Experience the Arctic in Lapland
Join me in the magical arctic region of Lapland, Finland, far from the busy city lights. This incredible arctic adventure features SEVEN WOW MOMENTS: a night in a luxury glass igloo, snow-mobile rides on silent eSnowmobiles, a 10 km husky safari, three-nights at a private resort buy-out, crossing the Arctic Circle, dinner in a restaurant made completely of ice and snow, and a chance to swim in the Arctic Sea!
Learn more about Lapland, Finland here.
Unique Adventure Vacation
6-night trip includes all accommodations in hand-picked hotels, an expert English-speaking guides for tours, transportation in a coach, daily adventure experiences, breakfast and dinner daily, and an advisor host.
Meet the Reindeer, Husky Safari, eSnowmobile, Private Chalet Rental in Pyha National Park, Night in a Glass Igloo, Viewing the Aurora Borealis (weather permitting)
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Day 1: Welcome to Finland!
Monday, March 21
Welcome to Rovaniemi, the capital of the Lapland region! We will take a private group transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to the Scandic Rovaniemi City Hotel. The hotel is centrally located with free access to a traditional Finnish sauna, a gym, and Wi-Fi.
I recommend visiting the Arktikum Museum today to learn more about Lapland. This museum has interactive exhibits that lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. The museum is one of the top things to see in Finland, so definitely make this a stop on your own!
Meet in hotel lobby at 6 PM to go have dinner at a traditional Sami Kota. The blazing fire creates a magical ambiance in the small kota shelter. The specialty dish of Restaurant Kota is the mouth-watering glow fried salmon fillet. Salmon doesn’t get tastier than this! You can also choose between meat or vegetarian dishes when enjoying dinner at Kota Restaurant.
At dinner, we will visit and go over the weeks plans and get to know our fellow travelers!
Meals included: Dinner
VIDEO ON THE ARKTIKUM MUSEUM: CLICK HERE
Day 2: Santa Claus Village
Tuesday, March 22
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we board our private bus to head to meet Santa Claus! You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical ARCTIC CIRCLE every day at the Santa Claus Village. Santa Claus spends his time at Santa Claus Village every day of the year to take care of his mission in life; to enhance the well-being of children and the kindness of grown-ups, as well as spread the message of love and goodwill and the Christmas Spirit across the globe. Here is your last opportunity to shop. Enjoy free time here to meet Santa, cross the line into the Arctic, shop, and explore.
VIDEO OF SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE: CLICK HERE
After Santa Claus Village, we will have lunch at Snowman World in their ICE RESTAURANT! You will enjoy a meal in a restaurant made completely of ice an snow. Check out Google 360 degree photos of Ice Restaurant here. Lunch also includes entrance into Snowman World to see all the amazing snow and ice sculptures.
After lunch, we will continue to SUNDAY MORNING RESORT in Lapland, Finland! We have bought out the entire resort to ourselves, as we will be the only guests at this resort during the duration of our stay! The isolated, peaceful, lakeside resort is surrounded by a forest in the Pyha National Park, perfect to hunt for the Aurora Borealis at night. At the resort, we will have access to multiple Finnish saunas! Once settled in, we will enjoy dinner. To see what a typical menu is when dining at Sunday morning, click here.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
VIDEO OF SUNDAY MORNING RESORT: CLICK HERE
Day 3: Meet the Reindeer Experience
Wednesday, March 23
After enjoying breakfast at the resort, we board a bus to meet a local guide at a reindeer farm. The local reindeer farm will help us explore their traditions and livelihood. You make take a calm and peaceful REINDEER SLEIGH RIDE and truly enjoy the stillness of nature. A sleigh ride is not a tourism industry innovation, but the Finnish indigenous people, Sámi, way of getting around. A reindeer ride is rather something of a spiritual journey; gliding through a snowy forest in a wooden sleigh IS that magical experience that you will never forget! After our two hour reindeer experience, we will head back to our private resort to eat a program included lunch and dinner. You will have free time to enjoy the sauna, relax, or do a different activity. You can book activities such as ice climbing or snow-showing separately. To view additional activities list -- click here.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
REINDEER SLEIGH RIDE VIDEO: CLICK HERE
Day 4: Husky Safari
Thursday, March 24
After breakfast at the resort, we will be taken to a local husky farm where dozens of friendly huskies will welcome you. A local guide at the farm will have information about the dogs and we will learn how to handle a husky team and how to drive. For our 10 km HUSKY SAFARI, we will have a turn to be both the driver of the sleigh and the rider. Once we finish our time with the huskies, we will go back to the resort to enjoy a free afternoon and an included lunch and dinner. You will once again have free time to relax, enjoy the sauna, or do a different activity. To view additional activities list -- click here.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
HUSKY SAFARI VIDEO: CLICK HERE
Day 5: eSnowmobile Safari and Glass Igloos!
