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Christmas In Lapland

7 days with SITA World Tours   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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Day 1 – Sunday December 15th Tromso
Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. In Saariselka, in the far north of Finnish Lapland, lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselka. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year. The legendary Saariselka is the northernmost travel destination in Finland and boasts a variety of services. In Inari and other villages in the area, the Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland. Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director. Overnight at Santa´s Hotel Tunturi.
 
Day 2 – Monday December 16th Tromso (BLD)
In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.
Put on your snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under your feet. Capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as you explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and Urho Kekkonen National Park, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel. Overnight at Santa´s Hotel Tunturi.
 
Included – Snowshoes Safari – DURATION: Approximately 1 Hour 30 Minutes
 
Day 3 – Tuesday December 17th Tromso – Alta (300 Km)(BL)
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour. Overnight at Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloo.
Sami Reindeer Farm Visit & Sleigh Ride
Duration : Approximately 2 Hours 30 Minutes (11:30-14:00)
Included: A Traditional 3-Course Lunch
 
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm.
 
Day 4 – Wednesday December 18th Alta (B)
In the morning after breakfast you will travel by bus to Rovaniemi where you will check-in at Santa´s Hotel Santa Claus and your Christmas adventure can begin. Once you have settled into the hotel, you can enjoy a buffet dinner of traditional Lappish food. You may choose to round off the night with the unique experience of a Finnish sauna included. Overnight at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus.
 
Day 5 – Thursday December 19th Alta – Kirkenes (465 Km) (BL)
Enjoy a Scandinavian breakfast buffet before going on your next adventure, the Husky Farm and Safari. Overnight at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus.
 
Inculded:
Husky Farm & Safari
Duration: Approximately 2 Hours (14:00-16:00)
Included: Winter Clothing, Outdoor Picnic
The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. He will also provide you with brief instructions on how to ride the sleighs. Riding in pairs you will embark on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes.
Visit From Santa Claus & Christmas Eve Gala Dinner
At approximately 16:00, all children are invited to participate in the traditional activity of decorating the Christmas tree. Around 18:00 Santa Claus will pay a visit to the hotel where he will deliver Christmas presents to our youngest guests. There will be a small gift per child from the hotel and the possibility for families to arrange, that Santa Claus special delivers a present to their children on behalf of the family. Christmas Eve Gala Dinner buffet will be served at the hotel Santa Claus. An aperitif and one glass of house wine, beer or soft drink per person are included.
 
Day 6 – Friday December 20th Kirkenes – Saariselka (260 Km) (BL)
Scandinavian buffet breakfast at the hotel before departing on another day of adventure. This morning we will visit the Ranua Wildlife Park, situated 80 km south of Rovaniemi, 1 hour by coach. The Ranua Wildlife Park, established 1983, specializes in arctic and northern animal species. The spacious animal fencings are amid northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. You will be able to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful park and visit different animals and birds. The guide will provide you with interesting and detailed information about the animals and their personalities, as well as answer whatever questions you might have about the animal life and artic nature. Enjoy a self-service lunch at the restaurant in Ranua Wildlife Park. After lunch, you will have one hour to visit the surroundings. You may want to visit the souvenir shops, the Fazer factory and the local wine shop with their unique selection of wines made from berries. Return to Rovaniemi, remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus.
Included:
Christmas Gala Dinner: In the evening enjoy a Christmas Gala Dinner buffet at the hotel Santa Claus. An aperitif and one glass of house wine, beer or soft drink per person included.
 
Day 7 – Saturday December 21st Saariselka (BL)
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
All This Included
Experience this unique journey to lapland and be amazed by a blend of first class travel and the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. You will stay in saariselka with its dazzling with landscape as well as in rovaniemi. In sinetta you are treated to a night in a glass igloo, and weather permitting, you will see the magnificent northern lights from your bed. Santa claus will be expecting you at santa claus village. You will also experience a visit at the sami reindeer farm and sleigh ride, as well as a husky safari. Round off your journey with a visit to the kings of the arctic, the polar bears, living in their natural northern conditions at ranua wildlife park.
  • 6 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts, buffet style
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 7 inclusive
  • Regular arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
  • Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • The long-distance coach from day 2-6 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Highlights
  • Winter activities
  • 1 Night In A Glass Igloo
  • Dinner In A Traditional Kota
  • Reindeer Farm Visit With Sleigh Ride
  • Rovaniemi And Santa Claus Village
  • Husky Farm & Safari
  • A Visit From Santa Claus At Santa Claus Hotel
  • 2 Christmas Gala Dinners
  • Ranua Wildlife Park
Accommodations
to be determined
Notes
  • Please note! Regular Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from Ivalo Airport & to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking driver and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved
    Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.