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Iso Syote Activities

Scenic beauty awaits in Iso Syote

Known as the gateway to Lapland, Iso-Syöte lies in Finland’s southernmost fell region and boasts some of the country’s heaviest snowfall. Throughout the winter a deep blanket of glistening snow covers the beautiful landscape of fells and forests. Nearby you will find 12 downhill slopes, a snowboard street, half pipes and a snow tube run where you can slide down the slope in large rubber tyres. The gentle fell area is ideal both for beginners and cross country skiers, with 75 miles of well-maintained trails starting from just outside the hotel.

You can experience our activities at Iso-Syöte on our:

Before booking any of our activities, please ensure you have read our Activties Terms and Conditions.

Monday

Enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling in Iso Syote

Snowmobile Safari to the Wilderness
The safari starts from the hotel. The track goes first downhill and then onwards along fells, through the forest with its snow-covered trees and over ice-covered swamps and lakes. We stop for a campfire coffee before starting up the snowmobile again to drive back up Iso Syöte hill. Duration 3 hours. Includes coffee/ tea and buns and a safari outfit.

Tuesday

Drive a team of huskies in Iso Syote

Snowmobile and Husky Safari
Setting off from Hotel Iso Syöte by snowmobile, you'll be taken to the place where the huskies eagerly await your arrival. After an introduction to the dogs and full driving instructions, you will set off through the countryside harnessing the power of the paw. The safari route goes through snowy forests and ice-covered swamps. There are stops to switch drivers and take photographs. Duration 3-4 hours - approx 6km with huskies and 25km with snowmobiles. Includes safari outfit

Kicksledge Glides and Rides
A traditional Finnish way of moving around in deep snow, kicksledges are great fun for gliding down hill. You simply kick them forward with one leg while the other is standing on the glider and you are holding the grip. At the bottom of the hill you'll find a Lappish kota complete with campfire, coffee and pulla! You'll be taken back to the top of the hill by car. Duration 2 - 3 hours. Includes safari outfit and hot drink and snack.

Northern Lights Safari
A night time snowmobile safari is an experience not-to-be-missed. Drive under twinkling stars and through snowy forests. We will stop to admire the stars in the sky and have a coffee break by an open campfire. If you are lucky, you might see the Northern Lights! Duration 3 hours / 45km. Includes coffee and buns and a safari outfit.

Wednesday

See the Northern Lights in Iso Syote

Snowmobile Safari to a Frozen Lake and Ice Fishing
Leaving the hotel by snowmobile, we travel through the forest to a frozen lake. We bring the gear with us to drill holes and go ice fishing on this beautiful lake. There will be a coffee break by an open fire. We return to the hotel by snowmobile. Duration 3 - 4 hours. Includes coffee and safari outfits.

Full Day Husky Safari with Campfire Lunch
Transfer to the husky farm where the dogs eagerly await their visitors. You’ll be introduced to your team of dogs and given full driving instructions before you embark on a husky sled ride. The route takes you through snowy forests and over ice-covered lakes and swamps. Along the way, enjoy a sandwich lunch by the campfire. There will be further stops to switch drivers and take photographs. The journey with the huskies is approximately 25/40km in total depending on conditions. Duration 4 - 5 hours. Includes transfer and safari outfit.

Northern Lights Safari
A night time snowmobile safari is an experience not-to-be-missed. Drive under twinkling stars and through snowy forests. We will stop to admire the stars in the sky and have a coffee break by an open campfire. If you are lucky, you might see the Northern Lights! Duration 3 hours / 45km. Includes coffee and buns and a safari outfit.

Thursday

Visit a Reindeer Farm in Iso Syote

Visit a Reindeer Farm by Snowmobile
Visit a reindeer herding farm and ride in a sleigh pulled by these fabulous creatures. Coffee and pulla will be served in the Kota. Duration 3 hours / 35km. Includes coffee with pulla.

Snowshoe Hiking
After a few snowshoeing tips, you'll set off from the hotel on a trek through the deep snow. At the top of the hill you'll enjoy great views of the beautiful snow sculptures made by nature. You’ll also be able to spot bird and animal tracks. Duration 2-2½ hours. Includes hot drink and safari outfit.

Husky Safari and Visit to a Husky Farm by Car
Transfer to a husky farm where the dogs earerly await your arrival. You’ll be introduced to the team of dogs and given full driving instructions before embarking on a husky sled ride. The safari takes you through the snowy forests and over the ice-covered lakes surrounding the husky farm. En route there are stops to switch drivers and take photographs. Duration 3 hours. Includes safari outfit.

Friday

Explore Iso Syote on a snowmobile

A Long Snowmobile Adventure
A fabulous snowmobile adventure featuring a whole day of snowmobiling through snow-covered forests and into the wilderness. This is a challenging ride of about 80-100km. We recommend one person per snowmobile to get the most out of the experience and perfect your driving skills. During the day there will be a stop for a campfire lunch. Duration 6 hours. Includes thermal outfits, guidance, outdoor lunch and drinks.

Ice Fishing
Transfer to the lake by car for a fabulous ice fishing trip. Drill the holes, lower the line and wait till you get lucky! There will be a fireside coffee break by a Kota. Duration 2 - 3 hours. Includes transfer, coffee, snack and safari outfits.

