Christmas or New Year 2020 in Lapland

“Embark on a family vacation with a difference, a Christmas or New Year trip featuring snowmobile safaris, husky sledding and the spectacular Northern Lights.”

Highlights

Tankavaara Gold Village | Meet Father Christmas | Husky safari | Northern Lights snowmobile and sleigh tour | Self-guided snowshoeing | Saariselka Winterpark | Christmas Trail with elves |

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2020: 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec
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Environment
Tankavaara is located next to the UKK National Park, which extends far east all the way to the Russian border. There are strict rules, how to behave in the national parks. No rubbish is to be thrown away. Snowmobiling is only allowed for authorised local guides and therefore visitors sit in sleighs on snowmobile tours.

We have included only ecological activities in this product: snowshoeing, husky sleigh ride starting from the hotel with no guest transfers, snowmobiling safari by sleigh and tobogganing at Saariselkä, where our guests will drive by a public bus. We'll try to combine transportations so that as many people as possible would share airport transfers for example. The timing of the tour has been designed for direct London flights.

The hotel restaurant offers original Lappish dishes using a lot of local ingredients like mushrooms, berries and reindeer meat. Recycling and sorting of waste is a national standard in Finland.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Tankavaara is an authentic gate of the gold-mining district of Lapland. Here you can learn about gold panning and prospecting in Lapland. A visit of Gold Museum is included in the itinerary.

This is a small, family-run business, which has brought this nostalgic location to life again step by step. First, they updated their menus with an expert, now they have built two new hotel buildings, which suit well to the environment there.

We want to do our best in bringing guests there and supporting their business. All the service providers are local, small companies serving small groups. Tourism brings work in these remote areas of Lapland.

At Christmas and New Year we plan to bring up local traditions from rice porridge to Santa Claus and New Year's magic. As an additional activity, we also offer a Sámi workshop in Sámi cultural gallery provided by a local artist and an indigenous Sámi woman Tuula-Maija Magga-Hetta.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky sledding and seeing the northern lights

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely use skafur tour. Also, buy your gear from decathlon.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think it benefited local people in that we went to visit the reindeer farm and provided out of season jobs for eg local fishermen

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was fantastic.

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