After the farm and agribusiness tour of Iceland and Scandinavia, join the Master of Agribusiness program and Kansas Farm Bureau September 5-8, 2020 for a tour of Finland.
September 5 - Arrive in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, an international city at the point where the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki meet. It is a university city, the commercial centre for the area and a city of sport and culture.
September 6 - Depart this morning for an excursion to see and experience how the Finns enjoy their close relationship with nature, with the chance to sample the local way of life.
The Finnish forests provide food, peace and protection, a safe haven to take time to linger and connect with the present moment. Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle as an experienced nature- guide leads you to the world of berry-picking, nature-bathing and wild-water fishing.
Depending on the season you may find cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, cranberries, and crowberries, as well as a variety of edible mushrooms. After stocking up with Lappish superfoods, relax by a camp fire while your guide prepares traditional Finnish pancakes, topped with freshly picked berries to savor.
Later today depart for an excursion to seek out the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Transfer to the best spot to see the Northern Lights, but be patient as the aurora love playing hide-and-seek: you never know when they will show up! While observing nature’s own theatrical performance you fry sausages surrounded by the great aroma of the fire.
Before returning to civilization, you have a chance to drop by a traditional Finnish home where the hosts warmly welcome you and show you around their dwelling, which gives you an insight into a past lifestyle.
September 7 - This morning depart the hotel and travel through serene landscapes in a long wooden riverboat and experience the summer of the Arctic Circle. Continuing the journey, the boat will take you to a reindeer farm located by the river Ounasjoki. At the farm, you will become familiar with reindeer herding and take part in a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle.
This afternoon visit the Arktikum in Rovaniemi, a science centre, museum, unique architectural sight and a meeting and conference center. Arktikum focuses on the Arctic regions and presents life, natural habitats, history, customs and cultures of the peoples living north of the Arctic Circle.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in ‘Nili’, a Lappish restaurant located a short walk from your hotel. The furnishings are genuine Lappish handicraft and materials such as Lappish wood, reindeer horns and reindeer leather feature strongly in the design. The 4-course menu will feature genuine Lappish and Finnish ingredients.
September 8 - Depart the hotel to Meet Santa Claus in his office at Arctic Circle - Send some post cards and of course meet the old man himself, make some last-minute shopping. After the visit, transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
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