Welcome to Lapland, the magical hometown of Santa Claus. Here, all things winter wonderland reign supreme. From ice hotels to drinking hot chocolate under the aurora borealis, Lapland is a place to visit before you die, and I’ll tell you why. Not only is the accommodation in Finland something out of a science-fiction novel, but it’s also romantic, adventurous and awe-inducing!
Although Lapland is not a country, it could be due to the sheer scale of the region embedded in North Finland. There is so much to indulge in in this frozen-over paradise. However, the best way to get to know a place is to safari through it. So, with that said, it’s time to introduce you to the adventures of reindeer and husky safari in Lapland and other types of safaris to try! Let’s go, shall we?
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Featuring an array of accommodation styles, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has everything to make your innermost winter wonderland dreams come to life. You can stay in the world-famous Glass Igloos, their newly built Kelo-Glass Igloos, which integrate the warming comforts of log-home living with the sensational views that the Glass Igloos provide, or you could go classic and stay in their Log Chalets, or even their Snow Igloos.
Not only does the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort provide sensational accommodation options, but they also make sure guests indulge in the most unique adventures! Here are two of the most bucket-list-worthy winter activities you can try when visiting magical Lapland.
Just a few minutes from Kakslauttanen are two large husky farms specialising in sturdy safari experiences. You don’t need to be a professional dog whisperer to enjoy a husky safari; you just need a sense of adventure! The guides teach you a simple sledging technique that’s easy to learn and maintain throughout your wilderness experience. The length of the safari depends on you; it can range between 15 minutes to a full-blown overnight outing! These safari adventures are bucket-list adventures that will embed into your soul!
Yes, it is as cool as it sounds. Snowmobiling through the wilderness ensures you see some fantastic landmarks in the Lapland region and feel like James Bond. Choose between a two-hour safari, a four-hour safari, or an overnight safari. The two-hour safari includes an outdoor coffee break, and the four-hour safari consists of a lunch break prepared over an open fire. After being picked up from Kakslauttanen, the guests are brought to the activity site, where they are given thermal clothing and instructions. The snowmobile can accommodate two persons; one can sit in the back and drive, and the drivers can switch roles halfway through. You can choose to keep the snowmobile to yourself as well.
Reindeer safari is a truly immersive experience that dates back thousands of years. Because it’s much more calming than the Husky Safari experience, you can thoroughly take in the Lapland region’s winter wilderness, fresh air, and finer details. The guides will collect you from Kakslauttanen, and once you’ve taken your picture with the 4-legged beasts and your sleigh, it’s time to settle in. There is nothing quite like venturing into snow-covered forests with cosy blankets covering you and listening to the sounds of the polar tundra. This excursion also takes you to the traditional ‘kota’, known as the reindeer herder’s shelter, to enjoy tea and conventional Finnish dessert.
Finland’s national horse breed is the Finnhorse. Even for those who have never ridden a horse, these majestic and serene animals are a pleasure to hop onto. Upon reaching the Kakslauttanen horse stables, visitors are given their riding equipment and a tour. It’s, therefore, time to make our way to the icy forest. This peaceful horse-riding safari takes you as close to the harmony of nature as you can get. You end the adventure by thanking the horses and heading inside for a hot beverage and a treat after the ride.
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Ice, Ice, Baby
Bid farewell to the Arctic Circle with hearts full of gratitude for the unique experiences shared with extraordinary winter wonderland animals such as the husky, reindeer, and horses. These adventures will leave an indelible mark on your memories: the rhythmic pattern of husky paws and the gentle strides of reindeer, the wilderness opening as you speed through it with a snowmobile, and the gentle stride over the toes of snow-capped mountains on horseback. These memories follow you to the end of days, and what fond memories they are!