Winter Lapland: Fabulous Lapland
ESCORTED - 8 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Saariselkä | Sinettä | Rovaniemi | Kemi | Rovaniemi
Tours start in Saariselkä, Finland on Mondays
Departures January 08 & 22, February 5, 12, & 19, March 05, 12, & 26, 2018
Full Tour: Winter Lapland: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
A slightly shorter version of our incredible full-length Winter Lapland tour, Fabulous Lapland begins with snowshoeing in Saariselkä—deep in Sámi territory—and travels all the way down to Kemi, where you’ll board the magnificent Sampo Icebreaker for a cruise through Europe’s largest icefield!
Day 01: Arrive Ivalo - Saariselkä
Arrive at Ivalo Airport and transfer to your hotel in Saariselkä, a unique northern countryside region within Sámi territory teeming with national parks, lakes, rivers and highland fells. Check in to your first-class hotel, and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Please consult the welcome letter which you receive on check in to your hotel, and note the meeting place and time with your tour leader.
Tonight you’ll have the option to join an exciting excursion: experience the exotic Arctic evening by snowmobile, hunting the Northern Lights through Finnish Lapland’s snow-covered forests and the fells district. The safari heads to an Igloo site, where you can roam around the forest nearby as well as gaze at the Northern Lights from within the igloo. An open fire will be built during the tour, and you’ll enjoy an evening snack as you warm yourself near its flames. Head back to your hotel afterward.
Santa’s Tunturi Hotel
Day 02: Saariselkä
Breakfast is at your hotel this morning. Later this morning you can join an optional cross-country ski tour for a few hours, gliding along tracks through a pure wilderness of white. First-timers are introduced to the basics of skiing; a stop will be made for a cup of warm berry juice during the tour.
Today you’ll have the very unique opportunity to tread in the footsteps of the Sámi: in this included snowshoe safari, you’ll explore the winter-white wilderness of Urho Kekkonen National Park!
The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring the area. You may want to try the very popular Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.
Overnight at your hotel.
Santa's Tunturi Hotel
NOTE: Later on tonight, you can opt to join the Aurora Borealis sleigh ride excursion: a magical ride through the fell district with spectacular views of the northern night sky, you’ll head towards a cabin where you enjoy warm berry juice and rest in the middle of Finnish Lapland.
Day 03: Saariselkä - Sinettä Glass Igloos
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, travel south toward Sinettä. On the way, you’ll visit a location that is one of the highlights of this winter tour—a Sámi reindeer farm—where you’ll learn how to throw the Sámi lasso (Suopunki) before exploring the wintry landscape by reindeer sleigh. A three-course lunch is included at the farm before you continue on to Sinettä.
Sinettä is the location of a unique hotel—the Arctic SnowHotel—where you’ll check in to a private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting, you can marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from your bed. Dinner—a special three-course meal featuring fresh salmon slow-grilled over a magnificent wooden ‘Kota’ (open fire pit)—is also included at the hotel.
Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos
NOTE: Tonight’s short optional excursion is a snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi! With walls of snow and ice and benches made of wood, the snow sauna is a very unique experience, and the outdoor Jacuzzi is a relaxing retreat—with the bonus that you may be able to see the astonishing variety of the Northern Lights’ endless heavenly patterns. There is also an option to stay overnight in a Snow Suite, which can be found at the end of this tour.
Day 04: Sinettä - Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi
Breakfast is at the hotel this morning. In the late morning you'll travel the short distance to Rovaniemi, stopping on the banks of the Kemijoki River for an exciting Husky Safari!
You’ll visit a local genuine husky farm in Rovaniemi, where the head musher greets you and speaks about the life and training of a husky in the Arctic, and then instructs you on how to use the sled. You’ll set off through the forest together on an exciting run in pairs, your husky companions churning up the snow before you. After the trip, visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch: Lappish fire-grilled sausage and pancakes.
Later you’ll make the short journey to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle, and meet Santa himself! You can stop by the post office to send a letter to someone special, as well as explore the magical grounds and Santa’s Park.
From Hotel Santa Claus, it’s a short trip to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to relax.
Hotel Santa Claus
NOTE: Time permitting, you’ll have the option to join an exciting excursion tonight: travel to a nearby Northern Light resort by snowmobile and experience the fantastic views for 3 hours! Visit a theater built inside a massive snow igloo, roam the resort, lay back in the snow observatory by an open fire to admire the sky, and enjoy traditional reindeer burgers in a wooden Kammi cabin cooked over an open fire. Head back to your hotel afterward.
Day 05: Rovaniemi - Kemi Icebreaker Cruise - Rovaniemi
You’ll have breakfast at your hotel before departing on your last memorable, full day of activities. First you’ll head to Kemi, Finland: home of the incredible Kemi SnowCastle (and the equally incredible snow slide). Explore the snow sculptures and the grounds here and enjoy the fun, festive atmosphere.
At roughly noon depart in a private coach and travel south to Kemi, where you experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure: the Sampo Icebreaker. Board the ship at Kemi Harbor and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice in the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This special experience includes a guided tour of the ship, its massive engine room and bridge, and a 3-course lunch in the onboard restaurant.
In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you’ll get the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! Outfitted with a warm survival suit, those who dare to participate will be presented with a special certificate by the ship’s captain.
