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Fabulous Lapland Tour in 5 night / 6 night January - March 2020

Day 1 (Monday): Arrival Kirkenes

Arrival to Kirkenes airport and regular transfer to the Hotel Thon Kirkenes**** for check-in. This north eastern town lies a mere 15 km from the Russian border. The area offers a world of experiences for the adventurous traveler wanting to experience mountains, fjords, forests, lakes and the beautiful dancing northern lights. Approximately 10% of the population are Russians and you will find street signs in both Russian and Norwegian. The evening is at leisure in Kirekenes.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Kirkenes – Saariselka

In the morning we depart for the amazing experience of the King Crab Safari.One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the

Kirkenes Fjord we will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. Directly after the King Crab Safari we continue towards Saariselka. Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. There we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self governance, culture, education and know how. Modern conference prem ises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports.Check in at Hotel Santa’s Tunturi****. In the evening we put on our snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under our feet. We capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as we explore the nearby nature in your search for the northern lights.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Saariselka-Sinetta

This morning we continue our adventure to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we visit one of the highlights of the tour – traditional Sami farmers who tell us about their reindeers, and teach us how to throw the Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by a reindeer, we experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape over the lake and through the forest. A typical Sami three course lunch is included at the farm. Check in at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos. We enjoy the warmth of our Glass Igloo and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights. In the evening we are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinners in a magnificent wooden “Kota”. The late evening also offer an optional snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi experience where only the sauna benches are made of wood!

Day 4 (Thursday): Sinetta – Rovaniemi

We depart to Rovaniemi and check-in at Hotel Santa Claus****. We are in for yet another winter adventure with a visit to the Husky Farm & Safari. We embark on a run through the forest behind our packs of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes.The day continues with a visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to the real Santa Claus. The late evening offers optional snowmobile excursion to the Aurora Borealis camp. Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow covered forest and on the frozen river to the Aurora Borealis camp. At the resort, you will find a theatre, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon.

Day 5 (Friday): Rovaniemi-Kemi-Rovaniemi

Today we experience one of the highlights of our winter adventure. We travel to Kemi, board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship, ice swimming and a three-course lunch at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, we have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! Everyone is fitted with a warm survival suit and those who dare receive a certificate by the ship authorities. Back in Rovaniemi, the evening offers an optional tour to “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”, an idyllic Igloo which opens it door fort special event. We enjoy a dinner with local specialities and if we are lucky we will be dazzled by the Nordic light.

Day 6 (Saturday): Rovaniemi

Departure transfer to Rovaniemi airport.

·5 overnights at 4 star hotels

·5 x buffet breakfast

·1 dinner, 3 lunches and 1picnic as specified in the program

·Snowshoes safari, Sami reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Husky Farm visit and ride, Sampo Icebreaker visit and ice swimming

·Service of English and Spanish speaking tour escort on all tours

·Service of 1stclass motor coaches or 1stclass minivans throughout the itinerary

·Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program

·Regular arrival transfer Kirkenes Airport to Hotel Thon Kirkenes and regular departure transfer Hotel Santa Claus to Rovaniemi Airport.

Optional:

·Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 73.00 per person

·3-hour snowmobile tour to Aurora Borealis camp: EUR 184.00 per person

·3-hour tour “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”: EUR 134.00 per person

Please note the optional tours have to be pre-booked and not available on the spot

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