Lapland: A Winter Adventure

Lapland: A Winter Adventure

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Lapland: A Winter Adventure

9 Days Starting and ending in Rovaniemi, Finland

Visiting: Ranua, Metsä Kolo, Finland, Metsä Kolo, Reindeer Farm in Finnish Lapland, Posio, Korouoma Canyon, Kirintövaara

Tour operator:

YellowWood Adventures

Tour code:

LAP-WA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, 3: Entry Level

Age range:

12-80

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Go on a husky tour, meet reindeer and experience the breathtaking Northern Lights. This trip to Lapland also includes hiking the Koronjää”-trail.



The natural environment in Finland is unique and plays an incredibly important role in the lives of Finns. Known as the ‘land of a thousand lakes’, Finnish Lapland has one of the largest archipelagos in the world. With the forests considered as ‘green gold’, and the heavy snow in the winter reflecting the majestic luminescence of the Aurora Borealis, it is indeed a magical land.



Join this slow-moving adventure to get back to nature whilst practising local cultural activities such as cross-country skiing, riding on a dogsled, ice fishing and exploring the local crafts and food. Back in the days before any of the main religions reached Finland, people believed in the Gods, spirits, and elves living in the forests – perhaps you will meet them.



Finland was named the happiest country in the world for the fourth time in a row in 2021, and this is no accident: Lapland’s incredible natural beauty is where people go to relax and take time off from their busy schedules, calming them down. Experience the Finnish way of bathing and relaxing in a sauna - with even an icy plunge in a frozen lake! - finding happiness in your everyday life as the locals do.



Highlights

  • Experience the Northern Lights

  • Finnish Sauna

  • Take a ride on a Husky tour

  • Hiking the “Koronjää”-trail

  • Reindeer Farm with snowshoes & ski

  • Cross-country skiing & optional slalom

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome & Guided Northern Lights Moonlight Ski Tour

Location: Ranua

Accommodation Name: Lodge

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

You are welcomed at Finland's Rovaniemi airport before being transferred to Metsä Kolo hotel and lodge in Ranua, which takes a couple of hours by car. This is a chance for the group to first get together, when you will be introduced to the eco-resort and safety information over coffee.Dinner is served in the main house before we depart for our guided Northern Lights & Moonlight Ski tour with Finnish forest skis or snowshoes depending on what you prefer, for approximately two and a half hours. You can see in the darkness clearly without artificial light because of the incredible brilliance of the stars and moon overhead, which light your way to observe the magical Northern Lights over the frozen lake and snow-laden forest. Upon return there is a wood-heated log sauna and even a dip into the cold water of the a frozen lake if you feel daring. Feel the Finnish cleansing ritual for your body and soul as you are initiated into the Lappish way!

Day 2: Ice Fishing

Location: Metsä Kolo, Finland

Accommodation Name: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our guide for this excursion is a local fisherman and we will be out on the ice for about two and a half hours, well stocked with hot drinks.You will learn how to set the net – and then check for the catch of the day. Whitefish, perch or whatever we manage to get will be prepared together and enjoyed with traditional Lappish side dishes. Fresh fish as never before! Lunch will be eaten in a traditional teepee style wooden hut in Metsä Kolo. Then there is time to play around on the Electric Snow Scooter, not guided, with a duration per person of at least 30 minutes. A world innovation from Finland, eLyly electric snow scooter allows you to surf on the frozen lakes, through white forest and across icy swampland; it really is great fun. We finish (no pun intended) the day with a cozy dinner to chat and review our experiences, always with the traditional Finnish sauna at your disposal should you want a relaxing dip.

Day 3: Husky Tour

Location: Metsä Kolo

Accommodation Name: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after breakfast everyone gets to experience a one hour and forty minute husky ride on a two-person sledge. After short driving lesson, you will get to your sled dogs – the huskies want to run!The drive traverses 14–20 km, including a break and switch between the drivers. After the ride, you have time to thank the dogs for a memorable safari and ask the guide about the lives of the huskies in general. Lunch after/during the ride is two courses including natural water and coffee/tea. In the afternoon free activities at Metsä Kolo according to the weather conditions include: snowshoeing, forest skiing, ice skating, ride the napa-ice-sledge on the frozen lake, ice-kick sledding, ice fishing, campfire, bob sledding and more. 

