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Expedition Tour

Dive into the lunar landscapes in the very North of Finland. For five days, you will hardly see any trees – only vast white plains of snowy fells (Lappish hills) and small mountains. With your guide and a small group, you will venture into an Arctic wilderness reserve on fell skis and pull a "pulka" or sledge that holds all the equipment and food needed for the week. You will sleep inside warm sleeping bags in tents and cook your meals with on a camping stove. A unique experience that combines the spirit of exploration, defying forces of nature and team performance.

Santa Claus Safari (December only)

Your journey begins from the safari house towards Santa’s cabin on snowmobiles. Upon arrival, Santa Claus is ready and waiting for us. You can take photographs during the meeting. We also get to know Santa’s reindeer and enjoy a short sleigh ride. After the ride, we will enjoy a warm drink and a Finnish Christmas pastry before returning to Levi by snowmobile. Driving distance about 25 km, total duration 2.5–3 hours.

Local Lapland – Experience Everyday Life with a Finnish Family

Mummola is a Finnish word for a place where your grandparents live. Mummola Travels is a dairy farm that is home to a young family of four generations. We welcome guests to see our home, everyday life, and family activities. We would like our guests to experience Mummola and Lapland like they were our friends visiting us. We are open around the year and welcome the guests with the best that every season has to offer. Live like a local for few days and experience magical Lapland and Mummola with us!

Urho Kekkonen National Park

The broad fell areas and thick forests at the Urho Kekkonen National Park allow you to experience our Northern nature in all its glory. The park provides a variety of opportunities for day trips as well as an excellent setting for traditional wilderness hiking. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of fell huts, surrounded by wilderness as far as the eye can see.

Santa's Farm Experience (December only)

Come to Santa’s Farm and meet the man himself at his Lapland retreat just outside of Levi, take the chance to say hello to a few of his reindeers, and enjoy a short sleigh ride around the yard. Complete your tour by enjoying some mulled wine and gingerbread cookies to keep the chill at bay. Sulo the mini-pig, Eemeli the curly horse and all other Farm animals would love to meet you! You may include personal gifts in the program if you wish.

Gold Panning in Lemmenjoki

Lemmenjoki River is famous for gold panning. Now you can also try your luck in this fascinating activity. First we drive with the river boat to the gold claim where you will learn the secrets of gold panning and hear stories of Lappish gold history. During the trip you will hear traditional Sami joik singing and visit the Ravadas Falls, one of the more spectacular water falls in northern Lapland and enjoy camp lunch. After the trip there is a possibility to visit your guide’s reindeer farm and his mother’s felting atelier and learn some more of the Sami culture.

Fishing

There is nothing better than driving through the wild forest to a real Polar lake. Here, with the instructor’s assistance, you will make holes in the ice with an auger. You have to have patience, skill, and some luck to catch a fish! Your catch will be tallied and photographed for souveniers. After a nourishing meal, it's time to say goodbye.

Saunaboat Scenic River Cruise

This raft has a traditional wood-heated sauna! You can use the sauna as the ferry sails and view the beautiful landscape. Depending on the season you can see the amazing midnight sun, autumn colours or the wonderful Northern Lights. The raft stops for a swim break. Dining on request. If rain occurs, the deck can be covered up with an awning. There is room for 12 people on the raft and for six in the sauna at a time. There are enough seats for everyone. You can also bring your own beverages on board.

Culture Pass

One ticket, three attractions! Culture pass is a handy way to experience the most interesting attractions in Rovaniemi! With the pass you can learn about the history of Lapland and Arctic research in Arktikum, get to know northern contemporary art in Korundi House of Culture and familiarize yourself with the many meanings of northern forests in Science Centre Pilke. Culture pass is personal and valid for seven days.

Lake Pallasjärvi Canoe Trip in the National Park

Lake Pallasjärvi is a huge wilderness lake, located in the heart of the national park. This trip is lead by a Certified National Park Guide. The lake affords many amazing views of the park and it is great for fishing, typical catches being grayling and trout. At the end of the summer, you can also pick berries, as wild berries such as Arctic cloudberries, blueberries, and lingonberries grow in lake's surroundings. A picnic lunch is included in the package.

