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Finland’s Secret Island

Stay on your own private Arctic island complete with gourmet private chef, brace yourself for cold water therapy & chase the Northern Lights on a snowmobile

What's Included

  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • All meals
  • Stay on a boutique private island
  • Private apartment with beds split across two floors
  • We offset 0.06 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
  • Private minibus, snowmobile, skis
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Cold weather kit including coat and boots
  • Maximum 18 Flashpackers

Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.

About your trip

Staying on a private island is exclusive enough – but how about your own aurora island on the Arctic Circle complete with private chef? This is the magic of Finnish Lapland, but make it Flash Pack…

Over four adventure-packed days you’ll travel deep into silent, snow-laden forests on cross-country skis – pushing yourself to your limits as you’re lured on by nature’s ethereal beauty. You’ll plunge into freezing water holes for a taste of heart-stopping cold-water therapy and fly across frozen landscapes by husky sleigh, safe in the knowledge that a warm campfire and hearty meal will be waiting for you back at your private island. Speaking of meals; gourmet food is a huge part of this adventure, thanks to your expert island chef serving up endless Lappish delights.

And by night? Always Northern Lights hunting, of course. Whether it’s a thrilling aurora safari by snowmobile or time spent looking to the sky on your far-flung arctic island; the odds of seeing nature’s most wondrous spectacle are firmly in your favour.

This might be the ultimate way to experience winter Finland. How could you do it any other way?

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Your private Arctic island
  • Touch down in the town of Rovaniemi, gateway to the Arctic Circle, where your private Flash Pack transfer will be waiting to whisk you to your private island
  • You’ll be welcomed by traditional saunas and a private chef serving outstanding local dishes
  • Sit down to a traditional Finnish feast (compliments of your chef) and get to know your group before looking to the skies for the Northern Lights
Huskies & aurora hunting
  • Get kitted up and embark on a husky sleigh adventure; you’ll learn how to handle the excitable dogs before driving your own sleigh through the forest
  • Explore the wilderness by twilight on a snowmobile safari; keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights as you speed across the icy tundra
  • Stop for a Lappish snack break and cook sausages on an open fire; swap stories with your group and guide – always with one eye to the sky
Skis & cold water therapy
  • Strap on some cross country skis and learn to glide through the peaceful forest; don’t worry if you fall, the landing is soft
  • Drill a hole in the ice-covered river and take the plunge: immersing yourself in water so cold it will take your breath away
  • Buzzing with endorphins and mental clarity, you’ll warm up, Finnish-style, in a traditional wood-fired sauna
A final sauna
  • Enjoy one last sauna before leaving behind your island hotel and taking a group transfer to the airport
  • Arrive home from your Finnish adventure feeling invigorated and inspired; you’ve been immersed in the magic of the Arctic wilderness – so wonderfully far from your everyday

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YOUR PRIVATE ISLAND

Here's where you'll be staying on this exclusive private island adventure

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HOTEL VARTIOSAARI

Hotel Vartiosaari is a little-known island wonderland that can only be accessed by a bridge connecting it to the mainland. As well as the beauty of it’s untouched location, the island’s accommodation has been designed by a revered Finnish architect, who has added a welcome touch of chic to the Finnish wilderness.

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Important Notes

Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into and out of Rovaniemi Airport (RVN).

What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?

Before 5 pm ideally. You’ll be able to check in at the hotel from 3 pm. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 7 pm onwards at the hotel, which is located approximately 20 minutes from Rovaniemi airport.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

Check-out time is before 12 pm but you can leave any time that suits you.

Are airport transfers included?

If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.

Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.

Departure transfers are also included in the cost of this trip.

Are tips included?

Please note that tips are not included in the cost of this adventure. Suggested amounts per person are:

  • Pack Leader: 10 EUR per day
  • Drivers: 3 EUR per day

However, all tips are at your discretion depending on what you feel comfortable with.

Do I need a visa?

Up-to-date visa and entry information can be found using our official partner, Sherpa, who can help you arrange a visa if needed.

You can also find essential travel advice – including security and local laws, as well as passport and visa information – on the government website of your home country:

Please be aware that passport and visa requirements can change before departure, so it’s important to stay updated with the latest information.

What vaccinations and medication will I need?

While we are not medical professionals and cannot offer personalised medical advice, we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable adventure. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

1. Consult with a healthcare professional

We recommend scheduling an appointment with your travel nurse or doctor at least eight weeks before your adventure. This will give you ample time to receive any necessary vaccines or medications.

2. Up-to-date medical advice

3. Government travel advice

4. Medication tips

If you take prescription medication, ensure you bring enough to last the entire adventure, plus a few extra days in case of travel delays. Carry a copy of your prescription with you in case you need to visit a clinic while abroad.

