$ 1,550.00 (double occupancy)
5 nights accommodation including breakfast
Airport transfers in Ivalo and Rovaniemi by private car, sightseeing
Excursion and entrance fees according to itinerary
Service fees and taxes
Transfer from Ivalo airport to Saariselkä 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 Saariselka.
Today's excursion will acquaint you with the Lapp culture and history. You set off with a safari guide by jeep bound for Inari village, 80 km away. The road winds through the forests and along the shoreline of the vast Lake Inari. In Inari, pay a visit to the Lapp museum, which displays the life of the nomadic, reindeer herding Lapps as it was in the past. Return to Saariselka, for overnight.
Herding reindeer is an integral part of the Lapp heritage, and even today reindeer husbandry provides some 2000 Lapp families with a livelihood. The host of a local reindeer farm will tell you more about this old tradition and the Lapp lifestyle, while you visit his farm. Try throwing a reindeer lasso and enjoy coffee with cake in a Lapp tepee. Return to Saariselka for overnight.
After breakfast depart by private motor coach towards Rovaniemi, a town on the Arctic Circle. Stop on the way in Tankavaara Gold Village, south of Saariselkä. Lapland's first gold rush took place here in the late 19th century after the first discovery in 1868. You, too, are sure to get "gold fever", as you try your luck in panning for gold. Lunch will be taken on the way in Luosto. Overnight in Rovaniemi.
You start the day's program with a sightseeing tour, which takes in the key sights of Rovaniemi. Then pay a visit to the Santa Claus Village. Here, on the Arctic Circle, the Christmas spirit is kept very much alive every day of the year. Drop by Santa's workshop, meet the jolly old man in person, do some souvenir shopping and enjoy lunch in a cozy restaurant. A boat trip along the River Kemijoki is scheduled for the afternoon. After an exhilarating passage in a wooden river boat, you go ashore and visit a local reindeer farm, where the secrets or reindeer rearing will be shown to you in practice. You will also participate in a special Lapp ceremony commemorating your historical crossing of the Arctic Circle. Return to downtown by boat. Overnight in Rovaniemi.
Transfer from hotel to Rovaniemi airport by private car with English speaking driver.