Christmas In Lapland
7 Days / 6 Nights
You will stay in saariselka with its dazzling with landscape as well as in rovaniemi. Near rovaniemi you are treated to a night in a glass igloo, and weather permitting, you will see the magnificent northern lights from your bed. 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. Round off your journey with a visit to the kings of the arctic, the polar bears, living in their natural northern conditions at ranua wildlife park.
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7 Days / 6 Nights.
GUARATEED DEPARTURES 2023
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 SAARISELKA WITH ITS DAZZLING WITH LANDSCAPE AS WELL AS IN ROVANIEMI. NEAR ROVANIEMI YOU ARE TREATED TO A NIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO, AND WEATHER PERMITTING, YOU WILL SEE THE MAGNIFICENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FROM YOUR BED. 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. ROUND OFF YOUR JOURNEY WITH A VISIT TO THE KINGS OF THE ARCTIC, THE POLAR BEARS, LIVING IN THEIR NATURAL NORTHERN CONDITIONS AT RANUA WILDLIFE PARK.
- Winter activities
- 1 night in a Glass Igloo
- Reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride
- Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
- Husky Farm & Safari
- A visit from Santa Claus at Santa Claus Hotel
- 2 Christmas gala dinners
- Ranua Wildlife Park
- 6 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 6 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 or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 7 inclusive
- Regular arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
- Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
- The long-distance coach from day 2-6 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. For further information please consult the general conditions
- Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person
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.
- Beverages or any extras
- Porter Service
- Any services not mentioned in the program
WEDNESDAY December 20th
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. 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. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.
THURSDAY December 21st
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.
SNOWSHOES SAFARI INCLUDED DURATION: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
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.
OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS BY HEATED SLEIGH PRICE: 180 EUR/PERSON DURATION: approximately 2 hours
INCLUDED: Thermal outfit, English guide, Hot juice and cookies
The silent and snow-covered forest, night fell on the edge of the boundless desert and the magical Northern Lights above you. Take a seat on the heated Aurora sleigh and enjoy!
Your guide tows the sled with a snowmobile through the snowy, lunar and starry landscape, to the top of the fall, away from residential areas and their light pollution. After arriving, we set up our cameras and take pictures of the northern night sky.
We wait for the Northern Lights to appear comfortably by the fire, enjoying hot drinks and listening to tales until someone sees the first aurora. Now your imagination is the only limit: the Northern Lights fluttering across the sky, the constellations, the snow-capped trees and the bright snow-capped hills… How will you compose your photos?
FRIDAY December 22nd
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Santa´s Igloos, located 10 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour.
SAMI REINDEER FARM VISIT & SLEIGH RIDE INCLUDED 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.
OVERNIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO INCLUDED
The journey continues south to Santás Igloos following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Santa´s Igloos, 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..
SATURDAY December 23rd
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 Christmas adventure can begin. Once you have settled into the hotel, you can enjoy a buffet dinner of traditional Lappish food. You may choose to round off the night with the unique experience of a Finnish sauna included.
OPTIONAL: Arctic ice floating – Day floating
- PRICE /PERSON : 110 EUR
- Children 7- 14: 86 EUR
- Minimum height for floating is 120 cm
DURATION: 3 hours (14:00-17:00) Snack included
MEETING TIME: 13:45 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal outfit, guide, hot drinks
Come and experience the lightness of your body during the arctic ice floating! Don’t fear the cold as you are totally protected with high quality rescue suit. Let your body and mind float, enjoy this frozen adventure. This guided adventure is safe with a high-quality rescue suit that covers your whole body and keeps you dry. As you have your own clothing under the suit you will not get cold even in the open 0-degree water. Lying down in the ice hole between the ice blocks is something worth trying, the circumstances truly are arctic! REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING
OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SAFARI BY SNOWMOBILES
- PRICE /PERSON : 175 EUR
- Children 7-14 : 102 EUR
- Single supplement : 55 EUR
DURATION: approximately 3 hours (18:00 – 21:00). Snack, hot beverage included
MEETING TIME: 19:45 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal outfit, guide
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.
SUNDAY December 24th
- Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast buffet before going on your next adventure, the Husky Farm and Safari.
HUSKY FARM & SAFARI INCLUDED DURATION: approximately 2 hours 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).
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.
VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS & CHRISTMAS EVE GALA DINNER INCLUDED
At approximately 16:00, all children are invited to participate in the traditional activity of decorating the Christmas tree. 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 behalf of the family. Christmas 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 are included.
MONDAY December 25th
Scandinavian buffet breakfast at the hotel before departing on another day of adventure. This morning we will visit the Ranua Wildlife Park, situated 80 km south of Rovaniemi, 1 hour by coach. The Ranua Wildlife Park, established 1983, specializes in arctic and northern animal species. The spacious animal fencings are amid northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. You will be able to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful park and visit different animals and birds. The guide will provide you with interesting and detailed information about the animals and their personalities, as well as answer whatever questions you might have about the animal life and artic nature. Enjoy a self-service lunch at the restaurant in Ranua Wildlife Park. After lunch, you will have one hour to visit the surroundings. You may want to visit the souvenir shops, the Fazer factory and the local wine shop with their unique selection of wines made from berries. Return to Rovaniemi, remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
CHRISTMAS GALA DINNER INCLUDED
In the evening enjoy a Christmas Gala Dinner buffet at the hotel Santa Claus. An aperitif and one glass of house wine, beer or soft drink per person included.
TUESDAY December 26th
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
END OF SERVICES
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GUARATEED DEPARTURES 2023
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