Bespoke Holidays to Lapland
- 4 Days in Finnish Lapland
- Family owned Wilderness Lodge
- Reindeer & Husky Safaris included
- Hot Spot for Nortern Lights
- Protective Thermal Clothing included
- Guide Price £1295 pp
A 4 day short break holiday including a husky safari, a morning feeding reindeer and a night time Northern Lights snowmobile safari. You’ll stay at the Wilderness Lodge Korpikartano in the remote wilderness of Menesjarvi, the heartland of the Sami people where you can hear ‘the sound of the silence’. You’ll also can find out with a full suite of thermal clothing, snow shoes, toboggans, kick sleds & skis so as to enjoy as much fun in the snow as you have time for. And of course the private use of a sauna to relax.
It’s hard to imagine anywhere or anything as authentically redolent of Sapmi, and Sami culture, as wife & husband Anne Harju & Timo Halonen’s Korpikartano Lodge in the village of Menesjarvi (pop 47). Converted from a primary school that closed in 2005 the Lodge’s two separate buildings are set slightly apart with one being the ‘main’ one housing the restaurant, reception and small sitting room and the other a dormitory with lake view rooms. Each building has its own sauna and our rooms overlooking the frozen lake, have a private WC/shower; hairdryer, TV/Radio and been furbished in a simple pristine style with pine clad walls and homely fabrics. In the surrounding grounds there is a glazed roof Kota where you can wait around an open fire for the Aurora to show; snow shoes, kick sleds, toboggans and skis to use as and when you please. Above all the Korpikartano is Anne & Timo and Anne & Timo are the Korpikartano. It’s their special hospitality in quite literally the middle of nowhere that makes this a very, very special place.
fly from London Heathrow or Manchester via Helsinki to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland. Meet your driver/guide at the airport and transfer to the Hotel Korpikartano, collect your thermal clothing and settle into your room. Take supper in the hotel and afterwards walk down to the edge of the lake for a possible first sighting of the Northern Lights.
after breakfast meet Sami Reindeer Herder Petri Mattus from whose farmhouse on the edge of Menesjarvi you’ll travel on the back of his snowmobile hay sledge out into the forest to a clearing where he’ll unload the hay shouting ‘oyyyyyyyaiii….oyyyyy-ayiii’ in the rhythmic fashion of a Joik or Sami song poem . Gradually you’ll hear what sounds like raindrops falling on canvas which become a clicking sound as the reindeer come closer to feed and with luck right up to your sledge. Take sooty coffee with Petri whilst he tells you of his daily life and that of his father and grandfather before him. Return to the hotel for a warm up and buffet lunch. Afterwards your local guide will kit you out with snow shoes, kick sleds and skis, teach you how to handle each and where you can go in the adjacent forest or on the lake to enjoy the white wilderness. Before your early supper, Timo hosts an informal aurora workshop in which he passes on his ‘tricks of the trade’ for photographing the Aurora, which you can then put to good use on a guided hunt on snow shoes for the Northern Lights.
set off to meet Tinja Myllyangas known locally as the dog whisperer; Tinja has a special talent with dogs and keeps just 40 or so in her kennels. There are black & white ones, white & black ones, brown & white ones, all sorts: every one with their own name. After a short handling tuition set off mushing your own team in the enchanting wilderness of Inari, the spiritual homeland of the Sami people. As the dog’s excited barking subsides the only sound is of your sled’s runners slicing through the snow and the muted padding of their paws. Return to the hotel for a warm up and buffet lunch. If you haven’t thawed your bones out with a sauna before, today will be your last chance which you shouldn’t turn down: there’s just nothing to beat it as a way of winding down both mind and body. Afterwards get ready for the supersonic Jeremy Clarkson way of riding through the forest to find the best aurora spots – by snowmobile. Scoot off along soft snow trails, frozen ice lakes and along moonlit trails with (hopefully, hopefully, hopefully!!) the Northern Lights overhead.
breakfast in your hotel before your private group transfer to Ivalo airport and your return flight via Helsinki to the UK.
Return scheduled flight(s) from Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
In flight complimentary coffee/tea/blueberry juice and pay on board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Private group return Airport/Hotel transfers
3 nights’ accommodation at the Wilderness Lodge Korpikartano
Lodgings in twin rooms in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
Visit to husky kennels and husky safari
Snowmobile sledge safari to reindeer feeding ground (3 ½ hrs)
Husky mushing safari (3hrs)
Northern Lights search by snowmobile (2hrs)
Complete set of protective clothing: thermal salopette & jacket or onesie; gloves, mittens, ribbed socks, snow boots, scarf & deer flapped hat for duration of stay.
Services of local guide(s)
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, 11th & 18th £1295* per adult FLIGHT PLAN LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1635 1805 HOTEL TRANSFER 50 MINUTES IVL HEL 1305 1435 HEL LHR 1600 1710 *Prices for other dates will depend on the lowest contract air fare we have available at the time of booking.This may be slightly less/more than the price shown here and a proportionate reduction/supplement apply.
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.