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Autumn is a marvellous time for observing the Northern Lights. The Aurora season starts around 24th August when the nights get dark again. That is also when we open the Glass Igloos and Kelo-Glass Igloos for our guests. Autumn is optimal time for hiking and other outdoor activities. During approximately the first three weeks of September nature is ablaze in colours of “ruska”, a Finnish word for the Autumn leaves season. From August to early October, the forests are filled with tasty mushrooms and berries that can be picked and enjoyed on the spot.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. Aurora hunting option available!
Canoeing is one of the best ways to immerse to the pure nature of Lapland. Your experienced guide provides gear and instructions so you are all set for your adventure. The Ivalo River is almost entirely a wilderness river. Paddle peacefully on the calm waters of the Ivalo river and admire the surrounding wilderness. When you are having a break and enjoying soup lunch by the open fire the guide will tell you stories of the local nature, history and culture. The river is nicknamed the “river of gold” as during the Lapland gold rush plenty of gold was found on its banks.
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.
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.
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.
The magnificent aurora will often light the skies of Northern Lapland from late summer. Our organised aurora trips start in late August. You can go aurora chasing with us on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. Of course, if you prefer the other type of horse power, you can get there just as well on a quad bike.