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5 days - Independent summer adventure in Finland with lake cruises and midnight hikes

Do you enjoy nature, good hiking routes in front of your newly renovated hotel, silence and honest food? Perhaps a cosy and friendly hotel, long summer nights & then some fly fishing thrown in for good measure?

During this leisurely stay, learn about the different Sami cultures of Finland and enjoy the beautiful nature with lakes and rivers by hiking or cruising on the lakes.

If you are travelling up the Norwegian coast on one of our Hurtigruten voyages, you can easily combine this stay at either side of your voyage.

Day 1
Arrive Ivalo airport and transfer to your traditional hotel
Day 2
Lake Inari Cruise & Midnight Sun Evening walk
Day 3
Sámi cultural day with visit to a Lappish home
Day 4
Husky Farm visit
Day 5
Departure day, transfer to Ivalo airport
Start/End Place
Ivalo, Finland
Country Visited
Finland
Duration
5 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
Code
FDNMSL

Details

Transportation

Private transfers

Included
  • All accommodation in Hotel Kultahovi, Superior room with private sauna
  • Daily breakfast and dinners
  • Visit to the Husky Farm
  • Lake Inari Cruise
  • Sami Handicrafts and 'Meet a local' experience including guide & transfers
  • Midnight Sun 4 hour Hike including tea & coffee and transfers
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
  • 24 hour sunlight
Not Included

International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

Fly fishing, fjord horse riding, additional river and hiking trips can be added to your itinerary.

New for 2016: Admire Lake Inari on board of a seaplane! From the air you can distinguish Ukko Island, Pielpajärvi wilderness area and the beautiful Lake Inari with its over 3300 islands. The flight duration is approximately 10 minutes. Or Fatbiking tour to the Wilderness Church - you can fatbike on forest roads, hiking trails and wetlands with your guide. At Pielpajärvi learn more about this unique destination and enjoy the beautiful surrounding. A tasty snack by the fire will make sure that you have enough energy for the way back!

Itinerary

Day 1

After your arrival to Ivalo airport, transfer to your hotel at Inari.

Your first night is for you leisure, why don’t you try the sauna on your room, go for a walk by the river and rapids or just enjoy the nature and silence.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kultahovi, Superior room with sauna

Day 2

After your breakfast, you will have couple hours to explore the area before your Lake Inari Cruise at 1pm.

You will take a cruise around Lake Inari and Ukko Island. The island was used as a Sami sacrificial site until 19th century. You will also learn little bit about Sami culture and the life in the north. Duration of the cruise 2-3 hours.

Have a rest this afternoon and after dinner get ready for a night hike commencing at 10pm. The midnight sun might keep you awake as it will be full daylight outside all night. With this midnight sun hike, the guide will take you to the top of Otsamo fell, where you can experience breathtaking panoramic views over the surrounding lakes and highlands. The 6km round-trip route is relatively easy but requires good basic physical fitness.

Remember to bring your own water bottles although your guide will offer you coffee or tea and a small snack in the wilderness hut at the summit.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 3

After your breakfast, you will visit Sami Siida museum, here you will learn about Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland.

After your visit in Sami Siida museum, you will get a change to meet and feed a reindeer. You will visit a real Lappish home where you will learn more how essential part reindeers have for Lappish life.

At the Hostesses house, you will find out about the process of how traditional Sámi fur boots are made from reindeer hide and hear a personal and authentic account of what life is really like in the far north.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 4

Today you will visit a husky farm where you will meet 50 Arctic sled dogs, including Siberian Huskies, Greenland dogs and wolf dogs. Every dog has a special story, which the musher will be happy to share with you. Tea and coffee will be provided around the campfire.

Afternoon for your leisure.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Transportation
Husky visit; Duration 2.5 hours including transfers

Day 5

After breakfast, head to the Ivalo airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Please ask modified quote without midnight sun hike if you travelling with children. Single quotes on request.

Important Information

This program starts on either a Monday or Wednesday – it can be modified to another starting day with changes on the order.

Children between 4 - 12 yrs of age, 50% discount for activities. Please ask us for a personal quote for your family. Children under 12 are unable to do the Midnight Sun Evening hike.

This tour is very easily combined with Hurtigruten Voyages or with a Northern Norway summer holiday.

What is the Midnight Sun:

During the summer season above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set for several months. This phenomenon is caused by the tilt in the Earth's axis. This axis is the imaginary line through the planet between the south and the north poles around which it rotates.

As the Earth orbits the Sun, the tilt makes the North Pole face towards the Sun in summer (keeping it in sunlight even as the Earth spins) and away from it in winter (keeping it dark). Hence the continuous sunlight during the summer. Of course, after a dark winter, the flora, the fauna and the people of this region all go a little crazy in the sunshine with a huge 24 hour a day energy burst.

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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/

The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’


The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’ by Ivy Thompson

The Scandinavian term ‘Hygge’ is a word that’s hard to translate - in short ‘hygge’ means coziness. But it’s so much more. Some define ‘hygge’ as enjoying life’s simple pleasures, or the joy of creating a cozy environment.

As a born and bred Norwegian, my personal definition of hygge is the art of enjoying quality time by yourself or with family and friends. Hygge is as simple as the act of curling up under a blanket with a good book on a rainy Sunday. It’s peeling (and eating!) fresh prawns on a pier during bright summer-evenings by the coast with your relatives. Hygge is just as much the shared laughs, coffee and home baked cinnamon scrolls at your friend’s house.

