ElderTreks offers adventure packages to Finnish Lapland, Iceland

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 this summer.

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 heritage.

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 Finland."

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."

Phone: (800) 741-7956 or (416) 588-5000
Fax: (416) 588-9839
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.eldertreks.com

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