Best of Lapland 8 Day Tour: Helsinki – Rovaniemi – Kakslauttanen – Inari
Day One – Helsinki
Your Best of Lapland tour begins with your arrival in Helsinki and check in at one of Helsinki’s most comfortable central hotels. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to relax or explore this contemporary Nordic city.
Day Two – Helsinki – Rovaniemi
Meet at 8am for breakfast in your hotel, following which you will embark at 10.30 am on a Panoramic Audio Bus Tour of Helsinki. This fully guided tour encompasses the historical centre of the city as well as the City Hall, Presidential Palace, Senate Square, Parliament Building, diplomatic headquarters, Finlandia Hall and the Uspenkiy Cathedral. The tour bus will make stops at the Sibelius Monument and the Church in the Rock (provided it is open to the public).
In the evening, you will board the overnight train for departure to Rovaniemi, Lapland, at 21:50.
Day Three – Rovaniemi
Your train will make its arrival in Rovaniemi in the heart of Lapland at 10:40. After transfer from the station to the hotel, you will be checked in and the day is at your leisure to explore this capital city of Finland’s north.
At 21:00 you will meet for the Aurora Borealis Adventure. Transported by car to the Lappish wilderness, walk through the snowy landscape to the banks of the river to a spot perfect for capturing the Northern Lights. Soak up the peaceful, pristine atmosphere as you patiently await the random theatrical performance of nature at its best. Enjoy fried sausages by the campfire, before transferring back to your hotel by car.
Day Four – Rovaniemi – Kakslauttanen
Following a hearty northern breakfast in your hotel, a day of magic begins at 10:00 when you depart for the Santa Claus Safari. Be transported via snowmobile to a reindeer farm where you will become informed about traditional Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. Embark on a reindeer ride and attend a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle. After this, transfer by car to the renowned Rovaniemi Santa Claus Village to meet Santa himself, send postcards from the North Pole post office, and relax in the cosy restaurant for a delicious Lappish lunch. You will also receive a Diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle.
You will then be transferred back to your hotel to prepare for departure to Kakslauttanen by bus at 17:00. Hotel check in Kakslauttanen is at 20:30, followed by dinner locally at 21:00.
Day Five – Kakslauttanen
After breakfasting in your hotel, you will be collected at 10:00 by the husky farmer for an invigorating two-hour husky safari. You will be provided with warm thermal clothing and then meet the happy, excited, and friendly husky dogs that can’t wait to take you on a sledge for a speedy adventure! You will be given instruction on how to turn, drive, and stop, and with two persons to a sledge there is plenty of time to take turns mustering the dogs. After the ride is over, you will refresh with coffee and learn about the life of a husky dog in Lapland.
At 13:00 you will be treated to a Finnish lunch, with the afternoon at leisure in Kakslauttanen before a local dinner at 20:55.
Day Six – Kakslauttenen – Inari
Breakfast early in your hotel before departing by bus to Inari at 9:10. On arrival at Inari at 11:35, you will transfer to your hotel for check in.
Inari is the cultural heart of Lapland’s north, and we are very excited to add this exceptional and remote destination to our fabulous travel packages for the first time. Here you will step deeply into the culture and atmosphere of traditional Lapland and the indigenous Sami people – a truly unique experience. We guarantee you will always remember the magic of Inari.
At 14:00, you will experience charming local Lappish hospitality as you are welcomed as a guest into a local Inari resident’s home. Your hostess, Tuula, lives in the remote wilderness by the Lake Muddus with her reindeer; you will meet and have the opportunity to feed this friendly herd. Learn the interesting history of Tuula’s home as well as a glimpse of what life is life there today. You will also observe the traditional process of creating Sami fur boots. (This safari could be changed to another one).
Day Seven – Inari – Rovaniemi
After breakfast in your hotel at 08:00, you will visit Siida, which is the heart of the Sami area of Finland. There is no more in depth way to gain a glimpse of Sami culture and the diversity of Lapland’s nature. Here the Nature Centre of Metsahallitus and the National Museum of the Finnish Sami collaborate to offer exciting exhibitions showcasing the region’s art, culture, and natural environment. There is a restaurant onsite.
At 12:10, you will depart by bus to Rovaniemi, arriving at 17:30.
Your overnight train to return to Helsinki departs Rovaniemi at 21:15.
Day Eight – Helsinki
You will arrive in Helsinki at 07:52 and here the tour concludes.
- Helsinki Audio Sightseeing Tour
- Aurora Borealis Adventure in Rovaniemi
- Santa Claus Village
- Snowmobile ride
- Cross the Arctic Circle
- Reindeer Farm
- 2 nights in Kakslauttanen. One night in traditional log cabin and one night in glass igloo
- Husky Safari
- Inari Local Home Visit
- Siida Museum in Inari
Explore the very best of Lapland on this most interesting, exciting, and culturally informative of winter Lapland tours. From the heart of Finland’s capital city Helsinki to Kakslauttanen and Inari in Finland’s far north, this unique seven night tour offers appeal to the entire family and takes you in depth into the true nature of Lapland, its people, and its traditions. You will marvel at the Northern Lights, thrill at an invigorating husky safari, visit Rovaniemi, absorb the pristine air of Lapland’s wilderness, and even meet and greet Santa Claus himself. Delve into the culture and traditions of Lappish life and the indigenous Sami people. This winter Lapland tour really is something special and not to be missed.
This tour is arranged for individual travelers. There will be no other guests on the tour with your booking.
- All safaris and adventures described in the tour program
- Meals as per program
- Entry to included attractions
- Return travel by overnight train between Helsinki and Rovaniemi,
- Bus travel between Rovniemi, Kakslauttanen and Inari
- Panoramic Helsinki Audio Tour
- Accommodation in Helsinki one night
- Accommodation in Rovaniemi two nights
- Accommodation in Kakslauttanen two nights. One night in traditional log cabin and one night in glass igloo
- Accommodation in Inari one night