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Lapland by Rail Winter

Lapland by Rail Winter

Ecological and economical trip to Lapland using train and bus with as many fun activities in snow as possible. You will meet wildlife, reindeer and huskies, experience ice cold conditions by floating and swimming among the ice and by staying overnight in an ice igloo. 

Destinations: 

Oulu  is just an overnight stop on your way to the north. You will get on train right away afterarrival and reach Oulu by night and sleep well in a hotel to start with. 

Ranua Arctic zoo  is on the bus route from Oulu to Rovaniemi. You will have well enough time to walk around the zoo and see the arctic wildlife otherwise impossible to see as the wilderness areas are too large for that. The animals live there in their natural inhabitat and visitors walk aaround on wooden bridges. If the day is extremely cold, it is possible to rent extra overalls. There is a cafeteria with lunch buffet available. 

Rovaniemi  is the regional capital of Lapland, best known as the home town of Santa Claus. We have not included a stop at  Santa's Village as it is very touristic but in case you do want to get there, it is possible to get there in the morning before visitin the Arktikum Science centre. You can pick up a bus right next to your hotel. We have included an ice-floating experience in Rovaniemi. 

Floating in a frozen lake

Come and experience the lightness of your body during the arctic ice floating! Don’t fear the cold as you are totally protected with high quality rescue suit. Let your body and mind float, enjoy this frozen adventure. This guided adventure is safe with a high-quality rescue suit that covers your whole body and keeps you dry. As you have your own clothing under the suit you will not get cold even in the open 0-degree water. Lying down in the ice hole between the ice blocks is something worth trying, the circumstances truly are arctic!

Pyhä-Luosto National Park  i s located 2-hour drive by bus from Rovaniemi. THe landscape and the snow-loaded trees are extremely beautiful in this area dominated by two Arctic hills Pyhä and Luosto. Luosto is a smaller village, almost unlighted in order to offer the best possible opportunities for northern lights watching. Your hotel has a trail around a small pond you can take on your own and look at the northern sky. You will stay in an authentic Lappish log cabin  a few hundred meters from the hotel where breakfast is served. You do have your own kitchen and there is agorcery store should you want to cook yourselves but there is also a restaurat at the hotel . If you want, we can also add a half-pension buffet for 34€/person/niight. There is also a small, charming spa i the hotel. We have included one entrance there at the time seleceted by you.

Activities in Luosto: 

1. Amethyst mine visit by pendolino (like a snowtank) is something unique only offerend in Pyhä. The amethyst was formed 2000 million years ago. THere is nowadays a special gem mine on the top of the hill welcoming visitors to dig up their own gems. (Note! It would also be possible to teke a tour to the Amethyst mine by fatbikes +58,40€/person at 10:45-13.45)

2. Reindeer farm ouside Luosto is worth visiting. You will meet their reindeer and get on a ride in a elsigh. Half an hour is quite enough as reindeer are no formula drivers, it is rather a slow ride.If they do have other groups, it might also be possible to eat in the Lappish hut restaurant but this we'll need to check when booking the safari. Transfers are included both ways from your hotel. 

Lucky Ranch i s in the middle of nowhere outside the Pyhä ski village. They have built snow igloos where you can stay overnight in cold temperaure in sleeping bags made for extreme conditions provided for you but in proper beds. You would get your own igloo. 

This is now scheduled to take place on December 1st. We have included Finnish sauna with a hot tub as well as an opportunity to swim in ice-cold lake. Dinner will follor in warm premises - and a birthday song with a cake would be included.  

Next day in Pyhä we would keep you busy exploring the Lappish nature as you have no hotel any more but the train only leaves in the evening. 

Activities in Pyhä:

1. Snowshoeing - First we'll show you how to use snowshoes. It is easy and suitable for all, almost like hiking but safely in winter conditions. By snowshoes you can reach places not possible otherwise.

2. Husky safari 10km  - You would end your tour in the most memorable experiences, a dosledding safari. It is fun to try mushing your own team of huskies. Two people always share a team of huskies and in half the way, you would share the musher. YOu will be dropped off at hotel Pyhätunturi where you can get something to eat before the bus to the railway staton leaves in front of the hotel. 

