New Year in the Arctic

arctic, finland

Itinerary: Saariselka-Sinetta-Rovaniemi-Kemi-Rovaniemi

Period: 27.12.2019 – 02.01.2020

Length: 7 days / 6 nights

Tour languages: English Spanish



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 year round 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.

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 is at leisure and we have the opportunity to try a Finnish sauna available at the hotel. The evening offers an optional reindeer safari. We are taken into the quiet evening forest on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer and maybe we will even get to marvel at the beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Upon return to the camp a nice warm camp fire and warm drink is waiting for us before going back to the hotel.

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 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 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!

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 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 day is at disposal for exploring the small and picturesque town at our own. In the evening we meet Santa Claus who pays a visit to the hotel before New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner buffet is served at the hotel. The late evening offers an optional Mystical New Year Party located at Lapland’s magical border of the Arctic Circle. A lot of festivities are held for welcoming the New Year at this venue. Fire, ice, darkness, snow, lights, music, dance are the combined elements that create a magical event. The mysterious shamans fuel the atmosphere and as the New Year approaches Santa Claus himself also appears. A giant snow disco, snow bars, firework displays and the spectacular New Year show bring us into the New Year, before going back to the hotel after midnight.

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. We have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float in the middle of the largest ice field in Europe! Everyone is fitted with a warm survival suit and those who dare receive a certificate by the ship authorities.

Regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport.

Package prices per person
EUR 4 100.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 1 250.00 (single supplement)

Payment conditions:

20% upon reservation
80% 90 days before departure

Cancellation conditions:
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.

6 overnights at 4 star hotels
6 x buffet breakfast
2 dinners, 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 ice breaker 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

2 hours evening reindeer safari in Saariselka: EUR 140.00 per person
Snow sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi in Sinetta: EUR 65.00 per person
Mystical New Year’s Party in Rovaniemi: EUR 100.00 per person

All optional services and excursions must be pre-booked before the start of the tour

GAN01: 27.12.2019–02.01.2020