New Year break at the Old Pine Husky Lodge - 4 Days

Book your new year break in Lapland and stay at a husky lodge in a fantastic setting, ideal for northern lights sighting!

Imagine a faraway place, where nights brighten up like in the old legendary tales, and the spirits that come from the hidden world talk to you through their image in the sky. This place is called Lapland.

Choose LappOne – The Five Senses Of Lapland and the Old Pine Husky Lodge, and live through unique emotions in the Heart of Lapland. This land is rich in culture, history, traditions and untouched landscapes, easy to reach, yet far from mass tourism destinations. The dogs will keep you company as you live like a musher and fulfill your childhood dreams.

With a bit of luck, you can also see the mystical northern lights dance above your head, in a scenery you will never forget!

Prices start €790 for adults and €490 for children 4-11 yo.!

Overview

Duration: 3 nights
Group size: max 12 people
Departure dates: 30 December 2020 – 2 January 2021 (extensions possible)
Difficulty: easy, suitable for all with normal physical shape
Weather: cold and snowy, with extremes between 0° and -25° C
Winter clothing: overall, shoes available for rental
Tour leader: English-speaking
Meals: half board (breakfast and dinner included)
Distance travelled: approximately 200 Km
Countries: Finland
Main places visited: Kemi, Keminmaa, Simo
Highlights: Northern lights, husky safari, culture, reindeer, Arctic culture and lifestyle
Pickup: Kemi railway station or Rovaniemi airport (RVN)

Itinerary

Day 1
WELCOME TO LAPLAND!

We welcome you at the Kemi railway station or at the Kemi-Tornio (KEM) airport. Transfer in a private vehicle (30-45 mins) to our Old Pine Husky Lodge. This rustic lodge lies within a beautiful tall pine forest and is built in a historic farmhouse setting. You will stay in a double or family room. The lodge has a total of 6 rooms, and a cosy hall where you can relax and make coffee while you wait for the Northern Lights. A fridge, freezer and microwave oven are available. Toilets, sauna and showers are located in a separate building, around 30 meters away. Our husky farm is just a few steps away, and you will be able to live like a musher during your stay, taking care of the dogs and petting them and playing with them as they deserve.
Upon arrival we will serve you dinner in our Husky Café Pizzeria, an authentic Italian place in the heart of Lapland. We also serve typical Lappish fare, which you will be able to taste the next day.
After dinner, given the right conditions, we can look for northern lights in the magical pine forest. You may use our wood-heated kota to warm up if you feel cold. Upon need, overalls and shoes are available for rental.

Day 2
HUSKY, SAUNA, HOT TUB

A buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant. Afterwards, we will enjoy a husky sled safari. The length of the route may vary according to snow and ice conditions. At the end of the safari, you can take a lunch break (lunch is not included) in our restaurant, or simply have coffee in the kota. You can always help with the dogs who will surely appreciate. There are opportunities to rent snowshoes or do a guided walk nearby.
As it gets dark, you can relax in our wonderful old-style sauna, heated only by wood, and follow with a fantastic wellness experience in one of our hot tubs. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit, an essential in Lapland. Dinner with typical Lappish fare will be served in the restaurant, and we can try chase the northern lights.

Day 3
REINDEER AND THE CITY OF KEMI

After breakfast, we drive you to Arkadia Farm (around 50 minutes) a real reindeer farm, run by a local family and located in the municipality of Simo. You can get to know these wonderful animals and learn everything about their life. You can feed them lychens, and (for a little extra fee) try a short round on a sled. Later, we can have coffee or a hot drink and cake in the wonderful wood-fired kota.
In the afternoon, we will visit Kemi, its old harbour and try, upon the right conditions, a walk on the frozen sea. Optionally, you can visit Snowcastle 365, (entrance fee not included). Later on we drive back to the lodge, where you can relax and perhaps help with the dogs – they will be grateful as usual! Our sauna will be ready by 5 pm, and dinner a couple of hours later. Our last chance to see the Northern Lights awaits afterwards.

Day 4
GOODBYE LAPLAND!

Breakfast. Transfer to Kemi – (around 45 minutes). End of the tour.

Day 5
OPTIONAL DAY WITH EXTRA NIGHT – SNOWMOBILE, FISHERMEN VILLAGE AND ICE

A hearty breakfast is served at the lodge. Afterwards, it is time for adrenaline! We will transfer to the village of Kukkola (1h drive) and jump on our snowmobiles in a tour lasting around 2h (requires B driving license and normal physical shape). Every snowmobile has a driver and a passenger – we will stop midway for a driver change and a hot drink.
At the end of the safari, we will visit the old fishermen village of Kukkola, which has been perfectly preserved till today. Museum buildings sit right next to the houses where locals still live, in an atmosphere that brings you back in time. In Kukkola we will meet a local fisherman who can tell you all about the fascinating fishing traditions.
We can then have the most amazing experience of our lives: a snack while we stand on the river ice! We can try drilling a hole and see if we catch some fish – we can eat that, too! Another favourite pastime for locals is avantouinti, or dipping in the frozen water. This practice is recommended only for the brave and will leave you refreshed and surprisingly relaxed.
We return to the lodge and have dinner before trying to see the northern lights.

The price includes

  • - lodging in double or family room with common WC/shower
  • - buffet breakfast
  • - all dinners inclusive of water, tea and coffee
  • - the listed activities and safaris
  • - all transfers with private vehicle
  • - English-speaking tour leader

The price does not include

  • - return transfers from your place to Kemi
  • - optional activities
  • - alcohol and soft drinks
  • - lunches
  • - extras
  • - individual insurance
  • - all that is specifically not mentioned in the programme

Optional activities

– Snowmobile, fishermen and ice: adults (double occupancy) €450, single occupancy €535, children 4-11 €325 (on a pulled sled). Includes insurance with €1000 own responsibility, equipment, dinner and extra night with breakfast.
– Transfer to/from Rovaniemi: €100 per person (min. 4 persons).
– Overall and boots rental: €10 per day.

Find us

Address

Old Pine Oy
Honkamaantie 32
94500 Lautiosaari (Keminmaa)
Finland