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A Very Finnish Christmas

From $3,444 per person

Escorted, 8 Days/7 Nights
Date: December 22-29, 2017

Spend your holiday in Finland on a trip that is great for young and the young at heart. Explore the Nation's Capital, Helsinki, visiting the Christmas Markets before traveling by train to Finnish Lapland. In Rovaniemi, enjoy the cozy indoors with great food and company along with many outdoor activities, such as dog sledding and snowmobiling. Visit Santa's Village where he is known to reside (because everyone knows he lives in Finland). Possibilities to add on a Northern Lights hunt and/or a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia. It will be a Christmas you won't soon forget!

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Dates: December 22 - 29, 2017
OPTION TO ADD ON A NEW YEAR'S EVEN EXTENSION IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. 

Day 1, Dec 22: Arrival in Helsinki

Transfer to your hotel. Meet your tour escort and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby this evening.
Accommodation at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki.

Day 2, Dec 23: Exploring Helsinki - Train to Lapland

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide.
Visit the colorful harbor market, the 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.
This afternoon, transfer to the train station for the overnight train journey to Rovaniemi in train cabins with private facilities.
Accommodation on board the train

Day 3,Dec 24: 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 gift ware 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.
Accommodation at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.

Day 4, Dec 25: Christmas Celebration!

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.
Accommodation at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.

Day 5, Dec 26: Huskies and Reindeer 

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.|
Accommodation at Scandic Rovaniemi hotel.

Day 6, Dec 27: Rovaniemi - Train to Helsinki

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.
Accommodation on board the train

Day 7, Dec 28: 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.
Accommodation at GLO Art Hotel.

Day 8, Dec 29: Depart Helsinki

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. 

Or inquire to extend your vacation.

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room.

Single Supplement applies: From $1340
Extra bed for 3rd person in double room on request. 
Optional Northern lights snowmobile tour and trip to Tallinn additional and on request. If interested, please inquire when booking. 

Option to add on Stockholm for New Years, December 29, 2017 - January 1, 2018!

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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