Finland: Northern Lights & Christmas Magic

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Join a group of women on a quest of wonder and intrigue in Finland. On this unparalleled Arctic adventure, set out on a hunt for the world's most magnificent natural wonder, the Northern Lights, and relive childhood wonderment as you visit Santa’s Village to meet the real Santa Claus himself!

And of course, lots and lots of adventures in the ice and snow await you. You’ll drive a sled pulled by a team of huskies, explore vibrant Helsinki and charming Tallinn, drive a snowmobile through the snow-and silver-wilderness, and dive right into festive Christmas spirit in this winter wonderland.
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Magnificent, mysterious, mesmerising, witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights is truly like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

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Chase the Northern Lights on a 3-hour adventure from Rovaniemi for a bucket list experience, Includes an outdoor break by a campfire for sausage grilling and warm drinks

Meet the real Santa Claus for a dash of childhood wonder, and explore Santa Claus village, including the Post Office where Santa receives letters from all over the world. 

Drive your own dog sled team of huskies in the wintry wilderness of Finland.

Zoom across the snowy horizon on a powerful snowmobile. Professional guides make sure everything runs safely and you can focus on having fun. 

Insider’s tour of Helsinki with a private guide by your side (includes the Helsinki Cathedral, Sibelius monument, Kamppi Chapel, local market)

Visit the Snowman World for a day of frosty fun, having a drink at the Ice Bar,  try ice skating or hop aboard the Arctic Sledge, a Lappish sleigh-go-round.

Explore old town Tallinn, capital of Estonia, one of Europe's best-kept secrets and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Roundtrip ferry ticket to and from Tallinn included.

Go ice go-karting and challenge your new crew to a fun race around the tracks.

Overnight journey on the Santa Claus Express 


You'll be staying in the following accommodation or similar:

Helsinki:  Holiday Inn Helsinki (West - Ruoholahti) , a cosy hotel along the Helsinki sea front, is the perfect base from which to explore the city. From the hotel, you can easily access the city centre (1.5 km), shopping markets and a range of art museums.

Rovaniemi: Hotel Aakenus is located in a peaceful area, close to the Rovaniemi town centre. The hotel sauna, is heated specially for guests in the evening, so you can unwind and enjoy a relaxing end to the day, Finnish-style.
7 Breakfasts
2 Dinners
Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa. Please note that arrival and departure transfers will be as per the suggested flight schedules. In the event that you arrive or depart at a time other than that recommended by Byond, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. 

Transportation for excursions


Assistance with arrivals and departures A
An English-speaking local guide will accompany you on tours 
Entry to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Flight
Visas
Travel insurance
Activities, optional experiences, meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal experiences (late check-in/early check-out, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.)
Service tax as applicable
Tips
Trip Leader (In case the trip is for 6 people or less)

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Chase the Northern Lights on a 3-hour adventure from Rovaniemi for a bucket list experience, Includes an outdoor break by a campfire for sausage grilling and warm drinks

Meet the real Santa Claus for a dash of childhood wonder, and explore Santa Claus village, including the Post Office where Santa receives letters from all over the world. 

Drive your own dog sled team of huskies in the wintry wilderness of Finland.

Zoom across the snowy horizon on a powerful snowmobile. Professional guides make sure everything runs safely and you can focus on having fun. 

Insider’s tour of Helsinki with a private guide by your side (includes the Helsinki Cathedral, Sibelius monument, Kamppi Chapel, local market)

Visit the Snowman World for a day of frosty fun, having a drink at the Ice Bar,  try ice skating or hop aboard the Arctic Sledge, a Lappish sleigh-go-round.

Explore old town Tallinn, capital of Estonia, one of Europe's best-kept secrets and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Roundtrip ferry ticket to and from Tallinn included.

Go ice go-karting and challenge your new crew to a fun race around the tracks.

Overnight journey on the Santa Claus Express 


You'll be staying in the following accommodation or similar:

Helsinki:  Holiday Inn Helsinki (West - Ruoholahti) , a cosy hotel along the Helsinki sea front, is the perfect base from which to explore the city. From the hotel, you can easily access the city centre (1.5 km), shopping markets and a range of art museums.

Rovaniemi: Hotel Aakenus is located in a peaceful area, close to the Rovaniemi town centre. The hotel sauna, is heated specially for guests in the evening, so you can unwind and enjoy a relaxing end to the day, Finnish-style.
7 Breakfasts
2 Dinners
Transfers from airports to hotels and vice-versa. Please note that arrival and departure transfers will be as per the suggested flight schedules. In the event that you arrive or depart at a time other than that recommended by Byond, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. 

Transportation for excursions


Assistance with arrivals and departures A
An English-speaking local guide will accompany you on tours 
Entry to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Flight
Visas
Travel insurance
Activities, optional experiences, meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal experiences (late check-in/early check-out, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.)
Service tax as applicable
Tips
Trip Leader (In case the trip is for 6 people or less)

Zero payment upfront. Zero cancellation fees. Block your discounted spot for 2 weeks while you decide.

