Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, Reindeer Safari, and Snowmobile SafariNorway and Finland
From $5,175 USD
January 1 - March 12, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights
Unique journey to Lapland. From Tromsø to Saariselkä, Rovaniemi and Sinettä, with King Crab Safari, stay in Arctic Glass Igloo, visit Santa Claus Village.
Unique guided journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Enjoy a guided tour in Tromsø, search for the Aurora, and taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari. Visit Saariselkä, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi with Santa Claus Village. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo, from where you might see the mystical Northern Lights. Cruise on Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi, take a swim in Arctic waters.
January 1 - March 12, 2019
Tuesdays, guaranteed departures
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12
- from $5,175 per person in double room
- from $6,650 single room
- from $4,725 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
- from $4,345 child* (7-12 years) when sharing room with parents
*Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on this tour.
- 11 nights in **** hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 11 x breakfasts, buffet style
- 2 x dinners, 4 x lunches and 1 picnic as per program
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 12 inclusive
- Arrival transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
- Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
- 3-hour guided tour of Tromso
- The long-distance coach from day 2 – 11 offers WIFI
- 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
- Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program
- International Airfare
- Personal insurance / personal items
- Optional Excursions
- Beverages or any extras
- Porter service
- Any services not mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- 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.
- Arrival transfer in Tromsø is by a regular (public) airport bus service Flybussen.
- Departure Regular Transfer Service included in the program is only available for transfers 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
- 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.
- All optional tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid and are always subject to availability and confirmation.
List of included Hotels
Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSØ
Arrival to Tromsø airport. Upon exiting the airport, please proceed to the Flybussen bus stop (regular airport express bus) and present your voucher to the driver. Your voucher is valid for both the arrival and departure transfers so please be sure to keep it safe. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5 km distance to the center of Tromsø and drop off is within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in at your hotel (guaranteed from 15:00). The 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.
AURORA HUSKY VISIT, DINNER INCLUDED
Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromso Villmarkssenter and taken on a 25-minute bus ride to the Aurora Camp. At the camp you will be equipped with thermal overalls and boots to keep you nice and warm all evening. 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy some cuddles, followed by an affectionate and playful visit to the puppy enclosure. Once you have filled up on puppy love, it is time to enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in our cosy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savoury signature chocolate cake.
As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you and the program will be adjusted accordingly. For those of you who wish to sit outside and wait for it to appear, a bonfire will set the mood and keep you toasty.
Radisson Blu Tromso ****
Day 2 TROMSØ (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to Tromsø where you will visit the world’s most northern Botanical gardens. Here you can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromsø enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Tromsø University Museum where you will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history.
Following this, you will continue on a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window.
Radisson Blu Tromso ****
Day 3 TROMSØ - ALTA (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. The ride from Alta to Tromsø is breath-taking regardless of the time of year. Stunning scenery and magnificent nature. This trip will be something that stay with you just a little longer. The distance between Tromsø and Alta is about 300 km, the journey takes approximately 8 hours and include two ferry crossings. The tour will make a stop to enjoy lunch (not included) at the Bios Café in Storslett. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.
OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR - Storytelling, 19:30– 23:30
Price: USD 195 pp
Includes: transfers between Alta and Sorrisniva, guide, sweets and hot drink during the trip
Min 2 persons/max 15 persons
This adventure begins with a pick up from the Scandic Hotel and a 20-minute bus ride into the countryside. The family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide you will take on the Northern Lights chase. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. During the trip you will be served sweets and a warm drink. You will return to Scandic Hotel around midnight. Requires Pre-Booking!
Thon Alta ***+
Day 4 ALTA (B)
Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town.
ALTA MUSEUM (included)
Experience the Northern Europe's largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while enjoying a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around at your own pace.
NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL (included)
The impressive Nordlyskatedralen is a result of an architectural competition launched in 2001. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with architect Kolbjorn Jenssen of Link Arkitektur, the elegant and modern construction features concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets. The central feature being the towering spiral with belfry. Inside the church you will find art work by Danish artist Peter Brandes.
OPTIONAL: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, 20:00 – 24:00
Price: USD 270 pp | Min 2 persons/Max 8 persons
Includes: Transfer, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg.
This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure. You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions you might also be able to captures some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. Requires Pre-Booking!
Thon Alta ***+
Day 5 ALTA - SAARISELKÄ (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel before departure. In the comforts of our coach you will make your way south from Alta to Saariselkä. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, during which you will have the opportunity to take in the breath-taking beauty of the changing Nordic landscape. The tour will make a stop along the way to enjoy lunch (not included).
Day 6 SAARISELKÄ - KIRKENES (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will be traveling the 270 km north to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 4-hour journey transporting you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you make your way up north. The tour makes a stop along the way to enjoy lunch. After check-in at Thon Hotel Kirkenes you will enjoy the amazing experience of the "KING CRAB SAFARI", departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.
KING CRAB SAFARI (included)
Duration: approx 3-4 hours
"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.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****
Day 7 KIRKENES - SAARISELKÄ (B, L)
Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. Lunch is included. After the visit we continue 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: NIGHT TO REMEMBER BY SNOWMOBILES, 18:00 – 23:00
Price: USD 248 pp
Includes: Transfer, traditional Lappish dinner incl. fresh bread & butter, water & berry juice, berry pie, coffee/tea.
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.
*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. BDM cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts. Requires Pre-Booking!
Day 8 SAARISELKÄ (B)
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 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: SNOW ADVENTURE WITH FATBIKES, 13:00 – 16:00
Price: USD 120 PP | Min 2 persons
Take a guided snow adventure with FatBikes! After receiving your helmet, bike, and instructions on how to handle the bike, the adventure is ready to start and take you through snowy landscapes of Saariselkä. During the adventure you will enjoy the silence of the tranquil forests and nature around you. A break will be held for you to stop for a rest, fry sausages, and to enjoy some hot berry juice around an open fire. Requires Pre-Booking!
OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE 19:00 – 22:00, (no driving, pulled by Snowmobile)
Price: USD 112 pp | Min 4 Persons
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, the stars and even the Northern lights may appear! Requires Pre-Booking!
Day 9 SAARISELKÄ -SINETTA (B, L, D)
Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
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: USD 82 pp
Exclusive for BDM 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 140 pp
Overnight includes Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, 22:00 – 23:00
Sauna & Jacuzzi are shared with other BDM 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!
Day 10 SINETTA - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI (B, outdoor picnic)
Depart 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, total length of the visit | 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. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
OPTIONAL: EXCURSION AURORA BOREALIS CAMP BY SNOW MOBILE, 21:00 – 24:00
Price: USD 195 pp | Single supplement: USD 58 | 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 in a snowmobile drawn sleigh, or simply lay back by the open fire in the snow observatory and admire the northern sky. Traditional reindeer burgers prepared on an open fire can be enjoyed in the Kota (teepee). And 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 tripods are available for you to use! Requires Pre-Booking!
*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. BDM cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.
Day 11 ROVANIEMI - KEMI (B, L)
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 of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
* Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before the 19 January.
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.
OPTIONAL: THE MAGIC OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 19:30 – 22:30
Exclusive for BDM guests
Price: USD 145 | Min 6 persons
Includes: Private transfer, guide, typical 3 course dinner incl. fresh bread & cheese, water, coffee/tea.
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.
Day 12 ROVANIEMI DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.