Exploring Sámi Culture in Northern Finland

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Availability : Daily, June-August

Exploring Sámi Culture in Northern Finland

Highlights Include:

  • Experience the midnight sun
  • Up close encounters with Sámi culture
  • Cruising Lake Inari
  • Husky and reindeer excursion options
  • Visiting SIIDA, the Sámi Museum

Photo: Visitfinland.fi

Tour Details

From: $3,170 per person | Single supplement from $379

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

7 days

2023 Departures: June – August

The Sámi are a proud, indigenous people whose homeland is the northern region of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and northwestern Russia. Their ability to adapt to the beautiful and rugged Arctic surroundings has shaped the heart of their culture and influenced the Sámi way of life. This package will take you to Inari, the center of Finnish Sámi culture. From centrally located accommodations you will meet the Sámi and explore their life and history by visiting museums, nature centers, national forests, and the local huskies!

This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Independently transfer to your hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to explore on your own. Helsinki is uniquely situated on the Baltic Sea where it has for centuries protected Finland from invaders coming from Russia in the east and Sweden in the west. Built upon this foundation, the city offers both historic sites like the sea fortress Suomenlinna, as well as modern art like the Sibelius Monument and the Kiasma Museum. The series of trams that cover the whole city make navigating simple for visitors. Overnight in Helsinki

Day 3Ivalo and Lake Inari Cruise | Meals: B D

Independently transfer to the airport for your flight north to Ivalo. Once there, meet your transfer for the half-hour ride from Ivalo airport to your accommodation in Inari. Don’t get too comfortable however, as this afternoon you will board a catamaran for a cruise on the beautiful Lake Inari. Stop at Ukko Island for a walk around what was the traditional sacrificial site for Sámi. Since the Midnight Sun will still be up during your visit, evenings are a great time to join a hiking excursion to the top of Otsamo Fell. Overnight in Inari

Day 4Husky Farm Visit | Meals: B D

This morning is at leisure to explore Inari independently, or possibly travel to Lemmenjoki National Park to visit a local Sámi family and enjoy a riverboat cruise. This afternoon you will head to a husky farm. During the winter, huskies are busy pulling dogsleds and competing in different international competitions. Summertime is the downtime for the local huskies, so it is a great time to visit them and get to know these excited and friendly dogs in a relaxed environment. On your excursion today, the musher will introduce you to the dogs and tell you stories of the wonderful animals. Additional excursions are available this evening at an extra cost. Overnight in Inari

Day 5Reindeer and Sámi Handicraft | Meals: B D

After meeting the huskies yesterday, today you will encounter the other famous Lapland natives: reindeer! This afternoon you’ll meet an Inari local and meet her friendly reindeer. Reindeer are an integral part of life in Lapland and your guide will tell all about this, as well as show you how the most essential part of Sámi winter clothing, fur boots, are made. Overnight in Inari

Day 6Siida Sámi Museum and Goodbye to Lapland | Meals: B

Visit the Sámi Museum, SIIDA, featuring information about Sámi culture, history, and Lapland’s fascinating nature. The outdoor exhibition gives you the opportunity to literally step into the world of the Sámi people of the past. Snacks and lunch are available at the museum’s restaurant, Sarrit. After you are finished, take the included transfer from your hotel to Ivalo airport. Arrive in Helsinki and independently transfer to your hotel for your last night in Finland. Overnight in Helsinki

Day 7Depart Helsinki, Finland | Meals: B

Independently transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Flights Helsinki-Ivalo including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Five nights’ accommodation
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Ivalo airport-Inari hotel transfers as indicated
  • Lake Inari Catamaran Cruise
  • Husky Farm Visit
  • Reindeer and Sámi Handicraft excursion
Not Included
  • Additional airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
  • Nightless Night Hike – late night hike from Inari with stunning views (offered 6/01 – 7/21, Tue/Thu/Fri)
  • Lemmenjoki River Trip – riverboat cruise with local Sámi in Finland’s largest National Park, duration 6-7 hours (offered Mon/Wed/Fri)
  • Hike with the Huskies – explore Lappish nature with arctic sled dogs (offered Tue/Thu/Sat)
  • Midnight Sun Cruise – experience daylight on the water at nighttime, north of the Arctic Circle! Mon/Wed/Sat)
  • Fishing trip
  • Some excursions are not offered daily and are subject to participant minimums

  • Cabin accommodation is also available
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