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AACI Kosher Lapland Adventure   

13 February 2019 - 19 February 2019
Locations: Rovaniemi
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Magical Lapland is an area in northern Finland, Sweden, Russia and Norway. It is most likely that Lapland does not resemble anything else on earth.

You are going on an adventure where you will see landscapes and places that you have never seen before. You will return with white photographs of snowy hills and rare photos of the famous northern lights – the Aurora Borealis. You will ride snowmobiles through breathtaking landscapes, sail on a real icebreaker and visit the ice hotel. You will take a crash course in Husky dog sleighs and ice fishing and visit the famous snow hotel.  This will be a trip to another world, a journey of a lifetime, and a place so unique you will remember it forever.

Day 1- Wednesday, February  13th
Welcome to Lapland! A Lapland local guide will welcome us at the airport in Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and winter paradise! We immediately transfer straight to the safari houses where you will be equipped with safari gear (thermal overalls, shoes, socks, gloves & caps).

Continue by bus to Vaattunki nature area, where local lumberjacks still live and work.  Vaattunki is a great example of natural unspoiled Arctic forest.

Afterwards our bus will take us to the hotel for a welcome buffet dinner.

Day 2- Thursday, February 14th
After breakfast we have an hour’s ride to Kemi. Arrive at the harbor and board the Sampo ice-breaking cruise ship.  We sail out into the frozen bay. The ship will stop in the bay to allow you to walk on the ice or for the heroes among you to jump into the icy waters! The ship’s crew will hand out special suits to provide floatation and resistance to moisture for this activity. Lunch will be served in a restaurant.

Next stop is a visit to the Ice Hotel for a tour. This hotel is rebuilt every year and completed by mid-February, and is a not to be missed part of a trip to Lapland.

We will then continue by coach back to our hotel in Rovaniemi, approximately 90 minutes, for buffet dinner.

Day 3- Friday, February 15th
After breakfast, we continue to our snowmobile safari!  Before we start out we will receive a briefing on the use of snowmobiles.  At the end of the training, we’ll practice what we learned in our thermal clothing and helmet, riding on a snowmobile.   Our journey will take us through deep snow at the foot of mountains and river ice. We will travel approximately 10 km to a fishing camp on a frozen river to experience how the local people called “Lapps” live in this land.   We’ll learn how to catch fish on a frozen river with a special drill to make a hole in thick ice and throw your stick into frozen water. Lunch by a campfire!

Return to hotel on the snowmobiles to prepare for a restful and warm Shabbat.

Friday night dinner and tefillah at hotel.

Day 4- Saturday, February  16th
After kiddush and tefillah, we will take a walking tour to the Arktikum Science Museum  The Arktikum exhibitions lead guests on an adventure to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region. The review of the history of Finnish Lapland spans from Rovaniemi to Upper Lapland and from prehistory to about the 1970s. The Arctic region is examined in light of the Arctic research of today and that planned for the future. The exhibitions provide a comprehensive review of the history and culture of Lapland as well as of Arctic knowledge.

Return to hotel for an early “seudah shlishit.”

After Shabbat, weather permitting, we will take a walking tour to a dark area to see the Northern lights, Aurora Borealis.

Day 5- Sunday, February 17th
After breakfast, we will transfer by coach to the Husky farm where dozens of huskies greet us with their howling and yapping. These friendly husky dog teams are anxious to take us for a safari in the surrounding wilderness. After a short training session, we set out for an unforgettable journey, which will give us a glimpse into the old Lappi way of life. On our return, we will enjoy a hot drink and snacks by a campfire and get familiar with these wonderful animals.

Continuing on to a Reindeer farm where we will have a chance to ride the reindeer sledges for a short while. After lunch, we will hear from a reindeer shepherd about his everyday life, and about reindeer and their special habits. We will then receive our Reindeer driving license!

In the afternoon, we will go to an Ice-carting rink to try our skills driving on Ice!

Return to the hotel for buffet dinner.

Day 6- Monday, February 18th
After breakfast, we begin a journey to the area of Posio to visit the “frozen falls” in Korouoma. A short walk through a beautiful winter paradise brings us to the frozen falls, a view not to be missed!

After lunch, we continue to the world’s Northernmost Wildlife Park Ranua Zoo. There are about 55 species of Northern and Arctic animals and birds living in their natural habitat. The zoo is set up among the forest, and we will take a leisurely walk along well-prepared paths. Many of the arctic animals are most active in winter, and snow provides a good background for watching them. You will see a few tricks by the polar bears and meet the speaking black raven. Next, we will make a quick stop at the Fazer chocolate factory to buy a few sweets (kosher). You will enjoy a buffet style lunch in the cozy restaurant.

Transfer back to Rovaniemi for a buffet dinner and tonight you will see a private ski jumping show with the best ski jumping in the world

Day 7- Tuesday, February 19th
After breakfast, we will drive to Santa Claus village located directly on the Arctic Circle. We will have time for souvenir shopping after which we return to the hotel, give back our equipment and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Tel Aviv.

Flight Schedule-Sun D’or Airline

  • LY 5875 13 FEB DEPART TEL AVIV:  08:00 ARRIVE ROVANIEMI: 13:50
  • LY 5876 19 FEB DEPART ROVANIEMI: 15:20 ARRIVE TEL AVIV: 21:00 18 FEB
Price:
2890 Euro per person in a double
2940 Euro non members/ single supplement 290 Euro

 

   This deluxe trip includes:

  • Sundor charter flights directly to/from Rovaniemi
  • Arctic clothing rental (snowsuit, shoes, gloves and socks)
  • Self-driven snowmobiles and ice-carting including safety helmets.
  • Self-driven Husky sledges (2 people per sledge)
  • Reindeer experience including “driving course”.
  • Santa’s village. Ski-jumping show from Olympic heights!
  • Ice-breaker cruise
  • Frozen waterfalls, walk through forests.
  • Ice Castle, Renau Zoo, Artikum Museum
  • 6 nights accommodation at 4 star hotel
  • Unlimited use of swimming pool and sauna
  • Fresh and delicious Kosher breakfast and buffet dinner with arrangements for making sandwiches for lunch or lunch served by campfire.
  • Mashgiach/Sefer Torah
  • Transportation in heated coach as per itinerary
  • Local guides for the excursions and visits as per program including entrance fees
  • Israeli English-speaking tour leader
  • Porterage at hotel and tips for drivers and guides
  • AACI staff escort

Not included:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any activity not included in above itinerary
  • Medical Insurance for Winter Sport

 Final flight times to be advised
All programs are inter-changeable depending on weather conditions.

 Itinerary is subject to change.  Weather dictates much of our activity in Lapland and we cannot be held responsible for alterations to the program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Carole Kremer: info@aaci.org.il /02-5600910