Rovaniemi has a lot to offer in winter time. This trip offers 4 nights accommodation in a cosy Classic Cottage at the Santa Claus Holiday Village and 1 night in a snow room at the Arctic SnowHotel. Winter activities are all included, hunting for the Northern Lights, an electric snowmobile safari, and a husky safari, as well as airport transfers.
Day 1 Rovaniemi Arrival
On arrival in Rovaniemi transfer to Santa Claus Holiday Village. The resort is located 8kms from Rovaniemi city centre and is just a two minute walk from the Santa Claus Village. Your accommodation for the next four nights at the village will be in a Classic Cottage. All cottages have one double/twin bed and a sofa bed, private bathroom facilities, a sauna, kitchenette and terrace and can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children per cottage. Breakfast and dinner at the village is included each night.
Day 2 Rovaniemi: Day at Leisure
Breakfast at the resort then a day at leisure. Perhaps visit Santa at his nearby village just a few minutes walk away, explore the town, browse the shops or visit the fabulous Arktikum Museum. Or join one of the great optional excursions available - visit Ranua Wildlife Park, Reindeer Safari to Santa's Village, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, more Snowmobiling or Husky Sledding. Dinner and 2nd overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village.
Day 3 Rovaniemi: Husky Safari and Evening Hunt for the Northern Lights
After breakfast, transfer to the local husky farm for an exciting and fun Husky Safari! The friendly barking of the excited huskies welcomes you and after a brief lesson, it's time to head off - as soon as the dogs start running, all you will hear is the swish of the sled runners, as you glide quietly across the snow. Stop for a break and a hot drink and the chance to switch drivers. On your return to the Husky Farm enjoy some hot juice around an open fire and listen to the "head musher" tell some stories about these amazing dogs. Two persons share each sled and children travel in a large sleigh pulled by the guide and the safari duration is 2.5hrs (sledding time about 1.15hrs). Transfer back to the village for dinner.
After dinner a 4 hour chase for the Northern Lights awaits you. Transfer by car or minibus into the wilderness, away from the light pollution to one of the best spots to observe the Northern sky. Look up into the night sky for the elusive Aurora which may appear! Amongst the peace of nature, fry sausages on the open fire and enjoy a hot juice. 3rd overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village.
Day 4 Rovaniemi: Day at Leisure
Breakfast at the village, then a day at leisure or perhaps join one of the great optional excursions available. Dinner and 4th overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village.
Day 5 Rovaniemi - Arctic Snowhotel: Electric Snowmobile Safari and Overnight in an Ice Room
Breakfast at the village, then transfer to the Arctic Snowhotel where you next adventure awaits you - an electric snowmobile safari! After safety and driving instructions, travel into the Lappish nature in complete silence. The journey begins in daylight with crossing the frozen lake Lehtojärvi and continues through the snowy forests. En-route stop at a cabin where you can warm yourself by a fire, enjoy some hot juice, sausages and cookies. Return as the daylight fades and the stars begin to light up the Northern sky. The duration of the snowmobile safari is approx. 2.5hrs/15-20kms. Two persons share each snowmobile and all drivers must hold an unrestricted drivers licence. *Height and age restrictions apply.
Close to the Arctic Circle you will find the tranquillity of the 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, far away from the city lights, making it an ideal place for watching the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies. The hotel's Aurora Alarm searches the night skies for you.
Snow Rooms: are carved each year and always look different. The Snow Rooms are usually completed by approx. 15 December. 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 is made for extreme, Arctic conditions will make sure you stay warm and comfortable. Snow Rooms have no electricity or water and bathroom facilities are located in a separate building nearby. A very limited number of Snow Suites (1-2 people) and Family Snow Rooms (up to 5 or 6 people) are available. Snow Rooms are not recommended for children under 5 years.
Please enquire if you would prefer to stay in warm accommodation for night in an Glass Igloo.
Day 6 Rovaniemi Departure
Breakfast then transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.
2023-2024 departures: daily 01 December - 31 March (except 22 December - 04 January)
The order of excursions may change and are subject to weather conditions.
*Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid unrestricted driving license and be 18 years of age or over. 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 may sit in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Children under 4yrs are not permitted on snowmobile safaris. In the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions, children may not be allowed to participate in snowmobile 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.
Maximum 2 adults and 2 children per cottage (sofa bed). Child prices available on request.