Winter Lapland: Arctic Adventure (Escorted)

Experience this unique journey Lapland! Blend first-class travel with the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. Bein your journey in Alta and make your way to Kirkenes where you may choose to try one of the delicacies of the north on a King Crab Safari. You’ll stay in Saariselka with its dazzling white landscape as well as in Rovaniemi and Sinetta, with a night in the extraordinary glass igloos. Weather permitting, you’ll take in the breathtaking Northern Lights from your bed, experience Santa Claus Village and visit the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi. The highlight of this winter adventure is the “Sampo” Icebreaker Safari where you have a chance to swim in the fresh arctic waters of Kemi!

Day 01: Arrival/Alta

Arrival to Alta airport and transfer (not included) to the hotel on your own for check-in. Please consult the welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 18:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour.

Optional: Schedule a sleigh ride under the northern lights!

Day 02: Alta

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark more than 11,000 years ago. Visit exhibitions on local culture and historic industries and experience Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site where you’ll have a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord.

Then we’ll visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral. The modern construction of this cathedral is elegant and beautiful, a result of a an architectural competition in 2001.

Optional: Schedule a Northern Lights Tour and visit the Sorrisniva Ice Hotel!

Day 03: Alta/Kirkenes

Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will travel the 465 km east to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 9-hour journey taking you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you sit back and watch the landscape unfold. You will make a stop along the way in Karasjok for a three-course lunch (included). Arrive in Kirkenes and check-in at your hotel before dinner.

Day 04: Kirkenes/Saariselka

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll experience an unforgettable King Crab Safari! Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the world by National Geographic, we’ll head out on the Kirkenes Fjord on either a boat, snowmobile or sleigh. After catching your crab it will be taken back to the cabin and prepared for a delicious lunch!

Directly after the King Crab Safari you continue by coach towards Saariselka. Depart Kirkenes traveling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self-governance, culture, education and know-how.

After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland’s winter sports and will check-in to the hotel for an evening of relaxation.

Day 05: Saariselka/Sinetta

In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as you make your way to Sinetta, located in the outskirts of Rovaniemi. Along the way, you will experience one of the highlights of the tour — the Sami Reindeer Farm and a sleigh ride!

Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride
in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm.

The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Boreal) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. In the evening, you are invited for a traditional
Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota” where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over a large fire pit.

Optional: Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi

Day 06: Sinetta/Santa Claus Village/Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel and depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter ad venture. Heading towards Rovaniemi, you stop on the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region.

The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions you embark, riding in pairs, on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies (3 km). After the ride there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire.

The day continues with a visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa’s home and meet Santa himself.

Day 07: Rovaniemi/Kemi

Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at 08:45 in the hotel. Time for a swim as you head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. First a visit to the Snow Castle with its special snow slide. Enjoy the snow sculptures and complex. Later you will experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as we board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend four hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.

This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge, ice swimming and a three-course meal at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! You will of course be fitted with a warm survival suit and those of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage.

Day 08: Rovaniemi/Departure

Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi Airport in good time for your departure flight.

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Featured Sites

  • King Crab Safari (Kirkenes)
  • Alta Museum (Alta)
  • Northern Lights Cathedral (Alta)
  • Reindeer Farm (Sinetta)
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Husky Farm & Safari (Rovaniemi)
  • Sampo Icebreaker (Kemi)
  • Kemi Snow Castle (Kemi)

Locations

  • Alta
  • Kirkenes
  • Saariselka
  • Sinetta
  • Rovaniemi
  • Kemi
Trip Info
Priced From: Starting at $4,248
Included in Price
  • 7 Nights in First-Class Hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 dinner, 4 lunches and 1 picnic
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Excursions as noted in itinerary
Not Included in Price
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional meals and alcohol
  • Items of personal nature
Departure Dates

(2020)
Februry 08, 22, 29
March 07