Fabulous Lapland – Saariselka & Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, Reindeer Safari, and Snowmobile SafariFinland


From $2,725 USD
January 8 - March 26, 2018
6 Days / 5 Nights

Winter adventure to Lapland visits Saariselka, Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village, stay in Arctic Glass Igloo in Sinetta and cruise Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi.

Overview

A unique journey to Lapland with a blend of first class travel and the most invigorating winter activities in the region. Stay in Saariselka with dazzling white landscape, and in Rovaniemi and Sinetta, 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 8 - March 26, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departure, Monday - Saturday
January 8, 22
February 5, 12, 19
March 5, 12, 26

Price

  • from $2,960 per person in double room
  • from $3,720 single room
  • from $2,725 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $2,510 child (7-12 years) sharing room with parents

Included

  • Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
  • 5 nights First Class hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 5 x Scandinavian breakfast buffet
  • 1 x dinner, 2 x lunches & 1 picnic 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
  • Beverages or any extras
  • Porter Service
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

Tour Options

  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL SAARISELKA

Monday
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. Saariselka in the far North of Finnish Lapland lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselka. 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 Saariselka 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.

OPTIONAL: SNOWMOBILE SEARCH FOR AURORA BOREALIS, 18:00 – 22:00, Snack included
Come and experience an exotic Arctic evening by driving through snow covered forests and over treeless fells. With a little luck, if the sky is clear, the moon,  stars and even the Northern Lights may show you the way. The safari is heading to the Igloo site, where you have the possibility to roam around the forest  nearby, and watch the Northern Lights show inside the igloo. During the trip your guide will build an open fire and you can enjoy a snack by the camp fire.

*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. Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 2 SAARISELKA - SNOWSHOES SAFARI (B)

Tuesday
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 Saariselka. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna available at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TRIP, 10:00 – 12:00
Fasten the skis, lean on the ski poles and glide along the tracks through the pure whiteness. If you are a first timer on skis, there will be an introduction on the basic techniques of skiing. A stop is made to have a cup of warm berry juice. The price includes the equipment rental until 17:00, so you can go skiing on your own time and pace afterwards.

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!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 3 SAARISELKA - SINETTA (B, L, D)

Wednesday
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinetta, 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 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 Sinetta 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 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.

OPTIONAL: SNOW SUITE with SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI, Duration: Overnight with private 15 min Snow Sauna + 1 hour Jacuzzi
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 artic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special Artic  sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C.

Arctic SnowHotel ****1/2

Day 4 SINETTA - ROVANIEMI - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE (B, outdoor Picnic)

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), 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. 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 this 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: EXCURSION AURORA BOREALIS CAMP BY SNOW MOBILE, 21:00 – 24:00, Snack included
This excursion takes you to the Aurora Borealis camp located approximately 10 km away from the city lights with unlimited view to the northern sky. At the  resort you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre built inside a massive snow igloo, 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, take a brisk sleigh ride with snowmobile drawn sleigh, or you can just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. And don’t forget to enjoy the traditional reindeer burgers in the Kota (teepee)  made by the open fire. Remember to bring your own camera! With a little luck the sky is clear and the moon, stars and even the Northern Lights may show up. Your guide will have tips on how to catch the Auroras with your camera, and also tripods are available!

*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. Borealis Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus ****

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), 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.

Hotel Santa Claus ****

Day 6 ROVANIEMI DEPARTURE (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.

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 cancellation without notice.

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