FINLAND

Dogsleds & Aurora Borealis In Lapland

Duration: 8 Days

Season: December – March

Cities Featured: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi

Program Overview

Exotic. Lapland, the northern part of Finland, Sweden, and Norway, is home to sights and adventures that most people only dream of experiencing.

This tour is your ticket to the winter adventure of a lifetime, where you will explore Lapland’s wilderness and learn about its traditions. In Lapland, you can ride an ice-breaker ship, cross the Arctic Circle, chase the Northern Lights on snowmobiles, race on a dog sled, cross the wilderness on snowshoes and spend the night at the Ice Hotel. There you will also learn about the Sami, who are the only indigenous people in Scandinavia that are recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe.

NOTE: This itinerary can be slightly modified or reordered in order to accommodate for flights to and from North America. Package prices vary depending on date of travel.

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Included In The Classic Experience

5 nights at centrally-located, 3- and 4-star hotels with daily Scandinavian breakfast buffet for all guests;

2 nights in Kemi, including a night at the SnowCastle;

Roundtrip, direct flights between Helsinki and Rovaniemi (economy class seats);

Train transportation between Rovaniemi and Kemi;

7 guided tours led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides (all necessary equipment is included, as well as heavy winter coats);

A brunch mini-cruise at the Sampo icebreaker ship along the waters of the Arctic Ocean

Airport transfer via private car and driver upon your arrival and departure in Helsinki;

All of our services: preparing and implementing your entire trip (including your personalized travel book), addressing all your questions and taking good care of you while you are traveling, through our network of suppliers and our staff in the US.

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Price Table

Prices Per Person From: (USD)

# of Travelers LUXE Tour
2 people $4,252
4 people $4,124
6 people $4,168
8+ people $4,124
Timeline

Day 1

Arrival In Helsinki

Start your adventure with a couple of days in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. A modern, unique and impressively clean city.

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki (4 Star)

Day 1

Day 2

Winter Wonderland In Helsinki

A private walking tour of Helsinki will ensure that you visit all the highlights, including Temppeliaukion Church which is excavated in a huge rock.

Main Attractions:
Helsinki Senate Square
Temppeliaukion Church
Suomenlinna Fortress
Sibelius Monument
Uspenski Cathedral

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki (4 Star)

Day 2

Day 3

Rovaniemi, Capital Of The Finnish Lapland

Begin your Lapland adventure in Rovaniemi, situated only about 6 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Accommodation:
City Hotel Rovaniemi (4 Star)

Day 3

Day 4

Lapland Adventure – Snowmobiles, Huskies & Northern Lights

Chase the Northern Lights, go on husky & reindeer safaris. If traveling with children, a visit to Santa Claus Village is a must.

Main Attractions:
Santa Claus Village
Lapland’s Provincial Museum Arktikum
The forest-themed Pilke Science Centre
Korundi House of Culture
Ranua Zoo

Accommodation:
City Hotel Rovaniemi (4 Star)

Day 4

Day 5

Kemi, North Of The Arctic Circle

Become one of the few people on the planet to be able to say: “I have been to the north of the Arctic Circle!” when you reach the town of Kemi.

Accommodation:
Park Hotel Turku(4 Star)

Day 5

Day 6

Icebreaker Ships, Northern Lights & More Adventure

Spend the night at the SnowCastle (rooms made entirely of ice and snow) and riding the Sampo icebreaker ship!

Main Attractions:
The Snow Castle and Snow Hotel
Sampo the Icebreaker Ship

Accommodation:
Continental du Sud (4 Star)

Day 6

Day 7

Return To Helsinki For Relaxation

After so many incredible adventures, you are now ready to return to Helsinki for your last night and an opportunity to relax after a packed few days in Lapland.

Accommodation:
Clarion Hotel Helsinki (4 Star)

Day 7

Day 8

Return Home

Finish your experience in comfort with a private ride to the airport for your return flight.

Day 8

Itinerary

Start your adventure by decompressing and relaxing after the long flight with a couple of days in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. This modern, unique and impressively clean city will furnish you with delicious Scandinavian food, eye-grabbing architecture, and culture for all tastes. A private tour of the city will ensure that you visit all the highlights.

Your Lapland Adventure is about to start! Situated only about 6 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi and its outskirts offer you a variety of tremendously exciting activities. Select from husky safaris, reindeer safaris, chasing the Northern Lights on snowmobiles, snowshoeing – to name a few – and we will build days and nights filled with winter adrenaline for you.

Traveling with kids? Then remember that Rovaniemi is also the “official” home of Santa Claus and you can even visit his shop! There you will also find the “Northernmost Zoo” on Earth, with an amazing collection of polar creatures.

Become one of the few people on the planet to be able to say: “I have been to the north of the Arctic Circle!” when you reach the town of Kemi. Once there, take the concepts of “exotic” and “adventurous” to their limits by spending the night at the SnowCastle (rooms made entirely of ice and snow) and riding the Sampo icebreaker ship, which will give you the chance (optional) to dive into the freezing Arctic Ocean! They will even give you a certificate to attest to your bravery!

After so many incredible adventures, you are now ready to return to Helsinki for your last night and for your flight back home, the following day.

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Our group tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations in the company of a very experienced Tour Director and a small group of fellow travelers. Group sizes are limited to 12 travelers and a limited number of departure dates are offered for each tour throughout the year. The Tour Director accompanies the group from beginning to end of the tour and often a private driver and vehicle (luxury mini coach) are also employed for maximum comfort. Additionally, we count on the expertise of several local guides at each of the destinations visited, further enhancing the experience. Our group tours typically include most dinners, in order to better showcase local cuisines, and allow for the exploration of more remote destinations.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling in the most worry-free manner possible while discovering destinations in the company of others, making new friends along the way.

Our private tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations with programs offering a great balance between pre-arranged activities and free time to explore. When implementing one of our private programs for you, we handle all the logistics involved, including: hotels, airport transfers, transportation from city to city and all guided activities and excursions. You will not be with a Tour Director throughout the program, but you will enjoy a number of sightseeing experiences led by experienced local guides. We can work with your desired dates, provided that availability exists at the many services involved in your program.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling independently and with a higher degree of flexibility to explore each location on their own.

Technically, Scandinavia refers primarily to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. When thinking of Nordic Countries, add to the list Finland and Iceland as well. Discover Scandinavia Tours can take you to any location in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Currently we also offer extensions in Estonia, which is of particularly convenient access when visiting Finland, given that Tallinn – Estonia’s beautiful capital – can be reached by a short ferry ride from Helsinki.

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In short, you can typically view the Northern Lights between September and March. But if you really want a memorable Northern Lights vacation, we created an entire blog post dedicated to this question, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

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