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Included in the price...
  • Flights: Return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: Return group airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' in a standard double or twin hotel room
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Activities: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, introduction to Utsjoki, reindeer sleigh ride and local culture, husky safari (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided during winter activities
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
*Arrivals which do not meet the group transfer times will be subject to a private transfer supplement.

 

Overview
Accommodation
Agenda
Prices

 

Staying in cosy, comfortable accommodation run by a friendly Sámi family, guests will leave feeling like friends, knowing some of these stories and secrets of this fascinating culture. Your winter cottage accommodation (around 2km from Utsjoki town) has great views north across the Teno River and into Norway. You are in prime Northern Lights territory here, with frequent and spectacular displays which even still stop the locals in their tracks. Evening safaris are available during your stay to book and pay for locally. They are not part of the Artisan holiday because Utsjoki has such great views of the Aurora when they occur that an inclusive trip may be surplus to requirements.

 

Around Utsjoki, dramatic peaks rise from snow-covered fells above the tree-line. Wild Lapland can be an inhospitable place so a good wilderness guide is vital. They will teach you about how the Sámi people survived in such a barren landscape for so many centuries.

Today the population density is 0.25 people per square kilometre. Compare this to London where it is 4,978 people per square kilometre and you have some idea of the remote beauty you may expect. Nothing, however, can prepare you for the reality of this stunning environment where snow covers the ground for six months of the year and the reindeer outnumber the people.

 

Suitable for

Anybody aged 18 years or over.

Alistair Mclean - Activities Abroad

Our Opinion

"Utsjoki is about as far north as you can go in Finland and up here the vegetation and terrain changes dramatically from the sedate lake and forest scenery further south. There’s a stark and rugged beauty about Utsjoki’s rolling and barren fells. This is a land of far horizons where reindeer and their Sámi herders eke out a living and have done so for centuries. The way of life here is as traditional as anywhere we’ve come across on our travels. Nevertheless, it’s easy to appreciate why the Sámi people might have embraced the arrival of central heating pretty quickly! The word “genuine” is used too freely in travel literature but not here in Utsjoki because this is where Europe’s only indigenous people still live and work. It is a very different way of life!"  Ali Mclean

Your Opinion

"I got back from Utsjoki ('the top of Finland') on Friday and I'm just emailing to let you know what an excellent experience it was in all respects (even at -35°C). Travelling was trouble-free, the hosts were professional-yet-friendly and attentive to our needs (that's me and the only other people there, a couple from Germany) - though we didn't actually need anything outside of what was provided.  The food was particularly fabulous.  We agreed that Anne and Petteri made us feel more like welcome visitors than 'tourists' - I particularly appreciated that as a lone traveller - and I'd definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a closer-to-nature experience than some of the hotel-based trips.  The Northern Lights made their appearance twice (that we caught).  That's not something you could have laid on but I thought you might like to know.  Best birthday ever! " Hilary Hazzard - Feb 14

Lomakyla Valle

Commercial 5 star hotels don’t exist this far north in Finland, however 5 star locations certainly do. Here at Utsjoki you will receive a warm and friendly welcome at the relaxed, family-owned and operated accommodation. The family who own this unique place are traditional Sámi reindeer herders and so you will really get to glimpse what life is like for the people that live this far North. Previous clients have simply not wanted to return to the realities of life further south.

Hotel facilities
The accommodation comprises of a central building which includes a dining room with fireplace, a reception area and lounge with striking views of the stunning fell landscape.

Meals are served in the main building and tend to be a set menu containing many local dishes and produce as well as some more international flavours.

This is a very special place and far off the tourist trail so only a lucky few people ever get to experience this region. We can highly recommend being one of them.

Room types

Cottages
Surrounding the main building (within 100 metres) are eight winter cottages. Inside each are two bedrooms, a kitchenette, living area, fireplace, WC and sauna. These cottages are very cosy and provide guests with their own Lappish home for the duration of their stay. There is nothing nicer then coming back after a day in the wilds to a log fire and your own private heated sauna – just lovely.


Day 1: Flights, transfers and welcome
You will arrive into the depths of the Arctic at Ivalo Airport and be transferred directly to your accommodation at Utsjoki. If your arrival is late in the evening, you will be served a packed meal during the 2 - 2.5hr drive from the airport. The northern skies are visible all the way to Utsjoki and many a transfer has been interrupted by a display of the Aurora.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by your Sámi hosts and can settle into your accommodation in the cabins here. For those who have arrived earlier in the day you will enjoy dinner before you head to bed (Aurora permitting) and enjoy your first peaceful night in the very north of Finland.

Day 2: Cross-country skiing and introduction to Utsjoki
After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast you will begin your introduction to the Arctic.

First up today is a cross-country skiing lesson (so you can master this Scandinavian obsession) and guidance on how to best use snowshoes. These are two very popular methods of exploring this rugged yet stunningly pretty landscape.

