Arktikum & Bear’s Lodge
This morning transfer to Kemi station for a train journey to
Rovaniemi, the administrative capital of Lapland, Finland's
northernmost province. Your first stop in Rovaniemi is the Arktikum
Science Museum which also houses the Arctic Centre of the
University of Lapland - Finland's national institute for Arctic
expertise. You enjoy time in the museum as you learn about the
history of Finnish Lapland from pre-history to the 1970s. The
museum's Northern Ways exhibition presents the survival story of
humans and nature in the North, shown through dioramas, film and
scale models. The university centre here is home to an array of
multidisciplinary research which includes global climate change and
its affect on the Arctic, and how the lives of those who live there
will be effected by climate change. You enjoy lunch here today.
Following your time at the Arktikum you transfer to your hotel for
the next three nights, the unique Bear's Lodge. This 'wilderness'
hotel is built in an alpine chaletstyle close to Lake Pohtimolampi.
The hotel is excellently situated to see the Northern Lights, and
tonight you enjoy a talk on the Aurora by a local guide. This
evening you enjoy a dinner at the lodge and afterwards have the
chance to try the Finnish sauna. The lodge provides a special
'Aurora Alarm' service, where you can ask to be alerted when the
Northern Lights become visible in the sky above.