Northern lights in Utsjoki

Utsjoki, the land of the Sámi, is the northernmost municipality in Finland and the only municipality, where the majority of the 1400 inhabitants are Sámi. The Sámi culture still lives very strongly in Utsjoki and there are more than 10.000 reindeer in the area.  In winter the Northern lights, the starry heavens and the moon lend a mystical twilight which hangs suspended above the landscape

The Northern Lights have always fascinated arctic people

The flaming aurora borealis may sometimes entertain us with their playful dance long into the night, while at other times, this mystical natural phenomenon may disappear in the blink of an eye. Before being scientifically explained, this beautiful natural phenomenon induced many mystical beliefs. The Sámi people, in particular, had many beliefs about the Northern Lights.

During our Northern Lights explorations, we strive to find an ideal place for seeing the Aurora Borealis. On default all our Aurora tours start at 19:30 and last 2-3 hours, but we are also flexible of departure times based on circumstances and time of year. We follow various aurora forecast applications and weather permit to plan our Aurora tours to ensure our guests can enjoy this natural phenomenon. We are able to go to the fells in sleighs pulled by snowmobile, take a car or a bus to drive further away or snowshoes to stay in the surroundings based on the current situation. During every Aurora tour, we explain what the aurora borealis meant for the Sámi people in the olden days.

Day 1: Arrival

Following your flight into Ivalo, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Utsjoki. The northern skies are visible all the way to your destination and many a transfer has witnessed a display of the Aurora – what a way to be welcomed! Depending on when your flight lands, you will either have dinner in the restaurant on arrival or a packed dinner during the journey.

Your Sámi hosts will greet you at your accommodation. You can head to your cabin or hotel bedroom to enjoy your first peaceful night in the very north of Finland.

Day 2: Snowshoe tour in The Sacred valley

After breakfast you will be meeting with your guide who will give you the warm winter clothes. You will do a Snowshoe tour to the nature nearby with your guide, who will tell you about the nature and animals. You will also learn how to read animal footprints and how to make fire. You will make coffee together by campfire. The valley is a historically significant sacred area of the Sámi people since thousands of years. There are lots of historical signs of ancient times. Duration 2-3 h

After the dinner we learn about the Northern Lights and how to take photos of them and adjusting the camera setting for aurora photographing. Then we go out, and if lucky, we can admire the Northern Lights dancing on the sky and we can start taking photos. For taking the photos of Northern Lights you need a proper tripod to hold your camera steady and the camera need to be good in low light conditions.  Warm drink is included. Duration 2h

 

Day 3: Reindeer safari and Sámi culture

Today you will get to know better the reindeer, which are very important to Sámi culture and history. After breakfast a short transfer to the reindeer fence nearby. You will meet and feet the reindeer before starting a short reindeer safari. Warm drinks will be served by campfire in a traditional “Lavvu” after the reindeer safari. Your guide will tell you about the reindeer and life of Sámi. Duration 2h

After the dinner we will start an Aurora tour

Day 4: Free day for optional activities or relaxing

After breakfast you have free day. You can relax and enjoy the silence of the area, or maybe you want to do a snowshoe or cross-country skiing trip in nearby nature by yourself. You can also take a walk to the village house Giisa, where the locals also like to come to share the news of the day. You can also book additional activities.

After the dinner we will start an Aurora tour

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast and free time depending on departure time of your flight. Check-out and transfer to Ivalo airport. Bye-Bye amazing Sámiland!

 

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Duration:         5 Days / 4 Nights

Dates: Every week Sunday – Thursday (or on request)

between 12.11.2018 – 14.12.2018 & 07.01.2019 – 25.03.2019

Group size: 2-12 persons, several groups

Price: In the new hotel Deatnu opened in December 2016

From 1104 €/ person in double/twin room

From 1314 €/ person in single room (double for single use)

In holiday cabins for 2-4 persons:

From 1204 €/ person, when 2 persons in the cabin

From 1104 €/ person, when 3 persons in the cabin

From 1054 €/ person, when 4 persons in the cabin

Children:   From 728€/ child 4-11 years, when with min. 2 adults in the same cabin or in extra bed in hotel room with two adults.

More details about accommodation

Services included:

Transfers from airport Ivalo to Utsjoki and from Utsjoki back to airport, 4 nights in cozy hotel rooms with shower/wc or in holiday cabins (2-4 persons per cabin), half board ((5 x breakfast & 5 x dinner), activities as mentioned in the program, warm outdoor clothing for the whole stay (warm overalls, socks, mittens, boots, hat), necessary equipment for the activities, English speaking wilderness guides and hosts.

Free use of cross-country skis and snowshoes when equipment available.

Additional day:

103 €/ person in double/twin room incl. half board

159 €/ person in single room incl. half board

121 €/ person incl. half board, when 2 persons in the cabin

108 €/ person incl. half board, when 3 persons in the cabin

95 €/ person incl. half board, when 4 persons in the cabin

50 €/ child incl. half board, with 2 adults in the cabin or in extra bed in hotel room with 2 adults.