This is our standard itinerary for this journey. If you would like to adapt the duration, the type of accommodation or the tours included in this package, please contact us. Meals are included when mentioned : (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) Dinner, (S) Snack.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ROVANIEMI (D)
Private Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport
Your private guide will come and greet you directly at Rovaniemi airport/train station. You will be given a presentation of your schedule for the week, will be provided with professional winter clothing and boots, and will check with your guide other practical details and questions. Accommodation in twin room with dinner in a hotel in the city centre of Rovaniemi.
Note: the program of this first day may be adapted depending on your flight/train arrival time. If you arrive early for example, you may book an additional activity to fill your free time, such as a ski trekking excursion, a visit of the Arktikum Musem or a Northern lights tour in the evening.
DAY 2: ROVANIEMI & SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE (B, S, D)
Visit of a Traditional Reindeer Farm
Meet the most iconic animal of Lapland! Accompanied by your guide, you will visit one of the most traditional reindeer farms in Southern Finnish Lapland, located on the shores of a peaceful bucolic lake. As you enter the place, the herders will greet you and show you around their farm. You will have a chance to get closer to the animals while they will get fed. You will also test your driving skills with a short loop sleigh ride (around 2 minutes). The visit will warmly end around the fire, with some cookies and hot drinks, and a very informative explanation of reindeer husbandry in the Arctic.
Visit of Santa Claus Village and Crossing the Arctic Circle
After the reindeer farm visit, you will head to Santa Claus Village, located around 8 km north. Your guide will show you around the village, make you cross the Arctic Circle, explore the world-famous post office, and meet Santa Claus! You will have a buffet lunch with traditional Finnish food and some free time will be kept to wander in the village on your own, feel the never-ending Christmas atmosphere of the place, enjoy a bit of shopping or buy souvenirs.
Overnight in Pyhä – Luosto National Park
You will end the day with a nice drive in the direction of the National Park of Pyhäluosto, that is known for its majestic old-growth pine forests. After a full day of activities, you may enjoy a good dinner and some relaxing free time at your accommodation.
. DAY 3: PYHÄ – LUOSTO NATIONAL PARK – TANKAVAARA (B, S, D)
Snowshoeing Trip to Luosto Amethyst Mine
After a breakfast, you will have a chance to discover the area by snowshoeing in the deep snow and exploring the arctic nature. The excursion takes around one hour (2,5 km) until you reach the bottom of Lampivaara, the hill of the amethyst mine. A typical Finnish snack with hot drinks will be cooked over an open fire. This is the perfect opportunity for your guide to show you their fire making skills, in the traditional way – without any match or lighter!
Then, you will be transported by “snow train” (the so-called pendolino) to the top of the hill into the amethyst mine. As you go up the hill, you can enjoy the view, the horizon line in the distance, the other fells and the Taiga forest spreading all around you. The guided visit of the amethyst mine lasts around one hour. You will be explained about the geology and nature of the area, the formation of amethyst crystals 2000 million years ago and beliefs associated to this purple gemstone. At the end of the visit, you will get the chance to dig the ground to find your own jewel (and you can even keep it!).
Gold panning experience in Tankavaara
After this unique activity, we will head to Tankavaara. This village has known for its 150 years tradition of gold panning. You will learn all the secrets of gold panning and you might find another precious gem!
After those tours, we will stay for an overnight in the Tankavaara and you will have more time to enjoy the peacefull place condidered as the gate of Lapland’s gold fields.
DAY 4: SAARISELKÄ – JOURNEY TO IVALO (B, S, D)
Snowmobile Safari in Saariselkä area
The day starts with the journey heading the north. Thanks to two largest national parks in Finish Lapland, the Inari – Saariselkä area offers amazing views on unspoiled wilderness. You will explore those Arctic sceneries by excellent was – snowmobiling. Get ready for this thrilling adventure!
Private Northern Lights Hunting Tour
After this memorable and exciting experience, we will head to Inari where your hotel is located, and you will have some free time to discover this authentic town and have some rest. In the evening, your guide will take you for a Northern Light Hunting Tour. You will be driven away from the town of Ivalo and its light pollution, to find great locations with open views to the north. The aurora excursion will also give your guide the opportunity to explain in more details this fantastic polar phenomenon and tell you some mythology associated with the Northern Lights.
DAY 5: TRIP TO INARI (B, S , D)
Trip to Inari & Visit of Siida Museum
Village of Inari is a heart of the enchanting Sámi culture in Finland. You will then have the chance to visit the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre and learn about the Sami culture, the indigenous people of the North. The exhibitions of the Museum display informative boards, artefacts, and traditional buildings to give you a great insight of Sami lifestyle, mythology, language, interaction with the nature and many other aspects of their culture.
Ice – Fishing on Inarijärvi
Enjoy a very local activity in the middle of a fabulous landscape! Not only ice-fishing is a fun way to catch your lunch, but it is certainly one of the best ways to properly experience the silence and peacefulness that reign in the Arctic. Like many locals who practice ice-fishing during their free time, you will learn how to drill your own hole through the thick ice and drop your fishing line in the clean waters.
The wilderness lake Inarijärvi stretches out in front of the Inari village. It is the third largest lake in Finland that offers a stunning view to surrounding nature. The scenery, combined with its fishing opportunities, make it an ideal place for ice-fishing parties! A snack lunch around the fire and hot drinks will be prepared by your guide to warm you up if you feel cold. And if you catch a fish of a decent size, your guide will gladly add it to the menu!
After the tour will drive back to Ivalo.
DAY 6: DEPARTURE FROM IVALO (B)
Private Transfer to Ivalo Airport
Transfer to the airport will be arranged based on your flight departure time so you can peacefully enjoy your last moments in the city.
- Private Northern Lights hunting tour
- Visit of a traditional reindeer farm
- Visit of Santa Claus Village
- Visit of Amethyst mine with the snowshoe experience
- Gold panning experience
- Snowmobile safari (2h)
- Visit of Sámi museum and Nature Centre in Inari
- Private Ice-fishing experience
- 5 nights in twin rooms
- Personal guide
- Airport transfers x2
- Meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, S=snack, D=dinner)
- Winter overalls and boots
- All equipment and gear for activities
- All taxes & handling fee
- Flight tickets
We recommend to book in advance, as availability may be limited in peak seasons.
Transportation and most of the activities are private. Participants will be led by their own private professional guide during the whole trip.
A minimum of 2 adult participants is required for the trip to operate. The maximum capacity is 6 people for comfort reasons. For larger groups, please contact us and we can discuss a specific package.
Child rate applies from 5 to 12 years old. Because of long distance trips and the rough winter conditions in Lapland, we do not recommend to bring infants aged less than 5 years old.
Private transportation by minivan. One luggage and handbag per person allowed.
For snowmobile safari, a valid driving license (for cars) is required if you wish to drive the snowmobile. The safari is twin driving, you are 2 participants on one snowmobile (1 driver, 1 passenger). Solo driving (1 per snowmobile) may be possible at extra costs.
You will be provided with professional Winter overalls and boots if needed. However, please dress appropriately with warm inner clothes, two pairs of socks, gloves and hats.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 20% if booking is cancelled 61 days or more before departure;
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 60 days or less before departure.