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Arctic Finland

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Take an Arctic road trip through Finland’s Lapland, known for its incredible powder and 200+ nights a year of visible Northern Lights. 

Set off on a 10-day Arctic adventure exploring the northernmost part of Finland, known as Lapland. This is the magical Arctic region known for its dark winter days, Northern Lights, wide open wilderness areas, frozen lakes and stunning Arctic fells.

On this tour, powered by our partners at Mint Tours, we’ll visit the northernmost ski areas in Europe including: Pyhä-Luosto, Saariselkä, Levi and Ylläs. Finnish ski resorts, due to their northern location are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ride powder with temperatures sitting well below zero.

When we’re not skiing and snowboarding, you’ll be living the ‘Arctic Life’ with uniquely Finnish activities including husky and snowmobile safaris, Lapland traditions such as smoke sauna and ice-hole swimming and touring the picturesque backcountry by snowshoe and snowmobile. We’ll also go pow-surfing using binding-less handcrafted boards and have an opportunity to purchase one direct from the factory in Rovaniemi.

As always, our tours are guided by experienced local hosts who live and work within the outdoor community of northern Finland and Lapland giving you a true ‘Mint’ perspective.


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Itinerary
Itinerary
Please note itinerary subject to change based on weather, conditions, and group preferences.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Day 1: Arrive to Rovaniemi and transfer to Pyhä Ski Resort

    Moi! Welcome to the Arctic Circle. Our tour commences in Rovaniemi either at the airport or in town at Hostel Café Koti. Grab a coffee with our guides before we load you and your luggage into our 4WD van. We will then commence our journey north across wide open wilderness, frozen lakes and Arctic fells to visit the most northern ski resorts in Europe.

    Our next stop is Pyhä Ski Resort, located within the remote Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Pyhä is our base for the next 4 nights and we stay at Hotel Pyhätunturi, a comfortable ski-in/ski-out hotel, just steps from the main chairlift and with incredible views across the Arctic fells.

    On arrival to the hotel, we encourage you to settle into your room, so you’re ready for the adventure ahead. At 6:00pm, meet your guides in the hotel bar for an information session. Our guides will explain what’s in store for the week, the current weather, run through equipment and answer any questions you have. Then join your guides for dinner and drinks at the Colorado Grill.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Day 2: Pyhä Ski Resort, smoke sauna, and ice swimming

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and join your guide for your first day riding at Pyhä Ski Resort. Here the wilderness is truly on our doorstep. The slopes and off-piste routes at Pyhä satisfy the needs of both intermediate and more experienced adventurers. Today we’ll show you the best terrain within the resort boundaries.

    This afternoon we will drive to Lake Pyhäjärvi to experience a traditional Lappish smoke sauna and take a dip in an Arctic lake. To start, we'll tell you about Finnish sauna culture and how to enjoy the Finnish style smoke sauna. The classic Lappish way is to spend 5-10 minutes in the sauna and then jump into the ice cold lake water. Switching back and forth between the hot and cold is a ritual with its own raw appeal. Our sauna is located on the shore of Lake Pyhäjärvi, so swimming to cool off goes hand in hand with sitting in the heat. We have a hole cut in the ice and you can take a dip in the freezing cold water. A cold plunge after a steamy session increases your blood flow, relieves stress and boosts your endorphin levels.

    Join us for a night at our lake-side cabin for a traditional 3 course Lappish dinner. Surrounded by your new friends you can relax by the fire in our cozy log cabin. Our local guides will prepare a delicious dinner made with the freshest local ingredients. A typical Lappish meal consists of Lappish bread, cheese and cloudberry jam, Lake Pyhä fish soup or creamy sweet potato soup, sautéed reindeer stew with smashed potatoes, lingonberries and cucumber, followed by berry pie and vanilla sauce.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Day 3: Pyhätunturi snow-surf session, husky safari

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and meet your guide. Today we will drive to one of the nearby fells located within the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. We'll spend a half day enjoying one of the favorite local pastimes of snow-surfing in powder on hand crafted binding-less snow-surf boards. Snow-surfing represents a return to the timeless pleasure of gliding, propelled only by gravity. The experience is simple yet infinitely enjoyable. We will choose the spot according to the current weather and snow conditions and try to find untouched powder. We will reach the backcountry with snowmobiles, and then use snowshoes for short ascents after each run. Included is guiding and instruction, Ilahu snow-surf boards, backpack, snowshoes, warm drinks and snacks.

