finland tour: Christmas at Santa's Home Town

Christmas and New Year
Christmas at Rovaniemi, Finland
5 days
23 December 2018
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Meet Santa and enjoy Christmas above the Arctic Circle, plus some great winter fun, on this great family adventure.

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 outer thermal gear - overalls, hat, boots, socks 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. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

24 December: Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride, Tree Decoration and Christmas Eve Festive Dinner
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 short 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: City Tour, Santa Claus Village Visit and Northern Lights Hunt
It is Christmas morning! Perhaps start with a leisurely morning walk to admire the snowy landscapes. Then at around 11:00 am enjoy a guided tour of the sights of charming Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and Santa's Official Home Town, and a real Christmas city, to see the Christmas lights and decorations, and other sights including the ski jumps and rivers.

The city tour ends 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 some great souvenirs and local handicrafts for sale here, and there is plenty of time to enjoy the village 's many charms and fun activities - meet Santa's reindeer, or visit the snowmobile museum or Snowman World  (entrances not included). 

In the evening, after dinner, 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. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

26 December: Boxing Day Fun In The Snow: Husky Safari and Snowmobiling 
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. Here you can enjoy an easy, one hour husky sled ride into the snowy forest. A light lunch will be served 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 sit safely in sleighs pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

27 December: Transfer to the Airport and Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer to the airport.

Departure: 23 December 2018

Minimum: 2 adults

Includes: return hotel/airport transfers; use of outer thermal wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots & socks); 4 nights accommodation; daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa (Day 2); light lunch (Days 2, 3, 4); reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride; Christmas tree decorating; sightseeing tour of Rovaniemi; visit to Santa Claus' Village; Northern Lights Hunt; Fun in the Snow Day with husky safari and snowmobiling.

Available with accommodation options as follows:

Hotel Aakenus, a family hotel located in a peaceful area adjacent to Rovaniemi town centre. The hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar, sauna, and complimentary WiFi. Up to 2 children under 15 years of age can share a room with 2 adults and will sleep on a sofa bed, at a reduced rate.

Cumulus Pohanjovi Hotel, a family hotel located by the Kemijoki River and adjacent to Rovaniemi town centre. The hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant, lobby bar, sauna, lift, complimentary WiFi and ironing room. Up to 2 children under 15 years of age can share a standard double/twin room with 2 adults and will sleep on a sofa bed, at a reduced rate.

Katkavaara Aurora Apartments Cosy, family apartments for up to 3, 5 or 8 persons. The apartments are about  50km outside Rovaniemi. If you are staying here, your arrangements include daily return transfers to Rovaniemi  safari office.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18years of age or over. If your group has an odd number of adults, one adult must drive solo and pay a supplement. Children over 140cm in height may sit as a passenger behind an adult driver who is a relative or friend. Children under 140cm in height sit in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children under 2yrs 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. The guide has the discretion to decide who may sit on a snowmobile driven by adults and who must sit in the guide’s sled.

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$ 3365.00

Includes: return hotel / airport transfers; 4 nights accommodation; daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa Day 2; light lunches on Days 2, 3 and 4; reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride; Christmas tree decoration; sight seeing tour of Rovaniemi; visit to Santa Claus' Village; Northern Lights Hunt; Fun in the Snow Day with husky safari and snowmobiling.

Minimum 2 adults. The price shown here is the price per adult for the tour with accommodation at Hotel Aakenus in Rovaniemi. Up to 2 children under 15 years of age can share a room with 2 adults and will sleep on a sofa bed, at a reduced rate.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4117.00

Includes: return hotel / airport transfers; 4 nights accommodation; daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa Day 2; light lunches on Days 2, 3 and 4; reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride; Christmas tree decoration; sight seeing tour of Rovaniemi; visit to Santa Claus' Village; Northern Lights Hunt; Fun in the Snow Day with husky safari and snowmobiling.

Minimum 2 adults. The price shown here is the price per adult for the tour with accommodation at Cumulus Pohanjovi Hotel Rovaniemi or at Katkavaara Aurora Apartments. Up to 2 children under 15 years of age can share a room with 2 adults and will sleep on a sofa bed, at a reduced rate.

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