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Summer in Lapland is intense – the sun never sets between mid-May and early August. This is not to suggest a scorching heat; the weather will be perfect for hiking up and down the fells – day and night if you wish. The summer season ends in September, when the ruska period sets in and nature is ablaze with a magnificent array of changing colours. We’re not far from northern Norway, the Arctic Sea and the North Cape, and will be happy to provide you with any travel tips you might need.
Gold mining has taken place in the area of Kakslauttanen for centuries. Many have been seriously struck with gold fever, and they have remained in Lapland for life. At the gold-panning site, you’ll get to try your luck. And if you choose, you can go beyond experimenting: you could pan enough gold to make a ring for your loved one while celebrating a summer wedding with us.
Experience the arctic wilderness with a loyal companion, a husky dog. Together you will experience the amazing views and arctic nature of the Kiilopää Fell area, right on the border of Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest national park in Finland. The climb is moderate. You will learn about the arctic wildlife and plants along the way. The hike ends at the husky farm where you get to thank your companion. Also, who knows if you are going to see some of the incredibly cute husky puppies!
The rolling fells of Lapland are made for horse riding. The vast landscapes and the great silence make this horse safari a truly exceptional and captivating experience. Roaming the wide-open wilderness on a Finnish horse, you’ll find it hard to avoid the feeling of a little cowboy – or cowgirl – awakening within you. The children also have a chance to ride on Icelandic horses.
Many people in Lapland reckon that the Lemmenjoki National Park is the most beautiful area in the province. On a riverboat cruise, you’ll get acquainted with the Sami village of Lemmenjoki and make a stop at the waterfall of Ravadas. While you’re having lunch on the shore by the fire, the guide will tell you tales of gold mining, local reindeer herding and the Sami culture. On the way back, you’ll visit the Sami museum of Siida in Inari.
On the Inari day trip you’ll visit a reindeer farm to get up close with these calm and lovable creatures. A trip to Siida Museum, the National Museum of the Finnish Sámi, will give you a unique look at Sámi culture and the nature of Northern Lapland. The day also includes a cruise on lake Inari, with a visit to Ukko Island, a holy place for the Sámi.
We organise many opportunities for adventure under the midnight sun. You can admire the bright magical nights on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. Or, if you prefer motors to horses, take one of our quad bikes and drive towards the sun. We’ll even organise a car ride straight to the peak of Mount Kaunispää, if that’s what you’d prefer.
Kakslauttanen serves as an excellent base if you’re also thinking about visiting Norway – North Cape, for example. If you’re flying in, you can conveniently collect a rental car at the Ivalo Airport or, alternatively, at the hotel.
Now we’re talking business. You won’t find a better place for hiking or trekking than Kakslauttanen anywhere in northern Europe. You can enter the Urho Kekkonen National Park, one of Finland’s largest natural conservation areas, right behind our chalets. And the Lemmenjoki National Park is just down the road too. Don’t worry about taking water bottles with you either – the environment here is so clean that you can drink straight out of a mountain stream.
On an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) safari you get to ride in diverse terrain and see Lapland’s nature open up in a completely different way than in the winter. Choose between various distance options for our ATV safaris. Midnight Sun watching option available!
After the northern lights and the midnight sun, Lapland’s best-known natural treasures are berries and mushrooms. The impact of the nightless night on nature is extraordinary. Due to the high exposure to sunlight in a short period of time, the region’s berries and mushrooms are both tasty and packed with vitamins. The cloudberry is a local speciality; people come from all corners of the world to pick and enjoy this wonderful berry. Travellers are free to help themselves to the natural treats of the forest and wetlands.
Would you like to canoe calmly on peaceful waters or throw caution to the wind and take your kayak straight down the rapids? You can do both with us. Whitewater kayaking on the Juutua river is a thrill unlike any other, but for travellers looking for a more sedate experience, we organise unforgettable canoeing and kayaking trips on the Lutto river. We also rent canoes for camping trips.
This is where true anglers come to make their dreams come true, but also where beginners can get a taste for this exciting sport. There are more than a few crystal-clear rivers just a short car ride from Kakslauttanen where anglers of all skills and ages can try their luck. Trout, grayling and Arctic char are among the many fish populating our rivers.
In the vicinity of Kakslauttanen there are dozens of kilometres of well-marked biking routes, both for beginners and active cyclists. You can rent a bike from us for the easy routes.