Northern Lights and Reindeer Herders

Overview

Stretching across the Arctic Circle in northern Finland lies a land full of winter adventures. Intrepid traveler and veteran Trip Leader Ingrid Cercek has traveled to Finland many times to experience its northern wonders, and we’ve created a journey that includes her favorite experiences in this beautiful Arctic realm. Take a polar plunge (in a dry suit, of course!), hike through snowy mountains, ride a sleigh pulled by reindeer, and race across the snow in a sled pulled by huskies. We’ll be immersed in Lapland culture too, meeting Sami reindeer herders, tasting specialties including succulent whitefish and forest-harvested mushrooms, and with luck, see the Northern Lights dance across the sky. Many visitors to the area have spotted these shimmering phenomena, and you’ll be able to view them by sleigh or from the comforts of our lodges, each set in a prime location along the Aurora belt. At the end of each exhilarating day, unwind in the soothing smoke saunas—a truly Lappish experience.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Rovaniemi / Snow Castle / Boat Ride

From Rovaniemi, we visit the magical Snow Castle, enjoying a drink at their Ice Bar. As we explore aboard the mighty icebreaker Sampo, we have a chance for a dip in polar waters.

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Days 3-4
Pyhä-Luosto National Park / Luosto

Strap on snowshoes to hike through Pyhä-Luosto National Park, with its spectacular polar scenery, and enjoy a sleigh ride by reindeer.

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Days 5-7
Tankavaar / Saariselkä / Ice Fishing /

Nordic Skiing Lapland has the largest gold deposits in Europe and we’ll pan for this precious metal before experiencing Finnish food culture with a cooking class over a wood fire. We’ll also have a chance to try Nordic skiing, ice fishing, and relaxing in saunas—authentic traditions of Lapland.

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Days 8-12
Inari / Kakslauttanen / Rovaniemi

With the help of our Sámi friends, we’ll learn to dogsled, then explore the famous sites of Sámi culture by sturdy Sámi horses. From our “glass igloo” cabins in Kakslauttanen, we set out on a safari by husky and marvel at the Northern Lights. In Finnish legend, they were created by a fox running across the fell, sweeping the snow with its tail and sending sparks into the sky. Depart from Rovaniemi on Day 12.

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Highlights

Highlights

Explore Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus
Visit a castle made entirely of snow and enjoy a drink at its Ice Bar
Search for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) during a reindeer sleigh ride
Experience Finnish culture with seasonal cuisine and relaxing saunas
Meet traditional Sámi reindeer herders and learn to Nordic ski, ice fish, and snowshoe

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6495  
Arrive: Rovaniemi, Finland
Depart: Rovaniemi, Finland
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate to strenuous hiking and snowshoeing, 1-3 hours most days

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