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Finland in 5 days: Helsinki,Kemi,Pyhä,Rovaniemi

Finland in 5 days: Helsinki,Kemi,Pyhä,Rovaniemi

By train from Helsinki to Kemi, to visit  the snow castle and take the Sampo icebreaker cruise. Next ski village Pyhä, snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, snowshoeing and an igloo night. Tour ends on an aurora island in Rovaniemi with a husky safari. 

Helsinki  is a lively but very walkable city.  There are many nice restaurants as well as small shops right in the city centre. We have not planned any specific activities for Helsinki in order to give you a chance to enjoy its atmosphere and make your choices based for example on the weather, as you never know, how it is in Helsinki. You will have Helsinki Card at your use, which gives you free entrance to some museums and you can also move with the local transport like trams and busses. 

Icebreaker Sampo  used to belong to the state of Finland and was used for 30 year to break ice in the Gulf of Bothnia, which makes it part of the history of Arctic seafaring. Today it takes visitors to see the open, Arctic sea-scenery. During the cruise you will get to know the icebreaker from the engine room to the bridge.

After the lunch it is possible to step down on the ice and try swimming in the cold sea in a comfortable survival suit. After arrival the captain will give every visitor a certificate of participation.

Pyhä-Luosto National Park  is known for its 35 kilometer chain of hills and its extra-ordinary beautiful nature. In the middle of the park there is an amethyst mine, the only gemstone mine in the world that welcomes visitors.

Pyhä  is a skiing center especially well known well among the backcountry skiers. There are 7 backcountry skiing areas available. Guided backcountry skiing tours are organised by the ski-school. There are also 150km of cross -country ski-tracks, part of them lighted so you can ski also during the polar night.

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 Arkikum 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 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.

 

FINLAND IN FIVE DAYS - FROM HELSINKI TO ROVANIEMI

Activities:

  • Helsinki Card - entrance to museums and local transport
  • Sampo Ice Breaker Cruise, 4h, including lunch buffet
  • visit to Kemi SnowCastle
  • Snowmobiling to Reindeer Farm, 4,5h, including snacks
  • Snowshoeing in Pyhä-Luosto National Park, 2h 
  • Blazing Salmon Outdoors, special dinner
  • Husky Safari and kennel visit, 2h
  • Handicraft Workshop with local artisan, 1h
  • visit to Arktikum Arctic Science and Nature Center

Meals included:

  • breakfast x4
  • lunch x3
  • dinner x1

Transfers included:

  • all airport transfers
  • all transfers to the hotels mentioned in the itinerary
  • all transfers to activities
  • train transfers 
    • Helsinki-Kemi
    • Kemi-Kemijärvi
  • taxi transfer Kemijärvi-Pyhä
  • bus transfer Pyhä-Rovaniemi

Itinerary (sample):

Day 1, Arrival to Helsinki

  • 5:25 arrival to Helsinki airport
  • 5:45 transfer to the city centre
  • 6:15 arrival to city centre and luggage to storage
  • Helsinki Card at use to explore Helsinki
  • day as you wish, visiting museums and stores
  • 20:28 night train to Kemi
  • night on train

Day 2, Day at Kemi

  • 7:58 arrival to Kemi
  • breakfast
  • leave luggage to your hotel
  • transfer to Kemi Snowcastle 
  • visit to Kemi Snowcastle 
  • transfer to Sampo Ice Breaker
  • 13-17 Sampo Ice Breaker Cruise, lunch buffet included
  • transfer to your hotel
  • 18:30 walk to the dinner
  • 19:00 dinner at the hotel
  • walk back to your hotel
  • night in a boutique hotel in Kemi

Day 3, Day at Pyhä

  • early take-away breakfast
  • 5:56 morning train to Kemijärvi
  • 8:45 arrival to Kemijärvi train station
  • 8:45 taxi transfer to the safari house
  • 9:30-14:00 Snowmobiling to a reindeer farm, including snacks
  • a short walk to your Igloo
  • check-in
  • 14:30 lunch
  • time to relax
  • 19:30 dinner at a restaurant or catering to your Igloo
  • watching the Northern Lights in your Igloo (depending on the weather)
  • night in an igloo cabin in Pyhä

Day 4, Day at Pyhä + Rovaniemi

  • breakfast
  • check-out, luggage in storage
  • 9:30 transfer to Pyhä-Luosto National Park
  • 10:00-12:30 Snowshoeing tour in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park
  • 12:30 transfer back to Pyhä
  • lunch
  • 15:00 bus to Rovaniemi
  • 17:35 arrival to Rovaniemi
  • 17:35 transfer to Island Hotel
  • check-in
  • special dinner prepared together by open fire
  • 22-02 late night walk on the island watching the Northern Lights (depending on the weather)
  • night on in an island hotel in Rovaniemi

Day 5, Departure

  • breakfast
  • check-out, leave luggage in storage
  • 10:45 pick up for huskies
  • 11:30-13:30 Husky Safari and kennel visit, including snacks
  • 13:30 transfer to Rovaniemi city centre
  • lunch as you wish
  • 15:00 Handicrafts Workshop - making your own souvenirs with a local artisan
  • a short walk to Arktikum Science Center
  • 16:15-18:00 visit to Arktikum the Arctic Science and Nature Center
  • 18:00 transfer to Rovaniemi airport via your hotel to pick up luggage
  • 20:25 departure flight via Helsinki
  • 21:45 arrival to Helsinki airport
  • 23:45 flight back home

 

NOTE! Itinerary is a sample and can (and will) be modified regarding your schedule. 

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Price 1pax=2534€/person, 2pax:1821€/person, 3pax=1730€/person, 4pax=1659,50€/person
Prices for children 2pax:1192,40€/child, 3pax=1136,75€/child, 4pax=1066,40€/child
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