Our Winter Adventure has long been a favourite with our guests, with high praise for its friendly and enthusiastic guides, the varied and exciting itinerary that lets you enjoy the best that Lapland offers and the wonderful Northern Lights record in this region.
Your accommodation will be in the lovely winter cottages or ensuite hotel rooms and you will also enjoy a unique overnight experience in a wilderness cabin during your overnight husky safari. This is a wonderful adventure that offers guests a feeling of great connection with the Arctic.
You will depart this trip with a week of unforgettable experiences behind you and will have experienced the thrills of snowmobiling, an insight into the local culture and a truly memorable overnight husky trip. Christmas and New Year are great times to travel to the region also, as the snow-covered landscape of forested fells and frozen lakes is truly magical. There will be festivities for all to enjoy for the festive period.
Your evenings will be spent in the cosy glow of the hotel’s hospitality, enjoying saunas and catching up with your fellow guests over a drink. There is also the very high likelihood that your nights will be spent enjoying some spectacular Aurora sightings!
Day 1: Flights, arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel situated in the heart of Finnish Lapland. After a chance to settle into your accommodation, you will enjoy a welcome dinner in the restaurant before an introductory meeting with your guide to discuss your upcoming adventures. You will also be provided with your cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration of your stay (if you are on a late arrival this will be the following morning).
Day 2: Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and safari
Today offers a reasonably gentle start to your trip and the ideal introduction to your new surroundings. You will be driven to Torassieppi Reindeer Farm (around 20 minutes away) where you will gain an insight into the daily working lives of the herders and the important role that reindeers play in this corner of the world. At over 100 years old, the farm will showcase the traditions and customs of reindeer husbandry.
You will get the opportunity to learn how to throw a Lappish Lasso and test your reindeer skills on a 7km reindeer safari through the wilderness of the forest (1-2 people per sled). Lunch will be served around an open fire.
This afternoon you will head back to the hotel where you can take advantage of the traditional Finnish sauna or maybe hire some cross-country skis to enjoy one of the trails around the hotel.
Day 3: Snowmobile safari
Snowmobiles are essential in this part of the world as a form of transport to remote areas, but they are also exceptionally good fun for visitors to the area! After full instruction and a safety briefing your guide will lead you on a thrilling safari. The adventure will last around five hours (including lunch around an open fire) and cover 60-80km of the pristine white landscape. As you speed through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes, you will get a real sense of the full scale of the arctic wilds. You will travel two people per snowmobile with the chance to take it turns to drive (providing you both have a full licence).
Day 4 and 5: Overnight husky safari and night in the wilderness
There are few experiences in life which can compare to driving a team of eager huskies through the wilds of the Arctic. The connection between the dogs, the musher and nature is one that is both unique and truly memorable.
After breakfast this morning you will pack your equipment for your two day tour and transfer to Harriniva to meet the huskies. The Arctic Sled Dog Centre has over 400 huskies and upon arrival here you will be given full instruction and tuition on how to handle them. The dogs have an enthusiastic anticipation for the trail and will be eager to run. Their excitement is bound to pass to you and as you harness your team of four to five dogs you will get the feeling that this is the start of a very memorable day indeed.
You will each get your own sled and will cover around 25km on each day. Your overnight accommodation will be in a wilderness cabin where you can fine-tune your wilderness skills, making the fire, preparing food, feeding the huskies and heating the lakeside sauna. Overnight in the cabin is in shared facilities.
This remote wilderness location offers up the ideal opportunity for a chance to view the Northern Lights. Being so far away from any form of light pollution, your odds are exceptionally high so do keep an eye on the night sky before you snuggle up in your arctic sleeping bag.
The second day on the trail will give you the chance to further hone your mushing skills as you head back to the welcoming warmth of the hotel.
Back at the hotel, the sadness of saying goodbye to your dog team will hopefully be lightened by your festive celebrations as you enjoy a New Year celebration.
Day 6: Free day
Today is left free for you to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings. You may wish to hire snowshoes or cross-country skis and wander independently through the wilderness (payable locally) or you can take advantage of one of the saunas or sit and relax with a good book.
Alternatively you may want to try out some additional activities that Jeris can offer you of which there is an extensive variety including snowmobiles and huskies. These can be booked in advance through us or can be booked and paid for locally (subject to availability).
Day 7: Free day
Again you will have time to tailor your programme today and spend your final day in Lapland as you wish.
There will be the chance to enjoy further activities, explore independently or relax in one of the hotel saunas.
Day 8: Departure
Sadly today you must bid farewell to Lapland but you will return home with a head full of exceptional memories.