Helsinki, Naantali, Turku & Lapland

Glass or Snow Igloos , Independent , Northern Lights
Helsinki & the small towns of Naantali & Turku then Rovaniemi with overnight in a Glass Igloo at Arctic Snow Hotel
9 days
mid Sep - Mar (except 23 Dec - 08 Jan)
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This independent tour takes you to vibrant Helsinki, and to 2 of the smaller towns of Finland, the delightful seaside resort of Naantali and historic Turku, then by overnight train up to Rovaniemi, Santa's Home Town in Lapland!  Here you will stay 1 night in a Glass Igloo and enjoy great fun with a Husky Safari. 

StepMapHelsinki Mini Stay

Day 1 Helsinki: Arrival and Time at Leisure
Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel, and time at leisure. Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in this green and lively small city. Helsinki was founded in 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa, as a trading post to compete with Tallinn, to the south. In the beginning of the 19th century Finland became part of Russia, and Tsar Alexander I made Helsinki the capital in 1812. 

Explore the city's many attractions. Perhaps visit the Senate Square, Uspenskij Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, Parliament House, the New Opera House, Sibelius Park & Monument, Church in the Rock and the harbourside markets and seafood stalls. Or take a trip to the charming Suomenlinna Fortress, since 1991 on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and a unique monument to European military architecture. 2 nights in Helsinki at the Original Sokos Vaakuna Hotel, or similar.

Day 2: Helsinki Panoramic City Tour
This morning join a 1.45hr express panoramic city tour by bus, with an onboard English audio guide. The tour starts at the Esplanade Park at 11:00 hrs and takes you past the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre, City Hall, The Parliament buildings, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House (please note entrances and transfers from/to the hotel are not included). The afternoon is free for you to explore further. 2nd overnight in Helsinki.  

Day 3: Helsinki - Turku - Naantali 
Today make your own way to the central Helsinki train station, to take the 11:37hrs direct train to Turku (approximately 2 hours). On arrival at Turku transfer by pre-booked taxi to your accommodation in Naantali, about 16 km away. 2 nights with dinner at the Naantali Spa & Hotel. Time at leisure.

Day 4: Turku Privately Guided Sightseeing
Today enjoy a 4-hour privately guided tour of Turku, by car and with some walking. From the hotel in Naantali head to Turku, known as Finland’s food capital. At the Turku Market Hall explore the local cuisine and snack on some tasty delicacies. Then drive on to Turku Cathedral  for a photo stop, followed by a visit to Turku Castle (entrance to the castle is included). The castle is both one of the oldest buildings still in use and the largest surviving medieval building in Finland. It was founded in the late 13th century and stands on the banks of the Aura River, and has many historical features such as the renaissance banquet halls and round tower prisoner cells, as well as fascinating scale models of the castle detailing it's historical development through to the present day. The tour ends with your return to the hotel. (Please note that the Turku Market hall is closed on Sundays, and Turku Castle is closed on Mondays during wintertime). 2nd overnight with dinner at the Naantali Spa & Hotel. 

Day 5: Naantali - Rovaniemi, Lapland by Overnight Train  
Day at leisure. Explore Naantali - little boutiques and idyllic cafés line the narrow streets of the Old Town, and the seaside promenade of the harbour is dotted with sunny terraces and cosy restaurants, galleries and museums. Or take time out from your travels to relax at the hotel which offers spa and wellness treatments. In the evening, private transfer by pre-booked taxi from the hotel to the Turku railway station to board the Santa Claus Express, the overnight train  which takes you to Rovaniemi. Overnight in 2 berth private sleeper compartment with ensuite toilet and shower. 

Day 6: Rovaniemi Arrival 
Arrival into Rovaniemi railway station at approximately 11:05hrs and private transfer to the hotel. Check in is not available until 15:00hrs but you can leave your luggage there. Time to explore the town, browse the shops or perhaps visit the fabulous Arktikum Museum. 2 nights at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus (or similar). 

Day 7: Rovaniemi Husky Safari
Depending on the dates of your travel, today you will enjoy a safari with huskies which will be one of the following:

18.09.2020 – 30.11.2020  Husky Hiking(2 hours). On arrival at the husky farm you will be welcomed by eager and friendly barking as these dogs are keen to get going! After an introduction to "your dog" we set off. The hike itself is on easy terrain, where you'll see the various Arctic shrubs, berries, birds and perhaps even animals inhabiting the forests. Your dog is on a harness and is attached to you with a lead so that he or she will help you along . After the hike it’s time to take the furry friends back to their kennels before rewarding yourself with some snacks and drinks around the campfire.

