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Duration:  4 nights / 5 days
Season:  Winter
Best for: Winter Ambiance Lovers, Northern lights seekers, culture collectors, experience enthusiasts
Staying At: Option of boutique hotels in Helsinki and Wilderness Hotel Inari ,near Inari Lapland.

Finland is a 390,908km2 and 75% of the land is covered by forest with 188,000 lakes
Famous for Saunas with over 2 million from peoples homes, to public sauna sin cities to remote saunas in the wilderness.
Finnish people consume the most coffee per capital than any other country
This itinerary features an urban stay in Helsinki with time in the lake and area and focuses on revitalising your body and soul and completely unwinding.

Helsinki

The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year.

Inari

The village of Inari is the centre for Finland’s Sámi culture. Pleasantly situated on the shore of Lake Inarijärvi, Finland’s third largest lake, and next to the River Juutuanjoki, Inari is in the midst of Europe’s largest untouched wilderness, and is a truly alternative destination for anyone seeking to ‘get away from it all’.
Home to Finland’s Sámi Parliament, Inari has obvious influences of this nomadic people, none more so than the altarpiece of the Sámi Church, entitled ‘The Revelation of Christ to the Sámi People’. In the village you’ll find Siida which houses the Sámi museum and the North Lapland Nature Centre, as well specialty stores selling original handcrafted Sámi gifts and souvenirs and a restaurant.
The forests, hills and fells are kept in their natural state, and are home to many rare species, including bears, wolves, moose, and wolverine. The Siberian jay and capercaillie both nest here, and there are numerous migrant species that make this region their home for the summer.
The Aurora Borealis, and they play a large role in the mythology and folk culture of the indigenous Sámi people. Because Inari is so far above the Arctic Circle, for two months of the summer the sun does not set, and these nights without darkness are another key attraction for the region.

Day 1: Arrive at Helsinki Vantaa airport and meet your transfers who will take you to your Helsinki hotel.

Have the rest of the late afternoon and evening to explore the compact city of Helsinki and maybe try out one of its nearby fantastic restaurants and maybe even take in a sauna or swim in the Allas Sea Pool. This spa with both fresh and sea water complete with three saunas. The saunas are heated from morning to evening.

Dinner and Allas Sea Pool not included

Day 2: Meet you transfer at your hotel who will take you to Helsinki airport where you will board your flight to Ivalo.

You will then be transferred to you cosy winter home for the next 3 days- Wilderness Hotel Inari
Your first 2 nights will be in the hotel room staying in a wilderness room.

In the later afternoon you will head off to visit the local reindeer farm and see the adorable reindeer! And meet a local reindeer herder and his reindeer! At the reindeer farm you will learn interesting information about the reindeer and the life of a reindeer herder and Sami culture. There will be also possibility for a short reindeer sledge ride during your visit at the farm. This guided trip will be made by car.

In the evening as a supplement enjoy your meal at the hotels Hirvas Restaurant. (Included) This beautiful restaurant has big windows facing to Inari lake. The Inari restaurant uses local ingredients for high quality and freshness – following seasonal availability.

The menu is inspired by Lappish cuisine.

Day 3: Today you will head off on a 2.5 hour husky experience which will take you through the beautiful Inari region!

Husky safari is a ‘must do’ experience when visiting Lapland. You will be taught how to handle the sled before you head out for the husky safari, where the huskies will pull your sled through the beautiful winter scenery. Enjoy the excitement of the dogs before the start, and the serene silence once they get to do what they love – run in the snowy scenery. You will have lunch after the activity in the hotel. All our husky safaris are based on two people sharing a sled unless otherwise stated.

The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure and get ready for your evening-based dinner experience , which is one of a kind in Inari region.

You will be presented interesting views for Sámi culture, from a real Sámi local, dressed in traditional costume. During this evening, you will enjoy traditional Lappish foods and delicacies.

Day 4: This morning after breakfast you will head off to the Siida is a museum which located on Lake Inari in the village of Inari in Inari, Finland. It is home to the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre. Siida arranges exhibitions on Sámi culture and the nature of Northern Lapland.

The 7-hectare (17-acre) area has nearly 50 sites of interest related to Lapland's nature and the Sámi and their culture. Furthermore, the area is where the earliest settlers in Northern Lapland lived and archaeological finds from approximately 9,000 years ago have been found.

On return you will move accommodation your will have lunch at the hotel (included) and then transfer from your wilderness room to an Aurora Igloo and have time to yourself or of course can add another experience should you wish.

In the evening after again you will have dinner at Restaurant Hirvas (included ) and then when you are ready retire for the night to your Igloo and look up at the night sky from your bed, hoping to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Day 5: This morning after breakfast you will be transferred back to Ivalo airport and fly back to Helsinki and then on back to the UK.

Added Benefits as standard:

Airport Transfers
One night B&B at a Helsinki Hotel
Transfers to Wilderness Hotel Inari
Full Board at Wilderness hotel Inari including one night in a Glass Igloo

Great hand-picked cultural experiences with the option of adding more should you desire.

• Husky safari including lunch
• reindeer farm visit including (short drive)
• Daytrip to Inari with Siida Museum
• Sami Culture with Lappish dinner

Addition optional experiences which can be added to the itinerary:

• cross-country skiing
• Gentle Snowshoeing
• Snowshoeing (incl. lunch)
• Snowmobile Tryout
• Ice fishing trip with snowmobile (incl. lunch)
• Aurora snowshowing
• Aurora Camp
• Aurora Snowmobiling
• Snowmobiling in wilderness (incl. lunch)

In Helsinki we have the option of the following fantastic hotels:

Lilla Roberts
Kamp Hotel
Haven Hotel
St George

In Inari you will be staying at:

Wilderness Hotel Inari

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