Period: January-March 2019
Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Tour languages: English Spanish
DAY 1: ARRIVAL SAARISELKA
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the Hotel Santa Tunturi**** for check-in. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for yearround 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. Here, the Sami culture is still very evident in everyday life. The evening offers an optional snowmobile safari tour. The safari is heading to the Igloo site, where we have the possibility to roam around the forest nearby. We watch the Northern Lights show inside the igloo and we enjoy a Lappish Northern Lights dinner.
DAY 2: SAARISELKA
In the morning, we put on our snowshoes to feel the crunch of snow under the feet. We capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as we explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and the Urho Kekkonen National Park, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon offers an optional FatBike tour. During this snow adventure we enjoy the silence of the tranquil forests and nature around us. The evening offers an optional Northern Lights sleigh ride. During this brisk safari we enjoy theview and ride. If we are lucky, the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern Lights may appear.
DAY 3: SAARISELKA-SINETTA
This morning we continue our adventure to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we visit one of the highlights of the tour – traditional Sami farmers who tell us about their reindeers, and teach us how to throw the Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by a reindeer, we experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape over the lake and through the forest. A typical Sami three course lunch is included at the farm. Check in at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos. We enjoy the warmth of our Glass Igloo and weather permitting we will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights. In the evening we are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota”. The late evening also offer an optional snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi experience where only the sauna benches are made of wood!
DAY 4: SINETTA-ROVANIEMI
We depart to Rovaniemi and check-in at Hotel Santa Claus****. We are in for yet another winter adventure with a visit to the Husky Farm & Safari. We embark on a run through the forest behind our packs 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 the real Santa Claus. The late evening offers optional snowmobile excursion to the Aurora Borealis camp..
DAY 5: ROVANIEMI-KEMI-ROVANIEMI
Today we experience one of the highlights of our winter adventure. We travel to Kemi, 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, ice swimming and a three-course lunch at the onboard restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, we have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! Everyone is fitted with a warm survival suit and those who dare receive a certificate by the ship authorities. Back in Rovaniemi, the evening offers an optional tour to “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”, an idyllic Igloo which opens it door fort special event. We enjoy a dinner with local specialities and if we are lucky we will be dazzled by the Nordic light.
DAY 6: ROVANIEMI- DEPARTURE
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
Package prices per person
EUR 2760.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 740.00 (single supplement)
20% upon reservation
80% 90 days before departure
After confirmation, the reservation cannot be cancelled or changed without a penalty. All cancellations will be charged with a minimum cancelation fee of EUR 115.00 per person. Cancellations until 101 days prior to the arrival of the passengers are subject to a fee of EUR 115.00 per person for tours excluding overnight in Glass Igloos, and EUR 305,00 for tours including overnight in Glass Igloos; cancellations 100–60 days prior to the arrival of the passengers are subject to a charge of 60 % of the total cost of the reservation per person; cancellations 55–25 days of 90% of the total cost of the reservation and cancellations made within less than 24 days prior to arrival of the passenger are subject to a charge of 100% of the total cost of the reservation per person. Name change is considered as cancellation and rebooking and can only be done up to 31 days prior to arrival. Name changes will be charged with a fee of EUR 105.00 per name change.
5 overnights at 4 star hotels
5 x buffet breakfast
1 dinner, 2 lunches and 1picnic as specified in the program
Personalised welcome package
Snowshoes safari, Sami reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride, Husky Farm visit and ride, Sampo Icebreaker visit and ice swimming
Service of English and Spanish speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris mentioned in the program
Regular arrival transfer Ivalo Airport to Hotel Santa Tunturi and departure transfer Hotel Santa Claus to Rovaniemi Airport
Service and taxes
5-hour evening snowmobile safari tour in Saariselka: EUR 200.00 per person
3-hour FatBike snow adventure: EUR 95.00 per person
3-hour Aurora Borealis sleigh ride: EUR 90.00 per person
Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 65.00 per person
3-hour snowmobile tour to Aurora Borealis camp: EUR 65.00 per person
3-hour tour “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”: EUR 115.00 per person
All optional services and excursions must be pre-booked before the start of the tour