the village).
Dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant. After dinner  “Searching for the Northern Lights” trip in sledges pulled by snowmobiles – snacks and warm drinks by campfire during the trip.

Friday 29 November

08:00 Breakfast
Check-out and transfer to Guesthouse Husky close to Ivalo.
Presentation, introduction to the huskies and how to handle a husky sledge.
A short husky safari.
Soup lunch.

ca. 13:00 Transfer by bus to Muotkan Maja Wilderness Lodge, situated south of Saariselkä.
After check-in a short snowshoe tour in the nearby forest, ca. two hours.
After the showshoe tour the Traditional Finnish sauna, the “savusauna”.
Possibility for swimming in the ice hole.
Wellness themed dinner in a restaurant.
A short walk nearby ”Searching for the Northern Lights”.

Saturday 30 November

09:00 Breakfast
Time for discussions and feedback.
Check-out and transfer to Ivalo airport.
Flights home via Helsinki.