Once a winter retreat for Finland’s president, Javri Lodge, on the outskirts of Saariselka in Lapland, is a 13-room boutique hotel where sumptuous local specialities are served up in a serene Arctic setting. Spend 5 days lapping up the luxury of the lodge and embarking on excursions to get you out into the snowy surrounding landscapes and experience the best of Lapland.
Fly to Ivalo and transfer to the boutique Javri Lodge for 4 nights. This luxurious lodge offers an intimate stay in the wilderness and serves delicious home-cooked, Nordic meals. Talk to a Specialist about upgrading to a SkyView Suite with floor to ceiling window views. In the evening, keep an eye out for the northern lights. (D)
On the following days, choose three out of the following 2 hour Lapland experiences to enjoy: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, husky safari, reindeer safari, snowmobiling or exploring the wilderness in search for the northern lights. So perhaps opt to explore the surrounding snowy wilderness on a husky safari. Get comfortable on your husky sled and let the dogs pull you through sparkling snow where all you can hear is their feet against the snow. Listen to stories about the dogs around a campy fire. Return to the lodge and relax in the traditional sauna or swimming pool before dinner is served. (B,L,D)
At 250km north of the Arctic Circle, Javri lodge sits in the middle of the wilderness and activities are on your doorstep so today we recommend a reindeer safari. This authentic experience begins at a local Sami family’s reindeer farm. Sit down in a traditional Lappish reindeer sleigh and enjoy a tranquil tour through the pristine forest where the silence is broken only by the snap of the reindeer hooves and the sound of the sleigh. After the ride, listen to storied about the reindeer in the warmth of the reindeer farm or Kota, a Lappish teepee, while enjoying a hot drink by the fireplace. Why not follow an activity with the warmth of an authentic Finnish sauna and relaxing massage treatments in the wellness area. Speak to a Specialist for more information. (B,L,D)
Today choose the last of your three included excursions especially if the Northern Lights forecast looks promising. The winter skies are always worth gazing while in the Arctic wilderness. Head out under Lapland’s big skies on foot or in a mini-bus depending on the weather, Aurora forecast and physical conditions. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)
Speak to a Lapland Specialist about upgrading your room to one of the four incredible SkyView Suites or 3 presidential suites.
This is an example itinerary staying in the most amazing luxury accommodation, accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1290 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.