Christmas in Kemi

Festive family fun
5 days
23 Dec
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Kemi lies in the very north of Finnish Lapland, right  by the biggest ice field in Europe, the frozen Gulf of Bothnia. Enjoy some great family Christmas fun including a husky safari, reindeer sleigh ride, visit to Santa Claus Village and much more. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, use of outer winter clothing, airport transfers and guided excursions.

23 December: Welcome to Kemi, Lapland 
On arrival at Kemi Airport transfer to your hotel and time at leisure.

24 December: Husky Safari and Christmas Eve Dinner
Short transfer from the hotel to a local sled dog farm, where your hosts live and work with their huskies. Learn about the training and life of these happy, lively working dogs, and after some instructions you’ll take off on a memorable ride, with 2 persons sharing each sled and dog team, and children travelling tucked up snugly either in the guide's sled or in their parents’ sleds. After this fun and exciting ride, relax in a Lappish kota or traditional teepee and enjoy a cup of coffee or berry juice by the open fire.

Later today perhaps indulge in a refreshing Finnish sauna,  before enjoying the evening Christmas celebration buffet, at a special lodge outside town, in the snowy forest. By old Finnish tradition Santa Claus comes to the dining room, but not until he hears us singing! When Santa hears our Christmas song, he comes in and greets everyone, bringing a small gift for all guests.  After Christmas dinner, it's time to go outside to look for the Northern Lights nearby, before we return to the hotel. 

25 December: Excursion to the Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi
Transfer by coach from Kemi to Rovanimei, about 1.5hrs away. Here we start with a visit to a reindeer farm, where you’ll learn about reindeers and their life in the wilderness, and the importance of Lappish reindeer culture. You’ll also take a short ride in a reindeer drawn sleigh, driven by the herder, which will take you across the Arctic Circle. Then on to Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the man himself and enjoy lunch in Santa's restaurant.  In the late afternoon, coach transfer back to Kemi, with a short stop along the way in Tervola to admire some charming old wooden churches, dating from the 17th century.

26 December: Winter Fun Time
After breakfast head out from the town into the snowy wilds for some great winter fun, including a short snowmobile safari in the woods, followed by lunch, after which you can try some snowshoe walking - snowy memories are guaranteed! Then return to the hotel.

27 December: Departure
Airport or station transfer and end of arrangements

Departure: 23 December 2017

Includes: 4 nights' accommodations and use of hotel sauna; full board from dinner on December 23 until breakfast on December 27 ( breakfast is a traditional Finnish buffet, and lunches and dinners are either 3-course buffet meals or set served meals,  including coffee or tea); return transfers Kemi Airport or Railway Station/ hotel;  excursion to Husky farm and Christmas dinner on December 24 including a 20-minute dogsled ride and a warm beverage, Christmas dinner and Santas visit, Christmas gift and Northern Lights excursion;   excursion to the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi on December 25 including a visit to Reindeer Farm at Arctic Circle, Arctic Circle Crossing certificates and reindeer driving test and licences, and a visit to Santa Claus Village; winter fun excursion December 26 with snowmobile safari and snowshoe trip; use of outer thermal clothing during the entire stay (overalls, boots and socks, balaclava and mittens); guiding in English during the excursions and activities.

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.

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$ 2143.00

Includes: 4 nights' accommodations and use of hotel sauna; full board from dinner on December 23 until breakfast on December 27 ( breakfast is a traditional Finnish buffet, and lunches and dinners are either 3-course buffet meals or set served meals,  including coffee or tea); return transfers Kemi Airport or Railway Station/ hotel;  excursion to Husky farm and Christmas dinner on December 24 including a 20-minute dogsled ride and a warm beverage, Christmas dinner and Santas visit, Christmas gift and Northern Lights excursion;   excursion to the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi on December 25 including a visit to Reindeer Farm at Arctic Circle, Arctic Circle Crossing certificates and reindeer driving test and licences, and a visit to Santa Claus Village; winter fun excursion December 26 with snowmobile safari and snowshoe trip; use of outer thermal clothing during the entire stay (overalls, boots and socks, balaclava and mittens); guiding in English during the excursions and activities.