Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, Reindeer Safari, and Snowmobile SafariNorway and Finland
From $3,475 USD
January 6 - March 24, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights
Unique first-class journey to Lapland. From Kirkenes to Saariselkä, Rovaniemi and Sinetta. Enjoy with King Crab Safari, Snow Igloo and Arctic Glass Igloos.
Unique guided journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari or enjoy a magical night in a Snow Igloo. Stay in Saariselka, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi, home of Santa. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo, from where you might see the mystical Northern Lights. Visit Santa Claus Village and Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi. Optional excursions are available.
January 6 - March 24, 2018
Saturday - Saturday, guaranteed departures January 6, 20 February 3, 10, 17 March 3, 10, 24
- from $3,785 per person in double room
- from $4,660 single room
- from $3,475 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
- from $3,225 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.
- 6 nights in **** hotels, standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 1 x Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
- 7 x breakfasts, buffet style
- 1 x dinner, 4 x lunches and 1 picnic as per program
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
- Arrival transfer in from Ivalo Airport
- Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
- 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.
- 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.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IVALO - SAARISELKA
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. Saariselka in the far North of Finnish Lapland lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselka. 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 Saariselka 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 much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland.
Rest of the day is at leisure.
Please consult your welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.
Day 2 KIRKENES - OPTIONAL SNOWHOTEL (B, L)
An early departure, driving further north to visit Kirkenes and its most famous attraction, the Snowhotel. The small town is the capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the east located in northeast of Northern Norway, close to the Russian border.
After check-in you will enjoy the amazing experience of the “KING CRAB SAFARI”, departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: KING CRAB SAFARI
“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.
OPTIONAL: VISIT THE SNOW HOTEL, DINNER INCLUDED (Price USD225 per person)
VISIT SNOW HOTEL, DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN A SNOW IGLOO (Price USD420 per person)
Enjoy a visit to the Snow Hotel and a delicious dinner in true northern style. After dinner, for those who are game, there is also an opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience and choose to stay in a Snow Igloo with its unique snow wall carvings and sculpted ice bed. Each bed has a mattress and thermal sleeping bags so you can sleep warmly while the room temperature will be -5 degrees Celsius.
Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****
Day 3 KIRKENES - SAARISELKA (B, L)
Depart Kirkenes traveling 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 Sámi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari and serves as a centre for Sámi self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with genuine, living Sámi culture. Lunch is included.
After the visit, onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.
OPTIONAL: SNOWMOBILE SEARCH FOR AURORA BOREALIS, 18:00 - 22:00
Come and experience an exotic Arctic evening by driving through snowcovered 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. During the trip your guide will build an open fire and you can enjoy a snack by the camp fire.
*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. The Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.
Day 4 SAARISELKA - SNOWSHOE SAFARI (B)
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 Saariselka.
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.
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!
Day 5 SAARISELKA - 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, 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 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
OPTIONAL: SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI
Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna made from its walls made from snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made from 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.
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.
Day 6 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. 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 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 are 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 - SAMPO 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 though the ice in the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note the Snow Castle depends on the weather to be built and is not guaranteed to be open before the 22nd of January.
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING, included
Duration: 13:00-17:00 hours
This incredible 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 who dare will also be presented with a certificate by the ship authorities. An unforgettable experience.
Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.
OPTIONAL: THE MAGIC OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 19:30 – 22:30 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 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.
*May be changed to Thursday
Hotel Santa Claus ****
Day 8 DEPARTURE ROVANIEMI (B)
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
Please note: 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.
Please note! 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 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.