- 4 Days in Finnish Lapland
- Choice of Cabin & Igloo Lodgings
- 3 Breakfasts & 3 suppers
- Protective Thermal Clothing included
- Guide £1499 PER PERSON
A 4 day holiday sleeping under the stars by night and on manoeuvres by reindeer, husky or snowmobile during the day in Finnish Lapland's remote Urho Kekkonen National Park which sits astride the ancient Sami route to the Barents Sea, high above the Arctic Circle. Take it easy safaris or hardcore ones whichever take your fancy; but each and every night watching the stars overhead and, if the Gods are propitious, the Northern Lights. Not to mention Sami food to die for using ingredients from the forest and lakes. Not a man to let lichen grow under his feet and long known for his stylish Kelo Cabins & having pioneered Glass Igloos; last autumn owner/driver Jussi Eiramo went and combined the two creating a sort of CabiIgloo for yet more 'from your bed' Aurora spotting options,
The cabins at East Kakslauttanen are the handiwork of Jussi Eiramo who went there as a young man for a summer’s fishing and has stayed ever since. The cabin village, originally known as just Kakslauttanen, is probably Finnish Lapland’s most exquisite example of deadwood log cabins there is, and the giant one at its centre unique in every respect. The 31 cabins and restaurant are all testimony to Jussi's passionate attention to detail and come in varying sizes. All are equipped with shower, toilet, kitchenette, open fireplace and sauna, and set amongst trees around the central building. This has a fully licensed restaurant with an open fireplace around which local specialities are cooked, and a small handicraft/souvenir shop. Kick sleds are available free, gratis and for nothing & cross-country skis & snowshoes can be hired on the spot. It's very much a matter of personal opinion which village you might prefer but the East is perhaps more authentically Lappish in style.
As with the Jussi Eiramo's* East village, which is some 3 km away, the deadwood log cabins here look just as you would want a log cabin in Lapland to look like with a similar profile and amenities but generally larger: 52sqm ones for up to 5 people and 82sqm with two separate bedrooms for up to 6. Each is equipped with shower, toilet, kitchenette, open fireplace and sauna. The village also has two restaurants, one serving traditional Sami food and the other a touch of Asian fusion (don't ask!). *Owner and architect Jussi went to Kakslauttanen as a young man for a summer’s fishing and has stayed ever since;building first his original cabins, then an ice gallery and snow igloos, glass igloos, a smoke sauna and latterly the West Igloo village.
The cabin bit looks like you want a log cabin to look like: built from the rare ‘dead standing’ pine known as kelo which, needing no machining, retains all its natural texture, colour and even pine smell. The igloo bit is made of a unique heated glass which keeps its clarity and through which you can see the stars and Northern Lights for as long as they appear and you can stay awake. The Cabigloos located in the West Village are 57 m2 with a twin sofa bed and bunk beds in the living area and twin beds in the Igloo bedroom part. Each has an open log fire, WC/Shower & private sauna.
The original glass igloos in the Kakslauttanen East Village, along now with newer larger ones in the West Village, are yet more testimony to Jussi Eiramo's obsession with detail. All are built with a thermal glass domed ceiling that insulates the interior to keep it warm and whose frost preventative element maintains crystal clear panoramic views even with outside temperatures as low as minus 30 Celsius. The smaller ones which are tiny, tiny have twin beds, hanging locker and a WC/hand basin, whilst the new larger ones at 32sqm have 4 single beds, shower and WC. Of course, if you are opposed to all this genuflection to modernity and want to go for the real thing, there are also snow igloos which maintain an inside temperature of between minus 3 and 6 degrees Celsius, and in which you bury yourself in a thermal sleeping bag for the night. Within a short walk of all igloos there are gender separated showers and saunas, perfect for washing and warming up in the morning before breakfast.
fly with Finnair to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland via Helsinki. Private group transfer to Kakslauttanen’s East Village. Check in and sled your luggage to your Cabin Igloo with its own sauna, open fireplace and twin bedded glass roofed bedroom. Take buffet supper in the hospitality building’s restaurant and return to sleep under the stars (well under glass under the stars!)