LAPLAND BY RAIL WINTER, tailormade

Accommodation: 

  • 1 night Sokos hotel Arina (600m from the railway statio, 8 minuutes by foot)
  • 1 night in Rovaniemi depeding on availability
  • 2 nights in log cabin at Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi (with spa entrance included once)
  • 1 night in a snow igloo 

Meals: breakfast daily, birthday dinner on 1st of December and half-pension meals in both Pyhän Asteli and Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi once. 

Activities: 

  • Ranua zoo entrance ticket
  • ice-floating in Rovaniemie 3h with tarnsfers
  • Arktikum entrance
  • visiting the Amethyst mine by snowtank 2-3h
  • reindeer farm visit and a 30min sleigh ride at the reindeer farm with transfers
  • sauna, dinner and aurora camp at Lucky Ranch on 1.12.
  • snowshoeing 2,5h 
  • husky safari 10km (small group), 2h with transfers and introduction

Flights: sample from London Gatwick by Norwegian to Helsinki 206,50€/person

  • 9:50-14.50 London Gatwick-Helsinki 
  • 17:00-18:10 Helsinki-London Gatwick 

Trains

  • 15.21-20:48 train from Helsinki airport to Oulu (or 18:21-00:03 if flight is late)
  •  19:55-9.14 next morning (next morning in cabin with shower)

Buses: 

  • Oulu-Ranua
  •  Ranua -Rovaniemi
  •  Rovaniemi-Luostotunturi

Itinerary (sample WINTER): availability check made

Day 1 arrival in Helsinki 

  • 9:50-14:50 flight from Londom Gatwick to Helsinki for example
  • 14:40 arrival to Helsinki airport
  • 15.21-20:48 train from Helsinki airport to Oulu (or 18:21-00:03 if flight is late)
  • night in Lapland Hotel Oulu for example 

Day 2 Ranua

  • breakfast 
  • 8:0-10:20 bus to Ranua 
  • visiting the Arctic zoo, lunch 
  • 16:18-17:30 bus further to Rovaniemi 
  • night in hotel Scandic Pohjanhovi 

Day 3

  • breakfast 
  • visiting the Arktikum museum (tells you about life in the Arctic)
  • 14-17:00 ice-floating 
  • 17:35-19:30 bus to Pyhä and taxi to your hotel 
  • check-in to your cabin, half-pension dinner at arrival 
  • night in a small log cabin, Luosto (booked)

Day 4 Luosto 

  • breakfast
  • 11:30 pick-up from the hotel to the reindeer farm
  • 12-14.00 reindee sleigh ride 2+2km with a lunch break
  • transfer back to the hotel 
  • time to get to the spa
  • half-pensionn dinner buffet 
  • there is an aurora trail around a small lake you can take on your own
  • night in a small log cabin, Luosto (booked)

Day 5 Pyhä

  • breakfast
  • pick-up to Pyhä
  • 10:30-14:30 snowshoeing to the Amethyst mine
  • drop-off at Lucky Ranch
  • 17:00 sauna and dinner at the ranch (booked with brithday cake)
  • nihgt in a snow igloo

Day 6 

  • breakfast
  • pick-up by the actvity provider
  • 13.30-16.00  husky safari 10km in a small group 
  • drop off at hotel Pyhätunturi
  • time for having a meal
  • 17:36-18:55 bus to the railway station
  • 19:55 night in overnight train from Kemijärvi 

Day 7 

  • breakfast on train (not included)
  • 9:14  arrival to Helsinki city centre
  • luggage in storage box at the railway station
  • time to have breakfast vist the Christmas market at the Senate square (opens at 10:00  and explore Helsinki
  • 14:30 train to the airport
  • 17:00 Norwegian flight from Helsinki to London for example
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 1666,50€/person ) = 1428 GBP + flights 177GBP = 1605 GBP
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Timing Price without 2 hp meals -63€ = 1603,50€
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