TORONTO -- ElderTreks, a soft-adventure travel company here
dedicated to people ages 50 and over, is offering two
off-the-beaten-track adventures in the Finnish Lapland and Iceland
Both inclusive land packages, limited to 16 people, are for 11
nights and priced at $2,990.
The single supplement -- for single travelers not wishing to
share -- is $340 for Iceland and $430 for the Finnish Lapland.
The Finnish Lapland tour, July 6 to 17, focuses on the Sami
native people of northern Finland.
The program starts in Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland with
visits to the Arktikum's Science Centre, part of the University of
Lapland's Arctic Centre research institute, and the Provincial
Museum of Lapland, dedicated to Lappish nature and cultural
The itinerary is interspersed with hiking in destinations such
as Lemmenjoki, Finland's largest national park, and includes a
three-night stay on a Sami reindeer farm.
Christine Bossence, sales manager with ElderTreks, described the
Sami as a "shy, very serious people. There are about 5,200 left in
The Sami people believe that every living thing has a soul,
Bossence noted, and that every human has two souls.
The last two nights are spent in Helsinki. At the conclusion of
the trip, a three-night extension is offered to St. Petersburg,
Russia for $930.
The Iceland tour, July 23 to Aug. 3, travels north from the
airport in Keflavik, for nature sightseeing and overnights in a
local fishing village and fjord town.
The itinerary features active geysers, the Gullfoss Waterfall,
Langjokull Glacier, hiking to the top of the Grabrok volcano,
hiking by the edge of the Latrabjarg sea bird cliffs, a boat ride
to Snaesfellsnes, hiking to the Budarklettur volcano and a dip in
the Blue Lagoon.
Accommodations highlight local color: "Particularly in Iceland
and Lapland, we tend to use a lot of locally run properties,"
Bossence said. "A good example would be the reindeer farm that we
stay at in Lapland."
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