Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, Reindeer Safari, and Snowmobile SafariNorway and Finland
From $3,995 USD
January 5 - March 23, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights
Unique journey to Lapland. From Saariselkä to Kirkenes, Rovaniemi to Sinetta, with King Crab Safari, stay in Arctic Glass Igloo, visit Santa Claus Village.
Unique escorted journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Experience and taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari. Visit Saariselkä, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus Village. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo in Sinetta, you might see the mystical Northern Lights from your bed! Highlight is a cruise on Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi, with a swim in the Gulf of Bothnia.
January 5 - March 23, 2019
- January 5, 12, 19, 26
- February 2, 9, 16,23
- March 2, 9, 16, 23
- from $3,995 per person in double standard room
- from $5,020 single room
- from $3,565 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
- from $3,295 child (7-12 years) sharing room with parents
- 7 nights First Class hotel, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 7 x Buffet breakfasts
- 1 x dinner & 4 x lunches & 1 Picnic as per program
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
- Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
- Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
- The long-distance bus from day 2 - 7 offers WIFI
- All tours and transportation as per program
- Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
- Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
- Sampo Icebreaker cruise including ice swimming
- Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program
- International airfare & Airport taxes
- Beverages or any extras
- Porter Service
- Any services not mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- 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.
- The Northern Lights are weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed as they are a natural phenomenon.
- Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.
- Optional excursions/safaris
List of included Hotels
Day 1 ARRIVAL SAARISELKÄ
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. In Saariselkä, in 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. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. 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.
Santas Tunturi Hotel ****
Day 2 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. You will stop by The Snowhotel, the most famous attraction of Kirkenes. 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 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 3 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. 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.
Santas Tunturi Hotel ****
Day 4 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, 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!
Day 5 SAARISELKÄ - SINETTA - (B, L, D)
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
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 Sinetta 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 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
Duration: 15 Min Snow Sauna + 1 hour Jacuzzi
Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna and 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. Then jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland. Requires Pre-Booking!
OPTIONAL: SNOW SUITE with SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI
Duration: Overnight with private 15 Min Snow Sauna + 1 hour Jacuzzi
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 Artic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special Artic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C. Requires Pre-Booking!
Day 6 SINETTA - SANTA 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 | 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 feelings raised by the 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 is at leisure.
OPTIONAL: EXCURSION AURORA BOREALIS CAMP BY SNOW MOBILE, 21:00 – 24:00 (Snack included)
This excursion takes you to the Aurora Borealis camp located approximately 10 kms 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 with snowmobile drawn sleigh, or you can just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. And don't forget to enjoy the traditional reindeer burgers in the Kota (teepee) made by the open fire. 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 also tripods are available!
*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. Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.
Day 7 ROVANIEMI - KEMI - ICEBREAKER (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 through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note the Snow Castle depends on the weather to be built and is not guaranteed to open before January 22.
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
Price: USD 145 pp | Min 6 persons | Dinner included
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 near 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 8 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.