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7 days - Private Log Cabin | Village Stay | Authentic Activities

Would you like to spend your next holiday in Lapland in a snow-covered village where streetlights are turned off in the afternoon so that you can see the Northern Lights?

The village of Äkäslompolo is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, deep in Finnish Lapland surrounded by the peaceful old forests of the Pallas-Ylläs Nature Park. This beautiful small village is your home for the week; shop with the locals, feed reindeers outside the supermarket afterwards and then pop to the pub or the cafe on your way back to your cabin.

You will stay in cosy log cabins, each with their own fireplace and sauna. Enjoy getting to know the locals and join in some exhilarating winter activities like husky & reindeer sledding, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Day 1
Arrive to the Kittilä airport and transfer to your log cabin
Day 2
Ice Fishing Safari with snowmobiles
Day 3
Day at a Reindeer Farm, meeting local Sami and sleigh ride through the forest
Day 4
Free day to souvenir shop, go skiing or enjoy your cabin
Day 5
Half day husky safari in the northern wilderness
Day 6
Free day to enjoy cross country skiing or head off downhill skiing
Day 7
Departure day
Start/End Place
Kittilä, Finland
Country Visited
Finland
Duration
7 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Code
LCM001

Details

Transportation

Bus transfers, snowmobiles & sleighs

Included
  • Airport transfers on day 1 & 7 (for scheduled flights to and from Kittilä)
  • 6 nights' accommodation in your private log cabin with kitchen
  • 1 set of linen & towels per person for the 6 nights
  • Final cleaning for cabin
  • Light lunch during your activities
  • Winter clothing hire: Overall, boots, balaclava, mittens
  • All activities as per itinerary including: visit to a reindeer farm incl. reindeer sleigh ride, half day husky safari  (2 adults per sleigh, children in guide's sleigh), icefishing safari by snowmobiles (2 adults per snowmobile, children in guide's sled). These activities can vary depending on the options available and weather conditions.
Not Included

Flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and any other items of personal nature. The majority of the cabins don't have Wi-Fi but you can arrange hot spotting in the cabins where possible.

You can will be able to purchase food and alcohol supplies at the local supermarket and that way you can enjoy meals in the comfort of your own cabin together with your family. There are lots of different dining options in Äkäslompolo, varying from fine dining, casual meals and buffets.

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from Kittilä airport to Äkäslompolo village. After you have your winter clothing and hired equipment, take a walk to the supermarket where you will be able to purchase supplies for your cabin.

Free time for relaxing in your cabin: light the fire, make a cup of tea and make your first snowman. You can hire kick sledges, snowshoes, fatbikes and cross country skis locally.

Enjoy your first evening in Lapland. With no light pollution and no noise you can truly feel the beauty of the Arctic night, admire the night sky and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Hear the silence of the wilderness and breathe in the cleanest air in Europe. Any clear night, grab a blanket and something warm to drink, sled or walk down to the lake and watch for the Northern Lights.

Accommodation
Log cabin with kitchen including dishwasher, oven, microwave and plenty of kitchen implements.
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 2

After a snowmobile drive to a frozen lake you get to experience the traditional way of winter fishing – through a hole in the ice. You may also see how fishing with a net is done. During the safari guide will serve you a soup lunch. If you will be lucky enough to catch your own fish, you can keep it if you wish, and maybe cook a delicious dinner after the safari! It will be a relaxing day of learning the secrets of ice fishing.

Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 3

Reindeer herder Sami and his family present today’s everyday life on a reindeer farm and the history. On your visit to the farm you will get close to the animals and also have the possibility to feed them. The reindeer eat the lichens and birch leaves out of your hand. You may even pet the tamer animals. You can warm up a in the hut or the lean-to shelter where we offer real campfire coffee and cookies. We will also try to discover the secret of throwing a lasso.

The visit to the reindeer farm includes also a ride in a sled. The 1 kilometre long trail takes you through snowy forest. The sleds will be drawn by formula reindeer but also the slower kind. To round up the outing we will visit the reindeer gallery, which is a museum as well as an art gallery. Sami’s oldest building is over 200 years old, an old wood heated log cabin, where old tools, furniture and clothes are displayed. The matron Marjut has decorated the walls with reindeer themed watercolor paintings. Souvenirs, made on site, made reindeer antlers and reindeer hides can be bought from the gallery. Soup lunch included (reindeer soup, of course)!

