Fabulous Lapland

Escorted Tour, Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, Reindeer Safari, and Snowmobile SafariNorway and Finland


From $3,495 USD
December 14, 2020 - March 22, 2021
6 Days / 5 Nights

Fabulous Lapland from Kirkenes, Saariselkä to Rovaniemi. Visit Santa Claus Village, stay in a Glass Igloo, enjoy King Crab Safari, Sampo Icebreaker cruise.

Overview

Fabulous Lapland, a blend of first-class travel and the most invigorating winter activities in the region. Begin your adventure in Kirkenes with a King Crab Safari, continue to Saariselkä, Finland's famous ski resort. On to Sinettä for a night in the extraordinary Arctic Glass Igloo; perhaps see the magical Northern Lights from your bed. Visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, enjoy huskies and reindeer and Sampo Icebreaker with ice swimming in Kemi.

Operation

December 14, 2020 - March 22, 2021

Departure

Guaranteed departure, Mondays

December 14*
January 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22
* December 14 departure will visit the Ranua Wildlife Park instead of Sampo Icebreaker cruise

Price

  • from $3,495 per person in double room
  • from $4,315 single room
  • from $3,225 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $2,975 child (7-12 years) sharing room with parents

Included

  • 5 nights First Class hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 5 x Scandinavian breakfast buffet
  • 1 x dinner, 3 x lunches & 1 picnic as per program
    (all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 2 to Day 6 inclusive
  • Regular arrival transfer from Kirkenes Airport
  • Regular 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
  • King Crab safari, approx. 3 hours
  • Visit to Reindeer Farm & Sleigh Ride
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo
  • Visit to Husky Farm & Safari
  • Rovaniemi and Visit to Santa Claus Village
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise including Ice Swimming
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as per program
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

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

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:
Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi,  1 hour 30 min
Overnight in a Snow Suite with Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
Excursion to Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile, approx. 3 hours
The Magic of the Arctic Circle, evening in Snowland, approx. 3 hours

List of included hotels

Day 1 ARRIVAL KIRKENES

Monday
Arrival to Kirkenes Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. This north eastern town lies a mere 15 km from the Russian border. The area offers a world of experiences for the adventurous traveler wanting to experience mountains, fjords, forests, lakes and the beautiful dancing northern lights. Approximately 10% of the population are Russians and you will find street signs in both Russian and Norwegian. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes****

Day 2 KIRKENES - SAARISELKÄ (B, L)

Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out at 07:00 and meet at the lobby at 07.15 for departure at 07:30 for the amazing experience of the "KING CRAB SAFARI". Directly after the King Crab Safari you continue by coach towards Saariselkä. 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 Sajos Sami Cultural Center and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a center for Sami self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselkä, the center of Finland's winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the evening is at leisure. Approximate distance: 260km/162mi

KING CRAB SAFARI, 08:00-11:00, included
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Meeting Time: 07:15 at the hotel reception
Included: transportation, thermal equipment, king crab lunch

"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 a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided.

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 3 SAARISELKÄ - SINETTÄ (B, L, D)

Wednesday
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as you make your way to Sinettä, located in the outskirts of Rovaniemi. Along the way, you will experience one of the highlights of the tour. Approximate distance: 280km/174mi

SAMI REINDEER FARM & SLEIGH RIDE, 11:30-14:00, included
Duration 2:00-2:30 hours
Includes: a traditional 3-course lunch

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.

OVERNIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO, included
The journey continues south to Sinettä 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: USD 80/Person
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Exclusive for Via Hansa & Borealis guests

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 A SNOW SUITE with EVENING SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI EXPERIENCE
Price: USD 150/Person
Overnight includes Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, 22:00 – 23:00
Sauna & Jacuzzi are shared with other Via Hansa & Borealis guests

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. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. ONCE THE SNOW SUITE IS BOOKED, THE GLASS IGLOO IS NO LONGER AN OPTION. 

Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Day 4 SINETTÄ - 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, 14:00-16:00, included
Duration: 2:00-2:30 hours | 2 persons per sledge
Includes: picnic in a Sami Kota

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 you embark, riding in pairs, on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies (3 km). After the ride there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes & coffee.

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. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. The rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL: EXCURSION AURORA BOREALIS CAMP BY SNOWMOBILE, 21:00 – 24:00 (Snack included)
Price: USD 196/Person
Single supplement: $55
Duration: approximately 3 hours (21:00 – 24:00)
Meeting Time: 20:30 at the hotel reception
Includes: transportation, thermal outfit, guide meal, hot beverage included

Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen river to the Aurora Borealis camp. At the resort, you will find a theater, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon. You will also have time to roam around the resort, take a brisk sleigh ride or you can just lay back in the snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. With a little luck, the sky is clear and the Northern Lights may show up! Delicious reindeer burger will be served before your return back to the city. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

*Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid drivers license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. Via Hansa & Borealis 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 - ICEBREAKER (B, L)

Friday
Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at 08:45 in the hotel. Time for a swim as you 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 of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. Approximate distance: 119km/74mi

*Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before the 19th of January

SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING, 13:00-17:00, included
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Included: guided tour of the ship, ice floating event, 3-course buffet

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.

* December 14th departure will include a visit to the Ranua Wildlife Park instead of Sampo Icebreaker cruise.

* January 18th and 25th departures will go on a 3 hour cruise from 14:00-17:00. Lunch will be included onshore in the Sea view Restaurant immediately prior to the cruise.

OPTIONAL: THE MAGIC OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 19:30 – 22:30
Price: USD 145 pp | Min 6 persons | Dinner included
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Meeting Time: 19:15 at the hotel reception
Includes: Private transfer, guide, typical 3-course dinner
Exclusive for Borealis Destination Management guests

You are invited to a perfect evening in Snowland, the first and only great Arctic construction in the capital of Lapland. Do not miss this unique opportunity to visit and dine in this idyllic igloo, which only opens its doors for special events. During this evening you will enjoy a dinner with local specialties and then sit on the white patio, around a bonfire, waiting for the Aurora Borealis. Snowland has been built in the vicinity of the city but with the purpose of offering the best conditions to appreciate the dance of the Aurora Borealis when it announces its arrival on the clear nights of Rovaniemi. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

*This optional will be operated on Thursday or Friday, the day will be advised at destination.

Santa's 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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