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Roundtrip in Lapland: Rovaniemi-Ranua Arctic Zoo-Kemi Icebreaker

Roundtrip in Lapland: Rovaniemi-Ranua Arctic Zoo-Kemi Icebreaker

All the three most interesting destinations for families and nothing less! 

1) Experience the icebreaker Sampo cruise and see the SnowCastle of Kemi.

2) Visit the Arctic zoo and have a husky safari there. Stay in cozy holiday apartments.

3) Watch northern lights (if you are lucky), try ice-fishing and enjoy Lappish delicacies on an island just outside Rovaniemi, not forgetting Santa Claus at the Arctic circle.

We have made it easy for you. The package includes accommodation, half-pension meals, transportation and activities.

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.

Ranua Zoo  is an animal park where Arctic animals have been placed in environments as natural for these species as possible. The visitors are walking on wooden bridges appr. 2,5 kilometres. Alltogether there are 50 species of animals living in this zoo and 200 individual animals. You'll see for example a polar bear, an elk, a wolverin, a lynx, a bear, an otter, a beaver and an eagle owl.

Gulo Gulo  is a new quality holiday village quite next to the zoo. The superior chalets are 65m2 and they each have 6 beds in two floors. Each chalet apartment also has their own kitchen and a very stylish and great sauna. You can order any catering to the apartment from the room service.  The houses are named after different animal species.

This is an excellent place for having a husky safari as all the activities here are planned for families with children. The husky safari will start from the husky base camp next to the holiday village and will take 2 hours. You will be mushing in the Arctic nature for 20 kilometers.

Next morning it is time to meet the polar bear. There are no other polar bears living in Finland, their area of living is closer to the north pole. You will get to see the polar bear close and follow the feeding. All this takes place very early in the morning so we suggest you'll sit for breakfast after this event and then go ad see the other animals.

Rovaniemi  is the capital of Lapland region. Your hotel will take you by surprise. It is located on a 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 are included in the package, not forgetting the Santa Claus. You'll also get a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle.

 

ROUNDTRIP IN LAPLAND: ROVANIEMI - RANUA ARCTIC ZOO - KEMI ICEBREAKER

Accommodation:

  1. Rovaniemi: Scandinavian style apartments for 4 people
  2. Ranua zoo: holiday village 2-bedroom apartments, even a group of 4 adults and 2 children can stay in one apartment
  3. Kemi: hotel Merihovi, twin rooms with exta bed if needed

Meals: 5 x breakfast, 5 x dinner, 5 x lunch

Transportation: please note that you can move which way round you want and start either from Rovaniemi or Kemi airport or train station

  • Rovaniemi-Ranua by pubic bus (also private taxi possible)
  • Ranua-Kemi by taxi
  • Kemi-Rovaniemi by train

Itinerary: sample

Day 1: Fri

  • 10.45pm arrival in Kemi
  • airport transfer
  • night in hotel Merihovi

Day 2: Sat

  • breakfast
  • chek-out but leave your luggage at the hotel
  • 10.00am Snowcastle opens up and you cna make a visit there as well as the exhibition
  • 12.15pm transfer bus to Sampo icebreaker
  • 1-5.00pm cruise on the frozen sea with lunch and swimming among the ice for those, who are over 150cm
  • transfer back to hotel Merihovi, dinner there
  • 7.00pm taxi to take you to Ranua
  • 8.30pm arrival in Gulo Gulo holiday village
  • night in a holiday apartment with own sauna

Day 3: Sun

  • breakfast
  • 10-12.00 husky safari 2h (=20km)
  • lunch buffet
  • relaxing free afternoon (toboggaming, having sauna etc.)
  • dinner buffet
  • night in a holiday apartment with own sauna

Day 4: Mon

  • 8-8.45 Meet the Polar bear in the zoo
  • breakfast
  • time for taking a good look at the Arctic zoo
  • check.out
  • lunch buffet
  • 14.43 bus to Rovaniemi
  • 16.35 arrival in Rovaniemi
  • hotel transfer
  • ice-fishing
  • dinner in Lappish hut*
  • night in a hotel apartment

Day 5: Tue

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 pick-up by a guide taking you to the Arktikum museum
  • 12.00 lunch
  • 13.00 guide come back to take you to Santa's Village and makes a guided tour with you there meeting Santa as well
  • by 14.30 back at the hotel
  • dinner preparation by open fire (=blazing salmon)*
  • night in a hotel apartment

Day 6: Wed

  • breakfast
  • 9.15 flights AY422 from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
  • 10.30 arrival in Helsinki

*might change places

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Location Lapland
Price family 2+2=5158€, family 4+2=7801€
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