Arctic New Year Northern Lights Tour 7 days/6 nights December 2018 - January 2019
Day 1 (Thursday): Arrival Saariselka
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the Hotel Santa Tunturi**** for check-in. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days ayear. The legendary Saariselka is the northernmost travel destination in Finland and boasts a variety of services. Here, the Sami culture is stillvery evident in everyday life.
Day 2 (Friday): Saariselka
In the morning, we put on our snowshoes to feel the crunch of snow under the feet.We capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods aswe explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and the Urho Kekkonen National Park, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon is atleisure and we have the opportunity to try a Finnish sauna available at the hotel. The evening offers an optional reindeer safari. We are taken into the quiet evening forest on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer and maybe we will even get to marvel at the beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Upon return to the camp a nice warm campfire and warm drink is waiting for us before going back to the hotel.
Day 3 (Saturday): 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 Iglooand weather permitting we will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern LightsIn the evening we are invited for a traditionalLappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota”. The late evening also offer an optional snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi experiencewhere only the sauna benches are made of wood!
Day 4 (Sunday): 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 outdoorlunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes. The day continues with a visit to the world-famous Santa ClausVillage built right on the Arctic Circle and home to the real Santa Claus.
Day 5 (Monday): Rovaniemi
The day is at disposal for exploring the small and picturesque town at our own. In the evening we meet Santa Claus who pays a visit to the hotelbefore New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner buffet is served at the hotel. The late evening offers an optional Mystical New Year Party located at Lapland’smagical border of the Arctic Circle. A lot of festivities are held for welcoming the New Year at this venue. Fire, ice, darkness, snow, lights, music,dance are the combined elements that create a magical event. The mysterious shamans fuel the atmosphere and as the New Year approachesSanta Claus himself also appears. A giant snow disco, snow bars, firework displays and the spectacular New Year show bring us into the NewYear, before going back to the hotel after midnight.
Day 6 (Tuesday): 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 thisunforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship, iceswimming and a three-course lunch at the on-board restaurant. We have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float in the middle of the largestice field in Europe! Everyone is fitted with a warm survival suit and those who dare receive a certificate by the ship authorities.
Day 7 (Wednesday): Rovaniemi
Regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
·6 overnights at 4 star hotels
·6 x buffet breakfast
·2 dinners, 2 lunches and 1picnic as specified in the program
·Personalised welcome package
·Snowshoes safari, Sami reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Husky farm visit and ride, Sampo ice breaker 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 Ivalo Airport to Hotel Santa Tunturi and departure transfer Hotel Santa Claus to Rovaniemi Airport.
·2-hour evening reindeer safari in Saariselka: EUR 140.00 per person
·Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 65.00 per person
·Mystical New Year’s Party in Rovaniemi: EUR 100.00 per person
Please note the optional tours have to be pre-booked.