Itinerary: Lapland: Saariselka-Sinetta-Rovaniemi-Kemi-Rovaniemi
Period: January-March 2020
Length: 6 days / 5 nights
Tour languages: English Spanish
DAY 1: ARRIVAL KIRKENES
Arrival to Kirkenes airport and regular transfer to the Hotel Thon Kirkenes**** for check-in. This north eastern town lies a mere 15 km from the Russian border. The area offers a world of experiences for the adventurous traveller wanting to experience mountains, fjords, forests, lakes and the beautiful dancing Northern Lights. Approximately 10% of the population are Russians and you will find street signs in both Russian and Norwegian. The evening is at leisure in Kirekenes.
DAY 2: KIRKENES-SAARISELKA
In the morning we depart for the amazing experience of the King Crab Safari. One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord we will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. Directly after the King Crab Safari we continue towards Saariselka. Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. There we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Check in at Hotel Santa’s Tunturi****. In the evening we put on our snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under our feet. We capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as we explore the nearby nature in your search for the Northern Lights.
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 – the 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 courses lunch is included at the farm. Check in at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos. We enjoy the warmth of our Glass Igloo and, if the weather allows, we will have the opportunity to admire the amazing Northern Lights. In the evening we are invited to a traditional Lappish three courses dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota”. The late evening also offers 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 the 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 camp fire 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. 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 to the Aurora Borealis camp. At the resort, you will find a theatre, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon.
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 on board 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 Northern Lights.
DAY 6: ROVANIEMI-DEPARTURE
Departure transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
Package prices per person
EUR 2995.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 700.00 (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 cancellation 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 115.00 per name change.
5 overnights at 4 star hotels
5 x buffet breakfast
1 dinner, 2 lunches and 1 picnic as specified in the program
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 Kirkenes Airport to Hotel Thon Kirkenes and regular departure transfer Hotel Santa Claus to Rovaniemi Airport
Service and taxes
Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 65.00 per person
3 hours snowmobile tour to Aurora Borealis camp: EUR 165.00 per person
3 hours tour “The Magic of the Arctic Circle”: EUR 120.00 per person
All optional services and excursions must be pre-booked before the start of the tour