DAY 1) HELSINKI ARRIVAL
Arrive in Helsinki airport and the look for a sign with your name on it at the arrival hall to meet your driver and then transfer to your hotel in Helsinki downtown.
Day 2) HELSINKI CITY TOUR & OVERNIGHT TRAIN
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and a relaxed morning before getting ready for a city tour of Helsinki. Your tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby and proceed to visit The Sibelius Monument devoted to the popular Finnish composer & Temppeliaukio Church is also some of the major highlights of our Helsinki group tour. Then continue to Oodi Library where you can have a great view of Parliament House of Finland, one of the finest neo-classic building in Helsinki. We'll also pass by the Helsinki Central Railway Station which is the main station for commuter rail & long-distance trains departing from Helsinki, Finland. Then to the Senate Square situated in the oldest part of the city center, where you'll relish the view of the Government Palace, Helsinki Cathedral, Sederholm house and the University of Helsinki.
Train station is centrally located. The tour will last around 4 hours and then you will be dropped at the train station. There are several restaurants at the station and many restaurants nearby. Your tour guide can give you detailed info about restaurants and how to get on the train. You will take overnight train on your own which is a sleeper train with 2 bed cabins.
Overnight onboard sleeper train.
DAY 3) ROVANIEMI LAPPISH CULTURE AND REINDEER SAFARI
Arrive in Rovaniemi train station in the morning and look for a sign with your name on it to meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Morning check is depending on availability.
In the afternoon enjoy Lappish Culture and Reindeer Safari
Travel back in time with a reindeer sleigh ride, a traditional Lappish method of transportation! With the reindeers’ steady pace, you can get the most out of the pristine scenery. For photograph enthusiasts, there are many ideal photo opportunities along the ride and while on the reindeer farm. Begin the trip by encountering living history on the reindeer farm. Reindeer herding is among the oldest professions held by the native people of Lapland and much of their way of life perseveres today. The best way to meet the locals in Lapland is to meet a reindeer—they outnumber the humans! Reindeer have been the staple animal in Lapland for thousands of years, a primary means of transportation, milk, and meat. Reindeer herding began with the nomadic indigenous people of Lapland, the Sami, who lived in reindeer herding communities. Our guests have the chance to meet the reindeer farmers themselves who can regale us with stories of their life and livelihood hand-in-hand with nature. Kids (and grown-ups) will enjoy the chance to feed the reindeer some tasty lichen, their favorite treat. Indoors you can enjoy something hot to drink and Finnish pulla (buns). After meeting and greeting the reindeer we’ll embark on a pleasant sleigh ride through the amazing landscape. We go off the beaten track at a steady pace making the ride suitable and comfortable for all.
On the way back enjoy a visit to Santa Claus Village. You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. There are many souvenir shops as well as Santa’s Main Post Office, programme service companies and cafes and restaurants in the Santa Claus Village. And of course, Santa is there too, in his chamber every day of the year. The Arctic Circle is a circle of latitude that runs 66°33′45.9″ north of the Equator. It marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can stay continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours – these phenomena are known as the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night (“Kaamos”) in the winter. In Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village, located eight kilometers north of the city centre, where it is clearly marked. Santa Claus Village in Lapland is a popular place to cross the Arctic Circle: here the line is marked, and you can even get a certificate confirming the feat.
Overnight in Rovaniemi.
DAY 4) ROVANIEMI HUSKY SLEIGH & NORTHERN LIGHT SAFARI
Enjoy your breakfast and a leisure morning at your hotel before getting ready for husky sleigh safari in Lapland frozen forest. You will be picked up from your hotel in the late morning for 3 hour husky safari program.
Get away from the city and enjoy the magical forests of the Lappish wilderness, while driving your own dog-team.
The sound of the panting huskies and the snow underneath your sled is the perfect soundtrack for this adventure. During the tour you will drive your own team of dogs.
This is our most popular safari and a genuine way to experience the thrill of running a dog-team.
There is always some time to spend with huskies after the safari, learn some interesting fact about sled dogs and definitely make some nice photos for your memories to take back home. We have nice warm yurt waiting for you after the safari to enjoy stories and hot berry juice.
In the evening you will go for Northern Light Safari 3 hrs. excursion by car and by foot
We will take you out at the prime time of Auroras, as they are said to be visible most likely at the hours around 21:00 and midnight. For sure you have been wondering what the Auroras are and how come they are visible only in the north. Tonight, you will get the answers to all these questions! While you are enjoying your time in the pure nature, our guide is preparing some snacks and hot drinks for you at our outside camp.
Overnight in Rovaniemi.
DAY 5) ROVANIEMI – ICEBREAKER CRUISE
Today you will be picked up from your hotel at around 07:00 AM and transfer to Axelsvik harbour near Kalix in Sweden for Icebreaker cruise.
Polar Explorer tourist Icebreaker offers 3 hours cruise in the frozen water of Bothnian sea in Lapland. During 3 hours you will be a witness of a massive ice breaking power of the vessel, have a guided tour all the way down to the engine rooms and all way up to Captain’s bridge. Tour is available on 16 languages via audio guide application and includes 11 min movie in icebreaker cinema about icebreakers all over the world. You can relax in the cosy saloon, enjoying warm juice or go for walk on the frozen sea ice during the stop. The icebreaker makes a pool free of ice and every visitor can take a swim in the dark icy water in flotation survival suit. The captain will present Cruise & Swim Certificate to everyone as a memorable gift.
On the way back enjoy a buffet lunch in a small Swedish fishing village that is included in the program. You will arrive your hotel in Rovaniemi around 17:00 PM.
DAY 6) ROVANIEMI MOBILE SAFARI – HELSINKI
Enjoy your breakfast and a leisure morning at your hotel before getting ready for snowmobile safari. After your pick up, we are heading to our own destination in Olleronvaara (around 10 km from the city) were you can get the taste of the wilderness and real beauty of our nature. We take it easy and ensure that you are comfortable with the snowmobile and make a few stops on the way. Feel free to ask your guide about snowmobiling in general or for some tricks on how to drive, unless you are busy taking pictures of the arctic beauty around you!
In the afternoon you will be dropped at the airport to take a flight to Helsinki. Tour will end in Helsinki.
- 4 star hotels including breakfast as per itinerary,
- Arrival and departure transfers,
- Sleeper train to Rovaniemi,
- Domestic flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
- Activities listed in the program
- Thermal outfits for each outdoor activity
- Icebreaker cruise with lunch
- Optional tours and activities not listed in the program
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel Insurance
- International flights