Christmas in Lapland

Christmas & New Year, Glass or Snow Igloos , Escorted, Northern Lights
Spend a white Christmas in wonderful Finnish Lapland, overnight in a Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel
7 days
20 Dec 2019
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What better way to spend a white Christmas than in wonderful Lapland! Spend Christmas itself at Rovaniemi, Santa’s Home Town, plus visit Saariselka, enjoy an overnight in a Glass Igloo at the Arctic Snow Hotel, a reindeer farm visit with sled ride, Snowshoe Walk, Husky Safari, a visit to delightful Santa Claus Village, a trip to the Arctic Zoo at Ranua and more.

20 December 2019 - Saariselka arrival + Optional: Northern Lights Sleigh Ride
On arrival into Ivalo Airport, transfer by airport coach 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 much alive. Time at leisure and 2 overnights at Santa’s Tunturi Hotel or similar.

This evening perhaps join the optional Aurora Reindeer Sleigh Ride. Sit back and enjoy the view as your sled 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.

21 December - Saariselka: Snowshoe Walk + Optional: Aurora Snowmobile Safari 
This morning, enjoy something that literally has you following in the Sami's footsteps! Snowshoes are one of the oldest forms of transport in the world and when you wear them, you can capture the true feeling of winter in the woods. Afternoon is at leisure - perhaps try a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel. 

Tonight you may like to join the optional Aurora Snowmobile Safari for an exciting evening. Driving through snow-covered forests and over treeless fells (with a little luck), if the sky is clear, the moon, stars and Northern Lights may show you the way. Enjoy hot sausages and drinks by the open fire before returning to the hotel. 2 persons share each snowmobile and each driver must have a full valid driver’s license.

22 December - Saariselka-Sinetta: Sami Reindeer Safari and Glass Igloo at the Arctic Snow Hotel + Optional: Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
In the morning we make our way to Sinetta, just outside Rovaniemi. En route, 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 cultural importance of reindeer and teach you how to throw a Suopunki (Sami lasso). Then relax with a short reindeer sleigh ride, moving over white landscapes, where the only sound you will hear is the music of the reindeer bells. Lunch is included at the farm. Afternoon at leisure.

Tonight get ready for a truly magical experience – a night at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, 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 Lappish 3 course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota”, where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire in a huge pit.

For those who are feeling adventurous, tonight you can upgrade to stay in a Snow Suite at the hotel. Every year the Snow Hotel is built anew, with local artists designing and creating the ice and wall sculptures that decorate the hotel and Snow Suites. Each Snow Suite is different and offers a unique arctic experience, spending the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special arctic sleeping bags keeps you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C. Bathroom facilities are located in a warm section of the hotel, just nearby.

You might like to take an optional Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi at the hotel tonight. The snow sauna has walls made of snow and ice - only the sauna benches are made of wood - an astonishing combination of thick steam within intimate snow walls. Afterwards jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi, and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland.

23 December - Sinetta-Rovaniemi + Optional: Ice Floating
After your wonderful overnight stay we head to Rovaniemi. Check in to the hotel and then some free time - explore the town, browse the shops or perhaps visit the fabulous Artikum Museum. Tonight enjoy a traditional buffet of Lappish specialities at the hotel.  3 nights at Hotel Santa Claus or similar.

This afternoon you might like to take an optional ice-floating excursion. Experience the lightness of your body during the arctic ice floating! Let your body and mind float, enjoy this frozen adventure. You will be provided with a high-quality rescue suit that covers your whole body and keeps you dry. As you have your own clothing under the suit you will not get cold even in the open 0º water. Lying down in the lake's ice hole, is definitekly something worth trying. The circumstances truly are arctic!   

24 December - Husky Safari, Santa Claus Village, Santa’s Visit & Gala Dinner
Today 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 meal of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire, followed by Lappish pancakes. Then 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.

Then at approximately 16:00, the children are invited to participate in the traditional activity of decorating the Christmas tree. At around 18:00 Santa himself will visit the hotel, to bring special Christmas wishes and to deliver a small gift for each child, followed by a Christmas Eve Gala Dinner. Merry Christmas to all!

25 December - Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park
Another day of adventure! This morning we visit the Ranua Wildlife Park, situated 80 km south of Rovaniemi. Established 1983, specialises in Arctic and northern animal species and the zoo sits amid northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful park and visit the different animals and birds which include wolverine, deer, bear and of course the King of the Arctic, the polar bear. After lunch at the restaurant in the park there is time to further explore - visit the souvenir shops, the Fazer factory and the local wine shop with their unique selection of wines made from berries – before we return to Rovaniemi. In the evening enjoy a dinner buffet at the hotel.

26 December - Rovaniemi Departure
Transfer to Rovaniemi airport and end of arrangements.

Maximum group size: 32 persons

2019 departure: 20 December only

Includes: shared transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 4 x dinners (Day 3, 4, 5, 6), 2 x lunches (Day 3, 6); 1 x picnic lunch (Day 5); 1.5-2hr Snowshoe Safari (Day 2); 2-2.5hrs Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel (Day 3); 2hr Husky Safari, visit to Santa Claus Village, visit from Santa (Day 5); Ranua Zoo and Wildlife Park visit (Day 6); shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi; entry fee and use of outer Winter wear during included activities/safaris. 

Excludes: optional excursions being: 2hr Aurora Reindeer sleigh Ride (Day 1); 3hr Aurora Snowmobile Safari (Day 2); 1.5hr Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, upgrade to Snow Suite (Day 3); 3hr ice floating (Day 4); all other meals and drinks; arrival transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel any day other than Day 1; departure transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport any day other than Day 7.

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$ 5947.00
Single AUD$ 8121.00

The prices shown here are adult prices. The child's price is shown under Other Prices.

Includes: shared transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 4 x dinners (Day 3, 4, 5, 6), 2 x lunches (Day 3, 6); 1 x picnic lunch (Day 5); 1.5-2hr Snowshoe Safari (Day 2); 2-2.5hrs Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel (Day 3); 2hr Husky Safari, visit to Santa Claus Village, visit from Santa (Day 5); visit to Ranua Zoo and Wildlife Park (Day 6); shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi onboard; entrance fee and use of outer Winter wear during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes:  optional excursions being: 2hr Aurora Reindeer sleigh Ride (Day 1); 3hr Aurora Snowmobile Safari (Day 2); 1.5hr Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, upgrade to Snow Suite (Day 3); 3hr ice floating (Day 4); all other meals and drinks; arrival transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel any day other than Day 1; departure transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport any day other than Day 7.

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

Price per person FROM:
Single AUD$ 5470.00

The price shown here is for a child under 12 years of age sharing a room with 2 adults. 

Includes: shared transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 5 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 4 x dinners (Day 3, 4, 5, 6), 2 x lunches (Day 3, 6); 1 x picnic lunch (Day 5); 1.5-2hr Snowshoe Safari (Day 2); 2-2.5hrs Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel (Day 3); 2hr Husky Safari, visit to Santa Claus Village, visit from Santa (Day 5); visit to Ranua Zoo and Wildlife Park (Day 6); shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 7 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi onboard; entrance fee and use of outer Winter wear during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes:  optional excursions being: 2hr Aurora Reindeer sleigh Ride (Day 1); 3hr Aurora Snowmobile Safari (Day 2); 1.5hr Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, upgrade to Snow Suite (Day 3); 3hr ice floating (Day 4); all other meals and drinks; arrival transfer Ivalo Airport-hotel any day other than Day 1; departure transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport any day other than Day 7.

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

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