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Wonders of Lapland - Christmas Special

8 days
7 nights






$ 4,925.00 (double / twin)
$ 7,365.00 (single)
$ 4,460.00 (3rd adult in extra bed )
$ 4,230.00 (children 7-12yr-sharing/w parents)

Optional Activities
$ 130.00 (Helsinki City Tour)
$ 220.00 (Snowmobile Safari)



Dec 22, 2024 - Dec 29, 2024 


  • Helsinki - Clarion Hotel Helsinki or similar 4*
  • Oulu - Lapland Hotel Oulu or similar 4*
  • Rovaniemi - Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus or similar  4*
  • Lulea - Clarion Hotel Sense Luleå or similar 4*


  • 7 nights in 1st class hotels in standard rooms with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, buffet style, 4 dinners, 2 lunches (all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish/Portuguese) - Day 1 - 8
  • Regular arrival transfer from Helsinki Airport
  • Regular departure transfer to Lilea Airport
  • The long-distance coach from day 4-7 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 as mentioned in the program
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Highlights & Experience:

  • Winter activities
  • Discover Helsinki & Tallinn
  • Reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride
  • Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
  • Husky Farm & Safari
  • Christmas Dinner & Sauna
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise & ice swimming


Experience this unique journey to lapland and be amazed by a blend of first-class travel and the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. You will stay in oulu with its dazzling with landscape as well as in rovaniemi. You will be treated to a special christmas dinner with sauna, and weather permitting, you will see the magnificent northern lights. Santa claus will be expecting you at santa claus village. You will also experience a visit at the sami reindeer farm and sleigh ride, as well as a husky safari. The highlight of this winter adventure is the ‘sampo’ icebreaker safari, where you have a chance to take a swim in the fresh arctic waters of kemi.

Day 1  : Arrival in Helsinki

Arrival to Helsinki Airport and regular transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. Later in the afternoon, seize the chance to immerse yourself in an informative city sightseeing tour of the vibrant Finnish capital.

Departure from hotel at : 16:00
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Includes: private bus transportation, local guide
Min: 10 persons

Experience a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral. You will also see the colourful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – also called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). End of the tour at the hotel.

Overnight in Saariselka

Day 2  : Helsinki: Day Trip to Tallinn

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Early morning transfer to the pier of Helsinki. Board the two hours cruise to Tallin. Meet your local Tallin guide for a city tour where you will discover the secrets of Tallinn's fairytale-like Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking part of the tour includes Toompea Hill, where you'll see the ancient Toompea Castle, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. the Cathedral of Saint Mary, also known as the Dome Church.
Continue to the lower part of the city, walking among beautiful historic buildings until we reach the Town Hall Square. Tallinn's Gothic-style Town Hall, built in the 15th century, is the oldest surviving town hall in the Baltic countries. Just a few steps away, you'll find the famous Town Hall Pharmacy, which has been operating in the same premises since the early 15th century. Stroll through the market squares adorned with twinkling lights and colorful decorations, where wooden stalls showcase an array of traditional handicrafts, locally made goods, and artisanal products. From intricately crafted ornaments to cozy woolens and intricate lacework, there's something for every taste and preference.
After the tour you will enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant, before the transfer back to the pier and return ferry to Helsinki. On board the ferry you will have the opportunity to enjoy a light dinner of your preference.
Upon arrival in Helsinki late evening transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Helsinki (B)

Day 3  : Helsinki - Oulu

This morning embark on a journey through the heart of Finland, as you board the train from Helsinki to Oulu. As the train glides out of the bustling capital, the urban landscape gradually gives way to the serene beauty of the Finnish countryside. Through the window, picturesque scenes unfold like pages from a storybook. Upon arrival in Oulu, you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia in northern Finland, Oulu exudes a unique blend of modernity and natural beauty, making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking both urban allure and outdoor adventure. At the heart of Oulu lies its vibrant city center, where sleek modern architecture harmonizes with historic buildings, creating a dynamic urban landscape. Stroll along the pedestrian-friendly streets lined with trendy boutiques, cozy cafes, and cultural landmarks, immersing yourself in the city's lively atmosphere.

Overnught in Oulu (B, D)

Day 4  : Oulu (174 mi)

In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.

DURATION: approximately 2 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 Saariselkä. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.

Later in the evening indulge in a truly immersive Finnish experience at Maikkula Mansion, where an evening of culinary delights and relaxation awaits amidst the tranquil countryside setting. Begin your evening with a delicious dinner featuring a tantalizing array of traditional Finnish cuisine, prepared with locally-sourced ingredient. From hearty soups and savory smoked fish to succulent game meats and decadent desserts, each dish is a celebration of the rich flavors and culinary heritage of Finland.
After dinner, prepare to unwind and rejuvenate in the mansion's private sauna, a quintessential Finnish tradition beloved by locals and visitors alike. Step into the soothing warmth of the sauna, and allow the stresses of the day to melt away as you relax and recharge in this serene sanctuary.

Overnight in Oulu (B, D)

Day 5  : Oulu - Rovaniemi

In the morning after breakfast, you will travel by bus to Rovaniemi, a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and Arctic adventure.
Upon your arrival, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the Reindeer farm, where you'll discover the magic of Lapland's iconic creatures.

DURATION: approximately 2 – 2,5 hours (12:00 -14:30)
INCLUDED: a traditional 3-course lunch, reindeer sledge ride, Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate

Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, and its importance to the Sami culture. Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical local three course lunch is included at the farm.

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. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. From Santa Claus Village it is a short ride to the hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight in Rovaniemi (B, L, D)

Day 6  : Rovaniemi

Start your day with anticipation and excitement as you prepare for an unforgettable husky adventure this morning.

DURATION: approximately 2 hours
INCLUDED: winter clothing 2 persons per sledge (self-driving)

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 you embark, riding in pairs, on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies (3 km).

In the afternoon, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as you have the chance to embark on a thrilling snowmobile safari, exploring the pristine snowy landscapes of Rovaniemi.

DURATION: approximately 3 hours (18:00 – 21:00)
MEETING TIME: 17:45 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal outfit, guide Snack, hot beverage included

Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen river. With a little luck, you will travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – will appear to show you the way. Sip warm beverages and savor a snack by a campfire and learn more about the Northern Lights and the beauty of Lapland. 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. Via Hansa & Borealis cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Overnight in Rovaniemi (B, D)

Day 7  : Rovaniemi – Kemi (Ice-breaker Cruise) – Lulea

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 3 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. Prior to the cruise you will enjoy lunch onshore in the Seaview Restaurant.

*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

DURATION: 14:00-17:00 HOURS
Please note: minimum height for children : 130 cm

This extraordinary experience beings with a lunch served onshore in the Seaview Restaurant and includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge and ice swimming. 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. After the excursion head to your Hotel in Luleå.

Overnight in Lulea (B, L)

Day 8  : Departure from Lulea

This morning, experience the timeless allure of Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the heart of Luleå. Here, amidst the picturesque streets and quaint wooden cottages, you are invited to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Sweden's cultural heritage.

After the sightseeing, transfer to the Airport and get ready for your departure flight.



Please note! Regular Transfer Services 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 driver and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time  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.