After breakfast take the safari of your choice picked from our portfolio (payable in addition - see list for prices). From short ones, all day ones or overnight hardcore adventure tours by snowmobile, reindeer or husky. Whilst you can book on the spot it’s best to confirm at least the ones you really want to do before hand to ‘avoid disappointment’ as the ‘speak your weight ‘machine voices have it. And no we don’t speak with forked tongue – you’ll pay the same. In the evening take supper and then retire to sleep under the stars, or at least under glass under the stars, and watch the Northern Lights dancing hand in hand with Cassiopeia. www.scanadventures.co.uk/holidays-in-finland-lapland/aurora-nights-luosto
breakfast with time for a wander to the Ice Village if you haven’t seen it; before transferring to Ivalo and your return flight(s) back to London. www.sokoshotels.fi/en
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 airport/hotel transfers
3 nights accommodation at Kakslauttanen's east or west village
Lodgings in a small log cabin (2 nights) plus 1 night in a glass or snow igloo OR a Kelo Glass Igloo with private WC/shower, open logwood fireplace, private sauna and glass igloo bedroom (supplement applies)
STARTER WOOD FIRE LOG BOX & LIGHTING TUITION
3 Buffet breakfasts & 3 suppers
THERMAL CLOTHING INCLUDING DEER FLAPPED HAT AND BOOTS FOR DURATION OF STAY
November 1st - December 16th January 2nd - April 27th
£1499pp* [2 nights Cabin plus 1 night Igloo]
£1699pp [3 nights Kelo Glass Igloo with 4 people sharing)
£1899pp [ 3 nights Kelo Glass Cabin with 2 people sharing]
Child (2 -12) discounts on request
LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1635 1805
TRANSFER 30 MINUTES
IVL HEL 1305 1435 HEL LHR 1600 1710
*Guide Prices are based on our contract air fares and ground supplier costs. The former are variable in real time, whilst the latter 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 holiday periods..
spend the daylight hours on one of the most tranquil journeys Lapland can muster up: a reindeer safari through the forest driving your own sleigh in a caravan led by a reindeer herder. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to Timo & Armi Palonoja's reindeer corral: a hand's on Sami family business with son Jukka gradualy taking over the reins. Settle on a sleigh under hide blankets before setting off through the wilderness. Relax, take in the fresh air and listen to nothing more than the muffled melody of the reindeer’s hooves drumming in the snow. You'll see wild animal footsteps, hear the wind rustling the tree branches and see the ancient untouched landscape pass slowly by. Stop to stretch your legs en-route and at the end of your journey take lunch in a Kota; the traditional reindeer herder’s shelter and home. Listen to his stories (both tall and short) whilst sipping your salmon soup. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £129pp 2 hours £113pp The longer safari includes a light lunch; the shorter one sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.
Try the Formula 1 alternative to the tranquil reindeer safari with one by husky. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to the kennels where the dogs all have their own names, character and little kennel houses spaced out in a forest clearing. The musher will show you how to balance on the sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team. Whilst all this is going down the cacophony of wooing, singing and howling will reach a near deafening pitch only to subside the moment your team pulls away; then all you will hear is the slicing of the runners cutting through the snow. En route you'll stop and tumble into a wilderness hut and warm up over an open fire and a hot soup lunch. Musher's stories are told and as with those from the reindeer herders they come both tall and short. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £156pp 2 hours £120pp* The longer safari includes light lunch; the shorter one sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.
