- 5 Days of Snow Safaris & Aurora Hunting
- Choice of Cabin & Igloo Lodgings
- Daily Safari programme
- Breakfasts throughout, 3 suppers & 2 lunches
- Protective Thermal Clothing included
- Guide Price £1799pp
A 5 day holiday high above the Arctic Circle safariing by reindeer, husky and snowmobile with 3 nights in a deadwood Log Cabin followed by a penultimate night in an igloo (glass or snow).Your daytime safaris are topped off with a night time one by snowmbobile under the Northern Lights.
is Jussi Eiramo’s original creation originally known simply as Kakslauttanen; a colony of handcrafted deadwood log cabins now known as his East Village, nestling in the forest a short stretch from the other, newer village and probably the best known hood in Lapland.To make your stay extra super special we provide thermal protective clothing for the duration of your stay, extra firewood baskets ready and waiting in your cabin, and Sami Al Fresco lunches on four hour safaris.
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 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.
Scheduled Finnair flight(s) to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland via Helsinki. transfer to Hotel Kakslauttanen, check in, pick up your luggage sled and settle in to your log cabin with its own fireplace and sauna, before dinner in the hotel.
After breakfast,you'll be picked up 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 here is the slicing of the runners cutting throught the snow. En route you'll stop and tumble into a wilderness hut, warm up round an open fire and have a hot soup lunch. Musher's stories are told both tall and short (!) before returning to the village. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you can either try your hand at tobogganing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing before, in the early evening after dinner, hunt for the beautiful Auroras known as the Northern Lights; sometimes white, wispy and elusive, at others rainbow coloured, swirling and dramatic. 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.
After breakfast 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. Return to the village with dinner at the hotel and then settle down for the night in your glass igloo with its special thermal glass through which you can see the night sky and possibly, hopefully, the Northern Lights.
Breakfast and time to hang out before transfering to Ivalo for your return flight(s) via Helsinki back to London.
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
Accommodation in Kakslauttanen's east or west villages
Lodgings (3 nights) in a log cabin with private WC/shower, own logwood fireplace & sauna & Glass Igloo (1 night)
WOOD FIRE LOGS & LIGHTING TUITION
4 Breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches & 4 suppers
Reindeer (4hours), husky (4 hours) & snowmobile (21/2 hours) safaris as detailed in itinerary including any special equipment required
THERMAL CLOTHING INCLUDING DEER FLAPPED HAT AND BOOTS FOR DURATION OF STAY
November 1st - December 16th January 2nd - April 27th
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
Kelo Glass Igloo supplement £200 per adult (based on 4 people sharing)
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.
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.
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