Incentive program in Levi
Day 1 – Welcome to Lapland!
Upon arrival at Kittilä airport, meet & greet by your local English speaking guide. A suprise start to your Lapland adventure – A snowmobile safari right from Kittilä airport to Levi! There’s no need to search for nature, it’s all around you, just step out of the plane. Change into thermal safari clothing in the airport lounge and proceed to the snowmobiles. After instructions of how to handle the vehicles you will start the first part of your Lapland adventure. Drive through snow covered forests to the centre of Levi, close to its landmark – the huge snowy Levi fell. Your luggage is transported separately directly to your hotel. Duration: 1-2 hours Includes: 2 persons/snowmobile, guiding in english, outfit delivery at the airport (for this we’ll need the height (in cm), the weight (in kg) and shoe size of each clients)
OPTIONAL: Lappish Welcome Ceremony (approx. 30mins) Crossing the Arctic Circle is an exotic experience in any season. The welcome ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle will be performed by a reindeer herder in a Kota, lean to or Lapp camp. You will experience an old but cheerful Lappish ceremony, which helps your stay at the Arctic Circle. Everyone will receive a reindeer horn mark on their forehead and as a proof of the ceremony you will receive an Arctic Circle Certificate with your name on it.
Short walk to Sokos Hotel Levi.
HOTEL SOKOS LEVI
The Sokos Hotel Levi is the most Northern of the widely known, and well trusted Finnish hotel chain. Sokos Hotel Levi is a modern and attractive hotel of high standard, superbly located in the very heart of Levi, in close proximity to all of Levi’s services and activities.
The hotel has 202 rooms in three buildings – some of which with a private sauna. The main sauna department features two saunas and a Jacuzzi bath. The hotel also has a private restaurant Kiisa and the café/lobby bar Coffee House as well as good conference facilities for small groups. Pre-registered check in and keys in envelopes.
OPTIONAL: Luggage handling to the hotel rooms.
This evening, dinner is served in SAAMEN KAMMI Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a short walk to the restaurant for dinner.
DINNER AT SAAMEN KAMMI
The underground restaurant Saamen Kammi offers a cosy and traditional atmosphere. Local Lappish delicacies are served in the original way by the open fire. During dessert, the host; dressed in traditional Lapp dress will entertain you in the age old way with Lapp songs (Joiku) and tales of Lapland. The restaurant is within walking distance of all the hotels in the centre of Levi.
Return on foot to Sokos Hotel Levi
Day 2 – Arctic Challenge
Shortly after breakfast meet your safaris guides and pick up safari equipment (overalls, boots, socks, scarf, mittens, commando mask and helmet) Are you ready for the challenge? The group is divided into teams and the competition can start! Shortly after a briefing of driving technique and safety rules you start your day with a snowmobile safari in teams, right from the heart of Levi. Two persons share one snowmobile, taking turns in driving. This is a modern way of moving in the snowcovered nature and has become also a part of everyday life for the Lapps.
Teams learn to know the true way of living as a Lapp by snowmobiling and completing four different tasks, spread along the route. At each station there is an Arctic challenge or task to be completed.
In winter time, fishing is not so easy when rivers and lakes are frozen. Fish is, however, delicious and a nice dish to enjoy also during the winter. First you have to make a hole in the ice with a help of a drill, then drop the line with hook and bait through it and wait for the catch with patience. While fishing it’s important to keep the hole open that it won’t freeze up. If that happens the line gets stuck, and you will end up with nothing but an empty stomach.
For centuries, people living in the Arctic have relied on a strong and tenacious partner; the Arctic sled dog, to transport the catch of the hunt or medicines in harsh conditions across inaccessible terrain. This stage of the Arctic Challenge gives you the opportunity to experience something unique; the ties between the musher and the dogs as you experience a 3 km safari through the wilderness with 2 persons per sledge – taking turns in driving.
Enjoy the ultimate white silence. You’ll experience the Lappish scenery from a different point of view on snowshoes. Snowshoes help to reach untouched snowy plains that are otherwise un-accessible on foot. You might even find some tracks of rabbits, foxes, snow grouses or squirrels if you are lucky!
Reindeer husbandry is an important livelihood in Lapland and survival of the Sami population has been mostly dependent on the reindeer for food, clothing and transportation. The reindeer are semi-wild animals and they roam freely in the woods and forests, and are collected together only twice-a-year for reindeer round-ups. At the reindeer camp, the herders have a carefully selected group of reindeer trained for sledge-pulling, and you will have the chance to experience a short ride in a sleigh pulled by Lapland’s most famous animal: the reindeer.
The indigenous population of Lapland; the Sami, were once nomadic. Moving with the reindeer herd and living in tepee style tents known in Lapland as a KOTA. During this challenge, you and your team are to build a kota tent similar to those used by the nomadic Sami’s. Your skills will be evaluated on how habitable the Kota would be. A traditional oudoor Lappish lunch is also served during the day. Continuing back to Levi by snowmobiles, and short walk back to the hotel. Total duration approx 5 – 6 hours
DINNER AT STEAKHOUSE PIHVIPIRTTI
In the evening, meet your guide for a short walk to STEAKHOUSE PIHVIPIRTTI, Capacity maximum 120 persons If you like a good steak, The Steakhouse is the place to be. Dine in the glow of the fireplace and order a steak to suit your taste. The cosy, age old wooden restaurant offers good food and a laid back atmosphere. It is conveniently situated in the centre of Levi close to all the local services and evening entertainment, and only a short walk from all of the hotels. The restaurant can seat up to 110 persons at one time and is open to everyone. After dinner, short coach transfer back to the hotel.
