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Lapland New Years: Saariselka to Rovaniemi

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,207

Ring in the New Year in Finnish Lapland, on the cusp of the Arctic Circle. Travel through a wintery landscape, see the Northern Lights dance across the night sky, visit the Santa Claus Village, and countdown to midnight in the midst of a winter party, where fireworks and disco balls light up the frozen landscape.


This 7-day Finnish vacation takes you to the northern landscapes of Finnish Lapland to ring in the New Year.

Your Finland vacation begins in Saariselka, located in the far north of Finnish Lapland. As the northernmost travel destination in the country, Saariselka is all about experiencing genuine life in the north. You’ll drive through a landscape of snow-covered forests under the clear northern skies. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness the Northern Lights dance across the sky as you enjoy a traditional Lappish dinner. On your first full day in the north, you’ll head on a walk through the winter woods of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Ride a sleigh pulled by a reindeer and heat up in the Finnish sauna. At day’s end, you’ll venture into the forest to experience the magic of the landscape. Continue to Sinetta, where you’ll meet traditional Sami farmers and learn how to throw a Suopunki, a Sami lasso. Spend the night at Kakslauttanen, the world’s foremost arctic resort, where you’ll sleep in a glass igloo with incredible views of the Northern Lights through the skylight.

From Kakslauttanen, head for Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus and capital of Lapland. Once here, you’ll visit a Husky farm to learn about the training of these incredible Arctic dogs and enjoy an outdoor lunch at a campfire before visiting the Santa Claus Village, home to Santa and his workshop, on New Year’s Eve. That evening before the clock strikes midnight, visit the border of the Arctic Circle and join the outdoor party, complete with disco balls, fireworks, and the presence of mysterious shamans, to ring in the New Year. The next day, start the New Year off by heading to Kemi for an unforgettable winter adventure. Ride an icebreaker as it breaks through the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia before daring the waters with an ice swim. That evening, enjoy a three-course meal on board before returning to Rovaniemi. The next day, head to the airport to return home.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,207

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Day 1

Saariselka

On arrival into Ivalo Airport you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. In Saariselka, 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. This is where you will find the genuine Lapland. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Please consult the welcome letter which you receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Santa's Tunturi Hotel

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    Santa's Tunturi Hotel



    This peaceful hotel is situated next to Urho Kekkonen National Park, less than 30 minutes' drive from Ivalo Airport. Guests enjoy free sauna facilities and access to cross-country skiing tracks. Santa's Tunturi Hotel is close to the Kaunispaa and Iisakkipaa ski slopes. Snowmobile safaris, snowshoe ...

    This peaceful hotel is situated next to Urho Kekkonen National Park, less than 30 minutes' drive from Ivalo Airport. Guests enjoy free sauna facilities and access to cross-country skiing tracks.

    Santa's Tunturi Hotel is close to the Kaunispaa and Iisakkipaa ski slopes. Snowmobile safaris, snowshoe hiking and reindeer sleigh rides can also be arranged by the hotel.

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Day 2

Saariselka

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.

Cap off this amazing experience tonight by sitting in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. The journey will take you into the quiet evening forest and maybe you will even get to marvel at the beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Once you are back at the camp, a nice warm campfire and warm drink will be waiting for you to enjoy.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Saariselka to 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. 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.

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: Overnight in a Snow Suite with Evening Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi Experience. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Lapland

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    Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Lapland



    Kakslauttanen is Europe's leading premium arctic resort located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. On offer is four seasons of incredible beauty of arctic wilderness in high-quality facilities with the midnight sun and northern lights. The resort is world-famous for the ...

    Kakslauttanen is Europe's leading premium arctic resort located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. On offer is four seasons of incredible beauty of arctic wilderness in high-quality facilities with the midnight sun and northern lights. The resort is world-famous for the glass igloos, Northern lights and Midnight sun. Add to this a wide array of winter and Finnish activities on hand and you have the perfect platform to head north of the Arctic "bathe" under the Northern Lights!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cycling
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Sinetta - Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

In the morning after breakfast you will travel by bus to Rovaniemi where you will check-in at Santa's Hotel Santa Claus and your New Year adventure can begin with a visit to the Husky Farm & Safari. You may choose to round off the night with the unique experience of a Finnish sauna included.
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 emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration3 Nights
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Hotel Santa Claus

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    Hotel Santa Claus



    Close to the Arctic Circle in central Rovaniemi, this hotel is a 10-minute drive from Santa Claus Village. It offers spacious, well-equipped rooms and 3 restaurants serving Lapland specialties. The popular Arktikum Science Museum is only a 10-minute walk from Santa's Hotel Santa Claus.

    Close to the Arctic Circle in central Rovaniemi, this hotel is a 10-minute drive from Santa Claus Village. It offers spacious, well-equipped rooms and 3 restaurants serving Lapland specialties.

    The popular Arktikum Science Museum is only a 10-minute walk from Santa's Hotel Santa Claus.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Pets Allowed
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 5

New Year's Eve Rovaniemi

Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast buffet before going on your next adventure, the Husky Farm and Safari.

Around 18:00 Santa Claus will pay a visit to the hotel where he will deliver Christmas presents to our youngest guests. There will be a small gift per child from the hotel and the possibility for families to arrange, that Santa Claus special delivers a present to their children on their own behalf.

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner buffet will be served at the hotel Santa Claus. An aperitif and one glass of house wine, beer or soft drink per person included. At 22:00 take a transfer from the hotel to a Special New Year Venue just 20 minutes from town.

At Lapland's magical border of the Arctic Circle, the festivities will be held for welcoming in the New Year. Fire, ice, darkness, snow, lights, music, dance are the combined elements that create a magical event for the whole family. The mysterious shamans fuel the atmosphere and as the New Year approaches Santa Claus himself will also pay us a visit! A giant snow disco, snow bars, massive fireworks display, and the spectacular New Year Dance Show definitely makes for a memorable experience.

New Year's tin casting is an old Finnish tradition to see what the future holds. Shamans - the fortunetellers - help you interpret the marks for the future in your tin. The event will take place by snowy banks, in idyllic winter setting. At 00:30/1:00 transfer back to the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

New Year's Day Rovaniemi - Kemi (Ice breaker Cruise) - Rovaniemi

Time for a swim as we head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. Today 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.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Depart

Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your transfer to Rovaniemi airport in time for your departure flight (Flight not included).

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Dec 27

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Meals is indicated in the itinerary
  • Snow Shoe Safari
  • Reindeer Safari
  • Overnight in Glass Igloo
  • Santa Claus Village Visit
  • Husky Farm Visit
  • New Year's Eve Gala Dinner
  • Ice Break Cruise
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities mentioned in the program

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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