Day 4: Reindeer Farm With Snowshoes & Ski

Location: Reindeer Farm in Finnish Lapland

Accommodation Name: Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit a neighbour's Reindeer Farm on snowshoes or ski, or by car if you prefer (2 km), for about four and a half hours. You may feed Rudolph and take all the pictures you like. Chat with the reindeer herder Miikka about his life and job in the arctic nature. His family runs a cow farm, owns forest, and the mother Tiina produces regional organic natural cosmetics and wellbeing products. Lunch is around the bonfire at the farm, including homemade and local food, including delicious meat and hot drinks Free activities at Metsä Kolo according to the weather conditions as usual upon your return before dinner, chat, a review of the day's experiences and the Traditional Finnish sauna - enjoy & relax.

Day 5: Transfer To The Wilderness Hotel In Posio

Location: Posio

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we say farewell to our host family and transfer to Kirikeskus Wilderness Hotel in Posio which is only about an hour away. After being introduced to the resort and safety information over coffee and snacks you are free to explore at leisure the beautiful surrounding area.This includes the wilderness hotel’s own Kiri slopes which are perfect for beginners or for the family, although some of the slopes also have a little challenge for those who need it. There are three slopes, two of which are illuminated. The height difference is 110 meters.The Arctic Ceramic Center is the northernmost ceramic centre in the world. Located on the ground floor of the hotel’s main building, the large workspace with stunning views has convinced many professionals and enthusiasts. It can be hard to find a more inspiring environment for making ceramics. The day concludes with a group dinner.

Day 6: Hiking The Koronjää Trail

Location: Korouoma Canyon

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we will hike along the 'Koronjää' Trail for about five kilometres in the Korouoma Canyon. It is the only trail in Finland where you can admire gorgeous frozen waterfalls in winter.The trail runs along a former horse road, and there are information boards on the area's logging history along the trail. The trail takes hikers along the top of cliffs with magnificent views, and to the bottom of the canyon. You will get the chance to admire the three largest frozen waterfalls at Korouoma, which are called Jaska Jokunen (Charlie Brown), Ruskea virta (the Brown River) and Mammuttiputous (the Mammoth Fall).During the hike we will stop at campfire for picnic lunch including local soup, sandwiches, hot juice and sausages before returning for our cosy dinner at restaurant Kisura 

Day 7: Cross-Country Skiing

Location: Kirintövaara

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today there are lessons (if you need them) for cross-country skiing. You will learn which kind of equipment you need and how to use the traditional cross-country skis. You do not need any prior experience as professional instructors will choose the appropriate equipment for you and start the skiing lesson from the basics upwards. After the lesson you can practise on the ski tracks close by and use skies for as long as you wish. A delicious two course lunch at restaurant Kisura awaits after the physical exercise. Would you like to continue skiing? That is of course possible because you can use the equipment freely - perhaps after a small nap! As always a relaxing sauna bath in the hotel's saunas awaits you at your convenience. The day ends with dinner comparing the results of the skiing day. 

Day 8: Free Day - Slalom, Hiking, Sauna, Relaxing In Nature

Location: Kirintövaara

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Now you can either relax after a busy week or choose an extra program from the myriad activities on offer based on your own preferences. You can use the skies freely, try the slalom on the nearby slopes, or take a hike to the top of nearby Kirintövaara and look across the beautiful, snow-covered scenery. The day is yours.

Day 9: Departure

Location: Rovaniemi Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we transfer to Rovaniemi airport which takes just under two hours for your flights home, relaxed and infused with the spirit of Lapland!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation as detailed

  • Fully Guided

    Yes

  • Meals

    Meals as detailed

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Supporting you on your holiday will be a local, English speaking Ugandan guide and a YellowWood Adventures Guide.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 12 people.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences. Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m).

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, You are welcomed at Finland's Rovaniemi airport before being transferred to Metsä Kolo hotel and lodge in Ranua

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2015

  • Risk Assessment

    YellowWood operates a Safety Management System which encompasses a planned, researched, implemented and reviewed approach to your Health & Safety. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm (hazards) and the assessment of likelihood of hazards occuring, as well as the severity of the outcome of a hazard.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for our latest Covid-19 policies

  • Experienced Leaders

    On all of our adventures you will benefit from the daily presence of an experienced, English speaking local guide. You will also have additional guides at various points during the trip (see itineraries for details).

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    As a visitor to a foreign country, we inevitably leave our mark. At YellowWood Adventures, we are determined that this ‘mark’ will be a positive one. Tourism is not always beneficial and we are conscious of treading lightly in the lands we explore.

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