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Winter Lapland Tour in Saariselka and Rovaniemi

6 days
5 nights

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Rates:

Per person
$ 2,860.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,440.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,760.00 (3rd person in extra bed)
$ 2,285.00 (Child 07-12 years sharing with parents)

Dates:

Jan 09, 2017 - Jan 14, 2017 
Jan 16, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 
Feb 13, 2017 - Feb 18, 2017 
Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 
Mar 06, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 
Mar 20, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 
Mar 27, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 

Hotels:

Santa’s Tunturi Hotel 4****
Artic Snow Hotel 4***** (Snow Igloos)
Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus 4****

 

Included:

5 nights in First Class hotels with private facilities
5 breakfasts, buffet style
1 dinner & 3 lunches, as mentioned in the program
Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 01 to Day 06 
Arrival transfer in from Ivalo Airport
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
Outdoor clothing for winter activities mentioned in the program.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
1 night in Glass Igloo
Reindeer farm visit with sledge drive
Snowshoes Safari
Visit Artic Snow Hotel and dinner
Husky farm visit with sledge drive
Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
Sampo Icebreaker cruise & ice swimming
Kemi Snow Castle visit

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: PP IN USD
Excurison to Northern Light Resort by Bus 90.00
Excursion to Northern Light Resort by Snowmobile 170.00
Aurora Borealis Sleigh Ride 99.00
Snow Sauna and Outdoor Jacuzzi 55.00
A Taste of Lapland Dinner 80.00

Itinerary:

UNIQUE ESCORTED LAPLAND WINTER TOUR - AMAZING BLEND OF FIRST CLASS TRAVEL AND BREATHTAKING WINTER ACTIVITIES

Day 1  : Arrival – Saariselkä

Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highlands offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights shine 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 much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. Rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the Welcome Letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. Overnight in Saariselkä 

OPTIONAL: EXCURSION TO NORTHERN LIGHT RESORT / DURATION: 3/4 HOURS (Snowmobile 19:00, Bus 20:00-23:00)
PRICE /PERSON: Bus USD 90, Snowmobile USD 170 (Dinner included)
This excursion takes you to the Northern Light Resort located 20 kms away from the city lights with a good view to the northern sky. Transfer by bus or drive a snowmobile. At the resort, you will find the Aurora Borealis Theatre build inside one of the massive snow igloos, 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, admire the igloo bar or take a brisk sleigh ride with a snowmobile drawn sleigh. Or just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. Enjoy the traditional reindeer burgers in the wooden Kammi cabin by the open fire. Remember to bring your camera! With a little luck the sky is clear to see the moon and 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 also available!

Day 2  : Saariselkä

After breakfast get ready for some fresh air activity and follow in the footsteps of Sami. Put on your snowshoes, feel the crunch of snow 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. Activity duration is 1h30min, included in the tour.
Afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna available at the hotel. Overnight in Saariselkä 

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.

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE (pulled by Snowmobile) / DURATION: 3 HOURS (19:00 – 22:00)
PRICE: USD 99 PER PERSON (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 and the stars and even the Northern lights may appear!

Day 3  : Saariselkä -Sinettä (Glass Igloos)

In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinettä, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. En route we 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 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. Overnight in Sinettä

OPTIONAL: SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI / DURATION: 15 MIN SNOW SAUNA + 1 HOUR JACUZZI
PRICE: USD 55 PER PERSON 
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.

Day 4  : Sinettä - Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

Departing 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 today's included activity, one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

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 provoked during this moment from a fairy-tale. 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: A TASTE OF LAPLAND / DURATION: 2:30 HOURS (20:00-22:30)
PRICE: USD 95 PER PERSON
Rovaniemi offers a couple of very good restaurants where the modern Lappish cuisine can be enjoyed. One of them is the Sky Ounaasvaara situated on top of Ounasvaara hill, this modern restaurant offers a white panoramic view of the city - a feast for the eyes where you also can after dinner enjoy a drink on the open air roof terrace with the possibility of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Menu: - Reindeer carpaccio- Roast arctic char, matsutake risotto, vinaigrette with dill and wasabi- Blueberry sorbet, hand-picked blueberries, blueberry powder- Coffee/ tea

Day 5  : Rovaniemi – Kemi (Ice-breaker Cruise) – Rovaniemi

Time for some swimming 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. Overnight in Rovaniemi.

Day 6  : Rovaniemi – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Your day is at leisure until your transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.

Notes:

Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. This does not apply for Snow or Glass Igloos and is on request. Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.
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 and are 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.