Tonight, there’s an optional excursion to an evening at Snowland: the first and only snow igloo restaurant in Lapland. Enjoy dinner and local specialties, and then sit outside on the patio around a bonfire while you observe the Northern Lights.
Transfer back to Rovaniemi, arriving in the early evening at your hotel.
Hotel Santa Claus
NOTE: Due to weather conditions, the Kemi SnowCastle is not guaranteed to be open until Jan. 22. Please check with us upon booking.
Day 06: Rovaniemi Departure
After your final breakfast at the hotel, the day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
- 4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 1 night in a Glass Igloo at the Arctic SnowHotel outside Rovaniemi
- 5 breakfasts, buffet style
- 1 dinner & 3 lunches as mentioned in the program
- Tours of Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village and Kemi’s Snow Castle
- Sampo Icebreaker cruise, including ice swimming
- Bilingual tour escort included (English & Spanish/Portuguese) from Day 01 to Day 06
- All tours and transportation by 1st class coach, as mentioned in the program
- Arrival and departure transfers on tour start/ending dates, i.e. not included with pre-/post-tour stays
- Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program (optional tours are not included in the price)
NOTE: Prices do not include beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above. Optional pre/post-tour nights can be added if you wish. Please contact us for a quote.
— Special Winter Guaranteed Departure Conditions —
Local tour operator reserves the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions. The weather conditions in Finnish Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of the tour operator and its suppliers. Snow and ice conditions can be unpredictable during the season, so some of the activities on this adventure are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
2018 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURESView Escorted Tour Specials
*Prices are listed as per person sharing twin-bedded room. Tours start in Saariselkä, Finland on Mondays.
Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates & availability per 2/8/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Guests 7 years or older are welcome; children 7-18 years old must travel with an adult. Max 2 children per hotel room, & restrictions apply for Glass and Snow Igloos. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.
Third person in extra bed discount! Deduct $222 from posted per person double room rates. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older; special child discount 7-12 years: $418.
2018 Optional Pre-booked Excursions
Optional safari rates include: All snowmobile safaris include thermal outfit, guide services in English, a snowmobile shared by two guests taking turns driving, fuel, traffic insurance (maximum personal liability €980/~$1100), maintenance and VAT. The driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Solo driving possibility (1-4 hours) supplement: USD $on request per person. Please note: some excursions are unavailable on specific departure dates. Please check the list below for exclusions or speak with one of our tour specialists.
Saariselkä - Aurora Borealis by Snowmobile
Experience the exotic Arctic evening by snowmobile, hunting the Northern Lights through Finnish Lapland’s snow-covered forests and the fells district! The safari heads to an Igloo site, where you can roam around the forest nearby as well as gaze at the Northern Lights from within the igloo. An open fire will be built during the tour, and you’ll enjoy an evening snack as you warm yourself near its flames.
Details: 4 hours, 6PM - 10PM, $207 per person.
Saariselkä - Aurora Borealis Sleigh Ride
Sit back and enjoy the ride, capturing the true feeling of a winter night in the northern woods! Your guide drives a snowmobile into the fell district, pulling your sleigh as you experience the milky light of the moon and stars casting enchanting shadows across the snowfields. Travel to a cabin in the heart of the woods and enjoy warm berry juice while you listen to the sounds of the forest, and look up to try and catch the Northern Lights peeking through the trees.
Details: 3 hours, 7PM - 10PM, $121 per person.
Saariselkä - Cross-Country Skiing Trip
Fasten on your skis and glide through a winter wonderland! First-timers will be introduced to the basics of skiing; a warm cup of berry juice will be served during the break. Equipment rental ends at 5 PM, so you can even go skiing on your own time after the tour ends!
Details: 2 hours, 10AM - 12PM, $94 per person.
Sinettä - Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
Sauna bathers around the world are constantly impressed by the Finnish sauna, and the Sinettä snow sauna is no exception. With walls of snow and ice and benches made of wood, the snow sauna is a very unique experience, and the outdoor Jacuzzi is a relaxing retreat—with the bonus that you may be able to see the astonishing variety of the Northern Lights’ endless heavenly patterns.
Details: 15 min snow sauna + 1 hour Jacuzzi. $62 per person; +$28 supplement for on-own experience.
Sinettä - Snow Suite with Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
Each year Sinettä’s 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 artic experience to spend the night as the Sámi once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special Artic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0° and -5° C.
Details: Overnight with private 15-min snow sauna + 1-hour Jacuzzi. $138 per person.
Rovaniemi - Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile Excursion
During this brisk safari you'll travel by snowmobile 6 miles into the Lappish wilderness towards a fabulous Northern Light resort. Visit the Aurora Borealis Theatre built inside one of the on-site massive snow igloos, where you’ll see a video about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon, roam the resort’s igloo bar, or take a sleigh ride on a snowmobile-drawn sleigh. Dinner—traditional reindeer burgers in a wooden Kammi cabin cooked over an open fire—is included. Remember to bring your camera!
Details: 3 hours, 9PM – 12AM. Cost $211 per person; +$62 supplement for on-own snowmobile.
Rovaniemi - The Magic of the Arctic Circle (Snowland)
An absolutely unforgettable Lappish cuisine experience! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Snowland, a restaurant inside a beautifully-constructed igloo. Enjoy dinner with local Finnish specialties and then sit on the white patio around a bonfire, spellbound by the Northern Lights high above.
Details: 3 hours, 7:30PM – 10:30PM, $159 per person.