Ivalo Summer Short Break offers a memorable holiday in the heart of Lapland. You can easily get to Ivalo by plane or by car. Experience the unique and pure nature of Lapland and lose yourself in “Lapland madness”!
Get to experience the nightless night on the land of the Midnight Sun. Enjoy the dining by the open fire during our outdoor excursions.
If you have any questions about the day or it’s activities you can contact us by email or phone:
+358 10 200 7633
You'll be staying at Xwander Suites, located in the center of Ivalo Village. Middle of Northern Lapland and the widest wilderness areas of European Union. Apartments are air conditioned and highly equipped. In the same building you have access to all of Xwander rental equipment that are complimentary for you to use during your stay.
Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland!
Whether you arrive by bus or plane, we will greet you in Ivalo. You will stay in a comfortable apartment located in the center of Ivalo. After checking in, you will attend a welcome meeting with a local guide who will provide information about the upcoming activities. After the welcome meeting you will head straight to the Taiga Forest to experience the nightless night, a pleasant hike with an introduction to Northern Lapland.
Day 2 - National Park Exploration, Tundra Hiking, and Traditional Smoke Sauna
On the second day, you’ll head with your guide from Ivalo to Kiilopää and to full day experience in Inari’s National Park areas.
At start of the day we meet at our shop in Ivalo, where we hop on a car and drive to Kiilopää where we have a beautiful Tundra & Forest hike. During the trek we have a lunch on the go depending of the weather, either on open fire or with camping stove. From Kiilopää we have great views for the surrounding wilderness areas and the National Park.
After the hike we head to the the cold baths and gentle steams of our smoke sauna relax the mind and the body. The atmospheric smoke sauna and swimming place in River Kiilopuro guarantee complete relaxation after a day of hiking.
Day 3 - Sámi culture and wilderness Lake Inari
On day 3 you will have a guided day in the beautiful village of Inari, which is the cultural heart of the indigenous people of Lapland, the Sámi people. During our day, we’ll familiarize ourselves with the immeasurably valuable Sámi culture, enjoy delicious open fire lunch and get to experience vastness of wilderness Lake Inari.
We will visit the Sámi museum, “Siida”, where you’ll learn a lot about the interesting history and culture of the area, its indigenous people and the surrounding nature.
After the museum, we will make a short hike to a “kota” (an open shelter with a fire place). Here, we’ll teach different ways to make a fire, prepare lunch on an open fire and enjoy a hot meal.
When lunch is eaten, we’ll move to harbour where we board a electric-hybrid Catamaran for a cruise to Lake Inari. Lake Inari Cruise is an easy way to experience the biggest arctic wilderness lake in Northern Lapland.
Lake Inari is the third largest lake in Finland and is home to over 3300 islands. The sacred Ukko Island (or Ukko’s Rock) was historically used as a Sámi sacrificial offering site right up until the 19th century. We will cruise around the island and admire the spectacular Ukko from a short distance.
After the cruise, we’ll return to Ivalo, just in time for you to enjoy a relaxing evening with option to pick up a Fatbike for evening ride in the Village.
Day 4 - Departure with Options
Goodbyes are always hard! To make things a bit easier, we have arranged transportation to the airport or bus station for you. Of course, you may also choose to arrive in your own car.
If your flight or bus is later in the day, you can spend some time using Xwander’s complimentary rental equipment, such as fat bikes or Nordic walking gear, to explore the Ivalo River area.
If you want to extend your Lapland holiday by visiting Rovaniemi, Kirkenes or elsewhere, we will be happy to help you with planning, and can recommend places that we have already identified as good destinations.
We hope you have enjoyed your vacation with us, and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!
What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
- Cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the event
- Cancellation fee of 30% if booking is cancelled 45 days or less before the event
What do I need to bring?
- Clothing & gear suitable for all weathers
- Good walking shoes
- A small backpack for daily outings
Book With Confidence
- Local family owned business
- Personalized service
- Flexible itineraries
- Small group sizes
- Transfers from Ivalo Airport or bus station
- Accommodation in a comfortable and spacious double apartment
- All the aforementioned activities, meals and transfers to and from activities
- Flights to and from destination
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals not mentioned on the itinerary