7 Day Lapland Northern Lights Tour: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi and Icebreaker Cruise with Ice Swim

7 Day Lapland Northern Lights Tour: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi and Icebreaker Cruise with Ice Swim

from 2750€

With this tour, you’ll experience the best of Finnish adventures and create unforgettable memories. Visit Helsinki, admire its neoclassical architecture, and explore modern art at a famous museum. Enjoy fantastic shopping, take an overnight train to Lapland, try husky safaris and reindeer rides, and don’t miss a swim in the icy waters of Bothnia!

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Tour program

Winter tour to Finnish Lapland

Day One – Welcome to Helsinki

This day you start your individual northern lights tour to Lapland. Arrive in Helsinki under own arrangements. Accommodation in this modern city will be at one of the best 4* centrally-located  hotel like Scandic, Holiday Inn, Radisson or similar. The private airport transfers are always included.

Day Two – Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Lapland

Following breakfast in your hotel, the day commences with a Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Helsinki. This quality tour, of just under two hours duration, will introduce the city’s most interesting features. Moreover, your friendly host 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. You can read more about here things to do in Helsinki. Additionally, you may want to check the weather in Lapland to prepare for your journey.

Depart in the evening by a modern and comfortable double-decked overnight train to Rovaniemi – Lapland’s capital. This train ride offers a unique experience as you transition from the bustling city to the serene landscapes of Lapland.

Winter in Helsinki
Central Helsinki under the snow

Day Three – Rovaniemi, Lapland on Finland Northern Lights Tour

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 one of the modern, 4-star hotels that are conveniently located in the city centre, close to restaurants, bars, and shops.

Discover the Magic of Santa Claus Village on Your Lapland Northern Lights Tour

Upon checking into your hotel, your journey into wonder begins as we whisk you away to the magical Santa Claus Village. Here, you have the opportunity to delve into a world of enchantment at your leisure.

With a minimum of three hours of free time, there’s plenty to explore in this winter wonderland. Meet Santa Claus in person, an unforgettable moment that brings the spirit of Christmas to life. Send postcards from Santa’s official post office, where every piece of mail gets a special Arctic Circle postmark. Traverse the Arctic Circle line right through the village, a unique experience that’s perfect for a memorable photo opportunity. Whether you’re indulging in local Finnish cuisine, shopping for handcrafted souvenirs, or simply absorbing the festive atmosphere, the choice is yours.

For more ways to explore Finland, check out our Visit Finland tours. And if the charm of the village captivates you, feel free to extend your visit.

Step into the Enchanting World of Santa’s Residence During Your Northern Lights Tour

Dive deeper into the heart of Lapland’s magic with a visit to the charming residence of Santa Claus himself. Nestled in the picturesque Santa Claus Village, this enchanting home is where the magic of Christmas comes to life year-round. Explore the cozy interiors where Santa and his elves prepare for the festive season, offering a rare glimpse into the legendary Christmas preparations.

Engage with the joyful elves, learn about the ancient traditions of Christmas, and feel the warmth of Santa’s welcoming embrace. Overall, a visit to Santa’s residence is not just an experience; it’s stepping into a living fairy tale, creating memories that will be cherished forever. This unique experience is a highlight of our Lapland Northern Lights Tours, promising an intimate encounter with the magic that lies at the very heart of Christmas.

For an alternative itinerary, you might also consider our shorter Rovaniemi Lapland Tour.

A child joyfully riding a mini snowmobile through the snow-covered landscapes of Santa Claus Village, encapsulating the spirit of winter adventure in Lapland.
Join the Winter Fun! Young Explorer Navigating the Snow on a Mini Snowmobile in Santa Claus Village.

When you’re ready, our driver will ensure your comfortable return to the hotel. This magical excursion to Santa Claus Village is a standout feature of our Lapland Northern Lights Tours, designed to create lasting memories in the enchanting setting of Santa’s official hometown.

Aurora Borealis Safari

Following this magical sleigh ride, you will then embark on what is a true, once in a lifetime experience. Take an exhilarating ride 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, or savour the true Nordic experience of the sauna.

Day Four – Reindeer Ride and trip from Rovaniemi to Kemi

After breakfast enjoy a reindeer ride. 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.

In the afternoon, you will have a transfer by private car to the central station, from where you will depart in comfort for the town of Kemi, on the Gulf of Bothnia. Accommodation in Kemi will be at a comfortable 3* hotel located in the city center. Evening at leisure.