‘Hygge’ brings back a concept we are losing touch with: to live in, and enjoy, the present. This is a balancing-act that Scandinavians are particularly good at: they value their ‘hygge’. Hygge allows us to take time out and create a setting that encourages either quiet reflection or shared conversation. Both are good for the soul. Could ‘hygge’ be part of the reason why Scandinavian countries keep topping the UN’s world-wide ‘Happiness Report’?

Hygge happens in all our very defined Nordic seasons, but is even more special in the cold, dark winter-months of November through to February. Hygge creates the perfect balance with the sometimes harsh environment outside, and the comfortable feeling of being snug and cosy inside after a day spent in the snow.

In my mind (and experience!), hygge often goes hand in hand with a nice bite to eat. Nordic cuisine is simple, tasty and honours local produce and seasonal availability. Make sure you try waffles with sour cream and fresh strawberries, a variety open top sandwiches or smoked and pickled fish as part of your Scandinavian experience- I have no doubt you’ll find it both enjoyable and ‘hyggelig’!

We can’t talk about hygge without mentioning Christmas- the possibly most ‘hyggelig’ (cosiest) time of year in Scandinavia! This is where the epitome of hygge really shines: Christmas is about family, catching up with friends, celebrating the end of another year, food, festivities, candles, open fires and spending time in the countryside (it's common to own a family cabin in the forest or the mountains).


A guide to berries of Scandinavia


Take a Hike: The Berries of Scandinavia by Ivy Thompson

Scandinavian summers are magic. With their long, bright days and midnight sun you have the amazing opportunity to experience Nordic nature at it’s best. What would it taste like if you could bottle some of that magic?

To me, the taste of Scandinavian summer is found in the abundant wild, seasonal berries. They ripen throughout early summer till late autumn and are an important part of Nordic cuisine. Best eaten fresh straight off the bush- but also lovely as jams, jellies, cordial, juice, pies and cakes- or my favourite: sprinkled on top of freshly made waffles.

One of the greatest joys of hiking in Nordic forest and bush-land during the summer-months is without doubt the berry-picking. Like most Scandinavians I’ve enjoyed it since I could barely walk. It's a wonderful way of fuelling long hikes whether you’re going at it hard and fast, or slow and leisurely. Here’s everything you need to know about the delicious berries of Scandinavia:

Wild Strawberries
Season: early June till July

Wild strawberries are tiny but incredibly sweet and flavourful. You’ll be lucky if they last till the end of your hike - these are like nature’s own lollies! In Norway we serve them crushed/ stirred as a sugar-free alternative to traditional jam. It’s amazing topped on anything from buttered toast to pancakes and waffles. Another summer dessert-favourite is simply wild strawberries topped with a dash of cream.

Blueberries
Season: Mid-July till August

Unlike the oversized store-bought, pale-fleshed blueberries we get at the supermarket; Scandinavian blueberries are small and deep purple all the way through. Their low-growing bushes cover entire forest floors during summer. Eager locals get in early to fill their buckets with fresh berries, ready to freeze them for later in the year. Wild Nordic blueberries are tart but more flavourful; they taste absolutely amazing topped with cream and a sprinkle of sugar. They’re also beautiful in a pie or a berry-crumble. Wild blueberries pack a serious antioxidant-punch too; eat till your heart's content.

Raspberries
Season: Mid-July till August

It’s not unusual for us to find wild raspberry-bushes next to a bus-stop or on the side of a quiet residential street. It’s always a pleasant surprise; wild raspberries are tasty although slightly less sweet and smaller than their farmed, store-bought relatives. My kids all love them and eat them up on the spot. These are commonly found growing on the edges of forests and fields.

Lingonberries
Season: Late July till September

If you’ve been to IKEA you’re probably familiar with their meatballs and side of lingonberry-jam. Lingonberries are quite sour and the jam is made with large amounts of sugar to make it more palatable. In Scandinavia you’ll find the homemade jam-varieties are less sweet. Lingonberry-jam offers an amazing balance to rich red-meat dishes such as meatballs, venison-roasts and meatloaf. Don’t knock it till you try!

Gooseberries
Season: Late July till September

Gooseberries tastes similar to kiwi-fruit and look like a small, somewhat hairy grape. They commonly grow in Scandinavian gardens as the bush does well in cooler climates. They might not grow abundantly in the wild but if you see them at a local grocer or on a cafe-menu, give them a go. Gooseberries have a grape-y, floral-like flavour, and taste best when ripe.

Black/ Red currants
Season: Late July till September

Black- and red currants can be quite sour but really makes a dessert, pie, cake or jelly “pop” with their refreshing fruitiness and flavour. Commonly used as a base in both home-made and store-bought cordial-mixes In Scandinavia, currants remind me of the picnics, warm toddies and long summer-nights of childhood. They commonly grow in gardens but you can also find them in the wild in and around residential areas.

Cloudberries
Season: August till September

Cloudberries look like small orange raspberries, and are often called “Mountain Gold” due to their golden skin and expensive price-tag. They grow in mountainous areas spanning from from mid-Norway/ Sweden/ Finland all the way up north towards the Arctic. They are notoriously fussy and a good cloudberry season depends on many, many factors. A typical Norwegian Christmas-dessert is cloudberry whipped cream piped into “krumkaker”; a light, crisp waffle shaped into a cone. Cloudberries are considered a Norwegian delicacy, and if you are lucky enough to come across them during a hike or trek, make sure you try them for yourself.