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    4 days - Experience Arctic Europe in its majestic autumn months

    Known to the locals as ‘ruska’, autumn in Finland is an exciting time of change. This phenomenon starts when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. The birch turns a gentle shade of yellow, aspen turns red, and the leaves of blueberry and lingonberry shrubs turn bright red. The peak season lasts two to four weeks in September.

    Add the magic of Northern Lights at night, and you can have an unforgettable autumn experience above the Arctic Circle. Highlights of this tour include a night in a glass igloo under the starry sky, guided boating tour in the wilderness, walking with your own husky dog, cruise on the majestic Lake Inari and insights into the indigenous Sami culture.

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    Highlights include

    • Husky wagon trip at Kiilopaa
    • Guided hiking tour of the Urho Kekkonen National Park
    • Try the Sauna in your own room and enjoy the peace & quiet in this remote setting
    • Look for early Northern Lights whilst cruising on Lake Inari after dinner
    • Stay one night in a glass igloo at Glass Igloo Cabins in Ivalo
    • Berry picking in the forests
    Day 1
    Arrival in Lapland and transfer to Inari
    Day 2
    Northern Lights search by boat on Lake Inari
    Day 3
    Husky Farm wagon tour, guided hike Urho Kekkonen National Park & evening staying in a glass igloo
    Day 4
    Awake in your glass igloo, enjoy breakfast and transfer to the airport
    Start/End Place
    Ivalo, Finland
    Country Visited
    Finland
    Duration
    4 Days
    Start Date
    Flexible
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no porterage included
    Code
    50DN0100

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    Details

    Transportation

    Private transfers

    Included
    • Airport transfers on day 1 & 4, transfers between hotels on day 3
    • 2 nights' accommodation in a river side hotel & 1 nights accommodation in a glass igloo cabin
    • Half board - breakfast and dinners included.
    • Activities included: Husky wagon tour with visit to the husky farm, guided hiking tour of Urho Kekkonen National Park, Siida Museum & Northern Lights cruise (until mid September).
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Gratitudes and items of personal nature
    • Travel insurance
    • International or domestic flights

    Optional activities include electric fat biking through the forest, guided berry picking, riverboat journey to Lemmenjoki National Park and spend a day as a guest of the Paltto family with traditional Sámi yoik singing.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival in Lapland and transfer to Inari

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

    Your first night is for your leisure, so try the sauna on your room, go for a walk by the river and rapids or just enjoy the nature and silence. In the evenings, you can turn on the Aurora TV which follows the night sky above you. Pull on your boots and grab your jacket if the aurora shows itself.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Wilderness Hotel Juutua

    Day 2 - Northern Lights search by boat on Lake Inari

    After your breakfast, you will visit Sami Siida museum. Here you will learn about Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland. This museum receives consistently great feedback from our travellers.

    Afternoon is for your leisure - hiking, fishing and berry picking are all options you might like to explore.

    In the late evening after your dinner, you will be taken on an atmospheric cruise of Lake Inari. If the sky is clear, this vast wilderness lake provides the perfect viewing spot for the Northern Lights. Even if the auroras are having a night off, the rising mist, moving clouds or glistening stars all serve to emphasize the quiet drama of being out there on the Sámi sea.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Transportation
    Cruise duration 2 hours

    Day 3 - Husky Farm wagon tour, guided hike Urho Kekkonen National Park & evening staying in a glass igloo

    After breakfast you will transfer to Aurora Village resort where you will be staying your last night in a Glass Igloo.

    First thing first, head out for a husky wagon ride. Huskies need to stay fit in summer so let’s go for a summer wagon ride with a team of huskies. Your husky musher will pick you up from the Aurora Village reception and take you to the husky farm nearby. You will get to greet the dogs and you’ll get to know details of the life of Alaskan Husky dogs. A team of huskies will take you on a 20-minute ride on a customized summer wagon. You’ll be served coffee in a traditional wooden Kota-building at the husky farm.

    After lunch, head out to Saariselkä, where we start a guided hike on the highland area. Urho Kekkonen National Park is a paradise for hikers. Walk along the well-maintained trails and you will see unforgettable sceneries; round-topped fells and thick forests.

    These glass cabins provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars in the crystal clear sky with a comfortable room temperature. The glass thermal roof ensures that the window will stay clear even in the lowest temperatures, and the warmth and amenities of the cabin will ensure you the most comfortable aurora observing experience we can offer you. Each cabin offers a private bathroom. You will get a free Aurora Alert on arrival as well - which will buzz you if the chance of seeing the Northern Lights is high during your stay!

    Dinner is included at the restaurant.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner

    Day 4 - Awake in your glass igloo, enjoy breakfast and transfer to the airport

    Farewell and transfer to Ivalo Airport.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person, twin share. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs. For last minute bookings: prices are subject to availability.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Sep 2024
    25 Oct 2024
    1 Sep 2024
    25 Oct 2024
    NZD 2,257
    On request
    Standard
    1 Sep 2024
    25 Oct 2024
    1 Sep 2024
    25 Oct 2024
    NZD 1,335
    On request
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    This tour can be combined with a Norwegian Coastal voyage from Kirkenes or an extention into Sweden.

    It is important to note that in this period there will be no snow in this region. However, the autumn colours are usually beautiful this time a year, and there is already potential of seeing the northern lights.

    Some of the activities listed finish in mid-September but others can be substituted in.

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