Ivalo: Winter Short Break in Northern Lapland

Utsjoki, Finland
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About this experience

You'll be staying at Xwander Suites, located in the center of Ivalo Village. Middle of Northern Lapland and the widest wilderness areas of European Union. Apartments are air conditioned and highly equipped. In the same building you have access to all of Xwander rental equipment that are complimentary for you to use during your stay.

Arrival in Ivalo
Whether you arrive by coach or by plane, we will greet you in Ivalo. Let the holiday begin!
We’ll assist with the Northern Lights forecasts from day one. Maybe you’ll be lucky and get to take awesome pictures of nature’s own light show tonight!

Day 1 - Aurora Camp with Open Fire Dinner
Spend the arrival evening in our cozy Aurora Camp with an open fire. We have cozy blankets for you and if we are lucky we see the Northern Lights. While spending the evening watching to the sky, our professional guide will prepare an open fire dinner for you.

Day 2 - Day in the Tundra - Winter Trek, Toboggan & Smoke Sauna
This day is full day experience in Inari’s most popular National Park areas. At start of the day we meet at our shop in Ivalo, where we hop on a car and drive to Saariselkä where we have a trek in beautiful winter forest, we choose the equipment (snowshoes or backcountry skis) per the days conditions. After the trek we have a lunch on top of one of the highest fjell’s of the area, Kaunispää. From Kaunispää we have great views for the surrounding wilderness areas and the National Park.

What is the best way to descend from top of the fell? Of course with toboggan! We have the longest tobogganing trail in Finland, 2000 meters of pure joy and terror! When we’re done with hills and speed we head to the Kiilopää Smoke Sauna with optional very refreshing Ice Swimming on a icy pond!

Day 3 - Day in Inari - Siida Museum, Open Fire Lunch & Reindeer Farm Visit
As the indigenous people of Lapland, the cultural heritage of the Sámi is immeasurably valuable. Today, you can explore it in the middle of beautiful Inari with a guide.

You’ll get to have lots of fresh air while learning various survival skills with the help of a guide or by exploring the local terrain yourself. If the ice on the nearby lake is strong enough, we may also try ice fishing! We’ll have our mouth-watering, Lapland style lunch outdoors in a wilderness hut.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit a reindeer farm to get acquainted with these iconic animals of Lapland. The animals are very tame and they will allow you to pet and feed them. Take a picture with a reindeer to capture the uniqueness of your Lapland holiday!

We’ll return to Ivalo in the afternoon. You will have free time tonight to relax & take it easy!

Day 4 - Departure from Ivalo
Goodbyes are always hard! To make things a bit easier, we have arranged transportation to the airport or bus station for you.

If you want to extend your Lapland holiday by visiting Rovaniemi, Kirkenes or elsewhere, we will be happy to help you with planning & can recommendations1

  • Duration

    4 day

  • Type of tour


  • Destination

    North Lapland

  • Country


  • Type of experience


  • Best time to visit

    • Spring
    • Autumn
    • Summer
  • Nearby stations

    • Enontekiö Airport

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