Winter Week Experience
Winter week experience is available from December to April. This trip is perfect for experiencing Lapland in a small group away from the tourist masses and light pollution. On this tour the maximum number of guests is 5. This experience is great for small groups or families who are looking for a relaxing holiday in the magical nature of Lapland. This trip is private for your party only so there will not be other guests.
This tour is a 6-day-long (incl. travel days) holiday week where you get to experience Lapland in the most authentic way. You will stay in a Finnish log cabin with a sauna and fireplace. I will take you out on activities during the days and you will have a chance to see the Northern lights from your doorstep every night
All of these activities below are included in the Winter week experience tour. They are all private so there will not be other participants except you and your party.
The activities mentioned below are all low-level activities: easily approachable and suited for both the young and the old. Some require physical effort, but not too much. All the activities include transportations, lunch and a professional wilderness guide.
Private Husky Safari
A team of huskies pull you across snowy forests and frozen swamps. The dogs love it as they were born to do it. There is something very magical in exploring the wilderness with a pack of dogs pulling your sled.
You will get your own team of huskies that you are in charge of. I will show you how to drive the team. Basically the dogs do most of the work but you are in charge of their speed and breaking. Don’t worry, it is quite simple. You will share one sled with another person from your group. One will be driving and the other one will be sitting as a passenger. Halfway through the safari you will change places. After the safari you will get to meet some of the dogs and take photos. Later we will warm up by a fire and enjoy lunch.
This husky safari is private for you. On a normal husky safari there can be as many as 12 dogteams at the same time. When one team has a problem the others need to wait. On a private safari it is just us so the quality of the tour is just so much better.
Duration of this activity is about 2,5 hours.
The driver must be over 13 years old.
The safari is approximately 8km. If you would rather go on a longer or shorter safari or if you want to drive your own sled without sharing please contact before booking.
Northern Lights Evening and Photography
Have you ever seen the Northern lights? At our location way above the arctic circle they are very common. If the sky is clear, you can usually see them approximately every other night. You will be staying far away from the light pollution so your possibility to see the Northern lights will be a lot higher compared to the busier tourist areas in Lapland.
In fact, if the northern lights are visible, you can just walk outside your cabin to see them.
When you arrive I will teach you how to predict the northern lights. We will choose a night when we have the best chance for clear skies and good northern lights activity.
In the evening we will gather around a bonfire and prepare Finnish pancakes on the fire. You will learn about the Northern lights and also about other things on the night sky. If we are lucky the northern lights will appear!
There is no light pollution so the night sky looks just amazing with its millions of stars. For some people this is the first time in their life that they see the Milky Way.
It is a powerful experience to witness the northern lights dancing on the sky with the only sound coming from the crackling fire.
The timing of this activity depends on the activity of the northern lights. It will be arranged on the night when there is the best chance to see the Northern lights.
If you have a DSLR camera I will teach you how to take amazing photos of the northern lights!
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon it is not guaranteed that you will see them.
Ice fishing is the most Finnish thing you can do in Finland. When you understand ice fishing you have dug very deep into the essence of Finnish people.
The basics are simple. You need a frozen lake. About 5 centimetres of ice is enough to carry you. On a normal winter we have about 60 centimetres in Lapland. To get through the ice you will need an ice drill. Then just a rod and a worm and you are set. You sit on the beautiful frozen lake, enjoy the nature and relax your mind. It is almost like meditation.
There are plenty of different species of fish on the lake. Fish does not get fresher than this, and it never tastes as good as when you have caught it yourself.
Duration of this activity is approximately 3-4 hours
Local Villages Tour
A road trip day. I will take you to three different villages in Lapland that are all very different from each other. They are all around 30 minute driving distance from each other.
Our first stop is Äkäslompolo. This village is also known as “The village of seven fells”. There are only about 400 permanent inhabitants.
We will visit the local nature centre where you will learn about the area, its history, culture and nature. There is a small restaurant in the Nature center where we will have lunch.
The Snow Village is a magical experience and I guarantee you have never seen anything like it. Every winter the Snow Village is built from 20 million kilos of snow and ice and every year it is different. There are spectacular ice sculptures, hotel rooms, a restaurant and even a wedding chapel all made of ice and snow. There is even an ice bar where you can order a drink that you enjoy from an ice glass.
We will spend a couple of hours exploring this magical place before heading to our last destination Levi.
As much as I love providing my guests authentic experiences and giving them the local perspective of the life in Lapland I do want to take you to Levi. During the next couple of hours you will see what it is like to be a tourist in Lapland.
Levi is the main tourist destination in western Lapland. By far most of the tourists stay here for their holiday. It is busy, tacky and artificial. Then again there are a lot of good restaurants and services. Bars and nightclubs. Nice hotels and lots of people. If this starts to sound attractive then my tour is probably not for you.
I think it is important to show you this side of Lapland as well. Levi is quite small so in a couple of hours you can see most of it. You will have some time to explore it on your own. Maybe buy some souvenirs?
Duration of this activity is about 5-7 hours
In the deep snow you can’t walk with your normal shoes. You will sink in and get stuck. With snowshoes you can go anywhere! It is a perfect way to go on an adventure during the winter.
We will go to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park where you will learn how to use the snowshoes. We will then walk into the wilderness.
The National Park is an ancient mountain chain that millions of years ago was as high as the Alps. What we have left of those mountains are the mystical Pallas fells. You will enjoy the breathtaking views that the national park offers while you learn about the nature and culture of the area.
We will prepare lunch in a small hut around an open fire. From this hut we will start ascending above the tree line to see even more amazing views. If there is someone in your group that is physically not fit enough to ascend the fell it is okay to wait in the hut around the warming fire until we return with the rest.
The duration of this activity is approximately 4-5 hours
Please note that this activity requires some physical effort from the participants.
Log Cabin Accommodation
You will stay in a real Finnish log cabin with a sauna and a fireplace. There are two bedrooms with two beds in each. In the living room there is a sofa that can be made into a bed as well. In the kitchen you have everything you need to cook food.
The cabin is heated with electricity but there is also a fireplace that gives heat and creates a nice and cozy atmosphere.
A log cabin in Finland is not complete without a sauna. Sauna is a very important part of Finnish culture and most of the Finns bathe in a sauna every week. There is a sauna in your cabin so you have a chance to go to sauna everyday. If you are brave enough you can cool off by rolling in the snow.
The nature starts right when you step outside. Put on the snowshoes and go explore the magical forests and frozen lakes and swamps. There is no light pollution so the sky is very clear. If the northern lights are in the sky you can see them from your doorstep.
There is a wifi in the cabin.
Your Private Trip in Lapland Includes
Private tours are usually a lot more expensive than normal tours because by taking a lot of paying customers the tour operator gains more profit than limiting the number of the participants. That is why most tour operators have to charge so much because they simply cannot get the same profit without making the tour very expensive.
I believe that the quality on a private tour is just so much better than on a normal tour but I don’t want that the cost of the trip gets too expensive for my guests. I have cut down the expenses on this tour by not including breakfast and dinner. I also believe that travellers get more out of their trips abroad by cooking their own food. In your accommodation there is a fully functioning kitchen and you will have a chance to visit a local grocery store everyday.
The price of this trip is:
1545€/person when you book for 3 or more persons.
1830€/person when you book for 2 persons.