Winter Sámi Adventure, Finland

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Availability : Daily, December-March

Winter Sámi Adventure

Highlights Include:

  • Helsinki, the capital of Finland
  • Learn about the Sami Culture
  • Enjoy the winter landscape by snowshoe
  • Opportunity to see the Northern Lights
  • Meet the friendly huskies of Lapland

Photo: Mikko Ryhänen/Visit Finland

Tour Details

From: $2,637 | Single supplement from $443

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

7 days

2019/2020 Departures:  Daily, December – March

 

Experience the amazing arctic winter in Inari, one of Finnish Lapland’s most magical villages. This package offers opportunities for dog sledding, snowmobiling, and learning about the native Sámi culture. In the evenings the Northern Lights are the main attraction and with multiple opportunities for heading out on a hunt, chances of a sighting are great! With the opportunity for customizing your day tours to your interests and activity level, this package is the perfect starting place for a truly enchanting visit to Lapland.

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Itinerary
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

Upon arrival, independently transfer from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. 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 3 Travel to Finnish Lapland | Meals: B D

Transfer independently back to the Helsinki Airport for your flight to Ivalo. Transfer from Ivalo airport to Inari Village and check in to your hotel, located in the center of the small village of Inari on the shore s of Lake Inari. Included in your stay is winter clothing like snowsuit, boots, mittens, hat, and socks. Also included is one day’s use of cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the frozen wonderland around Inari on your own. Enjoy dinner at your accommodation, followed by information on the Northern Lights to prepare you for a few nights of hunting for a sighting of the phenomenon. Overnight in Inari

Day 4Lapland Daily Life | Meal: B D

Today you will be learning about the people who live in Lapland and participating in some of the winter activities that are a part of life living in the arctic. The day begins with a visit to Siida, the famous Sámi Museum Inari is home to. Next up is a snowshoeing walk through the forest, floating on the deep snow with your guide describing life in Lapland. After a filling Lappish dinner you will head out into the wilderness again, this time on a snowmobile to search for the Northern Lights. Your professional guide will be following the aurora forecast and hopefully will find a spot where they are visible tonight. Overnight in Inari

Day 5Dog Sledding | Meal: B D

This morning you will be meeting Lapland’s most adorable residents, huskies! Not only will you get to meet the huskies, you will also get to enjoy a morning dog sledding, a really exhilarating experience. The afternoon is at leisure and after a final dinner in Inari you will have one more chance to head out in search of the Northern Lights. Tonight you will be traveling in a car to lend greater speed and flexibility to the hunt. Overnight in Inari

Day 6Return to Helsinki | Meal: B

This morning you will have to say goodbye to Lapland and Inari, but hopefully it isn’t farewell forever! You will be transferred back to the Ivalo Airport for the flight to Helsinki. Transfer independently into the city center and check into your hotel for a final night in Finland. Overnight in Helsinki

Day 7Depart Helsinki, Finland | Meal: B

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

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city) 
  • Five nights’ accommodation as per itinerary
  • Round trip transfer Ivalo airport-Inari accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as per itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Siida entrance ticket
  • Use of snowshoes or cross-country skis for one day
  • Snowshoe Hike into the Lappish forest
  • Aurora Snowmobile Expedition
  • Husky Safari
  • Aurora Hunting by Car
  • Winter equipment – boots, overall, mittens, hat
Not Included
  • Airline fees including 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.
  • Ice Fishing on Lake Inari – snowmobile on the frozen lake to the perfect spot for catching fish
  • Husky Farm Visit – become acquainted with the adorable huskies by visiting them at their home on the farm
  • Reindeer Sleigh Ride – glide silently through the frozen woods on a sled pulled by reindeer, also available at night for a Northern Lights hunt
Notes
  • Longer programs in Lapland are available, please inquire!
  • Optional Excursions may be added to the itinerary or switched with others included above. Additional costs may be incurred.
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