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LWM001 - Lapland Winter Magic

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?

Äkäslompolo - Village of seven fells is 200 kms above the Arctic Circle and offers wide range of outdoor experiences in unique environment. This beautiful small village is your home for the week; shop with the locals, feed reindeers outside the supermarket afterwards and then have hot chocolates in the cafe on your way back to your cabin.

You will stay in cosy log cabins, each with their own fireplace and sauna. Enjoy great local food and join in some exhilarating winter activities like husky & reindeer sledding, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

You will visit a Lapp Village where the day is spent enjoying winter activities. The highlight of the day is when each family receives an invite for a private visit to Santa's cabin, travelling through the snowy forest by sleigh.

Please note that the daily program may be slightly different for some departures.

Read here for reviews from families who have travelled at Christmas time with 50 Degrees North.

Highlights

  • Private Santa visit by sleigh to his cabin in the woods
  • 50 Degrees North escort
  • Stay in cosy log cabins, each with their own fireplace and sauna
  • Dine in great local restaurants and join some exhilarating winter activities like husky & reindeer sledding, ice fishing and snowmobiling

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Airport transfers on day 1 & 6 (for scheduled flights to and from Kittilä)
  • 5 nights' accommodation in your private log cabin
  • 1 set of linen & towels per person for the 5 nights
  • final cleaning for cabin
  • 3 x lunch during your activities (husky safari does not include lunch)
  • 5 x dinners
  • Winter clothing hire: Overall, boots, balaclava (for snowmobile rides when helmets are necessary) & mittens
  • All activities as per itinerary including: visit to a reindeer farm incl. reindeer sleigh ride, husky safari (2 adults per sleigh, children in guide's sleigh), icefishing safari by snowmobiles (2 adults per snowmobile, children in guide's sled), private family visit to Santa's cabin by sleigh with snow activities (tandem skiing, snowshoe walking, kick sledding, tobogganing and children's snowmobiling), making Christmas decorations and decorating gingerbread. These activities can vary depending on the weather conditions.
  • 50 Degrees North Representative on hand.
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $12,509
Start Location
Kittilä, Scandinavia
End Location
Kittilä, Scandinavia
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Family, Polar
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
17 Dec 201922 Dec 2019Limited availabilityAUD $12,509
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland, transfer to Äkäslompolo village and build your first snowman

Transfer from Kittilä airport to Äkäslompolo village. In the late afternoon go for a walk to the supermarket where you will be able to purchase breakfast supplies for your cabin. Be sure to bring the sled with you to the supermarket. You will then be able to enjoy breakfast in your cabin each day before you have to put on your winter clothing.

Free time for relaxing in your log cabin: settle in, turn on your sauna and watch the children make their first snow angel. You have kick sledges, snowshs and cross-country skis at your disposal which you will recieve when you get the rest of the warm winter clothing. You can cross country ski from just outside your door - many of the local tracks have lights. There is also a easy tobogganning run in the centre of town.

In the evening dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Dogsledding 10km long safari

Today we will meet our doggy friends, the huskies. Bus transfer to a nearby husky farm where we are greeted by a bunch of friendly barking and yapping dogs, eager to get going! After a very important safety briefing, children will be placed in the guides’ sleighs and the parents will share a dog team. And off we go mushing through the snowy forest!

Drive through snow-covered forests and over open plains. In this safari, snowmobiles are not used, the guides will also ride the Husky sledges. Driver can be changed in the half way of the safari.

Please note children under 6 are unable to ride the sledges.

Day 3 - Day with Reindeers

Get to know this semi-domestic animal and learn about reindeer breeding – the
most traditional of the livelihoods in the northern regions of Finland and Sweden!
Reindeer herder Sami and his family present history and today’s everyday life as
a reindeer farmers and will tell us about reindeer hearding. On your visit you will
get close to the animals and also have the possibility to feed them. The reindeers
eat the lichens and birch leaves out of your hand. You may even pet the tamer
animals. You can warm up and enjoy coffee, cookies & bun and grilled reindeer
sausages in a teepee hut. We will also try to discover the secret of throwing a
lasso and have a chance to experience a 1 km reindeer sled ride.

Soup lunch with filled sandwiches will be served in a cosy restaurant in
Äkäslompolo Village after the excursion.

In the evening dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Visiting Santa in Elämänluukku

Today you will visit Santa in Elämänluukku in a secret forest. When we arrive to a small Lapp Village, you are greeted by an old shaman who will give you the 'crossing the Arctic circle' ceremony. Outside there is plenty of different snow fun activities - tandem skiing, snowsh walking, kick sledging, tobogganing and children's snowmobiling. Make gingerbread cookies and Christmas decorations in Elämänluukku, where the lunch is also served.

Your family will receive an invite from Santa with your scheduled time for a visit. Visit to Santa starts with a short snowmobile sleigh ride, followed by a short reindeer ride.
Santa's cabin is in the forest and secluded and each family is guaranteed private
audience. Santa reads children's letters and each child receives soft toy as a gift
from Santa.

Day 5 - Ice Fishing Safari & Snowmobiling

Today we will have a go at ice fishing and snowmobiling. After a snowmobile drive to a frozen lake you get to experience the traditional way of winter fishing – through a hole in the ice. We will enjoy wilderness lunch, and hopefully you'll be lucky enough to catch your own fish.

Rest of the afternoon free: curl up by the fire with your favourite book and enjoy the view of the winter paradise outside, or take a toboggan or snowshs and head outside.

It is our last night in Lapland. Enjoy a farewell dinner, share stories and say goodbye to our new friends.

Please note: Minimum age to participate snowmobile safari is 4 years. All the children
4-14 years old will travel in the sleigh. All drivers have to show valid
driving licence before the safari.

Restaurants we use during this tour include Restaurant Poro. On the outskirts of Äkäslompolo village, at the feet of Ylläs fell, this renewed Restaurant Poro welcomes you with gourmet local cuisine filled with genuine Lapland culture. Their kitchen's creations are based on reindeer meat and other local dishes. In addition, their à la carte menu covers a wide variety of other unique northern nature's treats.

Day 6 - Good Bye Lapland

After breakfast, transfer to Kittilä airport. Ask us about downhill skiing in near by resort, Levi.