Midnight Sun & Lapland Culture - Europe Holiday Packages

Midnight Sun & Lapland Culture

  • Lapland5 days
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Discover the Secrets of the Samis – an indigenous culture & get friendly with the reindeers, and set off into the wilderness under the Midnight Sun.

Stop all the clocks and step in to the enormous landscapes of Finland’s Lapland, home to the summer Midnight Sun. This is the breathtaking Sami homeland set in a vast expanse of outstanding natural beauty. Delve deep into the heart of Finnish Sami culture and their way of life, and fish, hunt, and hike with the Samis, or take time out for some trekking or fishing.

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The Sami village of Inari sits on Lapland’s largest lake, Inarijarvi, a spectacular body of water with more than 3000 islands in its 1153 sq km area. Inari is the seat of the Finnish Sami parliament.

The ‘Cowboys of the North’

How fast can a reindeer run? Learn all you need to know about reindeers at the Inari Reindeer farm.

Don’t miss the breathtaking scenery at the Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, northwest of Inari.

Pan for gold in Lemmenjoki National Park – learn the secrets of gold panning and visit some of the historic sites.

Places covered 5 Days
  • Day 1 Arrival at Inari, local sightseeing
  • Day 2 Introduction to Sami culture and Sami way of life
  • Day 3 Activities – reindeer farm, reindeer herding
  • Day 4 Into the wilderness for trekking under the Midnight Sun
  • Day 5 Activities – bird-watching and fishing
  • Day 6 Depart
  • Days Details
  • 1 Arrival at Inari, local sightseeing Inari is Finland’s most significant Sami centre. Spend this first day wandering through the village and orientating you with the Sami buildings, architecture and the beautiful surroundings of LakeInarjarvi, Finland’s third largest lake. Locate Siida, home to the Sami museum and the North Lapland Nature Centre, with lots of local stores selling original handcrafted Sami gifts and souvenirs. Check into the Nature Centre for helpful information on the forests, nature parks, fells, bogs, mountain bike trails and where to go for the best hunting and fishing.
  • 2 Introduction to Sami culture and Sami way of life Spend a day at Siida, a window on Sami culture and the diverse nature of northern Lapland. Siida means a Lapp village or a reindeer village and the neighbourhood within it. See the indoor summer exhibitions that are complemented by the cozy open-air museum, with lots of seminars to choose from. Step inside an original Sami log building, and a Mirham Hut – a court house that was used up until 1905. The walls of the cabin are filled with engravings. There are examples of Sami lodges, tents and storage buildings, as well as hunting traps, boats and sleds, and a gold prospector’s cabin. Pick up a beautiful Sami handicraft (duodji), postcards and souvenirs at the Siida shop.
  • 3 Activities – reindeer farm, reindeer herding, Sami cooking Enjoy a day of Sami activities. Visit a reindeer farm where you can feed and take pictures of reindeers, learn how to get them to pull the sleigh and go for a short hike. Learn all about reindeer herding, lasoo- throwing, and making handicrafts from shank hide. Get cooking with the Samis, their food is always fresh and local. Ingredients include reindeer, fish, berries, game and wild birds. Try your hand at witch drumming. The Sami witch drum was originally used by medicine men, along with the Sami chant called the joik, to communicate with the ancient spirits. End the day at the ‘Fisherman’s Inn’ at Karigasniemi and dance, sing, and enjoy music with some of the local Sami.
  • 4 Into the wilderness for trekking/riding under the Midnight Sun The Finish Laplanders call it the polar day or night less night. These long summer days when the sun never sets are perfect for trekking or horse-riding into the depths of the Sami land. The Midnight Sun creates a fairy-tale like scene across the forested hills and fells. A Sami guide will take you on foot or on horseback in to the wild wilderness of the landscape of the Samis, following ancient Sami trails and past significant Sami landmarks such as the seitas, or holy stones.
  • 5 Activities – bird-watching and fishing There are 460 species of bird in Finland. Head off with a Sami guide, or do a bit of independent bird watching around beautiful Lake Inari. Birdwatchers flock to Finland to find species that are hard to spot. Look out for birds of prey including kites, hawks, eagles and falcons. April and May are the busiest months for migrant birds returning north, including Finland’s national bird, the elegant Whooper swan. Fish with the Sami in the salmon rich Teno River orin the Inari Lake. Or hunt and pick wild mushrooms and berries.
  • 6 Depart
€ 1,200 per person (Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)
Price Per Person in Twin Sharing Accomodation
(Prices are in Euros and exclude international flights)

All rates mentioned are an approximate price per person on a twin-sharing basis, and are based on a minimum of 2-5 adults travelling together. Rates are subject to change based on the number of passengers and the time of year. (Flights, visas, travel insurance, lunches & dinners, personal expenses not included. There may be some itinerary activities not included also – please ask).

Inclusions :

- Traditional ,Boutique or Heritage accommodation where possible or Quality accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in centrally located 4*Hotels .

-Meals – breakfast in all destinations

-Daily departures available during summer

-Guided sightseeing excursions as per the itinerary as applicable

-First arrival and last departure transfers

Most Holidays are based on Independent Travel . Holidays could be Customised to your requirements and you could choose to upgrade to an Exclusively Private option starting from 4 and above .Just let us know your budget & interests and we will be happy to tailormake the trip for you .

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Early Summer starting May is Pleasant and summer is from June to September when you can enjoy warm weather , Outdoor activities , & the Midnight sun . If you want to See the Northern Lights and enjoy Christmas in Finland December is the right time . A wide range of winter activities can be enjoyed from January right through to March .

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