Tourist enjoying a traditional reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy landscape of Lapland.
Experience the enchantment of Lapland with a scenic reindeer sleigh ride, a timeless tradition in the Arctic wonderland.

Day Five – Lapland Tours

A morning to explore an amazing and emotional safari with friendly husky dogs. After this tour you can 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 an Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and much more.

Husky sled ride through the snowy landscapes of Lapland under the Northern LigExperience the thrill of a traditional husky sled ride in the heart of Lapland, a highlight of Scandi Travel's Northern Lights Tours. Feel the rush of gliding through pristine snow, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Arctic wildernesshts during a Scandi Travel tour.
Embark on a husky sled journey in Lapland, a magical ride in the Lappish wilderness

Day Six – Icebreaker Cruise and Overnight Train to Helsinki

The most interesting part of the northern lights tours is ahead!. Following breakfast, you will be transferred for an unforgettable adventure on the Icebreaker.

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.

Ice Breaker and ice swim in Finland
Experience the Power of the Icebreaker: A Majestic Voyage Through the Frozen Arctic
Icebreaker ship cutting through the frozen waters of the Gulf of Bothnia during Scandi Travel's Lapland Northern Lights Tour.
Witness the power of an icebreaker navigating the icy seas of the Gulf of Bothnia

Day Seven – Helsinki

Arrive in Helsinki in the morning, where the tour will end. You can shop before you either depart the city or carry on at leisure. For more adventures, consider exploring our Winter Lapland Tours or join the exciting Santa Claus Summer Safari.

Tour Available

Included

  • 4-star centrally located Helsinki Hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complimentary sauna in hotels
  • Panoramic Helsinki City Tour (with audio guide)
  • Comfortable overnight train
  • Transfers as per tour program
  • 4-star Hotel accommodation in Rovaniemi
  • English-speaking guide on tours and safaris (other languages available)
  • Safari outfit
  • Comfortable bus or train Rovaniemi – Kemi
  • 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)

Not Included

  • International or domestic transportation to Helsinki before and after tour
  • Airport transfers in Helsinki
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Optional tours

2 reviews for 7 Day Lapland Northern Lights Tour: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi and Icebreaker Cruise with Ice Swim

  1. the Müller Family

    Our family trip to Lapland with Scandi Travel was absolutely incredible! Traveling from Switzerland, we were eager to explore the magic of Lapland, and every moment exceeded our expectations. From the moment we arrived in Helsinki, we were impressed with the seamless arrangements. The Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel was comfortable and ideally located, providing a great start to our journey.

    The overnight train to Rovaniemi was an adventure in itself, and waking up in a winter wonderland was breathtaking. Our stay in Rovaniemi was filled with highlights, including the enchanting Santa Claus Village. Although we had to wait about 30 minutes to meet Santa, the excitement and joy on our children’s faces made it worthwhile. Sending postcards from Santa’s official post office and crossing the Arctic Circle were memorable experiences.

    One of the most magical moments was the Northern Lights safari. Traveling through snowy forests and over frozen rivers under the starry sky was surreal, and we were fortunate enough to witness the Northern Lights in all their glory. Sitting by the campfire, sipping hot beverages, and listening to stories about the Aurora Borealis made the evening even more special.

    The reindeer sleigh ride was another unique experience that our family thoroughly enjoyed. Learning about reindeer herding and savoring hot coffee and buns by the campfire added a personal touch to our adventure. The husky safari was exhilarating, and our children loved interacting with the friendly dogs.

    Kemi was a delightful stop, especially the Sampo Icebreaker cruise. Watching the ship crush through the ice and even having the chance to dip in the icy waters was thrilling. Exploring the Snow Castle and the charming town of Kemi added to the magic of our trip.

    We must give special thanks to our tour manager, Mikko, who was exceptional throughout the journey. His knowledge, friendliness, and attention to detail ensured that our trip was smooth and enjoyable. Mikko went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.

    Our return to Helsinki was bittersweet as we bid farewell to the winter wonderland of Lapland. The memories we made on this trip will be cherished forever. Thank you, Scandi Travel, for an unforgettable family holiday filled with magic, adventure, and joy. We highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience the true essence of Lapland.

  2. Dominic P.

    It was great and our liaison person, Aleksi, is very patient and amicable. Approachable and willing to assist us in every way possible! Good job!

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