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Lapland & the Arctic Circle - 5 Days map

SEMI-INDEPENDENT + FAMILY TOUR: Head to Finnish Lapland for 5 days with a difference. Cross the Arctic Circle, meet Santa Claus in Rovaniemi and become a reindeer driver all in five magical days. Families with children aged 4 yrs and above are welcome on this holiday.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Rovaniemi - See the sights of Rovaniemi on a city tour and visit the famous Arktikum Museum
Reindeer farm - Opt to visit a reindeer farm and enjoy a sleigh ride, stopping for a warming bonfire enroute
Northern Lights Hunt - Consider searching for Lapland's iconic Northern Lights with a hunt by the campfire or by snowmobile
Santa Claus Village - Cross the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus in his home in Rovaniemi
Husky sleigh ride - Choose to embark on a husky sleigh ride through the Lappish countryside

Included

4 nights 4 star hotel
Return airport/railway transfers on days 1 and 5
Excursion to Santa Claus Village
4 breakfasts
City tour of Rovaniemi
Entrance into Arktikum Science Museum in Rovaniemi

Not Included

Items of a personal nature and additional meals
Optional excursions
International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas

Itinerary

Day 1

Rovaniemi

Welcome to Lapland! Upon arrival at Rovaniemi airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Rovaniemi

Day 2

Santa Claus & Rovaniemi city tour

This morning after breakfast we depart for a visit to see Rovaniemi's most famous resident - Santa Claus. Crossing the Arctic Circle we'll arrive at the village to meet the man himself.

Afterwards, enjoy a city tour where you have a chance to send Christmas greetings to loved ones from Santa's official Post Office, visit boutique stores and admire Lappish craftmanship.

Then, you will enjoy a self-guided visit to Artikum Museum, a science centre that allows you to experience Northern culture, nature and history up close. Spend as much time as you want here, then make your way back to your nearby hotel.

Optional: There is an option to take part in a Northern Lights Hunt tonight. You will be driven by car or bus to a remote spot. This adventure ups your chances of witnessing this extraordinary natural phenomenon. If luck is on your side you will get to experience an unforgettable display of the luminescent ribbon lights overhead.
Overnight: Rovaniemi  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Optional Reindeer Farm Visit

The next two days are free for you to choose from an exciting range of optional activities.

There is the option to visit a Reindeer Farm. You'll learn all about the daily life of the reindeer before receiving your reindeer driving license and heading out on the sleighs, stopping enroute by a toasty bonfire near a hut for a cup of hot juice. At this traditional Lappish hut you will be baptised according to the traditional rules of the north.

In the afternoon you have the option to embark on a Snowmobile Safari around Rovaniemi where you can drive along the wilderness forest trails, soaking in the Lappish nature and stunning scenery around you.

Please note: The optional activities noted in this package can be booked in advance or through our local representative when you arrive, subject to availability.
Overnight: Rovaniemi  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Optional Husky Farm visit

Today is a free day to spend at leisure to do as much or as little as you like in Rovaniemi.

This morning there is the option to visit a Husky Farm to learn about the daily life and hard work of these magnificent animals. After meeting the dog-breeders and becoming acquainted with the dogs, you’ll get the chance to take a “dog –breeder” course before embarking on a safari on dog sledge around the grounds, stopping for a rest and hot berry juice along the way.

Tonight, you have the option to go searching for the Northern Lights in a Snowmobile Safari. Leave the city lights behind and find the perfect spot to set up a campfire. Grill some traditional makkara sausages while you wait for the lights to appear. Good stories, a tasty snack, and hot beverages are guaranteed even if the auroras fail us tonight.
Overnight: Rovaniemi  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Goodbye Lapland

Today marks the end of your Lapland adventure with included transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room. Twin share rooms can accommodate an extra bed for either an adult or child. Please contact us for pricing.

Guaranteed Departure

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of Rovaniemi - the official hometown of Santa Claus, this 4 star hotel is conveniently located for Arctic adventures, entertainment and visits to Santa Claus Village, which is just a 10 minute drive away. Guest rooms are spacious and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. All rooms offer en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, TV, a minibar, ironing facilities, a kettle and hair dryer. Most rooms are equipped with a twin beds and a sofa which can be made into an extra bed. Guests can enjoy tasty Finnish cuisine and Lapland specialities at Restaurant Gaissa and Bar & Grill ZoomUp, while light snacks and drinks are available at Café & Bar Zoomit which is open until late. The hotel also has a small casino and a sauna to relax in after an exciting day of winter pursuits.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Rovaniemi
Ends
Rovaniemi
Departs
Daily (01 Dec - 14 Dec / 09 Jan - 31 Mar)
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 30
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
4 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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Tour Add-ons

Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and add-ons

Huskies | Finland
£ 155 / 3 hours
Reindeer safari in Lapland | Finland
£ 145 / 3 hours
Northern Lights in Lapland | Finland
£ 115 / 3 hours
Snowmobiling | Lapland | Finland
£ 185 / 3.5 hours

Extra Tour Info

Packing for Lapland | Finland
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Our essential guide on what to pack for your trip to Lapland.
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