Friday, March 25
After enjoying another breakfast at the resort, we will start our eSnomobile experience. Enjoy arctic nature with this innovation that is highly environment friendly. There are only two other companies in the world that offer this type of snowmobile opportunity. Our nature ESNOWMOBILE SAFARI is a great way to try out snowmobiling. The route goes along easy tracks, giving you more time to enjoy the beautiful arctic nature on the way. We will show you the best spots for photographs or just admiring the scenery with some warm drinks!
VIDEO OF ESLED EXPERIENCE: CLICK HERE
Once we finish our eSnowmobile rides, we will enjoy an lunch at Sunday Morning before boarding our private bus. Next, we will journey onto Luosto for our night in LUXURY IGLOOS located in!! As Luosto is a very small village with almost no light pollution, the Northern Lights displays can be seen at their best.
Once settled in, we will enjoy an included dinner before we overnight in our glass igloos. Don't worry, the glass igloos are temperature controlled to keep you comfortable and the glass is heated to provide you the best views of the sky.
Santa's Hotel Aurora offers a great service called Aurora Alert Realtime. Aurora Alert Realtime, will be offered in all igloos and alert you at night if the northern lights are active overhead! Visitors will be able to access it via a mobile data connection or using free Wi-Fi networks offered by local businesses. So cool!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
VIDEO OF GLASS IGLOOS: CLICK HERE
Day 6: Say Goodbye!
Saturday, March 26
After breakfast at Santa's Igloos, we will all say goodbye before boarding our private transfer from Santa's Aurora Hotel to Rovaniemi Airport. You have the option to add an extra day to do an Icebreaker Sampo and SnowCaslte experience! See below for additional details.
Meals included: Breakfast
Extension: Excursion to Icebreaker (1 night in Rovaniemi + day tour to Icebreaker)
Sunday, March 20
There are not many places in the world where the sea freezes over during the winter months, but that happens here in Sea Lapland so the Icebreaker Sampo is ready to take you on an unforgettable cruise. The morning cruise with a great possibility to enjoy the beauty of the Arctic sunrise.
Also included is a cruise on the Icebreaker, buffet lunch onboard, presentation of the ship, ice floating and diploma. The ICE FLOATING EXPERIENCE has you outfitted in a water-proof special suit before you're helped into the icy waters next to the Sampo ship. This is truly a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience to add to your vacation. You will even receive a diploma proving you swam in the Arctic Sea!!
All cruises include a visit after your cruise to the SnowExperience365 and SnowCastle. The SnowCastle is an incredible Castle constructed every winter, using only snow and ice made of sea water as building materials. The exterior and each room is built as a work of art. This castle has been built every year since 1996 only during the winter months. SnowExperience365 is the year-round part of the SnowCastle experience. where materials are kept cold to preserve part of the experience. Within the snowy walls, there opens up shining white pathways, leading the visitors to fairytale-like sceneries Gorgeous snow sculptures, one more beautiful than the other, decorate the Castle walls. Even enjoy a shot or beverage from a glass made entirely of ice!
After your visit to the SnowExperience365 and SnowCastle, take a transfer back to Rovaniemi.
Bailey Marquis of Travel Central
Hosted Vacations offer Outstanding Value, Exclusive Amenities and an Experienced Personable Host on site to ensure your trip is more enjoyable. Bailey is an experienced traveler and advisor with Travel Central in Louisiana with clients all over America. Focus is always to create a customized experience with a focus on adventure and local experiences. More on Bailey.
HOW TO BOOK
All prices in EURO and will be charged in Euro. Estimates in USD, current pricing conversions can be viewed at XE.com
Price per person based on double occupancy is 2,590 EUR. Non-refundable deposit of 712 EUR plus $50 travel management per person to secure spot on trip. Final payment will be due December 10, 2021.
Supplements and reductions per person:
Single room: +600 EUR
Triple room: -230 EUR
EXTRA DAY WITH EXCURSION TO ICEBREAKER (1 night in Rovaniemi + day tour to Icebreaker):
Per person in shared room: EUR 650
Single supplement: EUR 100
Travel insurance is required for this vacation. You will need to show proof of travel insurance prior to departure to participate. Please contact me for a quote.
PRE OR POST TRIP OPTIONS
Airline reservations and pre and post stay options are available to be curated to fit around this trip. Ask for more details on your options.
