Trip reference number: 151563
Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia
Taking in the full Kakslauttanen experience, this break features stays in a log cabin and glass igloo alongside a range of excursions. Explore the snowy forests on snowmobiles and husky sleds, and explore the region’s traditional Sami culture with reindeer rides and village visits. It’s all set to a backdrop of warming saunas and delicious multi-course dining included in the price.
Day 1: Fly to Ivalo
Depart the UK on a flight to Ivalo. On arrival, you’ll take the airport shuttle to Kakslauttanen, deep in the frozen wilderness. Your accommodation for the first three nights is a Kelo Cottage in Kakslauttanen’s East Village. These traditional log cabins perfectly fit with their Arctic surroundings, all delightful rusticity with fireplaces and saunas instead of TV and wifi. Take time to settle in before making your way to the restaurant for the first of your included meals – three courses based on the traditional flavours and ingredients of Finnish Lapland.
Days 2-3: Reindeers & snowmobiles
With half-board included, you’ll begin your days here with a delicious breakfast, the perfect fuel for the winter adventures that lie in store. The first of these is a reindeer safari, perhaps the most authentic way to experience the region’s wilderness and culture. Decked out in thermals – included in the price – you’ll have time for a quick photoshoot with your newfound friends before settling into a sled complete with cosy blankets and heading off into the forest. The pace is slow and the scenery stunning, as you make your way to a herder’s shelter for hot coffee by a roaring fire. You’ll also have time to explore the Sami Village and try your hand at lassoing. Then, head back to base for a leisurely afternoon and another delicious dinner as you look forward to the next day’s activity – a thrilling safari by snowmobile. Heading out after dark, following a full day of optional excursions – there’s everything from Nordic Skiing to horseback rides – you’ll rev your engines to go in search of the aurora borealis, riding two to a vehicle and swapping half way.
Days 4-5: Huskies & glass igloos
The adventures continue today as you kick things off with an included husky safari – perhaps the quintessential Arctic experience. Riding two to a sled, and taking it in turns to drive, you’ll mush your team along frozen trails beneath the forest canopy. Back at the farm at the end of your tour, it’s time for hot drinks and husky stories from your expert guides. Then, this afternoon, you’ll swap your log-cabin accommodation for one of Kakslauttanen’s famous glass igloos. With cosy beds, a toilet and sink, and thermal glass – the igloos are heated to around 21ºC – they’re a wonderful base for private views of the inky skies above, hopefully painted in the vivid colours of the Northern Lights. The next morning, make the most of the showers and sauna, located just a short dash away, before jumping on the airport shuttle back to Ivalo and your flight home.
Please note: Upgrades to Kelo-glass igloos are at a supplement.
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