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21 February – 28 February

Finland: Chasing The Northern Lights

Seeing the dancing, shimmering Northern Lights in person is one of the most incredible experiences imaginable.
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 the magic of this winter wonderland.

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See the spectacular Northern Lights

Magnificent, mysterious, mesmerising, witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights is truly like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

Why Take This Trip With Us

Experiences

Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.

Accomodation

Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

Safety

Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.

Guide

Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.

Group

Our groups are deliberately small. We believe such groups make for better shared experiences.

Transport

Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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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!

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Helka (or similar)

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.

Explore Tallinn on a Hop On-Hop Off bus. The capital 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  Hotel Helka (or similar)

Hello Helsinki!

It’s time to take in Helsinki’s iconic sights and highlights on a half day tour.

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.

Then, shop at the colourful market square where you can buy anything from cinnamon cookies to reindeer skin gloves. 

In the evening (Optional Tour): Suomenlinna (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This 18th century fortress has a lot of cultural treasures, including Finland’s only remaining WWII era submarine!

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  Hotel Helka (or similar)

Journey To The Lapland

Enjoy a leisurely morning in your hotel. Put your feet up and rest awhile, this afternoon, we'll begin our Arctic adventure.

In the afternoon: catch a train to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland! Check into your hotel and unwind.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  Hotel Aakenus (or similar)

Snowmobiling + Santa Claus + Hunt For The Northern Lights

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.

In the evening: In the evening, your childhood dream comes true. Meet  Santa Claus, visit his famous Post Office and enjoy the magic of Santa’s village.


Then: 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.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  Hotel Aakenus (or similar)

Reindeer Farms, Forest Trails And Sled Rides

Another day, another Arctic adventure! Today, visit reindeer farms and learning about the life and culture of reindeer herders (plus, interesting reindeer herding stories). 

You’ll get to click photos of the reindeers, feed them their favourite snacks and enjoy a short 
reindeer sledge ride through beautiful forest trails! 

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

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  Hotel Aakenus (or similar)

Husky Ride In The Woods + Northern Lights Chase

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.

In the evening: celebrate exciting adventures, new experiences and friends with a farewell dinner.

Later: we’ll top it off with another Northern Lights hunt.  Because what better way to end this journey than a chance to see this beautiful natural spectacle!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Aakenus (or similar)

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.

Inclusions

Chase the Northern Lights on a 3-hour adventure from Rovaniemi for a bucket list experience.

Meet the real Santa Claus 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.

Ride 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 a reindeer farm: a day of interesting stories from reindeer herders, insights into their culture and life, plus a fun sled ride pulled by reindeers across a beautiful forest trail!

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

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

Helsinki:  Holiday Helka, a stylish hotel that is centrally located in Helsinki, and just 250 m from the nearest metro station. It’s perfect for travellers looking for shopping and dining options, in addition to museum tours.

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

Assistance with arrivals and departures A
An English-speaking local guide will accompany you on tours 
Entry to sites mentioned in the itinerary

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Byond is a travel platform founded in 2014. We are based in Bangalore and we create highly personalized and unique travel journeys that are immersive and focus on interactions with local communities and cultures.

We organize and lead small-group journeys for like-minded travellers. Our groups range from women-only travellers to yoga, bikers to wine lovers, mom & kids and more. We also help create customized journeys for private groups.

A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned above, but across all our trips, we have these in common: exclusive private transfers, breakfast on most days, luxury accommodation (4-star and above), unique experiences, handpicked local experts, gala welcome and farewell dinners and a trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

No. We don't include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will put you in touch with our partners who can help you.

We value the dynamics and intimacy of a small group and therefore restrict it to around 15 people. Our travellers are friendly and open-minded, and at the end of your trip, you will return with new friends, memorable experiences and incredible stories.

A vast majority of our scheduled trips are suitable for people above 18 years old only. However, we do welcome young adults and children on our private group trips.

Yes, you can customize your trips. We help organize solo journeys that are highly personalized.

Our travellers come from all over India. Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta are represented the most.

We believe the early-bird catches the best travel worm :) The early-bird discounts are valid for the first few spots on the group and are not time sensitive. Your travel designer will let you know about the number of spots available.

We have a secure payment gateway that supports payment through credit and debit cards, net-banking and Internet wallets. The payment gateway also supports payment through EMIs. If you are not comfortable with paying online, please let your travel designer know and they'll help you out with alternatives.

Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind. We collaborate with tourism boards and there will always be access to emergency contacts and medical support throughout the trip.

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