Arctic New Year in Lapland

Glass or Snow Igloos , Escorted, Northern Lights
Visit Saariselka, Rovaniemi, Kemi, stay overnight in a Glass Igloo at Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle
7 days
27 Dec 2019
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Experience New Year in Finnish Lapland! Visit Saariselka, Kemi and Rovaniemi Santa’s Home Town. Enjoy an overnight in a Glass Igloo at Santa's Igloo Arctic Circle, a reindeer farm visit with sled ride, Snowshoe Walk, Husky Safari and visit to the delightful Santa Claus Village. Plus you can add some great optional activities.

Day 1 Saariselka Arrival + Optional Aurora Snowmobile Sleigh Ride
On arrival into Ivalo Airport, transfer to your hotel in Saariselka. Here in the far north of Finnish Lapland is an area of national parks, lakes, rivers and highland fells, where the Northern Lights can dance across the sky up to 200 days each winter, and the ancient Sami culture is still very alive. Time at leisure and overnight at Santa's Hotel Tunturi or similar. 

This evening perhaps join the optional Aurora Snowmobile Sleigh Ride. Sit back and enjoy the view as your guide takes you to an area of beautiful hilltop scenery, with unlimited views of the northern sky. Hopefully the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern lights. (You do not drive the snowmobile, only sit in a sled drawn by the guide’s snowmobile).

Day 2 Saariselka: Snowshoe Walk + Optional Evening Reindeer Sleigh Ride
In the morning, enjoy something that literally has you following in the footsteps of the Sami. Snowshoes are one of the oldest forms of transport in the world, and wearing these you can capture the true feeling of winter in the woods. Remainder of the day at leisure.  2nd overnight in Saariselka.

Tonight offers an optional Reindeer Sleigh Ride. Sit back in your sleigh and enjoy a unique experience as you journey through the forest. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will make an appearance!  Back at the camp, enjoy a warm drink by the campfire.  

Day 3 Saariselka – Rovaniemi: Sami Reindeer Farm & Sleigh Ride and Glass Igloo
In the morning we make our way south to Rovaniemi. Along the way, enjoy a delightful visit to a traditional Sami reindeer farm. Meet the farmers who will be dressed in their colourful Sami clothing, as they tell you the importance of reindeer in Sami culture, and teach you how to throw a Suopunki (Sami lasso). Then relax  with a short reindeer sleigh ride, moving through the white landscape, where the only sound you will hear is the music of the reindeer bells. Lunch is included at the farm.

Tonight get ready for a truly magical experience – a night at the Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo with it’s glass roof - weather permitting you can watch for the Northern Lights or the millions of stars, from the comfort of your bed.  Your stay includes a traditional 3 course dinner in the Restaurant Arctic Eye. 

Day 4 Rovaniemi: Husky Safari and Santa Claus Village 
After your wonderful overnight stay we depart late this morning and head to Rovaniemi. On the way we visit the  Husky Farm - the barking of happy dogs will welcome you, and the head “musher” will tell you all about the life of these hard working Arctic dogs. Then enjoy a sled ride - riding in pairs, with 1 person driving and the other seated in the sleigh, on trails through the forest. Refuel with a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire, followed by Lappish pancakes. This afternoon we visit the wonderful Santa Claus Village, the official home of Santa Claus. Take a step into this magical world and meet the man himself, send a letter from his Post Office, step across the Arctic Circle and more. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Or perhaps enjoy the unique expereince of a Finnish sauna. Overnight at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus or similar.

Day 5 Rovaniemi: New Year's Eve Gala Dinner
Day at leisure to explore this small and picturesque town. At 18:00hrs Santa Claus will pay a visit to the hotel where he will deliver Christmas presents to the younger guests. There will be a small gift per child from the hotel and it is also possible that families can arrange for Santa Claus to deliver a special present to their children on their behalf. This evening at 19:00hrs, enjoy a special New Year's Eve gala buffet dinner at the hotel. 2nd overnight in Rovamiemi.

Tonight offers an optional Mystical New Year's Eve party.  At 22:00hrs you will be transfererd from the hotel to a Special New Year Venue just 20 minutes from town. At Lapland’s magical border of the Arctic Circle, the festivities will be held for welcoming in the New Year. Fire, ice, darkness, snow, lights, music, dance are the combined elements that create a magical event for the whole family. The mysterious shamans fuel the atmosphere and as the New Year approaches Santa Claus himself will also pay us a visit! A giant snow disco, snow bars, massive fireworks display, and the spectacular New Year Dance Show definitely makes for a memorable experience. New Year’s tin casting is an old Finnish tradition to see what the future holds. Shamans - the fortune tellers - help you interpret the marks for the future in your tin. The event will take place by snowy banks, in idyllic winter setting. Return to the hotel at approximately 01:00hrs. 

Day 6: Rovaniemi: Kemi -Sampo Ice-Breaker Cruise 
Today we head to the town of Kemi. First we visit to the fabulous SnowCastle*. Pure white snow walls surround the gigantic SnowCastle, the biggest of its kind in the world, and built entirely out of snow and ice, with a special snow slide and amazing snow sculptures. Enjoy a lunch onshore in the Seaview Restaurant, then board the Sampo Icebreaker for a cruise on this remarkable vessel, breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship and a 3 course meal. Plus something very different - swimming in the middle of the largest ice field in Europe. Wearing a snug survival and floatation suit, just jump in the sea and float! You stay completely dry and a guide is with you at all times.  We return to the hotel in the early evening. 3rd overnight in Rovaniemi. 

*Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and accordingly the Castle may not be open before the 19th of January

Day 7 Rovaniemi Departure
Transfer to Rovaniemi airport and end of arrangements.

Group Size: maximum 32 persons

Departures 2019:  27 December 

Includes: 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 2 x dinners (Days 3, 5), 2 x lunches (Days 3, 6), picnic lunch (Day 4); shared transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 1.5hr Snowshoe Safari (Day 2); 2.5hr Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle (Day 3); 2hrs Husky Safari and Santa Claus Village visit (Day 4); Snow Castle Visit and Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Kemi (Day 6). N.B. construction of the Snow Castle is weather dependent and may not be completed until mid to late January; shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi (Days 2-6); entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes: Optional excursions being: 3hr Aurora Snowmobile Sleigh Ride (Day 1); 2hr Evening Reindeer Sleigh Ride (Day 2); 2-2.5hr Mystical New Year's Eve party (Day 5). All other meals and drinks, gratuities, luggage service at hotels.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements. 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6626.00
Single AUD$ 8647.00

Includes: 6 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 2 x dinners (Days 3, 5), 2 x lunches (Days 3, 6), picnic lunch (Day 4); shared transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel (Day 1); 1.5hr Snowshoe Safari (Day 2); 2.5hr Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle (Day 3); 2hrs Husky Safari and Santa Claus Village visit (Day 4); Snow Castle Visit and Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Kemi (Day 6). N.B. construction of the Snow Castle is weather dependent and may not be completed until mid to late January; shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi (Days 2-6); entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes: Optional excursions being: 3hr Aurora Snowmobile Sleigh Ride (Day 1); 2hr Evening Reindeer Sleigh Ride (Day 2); 2-2.5hr Mystical New Year's Eve party (Day 5). All other meals and drinks, gratuities, luggage service at hotels.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements. 

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