Winter Lapland - Ultimate Arctic Adventure + Tromso

Winter Lapland - Ultimate Arctic Adventure + Tromso– Finland –11 days / 10 nights, Tromsø - Kirkenes - Saariselkä - Sinettä - Arctic SnowHotel - Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Kemi - Sampo Icebreaker CruiseExperience a unique journey to Lapland, offering first class travel, combined with adventurous winter activities. Enjoy the pre-extension to Tromsø, one of the best Arctic places to view the Northern Lights. In Kirkenes option to go on a King Crab Safari. Stay in Saariselkä, Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus Village, and Sinettä with one night in an Arctic Glass Igloo. Travel to Kemi for a Sampo Icebreaker cruise and ice swimming in the Gulf of Bothnia.

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Operation -- January 4 - March 22, 2017
Departure Wednesday - Saturday:
January 4 - January 14
January 11 - January 21
February 8 - February 18
February 15 - February 25
March 1 - March 11
March 15 - March 25
March 22 - April 1
Price from $4,285 per person in double standard room
from $5,235 single room
from $3,430 child (7-12 years) sharing room with parents
Included 10 nights First Class hotel, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
10 x Buffet breakfasts
3 x dinner & 5 x lunch as per program
Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 5 to Day 10 inclusive
Arrival transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
All tours and transportation by 1st class coach, as per program
Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
Sampo Icebreaker cruise including ice swimming
Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program
Not Included International airfare & Airport taxes
Pre-tour Day 4, flight Tromso-Kirkenes
Beverages or any extras
Porter Service
Any services not mentioned in the program
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note Pre-Tour Tromso is unescorted, excursions are guided.
Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents.
This does not apply for Snow or Glass Igloos and is on request.
Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.
Tour Options For optional excursions/safaris please see "More Info"
More Information Hotel descriptions
Optional Safaris
Winter Lapland map

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Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSØ Wednesday
Arrival to Tromsø airport. When you exit the airport, proceed to the bus stop of Flybussen (regular airport express bus). Please show your voucher to the driver, which is valid for the arrival and departure transfers. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5km to the center, within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in at your hotel* (guaranteed from 15:00).
The name of your hotel in Tromsø will be indicated upon confirmation of your reservation.

Thon Hotel Tromsø, or
Clarion The Edge, or
Scandic Ishavs Hotel

Day 2 TROMSØ - HUSKY SAFARI (B, L) Thursday
After breakfast, take a short walk to the Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso, 350m from your hotel for the morning activity. We recommend being at the starting point 15 min before the tour starts.

HUSKY SAFARI (regular service), 09:45 -13:15, 3:30 hours
Today you will have the opportunity to experience a great adventure and enjoy time with the huskies, which are part of the heart and soul of Tromso. Take a transfer of 30 min arriving to the enthusiastic welcome of over 300 friendly huskies. After a short briefing, meet your team of Huskies who will Take you on a brisk run of 4km on Kvaloya Island, one of the largest islands in Norway, 2 persons per sledge.
During your visit, you will be served a typical Norwegian stew of reindeer & vegetables followed by coffee & pastries. Returning back to Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 13:15.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Thon Hotel Tromsø, or
Clarion The Edge, or
Scandic Ishavs Hotel

Day 3 TROMSØ - AURORA SAFARI (B, D) Friday
The day is at leisure to enjoy Tromsø also known as the Paris of the North.

We recommend a visit to Polaria, just five minutes' walk from the center of Tromsø. Housed in a building that represents ice flows pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria offers an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema where you can see the Ivo Caprino film "Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness" and the Ole C. Salomonsen production "Northern Lights in Arctic Norway".

In the evening, you will join the search for the northern lights starting from the Hotel Radisson Blu Tromsø. We recommend being present latest at 18.00 hours.

AURORA BOREALIS (regular service), 18:15 – 22:30, 4:15 hours
Transfer to the base camp and meet the professional Northern lights hunters who will be your guides. From the camp, located in an uninhabited area with no artificial lights to disturb the experience or the chance to capture the Aurora Borealis on camera. With a great view of the skies there is also time to sit around the open camp fire inside a Sami tent and grill sausages, visit the huskies and their puppies or warm up inside. Due to the stable climate at this location and with some personal persistence, there are excellent possibilities to see even the weakest of lights. Included is a traditional dinner of Finnbiff (beef & mushroom stew) followed by coffee and cake. Returning back to Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 22:30.

Thon Hotel Tromsø, or
Clarion The Edge, or
Scandic Ishavs Hotel

Day 4 TROMSØ - KIRKENES (B) Saturday
Departure transfer by regular Flybussen to Tromso Airport to take the domestic flight* to Kirkenes. This flight and the arrival transfer in Kirkenes are not included.

*We recommend booking the flight with Wideroe/SAS flight WF982 departing from Tromso at 10:25 with arrival to Kirkenes at 13:05.