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Day Wise Itinerary

Welcome to Finland!

Welcome to Helsinki!
Our local representative will welcome you at the airport and then drive you to the hotel. Check-in and take a little nap or go for a walk around the city.

In the evening, we’ll head out to a local restaurant for our welcome dinner! Enjoy your first taste of Finnish cuisine, get to know your new travel crew, and toast to the adventure ahead!

To Tallinn and Back

After breakfast, you will leave for Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It lies across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki and is just a short ferry ride away.

Tallinn is the perfect blend of the old and the new. This UNESCO listed old town has no end of medieval charms, with beautiful squares, elegant buildings and ancient churches that you can explore with an English-speaking guide. Indeed, just walking along the cobblestone streets here is an experience. Head to the top of Tallinn tower. Tied to a harness, you can walk around the edge of the tower to get a panoramic view of the city. And don’t forget to shop for fine leather-bound books - a speciality.

In the evening, you’ll catch the ferry back to the Helsinki port, and then be transferred to the hotel.

Hello Helsinki!

It’s time to take in Helsinki’s iconic sights and local highlights.

After breakfast, we’ll start out with a private guide by our side. On our route: the Helsinki Cathedral -  a picture-perfect white church - which is, no doubt, the most photographed building in Finland; the  incredible Sibelius monument made of 600 steel pipes of differing heights to symbolise a sound wave; and the Kamppi Chapel also known as the “Chapel of Silence” and is designed to have a calming effect.

In the evening, you can shop around the colourful and lively market square dotted with bright red and yellow stalls. It’s a great place to buy anything from cinnamon cookies to reindeer skin gloves. Needless to say, it’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs.

Later that evening, catch the Santa Claus Express to Lapland, the land where the skies turn green. See the beauty of Finland from your comfy compartment and wake up above the Arctic Circle the next morning.

Hunt for the Northern Lights

Enjoy a leisurely morning after you’re dropped off at the hotel and check in. Put your feet up and rest awhile, as you’ll need all your energy for tonight when we go on our hunt for the Northern Lights!

In the evening, it’s time to chase the Aurora Borealis. Keep your eyes peeled to the skies as you set out into the snowy landscape, and stay warm with a hot drink and sausages sizzled on a campfire. If luck is on your side, you’ll be treated to the sight of immense, luminescent green ribbons as they dance and shimmer overhead. It’s truly spectacular.

Please note, although Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights, viewing conditions are dependent on the weather and not guaranteed.

Snowmobiling and Santa Claus

It’s time for thrilling wintery adventure as you go snowmobiling through the silvery forests and bash up some snow-dunes. (Please note, a valid driving license is required, but children and adults without driving license can also join the safari sitting on a sledge.)

First, listen carefully to a briefing from the guide on riding a snowmobile. Then, climb aboard, and you’re off! Ride through the wilderness, past trees dusted in snow and glittering frozen lakes. Along the way, our guide will start up a campfire, and we’ll sit around to warm our palms, and eat some fried sausages.

Then, a childhood dream comes true: you’re going to meet the REAL Santa Claus! And no, we are not kidding. We’ll be visiting Santa Claus village, all decked up with Christmas lights and decorations. You’ll be able to see the Post Office where merry postal elves sort through Santa’s letters, and shop at the village to pick up some gifts for others and yourself too. 

Husky sled ride in the woods

Another day, another Arctic adventure. This morning, we’re going dog sledding.

You’ll be driven to a husky farm where you will meet an incredibly adorable pack of dogs, who, though cute, are powerful beasts are capable of pulling a two-man sled with speed and stamina. After instructions on managing the sleds, and the excited dogs, you’re off! In an exhilarating instant, you’re zooming through a white forest, the dogs running ahead, the sled gliding over the snow. 

After the adventurous ride, enjoy a hot beverage with the musher, and thank the huskies for the wonderful ride before you head back to the hotel.

Relax for the rest of the day or better yet, pamper yourself with a traditional Finnish sauna available at the hotel.

Snowman World + Ice Karting

Today is the day to let out the inner child in you. You are going to Snowman World, the coolest place in
Finland, literally - everything is built out of snow and ice.

You can speed down the daring ice slides with a smile on your face.  You can enjoy a chilled drink served in ice glasses at the Ice Bar and Restaurant, which are decorated with beautiful ice and snow sculptures. You can befriend Snowmen. Or you can try ice skating or go into orbit using an Arctic Sledge, a Lappish sleigh-go-round. No wonder this is considered to be the best playground in the Arctic Circle for kids and the young at heart.

In the evening, zoom around on an ice-kart. Set the race track ablaze as your go-kart zooms through ice and snow at thrilling speeds. We’ll celebrate our adventure in Finland, new experiences and new friends at our farewell dinner.

Time to head home

Sadly, it’s your last morning in the Arctic.  After breakfast, you will be transferred to Rovaniemi airport from where you will take flight(s) back home.

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