7 Day Lapland Northern Lights Tour: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi and Sampo Cruise
Day One – Welcome to Helsinki
This day you start your individual Northern lights tours to Lapland. Arrive in Helsinki under own arrangements. Accommodation in this modern city will be at the centrally-located Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel or similar.
Day Two – Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Lapland
Following breakfast in your hotel, the day commences with a Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Helsinki. Of just under two hours duration, this quality audio tour is by bus, and your friendly host will introduce the city’s most interesting features and will share much information about Helsinki. Included sights are the Senate Square, Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Uspenski Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument, and, where possible, the Temppeliaukio (Rock) Church.
The afternoon is at leisure.
Depart in the evening by a modern and comfortable doubler decked overnight train to Rovaniemi – Lapland’s capital.
Day Three – Rovaniemi, Lapland
Arrive by train at Rovaniemi in the morning. Private transfer to hotel (early check-in upon availability). Located in the heart of Lapland, Rovaniemi is a city which lies on the banks of the Kemijoki River, between the Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara Hills. A true winter wonderland, it is but a short distance from the Arctic Circle, and the perfect base from which to enjoy all that Lapland has to offer.
Accommodation will be at either the Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel or the legendary Rantasipi Pohjanhovi Hotel; both of these are modern, 4-star hotels and are conveniently located in the city centre, close to restaurants, bars, and shops.
REINDEER and AURORA BOREALIS SAFARI
Your adventure begins as you travel by car to an authentic reindeer farm for a reindeer sleigh ride. The traditional winter mode of travel in Lapland, this is a unique experience and passing through pristine, snowy forests this way is enchanting. Following the reindeer-led ride, sit back by the campfire and enjoy a warming cup of hot coffee with a tasty bun, while you listen to learn about the life of reindeer herding.
Following this magical sleigh ride, you will then embark on what is a true, once in a lifetime experience. Take an exhilarating ride via snowmobile through the magical Arctic night, through snowy forests and over a frozen river, to marvel at the bright stars and moonlit sky. With a little luck, the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, will appear for a truly amazing vista. Snack and sip warming beverages by the campfire while your guide tells you more, in depth, about Lapland and the Aurora Borealis. This two-in-one safari takes you into the evening. You will return to your hotel, where you can enjoy a hearty dinner (not included).
Following Nothern lights safari, relax at leisure: enjoy a drink at the hotel bar, take a dip in the swimming pool, or savour the true Nordic experience of the sauna.
Day Four – Lapland Tours
A morning to choose your own itinerary, there is a wide array of Lapland tour options to suit the taste and preference of every guest. All winter safaris are available for booking via our “Outdoor Activities” collection page. Choose from a Husky Safari; Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and much more.
Day Five – Rovaniemi to Kemi
After breakfast enjoy the time on your own.
In the afternoon, you will transfer by private car to the central bus station, from where you will depart in comfort for the town of Kemi, on the Gulf of Bothnia. Accommodation in Kemi will be at the Cumulus Hotel (or similar). Evening at leisure.
Day Six – Sampo Icebreaker Cruise and Overnight Train to Helsinki
Following breakfast, you will be transferred for an unforgettable adventure on the Icebreaker, Sampo. This majestic vessel cruises though thick ice in the Gulf of Bothnia, and is Kemi’s greatest tourist attraction. Amidst the thundering sound of the Sampo’s steel crushing tonnes of ice, tour the ship, and even you can dip in the icy sea!
When you return from the cruise in the afternoon, you can discover the beautiful, unspoilt town of Kemi at leisure. Visit the Snow Castle. In the evening you will travel via private transfer to the railway station for your return overnight trip to Helsinki.
Day Seven –Helsinki
Arrive in Helsinki in the morning, where the tour will end and you can shop before you either depart the city or carry on at leisure.
- 4-star centrally located Helsinki Hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily
- Complimentary sauna in hotels
- Panoramic Helsinki City Tour (with audio guide)
- Comfortable overnight train
- 4-star Hotel accommodation in Rovaniemi
- English-speaking guide on tours and safaris (other languages available)
- Safari outfit
- 3-star Hotel accommodation in Kemi
- Tours and excursions as per itinerary
- Safari campfire with beverages and light snacks
- Snowmobile drivers must be aged over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license
- Each snowmobile is shared between two guests taking turns driving (solo driving charged extra at 39 Euro)
- International or domestic transportation to Helsinki before and after tour
- Airport transfers in Helsinki
- Optional tours