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Ultimate Lapland Winter Tour

8 days
7 nights

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Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:
$ 3,895.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,790.00 (single occupancy)
$ 3,575.00 (triple occupancy)
$ 3,310.00 (Child 7-12 years sharing with parents)


 

Dates:

Jan 06, 2018 - Jan 13, 2018 
Jan 20, 2018 - Jan 27, 2018 
Feb 03, 2018 - Feb 10, 2018 
Feb 10, 2018 - Feb 17, 2018 
Feb 17, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018 
Mar 03, 2018 - Mar 10, 2018 
Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 17, 2018 
Mar 24, 2018 - Mar 31, 2018 

Hotels:

Santa's Tunturi Hotel 4****
Santa's Hotel Tunturi offers cozy accommodation with 260 rooms and apartment suites. Sweet dreams in the silence of arctic wilderness. All rooms and apartments are located in six different blocks, reception being in the main building. The main building has a long history and its facade has functionalism features and was designed by awarded Finnish architect, Kurt Moberg. Santa's Hotel Tunturi has something to offer for all tastes. You can dine and dance from dusk till dawn at their restaurants. Whether you prefer Lappish a la carte or Scandinavian fine dining youll find something for your taste.
Thon Hotel Kirkenes 4 ****
Thon Hotel Kirkenes is located right on the quay in the town center, with a view of the fjord and within minutes from Andersgrotta Bomb Shelter, dated from the Word War II. The hotel is one of the largest hotels in Kirkenes. It has modern designed rooms and a restaurant, which offers a broad selection of food and beverages.
Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
The Arctic SnowHotel in Sinettä has since December 2014 offered unique Arctic Glass Igloos. They are ideally located next to the Snowhotel and optimized for the observation of the northern lights. The glass igloos are located in the Arctic Circle, far from the city lights of the town of Rovaniemi, Finland. Although there is no way to guarantee an Aurora sighting – since a clear sky, geomagnetic activity and a dash of luck are needed – the probability for a great northern lights show at the Arctic Glass Igloos is almost optimal. The glass igloos are private, comfortable and spacious (20m²). They are warmly insulated with thermal-glass roofs and heated floors. In addition, the hotel offers their guests an optional northern lights Aurora Alarm service, which is free of charge.
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus 4****
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus is a modern hotel in the heart of the capital of Lapland as well as very close to nature. There are totally 168 well-equipped, spacious rooms, decorated in Scandinavia style and to which most have a fantastic room height of 3.5 meters. Its restaurant, Gaissa, has been given the prize of Chaine des Rotisseurs, and serves Lappish food. The hotel also has a bar, which is ideal for those who would like to have coffee or drink.

Included:

  • 7 nights in First Class hotels with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, buffet style
  • 1 dinner & 4 lunches, 1 picnicas mentioned in the program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
  • 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.

Highlights & Experience:

  • Activities everyday
  • 1 night in a Glass Igloo
  • KingCrab Safari
  • Reindeer farm visit with sledge drive
  • Snowshoes Safari
  • Visit Artic Snow Hoteland dinner
  • Husky farm visit with sledge drive 
  • Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise & ice swimming
  • Kemi Snow Castlevisit
  • Visit and Dinner at Kirkenes Snow Hotel (optional)
  • 1 night in a Snow Igloo (optional)

Optional Services:

IN KIRKENES:

  • Visit Snow hotel with dinner - $205 pp
  • Visit snow Igloo with dinner - $360 pp

Enjoy  a  visit  to  the  Snow  Hotel  and  a  delicious  dinner  in  true northern  style.  After  dinner 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. 

IN SAARISELKA:

  • Snowmonile Search for Aurora Borealis - $170 pp

18:00 - 22:00 (snack included)
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. 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. Please consult if you have any doubts.

  • Cross Country Skiing Trip - $80 pp

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 equipment rental until 17:00, so you can go skiing on your own time and pace afterwards.

  • Aurora Borealis Sleigh Ride - $100 pp

19:00 - 22:00 (min 4 people)
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!

IN SINETTA:

  • Snow Sauna and Ourdoor Jacuzzi - $55 pp
    private supplement - $25 pp

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 with in intimate snow walls.  Then jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland.

  • Snow Suite with Sauna and Outdoor Jacuzzi - $120 pp

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 keeps you warm in the temperature of 0 and-5 C.

IN ROVANIEMI:

  • Excursion to Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile - $175 pp
    Single supplement - $50
    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. Please consult if you have any doubts.

  • The Magic of the Arctic Circle - $135 pp
    19:30 -22:30 (min 6 people, 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

Itinerary:

Experience this ultimate Lapland winter tour combining first class travel and the most fascinating winter activities in the Arctic Norway and Finland 

Day 1  : Arrival – Saariselkä

Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-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 much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. Rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult our 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 Saariselka.

Day 2  : Kirkenes

An early departure in driving further north to visit Kirkenes and its most famous attraction the Snowhotel. The small town is capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the east located north east in 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. Overnight in Kirkenes.

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 a 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.

Options: Visit to the Snow Hotel & Dinner
Overnight in a snow igloo with dinner and visit Overnight In A Snow Igloo With Dinner & Visit (not available Dec 10)
Day 3  : Kirkenes – Saariselkä

Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the center of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sápmi 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 Saariselkä, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight in Saariselka.

Options:
Snowmobile Search For Aurora Borealis (not available on Dec 10 and Dec 25)
Day 4  : Saariselkä

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.

Options: Cross Country Skiing Trip (exclude 10Dec, 19Dec),
Aurora Borealis Sleigh Ride (exclude 25Dec)
Day 5  : Saariselkä – Sinettä (Glass Igloos)

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 (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 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.

Options: Sauna & Dinner At Hotel Santa Claus - Included (only 19Dec),
Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi (exclude 10Dec, 19Dec),
Snow Suite With Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi (exclude 10Dec, 19Dec)
Day 6  : Sinettä - Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

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. 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.

 

Options: Visit From Santa Claus & Christmas Eve Gala Dinner - Included (Only 19Dec) Excursion Aurora Borealis Camp By Snow Mobile (exclude Dec 2017)
Day 7  : 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 and snow sculptures. Later you will experience one of the highlight 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.  Overnight in Rovaniemi.

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. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.

Options: The Magic Of The Arctic Circle
Day 8  : Rovaniemi – Departure

Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.

Notes:

NOTE: 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.

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 and 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. Private transfers ca be arranged upon request. 
Tour code: BDMWL01