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Hotel Vartiosaari in Rovaniemi; holiday season 22.12.-15.1.2017

Hotel Vartiosaari in Rovaniemi; holiday season 22.12.-15.1.2017

This hotel takes you by surprise! Small island in the middle of the river Kemijoki. What a great place for watching northern lights just outside the illuminated city centre. Visit to the Arktikum and the Arctic Circle as well as an ice-fishing experiment included.

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.

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.

 

HOTEL VARTIOSAARI IN ROVANIEMI, HOLIDAY SEASON

Accommodation:  2 nights in apartments for 4 people

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

Activities:  hotel sauna, preparation of salmon by blazing, visit to the  Arktikum museum and Arctic Circle, ice.fishing experiment 2h

Transportation: airport transfer, transportation to the city, from the city to te Arctic circle and back to the hotel

Itinerary:

1. day

  • airport transfer (or transfer from bus/train station)
  • ice-fishing 2h (can take place any day)
  • dinner in Lappish hut
  • northern lights walk

2. day

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 taxi pick-up to the city
  • 10.15-13.00 visit at the Arktikum museum
  • 13.00 taxi pick-up
  • 13.15 Polar Circle (also known as Santa's village)
  • 14.15 taxi back to Vartiosaari
  • 14.30 rest & winter fun outdoors
  • dinner preparation together: blazing salmon outdoors (this can also take place on the arrival night)

3. day

  • breakfast
  • extra activity of your choice  such as a husky safari or meeting Santa Claus and his reindeers or transportation to next destination
  • airport transfer (or transfer to the bus/train station)
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 2 adults in apartment:505,15€/person, 4 adults in apartment: 425,50€/person
Prices for children -120,75€/child as 3rd or 4th person in apartment
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