Finland is also known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes. A significant amount of the 188 000 lakes spread on its territory are located in Lapland and adorn the arctic nature with beautiful scenery. The pure and untouched landscapes here are highlighted by fantastic natural phenomenon all year round. From autumn to spring, the famous Northern Lights draw their green and red arches across the starry skies. In summer, the sun never sets and shines all day and all night – this is the Midnight Sun.
To enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Midnight Sun, there is no better way than paddling on some of the many lakes and rivers of Lapland. During this activity, your qualified canoe guide will teach you the basic techniques of how to canoe and will provide you with all the safety instructions needed. You will be explained how to use the paddles, how to move on water and steer your canoe, how to react if capsizing, etc. Your guide will always keep an eye on you and come to your aid if you need help.
While paddling, the peaceful nature that surrounds you and the warm rays of the sun re-energize you after a long dark winter with snow on the ground for about 5 months. The land, vegetation and animals finally have an opportunity to replenish their energy levels and relax with the abundance of life that the 24-hour sun brings with it. Paddling your canoe across the lake, you will have the chance not just to get deeper into this summer harmony but also to feel completely part of it.
Once back onshore, you will be welcomed by an open fire and some typical Finnish campfire snacks. This is a good moment for your guide to show you how to build and light a fire (without matches or lighter!) using flint & steel. They will also explain to you more about Lapland, life in the Arctic, and the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun. Every moment of this tour is a great opportunity for those of you who are photography enthusiasts, so do not forget to bring your camera along!
The tour lasts 3 hours, including transportation, canoeing and safety instructions, paddling time (60 to 90 minutes depending on your level) and the snack around the fire.
In all our activities, our groups are limited to 8 people maximum. It is very important for us to provide you with the best experience possible, and avoid mass tourism. This way, your guide will know you better and will be able to address all your needs and answer your questions. As we usually say – the smaller the group, the bigger the experience!
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off for accommodations outside the city centre. Extra surcharge if staying 10 kilometres or further from the centre,
- Canoes, paddles, life-jackets,
- Qualified canoeing guide,
- Safety instructions and basic canoeing lessons,
- Campfire snacks and hot drinks,
- Tax and fees.
- Bottle of water,
- Recommended to bring spare clothing with you.
The tour operates in all weather conditions. Please dress suitably for this trip, check the weather the day before and have the necessary items ready. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
The tour may be adapted, or cancelled, due to unsafe weather conditions. Please note however that the tour will be operating even if the sky is cloudy, unless the weather conditions are unsafe.
Hotel pick-ups commence 10 – 60 minutes prior to the start time. Your pick up time will be confirmed by email.
- Alcoholic drinks
Meeting point : Wild About Lapland Office
Pickup is offered in following places
- Apukka Resort (Transfer fee is € 40 / one-way – please contact us)
- Arctic Snow Hotel (Transfer fee is € 60 / one-way – please contact us)
- Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
- Guesthouse Borealis
- Hostel Ibedcity
- Läkituvat Cottages / Meeting point
- Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets
- Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
- Motelli Rovaniemi
- Napapiirin Saarituvat Cottages
- Santa Claus Holiday Village Reception
- Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle
- Vaattunki Wilderness Resort (Transfer fee is € 60 / one-way – please contact us)
- Walk in the office / City Centre accommodation