MAKE A RESERVATION OR GET MORE INFORMATION
Call Bailey at 504-834-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A complimentary reservation will be created and emailed over to you with full details for you to consider.
Scandic Rovaniemi City
Just 2 minutes’ drive from Rovaniemi Train Station, this hotel offers free access to a traditional Finnish sauna, a gym and WiFi. Arktikum Science Museum is 1,950 feet away.
Scandic Rovaniemi City’s rooms feature modern design, wooden floors and comfortable easy chairs. All have a TV and a bathroom with a shower.
The hotel restaurant serves up Nordic dishes, and you are can also enjoy a drink at the hotel bar.
Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks can be borrowed for free at reception. Santa Claus Office and Rovaniemi Airport are about 5.6 mi away from Scandic Rovaniemi.
Sunday Morning Resort
Sunday Morning Resort features a restaurant, fitness center, a bar and shared lounge in Pyhätunturi. The accommodations provides a private beach area and ski storage space, as well as a garden and a terrace. The hotel has family rooms.
At the hotel, every room comes with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Guests at Sunday Morning Resort can enjoy a continental breakfast.
The accommodations offers a sauna. The area is popular for hiking and skiing, and ski equipment hire is available at Sunday Morning Resort.
Hotel bought out by our group for our dates!
This hotel is located in the heart of Luosto Village. It offers rooms with a private sauna, free Wi-Fi and easy access to downhill slopes and cross-country tracks.
Most rooms at Santa's Hotel Aurora & Igloos have northern views, which is ideal for watching the Northern Lights. In addition, the hotel has a unique Northern Lights alerting system via mobile app.
Some guest rooms have a fireplace. A number of rooms include a separate sleeping area and a living room.
Each guest room includes free wired internet access. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. Santa's Hotel Aurora & Igloos has free private parking spaces.
The in-house restaurant serves a breakfast buffet as well as 3-course meals and an à la carte menu. The dishes are based on local ingredients. In addition, the hotel has a bar with a fireplace.
The surrounding Pyhä-Luosto National Park offers activities such as hiking and fishing.
The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Rovaniemi in March is -14.5°C (5.9°F). March is a dry month with an average of 25mm (1.0in) rain. The average maximum temperature lies around -3.0°C (26.6°F). You will see the sun occasionally during this month, it has 132 hours of sun.
As with wildlife, viewing the northern lights is never guaranteed. However, we are visiting during a very good time when seeing the Aurora Borealis is most likely!
How to Get to Rovaniemi
The fastest way to reach Rovaniemi is to fly. Rovaniemi Airport, the official airport of Santa Claus, has multiple nonstop flights from Helsinki. Most major European cities connect through Helsinki.
If you wish to travel by train, I recommend taking the Santa Claus Express! It is a really cool overnight experience showing much of the Finnish winter landscape.
Deluxe double sleeper with private bathroom = 49 euros p.p.
Deluxe Single Sleeper with Private bathroom = 118 euros
VIDEO ON SANTA CLAUS EXPRESS: CLICK HERE
Rich and amazing nature with mountains, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, rivers, wild animal life and forests . Northern lights. Midnight sun. Geothermal Pools. Beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. Iceland, Finland, Norway & Greenland are trending!
Terms & Conditions
Trip requires a minimum of 15 passengers to guarantee departure.
Entrances during sightseeing tours is included, unless specified in itinerary.
Breakfast at hotels and cruises are included if booked by us.
• All meals are excluded except for breakfast at hotels and cruises, unless specified in itinerary.
• Airfare is excluded, unless specified in itinerary.
• Services described as optional or suggestions in your itinerary are excluded.
• Luggage service is excluded unless booked in advance.
Programs confirmed 3 months prior to start of service or earlier: 30% deposit once program has been confirmed. Remaining sum 100 days prior to start of service.
Programs confirmed less than 3 months prior to start of service: full payment once program has been confirmed.
Programs where total cost is less than €2500,- full payment once confirmed.
• For all programs cancelled up until 1 month before start day, we charge 30% cancellation fee (which will be deducted from the amount already received)
Cancellation and no-show policy after tour has been confirmed:
• No refund will be issued for no-shows and cancellations made less than one month prior to reservation date.
• Some services might require full payment upon reservation and become non refundable once reserved. Please ask for specification.
Fee for changes:
• For changes received AFTER the program has been finally confirmed, following fees apply:
• Minor changes will be handled individually and might cause surcharge.
• Major changes (e.g. change of arrival date, cancellation of program elements, change of hotel etc.) €50 per element
• Booking changes are not possible when there are less than 72 hours to the service.