ESN Aalto Student Trip to Northern Lapland, Levi (27.11.2016-03.12.2016)
- Departure 27.11.2016
- End date 03.12.2016
- Availability over 8
- Price from 325€
Experience the magical Lapland in the adventure destination – Levi. Levi is located in the Fell Lapland, in the middle of pure nature and large wilderness areas. During the trip you have an opportunity to experience the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi, an authentic reindeer farm, a husky safari with pure Siberian huskies, the beautiful Arctic landscape and if you are lucky, the Northern lights! Additionally, there is a variety of winter sports you can try – snowshoe walking, downhill skiing, snowmobile driving, ice karting, – and all with affordable student prices! The group will accommodate in well equipped apartments/cottages and the services of the Levi resort are only a few steps away. This is one of the most popular student trips in Finland, so do not hesitate to sign-up!
EXCELLENT PLACE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
included in the base fare
Levi locates in the polar zone. According to the statistics, Northern Lights are visible 200 days during the active season, from September to April, which means a good possibility for their appearance. Only thing which can prevent you from seeing the Northern lights is cloudy weather. However, during the week a possibility of a cloudless night is pretty good.
THE SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE
included in the base fare
Have you ever dreamt of meeting the REAL Santa, who actually lives in Rovaniemi? It's possible in Santa's village, ”Joulupukin pajakylä” ,right on the crossing point of the arctic circle. In the Village you can take pictures with the SANTA, cross the magical Arctic circle, visit the restaurants, buy souvenirs, send post cards from the Santa’s official post office and have a lunch.
Ice karting is great experience! High-performance cars with studded tyres ensure that even the most daring drivers can test their limits and see how hard the snowbanks are. The program includes two driving session each one for 15 min. Total driving time 30 min.
Snowboard / Downhill Skiing
Easy or challenging - Levi has it all! Lots of blue pistes for beginners, red ones for intermediate and black pistes for experts. Freeskiers can enjoy the Lappish style Snowpark and Street. Skiing season at Levi begins usually by the end of October and lasts until mid-May.
The visit includes a reindeer safari which is about one kilometer long. Trail goes partly in the forest. You will also have a possibility to feed the reindeer if you like and of course take some photos. Moreover, you will also hear stories about reindeer’s life in Lapland. At the house we will enjoy a hot drink. This program lasts about 1-1,5 hours.
In this program we drive towards Sammuntupa or Levin Lapinkylä, which are both cozy, old reindeer farms. In the yard you have the chance to see reindeers. We enjoy a cup of hot drink with a bun in a genuine, old cabin. After refreshments, group returns to the starting point. Total driving duration is about 30 km, and the whole excursion takes approximately 2 hours. The driver of a snowmobile must hold a valid international driving license.
*NB! Without driver’s license you can attend this program only as passenger! In case of an accident, inflected by the driver, a deductible fee (850 €) is charged from the driver of snowmobile.
THE HUSKY SAFARI
Siberian huskies and cheerful and strong dogs those really like to pull the sledge! After a short instruction lesson the huskies will take you for a tour through the snowy landscapes. The sledge is shared for two people, each can drive about 20 min. After the safari you will enjoy a warm snack and tea in the base camp.
SNOWSHOEING, NIGHT TOUR TO LEVI FELL
When the fell is shrouded in the dusk and the stars begin to appear, adventurers head for the top of Levi fell. If we are lucky, we may also see the Northern lights. During the tour the guide will tell stories of Lappish life and culture. On the way down we will visit a Lapp hut for snack and hot drink. We will then walk towards the front slope. The duration of the program is approximately 2-3hours.
Levi Spa Water World is an interesting spa experience in the middle of Lapland. A fascinating atmosphere is created by indoor and outdoor pools, different kinds of saunas, a water slide and variable lights, sounds and other phenomena of nature. Spa is open from 10 a.m till 10 p.m.
Cross country + Spa
Cross-country skiing is Finnish national sport and a lot of fun. Our guides will show you the techniques of the skiing and will take you for a tour on the professional skiing tracks. After this you can go and relax at Levi SPA with sauna and jacuzzis! Be like real Finnish person!
