White Christmas

Christmas , Glass or Snow Igloos , Escorted
Spend a white Christmas in wonderful Lapland
7 days
20 December 2018
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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 delightful Santa Claus Village, trip to the Arctic Zoo at Ranua and more.

Day 1     20 December 2018 Saariselka Arrival and Optional Aurora Snowmobile Safari
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 overnight at Santa’s Tunturi Hotel or similar.

Tonight perhaps join the optional Aurora Snowmobile Safari, 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 even the Northern Lights may show you the way. Dinner is served in a traditional Lappish wooden tent or Kammi. We then return to the hotel by coach. 2 persons share each snowmobile and each driver must have a full valid driver’s license.

Day 2     21 December 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. The afternoon is at leisure - perhaps try a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax or try the hotel’s sauna. 2nd overnight in Saariselka.

A delightful optional reindeer sleigh ride is offered tonight. The experience of riding through the white landscape in the Arctic night, where the only sound you will hear is the music of the reindeer bells, is a truly magical one.

Day 3     22 December Saariselka – Sinetta: Sami Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride & Glass Igloo Overnight
In the morning we make our way to Sinetta, just outside 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 enjoy the fun of a short sleigh ride. 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 its 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.

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.

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.

Day 4     23 December Sinetta – Rovaniemi
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.

Day 5     24 December: Husky Safari,  Santa Claus Village,  Santa’s  Visit & Gala Dinner
This morning 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.

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!

Day 6     25 December Ranua Wildlife Park
Another day of adventure!  This morning we visit the Ranua Wildlife Park, situated 80 km south of Rovaniemi. The  Wildlife Park, established 1983, specializes 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.

Day 7     26 December Rovaniemi Departure
Transfer to Rovaniemi airport and end of arrangements.

Maximum 28 persons

Departure: 20 December 2018

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

Excludes:  optional excursions being 5 hrs Snowmobile Safari Day 1 /  2hrs Aurora Reindeer sleigh Ride  Day 2 1.5hrs Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi Day 3; upgrade to Snow Suite Day 3; all other meals & 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.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5449.00
Single AUD$ 6839.00

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

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

Price per person FROM:
Single AUD$ 3783.00

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

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

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