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5 days - Independent summer adventure in Finland with lake cruises and midnight hikes

Do you enjoy nature, good hiking routes in front of your newly renovated hotel, silence and honest food? Perhaps a cosy and friendly hotel, long summer nights & then some fly fishing thrown in for good measure?

During this leisurely stay, learn about the different Sami cultures of Finland and enjoy the beautiful nature with lakes and rivers by hiking or cruising on the lakes.

If you are travelling up the Norwegian coast on one of our Hurtigruten voyages, you can easily combine this stay at either side of your voyage.

Day 1
Arrive Ivalo airport and transfer to your traditional hotel
Day 2
Lake Inari Cruise & Midnight Sun Evening walk
Day 3
Sámi cultural day with visit to a Lappish home
Day 4
Husky Farm visit
Day 5
Departure day, transfer to Ivalo airport
Start/End Place
Ivalo, Finland
Country Visited
Finland
Duration
5 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Code
FDNMSL

Details

Transportation

Private transfers

Included
  • All accommodation in Hotel Kultahovi, Superior room with private sauna
  • Daily breakfast and dinners
  • Visit to the Husky Farm
  • Lake Inari Cruise
  • Sami Handicrafts and 'Meet a local' experience including guide & transfers
  • Midnight Sun 4 hour Hike including tea & coffee and transfers
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
  • 24 hour sunlight
Not Included

International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

Fly fishing, fjord horse riding, additional river and hiking trips can be added to your itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Ivalo airport and transfer to your traditional hotel

After your arrival to Ivalo airport, transfer to your hotel at Inari.

Your first night is for you leisure, why don’t you try the sauna on your room, go for a walk by the river and rapids or just enjoy the nature and silence.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kultahovi, Superior room with sauna

Day 2 - Lake Inari Cruise & Midnight Sun Evening walk

After your breakfast, you will have couple hours to explore the area before your Lake Inari Cruise at 1pm.

You will take a cruise around Lake Inari and Ukko Island. The island was used as a Sami sacrificial site until 19th century. You will also learn little bit about Sami culture and the life in the north. Duration of the cruise 2-3 hours.

Have a rest this afternoon and after dinner get ready for a night hike commencing at 10pm. The midnight sun might keep you awake as it will be full daylight outside all night. With this midnight sun hike, the guide will take you to the top of Otsamo fell, where you can experience breathtaking panoramic views over the surrounding lakes and highlands. The 6km round-trip route is relatively easy but requires good basic physical fitness.

Remember to bring your own water bottles although your guide will offer you coffee or tea and a small snack in the wilderness hut at the summit.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Sámi cultural day with visit to a Lappish home

After your breakfast, you will visit Sami Siida museum, here you will learn about Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland.

After your visit in Sami Siida museum, you will get a change to meet and feed a reindeer. You will visit a real Lappish home where you will learn more how essential part reindeers have for Lappish life.

At the Hostesses house, you will find out about the process of how traditional Sámi fur boots are made from reindeer hide and hear a personal and authentic account of what life is really like in the far north.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Husky Farm visit

Today you will visit a husky farm where you will meet 50 Arctic sled dogs, including Siberian Huskies, Greenland dogs and wolf dogs. Every dog has a special story, which the musher will be happy to share with you. Tea and coffee will be provided around the campfire.

Afternoon for your leisure.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Transportation
Husky visit; Duration 2.5 hours including transfers

Day 5 - Departure day, transfer to Ivalo airport

After breakfast, head to the Ivalo airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Please ask modified quote without midnight sun hike if you travelling with children. Single quotes on request.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
3 Jun 2019
21 Jul 2019
3 Jun 2019
21 Jul 2019
EUR 1,010
On request
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Important Information

This program starts on either a Monday or Wednesday – it can be modified to another starting day with changes on the order.

Children between 4 - 12 yrs of age, 50% discount for activities. Please ask us for a personal quote for your family. Children under 12 are unable to do the Midnight Sun Evening hike.

This tour is very easily combined with Hurtigruten Voyages or with a Northern Norway summer holiday.

What is the Midnight Sun:

During the summer season above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set for several months. This phenomenon is caused by the tilt in the Earth's axis. This axis is the imaginary line through the planet between the south and the north poles around which it rotates.

As the Earth orbits the Sun, the tilt makes the North Pole face towards the Sun in summer (keeping it in sunlight even as the Earth spins) and away from it in winter (keeping it dark). Hence the continuous sunlight during the summer. Of course, after a dark winter, the flora, the fauna and the people of this region all go a little crazy in the sunshine with a huge 24 hour a day energy burst.

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