Embark on this active small group tour specifically designed to take you into Lapland's off the beaten tracks. Leave civilisation behind and from the well-known city of Rovaniemi head east by private minibus to the remote towns of Salla and Savukoski. Immerse yourself in the pristine Lappish wilderness, hike under the midnight sun, learn how to survive in the forest, meet friendly huskies and reindeer and relax in a traditional sauna.
For your comfort and convenience this is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 persons.
Arrive in Rovaniemi, transfer to Sallatunturin Tuvat cottages in Salla by minibus (approx. 2 hours) and check in for a three-night stay. In the evening, taste local delicacies in a Lappish hut. (D)
Reindeer Feeding: Learn more about reindeer starting the day with a brief lecture at the Salla Reindeer Park’s auditorium. Continue with your guide to the reindeer feeding place where you will have the chance to see the friendly animals up close and take nice photographs. The excursion also includes hot drinks – coffee or tea – with a local bun served in a traditional ‘Kota’ or ‘Laavu’.
Midnight Sun Hike: Take an easy guided hike in the beautiful nature of Salla under the midnight sun. From Sallatunturin Tuvat cottages reach the top of Sallatunturi fell and learn more about the local nature. Once there, your guide will prepare black pot coffee or tea by an open fire while you enjoy the magic of the midnight sun.
Wilderness Survival Training: Start your survival training from Salla Reindeer Park, where everyone will get a small backpack with some essential gear. Practice different kind of survival skills like using an axe and a knife, fixing a fire and making an emergency shelter. Cooking by an open fire makes your hike a lot nicer and by building your own fishing tackle you might catch some fresh food as well.
In the morning, transfer from Salla to Savukoski (approx. 1h30) and check in at Samperin Savotta Wilderness Hotel for a two-night stay. On arrival, you can visit Korvatunturi Visitor Centre (optional) which features a permanent wilderness exhibition. In the afternoon, relax in a traditional sauna along the river Kemijoki. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure or opt for an optional canoeing trip under the midnight sun. (B)
Easy Husky Hike: Embark on an easy guided husky hike* (3-4 Km). Learn more about huskies by visiting a sled dog kennel before starting your adventure through the Lappish wilderness. Enjoy lunch by an open fire where black pot coffee, berry juice and local traditional sweetbread will be served by your guide.
*Everybody will have the chance to walk with a husky on a leash (Please note that there will be only 1-2 huskies for the whole group)
After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)