Finland Arctic Adventure
March 22 to 27, 2021 | $2,650 per person based on double occupancy ($800 deposit to secure spot)
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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.
Day 1: Welcome to Finland!
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 the Arctic Snow Hotel in their ICE RESTAURANT! You will have a 3-course in a restaurant made completely of ice an snow. Check out Google 360 degree photos of Ice Restaurant here. It is a really unique experience and a great start to our adventure! 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
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
Looking for something to do prior to this Finland trip? Check out this amazing tour of Russia that includes Moscow and St. Petersburg. I recommend tour dates 3/16/2021 - 03/22/2021 as this tour ends the same day our Finland tour starts. There is also an option to see the Russian ballet and more!
To see this separate itinerary, click here!
Let me know if you're wanting to add this on, as I have access to special amenities such as a free pre-night stay and more.
Day 2: Santa Claus Village
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 3 hours of free time here to meet Santa, cross the line into the Arctic, shop, explore, and enjoy lunch on your own.
VIDEO OF SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE: CLICK HERE
After Santa Claus Village, 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, Dinner
VIDEO OF SUNDAY MORNING RESORT: CLICK HERE
Day 3: Meet the Reindeer Experience
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
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!
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!
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
Optional Add-on: Excursion to Icebreaker (1 night in Rovaniemi + day tour to Icebreaker)
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.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Policies
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 2,335 EUR ($2,650 USD estimated). Non-refundable deposit of $800 USD to secure spot on trip. Final payment will be due December 12, 2020. Space is limited, so your spot will only be held with a deposit. To place your deposit, please give me a call at 504-834-7000 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to collect your payment details. Acceptable payment methods: credit card, cash, check or money order.
Supplements and reductions per person:
Single room: +450 EUR ($520 USD estimated)
Triple room: -240 EUR (-$300 USD estimated)
EXTRA DAY WITH EXCURSION TO ICEBREAKER (1 night in Rovaniemi + day tour to Icebreaker):
Per pax in shared room: EUR 650 ($700 USD estimated)
Single supplement: EUR 100 ($120 estimated)
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.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: If this whole trip has to be postponed for unforeseen reasons, it will be rescheduled for 2022, the money paid will be moved to the new dates, and the trip will be price protected. I also offer Cancel For Any Reason travel insurance to purchase alongside your trip. With Cancel For Any Reason insurance, if you cancel for a covered reason, you will be refunded 100% and if you cancel for an uncovered reason, you will be refunded up to 80%. Cancel For Any Reason insurance can only be purchased at the time of deposit and not later.
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL PLANNING: For additional travel advisor services not listed in this itinerary please reach out to me and I will be happy to assist! More information on my premium travel services can be found here.
Services included in the package price
1 x Scandic Rovaniemi City
3 x Sunday Morning Resort
1 x Santa's Hotel Luosto - Igloo
1 x Coach transfer: Rovaniemi Airport → Hotel
1 x Coach transfer: Rovaniemi → Sunday Morning Resort
1 x Coach at disposal for 5 hours on day 5 from Sunday Morning Resort to Luosto
1 x Coach transfer: Santa's Hotel → Rovaniemi Arport
1 x Group Dinner at Ice Hotel
1 x Excursion "Meeting the reindeer"
1 x Husky Safari 10 km
2 x Lunch 3-course
1 x eSnowmobile experience
5 x Breakfast at hotel
4 x Dinner at hotel
Customized app detailing this travel itinerary
Viewing the Aurora Borealis is permitted by weather
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.
What to Pack
Of course winter in the Arctic Circle is going to be cold, so you need to pack accordingly! The average temperature in the Lapland region is between 19 degrees and 35 degrees Fahrenheit with a dry climate during March. However, temperatures can reach -25 degrees Fahrenheit. The Sunday Morning resort is providing all guests with complimentary winterwear during our stay at their resort. This is a really kind service they normally do not offer, but they are allowing us to use the clothes since we are buying out the entire resort! Additional clothes will not be provided for our stay at the glass igloos. The key for packing for Finland is to bring very warm layers that can be easily layered.
Recommended Packing List:
Please note: if you do not want to buy all of these winter clothes, I work with a great company called Kit Lender that rents them. Kit Lender is the world’s premier outdoor equipment and apparel rental service. With Kit Lender’s streamlined four-system you get the right rental gear at the right price, without any of the headache. Wherever your adventures may take you, Kit Lender has got you covered. Rent winter clothes here.
This is one of the most important things you'll bring on this trip. Your jacket needs to have the following criteria:
designed for cold or below freezing temperatures
down or alternative down filled
wind resistant or wind proof
water resistant is desirable
hip length or longer
This is another one of the most important things you will bring on this trip and also be a determining factor to how comfortable you are during our outdoor activities. You must bring at least one pair of boots that are warm, waterproof, and meant for snow. These will be required almost every day of our trip. I recommend SOREL boots, which you can view here.
Hat(s) that cover ears
Preferably wool. Please don't pack anything made of acrylic because it will not keep you warm.
Waterproof snow gloves or mittens
I would bring more than one pair in case one gets wet.
Scarf or scarves
Thermal tights/leggings and undershirt
Thick leggings and/or jeans
2 to 3 *wool* sweaters
Acrylic sweaters will not keep you warm
Polar Tec Zip Layer
4 pairs of wool socks and 3 pairs regular socks
Shirts you can layer
There is an outdoor Jacuzzi and great spa at Sunday Morning to use during your stay!
The dry, cold air is really harsh to your skin, so definitely bring something to soothe your skin at night!