GOLD RUSH

GOLD RUSH

TRIPS TO LAPLAND – TOURS OF FINNISH LAPLAND

Day 1

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WELCOME TO HELSINKI

the coat of arms of Helsinki

  • arrival in Helsinki
  • bus transfer to the centre
  • check in at the hotel in Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

photo: Eetu Ahanen / VisitFinland

Helsinki, Finland

photo: Aku Pöllänen / VisitFinland

Day 2

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HELSINKI AND ARRIVAL TO LAPLAND

the coat of arms of Helsinki

  • sightseeing of Helsinki
  • lunch – Finnish cuisine
  • transfer to the airport
  • flight to Ivalo
  • transfer to Inari
  • check in at the hotel
  • dinner in the hotel restaurant

Hotel by the lake in Inari

Hotel

Lunch – Finnish cuisine

Meals

Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lapland in Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Pentti Sormunen / Vastavalo / VisitFinland

Lapland in Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Matthieu Ever / VisitFinland

SÁPMI (LAPLAND)

Sápmi is a vast region (380 thousand km²) in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia with a record low population density (i.e. even less than 2 people per km² in Finnish Lapland). The Laplanders (Saami) are the indigenous inhabitants whose quite a large group just like centuries ago are busy with reindeer herding. Lapland is a true wildlife sanctuary – one of the largest on the continent. At the end of World War II many Norwegian and Finnish towns in the North were completely destroyed by the retreating German army.

Day 3

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INARI

  • visit to the Sami Museum Siida
  • lunch
  • walking tour to the Pielpajärvi church (14 km)
  • dinner
  • accommodation

Lunch in the museum

Meals

Dinner – picnic

Sajos - the Sami Parliament and the Culture Centre in Inari. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: VisitFinland

INARI

Picturesque village upon Inari lake – the largest in Sápmi (Lapland), in a place where the Juutuanjoki River flows into the lake. It is considered being the capital of Finnish Lapland. It is a place where the Sami Parliament gathers. There is also the Sajos Culture Centre and one of the finest open-air museums – Siida. The Inari commune with the area of 17 300 km² is the largest in Finland but inhabited only by 600 people.

Sami women, Lapland, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Riku Pihlanto / VisitFinland

LAPPLANDERS (SAMI PEOPLE)

Lapplanders (Sami people) are descendants of a pre Indo-European nomadic tribe that inhabited Fennoscandia over 10 thousand years ago. They speak Sami languages belonging to the Uralic language family. Sami people are not related to any other Scandinavian nation. The origin of word Lapp is probably derived from Swedish term for a ‘patch’ which meaning is perceived as pejorative. That is why today’s commonly used term is ‘Sami people’.

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MIDSUMMER DAY

25 MAY UP TO 20 JULY

PIELPAJÄRVI CHURCH

Built in 18th century, the Pielpajärvi church used to be a spiritual centre for the neighbourhood. Now it is situated in a distant place from inhabited areas.

Pielpajärvi church, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Trogain

Siida Museum, Inari, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Siida

Siida Museum, Inari, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Siida

SIIDA

Open-air museum documenting Saami culture, presenting their live not only in Finland but in the entire region of Sápmi. The traces of human settlement dating back from before 6 thousand years were found at the area of Siida. One of the most interesting museums in Finland.

Sami Museum Siida, Inari, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Siida

Sami dress. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Tea Karvinen / VisitFinland

Sami shoes. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Tea Karvinen / VisitFinland

Day 4

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ALONG THE JUUTUANJOKI RIVER

  • walking tour along the Juutuanjoki river (15 km)
  • lunch
  • cruise to Ukko island
  • dinner
  • night at the hotel

Lunch – Sami cuisine

Meals

Diner – Finnish sandwiches

Inari, Finnish Lapland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: VisitFinland

THE JUUTUANJOKI RIVER

The area along the Juutuanjoki River is very important for the Sami community. First Sami settlements were built here. It is also a place for traditional meetings and of course a source of fish. A beautiful hiking trail allows reaching spectacular cascades on the river. Other thrilling attraction is crossing the river over a rope bridge.

Ukko island, Finnish Lapland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Trogain

THE UKKO ISLAND

Saami’s sacred island. Even in the beginning of the 19th century it was a place of sacrifice to divine pagan beings. Pagan elements are still present in Sami traditions. The Sami people adopted Christianity late (mainly in 18th century). In Finnish and Estonian mythology Ukko is a god of sky, weather and nature. It is a divine being responsible for the crops.

