Lapland under the Midnight Sun – Searching for bears and digging for gold

9 days | 8 nights

This is the ultimate tour to discover Northern Finland during the light summer months when the sun never sets. The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that takes place on and above the Arctic Circle in the summer months. the Midnight Sun period in Rovaniemi lasts for a month, from 6th June to 7th July and for two months in Saariselkä. The legendary Saariselkä is the northernmost travel destination in the European Union and boasts a variety of services. In Inari and other villages in the area, the Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland.

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Minimum number of participants: Two adults.

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Please note that some excursions are not adapted for children. If you travel with children, please contact us for more information about our family programme.

  • Kuusamo Ruka - Photo and copyright Jaakko Tähti - Visit Finland Mediabank
  • Bear Watching - Photo and Copyright - Bear Kuusamo Ltd
  • Finnish Summer - Photo and copyright Harri Tarvainen and Visit Finland Mediabank
  • Ranua Lapland - Photo and copyright Vastavalo Soili Jussila and Visit Finland Mediabank

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Day 1 Arrival at Kuusamo Airport More information
Day 2 Brown Bear Watching More information
Day 3 Cook dinner in a traditional hut More information
Day 4 Kuusamo-Rovaniemi by bus More information
Day 5 Santa Claus Safari including lunch More information
Day 6 Rovaniemi-Saariselkä by bus More information
Day 7 Excursion to Inari including lunch More information
Day 8 Digging for gold

Evening excursion under the midnight sun

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Day 9 Departure from Ivalo airport More information

Included

Transfer from Kuusamo airport to your hotel
Three nights at Wilderness Hotel Kortteeri, incl. breakfast, lunch and dinner
Brown Bear Watching (18:00-24:00)
Cook dinner in a Kota with Sirpi
Transfer to Kuusamo bus station
Bus Kuusamo-Rovaniemi
Transfer from Rovaniemi bus station to your hotel
Two nights at the Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna in the centre of Rovaniemi, incl. breakfast
Santa Claus Safari including lunch (11:00-17:00)
Transfer to Rovaniemi bus station
Bus Rovaniemi-Saariselkä
Three nights at Holiday Club Saariselkä, incl. breakfast and dinner
Access to pool area during the entire stay
Excursion to Inari including lunch (09:30-16:30)
Digging for gold (10:00-14:00)
Evening excursion under the midnight sun (21:30-00:30)
Transfer from your hotel to Ivalo airport.

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Optional

Log cabin at Kuusamo

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Not included

Flights to Kuusamo / from Ivalo
All activitites not mentioned as “Included”

As from 1645 EUR per person.
Minimum number of participants: Two adults.
Please note that some of the excursions are not adapted for young children. If you travel with young children, please contact us for information about our family programme.

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10 June – 31 August 2019

DAY 1

Arrival at Kuusamo Airport

Transfer from the airport to your hotel

Three nights at Wilderness Hotel Kortteeri, incl. breakfast, lunch and dinner

The Wilderness Hotel Kortteeri is situated by the peaceful, clear-water Lake Heikinjärvi, only two kilometres from the Russian border zone, completely surrounded by the quiet of the northern nature.

Possibility to book a log cabin at a supplement

Kuusamo Ruka - Photo and copyright Jaakko Tähti - Visit Finland Mediabank

Bear Watching - Photo and Copyright - Bear Kuusamo Ltd

DAY 2

Brown Bear Watching (18:00-24:00)

Welcome on an experience that will make you feel being a part of the Finnish nature at the Northern-most bear-watching place in Finland. The bears are lured them with delights and decide for themselves whether they will come and say hello or not. It seems that the bears like this place, since there is a 99 % guarantee to see our hairy friends. The bears are a little shy of the camera, but the nimblest photographers can grab a great shot of the bears. Please do not wear any mosquito repellent or any strong perfumes. Even when there is no wind, this will chase away the bears!

DAY 3

Cook dinner in a traditional hut with Sirpi

It is time to learn how to prepare a lovely and tasty meal in a traditional Lappish hut. The secrets of cooking on the open flame are revealed at Helekuta Hut. In the age-old tradition of Kuusamo, salmon and other local fish in season are cooked into a delicious meal. As a starter, we will make a soup or a salad. The main course will be glow-fried salmon and boiled potatoes. For dessert, we will make Poor Knights, a tasty dish of fried white bread served with forest berry jam and whipped cream. This Finnish gourmet meal will be eaten in the warm glow of the Kota fireplace. The meal ends with stories about life in North-East Finland told by your hostesses over a cup of aromatic campfire coffee.

