From: $2938 per person
Independent, 6 Days/5 Nights
Dates: January 1 - April 9, 2019
A trip that offers you unforgettable, exclusive overnight stays and takes you to the most magnificent winter destination, Finland. Our tour starts in the capital city of Finland – Helsinki is a vibrant, cultural and modern city, highly characterized by the presence of water. From Helsinki you go far north to Rovaniemi, the arctic city in the heart of Lapland and suspected home of Santa Claus. Here you will spend two nights in the miraculous Arctic Tree House hotel. After Rovaniemi you proceed to Kemi, which is located in the heart of Finland and home to the magnificent Sampo Ice breaker. Here you will spend one last magical night in one of Kemi’s Seaside Villas.
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Dates: Winter January 1- April 9, 2019
Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki
Arrival at airport Helsinki and transfer to boutique Hotel Haven, which is an elegant and stylish hideaway in the heart of Helsinki and a stone’s throw from the sea. After checking in at the hotel you can enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Our suggested top ten are the Temppeliaukio Church (The Rock Church), Helsinki Cathedral, Esplanade Park, The Sibelius monument, Havis Amanda Fountain, Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna), Kiasma Art Museum and Suomenlinna Maritime Sea Fortress (outside city center).
Accommodation at Hotel Haven (1 night)
Day 2: Exploring Helsinki - Train to Lapland
After breakfast enjoy your remaining hours to explore the delightful capital of Helsinki – you have enough time to continue ticking away the suggested sights of interest. In the evening you will take an overnight train to Rovaniemi. Meals are available on board the train.
Accommodation on board the train
Day 3: Rovaniemi
Upon arrival to the Rovaniemi train station, transfer to the Arctic Treehouse hotel, your accommodation for the coming two nights. The concept of Arctic Tree House Hotel has its roots in fragile arctic nature, the fairytale-like world of Santa Park, and northern culture and heritage. The hotel consists of individual accommodation units covered by wooden shingles and standing on tall poles between the trees. Appearing to wander down the hill and curiously peeking at the landscape and sky, they blend into their environment effortlessly. All the buildings are made of Finnish wood, a traditional, sustainable and renewable material. The green roof helps in managing urban runoff and brings the building’s footprint’s worth of vegetation back to the construction site. The wood on the interior surfaces creates a comfortable environment, healthy indoor air and pleasant acoustics. After check-in you can use the rest of the day explore Rovaniemi and experience its nature. Option to book additional activities such as reindeer safaris, husky safaris and snow mobile safaris.
Accommodation at Arctic Tree house Hotel
Day 4: Rovaniemi
After breakfast you have the full day to keep exploring the ‘capital’ of Finnish Lapland. There is allot to see and do in Rovaniemi from simply enjoying your surroundings or partaking in fun filled adventures. Optional activities can be booked today as well. If interested, please inquire.
Accommodation at Arctic Tree house Hotel
Day 5: Rovaniemi - Kemi
After breakfast a transfer will take you back to the train station where you will catch the train to Kemi. Journey time to Kemi is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Enjoy the scenery that passes on board this short train journey. After arriving in Kemi enjoy the short walk through Kemi city center to get to tonight’s accommodation-Kemi Tourism Ltd’s Glass Villas. These 21m 2 Seaside Glass Villas with small kitchen and bathroom are an excellent choice for ones who want to enjoy the arctic freedom in its best. Beautiful and quiet place, located next to the SnowCastle ́s new location, just a couple of minutes away from the Kemi city center. Cosy place to snuggle up and enjoy the nature's incredible light show – the Northern Lights. You can experience the Sea, Snow and Ice and get the direct access to the frozen sea with possibilities of various winter activities with a special twist like Ice Driving.
After checking go to the Snow Castle where you will be picked up for today’s adventure. Today you will enjoy a 4 hour excursion on board the Sampo Ice breaker - please note Sampo Ice breaker departure dates as detailed at the end of the itinerary.*(Should the ice breaker not be available, we will offer an activity to the same value). Sampo is a Finnish icebreaker built in 1960 with a long and distinguished service record. On board the Icebreaker you will have a guided tour from the Captain’s bridge all the way down to the engine rooms. A delicious hot lunch (soup) is served in the ship ́s restaurant. After that, the ship will make a one hour stop to enable you to take a swim in the sea, comfortably dressed in a warm survival suit. At the end of this unique cruise experience, the ship ́s captain presents each participant with a certificate. If you are still feeling adventurous, we recommend a dinner in the snow castle (not included).
Accommodation at Seaside Glass Villas (1 night)
Day 6: Depart Kemi
After breakfast depart the seaside villas to Kemi airport where it is time to say goodbye to this magical place on earth.
Or inquire to extend your vacation.
Your Trip Includes the Following:
1 night accommodation at Hotel Haven in Helsinki
2 night’s accommodation at Arctic Tree House hotel Rovaniemi
1 night accommodation at Seaside Glass Villas in Kemi
4 x breakfast
Train journey with sleeping compartment (with private facilities) from Helsinki –
Train journey Rovaniemi – Kemi
All mentioned transfers
Sampo Icebreaker excursion with lunch
Price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room.
Single Supplement applies: $1970
Additional nights and/or transportation back from Kemi are additional. If interested, please inquire.
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.