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Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Lapland 21.-28.12.2018, no igloo

Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Lapland 21.-28.12.2018, no igloo

A chance to experience the best of Christmas in Helsinki, travel through Finland by train and  experience Finnish Christmas with Santa claus of course. Act quickly, only 16 seats available.

Helsinki  is at its best just before Christmas. There is a Christmas market with local artisans 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 opportunity to buy last minute Christmas presents for each others. If available at a suitable time, we'll also visit a Christmas concert. 

You will stay in Helsinki only one night and take a night train from Helsinki to Lapland. In night trains there are connected family cabins. You will arrivie in Kemijärvi at 8.45 and will have first buffet breakfast together before splitting up in two groups. One group goes first to the guesthouse Joosula and then to Pan Village in Salla and the other group goes first to Pan Village and then to Joosula. In this way you can both meet local people, participate in traditional Christmas and enjoy the best winter activities. 

Joosula  is a guesthouse hosting max 9 guests at a time.You'll get your own family apartment. On the arrival day you can try all kinds of winter sports. Snowshoeing is easy,especially on the frozen, snowy river. Kicksledging is fun, too. Cross-country skiing is more tricky as you need to use your hands and legs simultaneously. Try one or all of them!

Next day you'll  take a snowmobiling tour to the fells and can try ice-fishing. If you catch fish, it will be prepared for lunch for you.  On safaris you will use snowmobiles, two people sharing a snowmobile. Children sit in back of their parent or in sleigh. Sauna with hot tub outdoors will be waiting for you after the snowmobiling tour. 

Pan village  is a charming, small holiday resort with log houses each divided in 4 log apartments with 3 bedrooms, own kitchen and sauna. It is located next to the Salla Reindeer Park with a cafeteria serving you breakfast, lunch and catering in addition to the snowshoeing, reindeer and husky safaris.  Here you have a chance to enter the snowy landscape and the magical untouched forest!

After Christmas the whole group will return to Rovaniemi, directly to Santa's Village at the Arctic Circle. You will stay the last night in a big family glass igloo. If you are lucky, you will see northern lights dancing on the northern sky through the glass ceiling. 

Rovaniemi  is the regional capitol of Lapland. Santa's village is the ever-growing holiday village, which at Christmas time has a high number of visitors. The area is rather large so our guide will meet you first and show you around in the village. You will then have free time to spend visiting the attractions you like the most. 

Please note! Everything has been arranged for you but there is no hosting guide following the group all the time in all activities. Activities however are guided.

 

CHRISTMAS TOUR TO HELSINKI AND LAPLAND

Accommodation: 

  • 21.-22.12. family room in Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki (all 4 families)
  • 22.-23.12. night train (each family has own connectable cabin)
  • 23.-25.12. Guesthouse Joosula (2 families) OR log apartment in Salla (2 families)
  • 25-27.12. log apartment in Salla (2 families) OR Guesthouse Joosula (2 families)
  • 27-28.12. guesthouse in Rovaniemi OR igloo night
  • 28-29.12. night train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki

Meals: 7xbreakfast, 5xlunch, 5xdinner

Winter clothes: included - you will get your set in Helsinki and will leave it to your last hotel in Rovaniemi (in case you do have proper winterwear, we'll reduce 64,40€/person)

Activities: reindeer sleigh ride 3h, husky safari 2h, snowmobiling 3h, snowshoeing 2h, sauna & hot tub, winter sports tryout (kicksledging, cross-country skiing, toboggaing etc.), meeting Santa Claus, guided tours in Helsinki and Santa's village in Rovaniemi  

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

Flights: not included 

Itinerary:  

a) Christmas in a guesthouse (=Finnish home)

Fri 21.12.: Arrival 

  • arrival in Helsinki by flight chosen by you
  • transfer to a city centre hotel with a family room (all in same big room)
  • for those, who arrive before 15.00 there is a Winter Circus by Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth and dinner available for extra price of 70€/adult, 40€/child (+taxi)

Sat 22.12. Sightseeing and Christmas shopping in Helsinki by minibus

  • breakfast
  • 9.30 tour starts
  • 10.00 guided tour at Fazer visitor centre (confectionary, gift bag included)
  • 12.00 guided tour at Arabia Design centre (tableware)
  • 13.30 lunch buffet 
  • 15.00 Visit to Helsinki Christmas market
  • if there is a suitable Christmas concert at 17.00, we can leave Arabia Design Centre out and choose the concert instead
  • 18.49  night train to Rovaniemi

Sun 23.12. Arrival in Lapland

  • breakfast
  • 8.45 arrival in Kemijärvi
  • 8.45-9.30 breakfast
  • transfers in two groups: 
    • a) half of the group goes to the guesthouse in Savukoski
    • b) half of the group goes to Panvillage next to Salla Reindeer Park
  • by 10.50 arrival 
  • winter fun: kick-sledging, cross-country skiing, tobogganing
  • dinner
  • night in a family apartment 

Mon 24.12.Christmas Eve: Snowshoeing & ice-fishing, Santa Claus visit

  • breakfast
  • 10-13.00 snowmobiling to Vasa fell with some ice-fishing
  • 13.00 traditional rice porridge Christmas Eve lunch
  • sauna and hot tub
  • 18.00 Christmas dinner 
  • 20.00 Santa Claus visit & glühwine for adults, hot juice for children

