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An exclusive 4 day holiday at the Javri Lodge eating in a style that gives Nobu a run for its money and in between, hunting for the Northern Lights, communing with Arctic Nature, tearing up the snow Top Gear style and sleeping the Sleep of the Angels in what was once former Finnish President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen's winter retreat. Beyond Michelin grub is perhaps not what you'd expect to find in Finnish Lapland but Juha Mehtäjärvi did it before with his Siberia restaurant in Saariselka and now  again with his boutiqueSavri Lodge. You'll eat delicate portions of Matsutake consommé, trout stuffed with King Crab, liver brulé of reindeer calf, filet of reindeer and more; enjoy a genuinely personal service; lol about in the pool between times; max out your chances of seeing the Northern Lights and do whatever takes your fancy amongst the surrounding snow draped forest.

Javri Lodge

The brainchild of Juha Mehtäjärvi, a sort of Finnish Heston Blumenthal, who took his kitchen skills and reputation and put them on the line with a new boutique hotel, The one time log chalet retreat of former Finland President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, the place is something else. The original lodge has been re-furbished throughout with a series of double rooms, communal living area with fireplace, dining room, two saunas and indoor plunge pool. And of course the food is nothing short of 'to die for' standard. 

1st Day UK - Lapland

fly from London Gatwick direct, Heathrow or Manchester via Helsinki, to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland. Meet your host at the airport, transfer to the Javri Lodge and settle into your room. Take supper in the hotel's restaurant which Juha & team will prepare from the freshest things they can get their hand on that day,e.g.salted whitefish, chilli-ginger marinated Arctic char and pickled cucumber followed by Matsutake consommé, trout stuffed with King Crab,liver brulé of reindeer calf and filet of reindeer paired with carefull chosen wines.

2nd Day Snow Shoeing, Safari Choice & Aurora Hunting

after a breakfast fit for a President (geddit?) get prepped and ready for a 2 hour guided snow shoe trek past the snow dusted conifers, frozen lakes and mires of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Modern snowshoes have lightweight aluminum frames, neoprene decks and an undersole traction system for grip, so are quick and easy to get used to. After lunch in the hotel you can either snow shoe on your own or take the safari of your choice by snowmobile, husky or reindeer. Dinner at the hotel will be another Arctic Feast before you set off on a guided hunt for the Northern Lights going from place to place in search of a spot where they're hopefully going to show.

3rd Day Safari Choice & Aurora Hunting

after a breakfast fit for a President (geddit?) either wrap up and hang out in this equisitly remote setting or snow shoe, cross country or downhill ski, safari by snowmobile, husky or reindeer. In the afternoon warm up your chilled bones in the hotel's pool or sauna before a valedictory Arctic Feast before a guided hunt for the Northern Lights.

4th Day Lapland - UK

after breakfast transfer to Ivalo for your retun flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled Finnair flight(s) from Heathrow via Helsinki to Ivalo
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary coffee/tea/blueberry juice and pay on board cabin service
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Private group return airport/hotel transfers
3 nights accommodation
Lodgings in a double room with private WC/Shower
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
2 Guided Northern Lights searches 
Guided snow shoe safari (2 hrs)
Additionally safaris mentioned on Safari Choice Days
(bookable locally dependent on availablity at 200 EURpp)

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily November 1st - April 30th
Guide £2299*
per adult
LGW IVL 0930 1500/LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1635 1805
IVL HEL 1305 1435 HEL LHR 1600 1710
*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 at 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.

Safaris included or available on request

Wild game, foraged herb and mushroom dish at Javri Lodge with ScanAdventures

  • 4 Days in a luxury boutique Lodge
  • Food to die for by an award winning Chef.
  • Guided excursions in search of the Northern Lights
  • Tuition & Guided Snowshoe Safari
  • Guide Price £2299 pp