From Ivalo Airport, you will need to take the public bus to Saariselka (approx. 30 mins, pay locally). Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.
Day 2 - 7
On your first morning there will be a short briefing regarding the lessons and equipment is provided for the week. Lessons are usually on the first three mornings or the tour (approximately 2hrs each), and instruction is provided at beginner to intermediate level. The instructors are fully qualified and the ski school is located next door to the hotel (lessons are exclusive to Exodus and Headwater clients).
Your ski instructors will also be able to recommend pretty areas for you to ski independently in the afternoons, and a ski map is provided (per booking). There are over 200km of marked trails that you can easily explore, including routes into the National Park of Urho Kekkonen and Kuusipaa and Ahopaat Fells. Along the way you'll pass traditional husky and reindeer corrals and will be able to stop for some warming hot lingonberry juice. During December and early January, there are 34km of illuminated trails so you can still ski despite the lack of sunlight.
Cross-country skiing areas will be amended locally according to conditions and wonderful panoramic views are guaranteed every day. Each route offers the best of this low rolling region of fells with pine and spruce trees as you ski past igloo villages, quiet towns and wild reindeer. Saariselka is the ideal base for this real winter wonderland adventure, with some good chances of seeing the incredible Northern Lights.
Take the public bus back to Ivalo Airport for your flight back to London.