Ultimate Arctic Adventure & Tromso

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

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December 12, 2019 - March 19, 2020
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 12, 2019 - March 19, 2020

Departure

Guaranteed departures
December 12*
January 16,  23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 5, 12, 19

Price

  • from $5,215 per person in double room
  • from $6,505 single room
  • from $4,815 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $4,450 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
  • 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
  • Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral
  • King Crab Safari, approx. 3 hours
  • Visit to Reindeer Farm & Sleigh ride
  • 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

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 Borealis Destination Management 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 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 Borealis Destination Management 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
Price: USD 63/Person
Duration: approximately 2 hours (20:00 – 22:00)
Meeting Time: 19:45 in the hotel reception
Includes: Transportation, lift ride & guide Min 2 persons

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.

Radisson Blu Tromso****
or
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
Duration: 4 hours (18:45-22:45)
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.

Radisson Blu Tromso****
or
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, 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 265/Person | Min 2 persons
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Meeting Time: 19:45 at the hotel reception
Iincludes: 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
Price: USD 180/Person
Duration: approximately 3 - 4 hours (20:00– 23:00/24:00)
Meeting Time: 19.45 at the hotel reception
Includes: transportation, guide, sweet snacks and soft drink | Min 6 persons

Meet your guide 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 worlds 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 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. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

Thon Alta ***+

Day 5 ALTA – KIRKENES (465 km) (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).

Thon Hotel Kirkenes****

Day 6 KIRKENES - SAARISELKÄ (260 km) (B, L)

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 Saariselkä. 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. Requires Pre-Booking!

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE, 19:00 – 22:00, 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!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel ****

Day 7 SAARISELKÄ – SINETTÄ (280 km) (B, L, D)
Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloo

Wednesday
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinettä, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour.

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.

The journey continues south to Sinettä 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. Glass Igloo and weather permitting, you can marvel at the amazing Northern Lights.

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 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 155/Person
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

Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

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

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 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, (119 km) (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.

*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, 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 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 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 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 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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