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Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Lapland 21.-28.12.2019

Christmas Tour to Helsinki and Lapland 21.-28.12.2019

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 is the Winter Circus by dance Theatre Hurjaruuth.. 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.

You will 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 a buffet breakfast first togethwer with the other family group.  One group then goes first to the guesthouse Joosula for Christmas and then to Pan Village in Salla on the 25th. The other group goes first to Pan Village and then to Joosula on the 25th. In this way you can both participate in traditional Finnish Christmas and on the other hand enjoy the best winter activities. 

Joosula  is a guesthouse hosting max 9 guests at a time. Please note, that it is a private home hosted by Tuulikki and Pentti, not a hotel. You'll get your own family apartment upstairs and you will be the only guests. 

On the arrival day you can try kick-sledging or tobogganing on snow.. Next day you'll  take a snowmobiling tour and have a barbeque outdoors. If you catch fish, it will be prepared for lunch for you.  On snowmobiling safari, you will sit in sleigh. Sauna with hot tub outdoors will be waiting for you after the snowmobiling tour. Santa will make a visit on December 24th. 

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. In Santa's village you can find a lot of different family activities to choose from. 

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. You will then have free time to spend visiting the attractions you like the most.  Entrance to Snowman's World is included in your package. 

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. 2-bedroom apartment in the core city centre
  • 22.-23.12. night train (each family has own connectable cabin)
  • 23.-25.12. Guesthouse Joosula OR log apartment in Salla  
  • 25-27.12. log apartment in Salla  OR Guesthouse Joosula 
  • 27-28.12. family glass igloo in Santa's village Rovaniemi

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 2-3h, snowshoeing 2h, sauna & hot tub, winter fiun (kicksledging and/or toboggaing), meeting Santa Claus, guided tour in Helsinki 

Transportation: train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, transfer Kemijärvi-guesthouse-Salla-Rovaniemi and airport transfers

Flights: not included  -> you will need a flight to Helsinki and back directly  from Rovaniemi or train back to helsinki from Rovaniemi and flight from helsinki

Itinerary:  

a) Christmas in a guesthouse (=Finnish home) ONE FAMILY GROUP ONLY

Fri 21.12.: Arrival in Helsinki

  • flight arriving to Helsinki (ideal arrival time 13-14:00)
  • transfer to the city centre by airport shuttle taxi
  • after 15:00 check-in to your apartment
  • dinner (salty pie, salad, fruits and drinks in fridge)
  • 18:00 Winter Circus by Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth 
  • night in family apartment

Sat 22.12. Sightseeing in Helsinki

  • breakfast ingredients in fridge
  • morning free (public libraray Oodi opens up at 10:00 if you want to pop in)
  • 11:00 pick-up by a taxi van, sightseeing by car
  • 12-13:30 lunch at restaurant Kaarti
  • 14-15:00 guided tour at Fazer visitor centre (confectionary, gift bag included)
  • by 15:30 drive to the Senate square
  • 16-18:00 Visit to the Helsinki Christmas market
  • by 18:10 departure to teh railway station
  • 18.49  night train to Rovaniemi

Sun 23.12. Arrival in Lapland

  • breakfast
  • 8.45 arrival in Kemijärvi
  • 8.45-9.30 breakfast together
  • transfer to guesthouse Joosula in Savukoski
  • by 10.50 arrival 
  • winter fun: kick-sledging or tobogganing
  • dinner
  • night in a family apartment upstairs

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

  • breakfast
  • 10-13.00 snowmobiling 
  • 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
  • easy morning - self-guided outsdoor sports if wanted 
  • 12:00 lunch 
  • 15:00-16.10 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 transfer via Kemijärvi to Rovaniemi
  • 11:00 arrival in Santa's village, luggage to the hotel
  • free-time in Santa's village (entrance to the Snowman's World included in your package)
  • night in a family glass igloo 

Fri 28.12. 

  • breakfast
  • departure back home

Please note!  You can also stay for one more day, visit Santa Parka and leave Rovaniemi by night train to Helsinki or continue your trip by train to Kemi, where the icebreaker cruises take place. 

b) Christmas in a private log apartment  ONE FAMILY GROUP ONLY

Fri 21.12.: Arrival in Helsinki

  • flight arriving to Helsinki (ideal arrival time 13-14:00)
  • transfer to the city centre by airport shuttle taxi
  • after 15:00 check-in to your apartment
  • dinner (salty pie, salad, fruits and drinks in fridge)
  • 18:00 Winter Circus by Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth 
  • night in family apartment

Sat 22.12. Sightseeing in Helsinki

  • breakfast ingredients in fridge
  • morning free (public libraray Oodi opens up at 10:00 if you want to pop in)
  • 11:00 pick-up by a taxi van, sightseeing by car
  • 12-13:30 lunch at restaurant Kaarti
  • 14-15:00 guided tour at Fazer visitor centre (confectionary, gift bag included)
  • by 15:30 drive to the Senate square
  • 16-18:00 Visit to the Helsinki Christmas market
  • by 18:10 departure to teh railway station
  • 18.49  night train to Rovaniemi

Sun 23.12. Arrival in Lapland

  • breakfast
  • 8.45 arrival in Kemijärvi
  • 8.45-9.30 breakfast together
  • transfer to Panvillage in Salla
  • by 11.50 arrival 
  • 13-14.00 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 lunch
  • 13:30-14:50 transfer to the guesthouse
  • home-cooked Christmas dinner
  • night in a family apartment 

Wed 26.12. Boxing Day: snowmobiling

  • breakfast
  • 10-13.00 snowmobiling with barbeque
  • more winter fun: kick-sledging or tobogganing as you like
  • sauna and hot tub
  • dinner
  • night in family apartment

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

  • breakfast
  • 9:00 transfer via Kemijärvi to Rovaniemi
  • 11:00 arrival in Santa's village, luggage to the hotel
  • free-time in Santa's village (entrance to the Snowman's World included in your package)
  • night in a family glass igloo 

Fri 28.12. 

  • breakfast
  • departure back home

Please note!  You can also stay for one more day, visit Santa Parka and leave Rovaniemi by night train to Helsinki or continue your trip by train to Kemi, where the icebreaker cruises take place. 

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price Nr of people in group: 4=2103€/adult - 8=1737,20€/adult
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