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Adventures In Summer Lapland Tour

Country: Finland
City: Rovaniemi
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

1 DAY

Arrive in Rovaniemi, transfer to the hotel. General information about the city and the program. Free time in the city.

2 DAY

10.00-12.00 Short sightseeing tour around Rovaniemi and audio-tour to the Arktikum museum.

12.00-14.30 Excursion to Santa Claus Village, which will be interesting for both children and adults, because everybody can find something to do. You will have an opportunity to send letters and postcards to friends and relatives, to buy gifts and souvenirs.

Of course, you will meet Santa Claus and share your dreams and wishes with him. Do not forget to cross the Arctic Circle, taking photographs of this important occasion, and receive an honorable certificate of the Northern Explorer. We also visit the husky farm, where professional dog breeders will show you the life and daily work of the husky on the farm. Free time for lunch in Rovaniemi.

16.00-18.00 Excursion to the local reindeer’s farm. You can get acquainted with the reindeers and see their daily life and working conditions. During this excursion, you can feed reindeers, learn how to throw a lasso. You will be “baptized” in a traditional Lapp hut according to all rules of the North.

3 DAY

10.00-15.00 EXCURSION TO RANUA ZOO The zoo is situated 80 kilometers to the south of Rovaniemi and it takes about an hour to get there by car or by bus. There you will take an interesting stroll through the zoo, where you can see animals and birds, that live in natural conditions of northern latitudes. You will be offered to have dinner (additional payment) in a cozy restaurant. Tourists will have the opportunity to visit souvenir shops, the shop of “Fazer” candy factory, the local wine shop, where they sell unique vines made from wild berries: cloudberries, cowberries, bilberries, etc.

16.00-19.00 THE SECRET OF ANTLER We will tell you about the established traditions and the reindeer antler work currently being produced, as well as reindeer antler working in general. After the performance, everyone will have the opportunity to make their own souvenir from the reindeer antler. At the same time, visitors may get acquainted with a Lappish log-built house. The reindeer antler has always been a raw material for Lappish utility and decorative articles. Reindeer antler is an ecological material as the reindeer sheds its antlers every year. The company wants to maintain and preserve the handicraft traditions of working with reindeer antlers. So, we will try to do our best for you to see how reindeer antler is worked up, help you to make your own souvenir from Lapland´s typical raw material.

4 DAY - OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (ADDITIONAL PAYMENT):

1. UNIQUE NATURE OF LAPLAND

10.00 Transfer to Auttiköngäs - a wonderful waterfall, situated approximately 80 km from Rovaniemi in Auttiköngäs natural area. It's a very good place for a one-day trip because it's easy to rich it, the views are spectacular and the most prominent attraction in the area is an awesome Auttiköngäs waterfall, which is breathtakingly impressive.

You can see the most handsome landmark - Auttiköngäs waterfall - just at the beginning of the route. It has a drop height of nearly 16 meters. Autti River had traditionally been an important trade route and the floating river. Merchants were forced to carry the goods by land Auttiköngäs over on the opposite side of the waterfall to another boat. Timber was floated in the river from the late 1800s to the 1970s.

Auttiköngäs steep rapids cascading over a waterfall floating logs was naturally impossible, and for trees ushered past the rapids along the uittoränniä. Uittoränniä is no longer used, but it is stored as a historical-cultural attraction. Auttiköngäs area was founded in 1955 and now it belongs to the old-growth forests in northern Finland. Wood harvests have never been done there. Pine and spruce forests, which grow on rocky hillsides, are over 200 years old.

A lot of deciduous trees, especially aspen, grow on the edge of the slopes and on the banks of the river, streams of which flow along with the land in different directions. The trail is lined with information boards, that explain the area's history, geology, flora, and fauna. We will have time for a forest barbeque. ~15.30 return to Rovaniemi

2. THE DAY OF SEARCHING OF THE PRECIOUS STONE

09.00 Transfer to Luosto Amethyst mine 122 km, ~ 30-40 min walk through the forest on foot to the mine. Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, located in Lapland, is a fascinating all-year-round travel destination. The amethyst of Lampivaara fell appeared 2 000 million years ago in the bowels of the ancient mountains. There is now a gem mine on the top of the hill that will sustain for hundreds of years. Amethyst Mine is opened daily starting from June to September. During the guided tour you will hear the geological and historical stories about the properties of the gems and the uses of amethyst. After these stories, each visitor will be able to dig for their own personal lucky amethyst. At the end of the visit, there is some time to visit a small “Amethyst Shop”. The amethysts of the area are refined into jewelry and other products.

3. DAY OF GOLD RUSH AND LAPPISH ORIGINALITY

08.00 - Transfer to Tankavaara Gold Museum 230 km. ~11.00-14.00 Excursion in museum and gold panning. Tankavaara is a home for the only international museum in the World, displaying past and present gold panning and prospecting. The basic exhibition presents the history of gold prospecting in Lapland. The Golden World, the international section, presents over twenty countries all over the World. Lunch (additional payment) in Tankavaara. 14.00

Transfer to Ivalo, 60 km, Siida museum. Siida is a central meeting place in Inari, the heart of the Sámi Area in Finland. It is a window of the Sámi culture and the diverse nature of Northern Lapland. You can get acquainted with culture, art, and nature exhibitions, which change throughout the year, at Siida. Siida offers visitors exciting experiences, that expand knowledge. In the summer season, the indoor exhibitions of Siida are complemented to a cozy open-air museum. In addition to exhibitions, events, that focus on culture and nature, as well as seminars, are arranged at Siida. 17.00 Transfer to Rovaniemi 290 km. ~20.30 Arrival at Rovaniemi.

Transfer to the railway station or to the airport in the evening or any other time, or even the next day.

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