Tue 25.12. Christmas day: arrival to Salla, aurora reindeer sleigh ride

  • breakfast
  • 12.00 lunch in Lappish hut  
  • 13.30-14.40 transfer to Salla
  • check-in to your log cabin apartment
  • dinner
  • 18-21.00 aurora reindeer sleigh ride 
  • night in a family apartment 

Wed 26.12. Boxing Day: husky safari, snowshoeing

  • breakfast
  • 10-12.00 husky safari 
  • lunch in the cafeteria
  • 14-16.00 snowshoeing 
  • dinner
  • night in family apartment

Thu 27.12. Transfer to Rovaniemi and a night in an igloo

  • breakfast
  • 9.00-10.15 transfer to Kemijärvi
  • 10.35-11.35 by public bus from Kemijärvi (all families) 
  • arrival in Santa's village, luggage to the hotel, guide waiting for you
  • 11.35-15.30 guide welcoming you and after a short introduction taking those, who want to Santa Park for a couple of hours (Note! Santa Park tickets not included. 2017-2018 price was 33€/adult, 27,50€/child)
  • free-time in Santa's village (f.ex. miniature snowmobiles in Snowmobileworld or visiting Snowman's world)
  • transfer to town, dinner in town (Those,who booked before 1.5., at the igloo hotel)
  • night in a hostel room/apartment (Those,who booked before 1.5., at the igloo hotel)

Fri 28.12. 

  • breakfast
  • suggestion: Dream of Joulukka either on 27.12. or 28.12. (there is seats on the weekly departure but if another family wants to join, we can also book a private one, price 715,15€ for a family of 2+2), typically 10-13.30 including transfers from your hotel
  • suggestion: visit to the Arktikum museum and lunch there (very goof buffet table)
  • 18.03 night train back to Helsinki )-> NOT INCLUDED YET but would cots 512€ for a family of 2+2

b) Christmas in a private  log apartment

Fri 21.12.: Arrival 

  • arrival in Helsinki by flight chosen by you
  • transfer to a city centre hotel with a family room (all in same big room)
  • for those, who arrive before 15.00 there is a Winter Circus by Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth and dinner available for extra price of 70€/adult, 40€/child (+taxi)

Sat 22.12. Sightseeing and Christmas shopping in Helsinki by minibus

  • breakfast
  • 9.30 tour starts
  • 10.00 guided tour at Fazer visitor centre (confectionary)
  • 12.00 guided tour at Arabia Design centre (tableware)
  • 13.30 lunch buffet 
  • 15.00 Visit to Helsinki Christmas market
  • if there is a suitable Christmas concert at 17.00, we can leave Arabia Design Centre out and choose the concert instead
  • 18.49  night train to Rovaniemi

Sun 23.12. Arrival in Lapland

  • breakfast
  • 8.45 arrival in Kemijärvi
  • 8.45-9.30 breakfast
  • transfers in two groups: 
    • a) half of the group goes to the guesthouse in Savukoski
    • b) half of the group goes to Panvillage next to Salla Reindeer Park
  • by 10.50 arrival 
  • 11-14.00 reindeer sleigh ride 3h
  • checking in to your cabin
  • dinner brought to your cabin
  • night in a log cabin apartment

Mon 24.12.Christmas Eve: Snowshoeing & ice-fishing, Santa Claus visit

  • breakfast
  • 10.15-14.15 snowshoeing, some ice-fishing and light lunch in Lappish hut
  • relaxing and maybe sauna in your cabin
  • 16.30 Santa Claus cabin & glühwine for adults, hot juice for children
  • 18.00 Christmas dinner in Lappish hut

Tue 25.12. Christmas day: husky safari

  • breakfast
  • 10-12.00 husky safari
  • 12-13.15 transfer to the guesthouse
  • lunch in Lappish hut
  • winter fun: kick-sledging, cross-country skiing, tobogganing
  • dinner
  • night in a family apartment 

Wed 26.12. Boxing Day: snowmobiling

  • breakfast
  • 10-13.00 snowmobiling to a Vasa fell
  • take-away lunch in Lappish hut
  • relaxing or more winter sports as you wish
  • sauna and hot tub
  • dinner
  • night in family apartment

Thu 27.12. Transfer to Rovaniemi and a night in an igloo

  • breakfast
  • 9.00-10.15 transfer to Kemijärvi
  • 10.35-11.35 by public bus from Kemijärvi to Rovaniemi (all families) 
  • arrival in Santa's village, luggage to the hotel, guide waiting for you
  • 11.35-15.30 guide welcoming you and after a short introduction taking those, who want to Santa Park for a couple of hours (Note! Santa Park tickets not included. 2017-2018 price was 33€/adult, 27,50€/child)
  • free-time in Santa's village (f.ex. miniature snowmobiles in Snowmobileworld or visiting Snowman's world)
  • 19.00 dinner  
  • night in a family room of  Cáfe Hostel Koti (a very nice modern hostel with a cafeteria downstairs) 

Fri 28.12. 

  • 6.24 arrival in Helsinki
  • breakfast (Those who booked befre 1.5. at the igloo hotel)
  • 10.00 transfer to the airport (Those who booked before 1.5. at the igloo hotel)
  • 11.50 Norwegian flight from Rovaniemi to London Gatwick  
  • full day in Rovaniemi self-guided
  • 18.03 night train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki (Those,who booked before 1.5., at the igloo hotel)
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price Family 2+3=8152€,1+1=4164,70€, 2+2 6772,80€, 2+1 5672€, 1+1 4164,70€
Prices for children NO IGLOO Family 2+3 7858,45€, 3711,15€, 2+2 6395
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Duration 7 days
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