Seven Nights of Christmas

Extended Christmas in Rovaniemi, Finland
8 days
20 Dec
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Spend a week at the Arctic Circle enjoying the best of Christmas and Lapland. This tour offers accommodation in Rovaniemi together with some great winter fun and special Christmas treats.

20 December Arrival
Welcome to Lapland! Transfer from Rovaniemi airport to your hotel with a stop at the Safari Office to collect your  outer thermal wear, available for your use throughout your stay. Time to explore the town and visit the shops for last minute gifts.

21 December Ranua Arctic Zoo
Today we visit the most northern wildlife park in the world, Ranua Zoo. See many of the wild animals living in Lapland – wolf, wolverine, lynx, bear, fox and polar bear. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the zoo and the beautiful winter scenery on the way - often wild reindeers are seen on the roads.

22 December Snowmobile Safari And Ice Fishing
Today we learn to drive snowmobiles and try some ice fishing. Each snowmobile takes 2 – one driver and one passenger so everyone can join in driving through the snowy landscapes. Then we learn to use an ice drill and ice fishing equipment and hopefully catch some supper! A light lunch is included on the excursion.

23 December Husky Safari And Snowshoe Walk
This morning after a quick lesson and an introduction to the huskies, we take a dog sled safari, driving into the wilderness. Each sled takes 2 so you can take turns being the "musher"! In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional snowshoe trip in the snowy forests, with a good chance to see wild animals and their footprints and to try this ancient and traditional way of getting around on the  snow. A light lunch during the day is included.

24 December Christmas Eve And Reindeer Day.
Today take a trip to a local reindeer farm – meet the reindeer, learn about the life of the herders and experience a fun reindeer sleigh ride.  After the safari the reindeer herder delivers special driving certificates to all. Light lunch then help decorate a living Christmas tree at the reindeer farm, then relax in a welcoming, huge Sami tepee, sitting cosily around the open fire. This evening, enjoy a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel, with traditional Lappish delicacies. After dinner, there will be a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.

25 December Christmas Day  at the Arctic Circle And Santa Claus Village.
Today we visit Santa Claus Village, where we cross the Arctic Circle and get a certificate to mark this exciting event. Then on to meet Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Village. Enjoy a light lunch at the village, and don't forget to post your cards in Santa’s Post Office, with a special Arctic postmark. There is also the chance to meet Santa's reindeer, or visit the snowmobile museum or Snowman World  (entrances not incldued). In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the town of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and a real Christmas city, and see the sights including the ski jumps and rivers.

26 December Ice Restaurant And Arktikum Museum.
Today we visit a real “cool” ice restaurant where even the tables are made of ice. Warm beverages are offered in the bar, so you can stay cosy. In the afternoon we visit Arktikum museum the provincial museum of Lapland for an introduction to Sami culture and the life in the Arctic. In the evening  a search for the Northern Lights when hopefully we can witness this unique natural phenomena.

27 December Departure
Transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departure: 20 December 2017      Minimum 2 adults.

Includes: return airport transfers; use of outer winter gear (overall, boots, gloves & hat) during your tour; excursion to Ranua Zoo; snowmobile safari with ice fishing; husky safari; snowshoe walk; visit to reindeer farm with sled ride; Christmas Tree decoration; visit to Santa Claus Village; Rovaniemi town tour; visit to Ice Restaurant with a drink; visit to Artikum Museum; Northern Lights search; 7 nights accommodation with daily dinner and breakfast in the hotel, light lunches during the excursions as mentioned. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons. Please note the order of the excursions may alter.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. If there is an uneven number of adults in your party participating in the snowmobile safari, one adult must drive 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$ 3584.00

Includes: return airport transfers; use of outer winter gear (overall, boots, gloves & hat) during your tour; excursion to Ranua Zoo; snowmobile safari with ice fishing; husky safari; snowshoe walk; visit to reindeer farm with sled ride; Christmas Tree decoration; visit to Santa Claus Village; Rovaniemi town tour; visit to Ice Restaurant with a drink; visit to Artikum Museum; Northern Lights search; 7 nights accommodation with daily dinner and breakfast in the hotel, light lunches during the excursions as mentioned.

Minimum 2 adults. The price shown is per adult, based on 2 adults in one double room, with budget accommodation. A child's discount is offered for children under 15 years of age sharing that room with 2 adults. Maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 15 years of age in one double room.

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