Slow down in Utsjoki

A choise for the traveller, who is looking for untamed nature and original culture.

Utsjoki offers a natural environment to slow down – to breathe freely, smell the fragile fragrances of the pristine northern nature, savour the delicacies that the forests and sparkling waters have to offer. The vibrant Sámi culture is full of stories, things to see and experiences for everyone. During your stay you will learn a lot about nature, reindeer & reindeer herding, local people and life in this small northern village.

Come and enjoy the slower lifestyle in Utsjoki.

There are three “Ailigas”- “holy fells” in the municipality, of which one raises its lofty peak in the vicinity of the village. During the safaris and treks, you may see the ptarmigan, which is the world´s northernmost arctic fowl. Elks, wolfs, lynxes, wolverines, foxes, eagles and the great grey owl also live here.

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

(Lunch in restaurant. The afternoon is free. A dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening)

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

(Lunch in restaurant. The afternoon is free. A dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening)

Day 4: Husky safari in Tana

After ca. 40 minute drive, we will arrive at the husky farm on the Norwegian side of the border river Teno. At the husky farm the dogs will greet you with a friendly bark, eagerly waiting to take you for a safari. Once the guide has given you instructions for the husky ride, we can start our journey into the imposing fell landscape. After the 2 hour safari, we will enjoy hot beverages and a small snack by an open fire. During the break the guide will tell you about his Arctic family members, the huskies and life at a husky farm. Before the transfer back to Utsjoki you will have time to say goodbye to the dogs and take photos. Total duration of the program is ca. 4 hours, including transfers.

(After returning to Utsjoki free time. A dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening)

 

Day 5 and 6 : Free day

After breakfast you have a 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. There is also a local handcraft shop located in Giisa.

During your free days you are able to book various optional activities such as Tour to Arctic Ocean or Ice fishing at a fell lake.

(Lunch and dinner will be served in our restaurant)

Day 7: Traditional dinner in Fállegoahti

After breakfast  you can relax or book additional activities. Lunch will be served in our restaurant.

Highlight of the day is the traditional dinner in Fállegoahti. The hut has received its’ name from a hawk, who nested near the hut, on the Norwegian side, across the River Tenojoki. The hawk still lives on the area, as she can be seen flying low on the River Tenojoki valley and thus keeping us entertained, and those visiting the hut during summer nights.

During the dinner, you will hear lots of stories about Sámi life and the history of the culture. After dinner, we will quiet down and listen to an enchanting Sámi yoik performance. Your guide is dressed in his traditional Sámi dress, gákti.

Day 8: 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: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Dates 2018: Every week Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday 18.11. – 17.12.2018

Dates 2019: Every week Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday 06.01. – 15.04.2019

Group size: 2-12 persons, several groups

Price: In the new hotel Deatnu opened in December 2016

1580 €/ person in double/twin room

1931 €/ person in single room (double for single use)

In holiday cabins for 2-4 persons:

1743 €/ person, when 2 persons in the cabin

1618 €/ person, when 3 persons in the cabin

1518 €/ person, when 4 persons in the cabin

Children:   983 €/ 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 back. 7 nights in cozy hotel rooms with shower/wc or in holiday cabins (2-4 persons per cabin). Full board (from dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 8), activities as mentioned in the programme, warm outdoor clothing for the whole stay (warm overalls, socks, mittens, boots, hat), all 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.