We hope this information will help you prepare for a safe and healthy adventure.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are best viewed on clear nights between late August and early April.

Please be aware that the Northern Lights are weather-dependent and not guaranteed to appear on every trip.

How much should I budget per day for extras?

This trip is nearly fully inclusive so you won’t need much – but you’ll need to allow for any drinks at the hotel. As a guide, a beer costs 6.5 EUR and a bottle of wine is from 42 EUR upwards.

 

What fitness levels do I need for this trip?

This adventure is fast-paced and it will challenge you during the ski trek especially. However, no specific level of fitness is required, we just want to ensure you are happy partaking in the activities like snowmobiling across the Arctic. The trek itself will vary between 2-5 kilometres depending on the weather and the fitness of the group. We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.

What equipment do I need?

On Day 2, we will kit you out with cold weather kit including a thermal snowsuit, boots and gloves, to keep you warm during outdoor activities.

However, it’s best to bring your own winter clothing too as it will be very cold when you exit the airport terminal.

Make sure you have good boots, thick socks and insulated waterproof gloves/mittens, as well as a winter hat, scarf/buff and insulated wind-resistant winter jacket and trousers.  You’ll also want a long-sleeved thermal base layers and a fleece.

Some Flashpackers have recommended bringing handwarmers and footwarmers, as well as a hot water bottle.

Can my special dietary requirements be catered for?

Food allergies and special diets can of course be catered for on this trip, for example, if you are a vegan you will receive a vegan version of the same menu. However extreme allergies like an extreme nut allergy cannot be catered for on this adventure, as all food is prepared in the same kitchen. Please bear this in mind when booking, and reach out to us if you think you will be affected.

Will this itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to test new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting. We’ll always try to let you know in advance.

Can I drive a snowmobile?

You need to have a driver’s license from your home country in order to drive a snowmobile. Otherwise, you can still take part but you’ll need to ride pillion.

Before going on the snowmobiling safari, you will be asked to sign a liability form to confirm you consider yourself to be able to take part in the activity. Snowmobiles are expensive machines and the form also explains that in the unlikely event you damage a snowmobile, you will be required to pay for repairs up to a value of 900€ (euros). An insurance policy at a cost of 15€ is available to purchase locally which will decrease your liability for any damage to 150€. Your activity guide will talk you through everything before the safari to ensure you are comfortable, but if you would like to see a copy of the liability form prior to travel, please do feel free to get in touch with us.

What should I pack?

To keep you warm in the frosty Finnish winter, you’ll be provided with a thermal overcoat, boots and gloves. However, please prepare for extreme weather and bring your own warm and waterproof clothes for day-to-day wear.  You might also consider bringing handwarmers and footwarmers, as well as a hot water bottle. Temperatures can reach -20C in this region.

What you pack is personal to you and our list is certainly not exhaustive. If you have any questions about what to pack for your trip to Finland, please get in touch with one of our friendly Trip Experts.

Baggage

  • A large backpack or suitcase – it’s up to you whether you bring a backpack or a suitcase
  • A day bag – this needs to be around 20-25 litres to fit your daily essentials in, such as water and your camera

Clothing

  • Activewear – breathable and light materials are best as a base layer for most activities. Hiking tops are best as they have wicking properties that remove sweat, keeping you dry and warm
  • Outdoor trousers that are warm and waterproof
  • You will need a warm and waterproof jacket for general wear in Finland
  • Fleeces/jumpers/a jacket – substantial, warm layers will be required
  • Thermal vests/base layers – if the weather gets cold, you may want to wear a thermal vest during the day and at night
  • Scarf/hat/gloves/buff
  • Swimwear – you will have the chance to cold-water-swim and use the sauna
  • What you wear in the evenings is up to you, but you may want some nicer clothes for the evenings

Shoes

  • Waterproof shoes and socks – you’ll be provided with snow boots during outdoor activities, but warm and waterproof shoes will be useful for everyday wear in Finland

Accessories/Personal

  • Driving license for snowmobile driving
  • Electricals and chargers, such as your phone, camera, chargers, etc
  • Plug socket adaptors – the standard plug socket in Finland is type C which has 2 round prongs. This is the same as most of Europe.
  • Refillable water bottle – refilling a bottle instead of buying single-use bottles will help to reduce our plastic footprint
  • Eye mask and earplugs – if you’re a light sleeper, you may feel more comfortable bringing an eye mask and earplugs
  • Any personal medication you require
  • Personal toiletries, including a toothbrush, deodorant, razors, hairbrush, etc
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • High SPF factor sun cream – this helps to protect your skin from the cold

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