You will be led on a short trip by your guide who will provide you with details of the flora and fauna of the region. Whilst you are out you will learn about the variety of animal tracks that are dotted across the snow and your guide will show you how best to identify their maker. You will also be given a crash course in fire lighting, an essential skill in these parts.

After lunch back at Utsjoki you will be taken to the fascinating church houses which are located close to the village. They principally date back to the 18th century and were used by people who had to cross vast distances to attend services at the local church. You will also visit the village of Utsjoki and have the chance to see some local Sámi handicrafts that are created by local artisans. Such traditional crafts play a key part in this village and ensure the survival of many Sámi traditions.

Dinner will be served back at the cabins. After enjoying your meal don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky in case the Northern Lights are performing their magical dance.

Day 3: Reindeer and local culture
This spectacular and seemingly endless wilderness is just begging to be explored and so this morning, after a hearty breakfast, your guide will collect you for a short walk to the nearby reindeer farm. You will be given the chance to encounter and feed reindeer. Your hosts will give you an understanding of reindeer husbandry and all that is involved in the animals’ survival in this sometimes hostile environment before enjoying a snowmobile-pulled sled ride into the fells.

You make a stop for hot drinks which will be served by campfire before heading back to Utsjoki. Later on this evening you will be served your dinner in a Kota which is a Lappish wooden tepee and will again have the chance to catch a glimpse of the Aurora.

Day 4: Husky safari
After breakfast you will be transferred around 50 minutes across the border into Norway to Tana. Here you will meet with the local musher who will show you how to handle a sled and a team of eager huskies. You will depart on a husky safari lasting around two hours, travelling two people per sled.

After the safari you will enjoy some snacks and coffee around a campfire. You will have time to say goodbye to the dogs at the end of your tour and take as many pictures as you wish before you head back to Utsjoki for dinner.

Day 5: Free day
Following breakfast, you will have a free day to enjoy Utsjoki as you please. There are plenty of optional daytime and evening activities which you can book to take part in today – see the ‘Personalise’ section for more information. These include taking a tour by car to the edge of the Arctic Ocean, an excursion to the wilderness, and hunting the Northern Lights on snowshoes or snowmobiles, among others.

 

You can also walk over the Giisá village hall and make the most of its handicraft store and café. Lunch and dinner are included today.

Day 6: Free day
Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant before having another day of leisure from which to enjoy the stunning Arctic surroundings of Utsjoki. Once again you can take advantage of a superb range of activities, designed to allow you to explore the wilderness at the top of Finland. Enjoy a guided cross country skiing trip amidst beautiful forest and snowy fells or alternatively walk upon untouched snow and explore the idyllic terrain with a fantastic snowshoeing trip. Lunch and Dinner will both be provided in the restaurant.

 

During the evening why not venture out and seek out the Northern Lights. For those who believe the knowledge of an expert guide would be an advantage then there are further opportunities to enjoy northern lights based activities. A tour in a snowmobile-pulled sled will allow you to venture further out into the wilderness away from the minimal artificial light from the village.

Day 7: Free day
Following breakfast, you will have a final free day in the magical wilderness of Utsjoki. You may want to spend your time relaxing and enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland. Alternatively, you can book any further activities and re visit any that you enjoyed earlier in the week. Lunch and Dinner will be provided in the restaurant before your final evening where you may want to seek out the Northern Lights one final time.

Day 8: Departure
Today, you will be transferred back to Ivalo Airport for your journey home. If your flight is earlier in the morning, you will be given a packed breakfast rather than having it in the holiday village restaurant..

Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult
19/11/2017 £1915
26/11/2017 £1915
10/12/2017 £2185
07/01/2018 £1625
14/01/2018 £1625
21/01/2018 £1625
28/01/2018 £1625
04/02/2018 £1635
11/02/2018 £1755
18/02/2018 £1625
25/02/2018 £1625
04/03/2018 £1625
11/03/2018 £1635
18/03/2018 £1725
Supplements :
Name Adult
Single Supplement £220
Optional evening activity: 2 hour guided snowshoe search for the Northern Lights £66
Optional evening activity: 2 hour tour in sleigh pulled by snowmobile £80
Optional evening activity: 2 hour search for the Northern Lights by car £76
Extra Night (half board) (per person based on 2 sharing a cabin) £80
Optional evening activity: 2 hour search for the Aurora in reindeer sleigh £126
Optional day activity: 1 day husky safari in Tana and surrounding fell area £391
Optional day activity: 2 day husky safari in Tana and surrounding fell area £675
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.

Pricing Notes

Optional evening activities (min 2 people). 

Additional airport transfer supplemet is compulsory when staying an additionl night(s). 

Other dates are on a request basis for a minimum of 4 persons.