Meals
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 4

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and spend the day relaxing in your cabin or outside. There is plenty of options here in Äkäslompolo; souvenir shopping, visiting the petting zoo, saying hello to the reindeers at the supermarket or enjoying the sauna and fireplace in your cabin.

Further afield, you can also visit the Lainio Snow Village or take a day trip into Levi to go ice karting.

Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 5

Enjoy a half day husky safari in the northern wilderness. Mush your own team of Alaskan huskies through the snowy landscape. When you come to Husky Ranch Lapland you will be greeted by your guide and the other owner of the ranch, Juho. After driving instructions you are ready to meet your team of well-trained Alaskan huskies! You will follow the guide one after another, you are all driving your own sleds pulled by 3-4 dogs. The trail heads first south of the Kurtakko village, you take a peek at Europe’s biggest wetland Teuravuoma and then you start heading east to old taiga forests. At the halfway point it’s time to take a good break. The dogs get their halfway price first – frozen meet snacks! After this you will be served hot drinks and grilled sausages by an open fire! When the break is over its time to head back to the kennel along a scenic route. After the safari you will have plenty of time to say goodbye to your eager team mates. Before heading back to the resort there is still time for a cup of hot chocolate at the Ranch!

This safari is available only with shared husky sledges. 4-4,5 hours / 25 km dog sledding

Meals
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 6

Today is a free day to enjoy cross country skiing or head off downhill skiing. The cross country skiing tracks criss cross the village and you can basically head off in any direction. You can get lessons locally. Down hill skiing is possible in Ylläs.

Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Kittilä airport. Depending on your flight, you might have a chance to visit Levi, a larger town in the region which offers interesting options such as ice go karting, horse riding & snow laser tag.

Ask us how to combine this tour with a visit to Tromsø, Norway.

Dates & Prices

Price per person

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
10 Dec 2017
17 Dec 2017
10 Dec 2017
17 Dec 2017
USD 2,142
On request
Standard
6 Jan 2018
14 Apr 2018
6 Jan 2018
14 Apr 2018
USD 2,142
On request
Standard

Important Information

  • To steer a husky team you need to be 18 years old.
  • To drive a snowmobile you need to have a valid driver's license. Please, remember to bring it with you.
  • Snowmobile safari organisers have insurance. In case of accident you personal liability is max EUR 500 per accident case.

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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/

Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter

Recommended Scandinavian Winter Tour Packing List:

  • Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
  • Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
  • Warm windproof cap/hat
  • Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
  • Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
  • Warm scarf
  • 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
  • 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
  • Woollen or fleece trousers
  • 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
  • Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
  • Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
  • Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
  • Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
  • Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand warmers
  • Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
  • Travel documents (including insurance)
  • Photo ID
  • Note book and pencil
  • Camera, memory cards and charger
  • Chargers for other gadgets
  • Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
  • Adapters

Walking on Ice advice

Travelling with young children

Holidaying in the Scandinavia with Younger Children

Here are some suggestions and tips from our staff who have kids themselves, for travelling in Scandinavia with younger children. We hope that you will find this advice helpful and be sure to ask us for more information before travelling as our staff have all grown up in Scandinavia.

In general, Scandinavia and Finland are very child-friendly destinations and if you have any special requests or questions while here, please contact the staff at your hotel immediately. Almost all restaurants can be considered child-friendly with baby chairs and sometimes also drawing utensils, books or toys, and when using public transport, Scandinavia offers some great support for families with younger children. Baby changing tables in public toilets, play equipment and play rooms at airport terminals and family wagons in trains with playing area for the little ones are common place.

Arriving and Jetlag

When possible, we suggest arriving to Scandinavia or Finland a day or two earlier before your holiday program begins so that your younger children can adjust to the time zone. Young children arriving from the Southern Hemisphere generally wake up at around 4 - 5am for the first few mornings before they get accustomed to the new time zone. Be sure to have breakfast provisions ready for this, as it is unusual for anything to be provided from the hotel at this early hour. We suggest bringing packages of the child's favourite breakfast cereal from home plus tea bags etc. to help in those first few days. Likewise, quiet entertainment for those early hours might be a good idea as well.

