On our last day in Lapland, we started the morning with an optional ski ride at the Saariselkä Ski Resort.
This area has the largest sledding hill in Europe, and some incredibly picturesque igloo hotels.
The huskies were so excited, and barking up a storm, eager to get mushing through the snow. Before we began, of course, the company also gave us some instructions on how to brake and turn on the tracks.
I guess I expected it to be a bit more leisurely, but the ride was anything but! As a passenger, I was constantly being tossed around this reindeer hide-covered sled, and bumping up and down along the track. As a driver, I was using all my strength just to keep the dogs from taking off like mad men! Two of the drivers even fell off during the course, leaving their passengers driverless, and being carried off by 4-5 wild huskies. It was surely an adventure, so I thought I’d share a small video clip with all of you. 😀
Despite the crazy journey, it was hard not to pause, and marvel at the gorgeous scenery around us! 😍
Anyway, on the same note of natural beauty, I’ll talk a bit about the Northern Lights. I have to mention, as you’ve seen from my previous posts, we’ve been fortunate enough to witness the Northern Lights each night! That being said, our last night in Vasatokka, the geomagnetic energy was at its highest strength. The lights literally danced through the sky, with rays of green, purple, and even orange! I thought I’d end this blog with a few of the most epic shots, thanks to our fellow traveler, Heng Li.
Well that concludes this journey. I’ve been truly lucky to have the quintessential experience in Finnish Lapland. Up next I’ll be ringing in the New Year in the Baltic States, with my first stop in Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned to hear all about it. Until then! 🎉 🥂
Cost: The base price for the 7-day tour was 345 Euros. For those who choose to upgrade to cabins, purchase restaurant meals, and complete all the optional activities, the grand total is still around 700 Euro. Definitely a steal, considering the high cost of tourism in Finland.
Side note: While staying in Vasatokka, we monitored the Aurora Forecast each day, which told us when a geomagnetic storm was likely to occur.