The brainchild of Juha Mehtäjärvi, a sort of Finnish Heston Blumenthal, who has taken 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 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 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 fllowed by Matsutake consommé, trout stuffed with King Crab,liver brulé of reindeer calf and filet of reindeer paired with carefull chosen wines.
2nd Day Design Your Own Day & Aurora Hunting
after a breakfast fit for a President (geddit?) get prepped and ready for a 2 hour guided snow shoe trek along a trail past snow dusted conifers, frozen lakes and mires. 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 a safari 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 Design Your Own Day & Aurora Hunting
after breakfast your guide will introduce you to the 'Classic' technique for cross country skiing which anybody of reasonable fitness can pick up pretty quickly (skiers of course will be able to get their ski legs back more or less straight away). Then its off for a short guided ski up to the Urho Kekkonen National
Park. After lunch in the hotel you can either snow shoe on your own or take a safari by snowmobile, husky or reindeer.
Dinner at the hotel will be another feast before you set off for another guided hunt for the Northern Lights.
4th Day Home James
breakfast at the Lodge restaurant before transferring to Ivalo airport for your return flight(s) 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 (2 x 5 hrs)
Guided snow shoe safari (2 hrs)
Cross Country Ski School (2 hrs)
Departure Dates & Prices:
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, 11th & 18th
£1999* per adult
LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1635 1805
HOTEL TRANSFER 30 MINUTES
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 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.