Fabulous Lapland Tour in 6 days / 5 nighst January - March 2022, 2023
Day 1 (Monday): Arrival Kirkenes
Day 2 (Tuesday): Kirkenes – Saariselka
Day 3 (Wednesday): Saariselka-Rovaniemi (260 km)
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as you make your way to Rovaniemi, located right on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi capital of Finnish Lapland, home of Santa Claus counts with more than 60.000 inhabitants. We will be welcomed to the Lappish capital by our Finnish hosts, reindeer herders.
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, and its importance to the Sami culture. Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical local three course lunch is included at the farm.
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. With a little luck, you will travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – will appear to show you the way. Sip warm beverages and savor a snack by a campfire and learn more about the Northern Lights and the beauty of Lapland.
The late evening also offer an optional tour of 3 hour of Aurora Borealis Safari by Snowmobiles!
REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING *Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid driver’s license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. We cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts. Breakfast
Activity INCLUDED: Sami Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride DURATION:2-2.5 hours.
Activity includes: a traditional 3 course lunch, reindeer sledge ride, Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate.
Day 4 (Thursday): Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Sinetta
Breakfast at the hotel and depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. Heading towards the Arctic Circle for our first stop, Santa Claus Village. In early afternoon continue to the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the highlights of the tour, one of the most idyllic Husky Farms in the region. Visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa´s home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. Time at your own for visiting the area and enjoy a local lunch. In early afternoon continue to the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the highlights of the tour, one of the most idyllic Husky Farms in the region. After the visit check-in at Arctic Snow Hotel.
Activity INCLUDED: HUSKY FARM & SAFARI
DURATION: approximately 2 hours (14:30-16:30)
2 persons per sledge (self-driving)
The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions you embark, riding in pairs, on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies (3 km).
The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Boreal) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. Evening at leisure.
OPTIONAL TOUR, required pre-booking: SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI
DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes (22:00 – 23:30)
Minimum 2 persons
Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna with its walls made of snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made of wood! The sauna bathing experience is an astonishing combination of thick steam within intimate snow walls. Afterwards jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland.
OPTIONAL TOUR, required pre-booking: OVERNIGHT IN A SNOW SUITE with evening SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI
OVERNIGHT INCL. SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI 22:00 – 23:00
Each year the snow hotel is built with local artists designing and creating the ice and wall sculptures that decorate the hotel and Snow suites. Each Snow Suite is different each year and offers a unique arctic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special arctic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. NOTE THAT YOU WILL KEEP YOUR GLASS IGLOO AS WELL.
Day 5 (Friday): Sinetta-Kemi (Ice-breaker Cruise) - Sinetta
Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at 08:45 in the hotel. Time for a swim as you head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. First a visit to the Snow Castle* with its special snow slide. Enjoy the snow sculptures and complex. Later you will experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as you board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before the 19th of January
Activity INCLUDED: SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING
DURATION: approximately 3,5h (13:00-16:30) INCLUDED: guided tour of the ship, ice floaVng event, 3-course lunch or buffet
This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge, ice swimming and a three-course meal at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! You will of course be fitted with a warm survival suit and those of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage. An unforgettable experience. Return to Sinetta with early evening arrival at your hotel.
INCLUDED: FAREWELL LAPPISH DINNER IN KOTA
DURATION: approximately 1.5 - 2 hours (19:00 – 21:00) INCLUDED: 3 course dinner, prepared on open fire, no drinks included
On your last evening in Lapland, you will join your fellow travelers for a typical farewell Lappish dinner prepared by the open fire in a wooden kota. After dinner you may even wish to enjoy a drink at the Sky Bar. We hope that your journey in Arctic Europe has enchanted you and we look forward to welcoming you back another time!
Day 6 (Saturday): Rovaniemi
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
✓5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
✓ 5 breakfasts, buffet style
✓ 1 dinner, 3 lunches (all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
✓ Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 6 inclusive
✓ Regular arrival transfer from Kirkenes Airport
✓ Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
✓ The long-distance coach from day 2-6 offers WIFI
✓ All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
✓ Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
✓ Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
✓ Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person
Please note! Regular Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from Kirkenes Airport and to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking driver and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiGng Gme may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.
·King Crab Safari: 257.00 eur per person
·3-hour snowmobile tour to Aurora Borealis camp: EUR 181.00 per person, Children 4-14: EUR 105.00 per person, Single supplement: EUR 58.00
·Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 96.00 per person minimum 2 people, 1 hour 30 min
·Overnight in a snow suite with evening sauna & outdoor jacuzzi experience: EUR 189.00 per person, single supplement: EUR 69.00
Please note the optional tours have to be pre-booked