Tour of the Arctic Ocean
This full day guided tour to the shore of Arctic Ocean will take you through breathtaking landscapes of Finnish fells and Norwegian fjords. When we reach the tiny Norwegian fishing village Skibotn, you will have possibility to explore the village and have a dip in the Arctic Ocean - if you dare!
On the way back we will have a lunch in Kilpisjärvi, so be prepared for some authentic Lappish cuisine too! During this tour you will learn about Lappish culture, Sami mythology and about the ordinary people who live their everyday life in these extraordinary places.
This guided day tour is about 600 kilometers long in total and depending on the weather conditions, lasts around 12 hours. Take a comfy pillow and a swimming suite with you and you are ready to go!
Preliminary trip program
DAY 1 DEPARTURE DAY
20.15 Deparutre from Otaniemi Campus (in front of Alepa)
21.00 Departure from Helsinki railway station square (In front of the Casino) Address: Mikonkatu, 17
DAY 2 Arktikum Museum - Santa Claus Village - Arrival in Lapland
06:00 Oulu ABC Tupos Breakfast (approx. 45 min)
09:45 Arrival in Rovaniemi, Visiting the Arktikum Museum (approx. 1,5 hours)
12:00 Departure from Arktikum Museum
12:30 Santa Claus Village - Meet the Santa Claus and cross the Arctic circle (approx. 2 hours)
15:00 Departure from Santa Claus Village to Levi
17:15 Arrival to Levi Short tour around the resort by bus. Briefing and lodging
DAY 3 Husky Safari // Cross-country ski // Snowshoe Safari
09:45 Departure to Husky Safari
13:15 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
14:00 Cross-country ski
15:30 Estimated ending time of the program.
20:00 Snowshoe Safari
22:30 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
DAY 4 Tour of the Arctic Ocean
06:45 Bus departure towards Norway
09:00 Gas station stop at Kaaresuvanto (30 min)
11:30 Arrival in Skibotn, Norway. Village tour by bus
12:15 Arctic swimming
13:15 Departure from Skibotn to Kilpisjärvi
14:00 Lunch at Kilpisjärvi (45 min)
17:00 Coffee break at local boutique. (45 min)
19:15 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
DAY 5 Reindeer Safari // Snowmobile Safari // Ice Karting // Farewell Party
09:45 Departure to Reindeer Safari
11:45 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
12:30 Departure to Snowmobile Safari
15:00 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
19:00 Departure to Ice Karting
20:15 Estimated ending time of the program and arrival to Levi.
23:00 Farewell Party
DAY 6 Free time: Spa // Downhill skiing // Check-out // Departure home
11:00 Check-out. By this time all the apartments must be cleaned.
11:15 Free time
16:45 Meet up at the bus
17:00 Departure from Levi
DAY 7 ARRIVAL TIME
8.00 Estimated arrival in Helsinki
What is included
- Transportation by bus to Levi and back from chosen departure place
- Accommodation in 3-15 person apartments or cottages for 4 nights
- Visiting the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi
- Visit of the Arktikum museum
- Tour guide services in the destination
Package price does not include
- Extra activities
- Bed linen & Towels
Accommodation is right in the heart of Levi. All the services are only a few steps away from the accommodation (Grocery stores, Pistes, Ski tracks, Alko, Restaurants, Clubs etc.). The kitchens of the apartments are well equipped. There is a panel TV, stereos/a DVD-player, a drying cabinet, a sauna and shower(s) in every apartment. Smoking is not allowed inside the apartments! Please notice that some of the apartments have double beds so some of you will have to share a bed.
* Final cleaning must be made at the latest on the check-out day by 11 AM. Check-out time is at 11 AM.
Good to know
Q: Are there any meals included?
A: In order to get the trip price as low as possible, we stay in cottages with self-catering. Lunches or breakfasts are not inclusive. There are good kitchen facilities in every cabin and groceries are not more expensive than in Southern Finland.
Cooking at the cottages; There are basic kitchen facilities in the living room of the cottages and dorms. Kitchens are equipped with plates, glasses, mugs, knives, stove, and fridge. The meals are not included, but we stop for buying groceries in Rovaniemi City Market. You can for instance decide with your cabin group what you are going to cook together and share the groceries and costs. There is no oven in the cottages though, so don’t buy any groceries such as frozen pizzas, chickens etc.
