Arctic Circle Roadtrip
10 Night Tour I Finland, Norway & Sweden
March 17, 2017 to March 27, 2017
$3899 PER PERSON
Join our Arctic Circle Roadtrip for an unforgettable tour through the Nordic regions of Finland, Norway and Sweden. Our group will spend 11 days traveling through this region and shredding at six uniquely Arctic resorts, including Levi, Ylläs, Pallas, Narvik, Riksgränsen, Björkliden and Svanstein Ski. Guided by Finnish 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 experience unique husky and snowmobile safaris, try your luck at ice-fishing, head into the local backcountry to go snow surfing on our binding-less Ilahu Boards and bask in the amazing natural beauty of the Arctic Circle and Northern Lights. Not to mention visiting some of the world’s best Apres-Ski towns. The ultimate highlight is a snow cat trip to Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge, Sweden’s highest located Mountain Lodge, for an unforgettable overnight experience. This fully hosted tour includes private transportation, loaded up with local knowledge on all the ‘secret’ spots to shred. Throughout the tour we stay in comfortable lodge and hotel accommodation, and our English speaking guides are always on-hand to make you feel at home and answer questions along the way. Don’t miss this opportunity to tick these famous Nordic slopes off your must-ride list!
- You’ll ride in Finland, Norway 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 sample many of the local activities like ice fishing, ice hole swimming, sauna, husky sledding, ice karting and snowmobiling.
- You’ll get to go snow surfing in the Finnish backcountry with snowmobile assisted ascents. WATCH HERE
Day 1 – Arrival day, Rovaniemi, Finland
Meet & greet at Rovaniemi/Kittilä Airport and transfer to Levi. 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 hit the clubs and experience Finland’s infamous apres-ski, or relax at the hotel and take in the sights of the town of Levi.
Day 2 – Levi, Finland
Barely minutes away from our accommodation is the resort of Levi, home to world class skiing and snowboarding in Finland, and the mother of all apres-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. Being within the Arctic Circle, Levi gets hit with a good amount of Finnish snow on and off-piste, and is renowned for perfect terrain for all riding abilities. A great location for our warm-up session! Top the day by enjoying Levi´s legendary après-ski, where you can party like there is no tomorrow, see a live band, check out the big screens at the sports bars, or try your luck against the locals at karaoke. For those up for a unique experience, we also offer an action packed ice-karting and ATV trip as an optional extra. Test your driving skills and challenge one another on special-made snow and ice tracks at the Levi Action Park. After an epic first day, it’s time for a well-earned sauna, beers and a big bowl of Finnish specialty, reindeer stew.
Day 03 – Ylläs, Finland
For our next day on the slopes, we take an hour drive to the largest resort in Lapland, Ylläs, which boasts some of the longest runs in Finland (3km long!). Ylläs is a free-riders dream with plenty off access to off-piste areas with untouched snow. Plus, there is four different terrain parks, wide and well-groomed runs, and an incredible backdrop for making those perfect turns! Chill out by the fire with a beer, compare shred-stories, and pump yourself up for the next day riding.
Day 04 – Pallas, Finland
Today we check out of our hotel and head to Pallas for our final day on the slopes in this region. This small resort is has some impressive vertical by Finnish standards. We’ll spend the day riding here with the group. Most of the terrain is above the tree line and there is loads of opportunity to lay down some high speed carves on the wide open groomers. If off-piste is more your style, you can head off the main trails to find some freshies, or get organic in the trees which are towards the base of the resort. Pallas is also a mecca for cross-country skiing, so just ask your guides if you want to try this out. After riding we load up the van’s and we’ll make our way to Kilpisjärvi where we’ll stay for the night. In the evening we’ll head out for a group dinner.
Day 05 – Kilpisjärvi, Finland
We spend our time in Kilpisjärvi trying out some traditional Finnish activities – try your luck at ice-fishing on one of Finland’s wide open frozen lakes. You’ll also get the opportunity to head out on the snowmobiles and try snowsurfing on the ‘Fells’. Our good friends at Ilahu Boards have some demo boards available to test out. 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. Experience the peace of nature and a once in a lifetime experience that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. After ice-fishing, snowmobiling and snowsurfing we’ll have lunch, then it’s time to load up the vans and sit back and relax as we make our way to Narvik, through some of the most beautiful landscape in northern-Norway. Later, hit the town and rub shoulders with the locals at the legendary Narvikguten Pub.
