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Christmas 2019 Trip to Salla

Christmas 2019 Trip to Salla

Christmas holiday in the wilderness with all the winter activities ending to a night in Rovaniemi. 

You will arrive in Kemi and after a night there take a train to Kemijärvi. Kemi is famous for its snow castle opened late January yearly but they do have a small part nowadays open all year long so if you want, you can well walk over there and have dinner in ice restaurant. There would also be a Sampo icbreaker cruise available on Dec 21st at 14-17:00 for 240€/person including the cruise,  ice-floating and entrance to the snowcastle part open (in this case you might also take an evening flight to Helsinki and arrive by morning flight to Kemi). 

Salla  is a small ski village in eastern Lapland  It is not as known as the bigger ski villages and therefore less crowded. There are very high-class log apartments with 3 bedrooms in each located in a beautiful landscape a few kilometers outside the ski village. What the best, next to the cabins there is Salla Reindeer Park with full catering services as well as husky, snowshoeing and reindeer programs available within walking distance.  

Activities in Salla:

1. Forest skiing  is the original way of moving around in the snowy Lappish forest. With long skis you feel the freedom to go where ever you want. You will easily go on top of the powder snow. It gives you good sports after all the travelling. Alternatively snowshoeing . 

2.Northern Lights Hunting by reindeer 3h

Our Northern Light hunting trip starts from the Reindeer Park after the darkness falls. In night time our reindeer are connected to each other so you don’t have to worry about anything else but enjoy the ride Our route, about 6 kilometers, passes through a snowy forest and open swamp areas. During the ride we will stop at a corral, where we feed our female and calf reindeer. Half way we will have a bit longer break and make a big fire next to a swamp. Red flames and open fire will make you feel warm and create cozy atmosphere. Around the fire you can enjoy hot berry juice or hot chocolate.
One can go a bit further from the fire place, in complete darkness, and try to hunt the Northern Lights. Swamp opens to the north and there’s no light pollution so if you are lucky, that is very good place to see the auroras.

3. Arctic Snowshoeing trip with ice-fishing 4h  

This traditional way of moving in the snow is really fun and easy to learn. On the trip you can advance on your own pace so you will have time to enjoy the nature in peace. From the wintery forest you will find lots of interesting things. Our guide will tell you about the nature, animals and pretty much anything you want to ask.  Along the way you will see a breathtaking wall of ice, you have a chance to ice fish and of course enjoy small lunch and hot beverages in traditional Lappish Hut.
Base track is quite easy to pretty much everyone can do this trip. Normally we walk about 3 to 4 kilometers.

4. Husky safari 2h 

On our Husky Safari you will feel like the hero of the wilderness. Enjoy the untouched wilderness and feel the speed of the huskies. Before the safari our guide will give you a driving lesson and tell you how to handle the sleigh. In every sleigh there is one place for passenger and driver is behind the sleigh. Passenger and driver will change places half a way so everyne gets a chance to drive.
On the safari you will get to drive a team of dogs across varying Lappish terrain. Along the way we take care of you and serve some hot drinks and sweet buns. You can also grill a sausage by an open fire. If you want to have a real break from everyday worries you should have a day trip. There will be more driving, more time to enjoy and our guide will prepare a proper lunch in the wilderness.

5. Snowmobiling safari 2h  is a guided safari from Sallatunturi to the gorgeous Ruuhitunturi with coffee break. The 20-kilometer safari takes approx. two hours which is enough at this time of the year as it can be freezing cold. 

Rovaniemi  is the regional capital 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.

Santa's Village  

Santa's Village is a big area full of activity providers, gift shops  and restaurants. In one house you have seen the most , maybe have tried the miniature snowmobiles and the rest of the time our clients have liked to spend in Snowman's World. Santa wil visit you in Salla so no need to gueue to his office here. You will get to Santa's World by bus number 8 from your hotel .

 

CHRISTMAS TRIP TO SALLA 20.12.-27.12.

Accommodation:

  • 1 night in boutique hotel Kemi (at the moment 1 big room booked but we can see if there would be double rooms)
  • 5 nights in a log cabin apartment in Salla with 3 bedrooms
  • 1 night in 2-bedroom family apartment in the city centre

Meals: breakfast daily, dinner x 4

Transfers: airport transfers, transfer to Salla by public bus if only one family travelling

Flights: not included, our recommendation are Finnair flights to Kemi 2514,70 GP

  • 20.12. at 7:30-15.30 London Heathrow via Helsinki to Kemi
  • 27.12. at 15:55-20:40 Kemi via Helsinki to Londfon Heathrow

Itinerary: 

Fri 20.12..(start date can be atthe earliest 19.12.) Arrival in Kemi

  • 7:30-15.30 flight to Kemi 
  • airport transfer
  • getting your extra winterwear 
  • walk to the all-year-round snow castle, maybe a dinner there (not icnluded yet) or at you  hotel 
  • night in boutique hotel Kemi railway station 

Sat 21.12. 

  • breakfast package
  • 5:58-8:52 train from Kemi to Kemijärvi
  • 9-10:30 transfer to Salla with a grocery store stop
  • 11-13:00 forest skiing 
  • lunch
  • getting your cabin, sauna
  • catering dinner
  • night in log cabin apartment

Sun 22.12.  

  • breakfast
  • reindeer safari 3h (day or night depending on availability)
  • catering dinner 
  • night in log cabin apartment

Mon  23.12.

  • breakfast
  • 9:30 transfer to Salla leaving from breakfast at the reindeer farm 
  • 10-12:00 snowmobiling safari 2h (there are also longer snowmobiling safaris, we can check availability)
  • 13-17 afternoon skiing as you like  (not included)
  • á la carte dinner in Keloravintola by the slopes
  • taxi back to the cabin when you are ready (not included)
  • night in a log cabin apartment in Salla

Tue 24.12. Skiing day 

  • breakfast
  •  10-14:00 Arctic tour by snowshoes including campfire, ice-fishing with lunch
  • Christmas dinner in a Lappish hut
  • night in log cabin apartment

Wed 25.12. Departure

  • breakfast
  • 10-12.00 husky safari
  • 12-13.15 lunch
  • tobogganing, snowshoeing on your own
  • transfer to Salla or Holiday Club Salla
  • dinner in restaurant Kiela or Revontuli in Salla 
  • taxi back to the cabin when ready to get back (own cost)
  • night in a log cabin apartment in Salla

Thu 26.12. 

  • breakfast 
  • transfer to Rovaniemi by a van 
  • visit to the Arktikum museum and/or Santa's Village
  • dinner table booking in a close-by restaurant called Nili
  • night in Rovakatu apartment 

Fri 27.12. 

  • breakfast at Cáfe Hostel Koti (300m from your apartment)
  • 11:50 transfer first to return the winterwear, then to the bus station 
  • 12:30-14:00 bus from Rovaniemi to Kemi 
  • airport transfer (9min, airport is tiny so this works)
  • 15.55-20:40 flight back home

 

 

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Location Lapland
Price 7315€/family of 5 + admin cost 16€ = 7331€, 6007,50€ for a family of 4 adults
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Duration 5 days
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