The ultimate ATV for use on snow & ice, the snowmobile is the supersonic Jeremy Clarkson way of getting around in Sapmi, and riding one through the forest is just about as boy's own racer as it gets. Modern 4 stroke machines whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar and having a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. Scooting through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra is a magic way of enjoying the fjell landscapes. At the mid-point of your safari you can take a breather while your guide prepares an al fresco lunch around an open fire and you savour the silence of the wilderness and the sound of the wind winding round the tops of the pines. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30hrs. 4 hours. £128pp 2 hours £97pp. Night time Aurora Safari departing at 20.00. 3 hours. £126pp The longer safari includes a light lunch; the shorter ones sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.
Hunt for the beautiful Auroras known as the Northern Lights; sometimes white, wispy and elusive at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic. The Norwegian, who first gave an explanation as to how they came about was driven mad (literally) by them; if you’re lucky enough to catch them your reaction may be a touch more muted but no less awe struck. Mount your snowmobile and take off over the nearby fell landscape past snow covered trees into the open lakes and high hills of Urho Kekkonen National Park. The lights of Saariselkä retreat behind you as your headlights illuminate the snow in front of you, whilst overhead the sky is nothing but a canopy of stars. En route warm up around an open fire on top of the hills and, if the signs are propitious, wait for the lights of the aurora to illuminate your way back to Kakslauttanen. Departure 20.00 Daily.£126pp
After breakfast and a short safety briefing, set off on your snowmobile with your private guide for Lake Inarijarvi to join with local fisherman and a morning’s ice fishing followed by lunch Sami style around an open fire. Then follow a trail to the wooden Lake Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church originating in the 17th century and from there to Inari,the veritable heart of Sami culture, for a guided tour of Sami Silda which traces the history and times of the Sami people down the ages. Re-mount your snowmobile for a high speed scoot (you’ll have got the hang of things by now) back to the east or west village for supper prepared from your day’s catch. Departure at 09.30 (Tuesday to Saturday) 9 hours. £207pp Supplement for sole rider £25pp
Nordic ski school with instructor £55pp for 1hour including 24 hour ski equipment rental 24 hour ski equipment and snowshoe rental £22pp
3 Course Charcoal Grilled Salmon Menu £44pp 3 Course Wild Boar Filet Menu £47pp 3 Course Elk Filet Menu £55pp 3 Course Reindeer Filet Menu £50pp *Special menus must be booked in advance of travel. Please also advise any special dietary requirements.
Combine two safaris in one with a visit to a reindeer corral, snowmobiling there and back. You'll be picked up from Kakslauttanen and taken to a machine pick up point for a short safety briefing & driving lesson before scooting off through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra. Modern 4 stroke snowmobiles with their low centre of gravity whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar, and have a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. when you arrive at Armi Palonoja's reindeer corral, a friendly Sami guide shows you around and tells of the reindeer in Sapmi (Lapland) and a nomadic herder’s life. After a light lunch you can swop drivers for the scoot back to the village. Departs from Kakslauttanen at 09.30. 3 hours approx. £150pp
Santa’s house at Kakslauttanen is close by the eponymous chalet & igloo village where he set up home after moving from Korvantunturi and where his elves pan gold, tend Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem and are always on hand to keep you warm with gingerbread cookies and hot drinks.
To get to his house cross over the aptly named Gold Creek, where Gold Elf lives in his cabin, the roof and eaves of which he has partly coated in 24 carat gold. During the summer, Gold Elf pans the creek for gold, and then in winter using a formula known only to himself, his friend Smith Elf turns the gold into gifts in his workshop.
Children can watch the sparkling lights as Gold Elf pitches nuggets of gold into the forge, and see how the gold is turned into gifts that are sent all over the world.
There is also a small fell for sledding and a large pen where Santa's reindeer are tended by herder elves and by which grown ups & children can try their hand at driving a reindeer pulled sleigh! To keep the chill at bay there is a Lappish pole tent nearby where Reindeer Elf serves warm drinks and snacks by an open fire.
Visit Santa for a family of Four (2 adults/2 children) is £195 A private visit £475