Day 3 – Snowmobile safari to the Snow Village
Shortly after breakfast meet your safaris guides and pick up the helmets After receiving all necessary clothing and driving instructions you will set off by snowmobiles across changing terrain. On the way you will drive across open lakes, bog lands and through the snowy Lappish forests.
Upon arrival to Lainio you will be greeted by a huge snowy igloo which is packed with beautifully decorated rooms, an ice bar and an ice restaurant. After your guide has shown you around the village made entirely from snow, and you have admired the beautiful ice sculptures it is time to time to enjoy a tasty lunch in a cosy wooden restaurant. After lunch you will return to the snowmobiles and venture back through the breathtaking Lappish scenery to Levi. Duration: 4-5 hours
DINNER AT RIIHI – THE DRYING BARN
In the evening, meet you guide in the lobby for a short coach transfer to Restaurant RIIHI – THE DRYING BARN, Capacity maximum 50 persons.
Riihi is the perfect location for a cosy dinner in a lakeside location. The Immelkartano estate is surrounded by fell Kätkä and lake Immeljärvi where the scenery is impressive and ever changing. End your day on safari with a delicious dinner in the cosy and intimate wooden Drying Barn complete with large open fire and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
After dinner, short coach transfer to the hotel
OPTIONAL: Immelkartano also has excellent lake side sauna facilities. A smoke Sauna and Arctic Sauna await with hot tubs, and the possibility to try the traditional and famous Finnish pastime of taking a dip in a hole in the ice.
Overnight at Sokos Hotel Levi
Day 4 – Farewells to Lapland!
Breakfast buffet and freetime for optionals. Check-out followed by a private coach transfer to Kittilä airport for departure.
OPTIONAL DEPARTURE DAY PROGRAMMES:
SNOW SHOE TRIP 2 h
Try a traditional Arctic form of transport! (This excursion is suitable for children of 12 or over.) Join us on a snowshoe excursion in the snowy nature. After receiving thermal clothing and snowshoes we will head to the Levi nature. Along the way, your guide will tell stories of the life and people of Lapland. During the trip, enjoy a well-earned drink before returning to the Safari Club. Duration: 2 hours Capacity: minimum 10 persons
CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRIP 2 h
One of Finland’s most popular activities is cross country skiing. Levi has a very large network of cross country tracks, and our guides will take you out on a suitable route nearby, and teach you the basics of Cross Country Skiing. Once you have mastered the basic technique you will surely enjoy the peaceful scenery as you glide across the snow on skis! Along the way, your guide will give you hints and tips to improve your technique and share stories of life in Lapland. During the trip, enjoy a well-earned drink before returning to the Safari Club. Duration: 2 hours Capacity: minimum 10 persons
EXCURSION TO SAMILAND 2 h
Sami culture in the heart of Levi! Meet your guides at the hotel lobby for a short guided coach transfer to Samiland on the Levi fell. Samiland is an indoor and outdoor exhibition of the indigenous Sami People. The indoor exhibition holds pictures, exhibits and interesting facts about the Sami culture and the outdoor exhibition has a reindeer corral and traditional Sami buildings. Samiland has been chosen to be a part of the Unesco Observatory’s programme. Explore Samiland before returning with your guide by private coach to Levi Centre. Duration: 2 hours Capacity: minimum 10 persons
GOOD TO NOTE!
All programs are weather permitting. All the items are subject to availability at the time you request the space. We reserve the right to change the rates in the event of increase of taxes, fuel costs or similar beyond our control.
All the snowmobiles, cars and forest scooters are insured as required by the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. This insurance covers medical care for injuries to the driver and the passenger arising from accidents. Personal injuries and damages to other parties while driving a snowmobile, car or forest scooter are fully covered according to the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. Lapland Safaris is not liable in general for personal injuries or material damage arising from accidents during other games and activities such as husky sleigh safaris, reindeer safaris or other excursions in which snowmobiles or quad bikes are not involved. Personal travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.
Safari participants are held liable for damages caused to snowmobiles, forest scooters or cars. Each vehicle driver must put down a damage deposit on the spot upon their arrival,by cash or credit card, if other arrangements have not been made in advance. The amount of the deposit is EUR 980,- for snowmobiles and forest scooters and EUR 1 830,- for cars. The customer must notify Lapland Safaris in advance about who (each participant individually or the orderer or company) is going to be held responsible for self liability. The self liability is mentioned during the driving lesson before safari/car driving activity begins.
The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years old with a valid driving licence, forest scooter driver has to be at least 18 years old with a valid driving license. Children under 2 years old are free of charge and children under 15 years old get a discount and they are then allowed to sit on a sledge pulled by a snowmobile. Children under 15 years old are seated in a sledge pulled by snowmobile and are given helmets. Driving a snowmobile or forest scooter under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic products is prohibited by Finnish law. As the responsible safari organizers, we reserve the right to change the routing and duration of the excursions if necessary, according to the prevailing weather and snow conditions, or if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and the comfort of the participants. We also reserve the right to discontinue the safari if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others, or is in poor health.