    This afternoon we will visit a local husky farm where you will get the chance to be a musher in control of your own team of dogs. Experience the excitement of the dogs as they eagerly wait to pull you at a speedy pace through the breath-taking Lappish scenery. You'll be instructed how to control the sleds, which you get to ride in pairs. When sharing the husky sleigh on the safari one person is standing behind the sleigh as a controller and one is sitting on the sleigh as a passenger. The total duration is approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Once you return to the farm, relax by having a chat with the head musher about these amazing northern animals.

    After returning to the hotel you have free time. Either join your guides for dinner at one of the local restaurants, or enjoy a quiet evening relaxing. Keep in mind that seeing the Northern Lights is a common occurrence at this time of year, so keep in touch with your guide for the latest Aurora forecast.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Day 4: Guided backcountry ski/snowboarding in Pyhä-Luosto National Park

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and meet your guides. Today you'll explore the best powder-filled freeriding zones within the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Whether it’s your first time venturing into the backcountry or you’ve done it all before, riding the Pyhä backcountry is an unforgettable experience. And of course we’ll have our photographer on hand to capture all the action. We’ll start the day using the main chairlift to gain some elevation then exit the resort. Hikes are short and snow can be deep, which makes for a fun day skiing and snowboarding in the backcountry. When it’s lunch time out here, it’s time to get out of the elements and escape the cold in a ‘kota, which is a traditional Finnish timber hut in the woods where visitors can cook food over the fire. We’ll break for lunch in a kota and grill some sausages over the fire. After lunch, we’ll ride some more and eventually make our way back into the resort. This adventure is suitable for snowboarders and skiers who can comfortably ride off-piste and in the trees and who have a sense of adventure. Included is a single run lift ticket, professional guiding, snowshoes and snacks. Any additional equipment can be rented for a small fee from the resort base.

    After returning to the hotel you have free time. For our final night in Pyhä we head to one of the nearby bars and restaurants for dinner.
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Day 5: Pyhä free day, transfer to Saariselkä, home of the Northern Lights

    This morning you have free time. You may want to spend your last morning in Pyhä riding the resort, or try some of the other adventure activities on offer like ice-climbing and fat biking. Or you can simply enjoy a well-deserved sleep in after the last 3 action packed days.

    At midday, we check out of the hotel and drive north. Our second stop for the tour is Saariselkä which is the most northern ski resort in Europe sitting 250km north of the Arctic Circle. Being so far north, Saariselkä is a prime location for Aurora activity. Our guides will keep a sharp eye on the Aurora forecast during our stay. On arrival to Saariselkä, we’ll check into our hotel. Our base for the next 2 nights is Hotels Riekonlinna, situated next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, a magnificent Arctic fell that extends to the Russian border. It’s an amazing slice of Finland, home to bears, wolverines and golden eagles, plus thousands of free-grazing reindeer. On arrival to the hotel, we encourage you to settle into your room, unpack and set-up your equipment for the following day.
    Either join your guides for dinner at one of the local restaurants, or enjoy a quiet evening relaxing. Saariselkä is one of the best places in Finland to view the Northern Lights so clear your diary between 9pm and 1am for Aurora watch.
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Day 6: Saariselkä Ski Resort, Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and join your guide for a day riding at Saariselkä Ski Resort – the most Northern resort in Europe. The ski area spans across two incredible Arctic fells. Today we’ll show you the best terrain within the resort boundaries.

    Join your guides for an early dinner before our evening adventure. Tonight, we will chase the Northern Lights with snowmobiles. Once it’s dark, our guide will take you away from the village glow to the fells of Saariselkä. If nature and weather is on our side, you will get to witness the incredible Northern Lights. We will go to the best spots in the area with our professional guide to search for the Aurora Borealis. You are welcome to bring your own camera and tripod on this trip. Of course, the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and we are not able to predict their appearance, activity or colour, but we will do our best to make sure you enjoy the safari. Along the way we will stop to warm up by the open fire and you can enjoy some hot sausages and drinks while we share stories on the Arctic way of life. For this activity a valid driver’s license is required to operate the snowmobile. You will be supplied with a thermal outfit and there will be 2 people per snowmobile. Solo riding is possible, you just need to pay a single supplement of 45 €.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Day 7: Inari cultural visit, transfer to Levi Ski Resort

    After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and depart Saariselkä. Today we’ll drive to Finland’s largest resort, Levi. The ride to Levi takes us through the village of Inari which is a remote northern outpost and the traditional homelands of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognised indigenous people. The village of Inari is the heart of the Sámi culture in Finland. The Sámi Museum, Sámi Cultural centre and Sámi parliament are all located in Inari. The Sámi have their own languages and culture, which differ from those of ethnic Finns. We stop in Inari for lunch before we continue our drive to Levi.

