Visiting the Laplanders

October 20, 1991|By New York Times News Service

Travelers on a Lapland Safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's National Associate Program will skim across the snow north of the Arctic Circle on reindeer sleighs.

The ride through the wooded wilderness, reindeer driving lessons and lunch in a traditional tepee near the town of Enontekio in northern Finland are part of an eight-day tour that departs New York Feb. 23 and will focus on the culture of the Laplanders.

From Helsinki, visitors will fly to Roveniemi, just south of the Arctic Circle, which was rebuilt after World War II.

The tour will visit the Enontekio and Lake Ounasjarvi area, where participants will be provided with snowsuits.

From there the trip goes across the border to the Norwegian village of Kautokeino, a center of Lapp culture.

The Smithsonian says that only travelers in the best of health and prepared for a relatively strenuous schedule should join the tour. The tour costs $3,985 a person.

For more information, write to the Smithsonian National Associate Program, Study Tours and Seminars, 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington D.C. 20560, or call (202) 357-4700.

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