Christmas in Kemi

Festive family fun
5 days
23 December
Itinerary
Prices

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.

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

24 December Christmas Eve
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 – Christmas Day  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 ride in a reindeer drawn sleigh, driven by the reindeer 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
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.

Minimum 2 adults. The price shown is per adult, based on 2 adults in one double room. 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 in one double room. For further details please enquire.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2089.00

Minimum 2 adults. The price shown is per adult, based on 2 adults in one double room.
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 in one double room. For further details please enquire.

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.