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See the Northern Lights from Your Bed
Experience this unique journey to Lapland and be amazed by a blend of first class travel, with the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. Firstly you will stay in SaariselkÃ€ with its dazzling white landscape as well as in Rovaniemi and SinettÃ€, with one night in the extra ordinary Arctic Glass Igloos.Weather permitting you will see the breath taking 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 âSampoâ Icebreaker safari where you have a chance to take a swim in the fresh Arctic waters of Kemi.
Arrival to Kirkenes Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. This north eastern town lies a mere 15 km from the Russian border. The area offers a world of experiences for the adventurous traveler wanting to experience mountains, fjords, forests, lakes and the beautiful dancing northern lights. Approximately 10% of the population are Russians and you will find street signs in both Russian and Norwegian. Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out at 08.30 and meet at the lobby at 08.45 for departure at 09.00 for the amazing experience of the âKING CRAB SAFARIâ. Directly after the King Crab Safari you continue by coach towards Saariselka. Depart Kirkenes travelling 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. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finlandâs winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the evening is at leisure.
KING CRAB SAFARI, included
DURATION: approximately 3 hours (09:30-12:30)
MEETING TIME: 09:00 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal equipment, king crab lunch
âRated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographicâ
One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided.
Day 3 Saariselka - SinettaMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to SinettÃ€, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour. SAMI REINDEER FARM & SLEIGH RIDE included in the package.
DURATION: 2:00-2:30 HOURS
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). On sleighs for two people, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through white landscape over the lake and through the forest 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 SinettÃ€ on the twisting roads through the snowy forest to arrive at the unique Arctic SnowHotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting, you can marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from 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 the fire on a huge fire pit in the center.
OPTIONAL: SNOW SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI,
10:00pm â 11.30pm, EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR GUESTS!
Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna and its walls made of snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made of wood! The sauna bathing experience is an astonishing combination of thick steam within intimate snow walls. Then jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland.
OPTIONAL: OVERNIGHT IN A SNOW SUITE with EVENING SAUNA & OUTDOOR JACUZZI EXPERIENCE,
Overnight incl. snow sauna & outdoor Jacuzzi, 10.00pm-11.00pm, Sauna and Jacuzzi are shared with other guests. Each year the snow hotel is built with local artists designing and creating the ice and wall sculptures that decorate the hotel and Snow suites. Each Snow Suite is different each year and offers a unique arctic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special arctic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C.
Departing late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. 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. HUSKY FARM & SAFARI included in the package
DURATION: 2:00-2:30 hours; 2 persons per sledge
The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. 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 and riding in pairs, you embark on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes. The day continues with a visit to the world famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home toSanta 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 Santas home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the feelings raised by fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland. From Santa Claus Village it is a short trip to the hotel for check in.The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
OPTIONAL: EXCURSION AURORA BOREALIS CAMP BY SNOW MOBILE,
9.00pm - Midnight, Snack included
This excursion takes you to the Aurora Borealis camp located approximately 10 kms away from the city lights with unlimited view to the northern sky. At the resort you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre built inside a massive snow igloo, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon along with spectacular photos of the Northern lights. You will also have time to roam around the resort, take a brisk sleigh ride with snowmobile drawn sleigh, or you can just lay back in snow observatory by the open fire admiring the northern sky. And dont forget to enjoy the traditional reindeer burgers in the Kota (teepee) made by the open fire. Remember to bring your own camera! With a little luck the sky is clear and the moon, stars and even the Northern Lights may show up. Your guide will have tips on how to catch the Auroras with your camera, and also tripods are available!
*Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid driverâs license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. Borealis Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts
Time for a swim as we 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 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note the Snow Castle depends on the weather to be built and is not guaranteed to be open before the 22nd of January!
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING, included in the package; DURATION: 1:00pm-5:00pm
This incredible 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 who dare will also be presented with a certificate by the ship authorities. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.
OPTIONAL: THE MAGIC OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Exclusive for our guest! Min 6 pax!
7.30pm - 10 .30pm;
Includes: Private transfer, guide, typical 3 course dinner incl. fresh bread & cheese, water, coffee/tea
You are invited to a perfect evening in Snowland, the first and only great Arctic construction in the capital of Lapland. Do not miss this unique opportunity to visit and dine in this idyllic igloo, which only opens its doors for special events. During this evening you will enjoy a dinner with local specialties and then sit on the white patio, around a bonfire, waiting for the Aurora Borealis. Snowland has been built in the vicinity of the city but with the purpose of offering the best conditions to appreciate the dance of the Aurora Borealis when it announces its arrival on the clear nights of Rovaniemi.
* This optional will be operated on Thursday or Friday, the day will be advised at destination.
Day 6 RovaniemiMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions. The weather conditions in Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of Borealis Destination Management ApS and its suppliers. Also the snow and ice conditions can be unpredictable during the season, so some of the activities on this adventure are subject to change or cancellation without notice
Price IncludesAirport Transfers Kirkenes
Outdoor Clothing for Winter Activities Mentioned in the Program
Visits, Excursions and Entrances As Mentioned in the Program
All Tours and Transportation, As Mentioned in the Program
Bi-Lingual Tour Escort (english & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2-5
1 Dinner and 3 Lunches & 1 Picnic
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary With Daily Breakfast
Price Does Not IncludeAir
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