Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2023
Caesar in Helsinki was a good guide
Soumenlinna was also a good visit
All the guides for activities in Rovaniemi were good......
Each adventure had its own charm-
Camp fire in the log cabin while waiting to spot the aurora
ride with the huskies
Sauna with a dip in the lake
Arctic float gazing at the aurora and the starry night sky
I wasn't a big one for reindeer feeding but it was something I have never seen so.... it made it complete.
It was very well located and comfortable. They were accommodating and gave us 2 rooms with a common door. Walking distance to all sights and markets
Train was late by 5 hours due to track work. Although the cabins were spotless and comfortable for a cozy ride. Cafeteria with large glass windows was the meeting place for many friends and families
The cabin was at a height from which you had an eagles view of the town. Maybe even see the aurora. Walking distance to the Santa village.
Caesar our guide was very knowledgeable . He spoke as he walked us to all the sites He took us on the ferry to the island and explained along the way . We eneded up having a delightful meal at the market, which was his suggestion
On time to pick us up. One look at us and the guide realized we wouldn't last the cold, so he got us suits for cold weather with boots and off we went to a private log shed far away in his vehicle. He lit a lovely campfire and it was beautiful starry night, caught a bit of the aurora with his professional camera, not so visible to the naked eye. Fed us with sausages and marshmallows and got chocolate and was willing to wait as long as we wanted..
Felt as though we were riding on a chariot driven by huskies instead of horses. We were taken by shuttle to a hotel where we were given jackets pant and boots to help with the cold and prevent our clothes from getting dirty. We walked across to the kennel .Dogs were so excited and were ready for the ride through the farm land. Very enjoyable. Very cold despite gloves so took turns steering as hands were getting numb.
Feeding the reindeer was not my cup of tea but joined in. It was fun..can be quite daunting when you feed them, as the reindeers come towards you with their antlers.... Should have worn some boots as our shoes got real dirty The Finnish Sauna by the lake in cold weather was another first and wonderfully refreshing. To jump into ice cold water in the lake after the Sauna made you transcend your comfort zone . Once done was rejuvenating!
SURREAL The guide fitted is up with gear for the cold air by the campfire, then the telly tubby like floatation suit for the lake. Drive was comfortable. Needed a bit of light at the camp initially. Demo was done by the guide. It was just amazing flooding in 1C in a lake with the starry sky and the aurora over head.... The guides were so patient and let everyone float as long as they wanted. They set up a campfire and regaled the tourists with theirs jokes and stories