is designed as you would like it to be. For your nuptials, you’ll be taken in an open reindeer sleigh tended by a Sami Reindeer Herder liveried in his traditional Gákti to Kakslauttanen’s Ice Gallery for the ceremony, followed by your wedding breakfast prepared in front of an open log fire. Afterwards the magic of your day is crowned with a honeymoon night beneath the stars in a glass igloo and, if the legend is true and the Aurora appears overhead, your first born will be a male child.
Probably Finnish Lapland’s most exquisite collection of deadwood log cabins is the handiwork of Jussi Eiramo who went to Kakslauttanen as a young man for a summer’s fishing, and has stayed ever since. The 31 log cabins*, centerpiece hospitality building & restaurant, adjacent ice gallery and glass igloos are all testimony to his passionate attention to detail. The cabins vary in size but are all equipped with shower, toilet, kitchenette, open fireplace and sauna and set amongst trees at varying distances from the main building.*All this refers to what is now called the Kakslauttanen East village; the original and in our not so humble opinion the more authentic.
is quite simply Satu our Wedding Planner who focuses on making your day happen the way you want and taking the detail off your hands. Making sure you have your cabin available to change in for the ceremony, adding little flourishes to it if needs be (civil or Lutheran services can be a little perfunctory), helping you organise the paperwork and arranging programmes for your guests.
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.
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. Private transfer to Hotel Kakslauttanen, check into your log cabin, with its own fireplace and sauna, before dinner in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and day at leisure to acclimatize to and soak up, the magic of this very special place. Dinner in hotel and overnight in log cabin.
Breakfast in the hotel. The morning is set aside for you to prepare for your special moment – the wedding itself – in the romantic setting of the hand-sculpted Ice Gallery in the grounds of the hotel’s Igloo Village. At the appointed hour, you are taken by a Lapp guide in traditional costume to the Ice Gallery in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. In the evening, a special Wedding Breakfast is prepared for you, in front of the hotel’s open fire, before your wedding night in the glass igloo.
Morning sauna before breakfast in the hotel. Day at leisure with time either just to relax or perhaps enjoy a snowmobile, husky or reindeer safari. Dinner in hotel and overnight in log cabin.
Breakfast and time at leisure before transfer to Ivalo and 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 Champagne,meal of choice & in flight cabin service Carriage of luggage ( 1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked) Private group airport/hotel return transfers in Finnish Lapland 4 nights (sic) lodging in a large (44sqm) log cabin 1 night (honeymoon night) in a glass igloo 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners and signature wedding dinner with table decoration Transfer to the Ice Gallery by reindeer sleigh accompanied by liveried Sami herder Floral and candle decorations in chapel Civil wedding ceremony Magistrates & witness fees; marriage certificates/Assistance with pre - marriage formalities.
Departures 14.1.-14.4.2015 from £5999 per couple Guests from £1239pp
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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