    We’ll arrive at Levi Ski Resort in the afternoon. Our base for the next 3 nights is the Break Sokos Hotel Levi, located in the main village and just a short walk to the chairlift. Levi is one of the largest ski resorts in Finland and it's known for its world-class slopes, high-quality selection of arctic activities and restaurants plus the mother of all après ski. Levi offers something for everyone, and the exceptional quality of the in-bound runs and park makes Levi one of the best resorts in Finland.


    Either join your guides for dinner at one of the local restaurants, or enjoy a quiet evening relaxing.
  • 8
    Day number 8
    Day 8: Levi Ski Resort & après-ski

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and join your guide for your first day riding at Levi Ski Resort. We’ll spend a full day riding the slopes and off-piste routes at Levi and show you the best terrain within the resort boundaries.

    Top the day off by enjoying Levi´s legendary après-ski, where you can party like the Finns, see a live band, check out the big screens at the sports bars, or try your luck against the locals at one of their favorite past-times, karaoke.

    After a big day riding and enjoying the après-ski atmosphere, it’s time for a well-earned sauna, some beers and some local Finnish cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Levi.
  • 9
    Day number 9
    Day 9: Ylläs Ski Resort, Levi après-ski

    After breakfast at the hotel, gear up and join your guide. Today we make the 40-minute drive to Ylläs, the largest resort in Lapland and Finland. Ylläs is a free-rider's dream with plenty of access to off-piste areas. Plus, there are four different terrain parks, wide and well-groomed runs, and an incredible backdrop for making those perfect turns. We’ll spend a full day riding the slopes and off-piste routes at Ylläs and show you the best terrain within the resort boundaries.

    After a long day riding at Ylläs, we drive back to Levi so you can catch the early evening après-ski party.

    For our final night in Levi, join your guides for dinner and drinks at one of the lively restaurants on the mountain.
  • 10
    Day number 10
    Day 10: Ilahu Snow-surf factory visit in Rovaniemi, departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out and depart for Rovaniemi. For our final day, we stop at the Ilahu Snowsurf Workshop for a quick tour and talk about how their boards are made.

    Our tour concludes in Rovaniemi. We say goodbye and transfer you to your hotel or Rovaniemi Airport.
Trip Package Includes
  • 9 nights twin share accommodation (4 nights Pyhä, 2 nights Saariselkä, 2 nights Levi)
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Pyhätunturi Snow Surf session with guiding, equipment, snowmobile assists & lunch
  • Guided backcountry day in Pyhä-Luosto National Park includes snow shoes & lift ticket
  • Visit to a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and ice-swimming hole
  • 3 course traditional Lappish dinner
  • A 10km Husky safari in Luosto
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile safari in Saariselkä
  • Visit to the village of Inari, the heart of the Sámi culture
  • Guided day at Pyhä Ski Resort + 1 day lift ticket
  • Guided day at Saariselkä Ski Resort + 1 day lift ticket
  • Guided day at Levi Ski Resort + 1 day lift ticket
  • Guided day at Ylläs Ski Resort + 1 day lift ticket
  • Guided morning at Ounasvaara Ski Resort
  • Return Rovaniemi Airport scheduled transfers with meet & greet
  • Private transport throughout the tour in 4WD vehicles
  • Local Arctic host & Mint snowboard guide
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply

Trip does NOT Include
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Rovaniemi Airport (RVN)
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads) 
  • Single supplement (by request, contact us if interested)
  • Most lunches and dinner
  • Alcohol
  • Ski, snowboard, or personal gear
  • Guide gratuitie
     

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Area Information

Lapland, Finland


Above the Arctic Circle, in the northernmost section of Finland you’ll find Lapland. Famous for being one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, as well as for its skiing, snowboarding, Sami culture, huskies, reindeer and even Santa Claus, this area is rich with wilderness, powder, and culture. Together we’ll explore the region’s best ski resorts. A short drive from Rovaniemi, Pyhä ski area is easily accessible from our ski in/ski out hotel, and serves as a gateway to the backcountry of Pyhä-Luosto National Park. In the far north of Lapland, Saariselkä, the center of local Sami culture, also hosts a wide range of ski terrain and the opportunity to explore beautiful Urho Kekkonen National Park by snowmobile and husky sleds - not to mention, it’s the best place to see the Northern Lights. On to Levi, a world class ski and snowboard destination and the mother of all après-ski. We save the largest and highest ski resort in Finland for last: Ylläs. With 63 slopes and 29 lifts, Ylläs also consistently scores the best powder in Lapland.  
 
