Authentic Christmas in Lapland

Imagine a faraway, untouched place, where at night the sky is tinged with wonderful colours and the legend of the spirits communicating from the over world echo in the words of the local people: that place does exist: it is called Lapland!

Set off with LappOne-The five senses of Lapland to experience unique and unforgettable emotions in the pristine valley of the Tornio River, on the border between Swedish and Finnish Lapland, in a land untouched by mass tourism, rich in culture, history, traditions and wonderful landscapes.
This tour is designed for those who want to experience the atmosphere of authentic Christmas in Lapland off the beaten track, in a history-rich area surrounded by rustic comfort and genuine hospitality.

Overview

  • Meals: full board: continental buffet breakfast, light snack and dinner are included every da
  • Activities: husky, reindeer, day on ice, sauna and hot tub, fishermen village visit, snowmobile safari, Christmas tree
  • Difficulty: suitable for everyone, including children, in normal physical shape and without walking impairments
  • Climate: arctic, ranging from cold and humid to very cold and dry. Temperature extremes: 0oC to -30oC
  • Winter gear: included, available through the whole tour
  • Transfer: private VIP minibus or vehicle with dedicated driver
  • Tour leader: English-speaking
  • Distance covered: around 600 km
  • Countries: Finland – Sweden
  • Arrival and departure airport: Kemi-Tornio (KEM), Finland (transfer to/from the airport: 1h) or Luleå (LLA), Sweden (transfer 1h30)

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Lapland

Arrival at the Luleå (LLA) airport. We will welcome you personally with a sign and transfer in a private vehicle to your cottage, located in Kukkola on the Tornio River shore. During the tour you will stay in hotel rooms or cottages located in the Kukkolaforsen complex, handled with energy and passion by Johannah and Matias. Every cottage has two twin rooms, common WC/shower, a small kitchenette and a living room. Hotel rooms have their own private bathroom and a terrace with river view.
Upon arrival, a welcome dinner will be served in a stylish, rustic restaurant with breathtaking view on the river rapids. You will talk to your tour leader and learn all about the place and the travel programme. After you settle down, given the right weather conditions we’ll have our first aurora hunt in the surroundings of the cottage.
Throughout the whole stay, you will be able to use our arctic gear, including overall, boots and socks. Please bring your own hat and gloves.

Day 2
Xmas Tree and Santa

After a buffet breakfast, it’s time to fetch and decorate our Christmas tree. We will wear snowshoes and walk through the wood until we find a suitable tree! During the walk, we will learn to recognize the tree types that grow in this area – many more than you think! We will then cut the tree and bring it to the cottage, where we can decorate it.
All this happens during the fantastic Midday dawn: in this period the sun never entirely sets above the horizon which makes for fantastic light conditions that last many hours across midday: a photographer’s heaven!
Later on, we will be able to have sauna and later on we wait for Santa Claus in front of a great buffet dinner, made with local ingredients and recipes. In case you have been good, Santa will knock on your door and bring your presents – a fantastic experience for all ages! After Santa leaves back to his home in the depth of the Lappish forest, we’ll get time to observe Northern Lights again, given the right conditions.

Day 3
Snowmobile ride and heritage traditions

After breakfast, we take part in a 2-3h snowmobile safari across the unspoiled forest of the Heart of Lapland. The safari includes a break where you can switch drivers and take pictures while you enjoy a warm drink.
The trip ends at the museum village of Kukkola, where you can take part in an old ritual of bread baking around the fire. We will tell you all about the origins of this traditions, after which you can bake and eat your own bread loaf! A delicious dressing will complement your snack.
Afterwards, we will take you to a tour in the museum village, where you will learn all about the fascinating history of this place. The small but fascinating fish museum allows us to learn how fishermen have thrived along Europe’s best fishing river.
A typical dinner is served in the wonderful sauna overlooking the longest rapids of the Nordics. A hot tub will be available for you to enjoy. Sauna will be on and we guess you will linger many hours in the fantastic setting, looking up every now and then to spot the Northern Lights. You are free to return to your room (walking distance) whenever you want.

