Arctic Lapland Tour
March 25, 2018 to April 01, 2018
$2450 PER PERSON
Svanstein Ski, Lucky Ranch, Pyhä & Pyhä-Luosto Backcountry
Join our Arctic Lapland Tour for an unforgettable trip through the Nordic regions of Finland and Sweden. Our group will spend 8 days traveling through this region and shredding at uniquely Arctic resorts, including Svanstein Ski, Pyhä & the Pyhä-Luosto backcountry. Guided by Finnish and Swedish locals who have been riding here for years, you’ll ride some legendary areas including challenging off-piste, incredible backcountry, and perfect free-riding terrain! Alongside snowboarding and skiing, you will also get the opportunity to experience unique Lappish activities, including Smoke Sauna, bask in the amazing natural beauty of the Arctic Circle and Northern Lights, and sample many of the local activities like ice hole swimming, sauna and husky sledding.
You will also get to experience Snow Surfing, which at it’s core, is a return to the roots of snowboarding. We will visit the ILAHU Factory where you can see how their snow surf boards are shaped. We’ll take a few demo boards, and you’ll get to ride these hand-crafted shapes in the local hills and backcountry areas. You’ll get to experience binding-free riding, propelled by gravity. Similar to surfing and skateboarding, the lack of bindings allows exploration of how stance and position affect the ride. It conveys the spirit and original stoke of surfing and gives the rider a connection with nature. It opens up the backcountry and backyard hills to new forms of riding and exploration.
Here’s what to expect on our Arctic Lapland Tour:
- You’ll ride in Finland and Sweden at local resorts and backcountry areas including Svanstein Ski. WATCH HERE
- You’ll have the best chance at witnessing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on the cold, clear nights. WATCH HERE
- You’ll get to experience snowboarding culture in the Arctic Circle while travelling with our local guides.
- You’ll get to go snow surfing in the Finnish backcountry with snowmobile assisted ascents. WATCH HERE
- You’ll have the opportunity to sample many of the local activities like ice fishing, ice hole swimming, sauna, husky sledding, ice karting and snowmobiling.
We have limited spots available for this tour.
Accommodation & Meals.
- 4 nights twin share accommodation at Hotel Pyhätunturi
- All breakfasts at Hotel Pyhätunturi
- 3 nights twin share accommodation at Svanstein Lodge
- All breakfasts, lunches & dinners at Svanstein Lodge
Guiding & Lift Tickets
- A guided Backcountry Day in Pyhä-Luosto, includes use of backcountry safety equipment & lunch
- A guided Backcountry Day in Svanstein with snowmobile assisted ascents
- A guided powder surfing day with ILAHU boards, includes guiding, lunch, snacks and snowmobile assisted ascents
- A resort guiding day at Pyhä
- A resort guiding day at Svanstein Ski
- 1 day lift ticket Pyhä Resort
- 2 day lift ticket Svanstein Ski
Off Snow Inclusions
- ILAHU Snow Surf Factory visit
- A fleet of custom shaped ILAHU Snow Surf board available for guests to use
- A visit to a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and ice-swimming hole
- Private transfers throughout the tour
- Hosting by Mint Tours & our local Finnish guides
Arrival day, Rovaniemi, Finland (25 March)
Welcome to Finnish Lapland! Your guide will meet you at Rovaniemi Airport. Once all guests have arrived we’ll load up the van and transfer to Pyhä. We will head out for dinner in the evening so you can get to know the guests and guides. After dinner it’s up to you, you can experience Finland’s apres-ski, or relax at the hotel.
Pyhä Ski Resort (26 March)
Wake up and have breakfast at the hotel. Today we’re exploring Pyhä Ski Resort, which is just steps away from our front door. You can choose to ride Pyhä with your guide, or break off and do your own thing. Pyhä is a medium sized resort and has a good combination of groomed and off-piste areas to ride. After a day riding, there is loads of options. We can organize an ice-fishing trip, go ice-karting on a frozen track, head to a local husky farm and for a husky sled ride or perhaps go snowmobiling. Your guides will be on-hand to organize any of these experiences. One of the highlights being in the Arctic Circle is the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a light phenomenon that occurs in the Arctic sky on clear, dark nights, caused by solar winds interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field. Statistically, they are most likely to be spotted from mid-August to mid-April, so we’ll be closely watching the forecast for any viewing opportunities. In the evening we’ll have a group dinner and a few drinks at one of the local restaurants and sample a few local brews.