Grocery shopping; We recommend doing all the shopping on the way to Lapland. Your groceries will not freeze in the bus’ trunk, unless we will get a -35 C temperature. In Kemi or Rovaniemi groceries can be way cheaper than in the Southern Finland. In Inari there is also a SIWA and K-market but no ALKO. If you would like to purchase beverages, please do it in Rovaniemi. You can save a lot of money, if you decide together with your roommates what would you like to cook together.
Q: We are a group of 8 people, can we stay in the same apartment / cottage? Should we book the trip together?
A: All rooming wishes will be taken into consideration. If you know your roommates when signing up, just indicate their names in the message field but please notice – they will have to book and pay for the same accommodation category to make this possible! If you want to book 8 places at once, you should pay everything in one invoice. If it is not convenient for you, please do separate bookings.
We will send an email with a cabin sign-up document to everyone who has signed up for the trip about a week prior to the departure. There you can choose in which cabin you would like to stay in and with whom you would like to share it with. If you don’t receive this email, please check your spam folder, ask your friends to share it with you or contact our Customer Service Team.
Q: Is there Wi-Fi available in apartments / cottages?
A: please check the list of free Wi-Fi spots
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: At least the following:
Swimming suite (unless you want to do it the Finnish way)
Anything else you may need during the trip, money, medicine etc.
Student card for discounts
Cash or credit card for program payments
A small pillow or a special neck cushion for the bus trip.
Flip-flops for Arctic swimming and jumping in the snow after sauna – you don’t want to get
your feet cold out there!
If you wish you can take your snowboard or skis with you!
Bed linen or sleeping bag & towels
Please pay attention, that sheets and bed linen are not included! There are blankets, mattresses and pillows but you will have to bring your sleeping bag or bed linen with you -
and towels as well! Bed linen and towels can also be rented at the Reception at the cost of around 10-15€/set/person/stay.
Q: What if there is no snow?
A: The reason why we use North Lapland as our main destinations is the fact that with high possibility there is plenty of snow starting from the beginning of November. However, we cannot take responsibility for the weather conditions. If the snow depth will not allow performing some activity, we will offer a substitute or possibility to have full refund for it.
Q: Should I go to Lapland in fall or spring semester?
A: Spring semester is of course more enjoyable because there is more snow and more sunlight. Due to its popularity, the spring semester is slightly more expensive. If you can choose, we recommend traveling in February, March or early April. During fall semester there is a small risk of having less snow. Besides, the short period of daylight brings some restrictions to the schedule, for instance early waking in the morning.
Other Answers you might be looking for:
1. All mobile phones work normally in Lapland
2. There is all kitchen equipment, forks, knives etc. in the cabins as well as toilet paper, soap, dishing liquids etc.
3. Buy ONLY groceries, salt, sugar, spices, but not frozen pizzas or anything which requires an oven!
4. Best place to do shopping is in Rovaniemi or Kemi (on outward journey) - There will be City Market and Alko. In Levi you can find S-market and K-market. Grocery stores are open everyday till 9 pm.
5. Prepaid activities are considered as tour package so there are no partial refunds, if you have changed your mind! You can still sell your place for some of the activities to someone else.
6. If something goes wrong, immediately contact the Timetravels Tour Leader(s). They will do all their best to solve your matter!
7. The bus trip will be overnight from Helsinki to Lapland, so we recommend taking a sleeping pillow with you.
Special terms regarding weather conditions in Lapland
Levi is one of the most snow secure of Finnish ski resorts thanks to its Northern location on high terrain. Quite often the first snow falls already in October. Snow conditions and global climate change are unfortunately beyond our power, and that is why we cannot give 100 % snow guarantee. Complete lack of snow is highly unlikely to happen, (has not happened yet) but in case of poor snow depth, some activities may not be able to be performed. In this case those activities will be refunded in full or you will have possibility to book a replacing activity. Whatever the snow situation will be, Lapland is always worth travelling!
Timetravels reserve right to changes in the program and prices. Itinerary is a preliminary one and final itinerary is sent to passengers a few days prior to the departure, as some activities are subject to weather conditions.