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Experience life above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland

This isn’t your average adventure. If you want to experience the real Arctic, the places you won’t find in a guidebook, then it’s time to sign up for this tour. You’ll get a unique insight from our local Finnish snowboard guides who have been riding here for a lifetime. They will surprise you with the places we visit and terrain you’ll ride.

Our Arctic tours focus on exploring the northernmost parts of Finland, known as Lapland. This is the magical Arctic region known for its dark winter days, Northern Lights, wide open wilderness areas, frozen lakes and stunning Arctic fells.

You’ll visit the northernmost ski areas in Europe including; Pyhä-Luosto, Saariselkä, Levi and Ylläs. Finnish ski resorts, due to their northern location are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ride powder with temperatures sitting well below zero.

When we’re not skiing and snowboarding, you’ll be living the ‘Arctic Life’ with uniquely Finnish activities including husky and snowmobile safaris, Lapland traditions such as smoke sauna, ice-hole swimming, experiencing Sami culture and touring the picturesque backcountry by snowshoe and snowmobile. We’ll also go pow-surfing using binding-less handcrafted boards and have an opportunity to purchase one direct from the factory in Rovaniemi.

As always, our tours are guided by experienced local hosts who live and work within the outdoor community of northern Finland and Lapland giving you a true ‘Mint’ perspective.

Dates

20 March - 28 March, 2023

Duration

9 days & 5 ski areas

Price

EUR €3,599

Tour Type

Intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders. This is a co-ed adventure.

Why Travel With Mint

In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Highlights

Hunt for the Northern Lights

Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights - they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.

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HUSKIES IN LAPLAND

They’re cute and they’re fast. They were born to run in Arctic conditions and are waiting for you to send them on their way. Hang on to your sled and make sure you know where the brake pedal is!

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SNOWSURFING FINNISH LAPLAND

Snowsurfing is as much about spending time in Lapland’s winter wonderland, as it is about the thrill of sliding down hills. This favourite local pastime draws inspiration from surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding, and by the unique winter environment.

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Snow Guarantee

Finnish ski resorts due to their northern location are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season and at this time of year, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ride powder with temperatures sitting well below zero. Most of the terrain we ride ranges from mellow groomers, to fun tree runs, open off-piste areas and steeper backcountry zones.

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Learn about Sámi Culture

Indigenous Sámi people have made this northernmost region of Finland their ancestral home. As with many indigenous communities, tradition and folklore are at the center of Sámi life with reindeer, the Northern Lights and certain forms of shamanism still incredibly important. You'll learn about Sámi culture as well as visiting a local nomadic Sámi reindeer herder, a Sámi shaman and with any luck see the northern lights.

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VISIT PYHÄ SKI RESORT

At Pyhä the wilderness is truly on our doorstep and everything is easily accessible by walking, skiing or snowboarding. The slopes and off-piste routes at Pyhä satisfy the needs of both intermediate and more experienced adventurers.

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VISIT SAARISELKÄ SKI RESORT

Saariselkä is located in the far North. First and foremost, visitors come to Saariselkä to indulge in outdoor activities in the magnificent backdrop provided by the fells. The ski area offers a wide range of terrain with 15 slopes spanning two fells suitable for all ski and snowboard ability levels.

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VISIT LEVI SKI RESORT

Levi Ski Resort is situated 170 km north of the Arctic Circle. The resort has a great variety of slopes and ski lifts. Levi offers downhill enthusiasts everything from mellow green runs to black slopes, and snow parks – even the cross-country skiing tracks range an impressive 230 km.

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VISIT YLLÄS SKI RESORT

Ylläs is the largest ski resort in Lapland – and the whole of Finland. It has 63 slopes and 29 ski lifts, as well as the longest ski runs. Ylläs is also one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights – in Finnish Lapland they appear on almost every other night between August and April.

RESORTS AND INFO

Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info

ABOUT PYHÄ

The idyllic Pyhä Fell is just a short drive away from the Rovaniemi airport making it our first stop of the tour. The main Pyhä ski area has 9 lifts including a high-speed 6 seater and is easily accessible from our modern ski / ski out hotel. There's many different backcountry touring options throughout Pyhä-Luosto National Park, which is where our local guides take us pow surfing for the day followed by a traditional smoke sauna and Lappish dinner.

ABOUT SAARISELKÄ

Saariselkä is located in the far north of Lapland and is the centre of local Sami culture and tradition. The ski area offers a wide range of terrain with 15 slopes spanning two fells suitable for all ski and snowboard ability levels. Saariselkä is also our base for exploring the beautiful Urho Kekkonen National Park by snow mobile and husky sleds and due to the lack of artificial light in the evenings our best chance to see the Northern Lights.

ABOUT LEVI

Levi is 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 parks make 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 skiing and snowboarding abilities. Our day on-mountain ends with experiencing Levi's legendary après-ski bars.

