Hiking in UtsjokiHiking, getting to know Utsjoki Church huts and the old post road and relaxing in the beautiful Sami Village in the northernmost Lapland, close to Norway and the Arctic Ocean.
Hiking in Utsjoki
Utsjoki, the land of the Sámi, is the northernmost 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. In summer Utsjoki has the lengthiest period of the Midnight Sun. There are three” Ailigas” – ”holy fells” in the municipality, of which one raises its lofty peak on 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 live also here.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Following your flight into Ivalo, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Utsjoki. The village host will welcome you, show you around the holiday village and brief you on the program of the following days. Once you are all set, you will be shown to your double rooms or cabins, followed by a dinner at the restaurant.
DAY 2: HIKING NEAR THE HOLIDAY VILLAGE VALLE AND GETTING TO KNOW THE LOCAL CULTURE
After a tasty breakfast, we will meet our guide who will explain the program for the day. Next, we will head out to the surrounding area along the Elli Trail. The trail goes through an area scattered with historical relics. During the trip, we will also encounter traditional deer traps. There are over 50 traps near the holiday village. The trail comes to a steep cliff with a breathtaking view over Ellinkuolpuna, which has visibility all the way to Rastigaisa in Norway. We will enjoy a packed lunch outside.
The afternoon is free time. Dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening.
DAY 3: VISITING THE HISTORICAL CHURCH COTTAGES AND TREKKING ALONG THE PATH TOWARDS THE HOLIDAY VILLAGE
After breakfast we will meet again with our guide who will tell us about the day’s running. When our backpacks are packed, we will take a car ride to the nearby Utsjoki village and get to know the open-air museum. The church cottages are the most valuable cultural heritage of Utsjoki. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The cottages are owned by the Sámi families and they originate in the early 19th century. After seeing the area, we will walk along the path that leads us up to the fells. Part of the trail, mail men over a hundred years ago walked with the post over a hundred kilometers. The path we walk goes to the open fell area with panoramic breathtaking views up to the Norwegian side of the mountains. Halfway the trip we enjoy a warm lunch by open fire. The guide will tell us about the local wildlife and plants during the trip. The distance of the hike is about 10 km, and it ends in the holiday village.
The afternoon is free. Dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening.
DAY 4: HIKING IN THE OPEN FELLS FROM SKALLUVAARA TO AILIGAS FELL
After breakfast we pack small snacks and a full water bottle to our backpacks. We will meet up with our guide and take a car ride to the fells of Skalluvaara. Up there, in the mountain area we will head towards the village of Utsjoki, northwards. A small path will lead us up to the fells, and it is easy to follow. A beautiful mountain scenery opens to the west. On the eastern side, we can see small mountain lakes flicker in the sunlight. In about a halfway of the trip we have a little lunch break. After that we will head towards the Ailigastunturi’s mast and from there back to the village and the valley of Utsjoki. The excursion culminates in a downhill slope which ends up in the Utsjoki village.
The afternoon is free time. Dinner is served in our restaurant in the evening.
DAY 5: FREE DAY
Free day. You can start your day peacefully at the breakfast, with no hurry at all. You can just take it easy and rest, or you can take a walk in the nearby areas. You can also visit the village and the village house. We also have a variety of different optional activities, which you can book at the reception.
Lunch and dinner will be served in our restaurant.
DAY 6: DEPARTURE
Breakfast and free time depending on the departure time of your flight. Check-out and
transfer to Ivalo airport. Bye bye amazing Sámiland!
HIKING IN UTSJOKI
Depending on the season, the excursions can be used to collect berries and mushrooms. The guide will tell you how to use them as food and, if desired, they can be used as an additional dinner too.
Please note that the order of the daily activities may change according to the day of your arrival.
DURATION: 6 Days / 5 Nights
GROUP SIZE: 2-10 persons, several groups
IN THE NEW HOTEL DEATNU OPENED IN DECEMBER 2016
1196 €/person in double/twin room
IN HOLIDAY CABINS FOR 2-4 PERSONS:
1321 €/person, when 2 persons in the cabin
1246 €/person, when 3 persons in the cabin
1134 €/person, when 4 persons in the cabin
CHILDREN: 786 €/ child 4-11 years, when with min. 2 adults in the same cabin or in extra bed in hotel room with two adults.
