Wellbeing in Wilderness – Kuusamo & Rovaniemi 23. – 27.10.2014

Thursday 23.10.2014

Flights from home destinations to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport

12:20 AY 2399 from Helsinki to Kuusamo
14:00 Flight arrives to Kuusamo. Meet Ruka-Kuusamo representative Ms Eveliina Korhonen at the airport

14:15  Transfer by bus to Studio Restaurant Tundra
14:45  Studio Restaurant Tundra. Chef Jarmo Pitkänen serves a late lunch.
Studio Restaurant Tundra offers you aesthetic experiences and culinary pleasure in the form of a private restaurant, cooking courses and a professional ceramics studio. This charming studio restaurant is the realm of Chef and Ceramist Jarmo Pitkänen, whose unique gastronomy is founded on his long experience in kitchens all over the world.
17:00 Departure to Reindeer Farm Auroral Crown
17:45 Guests are greeted by a local reindeer herder at a his reindeer farm.
The herder tells stories of his reindeer and about theNorthern Lights. In a wooden hut, we lie down on reindeer hides and watch a film about the Aurora Borealis!
19:15 Departure to Oivanki Lodge
19:30 Oivanki Lodge. Dinner in Ukonkivi Restaurant and accommodation in single rooms in a log chalet.
People have been living on the shores of Oivanki’s lakes in Kuusamo for thousands of years. People respected the surrounding countryside, living in harmony with the nature. They made their livelihood from fishing, hunting and gathering. The surrounding waters and woods appeared to be rich game-preserves for the Samí people as well. In order to honor these traditions, Oivanki Lodge has been built upon these ancient dwelling places.

Friday 24.10.2014

09:00 Breakfast in Oivanki
10:00 Departure to Oulanka
11:00 Visit to Oulanka National Park
We here more about the unique nature of this area. The landscapes are breathtaking any time of the year! An outdoor snack lunch is enjoyed in the middle of the wilderness.
13:00 Departure to nature activities with Ruka Adventures
13:30 Nature activities depending on weather and snow conditions.
For example floating in the rapids equipped with floating suits, we walk to the freezing river and let the gentle rapids take us down the river!
15:30 Departure to Ruka Village
16:00 Check-in at Hotel Rantasipi Rukahovi, which was awarded in 2013 World Ski Awards as Finland´s Best Ski Hotel
16:30 Together we take part in a fun Stiga Sleigh Competition down the slopes, may the fastest win! (duration approx. 1 h). Presentation of Ruka SkiResort and the heart of it: Ruka village offer a variety of services and activities with a coffee break.
19:00 Get together Dinner in Hotel Rantasipi Rukahovi. Meet with area representatives.

Saturday 25.10.2014

08:30 Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
09:30 Departure to Iisakki Village
The first stop of the Saunatour is SaunaYoga in IisakkiVillage! Sauna yoga combines quietness of finnish sauna and six simple yoga moves which relaxes and strengths your body. Temperature in sauna is 50 degrees Celcius. This program is suitable for everybody who like warmness. Suitable outfit for Saunayoga is swimming suit or short-sleeves flexible clothes.
11:15 Departure to Pyhäpiilo
Second stop of the Saunatour is Pyhäpiilo Sacred Hide Sauna&Spa. We enjoy refreshing and rejuvenating Special Sauna Treatments and enjoy our first sauna! A dip into the lake will surely awaken you!
14:30 Departure to Pohjanseita
The journey continues to SeitaForest Spa where we experience three different saunas under one roof! There is a traditional wood-heated sauna, smoke sauna and steam sauna. Sauna snacks and drinks.
17:00 Departure to Isokenkäisten Klubi
17:45 We make our way all the way to the Eastern Border to Isokenkäisten Klubi Wilderness Resort
The Saunatour ends in the gentle heat of the Seven Star Smoke Sauna and a dip into the freezing waters of the wilderness lake!
19:30 A wild food dinner is enjoyed after the sauna.
Transfer to Rukan Salonki Chalet

Sunday 26.10.2014

07:30 Breakfast in Restaurant Kultala
08:30 Transfer by bus to Ranua
10:30 Ranua Wildlife Park, presentation
11:30 Presentation of Hotel Ilveslinna. Lunch
13:00 Transfer to Rovaniemi and Arctic Circle
14:15 Meeting Santa Claus
15:00 Transfer to Arktikum, museum
15:15 Guided tour in Arktikum
16:30 Transfer to Huskypoint, presentation of husky dog sledge tours and Beana Laponia Inn
17:30 Transfer to ArcticSnow Hotel, presentation of SnowHoltel and glass roofed igloos
19:00 Transfer to Joulukka and Metsäkyly. Presentation and dinner
21:00 Transfer back to Arctic Circle, accommodation in Santa Claus Holiday Village

Monday 27.10.2014

Hotel and restaurant inspection tour
Many of the popular eateries of Rovaniemi are conveniently located in the hotels. As the city centre is compact, it is easy to stroll around and all major facilities can be reached by foot. The three museums of Rovaniemi are also on walking distance from all the hotels in the city centre.

08:00 Meet guide from Arctic China Ltd at the lobby of Santa Claus Holiday Village
Transfer to Rovaniemi City Centre for a hotel and restaurant inspection tour.
08:15 City Hotel and its stylish Monte Rosa restaurant and pub style restaurant Bull Bar. We will also have a presentation on Arctic Light Hotel, the sister hotel of City Hotel, currently under construction
09:00 Scandic Hotel Rovaniemi – rooms and restaurant. Scandic Rovaniemi is the choice of many Asian guests, rooms are freshly Scandinavian.
09:30 Hotel Santa Claus has two restaurants and one popular street level bar. The hotel has several room types.
10:10 Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna – newly refurbished rooms and the themed restaurants Fransmanni and Amarillo
10:40 Rantasipi Hotel Pohjanhovi – the legendary hotel and restaurant in Rovaniemi. This is the largest hotel of Rovaniemi, with several room types and a restaurant offering that the locals love.
11:15 Presentation of Lappish Restaurant Nili. The cozy restaurant has become one of the most popular eateries in Rovaniemi
11:30 Lunch in the Chinese Restaurant Hai Long, on the pedestrian street
12:30 Transfer to Santamus on the Arctic Circle, presentation of their Get-together dinner and ceremonial programs 13:05 Transfer to the airport (3km from Santamus)
14:05 AY 428 from Rovaniemi to Helsinki. Flights to home destinations