Day 1 – Welcome to Rovaniemi, Lapland
You will arrive in Rovaniemi in the heart of Finnish Lapland at 12 noon for a prompt transfer to your hotel. Your accommodation on this first night will be in either of the centrally located Hotel Scandic Rovaniemi or the Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus. These hotels offer comfortably appointed rooms as well as other appealing features including a modern hotel gym and relaxing saunas as well as restaurant and bar.
13:00 You will embark on a Wintertime Safari with Husky Teams. You will be driven by car a short distance from town to a husky ranch, where these friendly working dogs will provide an enthusiastic welcome. After instruction relating to the control of dog sleds, you will ride in pairs through the snowy terrain, taking turns to drive your dog team. Upon your return to the ranch, enjoy refreshment with hot berry cider and chat with the head dog musher about these remarkable huskies.
Day 2 – Unforgettable stay in Glass igloo
Day two commences with a hearty breakfast in your hotel, before you depart at 09:30 for our wonderful Santa Claus Safari. This full day Lapland tour is our most popular winter safari, incorporating a blend of nature, culture, and Christmas spirit.
Begin with a snowmobile safari* to an authentic reindeer farm, to learn about traditional Lappish culture and the art and science of reindeer husbandry. Enjoy a reindeer ride and a special Lappish ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle.
In the afternoon, transfer by car to the famous Santa Claus Village; a magical wonderland where you can send postcards from the North Pole Post Office, enjoy a delicious lunch, visit Santa’s workshop, and even meet Father Christmas himself. You will also receive a special Diploma for Crossing the Arctic Circle.
* In December, the snowmobile ride will be provided as a separate tour or with another activity..
18:40 You will be transferred to the Arctic Snow Hotel. Here you will be accommodated in a glass igloo, for a once in a lifetime experience in complete comfort.
The Arctic Snow Hotel with glass igloos is situated near Rovaniemi, far enough from the city lights that a glimpse of the Northern Lights from your bed in your glass igloo is optimised (though, of course, there is no guarantee of just when Mother Nature will perform!). The glass igloos, located next to the hotel, are open from November 20th 2017 until March 31st 2018, and can accommodate two persons (an extra bed may be added on demand for each igloo). There are also family glass igloos to accommodate four to five persons. Private and comfortable, they provide all-sky vision, are warmly insulated, and feature thermal glass roofs with heated floors for a mild 20 degree temperature inside. Room amenities include a small refrigerator, hair dryer, and a bathroom with shower. Traditional Finnish sauna is also available for use. Guests can also switch on an “Aurora Alarm” to alert you if the Northern Lights appear, and you can marvel at them from the comfort of your cosy warm bed.
Day 3 – Say Good-bye to Lapland
08:00 After breakfasting in your igloo or the hotel, you will have the morning at leisure.
12:00 Meet for your return transfer to the airport or the Rovaniemi city centre as you prefer.