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Reindeer Sledding up a fjell in Utsjoki with ScanAdventures

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An 8 Day holiday snow safariing from Utsjoki , the remote eponymously named village in Finnish Lapland's northernmost 'Kunta' (pop 1,200) which stretches across vast open fjells, wilderness lakes and river valleys to the Teno river formng the border with Norway. You'll stay with Henry Valle & his family snow shoeing, cross country skiing, reindeer sledding, ice fishing and cross the border to go husky mushing. You'll live the life of the Sami, learn to read animal snow tracks & immerse yourself in Sami culture (more than half of Utsjoki's population are Sami). And of course search for the Northern Lights in this vast, arctic desert wilderness where all you can hear is the sound of the wind winding its way along the valleys and up through the trees.

Northern Lights over Valle Cabin in Utsjoki | Finland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Living room in main house in Valle Cabin Village | ScanAdventures
Kitchen/Living area of Valle Cabin in Utsjoki | Holidays to Finland
Bedroom in Valle Cabin in Utsjoki | Finland Holidays

Valle Holiday Cabin Village

The Valle Holiday Village is owner driven by Henry Valle and his family by the Teno River about 2km from the village centre. The village has a small hotel proper and cabins overllooking the river. Deatnu has twin & double rooms some of which are interconnectable and all come with twin/double 90 cm beds, television, hair dryer and electric kettle. The 5 wood cabins each a short step from the main hospitality building which houses the reception area and a Lappish styled restaurant overlooking the river and the distant Norwegian fjells. Each cabin has two twin bedded bedrooms, a kitchenette/living room area with open log wood fire, sauna and shower/WC.

1st Day UK- Lapland

Fly with Finnair via Helsinki to Ivalo in Finnish Lapland. Transfer to Utsjoki (170 km/2 hours). Meet your Sami host on arrival and check in to your cabin or hotel room. Dinner in Deatnu, the hotel's restaurant overlooking the river & Norwegian (sic) fjells during which your host will run through the coming days' programme.

2nd Day Snow Fun

After breakfast your guide will sort out your thermal clothing before you set off to master the arts of snow shoeing and cross country skii-ing. Once you have grasped the basic techniques you'll set off in Bear Grylls mode learning how to spot animals, read their tracks, make and light a fire in the traditional Sami manner around which you take sooty coffee. Depending on the season you might also have a chance to learn a centuries old method of fishing for burbot (sic) whose roe whilst not quite of caviar rank is certainly pretty epic. After an Arctic Al Fresco lunch return to the Valle village. Dinner in restaurant Deatnu followed by a guided walk in search of the Northern Lights.

3rd Day Reindeer Safari

Today is, if you like, the Day of the Reindeer the animal at the heart of the Sami's traditional existence and culture. After breakfast walk to the nearby reindeer 'fence' line' of your host Erik Valle's corral. Erik is a 6th generation herder and either he or another herder will introduce you to his reindeer, take you for a short sled ride, tell you of the life & times of the Sami and the changing practices in animmal husbandary over the years and warm you up with sooty coffee. Lunch is back at the restaurant Deatnu with the afternoon to do with as you please. Dinner in Deatnu with an optional Northern Lights tour (supplement payable).

4th Day Husky Safari

After breakfast transfer to Dag Broch's husky kennels in the Tana valley on the Norwegian side of the Teno river. Dag, an occasional contestant in the 1000km Finnmarksløpet dog race, is a true musher with an evident love for his 30 plus dogs. Your musher for the day will show you how to balance on the sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team and 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. Mush two to a sled for 2 hours through the beautiful winter fell landscape with only the sound of the winding around the fjells and the dog's breath to break the silence. After take an Arctic al fresco snack and sooty coffee around an open fire before returing to returning to Utsjoki. Dinner that evening in Deatnu.

5th/7th Days Design Your Own Adventures

After breakfast you can either watch the days go by (days being pretty brief in winter!); forest ski, journey to Varangerfjord & Nesseby Fishing Village; snow shoe or hike. In the evening of your final day gather around an open fire in a traditional Kota for a valedictory supper.

8th Day Lapland - UK

Breakfast before transferring to Ivalo for your return flight to the UK. Be aware that the direct return flight to the UK leaves at 06.00.

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 airport/hotel transfers
7 nights accommodation in hotel room or cabin.
7 Buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 suppers including some 'Arctic Al Fresco' meals according to itinerary
Guided Northern Lights Walk (2 hours)
Snow Fun day including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing,fire making & Sami Culture
Reindeer encampment visit & safari (2 hours)
Husky safari (4 hour programme/2 hours on safari) 

Departure Dates & Prices:

Sundays November 21st to December 12th. January 8th to April 7th 2018 
Guide prices are in part 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.

Safaris included or available on request

Ice Fishing by Utsjoki | Lapland Holidays by ScanAdventures

  • Unique Sami Village& Community
  • Finnish Lapland's Northernmost point 
  • Home style Full Board
  • Choice of hotel or Cabin
  • Reindeer sledding & Husky Mushing
  • Guide Price £1995pp