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LAPLAND WINTER FAIRLY TALE - HELSINKI, LAPLAND AND BACK. + ROVANIEM - HOME TO SANTA CLAUS

Visit an elegant Helsinki which the capital of Finland and Rovaniemi (Lapland’s capital city) this Christmas for a range of exciting adventures: from a reindeer ride across the Arctic Circle, to a Northern Lights campfire expedition, and the highlight – visit the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi.


Tour Program

Day 1 – Welcome to Helsinki

Our driver will meet you at the airport and arrange your transfer to hotel. Your accommodation in Helsinki will be in heart of Helsinki, in one of the best 4* hotels of the city. Helsinki itself was recently named the Design capital of the World, and its amazingly efficient public transport system and compact size mean it is the ideal tourist hub for easy exploring. Set out for the Design District, the Helsinki City Winter Garden, or sample the city’s culinary delights with Michelin-starred cuisine and traditional old world flavors – day one is Helsinki at your leisure.

Day 2 – Helsinki tour and Train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland

Your day begins after breakfast with a bus Panoramic 1,5-hour tour of Helsinki. Multi-lingual audio headsets are provided onboard. You will pass through the historical centre, diplomatic quarters and Senate Square, experiencing the amazing architecture of the Presidential Palace, Parliament and Opera Houses, City Hall and the magnificence of the Church of the Rock (providing if it is open).

You have chosen to travel to Lapland via the overnight train; your travel voucher will include train tickets. The station is a mere 100 meters from your hotel. The modern and comfortable train departs Helsinki at 10pm and arrives at Rovaniemi at 11:20am

Day 3 – Visit Rovaniemi. Lapland Safari

Rovianemi is a metropolitan city situated on the Kemijoki River, between the hills of Korkalovaara and Ounasvaara in the winter wonderland that is Lapland. Located just a few short kilometers from the Arctic Circle, it is the perfect base for all Lappish activities. Your Rovianemi accommodation will be at one of the best Rovaniemi hotels. Located close to shops, bars and restaurants, these are modern 4-star hotels in the city centre.

The evening of Day 3 involves a Campfire Northern Lights Search Tour. A 50 kilometer transfer from the hotel to an idyllic wilderness spot, by the side of a river, will maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights – a nature show put on by the gods at their leisure! Fry sausages by the campfire and wait for this natural performance to reveal itself. Afterwards, visit the Poro-Pekan Pirtti: an historic, cosy building in the Makela reindeer farm, it was built in 1894 by Heikki Hotti. Now owned by Heikki Hotti’s great-grandson, Juha Makela, you will be warmly welcomed to step back in time in this traditional, peaceful dwelling.

Day 4 – Lapland Tours

Following breakfast, your day of adventure begins with the Santa Claus Safari, which runs from 10.00 until 16.00. Nature, culture, and the Christmas spirit are all to be enjoyed: a snowmobile ride will take you to a reindeer farm for a fun and informative lesson in Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. If feeling adventurous, you can participate in a reindeer expedition across the Arctic Circle, with attendance at a celebratory Lapp Ceremony of the crossing – you will even receive a commemorative diploma of the crossing!

Travel by car during the early afternoon to the Santa Claus Village – this magical wonderland of ice sculptures, workshops, fairy lights and elf shows introduces you to Santa Claus himself. Meet his helpers in an underground grotto and send mail home from here with the unique Arctic Circle postmark. You can partake of a festive and hearty lunch in the cosy village restaurant before returning to the hotel.

The evening sees an optional dinner in a traditional Lappish restaurant, which is genuinely decorated with wood furniture and reindeer leather. The skilled chefs prepare traditional Lappish cuisine in an open kitchen, utilizing the produce naturally on offer in the region. The resulting meal is fresh, made from the very best local produce and prepared according to generations of tradition.

After dinner, guests may enjoy the hotel’s sauna, swimming pool, or relax with a drink in the bar – it is up to you.

Day 5 – Lapland Tours and Train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki

The tour options from which guest may fill this day are wide and varied, including Cross Country Skiing, a Husky Safari, a Moonlight Snowshoe Walk, and many others. All safaris are available for booking at the “Outdoor Activities” collection page.

In the evening our driver will bring you to the train station. An overnight train back to Helsinki will depart from Central Railway Station at 9pm and arrive in Helsinki at 9am the following day (schedule can be slightly changed).

Day 6 – Helsinki

Arrival to Helsinki at 9am. You may have time after arrival to shop in the beautiful, compact and convenient city centre. Not only are there great opportunities for Christmas shopping, there is a museum of modern art to be enjoyed. We’ll organize your transfer to the airport before departure. This Lapland adventure concludes with the flight back.

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