New Years in Kemi

New Years in Kemi– Finland –4 days / 3 nights, Kemi - Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Snowmobiles - Husky Safari - Reindeer SleddingThis action packed New Years program brings you to the heart of Finnish Lapland to Kemi on the Gulf of Bothnia. Celebrate New Years Eve in Lappish traditions with fireworks and snow bar. Join an excursion to the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi. Visit Santa Claus Village, meet Santa Claus and his elves in Santa's workshop. Enjoy snow adventures; visit a reindeer farm, learn to drive a reindeer sled. Go on a snowmobile safari and enjoy Husky dog sledding.

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Operation December 30, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Departure December 30, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Price Hotel Merihovi
$1,745 per person in double room
$1,965 single room
$1,025 Child 2-11 years in extra bed in parents room

Hotel Cumulus
$1,785 per person in double room
$1,990 single room
$1,080 child under12 years in extra bed in parents room
Included Transfer Kemi Airport or Railway Station to Hotel
3 nights accommodations in Hotel Cumulus Kemi or Hotel Merihovi
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Use of hotel sauna in the afternoon (plus indoor swimming pool in Hotel Cumulus)
New Year celebration in Kivalot with activities
Snowmobile safari including outdoor lunch
Visit to a Husky Kennel with 45 min dog sled ride
Full-day excursion to Rovaniemi; transportation included
Visit to Santa Claus Village
Visit to a Reindeer farm with 30 min sled ride
Extra thermal outerwear as needed for outdoor adventures
Guiding in English during excursions and activities
Transfer to Kemi-Tornio Airport at departure
Tax and service fees
Not Included International airfare & Airport taxes
Domestic flights Helsinki - Kemi - Helsinki
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
Alcoholic beverages
$25 Service fee
Please Note Minimum of 2 participants required for the tour to be operated.
This is a non-escorted tour to Lapland. Excursions are guided.

Early booking is recommended. Subject to availability!
Tour Options Additional nights Kemi and/or Helsinki
Snowmobile safari by night on Day 1,
$190/person duo-drive, $275/person solo-drive
Airfare Helsinki Kemi - Helsinki, please request

OPTIONAL: Spend an extra night in Kemi and participate in a unique winter adventure: a voyage through the ice! Transfer by coach to the Port of Kemi where Icebreaker Sampo is waiting for you. During the 4-hour voyage on board this famous vessel you'll tour the entire ship from top to bottom and enjoy lunch in the ship's cozy restaurant. Adults participate in an arctic swim dressed in special survival suits, and kids explore the ship with the help of the crew. The Captain hands a diploma to all passengers at the end of the cruise. Back at the hotel in late afternoon.

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Day 1 ARRIVAL KEMI (D) Wednesday, December 30
Your magical New Years adventure begins at Kemi-Tornio Airport where our friendly local representatives await to greet you and transfer you to your cozy hotel in Kemi. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this delightful destination or join our optional snowmobile safari in moonshine. With a little luck you might even see the Northern Lights. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu at your hotel and spend the night in Kemi at your chosen hotel, Hotel Merihovi or Hotel Cumulus Kem.

Hotel Cumulus

Day 2 ROVANIEMI - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE - NEW YEARS EVE (B, L, D) Thursday, December 31
Experience the magic of the Arctic Circle during an excursion to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, which is only an approx. 1.5 hour ride from Kemi in a comfortable coach bus. Upon arrival in Rovaniemi you will first visit a local Reindeer farm where you can learn about reindeer herding and Sami culture and take a 30 min ride in a reindeer sled. In fact, those who manage to pass the short driving test are awarded a special reindeer driver license. Afterwards enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before you head to the famous Santa Claus village, where you can meet Santa Claus and his merry elves in Santa's workshop before some souvenir shopping. By late afternoon the bus will bring you back to your hotel in Kemi.

Use your free time to get dressed in warm clothing before a bus will pick you up in the evening and bring you to a wilderness cottage 45 min away from Kemi in the middle of the forest. We will celebrate tonight's New Years Eve in style. A festive dinner is served at the wooden hut before you will discover the outside area. Small traditional tepees are prepared for you to discover. Try activities such as tin melting and fortune telling. You will also be baptized by a traditional Shaman inside a kota tepee. A necklace amulet is given to each guest as a memory. For the late coming hunger you will have the chance to grill sausages over an open fire.

When the countdown to midnight starts, you can watch a firework, enjoy some drinks at the constructed snow bar and celebrate into the New Year. After the celebration into the New Year your bus will bring you back to your hotel and you are free to discover the night life of Kemi.

Hotel Cumulus

Day 3 SNOWMOBILE SAFARI - HUSKY SAFARI (B, L, D) Friday, January 1
A Finnish buffet breakfast is served in the hotel. Today is the day that everyone has been waiting for: it's time to learn to drive a snowmobile, the Laplanders' favorite method of travel. Equipped head to toe in winter gear and wearing a driving helmet and goggles, you will get acquainted with the machine as your local guides give you a thorough briefing on technical and safety issues. Sooner than you'll know you're seated on your vehicle - tandem style - as two persons share one snowmobile, taking turns in driving - and the snowmobile convoy takes off. Your destination: a Lapp Camp in the snow-clad nature. An outdoor lunch is served in a kota teepee.

Later in the day we take a trip to a local Husky Farm where the mushers live together with their Siberian huskies. The whole group will be split in two. While the first group starts by having a n about 45 min husky safari (two persons sharing one dog team), the other half will enjoy some sausages at a wooden tepee on the Husky farm. Afterwards you will change the group. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant. Overnight at your chosen hotel.

Hotel Cumulus

Day 4 KEMI DEPARTURE (B) Saturday, January 2
Today you are transferred back to Kemi Airport in time for your departure flight. For all those who haven't experienced enough of the Arctic lifestyle, we offer additional days/nights in Kemi.

Option: Extend your stay and enjoy additional snow activities or cruise on Sampo Icebreaker in the Gulf of Bothnia.

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