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Christmas Igloo Escape

Christmas at the Arctic SnowHotel Rovaniemi
Arctic SnowHotel Rovaniemi, Finland © Visit Rovaniemi

Welcome to Rovaniemi - Santa's Official Home Town in Lapland! Experience unique glass and snow igloo accommodation at Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos - located on the Arctic Circle approximately 26km from the town of Rovaniemi. Enjoy a festive Christmas dinner and Visit Santa Claus Village. A Husky Safari, Snowshoe Walk and traditional sauna experience are included.

Itinerary

23 December Rovaniemi Arrival - Arctic SnowHotel

Shared scheduled transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos. The journey is approximately 40 minutes. Leave behind the lights and the city feel as you head towards the nature and wilderness. The hotel is located on the banks of the Lehtojärvi Lake, surrounded by pine trees and far away from the city lights, making it an ideal place for hunting the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies. The hotel's Aurora Alarm searches the night skies for you. Dinner in the Kota Restaurant. Watch your food being prepared by traditional method over an open fire, the flames and slow cooking adding complexity to the taste. The glow fried salmon is recommended, with meat and vegetarian options also available. Stay 3 nights in a Glass Igloo and 1 night in a Snow Room.

Glass Igloos: Staying overnight in a Glass Igloo feels like sleeping out in the open, but inside the Igloo it is as warm and cosy as a hotel room. Have a good night's sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you: if you are lucky enough for the Aurora Alarm to wake you up, all you need to do is open your eyes, look at the night sky and enjoy the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. Each Glass Igloo has a bathroom, thermal glass roof and heated floors. Small Igloos (1-3 people) or Family Glass Igloos (1-5 people) are available.

24 December Santa Claus Village Visit: Santamus Lunch, Snowman World and Christmas Eve Festive Dinner

Breakfast in the Log Restaurant. Mid-morning transfer to Santa Claus Village. Santa Claus Village offers the opportunity to meet Santa Claus himself, visit Santa Claus' Main Post Office, cross the Arctic Circle line and explore the shops and attractions. Included in your visit today is entrance to Snowman World, where you can enjoy ice skating, ice slides, and an ice bar (note - Snowman World closes at 15:00hrs today). At midday, lunch with a taste of authentic Lapland will be served in Santamus Restaurant. Late afternoon transfer back to Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos. Time at leisure, before a traditional Christmas dinner is served in the Log Restaurant. Who knows, maybe a special guest will appear this evening. 2nd overnight in a Glass Igloo.

25 December Husky Safari, Ice Restaurant Dinner, optional Northern Lights Hunt by e-Snowmobile

Breakfast in the Log Restaurant. Today you transfer to a husky farm located approximately 20 minutes away. This is a family-owned, responsible kennel offering a memorable experience with huskies and owners. Included is a husky safari and light snacks. Return to the hotel and time at leisure. Dinner in the Ice Restaurant, where you can admire the craftsmanship of snow and ice carving inside thick walls of snow.

Optional Northern Lights Hunt by Electric Snowmobile Safari. Walk with your guide approximately 8 minutes to the starting point. Explore snowy terrain and fresh Lappish nature on a silent electric snowmobile. During the safari you will have a break by a campfire for hot drinks and snacks. Hopefully the Northern Lights will make an appearance. 3rd overnight in a Glass Igloo.

26 December Snowshoe Walk and Traditional Sauna, Snow Room overnight

Breakfast in the Log Restaurant. Today enjoy the nature and wintery landscape on a guided Snowshoe Walk. On your return, enjoy a Traditional Sauna Experience, which includes sauna, snow sauna and a jacuzzi. Time at leisure. Dinner in the Kota Restaurant. Overnight in a Snow Room.

Snow Rooms: are carved each year and always look different. The walls and furniture of these unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artwork. As you sleep on a transparent bed made of snow and ice, in a room with the temperature around -5° to -7C°, your sleeping bag made for extreme, Arctic conditions will ensure you stay warm and comfortable. Snow Rooms have no electricity or water and bathroom facilities are located in a separate building nearby.

27 December Arctic SnowHotel - Rovaniemi Departure

Breakfast in the Log Restaurant and check out. Arrangements end with your shared scheduled transfer to Rovaniemi Airport.


2024 departure: 23 December

Notes:

Minimum 2 adults

This tour is not suitable for children under 10 years of age.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18years of age or over. If your group has an odd number of adults, one adult must drive solo and pay a supplement. Children over 140cm in height may sit as a passenger behind an adult driver who is a relative or friend. Children under 140cm in height sit in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions, small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris. The guide has the discretion to decide who may sit on a snowmobile driven by adults and who must sit in the guide's sled.

Husky Safaris: Children under 18 years usually travel in one big sled driven by the guide. During the shorter safaris a maximum of 2 adults + 2 children may be permitted to share one sled driven by the adults. During the longer safaris 2 adults usually drive each sled in pairs and all children sit together in one big sled driven by the guide. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may sit in a sled driven by adults and who must sit in the guide's sled for all safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

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