Fabulous Lapland

Glass or Snow Igloos , Escorted, Northern Lights
Visit Kirkenes, Saariselka, Sinetta, Rovaniemi and Kemi, including a night in a Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel
6 days
Dec - Mar
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A wonderful introduction to Winter in Lapland. Visit Kirkenes, Saariselka, Rovaniemi, Kemi and enjoy a visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel with overnight in a Glass Igloo, a King Crab Safari, a reindeer farm visit with sled ride, a snowshoe walk, a Husky farm visit with sled ride, a visit to the delightful Santa Claus Village, a wonderful day on the Sampo Icebreaker cruise with ice swimming, and (weather permitting) a visit to the Kemi Snow Castle.

Day 1  Kirkenes Arrival
On arrival into Kirkenes Airport, transfer by coach to your hotel. This North Eastern town is located 15km from the Russian border.  Remainder of the day at leisure.  Overnight at Thon Hotel Kirkenes or similar.

Day 2  Kirkenes-Inari-Saariselka, Finland: King Crab Safari and Sami Culture
This morning join a 3 hour King Crab Safari. This safari was rated one of the best 25 excursions in the world by National Geographic and is great fun. This giant of the sea lives in Kirkenes Fjord and can reach up to 2 metres across, and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on weather/ice, this excursion might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh (you do not drive the snowmobile, only sit in a sled drawn by the guide’s snowmobile). Once the king crab has been caught, transfer to a remote cabin where the crab is cooked for your delicious lunch.

Later continue south to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture.  Continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Santa's Hotel Tunturi or similar. 

Day 3  Saariselka-Sinetta: Sami Reindeer Safari, Overnight in Glass Igloo + Optional: Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi
This 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 relax  with a short reindeer sleigh ride, moving through the white landscape, 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.

Day 4 Sinetta-Rovaniemi: Husky Farm & Safari, Santa Claus Village, Santa’s Visit + Optional: Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile
After your wonderful overnight stay we head to Rovaniemi. Afternoon visit to a 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. Overnight at Santa's Hotel Santa Claus or similar. 

This evening perhaps join the optional Aurora Camp by Snowmobile adventure. Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen river to the Aurora Borealis camp. At the resort, you will find a theatre, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon. You will also have time to roam around the resort, take a brisk sleigh ride or you can just lay back in the snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. With a little luck, the sky is clear and the Northern Lights may show up! Delicious reindeer burger will be served before your return back to the city

Day 5 Rovaniemi - Kemi: Snow Castle & Sampo Ice-Breaker Cruise + Optional: Magic of the Arctic Dinner
Today we head to the town of Kemi. First we visit to the fabulous SnowCastle. Pure white snow walls surround the gigantic SnowCastle, the biggest of its kind in the world, and built entirely out of snow and ice, with a special snow slide and amazing snow sculptures. Then we board the Sampo Icebreaker for a cruise on this remarkable vessel, breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia*. This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship and a 3 course meal. Plus something very different- swimming in the middle of the largest ice field in Europe. Wearing a snug survival and floatation suit, just jump in the sea and float! You stay completely dry and a guide is with you at all times.  We return to Rovaniemi in the early evening for a 2nd overnight.

*Please note: the departure on 16 December will include a visit to the Ranua Wildlife Park instead of the Sampo Ice Breaker Cruise. The departures on 20 and 27 January will include a lunch onshore in the Seaview Restaurant and a 3 hour Sampo Icebreaker cruise.

Tonight there is one last optional excursion offered – dinner and Aurora watching at Snowland, the world's 'coolest' and biggest Igloo Restaurant. Here you will feast on a delicious 3 course dinner including fresh bread & cheese, water and coffee or tea. After dinner, sit out on the restaurant’s terrace by the bonfire, searching for the Aurora Borealis one last time.

Day 6  Rovaniemi Departure
Transfer to Rovaniemi Airport and end of arrangements.

Maximium group size: 32 persons

2019 departures:  16* December 
2020 departures:  20*, 27* January; 03, 10, 17 (on request), 24 (on request) February; 02, 09, 16 (on request), 23 (on request) March  

Includes: 4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; breakfast daily, 1 x dinner (Day 3), 3 x lunches (Days 2, 3, 5), picnic lunch (Day 4); shared transfer Kirkenes Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 3hr King Crab Safari and Sami Culture Centre visit Inari (Day 2); 2-2.5hr Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride and overnight in Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel (Day 3); 2hr Husky Safari and Santa Claus Village visit (Day 4); Snow Castle Visit and Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Kemi (Day 5). N.B. construction of the Snow Castle is weather dependent and may not be completed until mid to late January; shared transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport (Day 6 only); services of English-speaking guide; transport in modern coach with WiFi (Days 2-5); entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes: Optional excursions being: 1.5hr Snow sauna & outdoor jacuzzi and upgrade to a Snow Suite at the Snow Castle (Day 3); 3hr Aurora Camp by snowmobile (Day 4); 3hr Magic of the Arctic Circle dinner at Snowland (Day 5); arrival transfer Kirkenes Airport-hotel any day other than Day 1; departure transfer hotel-Rovaniemi Airport any day other than Day 6 .All other meals and drinks, gratuities, luggage service at hotels. 

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$ 4840.00
Single AUD$ 5971.00

Includes:  4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities and daily breakfast; 3-1.5-2hrs 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 4; Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi visit Day 4; Snow Castle Visit Day 5 (please note the construction of the Snow Castle is weather dependent and may not be completed until mid to late January); Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Kemi Day 5; 1 dinner Day 1; 2 lunches Days 3 and 5; 1 picnic lunch Day 4; shared transfer hotel – Rovaniemi Airport Day 6; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-5 with WiFi on board the coach; entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

Please note the price may change according to your date of travel

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