Day 06 – Narvik, Norway
Time for some more turns! Narvik’s ski resort, Narvikfjellet, offers some of the best extreme and alpine skiing in Norway. With famous and unforgettable views of the surrounding fjords and mountains, Narvik is known worldwide for the unique ski terrain it offers, especially for free-riding. Enjoy non-existent lift lines on the way up to tackle world class off-piste riding, and make the most of one of Scandinavia’s largest vertical. After riding we make our way across the border to Sweden. Our destination is Riksgränsen. Once we arrive it’s time to relax and spend the evening with a beer in hand and take in the dramatic mountainous landscape that surrounds.
Day 7 Riksgränsen, Sweden
Today we ride at Riksgränsen and you’ll be in for a big surprise. Riding here is one of the highlights of the tour, the freeride terrain here is insane, with huge rock drops, big powder faces, rolling pistes and there is never any queues at the lifts. Affordable Heliskiing is also one of the major draw cards in Riksgränsen. There are 60 peaks in the area with an altitude over 1300m. For anyone wanting to try heli-skiing, we can get that extra bump of vertical to score some fresh powder turns. In the evening you’ll find yourself drinking with Finnish Laplanders and reindeer farmers and if you like your ladies or men blonde then you’re in luck; well you’re in Sweden after all.
Day 8 Björkliden / Låktatjåkko, Sweden
After breakfast we depart Riksgränsen and continue our trip through to Sweden. Björkliden is one of Sweden’s most legendary ski resorts, due to it’s incredible backcountry, magnificent views and quality of natural snow. Challenge yourself on one of the many off-piste runs and keep and eye out for the Finnish pro riders, who come here every spring to ride. As evening falls, we travel by snow cat to our accommodation at Låktatjåkko Mountain Lodge, Sweden’s highest mountain lodge (1228m above sea level). The highlight of our trip, here you will encounter sweeping views of Lapland’s mountain region and the perfect opportunity to see the Northern Lights. A truly unforgettable Swedish-style lodge experience!
Day 9 Svanstein, Sweden
Start your day with a belly full of famous Låkta waffles before we depart our mountain lodge and make our descent back to Björkliden. You’ll get be able to ride from our mountain lodge back to the base to get some extra turns in. After lunch we head to our final destination, Svanstein Ski. Once we arrive we’ll check in to our hotel and then you’ve got the afternoon free to explore the area or just kick back and relax in the sauna. In the evening we’ll have dinner and if we’re lucky we’ll have the opportunity to view the Northern Lights.
Day 10 Svanstein Ski, Sweden
After breakfast we’ll drive to the resort. This is one of those places that is off the beaten path and very few people know about. If you do your research, you’ll be 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 Swedish meal.
Day 11 Departure day, Rovaniemi, Finland
After breakfast we depart from our hotel load up the van and then hit the road. We’re headed to our final destination, Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We say goodbye and transfer everyone back to Rovaniemi Airport. Hope to see you all next year on another epic Mint Tour!
Note – itinerary is subject to change and is dependent on weather conditions.
Your tour includes:
- 10 nights twin share accommodation
- 1 day lift ticket Levi
- 1 day lift ticket Ylläs
- 1 day lift ticket Pallas
- 1 day lift ticket Narvik
- 1 day lift ticket Riksgränsen
- 1 day lift ticket Björkliden
- 1 day lift ticket Svanstein Ski
- Resort guiding session at all resorts
- Snowmobile tour in
- Husky sledding tour in Svanstein
- Guided ice-fishing tour in Kilpisjärvi
- Snowmobile assisted snow surf session with Ilahu boards in Kilpisjärvi
- Airport meet and greet
- Private transport and transfers
- Daily breakfast
- Mint Tours hosting & guiding
- Local host & guide from Finland
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.
$500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.