Journey beginning and ending at Rovaniemi, Scandinavia
Available: 2018-12-01 to 2018-12-22 starting from $6181 AUD
Limited availability: 2018-12-26 to 2019-01-10 starting from $6181 AUD
Available: 2019-01-11 to 2019-03-31 starting from $6121 AUD
Nestled in a beautiful location in the middle of Finnish Lapland, Ranua Wildlife Park, just south of the Arctic Circle, is home to a great variety of native and other wildlife. Observe moose, wolves and lynx, and you’ll even have a chance to help feed the polar bears! During this Finnish Wildlife holiday, enjoy authentic winter activities as well as unlimited visits to the zoo during opening hours. If visiting during Autumn, you can also do a night safari into the zoo to capture the evening scenes.
Families will enjoy the private self-catering apartments, which sleep 6 (4 adults and 2 children) and were newly built in 2012. With your own sauna, lounge with log fire and kitchen in these semi-detached wooden houses, you have a great spot to relax with your family. For a finale, spend your final night in the new Arctic Fox glass igloos!
This holiday is also a great alternative to a White Christmas retreat. An easy drive from Rovaniemi, you can opt into a visit to Santa’s village.
Day 1 – Transfer from Rovaniemi to your apartment
Arrive Rovaniemi and enjoy an hour’s transfer to your apartment. Relax by your log fire before heading out for your included dinner.
Day 2 – Head out for an escorted Wildlife park tour on polar bear feeding duties
After breakfast, get ready for a tour at the Wildlife Park. Accompany the Park Ranger on polar bear feeding duties and learn about the largest predator in the world. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the wildlife park.
In the afternoon, you are free to spend the rest of the day at the zoo independently.
This evening you can do an optional night-time snowshoe safari – a snowshoe walking adventure in the pitch-dark forest (book at reception). Use a headlamp to navigate between the trees. Hot juice by a fire is served half way round. If we are lucky, we can see the flaming northern lights in the sky.
Day 3 – Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm & evening Northern Lights tour
The snowmobile safari starts with driving instructions, after which we head towards Laivala, a small, authentic reindeer farm. The reindeer herder welcomes the visitors and takes you on a reindeer sled ride for a little less than one kilometre. After the reindeer ride, a hot meal is served in a Lapp hut. The owners of the farm will tell you more about reindeer husbandry and living in harmony with nature.
Two persons share one snowmobile, and there will be a chance to change drivers. Children travel in a sleigh pulled by a guide on snowmobile. All drivers must have a valid driving licence.
After dinner, get ready for an evening Northern Lights tour. Follow your guide from Gulo Gulo to the snowmobile track to receive instructions on how to drive the snowmobile in the evening. The snowmobiles have excellent headlights that guarantee good visibility, even on dark forest trails. We take a couple of short breaks on the way and enjoy a cup of hot juice by an open fire at the halfway point. If we are lucky, we will be treated to one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world: the Northern Lights.
Two persons share a snowmobile, and children will travel in the sled pulled by the guide.
Day 4 – Go dogsledding on the Husky Safari and then sleep in a Glass Igloo
This morning, check out of your apartment and then enjoy a free morning, remembering you have free entry to the Wildlife Zoo, head out on a Husky Safari.
You will first receive detailed information on steering the sled. Then, the comfortable sleds head from Gulo Gulo into the winter wonderland. A sled can transport two adults and a child. You have the opportunity to steer your own sled, and change drivers with the other adult in the sled halfway. After the safari, you have a chance to ask our guides anything you have always wanted to know about sled dogs, who love to run fast and pull a sled, thus offering the visitors an unforgettable experience to enjoy this ancient, natural way of travelling in the wild.
On your return, check into your Glass Igloo accommodation. It is eight kilometres between the Gulo Gulo apartments and you will be privately transfered. Your luggage will be looked after.
The Arctic Fox Igloos are located by the beautiful Lake Ranuanjärvi, far from city lights. Each igloo has an unobstructed view with ice-covered open waters and far-reaching treeless northern horizons where the Northern Lights usually appear. And as you are on the Arctic Circle, they appear often – almost every other night, if the sky is dark and clear.
At Arctic Fox Igloos you will stay in the middle of arctic nature without compromising your comfort. In addition to the glass-walled bedroom, each well-equipped igloo has a kitchenette, toilet, shower and even a sauna. The entrance, sauna and toilet are on the side of the igloos facing the forest, with wooden walls for privacy. There is approximately 10 metres between each igloo, all with a horizontal view of the lake.
Day 5 – Depart the Wildlife Park and head to next location
Either transfer back to Rovaniemi or head off for further adventures to Kemi for some ice swimming or perhaps spend a night in a Glass igloo at Kakslauttanen – all within an hour or two drive.
- 3 nights in self-catering apartment accommodation in Gulo Gulo Villas
- 1 night in the Arctic Fox Igloos
- Winter Activities: Entrance to Ranua Zoo, Guided tour of Zoo, Date with a Polar Bear, Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm (3 hours), At the Seach of Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari (3 hours) and Husky Safari (20 kms, 2 hours).
- Winter clothing for entire stay
- Half board with set menu and 1 lunch
- Airport transfers
- Car transfers from the Gulo Gulo apartments to the Glass Igloos
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
Equipment for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing is available for use by guests throughout their stay as is entrance to the Wildlife Park. There is complimentary twice daily transportation to the nearby town of Ranua and a chance to buy provisions for your self-catering villa, please contact the hotel reception for details on your arrival.
Ice Fishing, Children’s Snowmobiling (very limited dates), Santa’s secret cabin search, horse safaris, Lappish handicraft, Nordic Skiing and longer safaris can be added to this tour. During Christmas, a program can be tailor-made for your family.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!