Northern Lights, Santa Claus Village & A White Christmas - 8 Days
Day 1: HELSINKI
Meet your tour escort and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby between 6pm and 8pm. Overnight at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki.
Day 2: HELSINKI – ROVANIEMI
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. We will see the colorful harbor market, the neo-classical Senate square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius monument, the Russian orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the famous church in the Rock; Temppeliauko.
Free time in the afternoon and evening to maybe shop for the last Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and the decorations. Transfer to the train station, for the overnight train journey to Rovaniemi in cabins with private or shared facilities.
Day 3: ROVANIEMI
Breakfast box on board. Upon arrival in Rovaniemi, transfer to Scandic Hotel for check in. You will receive the thermal outfits, which you can keep during all your stay in Rovaniemi to keep you warm and let you enjoy the snowy landscape.
Today we will make a visit to Santa Claus Village located on the Arctic Circle, here you have the chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards, here they will be stamped by hand with special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office.
In this magic world there will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish Design products offered in the many giftware shops. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner. For families with children it is possible to leave the Christmas gifts for the children at the reception so Santa Claus can pick them up and give them to the children when he makes a visit to the hotel this Christmas Eve. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.
Day 4: ROVANIEMI
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Our morning adventure is a snowmobile safari with ice fishing. Our safari guide will give us a briefing and driving instructions. There will be two persons per snowmobile and stops will be made during the tour to switch drivers. We will drive on the frozen river and our guide will choose a nice spot to stop for fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice, we will try the ice fishing! Patience is the key of success. We will get hot drinks and biscuits to keep ourselves warm! Time to enjoy the silence of the nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. After this nice experience, we will return to the city by snowmobile! Tonight enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.
Day 5: ROVANIEMI
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. A new adventure awaits you today with huskies and reindeer. We arrive at the husky farm where the breeders will tell us about the life of huskies, the breeding, feeding and training of the dogs while you will enjoy a hot drink. We will also enjoy a sleigh–ride pulled by a husky team. Their eagerness to run through the silent forest makes this adventure magic.
We continue to the nearby Reindeer farm to learn more about the life of reindeer and their herders. You will also enjoy a ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Possibility to join an optional Northern Lights Chase safari this evening. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi hotel.
Day 6: ROVANIEMI
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today's excursion will take us by coach to Ranua Wildlife Park. Here you will have the possibility to see the Arctic animals in an as authentic environment as possible for the animals. There are around 50 different species represented in the park. During your walk in the park, you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose etc. Upon return to Rovaniemi, we enjoy a buffet dinner before boarding the overnight train, which will take us back to Helsinki. Overnight in cabins with private or shared facilities.
Day 7: HELSINKI
Breakfast box on board. Arrival in Helsinki and transfer to your hotel. Day free in Helsinki or join the optional day excursion to Tallinn. Overnight at GLO Art Hotel.
Day 8: HELSINKI
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. End of services.