Christmas in Kemi & Rovaniemi

Christmas & New Year, Northern Lights
Enjoy coastal Kemi as well as Rovaniemi, Santa's home town
7 days
23 Dec 2019
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Enjoy Christmas in the town of Kemi located on the Gulf of Bothania before heading to Rovaniemi the home of Santa Claus. This tour also includes other great actitivites such as a cruise onboard the Icebreaker Sampo and visits to Kemi SnowCastle, Santa Claus Village, Ranua Wildlife Park and much more. 

23 December: Kemi Arrival 
Arrive at Kemi Airport or Railway Station and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy dinner and overnigth at Hotel Scandic Kemi or similar. 

24 December: Kukkolankoksi Rapids and Christmas Eve Festive Dinner
Today, board the coach for a trip to Kukkolankoski where you will see one of Europe's largest rapids, in Tornio River, which borders Finland and Sweden. Here you will have the opportunity to take some photos of this impressive rapid and then enjoy lunch on the shoreline. Tonight, travel outside of town into the forest for a wonderful, traditional Finnish Christmas buffet, where the whole family will enjoy an authentic, Northern yuletide atmosphere. Afterwards, Santa Claus will make an appearance to give each person a small present! Then head out on a hunt for the legendary Northern Lights where, with some good luck, you will be able to admire this beautiful and truly unique, natural phenomena. 2nd overnight in Kemi. 

25 December: Christmas Day, Icebreaker cruise, Ice Floating and SnowCastle
After breakfast, get ready for an Arctic adventure onboard Sampo Icebreaker as the ship breaks through the frozen sea. Enjoy the beauty of the vast icefields and try ice floating in the special survial suit provided. At the end of the cruise you will be presented with an Icebreaker Sampo diploma! Lunch in the seaview restaurant LumiHiutale inside the main building of the SnowCastle and then some time to explore before your transfer back to the hotel. Dinner and 3rd overnight in Kemi.

26 December: Kemi - Rovaniemi, Husky Farm and Santa Claus Village
Depart Kemi and continue to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus. Our first stop is at a 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. Then we cross the Arctic Circle and everyone will receive 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. After lunch, there will be time to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and shop for souvenirs before check-in. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Pohjanhovi or similar.

27 December: Snowmobiling and Visit to Reindeer Farm
After breakfast, time to jump on the snowmobiles and take a ride out to a reindeer farm. Meet the herders and learn about the role of reindeer in local culture then enjoy a short 500m reindeer-sleigh ride. After a light lunch, served in a large tepee with a warm fire inside, it is time to head back to town on the snowmobiles through the snowy forests. Dinner at the hotel and 2nd overnight in Rovaniemi.

28 December: Ranua Wildlife Park
Travel to Ranua Wildlife Park, which is located in an Arctic forest, approximately 1hr drive from Rovaniemi. The park is home to around 50 species and 200 Arctic animals altogether, such as Polar and Brown Bears, Lynxes, Foxes, numerous birds and musk ox, just to mention a few. Most of the park's trail is on wooden footbridges and planks. Note: if travelling with children, you can rent a sled to use around the park (payable onsite only). Enjoy lunch in the park's cosy restaurant before heading back town. After dinner at the hotel, you can join an optional tour to one of the best sites for another opportunity to view the Northern Lights. 3rd overnight in Rovaniemi.

29 December: Transfer to the Airport and Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer to Rovaniemi Airport.

Departure: 23 December 2019

Minimum: 2 adults

Includes: return hotel/airport transfers; 6 nights accommodation; hotel breakfast and dinner daily; light lunch (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6); Kukkolankoski rapids visit with lunch, Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa and Northern Lights Hunt (Day 2); Icebreaker Sampo cruise, ice floating and visit to Kemi SnowCastle (Day 3); Husky farm visit with short sleigh ride and visit to Santa Claus Village (Day 4); snowmobiling and reindeer farm visit (Day 5); Ranua Wildlife Park excursion (Day 6); use of outer Winter wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots, socks).

Excludes: optional excursions

Hotel Scandic Kemi is located in the town centre, only a short walk away from the harbour and SnowCastle. The hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar, swimming pool, 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.

Scandic Pohjanhovi is a family hotel located in a peaceful area 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 room with 2 adults and will sleep on a sofa bed, at a reduced rate.

Ice Floating: the minimum height requirement to participate in ice floating is 145cm.

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 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. 

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5799.00
Single AUD$ 7738.00

Minimum: 2 adults

Includes: return hotel/airport transfers; use of outer thermal (hat, gloves, overalls, boots & socks); 6 nights accommodation; daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; Kukkolankoski rapids and lunch (Day 2); Christmas Eve Finnish Buffet with visit from Santa (Day 2); Northern Lights Hunt (Day 2); light lunch (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6); Ice Breaker Sampo cruise, ice floating and visit to Kemi SnowCastle (Day 3); visit to Husky farm with short sleigh ride (Day 4); visit to Santa Claus' Village (Day 4);  snowmobiling and visit to reindeer farm (Day 5); Ranua Wildlife Park (Day 6); use of outer Winter wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots, socks).

Excludes: optionals. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements. 

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