Finland is a captivating destination with stunning landscapes and a welcoming and unique culture. Explore the untouched wilderness, Aurora Borealis, huskies, absolute tranquility and more while in Ivalo. End your trip in beautiful Helsinki where you can enjoy the best of both worlds- the perfect combination of outdoors and urban, laidback and exciting. Pack your bags and get ready for a trip of a lifetime in the happiest country in the world!
Welcome to Finland! Upon arrival at the Ivalo Airport, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit Customs. From the airport you will board a shuttle transfer to your accommodations. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy in this Northern paradise.
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20 kilometers south of Lake Inari. A small town of 3000 people, it is a hub for transport to the ski resorts and outdoor adventures of Finnish Lapland! The Inari area offers unforgettable experiences in nature combined with a firsthand introduction to Sámi culture and traditions. It also one of the best regions to view the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Drive along beautiful landscapes formed by the small lakes and the great Lake Inari as you head to today's adventure. Your guide will tell you stories about Lapland as you approach the Sámi museum Siida. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum, learning about Sámi culture. The museum displays the original way of life of the Sámi people, as well as the Lappish wilderness with its six seasons of the year. This is an exciting day to see and hear about the Lappish way of living! Afterwards, you will have time to have a lovely lunch or go souvenir-shopping if you'd like.
Duration: 1 hour
This evening, your private driver will pick you up at your accommodation to begin your hunt for the Northern Lights! With the local forecast checked and years of experience under their belt, your guide- a professional Aurora Hunter, will drive you to the clearest areas with the best chances of spotting the aurora. As you spend time on your hunt for the magical lights, your guide will share exciting stories. Enjoy hot drinks and a snack during this incredible adventure.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Today, your husky musher will pick you up from the Aurora Village reception and take you to the nearby husky farm! You will get to greet the dogs and learn the about the life of these incredible Alaskan Huskies. A team of huskies will then take you on an exciting 20-minute ride on a customized summer wagon. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious coffee in a traditional wooden Kota-building at the husky farm.
Duration: 1 hour
Experience a different perspective and enjoy the serenity and stillness of the wild from the saddle! Calm and friendly Finnish horses, living national treasures, will carry you safely through the woods. Make long-lasting memories while exploring exciting trails and breathtaking scenery- breathe in clean air and let your senses be filled with the purity of arctic nature. After the ride, wind down with tasty refreshments.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Included: Winter clothes, transfers and guide
Today, unwind and detox like a true Finn in a sauna. Aurora Village's modern glass roof sauna brings a new dimension to your sauna experience. Admire the surrounding beautiful nature in comfort. Afterwards, enjoy the heat of the outdoor jacuzzi on the scenic terrace. This is the perfect way to relax after days of activities! (This service is on a private basis.)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Includes: Towels, tap water
Become one with nature in the UKK National Park! From Aurora Village, you will travel to Saariselkä by minibus. Once arrived, you will hike up to the fell region of Urho Kekkonen National Park. This is Finland’s second largest national park, and is comprised of the fell regions of Saariselkä, as well as the forest regions of the northern sections of the municipalities of Savukoski and Salla. This stunning area named Koilliskaira is one of the last true wilderness regions of Western Europe. The National Park works on preserving the native forest, bog and fell countryside. Good outdoor clothes and sturdy footwear are recommended.
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
It's time to say farewell to Ivalo, but the fun continues! After check out, you will be taken to the airport via shuttle in good time for your flight to Helsinki. Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred to your Helsinki accommodations.
The Finnish capital of Helsinki (Helsingfors) is known for its great mixture of neo-classical buildings, orthodox style churches, chic bars and the restaurant scene. Alvar Aalto, a world renowned Finnish architect and designer has contributed to much of the functionalistic architecture in Helsinki that is loved and hated by so many. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city center has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for peaceful and quiet walks. Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back,yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.
Discover the must-sees of charming Helsinki, including the Rock Church and the Old Market Hall on a walking tour of its most famous sights. The Finnish capital is a compact city where the most important sights can easily be explored on foot. As we stroll through the streets and squares of Helsinki you will hear fascinating stories from the city’s past and present and also get suggestions on what to do and where to go during your stay. Senate Square, surrounded by the historical quarters and the iconic Lutheran Cathedral, is the place where the East meets the West- you will become familiar with Finland’s unique position between Sweden and Russia. A walk along the colorful Kauppatori market is an absolute must and entering the Old Market Hall will give you a taste of local delicacies, such as reindeer meat and rye bread. Crossing the Esplanade Past and past Railway Station, one of the main landmarks, we will arrive to another square- Kansalaistori, which showcases the pulse of modern Nordic city. Our walk will continue through the Töölö district to pay a visit to the Rock Church, a Lutheran shrine build inside a solid rock in the 1960’s and the most visited site of Helsinki. We will return to the city center like a local by tram. A panoramic tram ride passes through south Helsinki’s Art Nouveau and diplomatic districts. (This service is on a private basis.)
Duration: 3 hours
Inclusions: Private guide, Public transportation, entry to Rock Church, Market tasting
Exclusions: Additional food and drink
Activity Level: Moderate
Sadly, the time has come for you also to say your goodbyes to Finland. Although you will probably be leaving wanting more, you are sure to be satisfied, impressed and excited by what an adventure it has been. After checking out of your hotel in Helsinki, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the International Airport in good time to board your flight home. (This service is on a private basis.)
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
Millions of stars illuminate the night sky. No noise. No traffic. Only the wilderness. This is Aurora Village. Hundreds of kilometers above the Arctic Circle, in Lapland, the north of Finland. Right on the aurora zone. Aurora Village is a small authentic local accommodation site where you may experience the pure white snow, clean arctic air and meet a pack of reindeer living in the village. Grab a pair of snowshoes and take a calm walk at your own pace in the snowy forests around us and enjoy the silence of nature! The Aurora Village is located in the forests of Inari county in the arctic areas of wild Finnish Lapland. At the Aurora Village you are in the middle of authentic Lappish nature free of the light pollution of the cities and highways to ensure the best possible view for the Northern Lights. The Aurora Cabins offer a fantastic view from the comfort of your bed towards the Northern sky where the Northern Lights most often appear dancing across the sky. Each cabin has a total floorspace of 28sqm and offers a bathroom with shower, a Nespresso machine, kettle, coffee pods/tea bags, hair dryer, fridge, 4G broadband and wifi. The cabins have heated windows to make sure the views to the night sky are clear.
GLO Hotel Kluuvi Helsinki is the perfect base for urban exploration, business travel and urban adventure. Located in the best spot in the Helsinki city center, GLO Hotel Kluuvi is a premium hotel with elegant meeting rooms. GLO Hotel Kluuvi offers sleeping experiences to all tastes in the center of Helsinki. Draw a circle that extends three kilometers out from this centrally-located hotel and you will have included every discovery, wonder and adventure the fascinating city of Helsinki has to offer. The room is equipped with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, and is very suitable for both those travelling on business and those city-break travelers who are staying for slightly longer period of time. Rooms measure 18 square- meters in size and feature down pillows, blackout curtains, 43" flat screen TV, free WiFi, work desk and chair, minibar, kettle, hairdryer, and ironing facilities.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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