finland tour: New Year Adventure

Christmas and New Year
Celebrate in Lapland
8 days
27 December 2018
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Enjoy an extended New Year adventure at Rovaniemi, with a great opportunity to both relax and to enjoy some fabulous  winter activites including a Husky Safari, Snowshoe Walk, Snowmobiling, Ice fishing, a visit to the arctic wildlife park at Ranua,  a visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel and more. 

Day 1:  27 December Rovaniemi Arrival
Arrive at Rovaniemi Airport 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;  plus you'll receive the fine details and timing for your fabulous daily activities. The remainder of the day is free to explore or relax - perhaps take a walk around Rovaniemi and explore the stores and shops, and take a look at the Christmas lights. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 2: 28 December Snowmobile Safari And Ice Fishing
Today learn to drive snowmobiles and try some ice fishing. After a safety briefing and driving lesson it's time to start your engines! Each snowmobile takes 2 – one driver and one passenger, with the opportunity to swap drivers half way through, so everyone can join in driving through the snowy landscapes. We travel to a local river or frozen lake, where your guide will show you how to use an ice drill, and hopefully you might catch some supper! A light lunch is included,  as is all ice fishing equipment. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 3: 29 December Ranua Arctic Zoo Visit
Today we visit the most northern wildlife park in the world, Ranua Zoo. See many of the wild animals living in Lapland – wolf, wolverine, lynx, bear, fox and polar bear. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the zoo and the beautiful winter scenery on the way - often wild reindeers are seen on the roads. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 4: 30 December Husky Safari & Guided Snowshoe Hike
Today enjoy a visit to a local husky farm, and the chance to drive a team of huskies. After meeting the dogs, and a driving lesson and safety briefing, head into the snowy surroundings. 2 persons share the driving of each sled on the 2 hour sled ride, so you can take turns being the musher! A light lunch by an open fire is served during the day. Then this afternoon experience walking on both snow and ice, using snowshoes, one of the oldest forms of winter transport, to walk through the snowy landscapes. This is a lovely and quiet way to admire the fantastic winter wonderland that surrounds you, and perhaps to see some wildlife. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

Day 5: 31 December Reindeer Farm Visit, New Year Gala Dinner & Aurora Hunt
Today visit an authentic reindeer farm in a little village outside of town. Here, we meet the reindeer herders who will be wearing their colourful, traditional clothes, and watch as they demonstrate their skills in handling the reindeer. Then time for a short sleigh ride, sitting cosily in the sled wrapped in blankets, while enjoying a relaxing and peaceful ride across the snowy landscape. After the sleigh ride listen to the herder's stories about reindeer herding and life in the Arctic wilderness. A light lunch by an open fire is served during the day.

Tonight after a festive Gala dinner we go out into the wilderness, in search of the fabled Northern Lights, and to celebrate the New Year!  As we watch the night skies, enjoy sparkling wine and fireworks, as well as some traditional  Finnish shamanism and fortune telling. Who knows what the New Year will bring.....................!

Day 6: 01 January 2019 Snowmobile to Santa Claus Village, Northern Lights Hunt & New Year Celebration.
After breakfast, there is a short safety and driving briefing in preparation for your snowmobile tour, before we set out, driving past incredible winter scenery, with 2 persons sharing the driving of each snowmobile.  At Santa Claus Village we cross the Arctic Circle, and get a commemorative certificate of crossing. We meet Santa Claus himself at his office, and have the opportunity to send postcards from Santa's very own Post Office. This is also a great place for unique souvenirs and handicrafts, and you might meet Santa's reindeer here too. A light lunch is served during the day.

Day 7:  02 January  Artikum Museum and Arctic Snow Hotel Visit
Start with a visit to the Arktikum Museum, the premier museum and science centre of Lapland, for an introduction to the ancient, indigenous Sami culture and life in the Arctic. Then after a light lunch continue on to the famous Arctic Snow Hotel, located on the banks of the Lehtojärvi Lake around 26 kilometres from the Rovaniemi town centre. The Snow Rooms are carved each year and the walls and furniture surfaces of these unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artworks.Enjoy a tour of the amazing hotel, Ice restaurant and Ice Bar.

Day 8: 03 January Departure
Transfer to the airport from your hotel and end of arrangements.

Departure: 27 December 2018     Minimum 2 adults

Includes: return airport transfers; use of outer thermal wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots & socks); 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; light lunch Days 2 -7; Gala Dinner New Year; guided excursions being Snowmobile Safari & Ice Fishing, Ranua Wildlife Park visit, husky safari & snowshoe walk, Northern Lights search, Santa Claus Village visit, Artikum Museum and Arctic Snow Hotel visit.

This tour is offered with acommodation at Hotel Aakenus, Hotel Cumulus Pohjanhovi, or Hotel Sky Ounasvaara. The price will vary according to your selected accommodation. 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.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. If there is an uneven number of adults in your party, or you are travelling alone, one adult must drive solo for which a supplement is payable.The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may sit in a sled driven by an adult and who must sit in the guide’s sled for all safaris.

Husky Safaris: Children between 15 and 18 years usually travel in a sled driven by the guide, but may in some circumstances be allowed to sit in a sled driven by a parent oradult family member. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may sit in a sled driven by an adult and who must sit in the guide’s sled for all safaris.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4117.00

Includes: return airport transfers; use of outer thermal wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots & socks); 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; light lunch Days 2 -7; Gala Dinner New Year; guided excursions being Snowmobile Safari & Ice Fishing, Ranua Wildlife Park visit, husky safari & snowshoe walk, Northern Lights search, Santa Claus Village visit, Artikum Museum and Arctic Snow Hotel visit.

The price shown here is the adult price with accommodation at Hotel Aakenus. Please enquire for other prices.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5432.00

Includes: return airport transfers; use of outer thermal wear (hat, gloves, overalls, boots & socks); 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel; light lunch Days 2 -7; Gala Dinner New Year; guided excursions being Snowmobile Safari & Ice Fishing, Ranua Wildlife Park visit, husky safari & snowshoe walk, Northern Lights search, Santa Claus Village visit, Artikum Museum and Arctic Snow Hotel visit.

The price shown here is the adult price with accommodation at Sky Hotel Ounasvaara. Please enquire for other prices.

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