ABOUT YLLÄS

Ylläs is the largest and highest ski resort in Lapland – and the whole of Finland. It has 63 slopes with 29 lifts, as well as the longest ski runs in the country. The Ylläs area is actually made up of seven fells and two villages, Ylläsjärvi and Äkäslompolo, situated on two different sides of the 718 m high main Ylläs fell. Ylläs consistently scores the best powder snow in Lapland due to it's exposure to the harsh winds and winter storms.

SNOW & CONDITIONS

This tour is running at one of the best times to experience the Arctic Circle. The days are longer and with the extra hours of sunlight, the temperatures are rising, which makes it the perfect season to spend more time outdoors. You can still expect to get regular snowfall, with temperatures rarely getting above 0 degrees Celsius. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ski and snowboard light dry snow.

SMALL GROUPS

We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is 4 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.

Meet your expert team

LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS

Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.

Meet your expert team

Antti Keskitalo

Hailing from Rovaniemi, Finland is our expert guide and ex-pro rider Antti. When he's not leading our groups through the ski areas and backcountry zones in Lapland, you'll find him at the 'Lucky Ranch' doing everything from building traditional igloos to caring for horses and reindeer. A true local, Antti is always keeping a sharp eye on the weather to find his guests the best snow and of course the elusive Northern Lights.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Tour Inclusions

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

 

  • 3 nights twin share accommodation, Pyhä
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation, Saariselkä
  • 3 nights twin share accommodation, Levi
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Pyhätunturi Snow Surf session with guiding, equipment & lunch
  • Guided backcountry day in Pyhä-Luosto National Park includes snow shoes
  • Visit to a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and ice-swimming hole
  • 3 course traditional Lappish dinner
  • A 10km Husky safari
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
  • Visit to the village of Inari, the heart of the Sámi culture
  • Visit to traditional Sámi reindeer herder
  • Sámi cultural visit with a shaman
  • Guiding at Pyhä Ski Resort
  • Guiding at Saariselkä Ski Resort
  • Guiding at Levi Ski Resort
  • Guiding at Ylläs Ski Resort
  • Guiding at Ounasvaara Ski Resort
  • Return Rovaniemi Airport scheduled transfers with meet & greet
  • Private transport throughout the tour in 4WD vehicles
  • Local Arctic host & Mint snowboard guide
Arctic Activities

These activities are included in the tour:

Guiding at Pyhä, Saariselkä, Levi & Ylläs Ski Resorts

Our local Lapland snowboard guide will show you the best resorts above the Arctic Circle. The Finnish ski resorts, due to their northern location are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season and at this time of year you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ride powder with temperatures sitting well below zero. Most of the terrain we ride ranges from mellow groomers, to fun tree runs and open off-piste areas.


Pyhätunturi Snow Surf Session

We’ll spend a half day snow surfing in powder on hand crafted binding-less boards. Snow surfing represents a return to the timeless pleasure of gliding, propelled only by gravity. The experience is simple yet infinitely enjoyable. It conveys the spirit and original stoke of snowboarding and gives the rider a connection with nature. It opens up the backcountry and backyard hills to new forms of riding and exploration. We will choose the spot according to the current weather and snow conditions and try to find untouched powder. We use Ilahu boards that are designed and made in Finnish Lapland. The boards are carefully finished by hand to ensure the highest quality. This adventure is suitable for everyone. We will reach the backcountry with snowmobiles, and then use snowshoes for short ascents after each run. Included is guiding and instruction, Ilahu snow surf boards, backpack, snowshoes, warm drinks and snacks.


Guided Backcountry Day in Pyhä-Luosto National Park

There are many different freeride areas within the Pyhä-Luosto National Park, which offer challenging terrain suited to even to the most experienced riders. You’ll spend a day exploring the Pyhä-Luosto backcountry with our local backcountry guide who will take you to the best zones to ride powder. When it’s lunch time out here, 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 and grill some food over the fire. This adventure is suitable for snowboarders and skiers who can comfortably ride off-piste and in the trees and who have a sense of adventure. Included is professional guiding, snowshoes and snacks. Any additional equipment can be rented for a small fee from the resort base.


Traditional Lappish Smoke Sauna and Ice-Swimming

Experience the traditional Lappish smoke sauna in a cozy cottage and take a dip in an Arctic lake! A traditional wood-heated Finnish smoke sauna is a uniquely Lappish experience that takes place by Lake Pyhäjärvi. To start, we’ll tell you about Finnish sauna culture and how to prepare the bathing water (there is no shower in Finnish style smoke sauna). Then you are ready to enjoy the soft heat of the sauna which is a very relaxing experience. Let the heat purify your body as the wintery magic of Lapland purifies your soul. It is a place for cleansing and tranquility. While we do our best to prepare you for an evening in the wilderness, it’s up to you decide how you want to spend your time. The classic Lappish way is to spend 5-10 minutes in the sauna and then jump into ice cold water, or even a pile of snow. Switching back and forth between the hot and cold is a ritual with its own raw appeal. Our sauna is located on the shore of Lake Pyhäjärvi, so swimming to cool off goes hand in hand with sitting in the heat. We have a hole cut in the ice and you can take a dip in the freezing cold water. A cold plunge after a steamy session increases your blood flow, relieves stress and boosts your endorphin levels. After this unique Finnish Spa experience, it’s time to get back to our little wooden cabin to enjoy delicious 3 course Lappish dinner by the fireplace. Included in this experience is a sauna guide, slippers and towels, shampoo and body care products, and transfers from our hotel.


