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Winter Lapland Tour in Saariselka and Rovaniemi

6 days
5 nights

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PER PERSON :
$ 3,450.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,375.00 (single occupancy)
$ 3,175.00 (3rd person in extra bed)
$ 2,940.00 (Child 07-12 years sharing with parents)

Dates:

Jan 07, 2019 - Jan 12, 2019 
Jan 14, 2019 - Jan 19, 2019 
Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019 
Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 02, 2019 
Feb 04, 2019 - Feb 09, 2019 
Feb 11, 2019 - Feb 16, 2019 
Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019 
Feb 25, 2019 - Mar 02, 2019 
Mar 04, 2019 - Mar 09, 2019 
Mar 11, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 
Mar 18, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 
Mar 25, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019 

Hotels:

  • Saariselka - Santa’s Tunturi Hotel ****
  • Sinetta - Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
  • Rovaniemi - Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus****

Included:

  • 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities 
  • 5 breakfasts, buffet style
  • 1 dinner, 2 lunches & 1 picnic as mentioned in the program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 1 to Day 6 inclusive 
  • Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport 
  • Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport 
  • The long-distance coach from day 2 – 5 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions

Highlights & Experience:

  • Activities everyday
  • 1 night in Glass Igloo
  • Visit Arctic Snow Hotel and dinner
  • Reindeer farm visit with sledge drive
  • Snowshoes Safari
  • Husky farm visit with sledge drive 
  • Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise & ice swimming
  • Kemi Snow Castle visit

Itinerary:

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

Day 1  : Arrival – Saariselka

Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. 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 evident in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. The rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the our company welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.


OPTIONAL: NIGHT TO REMEMBER BY SNOWMOBILES
PRICE/PERSON: 198 EUR
18:00 – 23:00
Includes: Transfer, traditional Lappish dinner incl. fresh bread & butter, water & berry juice, berry pie, coffee/tea
Dinner 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. 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. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Day 2  : Saariselka

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 and feel the crunch of snow under your feet. 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, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: SNOW ADVENTURE WITH FATBIKES
PRICE/PERSON: $120
13:00 – 16:00
Min 2 persons
Take a guided snow adventure with FatBikes! After receiving your helmet, bike, and instructions on how to handle the bike, the adventure is ready to start and take you through snowy landscapes of Saariselka. During the adventure you will enjoy the silence of the tranquil forests and nature around you. A break will be held for you to stop for a rest, fry sausages, and to enjoy some hot berry juice around an open fire. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE (no driving)
(pulled by Snowmobile)
PRICE/PERSON: $115 
Min 4 Persons
19:00 – 22:00
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 3  : Saariselka - Sinetta

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, TOTAL LENGTH OF THE VISIT
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the 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.

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
PRICE: $85 /PERSON
22:00 – 23:30
EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR 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: $ 140 /PERSON
OVERNIGHT INCL. SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI 22:00 – 23:00
SAUNA & JACUZZI ARE SHARED WITH OTHER OUR 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

Day 4  : Sinetta – 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 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 you embark on a run through the forest, riding in pairs behind your pack of huskies. After the trip there is still 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 emotions of this 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
PRICE /PERSON : $195
Single supplement : $57
21:00 – 24:00
Snack included

This excursion takes you to the Aurora Borealis camp located approximately 10 km 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 in a snowmobile drawn sleigh, or simply lay back by the open fire in the snow observatory and admire the northern sky. Traditional reindeer burgers prepared on an open fire can be enjoyed in the Kota (teepee). And 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 tripods are available for you to use! 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. Our company cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

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

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 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: 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 get 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
Exclusive for our guests
PRICE /PERSON: $145
Min 6 persons
19:30 – 22:30
Includes: Private transfer, guide, typical 3 course dinner incl. fresh bread & cheese, water, coffee/tea
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. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING

*This optional will be operated on Thursday or Friday, the day will be advised at destination.

Day 6  : 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:

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 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.