Day 4
Arctic Landscapes and Shamanic rituals

After breakfast, we transfer to Juoksenki (1h), where we will cross the Arctic Circle and take a group picture. On the way up, we stop to admire the wooden church of Hietaniemi, a real gem in its kind.
We then move back to Matarenki, where we visit a woodcraft workshop. The Korkeaniemi family welcomes us to their shop and lets us take part in the making of a souvenir (in this case, a typical wooden cup called kuksa). The cup will stay yours for life. We will have time for a quick visit to the marvelous 17th century wooden church.
We then drive down to Korpikylä, where we prepare to meet our shaman. Ryshaya Vetma will gather us around the fire and will convey the message that comes from deep inside us. The experience is intense, and a great way to crown your Lapland stay. Dinner is served in the Hulkoffgården mansion, where you’ll taste locally grown organic beef in a traditional recipe – likely the best meat of your life! We then go back to Kukkola (30m drive) and look for the Northern Lights.

Day 5
Goodbye Lapland

Transfer to the airport, end of the tour.

Day 6
Optional day: husky safari

After a hearty buffet breakfast, we reach Honkamaa (1h30) for a Siberian husky sled safari. A fantastic experience amidst untouched wilderness, surrounded by the world’s sweetest dogs. Upon arrival we meet the musher and her staff. The dogs howl and get excited when they see you: don’t worry, as they are only impatient to get started! After a short security briefing, we start a fairy-tale journey in the middle of the old forest that surrounds our farm. The safari typically covers around 5-8 km, depending on snow and ice condition and temperature (dogs perform better with low temperatures). At the end, we gather in the warm kota where you enjoy a hot drink and can talk about life in the Arctic.
A typical dinner is served at the husky farm, followed by a fabulous opportunity to hunt for Northern Lights in the vicinity of the kennel. The remote location of the kennel makes for a unique experience.
Evening transfer (1h30) back to your hotel.

PRICES

  • Adults: €1590
  • Children 4-11 €990
  • Children 0-3 in additional bed: free of charge

WITH EXTRA NIGHT (HUSKY SAFARI)

  • Adults: €1990
  • Children 4-11 €1290
  • Children 0-3 in additional bed: free of charge

SUPPLEMENTS

  • Single room: €190
  • Cottage with own WC/shower/sauna and exclusive entrance (2-4 people): €100 per person

 

The tour is suitable for people of all ages. Children up to 3 years old travel free of charge.
Supplement for optional day: €490 (adults), €390 (children)

Supplement for transfer to/from Oulu, Rovaniemi airports: €50 per person each way (min 4 people)

What's included and what's not

What's included

  • Accommodation as described
  • All listed meals, including water, coffee and tea
  • All listed activities
  • All transfer in private vehicle
  • Entrance tickets for included activities
  • Rental of arctic clothes (boots, overall, socks) for the duration of the tour
  • English-speaking tour leader

What's not included

  • Return flights from your home airport
  • Airport tax
  • Compulsory travel insurance
  • Snowmobile (optional activity: €190 adults, €90 children)
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Extras (souvenirs, etc.)
  • Everything that is not explicitly mentioned in the tour program

Information

Northern Lights?

Northern lights are unpredictable natural phenomenon, and In spite of our experience we cannot guarantee that you will be able to observe them. However, we will do our best so that the observation chances are greatest. Our photography guides will assist you throughout your stay so as to get the best shots in every situation.

Photos?

should you wish to take pictures, we recommend a reflex or last-generation mirrorless camera, a wide angle lens (under 30 mm) supporting aperture f2.8 or lower, a tripod and a rucksack for easy transportation of your photo equipment.

Weather?

Please note: activities can be swapped, shortened or cancelled due to weather conditions. In the unlikely case of activity cancellation we will do our best to replace the cancelled activity with another one of similar value. No refund will be due in any case due to weather.

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Authentic Christmas in Lapland

Trip Facts

  • Throughout December 2020, guaranteed departures: 3, 10, 17, 22 December 2020
  • Starting from €1390

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