After checking-in at the hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore the small town of Kirkenes, capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the north east of Norway, close to the Russian border.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 5 KIRKENES (B, D) Sunday
The day is at leisure for activities.

Today your Tour Director, who will escort you for the rest of the tour, will arrive with fellow travelers to Kirkenes. We kindly ask you to be present at the hotel lobby at 12.30 for a welcome meeting. You might like to join a group for an optional tour "KING CRAB SAFARI" departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.

In the evening visit the amazing Kirkenes SnowHotel for a tour and dinner (included).

OPTIONAL: KING CRAB SAFARI, 13:00-16:00/17:00, 3-4 hours
Min 2 persons. Lunch included
"Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic" 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 you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing provided.

OPTIONAL: OVERNIGHT STAY AT SNOW IGLOO
After dinner for those who are game, there is also an opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience and choose to stay in a Snow Igloo with its unique snow wall carvings and sculpted ice bed. Each bed has a mattress and thermal sleeping bags so you can sleep warmly while the room temperature will be -5 degrees Celsius.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 6 KIRKENES - SAARISELKÄ (B, L) Monday
Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the center of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sápmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari and serves as a centre for Sámi self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with genuine, living Sami culture. Lunch is included.

After the visit, onto the tiny village of Saariselkä, the centre of Finland's winter sports.

Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: EXCURSION TO NORTHERN LIGHT RESORT, Snowmobile 19:00, Bus 20:00-23:00, 3-4 hours
This excursion takes you to the Northern Light Resort located 20 kms away from the city lights with a good view to the northern sky. Transfer by bus or drive a snowmobile. At the resort, you will find the Aurora Borealis Theatre build inside one of the massive snow igloos, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon along with spectacular photos of the Northern lights. You will also have time to roam around the resort, admire the igloo bar or take a brisk sleigh ride with a snowmobile drawn sleigh. Or just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. Enjoy the traditional reindeer burgers in the wooden Kammi cabin by the open fire. Remember to bring your camera! With a little luck the sky is clear to see the moon and stars and even the Northern Lights may show up. Your guide will have tips on how to catch the Auroras with your camera and tripods are also available!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel

Day 7 SAARISELKÄ (B) In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami. SNOWSHOES SAFARI INCLUDED, DURATION: 1:30-1:45 HOURS = Put on your snowshoes, feel the crunch of snow under your snowshoes and capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as you explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and Urho Kekkonen National Park, which surrounds Saariselkä.The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna available at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE (pulled by Snowmobile) Min 4 Persons
DURATION: 3 HOURS (19:00 – 22:00)
During this brisk safari you can just sit back and enjoy the view and ride! Your guide will take you up to the fell district to see the beautiful hilltop scenery with unlimited views of the northern sky. Your journey will head towards a beautiful fell cabin where you can enjoy warm berry juice while admiring the nature. If you are lucky, the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern lights may appear!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel

Day 8 SAARISELKÄ - SINETTA (B,L,D) In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinettä, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour. SAMI REINDEER FARM & SLEIGH RIDE INCLUDED, DURATION: 2:00-2:30 HOURS = Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). On sleighs for two people, pulled by your reindeer you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through white landscape over the lake and through the forest where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm. The journey continues south to Sinettä on the twisting roads through the snowy forest to arrive at the unique Arctic SnowHotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting, you can marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from your bed.
In the evening, you are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden
"Kota" where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire on a huge fire pit in the center.

OPTIONAL: SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI, DURATION: 15 MIN SNOW SAUNA + 1 HOUR JACUZZI = Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna and 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. Then jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland.

Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Day 9 SINETTA - SANTA VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI (B,L) Depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. Heading towards Rovaniemi, you stop on the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region. HUSKY FARM & SAFARI INCLUDED, DURATION: 2:00-2:30 HOURS, 2 persons per sledge = 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 and riding in pairs, you embark on a run through the forest behind your pack 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 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 feelings raised by the fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland. From Santa Claus Village it is a short trip to the hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: A TASTE OF LAPLAND, DURATION: 2:30 HOURS (20:00-22:30)
Rovaniemi offers a couple of very good restaurants where the modern Lappish cuisine can be enjoyed. One of them is the Sky Ounaasvaara situated on top of Ounasvaara hill, this modern restaurant offers a white panoramic view of the city - a feast for the eyes where you, after dinner, can enjoy a drink on the open air roof terrace with the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Menu:
- Reindeer carpaccio
- Roast arctic char, matsutake risotto, vinaigrette with dill and wasabi
- Blueberry sorbet, hand-picked blueberries, blueberry powder
- Coffee/ tea

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

Day 10 ROVANIEMI - KEMI - ICEBREAKER (B,L) Time for a swim as we 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 we board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note the Snow Castle depends on the weather to be built and is not guaranteed to be open before the 22nd of January.
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING, INCLUDED DURATION: 13:00-17:00 HOURS
This incredible 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 who dare will also be presented with a certificate by the ship authorities. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

Day 11 ROVANIEMI (B) Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.

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