Christmas at Santa's Home Town

Christmas at Rovaniemi, Finland
5 days
23 Dec (Sold out for 2017)
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Meet Santa and his crew and enjoy Christmas above the Arctic Circle, plus some great winter fun.

23 December: Rovaniemi Arrival
Arrive at Rovaniemi and transfer to your hotel. On the way, stop at the safari office, where you will be fitted with the outer thermal gear - overalls, hat, boots and gloves - which is yours to use for the duration of the tour. Take a walk around Rovaniemi and explore the stores and shops for some last minute Christmas shopping.

24 December: Reindeer Farm And Christmas Eve
A fantastic trip to a local reindeer farm starts at around 10:00am. First we meet the reindeer herders, who will be showing off their finest traditional Lapp clothing. After learning about the role of reindeer in local culture, enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride, travelling through the snowy forests.  After a light lunch, served, in a large tepee with a warm fire inside, it’s time to help decorate a real Christmas tree at the farm.

In the evening, there is a wonderful traditional Finnish Christmas buffet, where the whole family will enjoy an authentic, northern yuletide atmosphere. After dinner, Santa Claus comes to visit, giving each person a small present!

25 December: Christmas Day And Santa Claus Village
It is Christmas morning! Perhaps start with a morning walk to admire the snowy views. Then at around 11:00 am there is a guided tour of the sights of Rovaniemi, ending at Santa Claus' Village. Here, we cross the Arctic Circle, and everyone receives a certificate to commemorate this happy event! Next, we meet Santa in his office, with the chance to send cards with a special Arctic Circle postmark from Santa’s own Post Office. There are also some great souvenirs and local handicrafts for sale here.

In the evening, we head out on a hunt for the legendary Northern Lights. With some good luck and a helping hand from Mother Nature, you can admire this beautiful and truly unique natural phenomena. A fire inside a tepee nearby will keep you warm, as you experience some unique Finnish shamanism courtesy of your host.

26 December: Boxing Day And Fun In The Snow
Boxing Day in Lapland is traditionally a day for having outdoor fun. First, we transfer to a local husky farm, to meet the happy huskies and their owners. You can also take an easy, one hour husky sled ride into the snowy forest. A light lunch will be offered during the day.

After lunch, it’s time for a briefing and driving lesson, in preparation for snowmobile driving. On this great safari through the snowy wilderness forest, you can drive or sit as a passenger (2 persons share each snowmobile). Small children can sit safely in sleighs pulled by the guide's snowmobile.

27 December: Departure
Arrangements end with a transfer to the airport.

Departure: 23 December 2017   SOLD OUT

Includes: return hotel / airport transfers, reindeer farm visit, Christmas tree decoration, sight seeing tour of Rovaniemi and visit to Santa Claus' Village, Northern Lights Hunt, Fun in the Snow Day, 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel, Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa, light lunches as mentioned.

Tour Notes: Minimum 2 adults. The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed. Please note the order of the excursions may  alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. Children over 140cm in height may sit as a passenger behind an adult driver on a snowmobile only if the child is paying the adult price. Children under 140 cm in height sit in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children under 2 are not permitted on snowmobile safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

Husky Safaris: Children under 18 years usually travel in one big sled driven by the guide. During the shorter safaris  a maximum of 2 adults + 2 children may be permitted to share one sled driven by the adults. During the longer safaris 2 adults usually drive each sled in pairs and all children sit together in one big sled driven by the guide. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may sit in a sled driven by adults and who must sit in the guide’s sled for all safaris. Children under 2 are not permitted on husky safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2503.00

Includes: return hotel / airport transfers, reindeer farm visit, Christmas tree decoration, sight seeing tour of Rovaniemi and visit to Santa Claus' Village, Northern Lights Hunt, Fun in the Snow Day, 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel, Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa, light lunches as mentioned.

 

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