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Christmas Break on Aurora Island in Rovaniemi

Christmas Break on Aurora Island in Rovaniemi

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: 

  • visit to the Arktikum 
  • sledge-dog safari 3h
  • Santa Claus safari 6h (snowmobiling, reindeers, Santa and lunch)
  • aurora watching opportunity every day without extra cost

 

THREE DAYS IN ROVANIEMI: EXPERIENCE THE VARTIOSAARI ISLAND

Accommodation:  3 nights in hotel rooms for 2-4 people

Meals:  3x breakfast and 2x3-course dinner (Please note! Drinks are not included in meals), 1 lunch during the activity. On Christmas Eve 24.12., Christmas Day 25.12. and New Year's Eve 31.12. there is a special meal +50€/adult, +35€/child

Transportation: airport transfer, transportation to the city, from the city to te Arctic circle and back to the hotel (excluding return from á la carte dinner on the 2nd day)

Winterwear: included

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

1st day: Arrival

  • arrival in Rovaniemi
  • transfer from the airport, railway or bus station
  • check in to you hotel
  • dinner
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

2nd day: 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
  • 18.00 return back to the city centre
  • dinner in a city centre á la carte restaurant (not included in price)
  • taxi back to the hotel  (not included in price)
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

3rd day: Snowmobile safari

  • breakfast
  • 10-16.00 Santa Claus Safari by snowmobiles to a reindeer farm and from there to Santa's village (includes lunch)
  • transfer back to the hotel
  • special dinner prepared together
  • 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  
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 2 adults 2437€
Prices for children Family 2 adults + 2 children: 3590€
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Duration 3 days
Meals Half-pension:breakfast+dinner
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