ARCTIC ICE DRIVING
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RACING AGAINST TIME AS WINTER RETREATS
Lapland’s potential for winter sports and activities is at its maximum from March and April, as the hours of daylight escalates. The snow is at its deepest and the sun reflects surprising warmth from the dazzling white expanse.
Temperatures, especially at night, still test the lower end of the thermometer, dipping down to the minus 20s. The night skies become clearer and the aurora sweeps across the skies with renewed intensity. Visitors recline in glass igloos on beds of reindeer pelt, staring up through the transparent roof at the dancing sky.
UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES FOR A TRUE ADVENTURE
A slight thaw begins, melting the surface of the snow that refreezes in a shimmering crust at night. As the daytime temperature rises, so does the sense of adventure. From the vast expanse of the frozen tundra in the east to the rugged snow-capped mountains in the west, the unspoilt environment provides an enormous unblemished canvass for the human imagination. The nature is calling you out for a lifetime adventure.
RACING WITH THE WINTER
Finland is the birthplace of many internationally recognized race drivers. Icy surfaces, undulating roads, blizzards, winding dirt tracks and frequent appearances of wildlife on our roads: all of these factors have prepared Finns to manage challenging driving conditions.
The highlight of your Arctic experience will be 2 days full-on ice driving experience on the frozen tracks. Our crew is equipped with tips for optimum acceleration and breaking, side skid and how to correct an over-steering slide. We’ll teach you how to avoid obstacles by optimising your steering abilities and learning the secret of counter steering. As you advance, you’ll be thrilled at your first controlled 360° turn, and eventually you’ll optimise your steering while accelerating and be ready to slalom on the tracks like a true Finn.
While we provide the cars for your experience, we offer a unique opportunity to sample ice driving in your own supercar, and even construct customized ice-driving tracks duplicating Formula One circuits. We have built an onsite restaurant to ensure your day is filled with Arctic flavours.
CONQUERING THE SNOWY FORESTS AND FELLS
The morning calls you out to experience blue moment with our fourlegged friends. Mushing your own team of husky dogs, you will disappear in the blue-white wilderness, hearing just the sound of paws patting on the crusty snow.
For a true adventure into the Lapland wilderness, conquering Ylläs Fell is first stop. Fell Ylläs rises out of the Lapland plateau, its bald, white, snowcapped summit visible for miles around. Conquering the fell is a journey in itself. The long ride takes you through the white forest, over sprucecovered bogs and frozen lakes, rising ever higher, until you finally reach the top. The wind can be brisk, but so invigorating! Snowflakes whip at your helmet and swirl around you, parting suddenly to reveal a panoramic restaurant sitting on the crown of the fell. Specially prepared culinary delights await you as you gaze out over the snowy Lapland landscape.
On the return journey, your guide leads the way to the ice gallery, where you’ll step inside a snug ice bar for hot drinks. You’ll have time to admire the ice and snow sculptures created by local craftsmen, until you continue towards your log chalet on top of Levi fell, enjoying the chance to stop and admire the stunning landscapes that you pass along the way.
NIGHTS UNDER THE LIGHTS
As the days lighter, it’s time to sit back and let the hot air balloon to take you for an aerial sightseeing ride across the Lappish wilderness. As the evening falls, it’s time for a different ride. A snowcat ride on the fells of Levi are inviting you to sample some Arctic snacks onboard under the Northern Lights.
For your final night, when the skies turn dark, and the stars start to sparkle, start scanning the heavens for the magical Northern Lights from the cosy warmth of a glass-roofed igloo. At first you’ll see a faint glimmer — a hint of green at the corner of your vision. Then, as if by magic, the glimmer turns into a bright stream of shifting, circling colour. The magic of Lapland has put you under spell, as you drift into soundless sleep in the silence of wilderness.
If your days do not feel action-packed enough, you may race your friends on the ice-karting track, explore untouched forests on a fat bike rolling steadily over thick layers of snow, or challenge your friends on a ski or snowboarding competition. Snow kiting is another thrilling experience: you’ll be amazed at how fast the wind can move you across the snowy landscape. Or perhaps you wish to enjoy the warmth of a floating sauna built on frozen lake, and sip Arctic flavoured cocktails in a warm outdoor hot tub. The opportunities in the Arctic are endless.
YOUR ALL-INCLUSIVE BUT EXCLUSIVE ARCTIC ICE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
INCLUDED IN THIS HIGHLY EXCLUSIVE, ENTIRELY PRIVATE EXPEDITION:
- 1 night in two premium glass ceiling igloos
- Full-board with focus on local culinary
- Meals prepared and served by private chef
- House wine and soft drinks
- Full-time guide / host
- Daily housekeeping
- Half day hours husky sledding
- Full day snowmobile expedition
- Hot air balloon ride
- 2-day ice-driving experienc
- All required gear and clothing
- Northern Lights Snowcat ride
- Welcome drinks in the Ice Gallery
EXAMPLES OF OPTIONAL ADD ONS
- Helicopter sightseeing
- Onsite photographer or film crew
- Snowboarding or skiing
- A visit at a reindeer herder
- Sauna experiences