01.12.2020 – 31.03.2021 Husky Sled Safari (2 hours). On arrival at the husky farm you will be welcomed by eager and friendly barking as these dogs are keen to get going! After an introduction to your team, and safety and driving instructions, we set off. You'll be amazed by the sensation of speeding across the snow behind your trusty team. After the sled ride it’s time to take the furry friends back to their kennels before rewarding yourself with some snacks and drinks around the campfire. 2 persons share each sled with  one standing and driving and one sitting on a sleigh as a passenger. Drivers can be changed during the safari. 2nd overnight in Rovaniemi

Day 8: Rovaniemi - Sinettä: Arctic Snowhotel and Overnight in Glass Igloo
Today you'll be transferred from Rovaniemi to the famous Arctic Snowhotel, located on the banks of the Lehtojärvi Lake, around 26km from Rovaniemi town centre.  The hotel is in an area surrounded by pine trees, and is far away from the city lights, making it an ideal place for watching the starry night skies.  Time at leisure to explore the hotel's surroundings then enjoy a 3-course dinner at the hotel's Lumikartano Restaurant*, before a wonderful overnight in a Glass Igloo, a private cabin with a glass roof so you can lie in bed and search the night skies. From late November on you might also be lucky enough to see the amazing Northern Lights, should they appear. 

(*From 09 January onwards, you can for a supplement dine instead in the Ice Restaurant- please enquire)

Day 9: Sinettä - Rovaniemi 
Private transfer to Rovaniemi Airport and end of arrangements.

Departures: daily 18 September 2020  - 31 March 2021 (except for the period from 23 December 2020 - 08 January 2021 inclusive)

Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation in standard rooms at mentioned hotels or similar; daily breakfast; 2 buffet dinners at the hotel in Naantali;  train ticket one way Helsinki-Turku in second class; train ticket one way Turku - Rovaniemi in 2 berth private sleeper compartment with ensuite toilet and shower; return transfers Turku train station/ Naantali Spa & Hotel/ Turku train station; transfer Rovaniemi train station - Rovaniemi hotel; transfer Rovaniemi hotel - Artic Snowhotel; transfer Arctic Snowhotel - Rovaniemi Airport; 1.45hr panoramic Helsinki city tour; 4hr privately guided tour in Turku including entrance to the Castle and tastings at the indoor Turku Market Hall; 2hr Husky Safari.

Excludes: beverages with included dinners, spa and wellness treatments at Naantali Spa Hotel.
 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3541.00
Single AUD$ 5638.00

Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation in standard rooms at mentioned hotels or similar; daily breakfast; 2 buffet dinners at the hotel in Naantali;  train ticket one way Helsinki-Turku in second class; train ticket one way Turku - Rovaniemi in 2 berth private sleeper compartment with ensuite toilet and shower; return transfers Turku train station/ Naantali Spa & Hotel/ Turku train station; transfer Rovaniemi train station - Rovaniemi hotel; transfer Rovaniemi hotel - Artic Snowhotel; transfer Arctic Snowhotel - Rovaniemi Airport; 1.45hr panoramic Helsinki city tour; 4hr privately guided tour in Turku including entrance to the Castle and tastings at the indoor Turku Market Hall; 2hr Husky Safari.

The prices shown are for 18 September - 19 November 2020.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4091.00
Single AUD$ 6382.00

Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation in standard rooms at mentioned hotels or similar; daily breakfast; 2 buffet dinners at the hotel in Naantali;  train ticket one way Helsinki-Turku in second class; train ticket one way Turku - Rovaniemi in 2 berth private sleeper compartment with ensuite toilet and shower; return transfers Turku train station/ Naantali Spa & Hotel/ Turku train station; transfer Rovaniemi train station - Rovaniemi hotel; transfer Rovaniemi hotel - Artic Snowhotel; transfer Arctic Snowhotel - Rovaniemi Airport; 1.45hr panoramic Helsinki city tour; 4hr privately guided tour in Turku including entrance to the Castle and tastings at the indoor Turku Market Hall; 2hr Husky Safari.

The prices shown are for 20 November 2020 - 31 March 2021 (n/a 23 December 2020 - 08 Jan 2021 inclusive).

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