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Aurora Island in Rovaniemi 21.12.-24.12.

Aurora Island in Rovaniemi 21.12.-24.12.

What a great place for watching northern lights just outside the town of Rovaniemi!  Our package includes accommodation in a small island hotel, visits to the Arktikum, reindeer farm and Santa's village as well as a sledge-dog safari and a snowmobiling safari.

Rovaniemi  is the regional capitol of Lapland. It is located at the Arctic circle. It is also known as the home town of Santa Claus. You can meet Santa throughout the year in his post office at the Arctic Circle. We recommend to start your visit from the Arktikum museum, which gives you facts first abut the Arctic.

Vartiosaari has existed in maps by the name "Guard Island" since 1712. Pharmacist Castren owned the island in 1880 and named it Ainola. it then private summer residence. The Defence Forces of Finland owned the island from 1939 to 1944 and used it for military operations. The guerilla group had even their headquarters on the island. In 1973 the island became a private summer residence. From 1983 Vartiosaari has welcomed guests. The island takes you by surprise! The small island is literally full of  buildings in different styles. 

The island offers a great chance for watching northern lights as it is just outside the city centre illumination. You can make a night walk and sit down by open fire to warm up and look at the night sky. If you are lucky, you'll the northern lights dancing there.

Culinary pleasures are to be expected. That's why we've included two 3-course dinners in this package. The guests can follow blazing salmon outdoors on one of the nights and also try fishing themselves, in wintertime by ice.fishing. Included in the package we also have a visit to the Arktikum museum as well as the Arctic Circle.

Vartiosaari is located only 10 min drive from the Rovaniemi city center as well as the airport.

Activities included: 

Arktikum museum 12€/person: This fascinating museum tells you about life in the Arctic and challenges climate change will bring to the Arctic area. Please remmeber to visit the auditorium to see a multimedia about the Arctic 8 seasons. Please note! Also available there is a Culture Pass for 20€/person with entrances to the Pilke forest science scentre next to the arktikum and Korundi arts museum.

Husky excursion 3h 172€/person (with transportation 4,5h): Get away from the city and enjoy the magical forests of the Lappish wilderness, while driving your own husky team (two people sharing a team of huskies). The sound of the panting huskies and the snow underneath your sled is the perfect soundtrack for this adventure. During the tour we drive about 16-22 km.

Aurora reindeer sleigh ride 142€/person: Transportation by car to a reindeer farm to try reindeer
sleighing. This traditional way of travelling through snowy forests is a unique experience in the
evening, you may even see the Northern Lights blaze up the sky. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with
a bun around a campfire and learn about the life of reindeer herders.

Alternative safaris: 

Santa Claus Safari: 217€/person

The day starts with a snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm where you will hear more about reindeer husbandry and Lappish culture. You can take a reindeer ride and attend a special Lapp ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle. In the afternoon the trip continues by car to Santa Claus Village with time to do shopping in Sata Claus's village . You will also have an opportunity to send postcards from Santa
meet Santa Claus himself and enjoy a delicious lunch in a cosy restaurant. And you will get a Diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle!

Snowshoeing or ice-fishing: 193€ for 1-4 people

In this activity the guide comes to your hotel island with equipment, you do not need to go anywhere. If the ice is thick enough or there is no ice at all, fishing program can be arranged but most probably before Christmas only snowshoeing is possible.

 

THREE DAYS IN ROVANIEMI: EXPERIENCE THE VARTIOSAARI ISLAND

Accommodation:  3 nights in standard double room without sauna

Meals:  3x breakfast and 2x3-course dinner (Please note! Drinks are not included in meals) 

Transportation: airport transfers

Winterwear: NOT included

Itinerary: sample (if later flight on departure day, ice-fishing can be added á 48€/person)

Thu 21.12. Arrival

  • 17.40 arrival in Rovaniemi
  • transfer from the airport to Hotel Vartiosaari
  • check in to you hotel
  • special dinner prepared together
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

Fri 22.12. Arktikum museum, sledge dog safari 3h

  • breakfast
  • 10.30 taxi pick-up to the city
  • 10.45 visit at the Arktikum museum, possibly lunch there
  • 13.45 husky farm pick-up
  • husky safari 3h
  • 18.00 return back to the city centre, taxi back to the hotel (should cost appr. 23€)
  • dinner at the hotel
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

Sat 23.12. Visit to Santa's Village & Reindeer safari

  • breakfast
  • time to enjoy outdoor life at the island, have a walk and just relax
  • appr. 15.00 self-guided visit to Santa's Village and dinner there (f.ex. Kotahovi)
  • 17.45 pick-up by the safari company from Santa's Village
  • 18.30-21 reindeer safari (=1h reindeer sleigh ride)
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

4th day: Departure 

  • breakfast
  • transfer to the airport, bus station or railway station
  • departure to the next destination or home  
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Location Lapland
Price 2 adults 1807,30€
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Duration 3 days
Meals Half-pension:breakfast+dinner
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