Moonlight Relaxation

We will wear warm clothes from shoes to beanies, throw genuine Lappish reindeer skins on our shoulders and take a small hike into the darkness of the forest under the moonlight glow. In the silence of the forest, with reindeer skins warming us, we perform relaxation techniques and light exercise to prevent the cold from getting to us. A holiday can’t get better than this! Duration: 60 minutes. When booking online, please print the enclosed confirmation/receipt.

Meet Santa Claus and Sailor Elves in Santa's Seaside Office

Kemi is the official port of Santa Claus and Santa's Seaside Office is located in Kemi's beautiful inner harbour. Every sailor needs to know how to tie strong knots or rescue Santa in distress. Join the Elves' Sailor Course, learn the useful skills and earn the diploma. Send bottle post to Santa. Cozy, traditional building by the sea is an excellent place to enjoy a hot coffee with pastry and get unique Santa's souvenirs to take back home.

Snowmobile Ride to Reindeer Camp

We drive through the beatiful winter scenery of Levi to an old reindeer farm named Sammun Tupa. Once at the farm, you can meet the reindeer and take plenty of pictures! Your guide will share his knowledge of reindeer farming with you. And what would be nicer than enjoy a hot drink and homemade sweet bun in the old farm house. Driving distance 25 km, total duration 2–2,5 h And just let us know if you want to try a reindeer ride as well!

Wilderness Hiking Near the Russian Border

A slightly more demanding 7 day hiking tour in Eastern Finland near the Russian border. We cover approximately 20 km per day. The route passes through wilderness areas with pristine untouched nature, ending each evening in a comfortable accommodation, where you can enjoy local hospitality and delicious regional foods. Bear watching safari as optional extra. You are guided by a pre-programmed GPS device which acts as a map, compass and route description. A mobile phone is included for emergencies, as well as a nature guide booklet with maps and points of interest.

Ice Fishing

Sitting on the ice of Lake Pyhäjärvi and ice fishing is very relaxing. For a couple of hours, you can forget your busy life and concentrate on the silence of the wilderness. If you are lucky, you might catch some perch, white fish or rainbow trout. The package includes ice fishing gear, a guide, and some snacks.

Kevo Strict Nature Reserve

At Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, you can experience Lapland's landscape at its most wondrous. The Nature Reserve has been established to protect the Kevo Canyon and the sensitive fell landscape that surrounds it. The canyon-like valley of River Kevojoki is 40 km long and at places 80 metres deep. The rest of the Nature Reserve is fell highland marked with gentle ravines. You can also find large tundra-like open mires. There are two marked hiking trails which help you explore the area. Come and see this spectacular area for yourself!

Transportation in Kemijärvi and Salla Area

The coach company Möllärin Linjat offers a comfortable bus connection from Rovaniemi airport to Kemijärvi and Salla on Saturdays in wintertime. Möllärin Linjat caters also to groups with a fleet of coaches. That means travelling comfortably by coach, being on schedule, and seeing fantastic scenery and roads. It means being aware of the clients' needs and offering them new opportunities. It means travelling in safety through our experience in this business.

Salmon Fishing on River Teno

River Teno flows trough the northern edge of Finland and is widely known as the best river for salmon fishing in the whole of Europe. During the fishing season you can fish all through the night – the sun does not set at all. Truly an amazing sight! You will meet your guide in Utsjoki, where he will explain how to fish salmon using a local rowing method. You will fish on a boat for 6 hours with your private guide. While fishing, the guide will tell you about the history of Utsjoki and the Arctic area.

Quad Bike Safari into the Forests and Marshland

We put on the driving gear at the office and head to Köngäs by car. Then we jump on the quad bikes and set off on our safari into the forests and over marshlands. Plenty of flying mud and fun guaranteed! We stop for juice during the safari, and you can bring your own packed lunch. The safari covers approximately 5 km, the minimum age is 16 years and a valid driving license is required. Duration about 2 hours.

Santa's Workshop in Tonttula Experience Village (December only)

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the elves that take you around the area. The tour begins with a visit to the elves’ homes where you get to take a peek at how elves live. You continue to the cottage by the riverbank where you have a chance to hear the elves’ songs. You will bake delicious gingerbread cookies and make decorations, such as snowflakes and elves. You can also go tobogganing, play elves’ football, and finally visit the horses and reindeer that live in the area. The highlight of the tour is of course meeting Santa Claus himself.