66° North, that is right on the Arctic Circle, you are at the wheel of your snowmobile, the reigns of your husky and reindeer sled or even op top of your snowshoe hike through the pristine virgin forests and over frozen lakes and rivers.
Going footloose and fancy-free in Lapland yet short on time? This 5-day shortbreak has your name written all over it. A short yet powerful, peaceful yet adrenaline-filled programme with active participation in husky and snowscooter rides, snowshoe hikes, a BBQ in the snow and reindeer sledding, what else did you expect in the land of Santa Claus? Northern lights? Just book an evening excursion, go and track it on your own or count on good luck. Your small-scale hotel is located in the midst of nature.!
What could possibly stop you now? Just give yourself the permission to slide in. Fun guaranteed and you have been missing out on it too long already, right?
If you book this exciting shortbreak now with a departure on 8/12, 12/12, 20/12, 09/01 or 13/01 you will enjoy a nice extra discount of € 200 per person
Day 1 - Flight & Arrival at Valkea Lodge (D)
Today you board your flight to Lapland and excitement rushes through your veins as this new adventure calls. At arrival, your transfer to the Valkea Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights, awaits. You check in, unpack in your log cabin, go over the programme with your guide and try on your warm thermal clothing which will be yours to use for the entire length of the stay. In the evening you re-join the lodge's restaurant for a delightful dinner.
Day 2 - Full day outing with huskies (B+L+D)
Five hours full of positive stimuli while mushing or steering your own husky sled pulled by a team of 4 to 6 spirited dogs. Thank goodness you do not have to tackle this on an empty stomach. This activity is by the way one of the reasons why this programme is not suitable for children under the age of 15. Once your initial anxiety has been overcome, it is pure indulging. A tasty outdoor lunch provides connection and fun talking about the new found passion in colourful superlatives! Your breaking new ground, pushing set boundaries. Dinner is served at the lodge.
Day 3 - Half day by snowscooter and on snowshoes (B+L+D)
Ready for a 3-hour snowmobile ride for two on this Lappish mode of transport par excellence? Of course you can do a few laps first to boost your confidence and prepare yourself for a thunderous trip over frozen lakes and rivers right through the enchanting taiga. This is the stuff memories are made of.
A hot lunch will be ready when you arrive at the lodge, welcome calories for the 3-hour snowshoe hike that follows! It's like being part of a winter fantasy tale. You are surrounded by white fairy trees in an overwhelming, untouched nature while your guide introduce you to the fauna and flora of the Lappish wilderness. Take a deep breath, in Lapland you just may breathe in what could be the purest air in the whole world!
Day 4 - Visit to a reindeer farm incl reindeer sleighride (B+L+D)
To complete your Lappish shortbreak experience, a visit to a reindeer farm has been programmed. You will have the opportunity to feed the animals there and spice up your Instagram or FB account with original photos. Then it's time for a 1 km 'Santa Claus ride' aboard a reindeer sleigh. Flying through the sky is not part of the deal except for your cries of joy and delight. Lunch and dinner are served at the lodge as usual. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 - Valkea Lodge Departure & Flight (B)
Hotels & Meals
At Valkea Lodge you reside in brand new, cosy, semi-open chalets in the middle of an oasis of tranquillity. Each chalet features a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious bathroom, a fireplace and a bedroom for two people and, if desired, even a private sauna! In the main building you can enjoy tasty, authentic Scandinavian dishes, a nice drink by the fireplace or buy some small souvenirs from the shop.
In the immediate vicinity of Valkea Lodge unfolds a fabulous network of nature trails, ideal for snowmobile safaris, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and snowboarding/ downhill skiing and so much more. In addition, the lodge has its very own Husky farm with real Siberian huskies.
Chalet Types & Upgrade
• Standard Chalet for 2 persons with a separate bedroom with a double bed (twin bed exclusively on request). The living area has a wood stove, picnic table and sofa bed for a maximum of 1 adult or 2 children. Equipped kitchen and bathroom. (standard price pp in price table)
• Chalet with sauna for 2 adults in a separate bedroom with a double bed (twin bed exclusively on request). The living area has a wood stove, picnic table and sofa bed for a maximum of 1 adult or 2 children. Equipped kitchen and bathroom. (Upgrade surcharge: €80/pp)
- For Belgian citizens* (babies and children as well) a valid Belgian ID suffices.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or persons travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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Norway and Sweden: Central European Time (CET), or GMT +1 (GMT +2 in summer)
Finland: Eastern European Time (EET), or GMT +2 (GMT +3 in summer)
Iceland: Central European Time (CET), or GMT -1h during winter season - GMT -2h during summer)
Daylight Saving Time is observed between the last Sunday of March and last Sunday of October.
Swedish Krona (SEK), 1 EUR = 10,15 SEK (01/10/21)
Icelandic kronur (ISK), 1000 ISK = 6.7EUR & 1 EUR = 149.97 ISK (15/10/2021)
- Credit cards are widely accepted. Cash Euros are current and widely accepted.
The Lapland region has a subarctic to continental climate characterized by mild summers and cold, snowy winters. During the peak travel season, December to February, the region experiences an average temperature range of about - 16 °C (3 °F) to 3 °C (37 °F) depending on location, with occasional lows of about - 30 °C (-22 °F) or colder with wind chill. Thankfully, the dry, crisp air has a moderating effect on the temperatures.
The amount and duration of snowfall also varies by location, but the average number of days with snow is around 175 – 225 days per year between mid-October and mid-May. The long-lasting snow cover makes Lapland an ideal place for leisure activities like dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, etc.
In the summertime, temperatures are usually 10 - 15 °C (50 - 60 °F) and rainfall is moderate. With an abundance of rivers and lakes in Lapland, boating and fishing are especially popular summer activities, as is hiking.
Average max. temperatures (°C):
- Return flight from Brussels (detail in quotation), incl. airport taxes
- 1 piece of hand baggage and 1 piece of checked baggage per person
- Airport transfers in Lapland
- 4 nights in the chosen accommodation incl. electricity, wood, water, towels and final cleaning
- Full board meals and coffee and tea after activities
- All excursions as described in the program
- Professional guidance by English and Dutch speaking guides
- Use warm thermal clothing, winter boots and gloves
- Extensive travel info: local tips, winter equipment and photography
- Local insurance for the use of the husky and reindeer sled, as well as warm clothing. This insurance also reduces the deductible for material damage to a snowmobile from € 700 to € 200 per
- VAT, and contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund
What's not included?
Tipping, personal expenses and optional excursions as well as your travel insurance.
Good to Know
Travel period: From 12DEC2021 to 07APR2022
Small activity groups up to 12 participants
This program is suitable for children 15 years old and up.
The order of the day-to-day program is subject to change and indicative.
Driving a snowmobile yourself is possible from the age of 18, provided you have a valid driver's license B.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve:
A special buffet will be provided on 24/12 and 31/12 and there will be fireworks and music on 31/12.
Supplement single snowmobile : €70/pp
Rent sauna at the lake (1h) : €30/pp
Standard Price per person