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    4 days - Sámi cultural experiences on this short Autumn stay

    In the far north of Finnish Lapland, on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, the new Wilderness Hotel Inari is a remote retreat where wild forests and lakes provide the backdrop to the day’s adventures. In Autumn, the leaves on the trees turn orange and yellow, the tundra turns to the most beautiful hues of red, and the entire landscape explodes into incredible colours.

    Besides the autumn-colours, also the Northern Lights season begins. Even though the Northern Lights are often associated with cold and snowy winter scenery, it doesn't mean they don't show in the milder months! The Finns even have a specific name for the autumn auroras, Double Auroras, because of the reflection they create when they are dancing above the lake.

    Highlights include

    • Chase the Northern Lights by car
    • Visit to Siida, the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre
    • Relaxing hike in beautiful surroundings of the Inari village
    Day 1
    Arrive Ivalo
    Day 2
    Sámi Cultural Day and Aurora Hunting
    Day 3
    Hiking in the Autumn Colours
    Day 4
    Departure Day
    Start Place
    Inari, Finland tours
    End Place
    Ivalo, Finland tours
    Country Visited
    Finland tours
    Duration
    4 Days
    Type
    Active
    Suitability
    Easy

    Details

    Transportation

    Return transfers from Ivalo Airport to Inari

    Included
    • Airport transfers (for scheduled domestic flights)
    • 3 nights' accommodation in wilderness room. Upgrade to log cabin or aurora cabin available at extra cost.
    • Full board for complete stay
    • Hiking trip
    • Aurora Hunt
    • Inari cultural day
    • Daily itinerary will be provided upon arrival
    Not Included

    International and domestic flights

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Ivalo

    Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Wilderness Hotel Inari (approx. 30 min). Upon arrival you will receive your program schedule before dinner.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Inari Wilderness Hotel

    Day 2 - Sámi Cultural Day and Aurora Hunting

    After breakfast, visit to Siida, the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre. Siida is full of information about Sámi culture and history as well as life and nature up in the north. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, Siida usually has 1-3 seasonally changing temporary exhibitions.

    After visiting Siida we have sightseeing tour around Inari village. The parish village of Inari is the centre for Finland’s Sámi culture. The village charms the visitors and locals with its unique wild nature and versatile cultures. We will visit the best scenic spots for sightseeing and photographing and enjoy the Lappish nature and scenery.

    This evening, join a Chase the Northern Lights by car! Aurora Hunt by Car is one of our well-known aurora gazing activities. We will try to hunt down the Auroras with a car. On good weather, we will head for one of the specific camp spots, to try and photograph this phenomenon. If the weather doesn’t look so promising, we’ll head further out in search of clearer skies. During the trip, guide will serve some warm drinks and snacks.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Inari Wilderness Hotel

    Day 3 - Hiking in the Autumn Colours

    After breakfast it’s time for a relaxing hike in beautiful surroundings of the Inari village. In Autumn the nature is full of beautiful colours and curious animals. Your guide will tell you interesting facts about Finnish nature and if you have a bit of luck with you, maybe you’ll see some reindeer. We will have lunch by the open fire during the trip.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Inari Wilderness Hotel

    Day 4 - Departure Day

    After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price per person, twin share.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Sep 2021
    30 Nov 2021
    1 Sep 2021
    30 Nov 2021
    EUR 660
    Available
    Standard

    Important Information

    Upgrade your stay to Aurora Cabin for maximizing your change with Aurora Borealis! Upgrade cost 100 € / person / night

    Please note that the itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the activity providers for reasons of safety or other unforeseen circumstances. Any alternative arrangements will be made so that they are as similar to the original program as possible.

    SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

    As a Nordic destination specialist one of our key principles is to ensure that we share the beauty of our homeland, whilst also protecting it for future generations. One way we can do that is by reducing the effects of over-tourism and encouraging travel in low season. This itinerary is a great example of that; Northern Light searching is typically associated with the colder winter months of Dec-Feb when tourist numbers soar and facilities can become stretched, placing a burden on the environment. This tour is the best of both worlds; it encourages travel in Autumn when traveller numbers are far lower, and therefore it helps to spread revenue and side-effects from over-tourism across the seasons, and it showcases the beauty of the region to the traveller in a different, yet equally impressive season, away from the crowds.

    Your accommodation for your stay has received the Green Key eco-label (the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry) and is currently undergoing Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland program. Their environmental responsibility includes decreasing water and energy consumption, recycling most of their waste, ensure food ingredients are sourced locally where possible, reducing plastic by replacing single use cups with more sustainable options and ensuring that all of their safaris only use marked trails to reduce habitat degradation.

    The Sami people are Europe’s only indigenous people, and the village of Inari is the centre for Finnish Sami culture. Your accommodation provider for this tour works closely with the local Sami population and operates in accordance with the Sami Tourism code of ethics. They are one of the biggest employers in the area and are proud to provide employment to the local population. In addition to this they present authentic local art and culture in their accommodations, and they support local children’ and youth’s hobbies by donating money and lending their vehicles.

    We are a small, family run business with our headquarters in Norway. As a Nordic destination specialist, we ensure that all our outbound sales staff are Nordic in nationality, this not only provides our travellers with the expertise required to design an enriching experience, but it also ensures that we are providing employment opportunities for local people. Our employees are all paid above the living wage minimum, with additional financial benefits in place to create a fair working place for all. We also recognise the importance of creating employment opportunities for underrepresented populations, and as such over 50% of our management team are female. In addition to this we are proud to partner with education institutions and provide internship opportunities, which has led onto full time positions with our team.

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