Arctic New Year in Lapland

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

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From $4,695 USD
December 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019
7 Days / 6 Nights

New Year’s in Lapland, stay in an glass igloo, gaze at Northern Lights, meet Santa Claus, enjoy reindeer farm and husky safari, cruise on Sampo in Kemi.

Overview

Arctic New Year in Lapland, a celebration in traditional Lappish style. Head near the Arctic Circle for the festivities with snow disco, snow bars, food and tin casting - the age-old Finnish custom of melting tin to tell your fortune. Fire, ice, snow, lights, music, dance are combined elements that create a magical event.  Meet Santa Claus, stay in a glass igloo, gaze at Northern Lights, enjoy reindeer farm and husky safari, cruise on Sampo in Kemi.

December 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019

Departure

December 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019

Price

  • from $4,695 per person in double room
  • from $6,625 single room
  • from $4,335 3rd person in extra bed sharing a double/twin room
  • from $3,995 per child sharing room with parents

Included

  • 6 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts, buffet style
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches & 1 picnic as per program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 1 to Day 7 inclusive
  • Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
  • Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • The long-distance coach from day 2 – 6 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation, as per program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program.
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program

Not Included

  • International airfare & Airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Early booking is recommended!
  • Regular Transfer Service included in the program are only available for transfers from Ivalo Airport & to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from BDM and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.

List of Hotels

Tour Options

  • Arctic Snowmobiling
  • Arctic Reindeer
  • Snow sauna & outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Overnight in snow suite

Day 1 ARRIVAL SAARISELKÄ

Thursday, December 27
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. In Saariselkä, 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 evident in everyday life. This is where you will find the genuine Lapland. The rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director

OPTIONAL - Night to remember by Snowmobiles, 18:00 - 23:00
Price: $ 285 per person
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. A Northern Lights dinner will be served at the traditional Lappish wooden Kammi. Return to the hotel in bus. Requires Pre-Booking!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 2 SAARISELKÄ (B)

Friday, December 28
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami. Snow show safari included. Put on your snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under your feet.  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, surrounding Saariselkä. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.

OPTIONAL - Evening safari by reindeer, 19:00 - 21:00
Price: $ 195 per person

Get yourself ready for the unique experience of sitting in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.  The journey will take you into the quiet evening forest and maybe you will even get to marvel at the beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky.  Once you are back at the camp, a nice warm campfire and warm drink will be waiting for you to enjoy. Requires Pre-Booking!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 3 SAARISELKÄ - SINETTA (B, L, D)

Saturday, December 29
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, total length of the visit

Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the 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.

OVERNIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO (included)

The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from the comforts of 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, 22:00 - 23:30
Price: $ 90 per person

Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna with 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. Afterwards jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland. Requires Pre-Booking!

OPTIONAL - OVERNIGHT IN SNOW SUITE w/evening SAUNA & outdoor JACUZZI
Price: $ 155 per person
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 arctic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special arctic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C. Requires Pre-Booking!

Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos****+

Day 4 SINETTA - SANTA VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI (B, D)

Sunday, December 30
In the morning after breakfast you will travel by bus to Rovaniemi where you will check-in at Santa´s Hotel Santa Claus where your Christmas adventure can begin. Once you have settled into the hotel, you can enjoy a buffet dinner of traditional Lappish food. You may choose to round off the night with the unique experience of a Finnish sauna included.

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 emotions of 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 are at leisure.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus****

Day 5 ROVANIEMI (B, New Year's Dinner)

Monday, December 31
Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast buffet and prepare to welcome a new year. Take the opportunity to explore the small and picturesque town at your own leisure.

VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS (included)

Around 18:00 Santa Claus will pay a visit to the hotel where he will deliver Christmas presents to our youngest guests. There will be a small gift per child from the hotel and the possibility for families to arrange, that Santa Claus special delivers a present to their children on their own behalf.

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA DINNER, 19:00 - 22:00 (included)

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner buffet will be served at the hotel Santa Claus. An aperitif and one glass of house wine, beer or soft drink per person included.

OPTIONAL - Mystical New Year's Party, 22:00 – 01:00
Price: $ 135 per person

At 22:00 take a transfer from the hotel to a Special New Year Venue just 20 minutes from town. At Lapland’s magical border of the Arctic Circle, the festivities will be held for welcoming in the New Year. Fire, ice, darkness, snow, lights, music, dance are the combined elements that create a magical event for the whole family. The mysterious shamans fuel the atmosphere and as the New Year approaches Santa Claus himself will also pay us a visit! A giant snow disco, snow bars, massive fireworks display, and the spectacular New Year Dance Show definitely makes for a memorable experience. New Year's tin casting is an old Finnish tradition to see what the future holds. Shamans - the fortunetellers - help you interpret the marks for the future in your tin. The event will take place by snowy banks, in idyllic winter setting. At 00:30/1:00 transfer back to the hotel. Requires Pre-Booking!

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus ****

Day 6 ROVANIEMI - KEMI ICEBREAKER (B, L, D)

Tuesday, January 1
Time for a swim as we head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. Today 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 of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.

SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING (included)
Duration: 13:00-17:00 hours

This extraordinary 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 of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus ****

Day 7 ROVANIEMI (B)

Wednesday, January 2
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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