Day 1 – Welcome to Helsinki
Your once-in-a-lifetime Lapland holiday begins the minute you arrive in Helsinki. Our friendly driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you directly to your stunning hotel. Forget daily commutes. You’ll be located at the heart of Helsinki in one of the city’s finest 4 star hotels.
The mesmerising Finnish capital is all yours to explore for the first day of your Finland tour. Its compact size and amazingly efficient public transport system make it perfect for a day of unforgettable sightseeing.
Recently named the Design Capital of the World, Helsinki is packed full of unique culture, cuisine and architectural beauty. Visit the Design District – 200 buildings spread across 25 streets, serving up the city’s very best creative showpieces like the Design Museum, Museum of Finnish Architecture and artisan shops.
Feast your eyes on a plethora of exotic flora at the Helsinki City Winter Garden or sample the city’s culinary delights with Michelin-starred cuisine and traditional old-world flavours. However you choose to make the most of this amazing city, day one is Helsinki at your leisure.
Don’t use up all your camera space though. The delights of Rovaniemi and Lapland are just around the corner…
Day 2 – Helsinki tour and train to Rovaniemi, Finland
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel to prepare for the second day of your awe-inspiring tour. Ready to go? Jump on board a panoramic bus tour of Helsinki. Sit back and relax as your multi-lingual audio headset guides you through 90 minutes of Helsinki’s finest sights.
Take in spectacular views of the historical centre, diplomatic quarters and Senate Square before experiencing the amazing architecture of the Presidential Palace, City Hall, Parliament and Opera Houses. Providing it’s open, you’ll also see the magnificent Temppeliaukio Church. Also known as the Rock Church, the exceptional Lutheran church was built directly into rock in 1969.
Helsinki to Lapland
The second day comes to a close as you depart to the home of Santa Claus himself – Lapland. Stroll to the train station, a mere 100 – 200 metres from your hotel, where your carriage awaits. You’ll travel in complete comfort on a modern Finnish train, departing in the evening. After a smooth overnight journey, you’ll arrive in Rovaniemi before 11:20am.
Find out more about Finland’s overnight trains.
Day 3 – Rovaniemi & Finnish Lapland tours
Welcome to Rovaniemi – a metropolitan city like no other, situated in the winter wonderland of Lapland. Rovaniemi sits on the Kemijoki River between the hills of Korkalovaara and Ounasvaara. Located just a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle, it’s the perfect base for all the incredible Lappish activities.
Upon arrival, our driver will meet you at the train station for a private transfer to your indulgent hotel. We’ve hand-picked the very best Rovaniemi accommodation for your delight. Think 4 star, located in the centre of shops, bars and restaurants.
Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights
After getting familiar with the wonderful city of Rovaniemi, it’s time for something truly spectacular. The Northern Lights are often listed as the most amazing natural wonder our planet has to offer. Now it’s your turn to search for them in the mesmerising Lapland sky.
Get ready to be whisked away on a Lapland Northern Lights tour. A 50-kilometre adventure from your hotel to an idyllic Lapland wilderness. Our expertly chosen secluded spot by the river will give you the best chance to see the spectacular light show put on by the gods.
To make the natural phenomenon even more heavenly, our guides will light a campfire and cook authentic Lappish sausages for you to feast upon under the serene night sky. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the breath-taking spectrum of colours dancing in the Arctic sky.
On your trip back to Rovaniemi, we’ll stop off at the Poro-Pekan Pirtti – a historic, cosy building in the Makela reindeer farm. Built in 1894 by Heikki Hotti, it’s now owned by his great-grandson, Juha Makela. You’ll be warmly welcomed to step back in time in the traditional, peaceful dwelling.
Day 4 – Lapland Tours
Following a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on another fun-filled day of incredible adventures. That begins with theSanta Claus Safari from 10am until 4pm. Lapland is known around the world as the home of Santa Claus himself. We’ll give you the chance to meet him, his elves and the wonderful setting they call home.
Glorious nature, unique culture and a year-round Christmas spirit are all in abundance on this amazing Lapland tour from Rovaniemi.
A thrilling snowmobile ride* will take you to a reindeer farm for a fun and informative lesson in Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. Feeling adventurous? You can even take part in a reindeer expedition across the Arctic Circle!
The Arctic Circle is a truly inimitable part of the world, where the sun can stay above or below the horizon continuously. If you choose to venture north, you’ll receive your own commemorative diploma of the crossing.
* In December, the snowmobile ride will be provided as a separate tour or with another activity.
Santa Claus Village
In the early afternoon, you’ll travel by car to the Santa Claus Village. Marvel in the magical wonderland of ice sculptures, workshops, fairy lights and elf shows before meeting Santa Claus himself. Get cosy with his helpers in a magical underground grotto and send mail home with the unique Arctic Circle postmark.
While you’re here, you can enjoy a festive, hearty lunch in the cosy village restaurant before returning to your lavish hotel. Fancy some more Lappish cuisine? We have the perfect treat lined up. In the evening, you have the option of dinner at a traditional Lappish restaurant.
Admire authentic decorations with wood furniture and reindeer leather. Skilled chefs are on hand to prepare delectable Lappish cuisine in an open kitchen, using the region’s finest natural produce. The result? Fresh, delicious dishes prepared from time-served recipes, passed down the generations.
What better way to relax after dinner than the hotel’s own sauna, swimming pool or a drink in the bar? The choice is yours on this ultimate Lapland tour package.
Day 5 – More Lapland tours and return train to Helsinki
Choose from myriad day trips on your third – yes third! – day in the stunning Lapland region. Take a moonlight snowshoe walk through the frosty Arctic countryside. Or embark on a cross-country skiing adventure in the mind-blowing surroundings.
You can even go on your own Lapland dog sledding experience at a husky farm. The powerful yet beautiful huskies will pull you through diverse surroundings as you sit back and fill your camera roll with unforgettable husky safari snaps. That’s just a taste of the plethora of outdoor activities to choose from.
Your once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Rovaniemi and Lapland is complete. What an experience! In the evenig, our driver will take you to the train station for another comfortable overnight Santa Claus express train. Departing at 6-9pm depending on the daily schedule, your train will arrive in Helsinki at 6-9am the following day.
Day 6 – Helsinki
But wait – it’s not over just yet! Arriving in Helsinki by 9am, you’ll still have plenty of time to shop, sightsee and explore the beautiful, compact city centre. Visit the traditional market square, admire the stunning Helsinki Cathedral or tick off any attractions you didn’t manage on your first day in the capital.
We’ll organise your transfer to the airport before departure, bringing your extraordinary Lapland adventure to an end. That said, you’ll take away plenty of memories that will last a lifetime.