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Lapland Wilderness Week

Resort:Lapland Wilderness Week
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Finland, Sweden
Price From: £2299.00

Overview


Discover Europe’slast remaining wilderness

This new winter adventure takes us to the heart of Lapland, some 200 km above
the Arctic Circle, where nature is raw and powerful and deep endless forests
and mighty rivers dominate the landscape. We base ourselves at Rajamaa, where
the Malmstrm family have been welcoming guests since 1986. Situated on an
island in the River Muonio between Sweden and Finland, the local village has
only seven inhabitants two of which are our hosts for the week! Immersed in
one of the most spectacular untamed wilderness areas Europe has to offer, we
spend a week learning about the Sami culture and connecting with nature while
trying a variety of activities including dogsledding, snowshoeing and forest
skiing. Our trip culminates with a two-day expedition in the forest, where we
stay overnight in a traditional log cabin and, with luck, enjoy the magical
display of the Northern Lights.

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Highlights

* Learn and experience the Smi culture
* Try dogsledding and showshoeing in the Arctic
* Two-day wilderness expedition on forest skis
* Chance to see the Northern Lights

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Kittil (Finland); transfer to Rajamaa, in Swedish Lapland.

After landing atKittil Airport (Finland) we drive westward for approx. 1
hour crossing into Swedish Lapland. Our base for the week is Rajamaa, a
complex of cozy wooden chalets located on a remote island in the river
Muonio, looking out over two countries, Sweden and Finland. Upon check-in we
will be welcomed by our hosts, the friendly Malmstrm family, who have been
running the accommodation since 1986. Depending on the arrival time of the
group, the main briefing will be done tonight or tomorrow morning.

Day 2
Snowshoeing through wintry landscape; spot local fauna and enjoy lunch in the
forest; walk back to the chalets over frozen swamps and hills.

After a hearty breakfast we are provided with all of the equipment and
information needed for a week of activities in arctic conditions. Setting off
on our snowshoes, we venture into thefabled wintry landscape surrounding
Rajamaa and learn more about the unique raw nature of Lapland.Our guide
will help us spotting tracks of birds and other local fauna in the snow and
explain how the local trees and bushes have managed to adapt to thisharsh
climate.We enjoy our lunch by a flaming log fire in the forest, before
walking back overfrozen swamps and hills to our chalets. In the afternoon
we have some free time to enjoy a the sauna or a hot drink in the dining
room. After dinner we enjoy an interesting presentation and slideshow about
onethe Scandinavian big predators, the Lynx.

Day 3
Enjoy thrilling dogsledding tour through the forest; afternoon introduction
to forest skiing.

This morning we visit a local sleddog centre and meet aprofessional musher,
who will tell us about the life of the firendlySiberian Husky dogs, their
training and behaviour. He will also explain a few simple rules to safely
ride and lead the dogs.Divided into pairs, we then enjoy the challenge and
adventure of driving our own dogsledfor approx. 17km through a magical
winter landscape of snow-clad forests and frozen swamps.Taking turns during
the tour gives you the chance to feel like a real musherand to enjoy the
landscape and take pictures when sitting on the dog sled as a passenger.In
the afternoon we return to our accommodation and familiarise ourselves with
forest-skiing, in preparation for our two-day expedition later in the week.
Forest skis originate traditionally from Scandinavia and Russia and have been
used in Lapland as mean of transportation for thousands of years. They are
usually wooden and differ from cross-country skis as they are much larger.
Youcan easily glide down hill or go uphill (thanks to the skins located
under the skis) but they can also be used in deep-snow and off-track. They
come with universal bindings, meaning that you can clip on your regular
winter boots. This evening, after a hearty dinner, we enjoy another wildlife
presentation at the main lodge.

Day 4
Free day; optional snowmobile safari.

Today is free for you to enjoy one of the optional activities available
locally. You may decide to experiencethe thrill of driving a snowmobile
through snowy forests, over frozen rivers, and hills or explore the
surroundings on cross-country skis or snowshoes.Alternatively you may
choose to relax at the lodge and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this
beautiful setting.

Day 5
Spend a morning with a local Sami family and learn of their culture, ancient
traditions and rein-deer herding; enjoy the sauna back at the lodge.

Today we have awonderful insight to the life and work as a reindeer herder
and the indigenous Sami lifestyleas we visit a local family. Between 75.000
to 100.000 Sami people live in the Arctic regions of Norway, Finland, Sweden
and Russia, preserving their unique language and ancient traditions in
today’s modern world. We spenda couple of relaxing hours, listening to
their stories and to the sparkling fire while enjoying some traditional Sami
food and hot steaming coffee. We will also be introduced to the reindeer and
have the opportunity to get really close to them and perhaps feed them. We
return to our lodge in the afternoon and enjoy some free time before dinner.

Day 6
Set off on a two-day wilderness expedition on forest skis;stay overnight in
a log-cabin; chance to see the Northern Lights.

Today we start a tough 2-day tour on forest skis. We carry only the necessary
equipment for the day in a small rucksack whilst the rest will be transported
for us to the cabin. We venture deep into the forest, crossing frozen lakes
and swamps, pine clad hills and valleys, until reaching our special
accommodation for the night, a cozy log-cabin, traditionally used for for
forest workers, heated by fire and using water from melted snow. We will all
participate in the preparation of tonight’s supper and will enjoy an optional
sauna, before going to sleep in our dorm-style rooms. That is, if the
impressive Aurora Borealis is not keeping us awake!

Day 7
Ski back to Rajamaa; relax in the sauna and enjoy farewell dinner.

After breakfast we get on the skis and head back again to Rajamaa. We may be
able spot some wild rendeer and moose in the area or even come across the
tracks of Lynx or Wolverine. Back at the lodge, enjoy a final well-deserved
sauna before our farwell dinner!

Day 8
Transfer to Kittil (Finland); fly to London.

After breakfast those on the group flight or wishing to join the group
transfer will be driven to Kittil airport.Flights to London are usually
via Stockholm.