Inari, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Pekka Tamminen

YOU SHOULD TRY!

sandwiches with salmon, prawns, reindeer meat

Finnish sandwiches. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Helen Penjam

Walking tour

Walking tour along the Juutuanjoki river (15 km)

Cruise

Cruise to Ukko island

Nature study

Nature study

Day 5

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URHO KEKKONEN NATIONAL PARK

  • bus transfer to Saariselkä
  • lunch
  • hiking across Urho Kekkonen National Park (6 km)
  • free time in Saariselkä
  • dinner
  • return trip by bus to the hotel in Inari

Lunch – reindeer hamburger

Meals

Dinner – salmon salad

Urho Kekkonen National Park. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Aleksi Koskinen / VisitFinland

Urho Kekkonen National Park. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Aleksi Koskinen/VisitFinland

Urho Kekkonen National Park. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Aleksi Koskinen/VisitFinland

URHO KEKKONEN NATIONAL PARK

It’s a second largest national park in Finland (over 2500 km²). Many legends of hermits and reindeer breeders originated from the area. The hiking route passes the Iisakkipää plateau abounding in remains of the ice age. A magnificent view of the rocky Iisakkipää plateau and the Pääsiäiskuru valley is the main attraction of the trip.

Walking tours

Walking tour across Urho Kekkonen National Park

(6 km)

Nature study

Nature study

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

a visit to sauna is not only a hygiene treatment for the Finns. It is also an important social ritual, a part of Finnish culture.

Finnish sauna. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: VisitFinland

YOU SHOULD TRY!

REINDEER HAMBURGER

Reindeer hamburger. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Kim Ekman / VisitFinland

DID YOU KNOW?

Urho Kekkonen National Park is a perfect place for birdwatching. Golden eagles, Siberian jays, pine grosbeaks, ptarmigans or golden plovers can be spotted there.

Pine grosbeak. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Ron Knight

PINE GROSBEAK

Golden eagle. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Jarkko Järvinen

GOLDEN EAGLE

Siberian jay. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Ron Knight

SIBERIAN JAY

Day 6

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GOLD RUSH

  • bus transfer to the Lemmenjoki National Park
  • boat cruise on the Lemmenjoki river towards the Ravadas waterfalls
  • gold panning
  • bonfire
  • joiking
  • lunch
  • visit in the Sami settlement
  • meeting with reindeers
  • return trip to Inari
  • dinner
  • night at the hotel

Lunch

 Bidos – traditional Sami soup made of reindeer meat

Meals

Dinner – Sami delicacies

Lemmenjoki National Park, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Henri Sivonen

Lemmenjoki National Park, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Henri Sivonen

LEMMENJOKI NATIONAL PARK

The largest of Finnish national parks, located in the basin of the gold-bearing Lemmenjoki River. Beware of the risk of being affected by a gold rush. Lemmenjoki together with Norwegian Øvre Anárjohka National Park is the largest protected area in Europe. Traditional reindeer breeding in the region of Lemmenjoki is continuously cultivated here by the Sami people.

DID YOU KNOW?

JOIK

is a style of Sami singing which with accompaniment of drum was an important element of shaman’s rituals. The joik as a pagan practice was forbidden for many centuries.

DID YOU KNOW?

REINDEERS

are not only meant to pull Santa’s sleigh? They have never been fully domesticated but are commonly used by the Saami as pack, saddle and draft animals. They supply the Saami with meat, milk, leather and bones.

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 photo: Anneli Hongisto / VisitFinland

Sami shaman. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: josu.orbe

Lapland, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Taipale Brothers / VisitFinland

Workshops and team building

Boat cruise on the Lemmenjoki River

Gold panning

Traditional Sami dishes by the bonfire

Sami culture and traditions

Joiking

Visit to the Sami settlement

Meeting with reindeers

Felt making show 

Day 7

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OTSAMOTUNTURI PLATEAU

  • hiking to Otsamotunturi plateau (18 km)
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • night at the hotel

Lunch – picnic al fresco

Meals

Dinner – Sami fish dish

OTSAMOTUNTURI PLATEAU

The Otsamotunturi plateau is a place with a magnificent view of the Inarijärvi and Muddusjärvi lakes, the Hammastunturit, Muotkatunturi and Joenkielinen plateaus as well as Lemmenjoki National Park and the Juutuanjoki River.

Otsamotunturi plateau, Finland. Trips to Lapland, tours of Finnish Lapland – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Ulla Moilanen

Day 8

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BACK HOME

  • transfer to the airport
  • flight back
  • lunch

Meal in a lunch box

Meals

PRICE from 1 330 € per person*

*The price for a person in a group of 20. Flight both ways from the continent, transportation on the spot, accommodation in a hotel (share in a double room), meals, guide service, entrance fees inclided in the price.

For groups between 10 and 60 people

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SAMI PEOPLE

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Legend

  • hotel
  • ferry or ship cruise
  • horse riding
  • knowledge
  • shopping
  • bus transfer
  • canoeing rally
  • monuments
  • art
  • attractions for kids
  • meals
  • amusement park
  • workshop or team building
  • car
  • plane
  • bike trips
  • swimming pool
  • active
  • relax
  • fishing
  • walking tour
  • diving
  • nature
  • spa
  • nature study
  • RIB
  • narrow-gauge railway
  • surf
  • adventure park
  • bungee jumping
  • go-karts
  • golf
  • off-roading
  • zip-line
  • shotting range or paintball
  • quads

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