Day 1 IVALO - SAARISELKÄ (B)
Transfer on your own to the airport for your flight to Ivalo. Transfer from Ivalo airport to Saariselkää by private car with driver. Girdled by a chain of gently rolling fells, the holiday village of Saariselkä offers a wealth of overwhelming experiences in unspoiled wilderness. Yet, it has all the modern conveniences. Overnight at the Hotel Riekonlinna.
Day 2 SAARISELKÄ - LAPP CULTURE (B, L)
(car, boat, 160 km)
Todays excursion will acquaint you with the Lapp culture and history. You set off with a safari guide by jeep bound for Inari village. The road winds through the forests and along the shoreline of the vast Lake Inari. Visit a Lapp museum and enjoy a boat cruise along the River Ivalojoki, savor the beautiful arctic landscapes along the way. Enjoy lunch around an open campfire. Return to Saariselkä and overnight at the Hotel Riekonlinna.
Duration of the excursion: 5 hours.
Day 3 SAARISELKÄ - REINDEER FARM (B)
Today you visit a local reindeer farm, your host will tell you about the old tradition of reindeer husbandry and the Lapp lifestyle. Try throwing a reindeer lasso and enjoy coffee and cake in a Lapp tepee. Overnight at the Hotel Riekonlinna.
Duration of the excursion: 2 to 3 hours.
Day 4 SAARISELKÄ - ROVANIEMI (B, L)
Lapland's Gold Rush (coach, 310 km)
After breakfast, we head towards Rovaniemi, an town on the Arctic Circle. Stop on the way in Tankavaara Gold Village, south of Saariselkä. Laplands first gold rush took place here in the late 19th century. Try your luck in panning for gold. Lunch en route to Luosto. Overnight at the Quality Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi.
Day 5 ROVANIEMI - SANTA VILLAGE (B, L)
The World of Good Old Santa (private car, boat )
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a 6-hour sightseeing tour of Rovaniemi. Later we pay a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here the spirit of Christmas is kept alive every day of the year! Time for some shopping and lunch in a cozy restaurant. This afternoon there will be a boat trip along the River Kemijoki, enjoy the exhilarating passage in a wooden river boat. Visit a local reindeer farm and take place in a special Lapp ceremony commemorating your historical crossing of the Arctic Circle. Return to Rovaniemi by boat. Overnight at the Quality Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi.
Duration of the excursion: 6 hours
Day 6 ROVANIEMI - HELSINKI (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to Rovaniemi Airport by private car and English speaking driver. Your adventure in Lapland has come to an end.
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