Ultimate Arctic Adventure & Tromso

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

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From $5,165 USD
December 10, 2020 - March 18, 2021
10 Days / 9 Nights

Journey from Norway to Finnish Lapland. Tromsø to Saariselkä, Rovaniemi and Sinettä, with King Crab Safari, Arctic Glass Igloo, visit Santa Claus Village.

Overview

Winter adventure from Norway to Finnish Lapland with first class travel and fascinating 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, search for the mystical Northern Lights. Cruise on Sampo Icebreaker and take a swim in Arctic waters of Kemi.

Operation

December 10, 2020 - March 18, 2021

Departure

Guaranteed departures
December 10*
January 14,  21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18

Price

  • from $5,165 per person in double room
  • from $6,395 single room
  • from $4,775 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $4,385 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.

Included

  • 9 nights in **** hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 9 x breakfasts, buffet style
  • 2 x dinners, 5 x lunches and 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 10 inclusive
  • Arrival transfer in Tromsø by public service Flybussen
  • Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • 3-hour guided tour of Tromsø
  • The long-distance coach from day 2 – 9 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation as per program
  • Aurora Husky visit, including light dinner, approx. 4 hours
  • Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral
  • King Crab Safari, approx. 3 hours
  • Visit to Reindeer Farm & Sleigh ride
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo
  • Visit to Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral
  • King Crab Safari, including lunch, approx. 3 hours
  • Visit to Sami Reindeer Farm and Sleigh ride, approx. 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo 
  • Visit to Husky Farm & Safari
  • Visit to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise, including ice swimming
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Not Included

  • 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

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.
  • Arrival transfer in Tromso 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 Via Hansa & Borealis 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.
  • 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.

    List of included Hotels 

Day 1 ARRIVAL TROMSØ

Thursday
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 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.

OPTIONAL:  TROMSØ CABLE CAR, 20:00 – 22:00
Price: USD 60/Person | Min 2 persons
Children 7 – 12 years: 30% discount
Duration: approximately 2 hours (20:00 – 22:00)
Meeting Time: 19:45 in the hotel reception
Includes: Transportation, lift ride & guide 

A short transfer will take you from the hotel to the Cable Car Station. Board a gondola, and in just four minutes you will be transported 421 m above sea level to experience Tromsø's best view. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. With a bit of luck, the northern lights will show themselves to us and enhance this evening experience.

Scandic Ishavshotel****

Day 2 TROMSØ (B, light D)

Friday
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. We end the city tour with a visit to the Arctic experience center POLARIA, where the co-dependency of sea- and land life is both seen and felt. Polaria is located in walking distance from the hotel, should you wish to extend your visit.

AURORA HUSKY VISIT - LIGHT DINNER INCLUDED, 19:00-23:00 
Duration: 4 hours 
Meeting Time: 18:30 at the hotel reception
Included: transportation, guide, warm overalls, traditional Norwegian dinner

Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromsø 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 cozy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savory 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.

Scandic Ishavshotel****

Day 3 TROMSØ - ALTA  (B, L)

Saturday
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/ 186 mi, the journey takes approximately 8 hours and include two ferry crossings. Lunch (included) en route. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, 20:00 – 24:00
Price: USD 260/Person | Min 2 persons
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Meeting Time: 19:45 at the hotel reception
Includes: Transportation, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg. Dinner included

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 4 ALTA (B)

Sunday
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: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR & SORRISNIVA ICE HOTEL, 19:00– 23:00/24:00
Price: USD 270/Person | Min 6 persons
Duration: approximately 4 - 5 hours (19:00– 23:00/24:00)
Meeting Time: 18.40 at the hotel reception
Includes: transportation, guide, sweet snacks and soft drink 

Meet your Tour Leader in the lobby of your hotel for 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. Experience the Igloo Hotel - the world's northernmost ice hotel, built from ground every year with different themes. Get a break from your daily life and feel the serenity and silence the Igloo Hotel gives you. Wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or take an ice drink in our bar. Everything is made from pure snow and ice.

After the visit to the Ice Hotel you will take on the Northern Lights chase in the company of a knowledgeable guide. 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. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

Thon Alta ***+

Day 5 ALTA – KIRKENES (B, L)

Monday
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will travel the 465 km east to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 9-hour journey taking you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you sit back and watch the landscape unfold. You will make a stop along the way in Karasjok for a 3-course lunch (included). Arrive in Kirkenes and check-in at your hotel before dinner (not included). Approx. distance: 465km/288mi

Thon Hotel Kirkenes****

Day 6 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 centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural 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.

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.
Approx. distance: 260km/161mi

KING CRAB SAFARI (included)
Duration: approx 3 hours, 08:00-11:00
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 Hotel Tunturi  ****

Day 7 SAARISELKÄ – SINETTÄ (B, L, D)
Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloo

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. Approx. distance: 280km/174mi

SAMI REINDEER FARM VISIT & SLEIGH RIDE (Included)
Duration: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes, 11:30-14:00
Included: 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). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm. (175 mi)

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
Price: USD 80 pp | Min 2 persons
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, 22:00 – 23:30
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 pp
Single supplement: USD 78
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.

Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloo****

Day 8 SINETTÄ - SANTA VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI (B, Outdoor Picnic)

Thursday
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, 14:00-16:00, (included)
Duration: 2:00-2:30 hours | 2 persons per sledge
Includes: picnic in a Sami Kota (self-driving) 

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: $196/Person
Children 4-14: $98
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 

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 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 9 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. Approx. distance: 119km/74mi

*Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before January 19, 2021

SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING, included
DURATION: approximately 4 hours (13:00-17:00)
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 10th departure will include a visit to the Ranua Wildlife Park instead of Sampo Icebreaker cruise.

* The Sampo experience will either include a 4-hour cruise with lunch aboard, or a 3-hour cruise with lunch included onshore in the Seaview Restaurant immediately prior to the cruise. Final schedule to be confirmed.

OPTIONAL: THE MAGIC OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 19:30 – 22:00
Price: USD 150 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 Via Hansa & Borealis 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 10 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.

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