logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Adventure Living Site

BellaOnline's Adventure Living Editor

g

Reindeer Safari and Skiing in Finland


Reindeer Safari and Skiing in Finland
By Candyce H. Stapen

Do something different this winter: go to Finland for a reindeer safari and to ski. Saariselka is a popular ski resort in Finland located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Finnish people are fond of saying that in Inari, the countryside where Saariselka is located, there are many more reindeer than people.

We got to know the reindeer, the majestic, snowy woods and the locals on a reindeer safari, a Lapland tradition. As we sat snugly blanketed in our pulkka (a small, traditional, wooden sleigh), the reindeer pulled us through Lapland's pristine forests. The only sounds were the reindeersí gentle breathing and the tapping of their hooves on the packed, glistening snow.

Just the tops of pines and the hardiest of birches protruded through the more than six feet of snow. It felt like being in the middle of fairytale. Half-way through our 3-hour adventure, our guide provided lunch: reindeer stew mixed with potatoes and lingonberries that he cooked over a wilderness fire, and served to us in kuksas, traditional Lapp bowls. We wonít soon forget our reindeer safari and the peace of the Finlandís snow covered back country.

Other outdoor options: snowmobiling and cross-country skiing on the 150 km of nearby trails. Despite its popularity, Saariselka didnít feel crowded as there's plenty of space to enjoy this sweeping countryside.

After a day outdoors, we came back to our hotel's roaring fire and such Finnish delights as a sauna followed by a dinner of salmon soup and rack of reindeer. Saariselka offers a range of hotels some of which come with kitchen facilities and private saunas. Good bets for souvenirs (and holiday presents) from Lapland are the Lapp dolls, kuksas, and small paintings by Lapp folk artists.

If traveling with kids, consider stopping at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, where the big man and his elves toil diligently at their craft. Santaís reindeers are on site. You can also post a letter home marked with Santa's unique Arctic Circle stamp.

Finnair offers a variety of tours and packages that include Saariselka and Rovaniemi.


Related links
www.visitfinland.com
www.finnair.com

Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Twitter Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Facebook Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to MySpace Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Del.icio.us Digg Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Yahoo My Web Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Google Bookmarks Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Stumbleupon Add Reindeer+Safari+and+Skiing+in+Finland+ to Reddit




Polar Bear Safari
Winter Adventures Cross-Country Skiing
Winter Adventures in Stockholm
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Adventure Living Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Candyce H. Stapen. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Candyce H. Stapen. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Candyce H. Stapen for details.

g


g features
When Women Have to Pee in Public

Visit Annapolis, MD, in Fall

Tips on How to Fly with your Pet

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor