Discover the magic of Lapland in Winter as you journey from Kirkenes to Rovaniemi. Enjoy an exhilarating Husky sled ride , visit a Reindeer farm, go ice swimming and sleep in an Glass Igloo during an Escorted Tour you'll never forget!
DAY 1 Kirkenes
Welcome to Norway! Upon arrival into Kirkenes you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. At check-in you will be presented a Welcome Letter issued by the tour operator, advising you where to meet your tour leader where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program.
Stay at Thon Hotel Kirkenes (4 star)
DAY 2 Kirkenes - Saariselka
This morning is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a King Crab Safari**, one of Northern Norway's most memorable experiences. You will be given thermal clothing to wear before heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord. You will come face to face with the giant of the sea, the red king crab can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilograms. Your catch of the day will be prepared in a remote cabin for a delicious lunch. This afternoon travel south to the centre of the Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here you will visit the Sajos Sami Culture Centre and parliament on the shores of Lake Inari. Continue on to the small village of Saariselka, the centre of winter sports in Finland. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy a free evening. BL
Stay at Santa's Tunturi Hotel (4 star)
DAY 3 Saariselka - Rovaniemi
Your adventure continues as you make your way to Rovaniemi, located right on the Arctic Circle. Along the way you will experience one of the highlights of the tour, Sami Reindeer Farm and Sleigh Ride. Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer. Sit in your two person sleigh being pulled by reindeer and experience this traditional and peaceful way of travelling though the serene landscape. A traditional 3-course lunch will be served after the sleigh ride. Afterwards travel the short distance to Rovaniemi and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. BL
Drive through the wilderness on the 3hr Optional Tour**, Excursion to Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile.
Stay at Santa's Hotel Santa Claus (4 star)
DAY 4 Rovaniemi - Sinetta
Start your day with a visit to the magical Santa Claus Village. Stroll through the village filled with souvenir shops, Santa's Post Office and cafes, you may even have the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. After hanging out with the big guy in the red suit your journey will take a different turn as you travel to the banks of the Kemi-joki River to experience one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region. You will be welcomed with the enthusiastic barks from the friendly dogs at the husky farm. The head musher will talk about life and training of these animals, you will have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions, ride in pairs through the forest behind your husky pack.
Your tour then continue to Sinetta along the winding roads and snowy forest, where you will arrive at the Arctic Snow Hotel and check in to your Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Igloo and, with weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights and the millions of stars from the comfort of your bed. B
This evening you may wish to try the Optional **, 1.5hr Snow Sauna and Outdoor Jacuzzi. Or if you are feeling really adventurous you can choose the Optional Tour**, Overnight in a Snow Suite with Evening Sauna and Outdoor Jacuzzi Experience.
Stay at Arctic Snow Hotel in a Glass Igloo
DAY 5 Sinetta / Kemi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a full day filled with activities. First visit the Snow Castle* and enjoy the snow sculptures and complex with its special snow slide. Next experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as you board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend four hours on this powerful vessel breaking through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This incredible experience includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge. Enjoy a 3-course meal at the restaurant on board before the opportunity to jump in the sea and float. You will be fitted with a survival suit and those who are brave enough to hop in the sea will receive a certificate for your courage. Return to Rovaniemi where this evening, you are invited to a traditional 3-course dinner in a wooden "Kota' where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire in a big fire pit. BLD
Stay at Arctic Snow Hotel in a Glass Igloo
*The Snow Castle is dependant on weather conditions and therefore cannot be guaranteed to be open before the 19th January.
DAY 6 Sinetta - Rovaniemi
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to Rovaniemi Airport for your onward journey. B
**These Optional Tours require pre booking as they are not available to be booked once on tour.
All guests are requested to arrange Travel Insurance which covers also winter sports, snowmobile tours, boat trips, fishing tours, husky safaris, and general winter and summer activities.
Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or colour.