Journey beginning and ending at Rovaniemi, Finland
Available: 2019-12-23 to 2019-12-28 starting from $4926 AUD
Beana Laponia is a boutique hotel in the heart of Finnish Lapland, designed for adults only. Surrounded by a mesmerising snowy landscape, the Beana Laponia offers a wilderness hideaway with an abundance of winter activities on its doorstep.
With just 11 bedrooms, you can enjoy a relaxing Christmas break, even though you are a short drive away from Santa’s hometown, Rovaniemi. Locally sourced produce is served in the hotel’s restaurant – enjoy reindeer dishes, freshly caught salmon seasoned with a variety of local berries.
Beana Laponia translates as ‘Dog Lapland’ and with their own pack of dogs on the land near the hotel, you can get to know the dogs before going on your sledding adventure.
"It was so special when the hosts placed, I would estimate, some 30 or 40 candle pots around the outside of the lodge along the road/path merely as it looks nice from inside." – Guest comments, 2018 Christmas tour
Day 1 – Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer to Beana Laponia
Beana Laponia is located by the Ounasjoki river in the area of Meltaus in Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi airport is south, 45 minutes away. Alternatively Kittila is an 1 hour 30 minutes drive to the North.
Check in, relax and get to know your fellow travellers over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner of local produce.
Day 2 – Christmas Eve – Dogsledding in the Meltaus region & Christmas dinner
Today, you will have the opportunity to mush your own team of 5-6 dogs under the full guidance and instruction of our professional sled guides. The sleds hold one musher and one passenger; the dogs are friendly, nimble and extremely strong.
Our dog farm is next door to our hotel so we can leave directly into the beautiful snowy forests, skirt lakes and rivers and climb hills and explore fells. Before the tour begins you’ll meet the dogs, help prepare the sleds and be briefed on safety. This 3-hour safari will deliver you back to the hotel for a buffet lunch and time to prepare for the Christmas Eve celebrations.
This evening you will enjoy a Christmas Dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve together with the other guests. There will be ginger bread baking and decorating the Christmas Tree while enjoying glögi!
If nature permits, wander outside to experience the Christmas magic beneath the amazing spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Day 3 – Snowmobiling on Christmas Day
Experience the Arctic beauty by snowmobiling today. This 3-hour snowmobile safari will take you through the wilderness of Northern Finland.
Depending on the program and the weather, head out tonight for a late night program of snowshoeing and Aurora viewing. Rug up for a campfire, hot drinks and story telling about the Northern Lights.
Day 4 – Day tour to Rovaniemi and reindeer sledding
Christmas Day is over so perhaps you are interested in venturing to the city of Rovaniemi. The capital of Lapland is a little less than one hour’s drive away. You have the choice of either free time or to explore Santa Claus village where you can experience the wonders of the Christmas spirit. The highlights of the day are meeting Santa Claus and souvenir shopping from the wide range of local products from Lapland.
Or visit Arktikum, a wonderful modern museum exhibiting the unique flora, fauna, weather and culture of the Arctic in an illustrative way.
After this, you will head to Huskypoint Käpälämäki for lunch and enjoy slow grilled salmon prepared over the open fire while you listen to the story of the husky farm by the owners. Have a guided tour of the kennels and then transfer to the reindeer farm for a visit and short reindeer sleigh ride.
Head back to Beana Laponia and enjoy the peace & quiet of your wilderness hotel.
Day 5 – Rest and enjoy the free activities on offer, snowshoes, kick sleds, forest skis and toboggans
Today, enjoy a more peaceful day at the lodge. The activities are spread throughout the program (maximum 8 persons per day) with one rest day. Enjoy the free activities on offer, snowshoes, kick sleds, forest skis and toboggans. Why not have some mulled wine with a shot of vodka if you wish at break time in the tobogganing.
Remember to book your hour-long private sauna with outdoor and indoor jacuzzi for private use!!
Day 6 – Departure Day
After breakfast, return to the airport. Be sure to talk to us regarding visiting some of the other unique areas of Northern Finland.
- Winter clothing during your stay at Beana Laponia
- Free use of toboggans, snowshoes, forest skis & kicksleds
- Sauna and indoor jacuzzi between 3.30pm – 5.00pm on Dec 23, 25 or 27
- Full board at Beana Laponia from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6 (drinks and alcohol not included) including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day special dinner buffets
- Gingerbread baking and decorating Christmas tree while enjoying glögi
- Winter activities – 3 hour Husky Safari, 3 hour snow mobile safari, reindeer farm visit with short sleigh ride
- Snowshoeing and aurora evening (late night program, camp fire, hot drinks & stories of northern lights)
- Return transfer into Santa Claus village, Rovamiemi. Free time to explore the Santa Claus Village or to Arktikum science centre.
- Airport transfers
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flight tickets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!