Traditional Lappish dinner

Join us for a night at our lake-side cabin for a traditional 3 course Lappish dinner. Surrounded by your new friends you can relax by the fire in our cozy Lapland log cabin. Our local guides will prepare a delicious Finnish dinner made with the freshest local ingredients. A typical Lappish meals consists of Lappish bread, cheese and cloudberry jam, Lake Pyhä fish soup or creamy sweet potato soup, sautéed reindeer stew with smashed potatoes, lingonberries and cucumber, followed by berry pie and vanilla sauce.


Husky Safari in Luosto

A husky safari is a truly thrilling experience, especially when you have the chance to be a musher in control of your own team of dogs. Experience the excitement of the dogs as they eagerly wait to pull you at a speedy pace through the breath taking Lappish scenery. Before departing on the safari, you’ll be instructed how to control the sleds, which you get to ride in pairs. When sharing the husky sleigh on the safari one person is standing behind the sleigh as a controller and one is sitting on the sleigh as a passenger. The total duration is approximately 2 – 2.5 hours. Once you return to the farm, relax by having a chat with the head musher about these amazing northern animals. Included is instruction, thermal clothing and a 10km husky ride.


Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari in Saariselkä

Saariselkä is not only the northernmost ski resort in Finland, but also the northernmost ski resort in Europe. At 270km north of the Arctic Circle, this is THE BEST PLACE to witness the northern lights. You’ll join a night-time snowmobile safari that will take you on a search for the Northern Lights and to experience the exoticism of an arctic night. Leaving the illuminated village behind, the dark wilderness will soon envelop you. The snow, glittering under the moonlight, paints the scenery with its magical shine. Your guide leads you towards the best spots to find the Northern Lights. With a little luck, you can witness the sky dancing in the fiery shades of green. In the lightness of the Arctic night, a stop is made to enjoy hot sausages and drinks by the open fire and share stories on the Arctic way of life. A valid drivers license is required to operate the snowmobile. Included in this tour is a thermal outfit, guide, 2 people per snowmobile (solo riding is possible, supplement for solo riding 45 € ), snack, fuel, traffic insurance.


Visit the village of Inari, the heart of the Sámi culture

Inari is the homelands of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognised indigenous people. The village of Inari is the heart of the Sámi culture in Finland. The Sámi Museum, Sámi Cultural centre and Sámi parliament are all located in Inari. The Sámi have their own languages and culture, which differ from those of ethnic Finns. We’ll stop in Inari enroute to Levi Ski Resort. Here you can find out more about Sámi culture.


Visit a traditional Lapland Sámi Shaman

One of the most unique experiences of the trip. We drive out to a fell and visit a Shaman at his lake-side ‘kota’. Once inside take a seat on the reindeer skins by the open fire and enjoy some forest coffee and homemade blueberry pie. The Shaman is an expert storyteller and will explain the Lapland Sámi traditions and provide insights into the magical atmosphere of Lapland, of gnomes, Northern Lights, and of Lappish nature. He also endows travellers with good luck with the magic circle of Lapland.

Tour Dates

Dates:  20 March – 28 March, 2023

PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.

FAQ

WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.

 


WHAT IS AN INTERMEDIATE TOUR?
This tour is best suited to confident skiers and snowboarders who can comfortably ride intermediate terrain at their local resort and are willing to ride off-piste. If conditions are right, we’ll aim to ride and ski a lot of powder, glades and trees so please be prepared to ride and ski off-piste and in the trees. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.


WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.


WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that a destination has to offer. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. If you’d prefer your own room please request a single room at time of booking.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding.


IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited for confident skiers and snowboarders who can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Lapland has glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees.


CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.


WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.


CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.


DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.


WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.


HOW DO I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.


HOW DO I GET TO FINLAND?
We’ll provide you with a guide with options to get to our meeting point. If it’s your fist time to to Europe or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.


HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.


DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.


CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
The Arctic can be a cold place in winter, with temperatures typically ranging from 0 to -20. We strongly recommend that guests dress in clothing specific for traveling in backcountry areas. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).


WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that each destination has to offer.


ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Lift tickets are not included in order to keep the itinerary flexible.

Price and Payment

PRICE PER PERSON
The Finnish Arctic Lapland Tour is €3,599 per person (twin share)


RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
A 50% deposit is payable to secure your booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

Enquiries and Bookings

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1. ONLINE
Click on ‘Enquire’ below and send us your details. Once we receive your request one of our Japan Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

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2. OVER THE PHONE 
Call us and follow the prompts to speak to one of our tour specialists.

Within Australia (03) 5296 0314


3. EMAIL
Drop us an email and one of our tour specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

info@minttours.com

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