Winter Lapland - Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Winter Lapland - Ultimate Arctic Adventure– Finland, Norway –8 days / 7 nights, Kirkenes - Saariselkä - Sinettä Glass Igloos - Arctic SnowHotel - Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Kemi - Sampo IcebreakerUnique guided journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari or enjoy a magical night in a Snow Igloo. Stay in Saariselkä, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi, home of Santa. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo, from where you might see the mystical Northern Lights. Visit Santa Claus Village and Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi. Optional excursions are available.
|Operation||January 6 - March 24, 2018|
|Departure||Saturday - Saturday, guaranteed departures
January 6, 20
February 3, 10, 17
March 3, 10, 24
|Price||from $3,775 per person in double room
from $4,645 single room
from $3,195 child* (7-12 years) when sharing room with parents
from $3,475 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
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.
|Included||6 nights in **** hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
1 x Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
7 x breakfasts, buffet style
2 x dinners & 4 x lunch as per program
Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
Arrival transfer in from Ivalo Airport
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
All tours and transportation as per program
Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
Sampo Icebreaker cruise including ice swimming
Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
|Not Included||International Airfare
Personal insurance / personal items
Beverages or any extras
Any services not mentioned in the program
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||This is an escorted tour!
Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these programs. Children between 7-12 years, when sharing room with adults, receive a reduction.
It is important to note that in all our winter programs can be physically demanding and the passenger may be exposed to different kinds of physical strain. Uneven grounds during walking tours, snow and ice are common surface in our destinations.
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions. The weather conditions in the Norwegian and Finnish Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of Five Stars of Scandinavia and its handling suppliers/partners.
|Tour Options||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"
Winter Lapland map
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Day 1 ARRIVAL IVALO - SAARISELKÄ Saturday
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 your welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.
Day 2 KIRKENES - SNOWHOTEL (B, D) Sunday
An early departure in driving further north to visit Kirkenes and its most famous attraction the Snowhotel. The small town is capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the east located north east in Northern Norway, close to the Russian border. After check-in the afternoon is at leisure to explore the small village where you also have the opportunity of the optional excursion KING CRAB SAFARI departing from your hotel.
In the evening, we visit the amazing Kirkenes SnowHotel for a tour and dinner (included).
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: KING CRAB SAFARI
Experience one of the highlights of Northern Norway and at the same time taste one of the local delicacies, on this optional activity. You will come face to 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 at the KIRKENES SNOW HOTEL - 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.
Day 3 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 Sami 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
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 4 SAARISELKÄ - SNOWSHOE SAFARI (B) Tuesday
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.
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 5 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
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 6 SINETTÄ - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI (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
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.
Menu: Reindeer carpaccio
Roast arctic char, matsutake risotto, vinaigrette with dill and wasabi
Blueberry sorbet, hand-picked blueberries, blueberry powder
Day 7 ROVANIEMI - KEMI - SAMPO (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 22nd of January.
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING
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 8 DEPARTURE ROVANIEMI (B) Saturday
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
Please note: 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.