Pyhä Backcountry Day (27 March)
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and get prepared for our backcountry day. Today we’ll head out for a guided day into the Pyhä backcountry and surrounding national park. We’ll have our local guides on hand to show us all their secret zones and keep the good vibes going while we’re hiking and finding fresh lines. There are many different freeride areas in the vicinity of the Fell and the Pyhä-Luosto National Park, which offer challenging terrain suited to even to the most experienced riders. After a big day hiking we’ll head back to the hotel for a sauna and have some time to relax, before dinner at one of the local restaurants.
ILAHU Powder Surfing Day (28 March)
Early start with breakfast at hotel, then we’ll load up the van and we’ll drive to one of the local ‘Fells’. These Fells are local hills where we’ll have our snowsurf sessions. On arrival at the Fell, our guides will brief us about our backcountry location, provide us with safety info and load us up with some locally made energy bars so we’re ready for the day. We’ll make our approach to the ‘surf grounds’ with snowmobile & sleigh as well as some short hikes. We’ll then divide into groups of 4 and spend the morning snow surfing with our guides. When it’s lunch time, it’s time to get out of the elements and escape the cold into a ‘Kota’. These Kota’s are traditional Finnish timber huts in the woods, where visitors can cook food over the fire. We’ll break for lunch in a ‘Kota’, get warm, grill some food over the fire and share some beers. In the afternoon we’ll head out for another freeride session and explore some more lines on the Fell. After our snowsurf session, our traditional Finnish experience keeps on going. We’ll visit a local ice swimming hole and smoke sauna. We’ll then head back to our hotel for dinner and drinks.
ILAHU Factory & Transfer to Svanstein (29 March)
After breakfast we load the vans and depart Pyhä. Our next destination is the ILAHU Boards HQ in Rovaniemi. At the workshop you’ll meet our good friends Jan and Maxim who are the master craftsmen behind ILAHU Snow Surf boards. Find out about their boards HERE. This is where the magic happens and you’ll get to see the shaping process. Watch this short video on Jan and Maxim and how they have developed their designs and company. WATCH HERE On arrival at ILAHU we’ll get a brief introduction to snowsurfing, then we’ll get let loose in the workshop. The guys will give us an overview of the tools and the operation. To finish up we’ll have lunch in Rovaniemi and then head off to our next destination, Svanstein Ski which is located just across the border in Sweden. We’ll check in to our accommodation and then you’ll get to meet our local guides. These guys are here to give us a rundown on what to expect for the next few days. We’ll then have dinner and drinks at the hotel.
Svanstein Ski Resort (30 & 31 March)
After breakfast at the hotel, get ready to meet your guides. For the next 2 days you are going to be riding at one of our favourite destinations in Europe. If you want to get a feel for the terrain and conditions in Svanstein, then check out this short edit from last February. WATCH HERE. It’s enough to get anyone frothing to ride some Swedish pow. Apart from the super light dry snow and perfect freeride terrain, the resort has 16 marked runs plus a terrain park with a mini pipe. Svanstein also has some serious cred in the snowboard world. The resort is operated by three legends in snowboarding; Johan Olofsson, Ingemar Backman and Jacob Söderqvist. These guys will show us a few of their favourite runs and if the conditions are right, they will operate the sleds so we’ve got access to the best backcountry zones. If you’re still wanting to tick off some more Swedish experiences after riding, you can have a sauna with the locals, go husky sledding in a nearby village, or do some ice-fishing. At night we’ll get together for a group dinner at our lodge and enjoy a hearty three course Swedish meal.
Departure Day (1 April)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by check out. We’ll load up the van and drive back to Rovaniemi Airport where we’ll say goodbye after the epic week riding above the Arctic pow.
Throughout the tour we’ll be staying in twin share western style accommodation. All accommodation is comfortable and has modern facilities.
Small Group Numbers
We keep our group sizes small so you can get the most out of your time with us. We have our qualified and experienced guides and hosts on-snow every day throughout the tour. At night our hosts are on hand to show you around the local area. With small groups you’ll feel like part of the Mint Crew and not just another face in the crowd.
If you’re travelling solo you won’t be alone. In fact our tour is perfect for solo travellers, we just match you up with someone to room with for the entire time. Not only are our guides with you on-mountain during the day, they keep the stoke going well into the night, so you’ll always have crew to hang out with and places to go.
To secure your spot on the tour please contact us. We require a $500 deposit per person with balance payable 90 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.
For bookings contact us
Phone 1300 205 609
Email [email protected]