Arctic Adventures in Winter Lapland - Norway & Finland
From $3859 Per Person
Guided, 8 days/ 7 nights
Select dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 2019
For winter 2019, experience this unique journey to Norway and Finnish Lapland. Be amazed by a blend of first-class travel, with the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. In Kirkenes, Norway choose to try one of the delicacies of the north on a king crab safari. You will stay in Saariselka, Finland with its dazzling white landscape, as well as in Rovaniemi and Sinetta, with one night in Arctic Glass Igloos. Weather permitting, you will see the breath-taking northern lights from your bed. Experience Santa Claus Village and visit the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi. The highlight of this winter adventure is the famous Sampo icebreaker safari where you have a chance to take a swim in the fresh arctic waters of Kemi.
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SELECT DATES: FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, MARCH 2, 9, 2019
Day 1: Arrival – Saariselka
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. In Saariselka, in the far North of Finnish Lapland, lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselka. 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. In Inari and other villages in the area, the Sami culture is still very evident in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. The rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director
Accommodation at Santa’s Tunturi Hotel
Day 2: Saariselka - Kirkenes
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will be traveling the 270 km north to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 4-hour journey transporting you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you make your way up north. The tour makes a stop along the way to enjoy lunch. You will stop by The Snowhotel, the most famous attraction of Kirkenes. After check-in at Thon Hotel Kirkenes you will enjoy the amazing experience of the “KING CRAB SAFARI”, departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.
“Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic”
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 you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Accommodation on Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Day 3: Kirkenes - Saarisekla
Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sápmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sámi self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sámi culture. Lunch is included. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the center of Finland’s winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.
Optional snowmobile excursion: including transfer, Lappish dinner, and possibility to see the Northern Lights! Pre booking required. $240 per person.
Accommodation at Santa's Tunturi Hotel
Day 4: Saariselka
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami. Put on your snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under your feet. Capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as you explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and Urho Kekkonen National Park, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.
Optional excursions this afternoon and evening: Snow adventure with fat bikes $115 per person, Aurora Borealis Sleigh Ride (no driving, riding only) $106 per person.
Accommodation at Santa's Tunturi Hotel
Day 5: Saariselka - Sinetta
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour. Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape over the lake and through the forest, where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm.
The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. In the evening, you are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota” where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire on a huge fire pit in the center.
Optional excursion: Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi $78 (exclusive for tour guests only) per person.
Upgrade to an optional Overnight in a Snow Suite with evening sauna & outdoor jacuzzi experience $115.
Accommodation at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
Day 6: Sinetta - Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi
Depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. Heading towards Rovaniemi, you stop on the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region.
The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions and riding in pairs, you embark on a run through the forest behind your pack 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 Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa’s home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland. From Santa Claus Village it is a short trip to the hotel for check in. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Optional excursion: Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile $190 per person (2 riders per snowmobile), $282 for 1 rider per snowmobile
Accommodation Santa's Hotel Santa Claus
Day 7: Rovaniemi - Kemi (Ice-Breaker cruise) - Rovaniemi
Time for a swim as we head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. First a visit to the Snow Castle* with its special snow slide. Enjoy the snow sculptures and complex. Later you will experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as we 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 with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge, ice swimming and a three-course meal at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! You will of course be fitted with a warm survival suit and those of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.
Optional excursion: The Magic of the Arctic Circle $140 per person (minimum of 6 persons for tour) - includes guide, 3 course dinner in igloo, transfers to and from hotel.
Accommodation at Santa's Hotel Santa Claus
Day 8: Rovaniemi - Departure
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
Or inquire to extend your vacation. This is a great spot to extend and spend a few days in Finland's capital, Helsinki! If interested, please inquire.
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- 7 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
- 7 breakfasts, buffet style
- 1 dinner, 4 lunches & 1 picnic, as mentioned in the program
- Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 1 to Day 8 inclusive
- Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
- Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
- The long-distance bus from day 2 - 7 offers WIFI
- All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
- Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program (optional excursions listed are additional and must be pre booked with your tour).
- Outdoor clothing for winter activities activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
Price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room.
Single Supplement applies: From $1088
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.