Arrival by plane to Ivalo and continue by bus to Saariselkä, check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
From the hotel, we go on shorter and longer, varied snowshoe tours in the region, mostly directly from the hotel, sometimes with a (taxi) bus, in the sprawling tundra landscapes. On one evening, we can also experience the Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) on a reindeer sleigh ride, followed by a crackling fire and learn more about the way of life of the Sami indigenous people and the reindeer. Cold-weather clothes including shoes are provided and are included. Another day we will be traveling with huskies and passing the wintry landscape either as a musher or in the sled. On the way there we will a stop for a small snack. We will finish this day by a crackling fire with coffee, tea and a small snack, learning even more about the huskies and their way of life. Cold-weather clothes including shoes are provided and are included.
There will be 1 free day, at leisure.
During these days, we enjoy quite long daylight despite the Nordic winter. In the evening we have great chances to see the Northern Lights various colors draws.
Return from Saariselkä by bus. Plane to Zurich. If possible, there will be some time left after the tour, be it for saunas or shopping in a variety of small shops selling local handicrafts. At dinner we can end the day with local specialties and reminiscences of our trip.
Open to everyone
7 nights in a double room in a 3-star hotel in Saariselkä, breakfast included, with 4 meals in restaurants, sauna and Wi-Fi. Double room for single use possible (additional charge, limited number).
The weather is comparable to ours at the same time of the year in the Alps, eg Engadin. It can change quickly. The temperatures can be between about 0 ° C and -25 ° C or even lower. The air, however, is dry, so that you can feel even less cold than, for example, in the Swiss midlands with a rather humid climate. The daylight duration is quite long at this time (6.5 to 7.5 hours)! Every day means almost 10 more minutes of possible sunshine! Comparison: In Zurich about 10 hours of sunshine are possible at the same time.
The equipment is similar to snowshoe tours in the Alps. The tours are not avalanche dangerous. So we do NOT need any safety equipment. Together with the detailed information, you will also receive a detailed packing list.
The tours are technically easy, and you just need a basic fitness level. We will be hiking for about 3 to 5 hours a day, with an ascent of approx. 200m-500m, descent: approx. 200-500m, each day. Terrain: easy, flat to moderately rising, in open, hilly tundra landscape and through forests
Markus Glättli, Hiking Leader with Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training, Ranger BZW and GeoGuide Sardona.
Let you whisk away in unique landscapes in Switzerland, the Cinque Terre, the Chamonix region or even Finnish Lapland. Learn stories, legends and interesting information and enjoy local delicious products of the region.
Enjoy full service for individual customers, small groups or companies. Take the time and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of unspoilt nature. Experience nature.
I offer tours in English, German and French.
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