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The Adventure

An exclusive 4 day holiday at Javri Lodge once the winter retreat of a former Finnish President Urho Kaleva Kekkonen. You'll eat in a style that gives Nobu a run for its money and, in between meals, hunt for the Northern Lights, commune with Arctic Nature, tear up the snow Top Gear style, and sleep the Sleep of the Angels. Grub beyond a Michelin standard is perhaps not what you'd expect in Finnish Lapland but owner/chef Juha Mehtäjärvi did it before with his Siberia restaurant in Saariselka and has done it againYou'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 with our bespoke safari programme. 

Exterior view of Javri Lodge in Saariselka | Lapland Holidays
Splash Pool and Fire at Javri Lodge in Saariselka | ScanAdventures
Lappish Cheese at Juha Mehtäjärvi's Javri Lodge | Finland Holidays
Living Area at Javri Lodge | Finnish Lapland Holidays

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. This year (2017) 5 new guestrooms have been added with ceiling to floor picture windows giving uninterrupted views out onto the surrounding snowscape.

Twin/Double Room | Javri Lodge | Lapland Luxury Holidays
Twin/Double Room | Javri Lodge | Lapland Luxury Holidays
Suite | Javri Lodge | Lapland Luxury Holidays | ScanAdventures
Sky View Suite | Javri Lodge | Lapland Luxury Holidays

Javri Lodge Rooms

Javri Lodge now has 13 bedrooms: 6 twin cum doubles; 3 Presidential Suites and 4 new ( as of 2017) SkyView Suites*. All are built, designed & faced in deadwood pine and come with bathrobes, slippers & bathroom accessories (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion & soap dispenser) from 'Rituals', walk-in shower & WC. Twin rooms are 21m2 cosy, whilst suites range in size from 27m2 up to 51m2 with their own lounge area and what the hotel calls a 'nature' view amplified in the SkyView ones by their 3.2m floor to ceiling picture windows. ​

1st Day UK - Lapland

fly from London Gatwick direct or 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 & 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 snow shoe on your own or enjoy the Lodge's pool or sauna. 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/4th Day Safari Choices & Aurora Hunting

after a breakfast fit for a President (geddit?) choose how you safari in this equisitly remote setting: by snow shoe, cross country or downhill ski, snowmobile, husky or reindeer. In the afternoon warm up your chilled bones in the hotel's pool or sauna before another Arctic Feast. Your daily safari choice is a bespoke arrangement which you can either arrange before departure or once at the hotel.

4th/5th 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
3/4 breakfasts, 3/4 lunches & 3/4 dinners
1 Guided Northern Lights search 
2/3 Safari activities of your choice

Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily November 1st - April 30th (FIN01)
Guide £2945*
per adult
LHR HEL 1020 1515 HEL IVL 1635 1805 IVL HEL 1305 1435 HEL LHR 1600 1710
LGW IVL1225 1755 IVL 0620 0800 (Thurs) 0925 1455  0930 1110 Sun)
*Guide price is for a 3 night stay  based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable 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.

Javri Lodge Safaris | Snowshoeing | ScanAdventures
Javri Lodge Safaris | Snowmobiling | ScanAdventures
Javri Lodge Safaris | Arctic al Fresco lunch | Holidays to Lapland
Javri Lodge Safaris | Downhill skiing |  Holidays to Lapland

Javri Safaris

Our ultimate bespoke safari arrangement: just pick which safari you like the sound of and we'll do the rest. Snowshoeing: Enjoy a daylight guided snow shoe walk in the stunning fells of the Urho Kekkonen National Park or by night on a search for the Northern Lights. Dog-sledding: Mush your own team of dogs through pristine white landscapes, swapping drivers half way. Snowmobiling: Rev up and explore the winter landscapes by snow mobile. Reindeer sledding: Visit a Sami reindeer herder's reindeer corral, enjoy a gentle sled ride through the forest and listen to the 'sound of silence'. Ice-fishing: Travel out to a secluded  frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice, lower your fishing lure and with luck a trout will bite. Cross country skiing: Learn the basics of Nordic skiing with your local guide and follow marked forest trails. Horse riding: Let the steady gait of a Finnish horse take you through the deep snow wilderness and silent  forest. Downhill skiing & Snowboarding: have tuition to your standard and ski the local ski-resort with its 15 slopes ranging from half pipe to black. Combi Safaris: you can combine Ice Fishing with either Husky mushing or Snowmobiling for a 4 hour safari including an arctic al fresco lunch. 2 hour safaris are included free, gratis and for nothing on the basis of one per night's stay. For example, on 4 Day stay you can choose 4 x 2 hour safaris; 1 4 hour & 2 x 2 hour ones, or 4 x 2 hour ones; all include thermal clothing, any necessary equipment, transfers if required, English speaking guidance & tuition. Sole use of snowmobile & husky team available for 50 EURpp. Private safaris and/or additional ones similarly available for 200 EURpp. 

Arctic al Fresco lunch at Javri Lodge | Finnish Lapland

  • 4 Days in the Luxury Javri Lodge
  • Direct Flights from Gatwick
  • Food to Die For by award winning Chef.
  • Bespoke Safari Programme
  • Guide Price £2945 pp