Put on warm clothing and make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in Saariselkä. Settle into a coach or minivan and look out over the darkness-cloaked forests as you travel to a reindeer farm.
Meet the friendly herders dressed in the traditional costume of the Sami — the native peoples of northern Finland. Then, get close up to the beautiful reindeer and learn how these Arctic animals have been vital to the Sami people through the ages, providing them with transport and clothing.
After a safety briefing and instructions, board your reindeer sled for your quest for the Northern Lights, sometimes known as the Aurora Borealis. Only visible in far northern latitudes, these glowing lights are caused by magnetic storms and appear as multi-colored ribbons in the sky. Sightings can never be guaranteed, as they’re dependent on weather, location and chance, but your guide will seek out the most promising viewpoints on route.
As your sled cuts through the snow, relish the Arctic air and silent nighttime forest. Weave past snow-dusted trees and glide over gentle hills, accompanied only by the whisper of your sled runners and tinkling reindeer bells.
While you ride, look for the Northern Lights. With a clear night and a little luck, you might be rewarded with a sighting.
After a roughly 30-minute ride, warm up by a campfire with some hot Finnish coffee and chat to the herders about reindeer husbandry and life on the farm.
Afterward, return to Saariselkä where your experience ends with a drop-off at the original start point.
Please note: Due to unpredictable weather conditions, daylight hours and other seasonable changes, the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.