Reindeer Safari
Make yourself comfortable in your reindeer sleigh and wait for the "caravan" to move, the sleighs connected by rope in the old fashioned Lappish way. Coffee and snacks are served in a "Kota" tepee. Includes coffee, snack and safari outfit.

Snowmobile Safari to the Wilderness
The safari starts from the hotel. The track goes first downhill and then onwards along fells, through the forest with its snow-covered trees and over ice-covered swamps and lakes. We stop for a campfire coffee before starting up the snowmobile again to drive back up Iso Syöte hill. Duration 3 hours. Includes coffee/ tea and buns and a safari outfit.

Saturday

See Santa on a trip from Iso Syote

Excursion to Ranua Zoo and Rovaniemi Santa Village
Travel by bus from the Iso Syöte Hotel to the Ranua Wildlife Park for a 2 hour visit (entrance fee - approx €13 per person - to be paid in resort). You will then travel to Rovaniemi and visit Santa's Village. There are many souvenir and Finnish design / handicraft shops here and, if you want, you can even meet Santa himself! Duration 8 hours. Minimum 6 people. Includes transport by bus.

Safari to a Reindeer Farm by Car
A fabulous experience where you can learn more about the culture and history of the area and its reindeer. We set off from the hotel and drive towards Virkkunen's traditional reindeer farm 18 km away. At the farm, we find out all about reindeer herding as well as local history, culture and traditions. The farmer takes us to see his herd of reindeer and afterwards welcomes us into his home for coffee, sandwiches and homemade cakes. Duration 3 hours. Includes transfers, guided farm tour, coffee and sandwiches.

Ice Fishing
Transfer to the lake by car for a fabulous ice fishing trip. Drill the holes, lower the line and wait till you get lucky! There will be a fireside coffee break by a Kota. Duration 2 - 3 hours. Includes transfer, coffee, snack and safari outfits.

Snowmobile safari to wilderness
The safari starts from the hotel. The track goes first downhill and then onwards along fells, through the forest with its snow-covered trees and over ice-covered swamps and lakes. We stop for a campfire coffee before starting up the snowmobile again to drive back up Iso Syöte hill. Duration 3 hours. Includes coffee/ tea and buns and a safari outfit.

On Request

Search for the Aurora in Iso Syote

Overnight in Snow Igloo
Sleep in a snow igloo on top of the Iso Syöte hill. Despite temperatures of -5°C to -8°C inside the igloo, you will stay warm and cosy, inside thermal sleeping bags. This activity can only be booked alongside a regular stay at the Iso-Syöte resort. Includes all sleeping equipment, breakfast, shower and sauna at the hotel.

Two Day Snowmobile Safari with Overnight Stay in Wilderness Cabin
A two day snowmobile safari exploring the local area. Enjoy the thrill of driving through deep snow over different terrains. Cross frozen lakes and swamps and feel the adrenaline pump as you negotiate narrow hill and forest tracks. Duration 2 days. Includes full board and overnight in a wilderness cabin.

Two Day Husky Safari with Overnight Stay in Wilderness Cabin
A two day husky safari with an overnight stay in a wilderness cabin. For the duration of the tour you will be with your own team of six huskies.

Day 1: Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the panorama restaurant before donning your safari outfit and transferring to the husky farm where you will meet the husky-musher and his dogs. After some driving guidance, the sleds will be packed and the fun will begin. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you travel, stopping for a fireside lunch. On arrival at the wilderness camp you need to feed and water your dogs and take them to rest. You’ll also help to make the fire and prepare dinner. There’s time for a sauna before you relax in the cabin where you will stay overnight.

Day 2: After breakfast the huskies and sledges are prepared for the trip back to the farm. You’ll stop off for lunch en route, arriving back at the farm late afternoon from where you will be transported back to Iso Syöte. Duration 2 days. Includes full board.

Two Days Snowmobiling and Overnight in a Snow Cave at the Wilderness Snowcamp

Ideal for those looking for a real touch of Arctic Adventure, this safari sees you driving 150km by snowmobile, stopping off for a spot of ice fishing to catch your dinner. Building a ‘sleeping cave’, from snow, in the wilderness, you will wrap up in your thermally insulated sleeping bag under the stars, hoping to see the Northern Lights. The following day you will return to Iso Syote.  Duration 2 days. Includes thermal outfits, a guide, outdoor meals, drinks, sleeping bags and other equipment needed for your overnight stay.

Two Days Snowmobiling, Overnight in a Snow Cave at the Wilderness Snowcamp, Two Half Day Husky Safaris, A Night in a Wilderness Cabin
This three day safari offers a real taste of the Arctic.

Day 1: Your first day sees you driving 150km by snowmobile, stopping off for a spot of ice fishing to catch your dinner. Building a ‘sleeping cave’, from snow, in the wilderness, you will wrap up in your thermally insulated sleeping bag under the stars, hoping to see the Northern Lights.

Day 2: Driving to a husky farm for lunch, you will swap your snowmobile for a pack of dogs and drive out to a Wilderness Hut for the night. You will help the guide to prepare your evening meal.

Day 3: This morning you will return to the husky farm, driving your huskies through the frozen landscape. Following lunch, you will return to Iso Syote via snowmobile.

Duration 3 days. Includes thermal outfits, a guide, outdoor meals, drinks, sleeping bags and other equipment needed for your overnight stays.

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