Finnish Summer - Photo and copyright Harri Tarvainen and Visit Finland Mediabank

Ranua Lapland - Photo and copyright Vastavalo Soili Jussila and Visit Finland Mediabank

DAY 4

Transfer to Kuusamo bus station

Bus Kuusamo-Rovaniemi
Departure Kuusamo at 14:10, Arrival Rovaniemi at 17:05
Transfer from Rovaniemi bus station to your hotel
Two nights at the Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna in the centre of Rovaniemi, incl. breakfast

DAY 5

Santa Claus Safari including lunch (11:00-17:00)

This day is filled with the magic of Lapland. Starting out on a riverboat that takes you to your first destination by the river Ounas. Onshore you will discover what’s inside the wooden walls of a traditional Lappish home, as a local family warmly welcomes you to their home and a handicraft workshop. Continuing the journey, the boat will take you to the reindeer farm located by the river Ounasjoki. At the farm you will be served a lunch, become familiar with reindeer herding, and take part in a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle. Afterwards we’ll head by car to the Santa Claus Village, where you will have an opportunity to meet the most famous Finn, Santa Claus himself, and have some time to wander around the village dotted with Finnish design and souvenir shops.

Santa Claus - Photo courtesy of Visit Finland Mediabank

 Reindeer in Inari - Photo courtesy of Visit Finland Mediabank

DAY 6

Transfer to Rovaniemi bus station

Bus Rovaniemi-Saariselkä
Departure Rovaniemi at 11:45, Arrival Saariselkä at 15:15
Three nights at Holiday Club Saariselkä, incl. breakfast and dinner
Access to pool area during the entire stay

DAY 7

Excursion to Inari including lunch (09:30-16:30)

The beautiful road to Inari winds along the coast of Lake lnari, taking you to the village where you will visit the Sámi museum Siida. This museum is a window on Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland. During the visit you will enjoy a guided tour and an appetizing buffet lunch. After lunch it is time to head to outdoors and to the harbor, where a sturdy catamaran boat is waiting for you. During the 2 hour cruise of Lake Inari, you will visit the sacred Ukko Island, which was used as a Sámi sacrificial offering ground right up until the 19th century. At Ukko Island take your time to admire the view from the top of the island over lake Inari and 300 other islands. Return to Inari is along the old postboat waterway, passing by an old cemetery island, where wooden crosses are still standing.

Saariselkä Midnigh Sun Photo and copyright - Jaakko Tähti and Visit Finland Mediabank

Gold panning - Photo and copyright - Juho Kuva and Visit Finland Mediabank

DAY 8

Digging for gold (10:00-14:00)

Are you ready to meet original gold diggers and learn about today’s gold digging and panning methods? Finnish Lapland is full of myths, legends and dreams. Many of these are centered on Lapland’s gold fields and those people who, even today, are hunting the world’s purest gold – found in and around the Lemmenjoki and Ivalojoki rivers. After learning the way to find gold, we get the chance to try the hard work by ourselves. Shovels and pails are waiting for us at the ditch and off we go! After a bit of hard work, the gold digger helps us to find the gold and jewelry stones by panning. Of course, workers get to keep all discovered treasures! Before heading back, there is time to take a break for coffee and pancakes.

Evening excursion under the midnight sun (21:30-00:30)

This leisurely evening trip takes you to a forest lake. Take your time to stroll around the surrounding forest, try the rowing boat at the small forest lake and lure fishing from the shore of the lake, or simply enjoy the break in the tranquil forest. After enjoying snacks around an open fire, we will continue our evening with a hike up to Kaunispää fell top, rising 437 m above sea level. Although it is night time, the nature around is hardly asleep, and it is not uncommon to come across a herd of reindeer, fleeing to the heights to avoid the lowland mosquitoes. Although the hike is only around 5 km in total, the climb is 200m, making the exercise gentle yet exhilarating. At the top, it is time to refresh ourselves with a sparkling drink while admiring the might of the Midnight Sun.

DAY 9

Transfer from your hotel to Ivalo airport

End of programme

LAPLAND UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN – SEARCHING FOR BEARS AND DIGGING FOR GOLD

9 days | 8 nights

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