Bedding and Room Arrangements

Hotel rooms in Scandinavia more likely than not, only have twin beds pushed together to make a double if required. The spare children's beds are often foldout beds. Generally, it is easy to arrange at reception for the cots but be sure to ask for help if something doesn't seem right. We were provided a cot without a mattress once - very uncomfortable indeed if we hadn't chased that up!

Also, in Scandinavia it is not common practise to have tea or coffee provided in the room, and even if there is a kettle, there might be nothing else. We suggest travelling with a small supply of your own tea bags/coffee, and asking directly at reception for a kettle on arrival. Scandinavia Winter

Meal times

Feeding your children adequately is probably the hardest thing to do on an arranged holiday - kids are out of wack with jetlag, fussy and hungry for their own comfort food. When hotels and packages provide set times for meals and buffets, it is important to come prepared.

It is handy to take a small cooler bag already from home filled with snacks, utensils and fresh food. From the breakfast buffets it is usually acceptable to take a small amount of fresh food such as boiled eggs, rolls and fruit for morning and afternoon tea for the little ones.

We would also suggest that you give your kids a taste of what’s to come before their holiday on some foods that they are likely to get in Scandinavia. Meatballs, European flavoured sausages, soups & then treats like cinnamon buns and waffles are typical children's menu items. Cinnamon is a very common flavour used in Scandinavia and Finland.

If you are part of an arranged program, be sure to ask at reception if you need anything in particular. The hotel staff will be more than happy to warm up baby food and organise more snacks or fruit.

Choosing your optional activities

We recommend seeking all available information from the reception or activity provider when considering what optional activities will suit your younger children. These activities can be cold and involve a transfer a certain distance from the hotel. If you are uncertain why the activity is being run at a particular time, please ask for clarification as there is often a reason that you might be unfamiliar with. We all know as parents that children generally perform better earlier in the day than later, however, the activity providers might have a safety, logistic or climate reason for picking a certain time.

In Scandinavia, it is often left up to the parents to make decisions about age limits and suitability (unlike other regions where everything is stipulated) so be sure to ask reception or other guests who have done the activity for further advice.

We usually don't recommend winter activities, such as longer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and late evening Aurora Hunts to children under the age 4-5. This of course depends very much on a child as every child is different, but for younger children we recommend shorter excursions as it can get very cold sitting still in a sled. Some operators also do not take children under the age of 5 on their tours, so please ask us specifically before travelling about these limitations.

Protection against the cold

This is going to make or break your holiday in Scandinavia in the winter. Be sure to refer to our comprehensive packing list provided in your pre-departure information and be on the look out for the best protection for your children in the cold. Winter is great time for kids to play outside and snow-based activities will keep the young ones entertained for hours as long as they have appropriate clothing.

Extra (non-cotton) layers that can be added or taken away when needed, heat warmers and slip on crampons for the older children are recommended. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves, and extra pair of mittens will come in handy after building a snowman or two. A balaclava type of hat that covers both the neck and ears and which can also protect part of child’s face if needed, is also great under a warm and windproof beanie.Winter fun in Scandinavia

The base-layer next to skin should be either wool or synthetic blend, never cotton. With perspiration cotton turns quickly damp and then cold, no matter what other warmer clothing items are layered on top of it.

Many of the hotels and activity providers also do offer warm outer clothing for hire, but if traveling with small kids, please do check beforehand that correct sizes are available.

Packing extras
  • Heat warmer pads for inside gloves and boots. Please note that these should not be used directly against the skin, hence for hands, you will need to use the pads in between the two pairs of gloves/mittens recommended in our packing list
  • Good boots and warm woolly socks for your little ones
  • Bags & suitcases that can easily be carried by one parent if the other is carrying children. Many of us use Trunkies for our travels so that our kids can sit on them, or sometimes the kids can pull the cases themselves. If your child is small enough to be carried, we highly recommend a baby or toddler carrier that leaves your hands free for handling the luggage.
  • Provisions for the first day or two whether it is snacks, nappies or fruit drinks.
  • Books, drawing pencils or other tranquil inside activity and your child’s favourite teddy!