Join AdventureWomen in February 2018 as we explore the magical world of the Northern Lights, where winter becomes a visual masterpiece in the night sky. Whisking over the snow on a sleigh led by reindeer, you glance up into the night sky as a narrow streak of soft light appears within a sea of stars. Suddenly, yet silently, the faint light bursts into shimmering curtains of green, pink, and yellow incandescence. This is winter in Finland.
Don’t let Finland’s modern, 21st century attitude fool you. This country on the Baltic Sea is brimming with rich history and heritage. Finland is home to some spectacular outdoor settings, from truly enormous areas of untouched countryside, nearly 200,000 lakes, and beautiful natural parks, to famous snow hotels and igloos, and the most spectacular display of Aurora Borealis in the North!
You are privileged to learn about Finland’s wartime history from the women who formed the Finnish Women’s Aid Foundation, an auxiliary paramilitary organization founded by Lotta Svärd and launched to provide assistance for women and children who suffered during the Second World War. “Lotta” is the name for the young girls and ladies who joined the organization, most of them helping on the front lines, in war hospitals, cooking meals for soldiers, working in watch towers, and sounding alarms of approaching bombers. You will have the opportunity to meet some of these fearless ladies whom are still alive today, now in their 80s and 90s, and hear their stories!
Later, our “women-to-women” experience in Finland continues as you attend a private concert performance by pianist, Elina Viitaila, and opera singer, Antti A. Pesonen, and enjoy dinner in the company of some of the country’s most important women leaders, including Bishop Irja Askola and the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.
You explore the coastline of Helsinki, beautifully decorated with colorful homes and spanning over 315 islands. Some unique and popular souvenirs to take home from Finland are salty licorice candy and timeless, authentic, Finnish glassware.
Then experience the thrill of an Arctic Day at sea. We start with a snowmobile ride to the majestic Sampo Icebreaker boat. The Sampo is the only icebreaker in the entire world dedicated for tourism, taking passengers around the northern Gulf of Bothnia (part of the Baltic Sea) out of Finnish Lapland. You will have a chance to swim/float in the sea in special thermal dry suits! Once you are in the water, you will realize that it is warmer (or less cold, depending on your point of view) in the water than on the ice.
You’ll journey north beyond the Arctic Circle and meet the Sami, the only indigenous people of the European Union. These “Laplanders” still live a largely pastoral existence with their herds of domestic caribou, better known as reindeer. We’ll venture on to Rovaniemi, the official Hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland, where culture, outdoor activities, and fairy tales come together!
And finally, we’ll drive to a husky farm for a four-hour dog-sled ride. The dogs will be harnessed for the sledges, followed by safety instructions, and after that you will “take-off!” Later, you will have some time to spend at the farm, pet the huskies, get to know them, and hopefully even see some puppies too! You will also meet the welcoming Finnish family that runs the farm.
Travel by snowshoe, snowmobile, icebreaker, and sleigh. Glide through the snowy countryside on a sled led by a team of eager huskies. And, whether you’re steaming in a sauna or soaking in a hot tub, keep one eye on the night sky. You just might get to see the northern lights – an experience of a lifetime!
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- Detailed Itinerary: Finland Adventure Travel Trip
- Take a reindeer sleigh and search for the Aurora Borealis; nature’s most resplendent light show.
- Enjoy dinner with leading Finnish women, including former Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Anne Berner, Managing Director of Marimekko
- Revel in a private concert performance
- Experience Finnish cuisine: cook a traditional lunch and enjoy dinner with a Sami family in their Lavvu, a traditional dwelling made from logs and reindeer hides.
- Ride a snowmobile to the majestic Sampo Icebreaker
What You'll See and Do
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Cultural Performances
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Sleigh Ride
- Wildlife Viewing
- Women-To-Women Exchanges