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Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Rovaniemi 21.-27.12.

Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Rovaniemi 21.-27.12.

A chance to experience the best of Christmas in Helsinki,  travel through Finland by train and spend Christmas in Rovaniemi, the home town of Santa Claus himself. Only 16 seats available.

Helsinki  is at its best just before Christmas. There is a Christmas market with local artesans and producers of Christmas delicacies selling their products. There are Christmas concerts every day. There are local people shopping for Christmas. You will have a guided day tour in Helsinki full of interesting program and opportunties to buy last minute Christmas presents for each others ending in a very touching and beautiful concert by a famous Finnish men's choir in the Rock Church.  

You will live in a charming hotel only 20 minutes from the airport in the countryside. 

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. In Finland Santa Claus arrives in homes on Christmas Eve and we have made sure he'll find his way also to your island hotel. Before that you will have a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner buffet and sauna of course. On Christmas Day then you will visit the Arktikum museum as well as Santa's Village, where Santa is back at his post office. 

The island of 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, all renovated in the end of 2016. 

The island offers a great chance for wathing northern lights as it is just outside the citycentre 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.

On our way to Oulu we'll stop over in Gulo Gulo Holiday village, where you can choose 2 out of three acvtivities: a 5km husky drive, a 40-minute reindeer sleigh drive or 1h snowshoeing. 

 

CHRISTMAS TOUR TO HELSINKI AND ROVANIEMI

Accommodation: 

  • 21.-23.2. Hotel Krapihovi, a charming county hotel in Tuusula
  • 23.-26.12.Hotel Vartiosaari just outside Rovaniemi on an island
  • 26-27.12. airport hotel in Helsinki

Meals:  6x breakfast and 4x3-course dinner (Please note! Drinks are not included in meals), 4x lunch

Activities:

Helsinki: visits to Fazer confectionary factory, iittala tableware museum, exhibition and store as well as Helsinki Christmas market, Christmas concert in Rock Church

Rovaniemi: guided visits to the Arktikum Museum and Santa's Village, ice-fishing 2h and a visit to Gulo Gulo holiday village, where a sledge dog safari and a reindeer safari will be taken (or alternatively a snowshoeing safari)

Transportation: train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and flight from Oulu to Helsinki as well as all transfers mentioned inn the itinerary in cities of Helsinki and Rovaniemi

Flights to Helsinki: not included. For example flights from London 21.12. at 19.25-00.15 and back 27.12. 8.00-9.10 185€/adult. 

Itinerary:  

Thu 21.12.: Arrival 

  • arrival in Helsinki by flight chosen by you
  • transfer to your hotel 20minutes from the airport
  • dinner available if arriving before 21.00

Fri 22.12. Guided day tour to Helsinki

  • breakfast
  • 9.30 tour starts
  • 10.00 guided tour at Fazer visitor centre
  • 12.00 guided tour at iittala tableware museum, exhibition and store
  • 13.30 lunch at Sandro's
  • 15.00 Helsinki Christmas market and free time for shopping
  • 18.00 meeting up again and a walk through the city centre to the Rock Church
  • 19.-20.30 Christmas Concert in Rock Church
  • back to the hotel and dinner there

Sat 23.12. Train tour to Lapland

  • breakfast
  • transfer to the train station Tikkurila
  • 9.40 train from Tikkurila to Rovaniemi  
  • 17.17. arrival in Rovaniemi
  • transfer to the hotel
  • 19.00 dinner
  • 21.00 campfire night: your host tells you about Finnish Christmas, hot drinks

Sun 24.12.Christmas Eve: Ice-fishing, Christmas traditions and Santa

  • breakfast
  • 10-12.00 ice-fishing
  • 12-13.00 traditional rice porridge lunch
  • Christmas activities like decorating a Christmas tree or baking cookies
  • hotel sauna
  • 18.00 Christmas dinner in Lappish hut
  • 20.00 Santa Claus visit & glühwine for adults, hot juice for children
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

Mon 25.12. Christmas day: Arktikum and Santa's Village

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 taxi pick-up to the city
  • 10.15 visit at the Arktikum museum, possibly lunch there
  • 12.00 pick-up from the hotel to Santa's Village 
  • 15.30 return back to the hotel
  • hotel sauna
  • dinner in Lappish hut
  • walk to the camp fire if northern lights to be expected

Tue 26.12. Boxing Day: Ranua zoo with Arctic animals & adventures

  • breakfast
  • 9.00 check-out and departure
  • 10.00 arrival to Ranua
  • 10-11.00 husky safari 30min or reindeer safari 40min
  • 12-13.00 lunch
  • 13-14.00 husky safari 30min or reindeer safari 40min
  • 14-15.00 snowshoeing tour 1h or reindeer safari 40min
  • 15.30 departure to Oulu
  • 19.10 flight to Helsinki
  • 20.15 arrival to Helsinki
  • night in airport hotel GLO (located at the airport)

Wed 27.12. Departure

  • breakfast
  • walk to gate
  • flight chosen by you 
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Location Lapland
Price 1919€/adult (single supplement +400€)
Prices for children 1250€/child
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Duration 6 days
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