Fabulous Lapland - Saariselkä & Rovaniemi
Fabulous Lapland - Saariselkä & Rovaniemi– Finland –6 days / 5 nights, Saariselkä - Sinettä Glas Igloo - Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Kemi - Icebreaker SampoA unique journey to Lapland with a blend of first class travel and the most invigorating winter activities in the region. Stay in Saariselkä with dazzling white landscape, and in Rovaniemi and Sinettä, with one night in the extraordinary Arctic Glass Igloos. On clear Arctic nights you will see the magical Northern Lights from your bed. Visit Santa Claus Village, the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, and enjoy the Sampo Icebreaker safari to Kemi.
|Operation||January 9 - March 27, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departure, Monday - Saturday
January 9 - January 14
January 16 - January 21
February 13 - February 18
February 20 - February 25
March 6 - March 11
March 20 - March 25
March 27 - April 1
|Price||from $2,795 per person in double room
from $3,450 single room
from $2,230 child (7-12 years) sharing room with parents
from $2,525 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
|Included||Arrival transfer if arriving to Ivalo Airport
4 nights First Class hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
1 night in Glass Igloo
5 x Scandinavian breakfast buffet
1 x dinner & 3 x lunch as per program
Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 6 inclusive
Arrival transfer in from Ivalo Airport
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
All tours and transportation 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
Tax and service fees
|Not Included||International airfare & Airport taxes
Domestic flights Helsinki-Ivalo / Rovaniemi-Helsinki
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 3 years old on this tour. Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. This does not apply for Snow or Glass Igloos and is on request.
All optional tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid and are always subject to availability and confirmation.
For optional excursions please see "More Info".
|Tour Options||Optional excursions - please see "more Info"|
Fabulous Lapland hotel description
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Day 1 ARRIVAL SAARISELKÄ Monday
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. Saariselkä in the far North of Finnish Lapland lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselkä. 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 a year. The legendary Saariselkä is the northernmost travel destination in Finland and boasts a variety of services. In Inari and other villages in the area, the Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Please consult the BDM welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.
OPTIONAL: EXCURSION TO NORTHERN LIGHT RESORT
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!
Day 2 SAARISELKÄ - SNOWSHOES SAFARI (B) Tuesday
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.
SNOWSHOES SAFARI (included)
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)
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 and the stars and even the Northern lights may appear!
Day 3 SAARISELKÄ - SINETTÄ (B, L, D) Wednesday
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)
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you 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
Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna made from its walls made from snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made from 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.
Day 4 SINETTÄ - ROVANIEMI - SANTA VILLAGE (B, outdoor L) Thursday
Departing 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), 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 provoked during this moment from a fairy-tale. 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
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 also can after dinner enjoy a drink on the open air roof terrace with the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Roast arctic char, matsutake risotto, vinaigrette with dill and wasabi
Blueberry sorbet, hand-picked blueberries, blueberry powder
Day 5 ROVANIEMI - KEMI - ROVANIEMI (B, L) Friday
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 though the ice in 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 22 of January.
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING (included)
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.
Day 6 ROVANIEMI DEPARTURE (B) Saturday
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good ime for your departure flight.
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to weather conditions. The weather conditions in Finnish & Norwegian Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of the tour operator and its suppliers. The snow and ice conditions can be unpredictable during the winter season,
therefore some of the activities on this tour are subject to change or cancelation without notice.