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.
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.
Meet at 8am for breakfast in your hotel. Then you will embark at 11.00 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 if it is open to the public).
In the evening, you will board the overnight train for departure to Rovaniemi, Lapland.
Your train will make its arrival in Rovaniemi in the heart of Lapland in the morning. After transfer from the station to the hotel, you will be checked in. This day is at your leisure to explore this capital city of Finland’s north.
In the evening 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.
Following a hearty northern breakfast in your hotel, a day of magic begins in the morning 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.
* In December, the snowmobile ride will be provided as a separate tour or with another activity.
You will then be transferred back to your hotel to prepare for departure to Kakslauttanen by bus in the afternoon. Hotel check in Kakslauttanen is , followed by dinner locally. The village where you will stay offers you a unique opportunity to see northern lights.
Take breakfast in your hotel. You will be collected at 10:00 by the husky farmer for an invigorating two-hour husky safari. For this winter safari you will be provided with warm thermal clothing. 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. 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 22:55 you will be treated to a Finnish dinner.
Breakfast early in your hotel before departing by to Inari in the morning. Our driver will pick you up from the reception of the resort. You’ll then have a private transfer to your next stop, Inari, which happens to be the northernmost point of your trip.
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.
in the afternoon 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). The Best of Lapland tour will continue the next day in Inari.
After breakfast in your hotel 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.
Then you will depart by bus to Rovaniemi.
Your overnight train to return to Helsinki departs Rovaniemi after 8pm.
You will arrive in Helsinki early in the morning and here the tour concludes.
Season Prices, €
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 4* hotels located in the city center
Accommodation in Kakslauttanen two nights. One night in traditional log cabin and one night in glass igloo
Annie G. –
Hi Scandi Travel, Thank you for a pleasant journey through Finland. It was an amazing experience for our family. We saw a lot of cozy nice places. Hopefully we will be back again.
Cludithe L. –
It was a blast. I had a good time. Great experience and adventure. We were so lucky we saw the northern lights (aurira borealis). The staff during our tour are very friendly and accommodating. I will definitely do it again with my whole family. Highly recommended!!!!!
Michelle H. –
Scandi did the bookings for the tour from Helsinki to Lapland and return. All the hotels and train travel and excursions that I was looking forward to were included and I was happy with each one. The buses worked well with transport from place to place, but when I arrived in Inari the bus driver let us off on the highway and we had to drag our suitcases at least 500 metres in the snow to the hotel, which was extremely difficult. The lady at the desk when we arrived was quite shocked that we had done so and organised the bus to pick us up at the hotel for the return journey. This needs to be taken into account when you are booking people again. All in all I am happy with the arrangement but it’s the little things that make a difference.
Neryn B. –
We have just had the trip of a lifetime in beautiful Finland. Our family of 2 adults and 3 children travelled to Finland from Singapore to celebrate Christmas in the snow. Scandi Classics were absolutely amazing in arranging all the tours, hotels and transfers. Every single detail was planned perfectly, every transfer arrived on time and all the hotels were lovely. The day tours were wonderful and well organised and we had an absolutely great time.
We would book through Scandi again in a heartbeat, knowing that all of our plans and the details of our trip would be done exactly as we wanted. A big thank you to Aleksi, who always replied to my emails, even though some of my requirements were very specific, and always answered my questions and requests quickly.
Thank you to the team at Scandi Classics, our family had the most amazing holiday in Finland, such wonderful memories.
Ashish B. –
The tour is well organised. Spectacular. Once in a lifetime experience. The scary part was that no one could be reached by phone at one day but worked out well by chat. Good itinerary. Places, hotels and safari selection was good. If you followed the itinerary it was easy to get around. We could have saved more time by flying from Helsinki to Rovaniemi instead of train and that time could perhaps have been better used because you just couldn’t get enough of the spectacular sights.
Belinda W. –
My daughter dropped my phone in the street luckily someone found it and contacted Scandi Staff – who right away call my office of where to pick up my phone. Forever grateful to this gesture. – very reliable Tour company. Everything went well and our tour was well organised!
We had a great time during the whole tour, it was fun and we enjoyed all the adventures. Regarding the incident yesterday, it was the mistake of the tour guide as he only said that he was picking up guests for the Snow Hotel tour. After waiting in our hotel lobby for more than half an hour, we called your office and were told that the tour guide would pick us up again due to the misunderstanding.
Other than that minor misunderstanding, everything went very well and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you for the complimentary Snow Hotel tour and for waiving the fee for the 1.5 hour bus ride, I appreciate it very much and will definitely recommend your travel agency to friends.
Thank you so much for your impeccable organization!
Our holidays in Lapland was unforgettable!! Everything is perfect but I didn’t find any reviews about you in internet so i was worried. Our holiday in lapland it was a fairytale!!! And your organization perfect! Thank you so much!
I will contact you next year for a st peterburg cruise.
Renata P. –
We were very happy and satisfied with the services. Thanks a lot for all your support.