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.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to Ivalo airport – Welcome to Northern Lapland! Transfer to Utsjoki (170 km – ca. 2 hours driving time). Arrival to Utsjoki and meeting with your host, who will show you around. Accommodation in cozy double/twin rooms or in cabins for 2-4 persons. Information about the programme and dinner in Restaurant Deatnu.

Day 2: SnowFun

After breakfast meeting with your guide who will gear you up with warm winter clothes. Then it is time to start the winter activities. You will learn the right technique for cross-country skiing and get tips how to use the snowshoes. Finally you will do a short tour in 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. Depending on the time of your visit you will have opportunity to learn an old fishing method for burbot. Lunch in restaurant. The afternoon is free. Dinner in restaurant.

Day 3: Reindeer safari and local 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 farm nearby. You will meet and feet the reindeer before starting a short reindeer safari. After the safari warm drinks will be served by campfire in “lavvu”. Your guide will tell you about the reindeer and life of Sámi. After the programme short transfer back to holiday village. Lunch in restaurant. The afternoon is free. In the evening dinner in restaurant.

Day 4: Husky safari in Tana

After breakfast transfer to Tana, which is situated on the Norwegian side of the River Tenojoki (driving time ca. 50 minutes). Meet and greet your musher, introduction to the huskies and driving instructions how to handle the husky sledge. Start of the 2-hour husky safari in the beautiful winter fell landscape – two persons per husky team. After returning from the safari, you will enjoy coffee and picnic snacks by campfire. Before the transfer back to Utsjoki you will have time to say goodbye to the dogs and take photos.

Total duration of the programme is ca. 4 hours, including transfers. After returning to Utsjoki you will have free time. In the evening dinner in restaurant.

Day 5: 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. You can also book additional activities. Lunch will be served in restaurant (or picnic lunch during the activities).

Day 6: Free day

Breakfast in restaurant. Today you have another free day. You can go skiing or do a snowshoe trip, or book additional activities. Lunch in restaurant (or picnic lunch during activities). Dinner in restaurant.

Day 7: Free day

Breakfast. Today you have also free day. You can relax or book additional activities. Lunch in restaurant (or picnic lunch during the activities). The traditional dinner will be served tonight in the Lappish Kota (wooden teepee) by campfire.

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 2017: Every week from Saturday to Saturday or from Sunday to Sunday 18 Nov – 17 Dec 2017.

Dates 2018: Every week from Saturday to Saturday or from Sunday to Sunday 06 Jan – 15 Apr 2018

Group size: 2-12 persons

Prices

1395 €/ person in double/twin room.

1745 €/ person in single room (double for single use)

In holiday cabins for 2-4 persons:

1535 €/ person, when 2 persons in the cabin
1460 €/ person, when 3 persons in the cabin
1370€/ person, when 4 persons in the cabin

Children: 910 €/ 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:

95 €/ person in double/twin room incl. half board
145 €/ person in single room incl. half board
115 €/ person incl. half board, when 2 persons in the cabin
100 €/ person incl. half board, when 3 persons in the cabin
90 €/ 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.

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.