Lapland Tours for ESN Lithuania

Lapland is a unique destination to explore, especially in winter! It offers awesome adventures like dog-sledding and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoe-hiking, ice-fishing and, ultimately lake-side sauna and arctic swim - a tradition, that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Finland! You can visit a reindeer farm and take a sleigh ride with the reindeer and meet the Santa Claus and his little helpers in their village! We cross the Arctic Circle and get a chance to see the breathtaking Northern Lights! This adventure, full of mystery, ancient Nordic culture and arctic freshness, is sure to blow your mind!
 
Deaprtures: 26-th February (from Kaunas), 14-th March (from Vilnius); 22-nd March NEW! (from Vilnius) 
Duration: 6 days
Departure cities: Vilnius, Kaunas 
Price: 350 Eur
 

Included

  • Transportation by bus
  • Ferry tickets Tallinn-Helsinki-Tallinn
  • Service from Scanbalt tour manager
  • Accommodation in motel or cottages, in shared rooms (3 nights)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Sauna and arctic swim (if conditions allow it)
  • Kota evening with open fire and hot wine
  • Use of Nordic skis, snowshoes and ice-fishing equipment
  • Short reindeer sled ride
  • Visit to Santa Claus Village and group picture with Santa
  • Visit to Rovaniemi - the capital of Finnish Lapland

Not included

  • Meals, except the ones listed above
  • Optional Activities

Highlights

  • Visit Lapland with its unique landscape, nature and climate
  • Spend the time in real wilderness living in cosy and well-equipped cottages
  • The chance to see the Northern Lights
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Enjoy the sauna and roll around in the snow or have the arctic swim
  • Go snowmobiling, dog-sledding and do the reindeer safari
  • Try out cross-country skiing, snow-shoe hiking and ice-fishing
  • Meet the Santa Claus
 
Accommodation
On this tour we will be staying in hostel or cottages, in shared rooms (2-8 beds). Most cabins will have basic cooking facilities (fridge, microwave, kitchen ware). The rooming lists will be made all together on first day of the tour.
 
Transport
We will be travelling with toursit bus, and our journey will contain 2 overnight rides. The bus has A/C, TV and WC; there are couple plug sockets; wifi is not available on the bus
Status:
Full

Tour Program

Day 1, Departure from Lithuania
We depart from Lithuania early morning and drive to Tallinn, where we catch the evening ferry to Helsinki. Once in Finland, we drive up north during the night. On the bus we get to know our travel mates, play games and watch some movies. We will also make regular stop for food.
 
Day 2, Korvala 
In the morning, we arrive in Lapland. We will spend the next days in Korvala - a small village and wilderness resort in Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival, we enjoy breakfast all together and set up the schedule for the snowmobile and husky sadaris. Now it’s time to settle in and discover the surroundings! You can borrow the snow-shoes, cross-country skis, sledges and ice fishing kit. We will also have a short reindeer safari together. All that is included!
In the evening, we have a nice dinner together and later it’s time for sauna and arctic swim.
 
Day 3, Korvala 
After breakfast, it is again possible to try the ice-fishing, do cross-country skiing and snow-shoe hike.
The rest of the day will be filled with activities: dog-sleding, snowmobiling and reindeer safari. We get to meet the local Siberian Huskies, which are all beautiful pedigrees from the working sled-dog line. We have soup lunch in Tipi tent.
We have dinner together, and later we gather in the Tipi tent to have a cosy evening with fire and some hot wine. Keep your eyes open for the Northern lights! Sauna is available tonight as well!
 
Day 4, Korvala – Pyhä – Korvala 
Today we are going on a half-day trip to Pyhä (http://ski.pyha.fi/eng/), where those who want can do mountain skiing or snowboarding. Alternative is to do some hiking – there are many beautiful hiking routes, our tour manager will help choose the suitable one and lead you for a hike.
We arrive back in Korvala in the afternoon. We enjoy the dinner together, and later it’s time for sauna! 
 
Day 5, Korvala-Rovaniemi –Helsinki 
Morning is free for your last safaris, skiing, or snow-she walks. Around midday we depart to Rovaniemi. We meet Santa Claus in his village and take a photo all together. Later we have some free time in Rovaniemi. We recommend to visit famous Arktikum Museum to learn more about Arctic nature and Sami culture http://www.arktikum.fi/EN/arktikum.html.
In the evening, we depart towards Helsinki. We drive during the night.
 
Day 6, Helsinki-Tallinn-Lithuania
We arrive in Helsinki early morning and catch a ferry to Tallinn, and then continue by bus to Lithuania. We arrive home late evening.

Optional activities

Optional Activities help you get the real taste of Lapland and make your trip fun and memorable! You can add the activities online in the booking system, as well as on the spot. For some activities the number of places is limited, so we can only guarantee allotment for those who book the activities in advance.
 
Please note that Optional Activity are for extra cost. The payment is done on the spot, directly to the local organizers. You can pay in cash or by bank card. For some activities Scanbalt can ask small pre-payment in order to confirm your participation.
 
Activity takes place with minimum 10 participants. It is possible to cancel Optional Activities up to 10 days prior to departure. If you have booked the activity and decide not to go when already in Lapland, you must still pay for your place, or find someone from the group who will do the activity instead of you. 
 

Optional Activities in Korvala

 
  • Husky safari (long) - 50 eur
  • Reindeer safari (long) - 65 Eur
  • Snowmobile safari  - 65 Eur - driving license is needed!
  • Winter clothing: snow suits - 10 eur; winter boots - 10 Eur (price for whole stay in Korvala)
  • Set of sheets and towel - 10 Eur (price for whole stay in Korvala)
  • Extra breakfast - 10 Eur - payment to Scanbalt 
 
If you have specific food preferences or restrictions, please let us know before the tour, so we can inform the local host - info@scanbaltexperience.com!
 
 
Snowmobile safari
On these safaris you will learn how to drive a snowmobile in the Arctic wilderness. After initial instruction, participants travel in pairs through the forest, each taking turns to drive the snowmobile. The route can be challenging and the speed will vary according to the conditions. The time spent driving the snowmobile is approximately 1 hour in total and that time does not include breaks. The distance driven in that time depends on the weather conditions and the skills of the participants, and may be altered for safety reasons, or due to poor weather conditions.
Duration: approximately 1½ hours in total including instruction, 2 persons/snowmobile.
Husky safari
On these safaris you will see how much fun dog sledding is, either whilst riding in or driving a dog sled. We start by teaching the necessary driving skills and then set off with our huskies through the forest and over hills. The time spent on the trail is about half an hour and does not include breaks. Participants usually travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride in the sled. The route can be challenging and the speed may vary according to weather conditions and the time of day, so the distance driven depends on these and the skills of the participants, and may be altered for safety reasons or due to poor weather conditions.
Duration: approximately 1 hour in total, including instruction.
Reindeer safari
On these safaris we ride in a sleigh pulled by the reindeer to our reindeer herding corral, where Poro-Hannu, a local reindeer herder, shows and explains how these beautiful animals of the north are cared for throughout the year. We make tea and coffee on a campfire and have time to chat with Poro-Hannu about his work. Distance covered approx. 4km, duration approx. 1-1½ hours.
Reindeer sled ride
We learn about how these arctic animals live and work, by going for a sled ride, two or three at a time, while Poro-Hannu, the reindeer herder, guides us on our way.
Duration: approximately 1½ hours in total for the group.