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

The Arctic can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -20. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).
 

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FAQ
FAQ
  • What happens once I book the trip?
    After you sign up for this tour, you will receive pre-trip emails from Mint Tours with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. Mint will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing you’ll be invited to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
  • Is my departure guaranteed?
    Please note this trip requires a minimum number of guests to run. Please do not purchase flights or make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from either evo or Mint Tours.
  • How do I meet up with the group?
    We have set arrival and departure times for this tour to meet our transfers. Please meet at Hostel Cafe Koti in Rovaniemi by midday on Day 1. On Day 10, please ensure your flight departs Rovaniemi (RVN) after 4:00pm. If you are unable to arrive and depart as per noted times, you will need to make your own travel arrangements to/from the airport to your accommodation at your own cost. Please note that bus arrival and departure times are approximate and may be affected by weather and traffic conditions.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Throughout the tour you’ll stay in modern, 3 to 4 star hotels. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 passengers per room. Our comfortable rooms are equipped with 2 single beds, great heating and private ensuite bathroom. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. We aim to allocate rooms by gender, however this cannot be guaranteed. If you'd prefer your own room, please request a single room at time of booking. Single supplements may be available.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    This tour is best suited for confident skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Lapland has glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees.
  • Do you have a deposit option, or is full payment due at time of booking?
    You may either apply full payment at time of booking, or if preferred you can place a 50% deposit ($1761). If you choose to pay deposit, please call in to Customer Care at 1.866.386.1590 as we cannot take deposit payments through the website. If you pay deposit at time of booking, final payment is due 90 days prior to the trip.
  • Do you offer rentals?
    Mint Tours can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
  • Who will be on my tour?
    Your group will be made up of travelers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that each destination has to offer. 72 hours to cancel with no fee 3 days after the booking until 60 days before the trip; $100 USD cancellation fee would be charged 59 days until 30 days before the trip; 50% of the trip cost would be charged 29 days or less before the trip; 100% of the trip cost would be charged
  • Who are the guides?
    All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season. Arto Pitkainen, our expert guide for Finland, knows all Lapland resorts in detail and is always keeping a sharp eye on the weather to find his guests the best snow and of course the elusive Northern Lights.
  • What will the food be like?
    Daily breakfast is included and will be European style: cheeses, breads, yogurt, cereals etc. For lunch and dinner expect Scandinavian fare including Lappish delicacies such as reindeer sausage, salmon, vegetables, and bread cheese. Most dietary restrictions can easily be accommodated, please feel free to check in with any questions or concerns.
  • How many people are on this tour?
    We know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratios in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 6 guests. Our small groups allow greater maneuverability and access to the best experiences a destination can offer.
  • What Covid-19 policies and precautions are you taking?
    Please see https://minttours.com/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19-customer-information/ for details.
  • What happens if borders are closed due to Covid-19?
    The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates here (https://minttours.com/about-us/terms-and-conditions/).
  • Is trip insurance required?
    Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ecuador and travelers can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa. However, sanctions including fines and deportation can occur if you stay past this time period. You must have vaccination of yellow fever and malaria medication to enter this region. You must also provide proof of Covid-19 vaccine certificate or a negative PCR test.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo upholds Mint Tours’ terms and conditions for cancellation. Should you cancel your trip more than 60 days prior to departure, you will receive a full refund. Any cancellation made within 60 days before departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee of the total booking amount.
Testimonials
I've been on 6 Mint Tours (and counting) and cannot recommend the company highly enough. Whether you need a crew to ride with, want to know where the best powder is hidden or want to progress your skills you will be in safe hands with Mint. You will get so much more out of these trips than you will hitting the mountains with a group of your friends, but hey, the more the merrier so bring your crew with you or just come on your own
Nicole
evoTrip Guest
Just returned from a trip riding and finding powder daily with Mint. 3rd trip with Mint and won’t be the last. Cheers for another great one Jarred.
Christian
evoTrip Guest
Exceptional tour! Lapland, Scandinavia! Trip of a lifetime! Good guides, good snow, good everything!
Tristan
evoTrip Guest

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