Transfers from Ivalo airport to Utsjoki and from Utsjoki back to the airport, 5 nights in cozy hotel rooms with shower/toilet or in holiday cabins (2-4 persons per cabin), full board meals (from dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 6), activities as mentioned in the program, necessary equipment for the activities, English speaking wilderness guides and hosts.
CANOE TRIP ON A PEACEFUL RIVER
By the river there are many old meadows and we can hear different voices of birds. Our trip starts from Holiday Village Valle and we head to Kevojärvi where we start the trip. Before going into the water, guide tells the basics of canoeing. On the way the guide tells us about the local nature and history. We enjoy snacks and drinks during the program. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 4 hours.
SCENERY TRIP BY RIVERBOAT
We will take a small trip at the river by a real riverboat. Just admire the scenery of the river valley and the clear water. Duration: 30 min.
TASTE OF MOUNTAIN BIKING
We are facing a great wilderness; small trails lead us straight North. Halfway trip we enjoy snacks and drinks. The excursion culminates 3 kilometers long downhill and ends in Holiday Village Valle. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 3-4 hours.
CANOEING ALONG TENO RIVER
We leave by car from Holiday Village Valle. There are a few spots of strong flow and small rapids of first class. We stop by ”lavvu” on half way trip and enjoy small snacks while guide is preparing coffee by the fire. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 5 hours.
FAT-BIKING FOR BEGINNERS
A bike with fat tires goes over the rocks and roots unnoticed. The guide will tell us stories about the area and the nature. Cycling through the trails until we have great view of the Tenojoki Valley. Duration: 1 hour.
SUP is stand paddling on a big surfboard. It is fun, easy, and very good exercise. More experienced paddlers we can take to river Teno. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 2 hours.
CANOE SAFARI AT THE RIVER TENO
This canoeing excursion takes us from Holiday Village Valle to Sirbmá along the river Teno. There are no actual rapids, just a few strong flows of water. During the journey we will take a break to enjoy a lunch by open fire. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 6 hours.
MIDNIGHT SUN CANOE
The route takes us slowly around the lake Mantojärvi. The sun glows, and we get to admire the beautiful fell landscape around us. The golden sandy beaches invite us to swim. Small break and the guide will prepare coffee by open fire. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 3 hours.
MIDNIGHT SUN GLIDING BY RUBBER RING
Enjoy the slowly stream of river Teno. There are no actual rapids, just strong flows of water. Before starting off, the guide teaches us how to handle the rubber ring. Min. 2 persons. Duration: 2 hours.
HOLIDAY VILLAGE VALLE
The family-run Holiday Village Valle is situated by the legendary Teno river, just 2 km from Utsjoki village center. Holiday Village Valle is a wonderful destination for travelers that are looking for untamed nature, genuine cultural experiences and fantastic nature-based activities all year round. In summer fishing in the Teno River and in the Fell lakes is extremely popular along with hiking in the fells, visit to reindeer farm, biking, canoeing, hunting, trips to Norway & Arctic Ocean. In winter this is a wonderful destination to hopefully view the Northern Lights. Various Aurora activities can be arranged along with reindeer rides and safaris, snowshoe and cross-country skiing trips, winter fishing, snowmobile transfers and safaris, tours to Norway and Arctic Ocean, and much more.
The new hotel building was opened in December 2016 and has 12 high quality twin rooms with huge panorama windows, a breathtaking view towards the northern sky and the beautiful Teno river valley. Each room is equipped with private bathroom, a television, hairdryer, kettle and fridge.
The cabins overlook the nearby river and have a traditional and a homely feel. Each cabin has 2 twin bedrooms, a cozy living room with kitchenette and delightful open fireplace. A private bathroom with sauna is also included, as well as TV and hairdryer.
This spacious and modern suite has 4 cozy twin bedrooms. Guests can take advantage of a well-equipped dining area with kitchenette and roaring fireplace. A homely living room with TV, private sauna and shower, two bathrooms and a hairdryer are also included.
The new restaurant Deatnu with 50 seats and reception is just a few steps from the lodgings, with wonderful view to the Teno river and the opposite dramatic Norwegian fells. This unique restaurant offers a wide range of local delicacies and specializes in traditional dishes which have long been enjoyed by the Sámi people.
INFORMATION AND BOOKING
Holiday Village Valle, Ellintie 25, FI-99980 Utsjoki, Finland
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