Journey beginning at Kemi, Finland and ending at Ivalo, Finland
Available: 2018-12-26 to 2019-04-15 starting from $4225 AUD
Start in Kemi, a port town on the northern Gulf of Bothnia, in Finland. Ride snowmobiles along the frozen sea to Icebreaker Sampo, which after thirty years of duty keeping the sea-lanes open for commercial vessels, has retired to the life of a cruise ship for ice adventurers. On board learn about icebreakers and try swimming in a waterproof thermal suit among the broken ice blocks.
Then travel further to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle. Visit Santa’s home and take part in a special ceremony for crossing the Arctic Circle.
Finish the trip in style with an overnight stay in a Glass Igloo. Spend the night admiring the starry sky and hopefully – the dance of the Northern Lights above your bed. Read here about what it is like to sleep in a glass igloo.
Day 1 – Kemi, home to the Sampo Icebreaker
Upon arrival in Kemi, transfer to your hotel. Kemi is a northern port town lying at the gateway of Finnish Lapland on the shores of the Arctic Gulf of Bothnia. Its population is around 27,000 people mostly working in the pulp mills and the only chromium mine in Europe. It is also home to two tourist attractions – the world’s largest snow castle (reconstructed every year with a different architecture).
If the Snow castle complex is open, don your hats and gloves and go for an adventure. A small town, Kemi is easy to navigate and explore.
Day 2 – Snowmobile ride along the frozen sea to the Icebreaker Sampo.
Spend the day exploring the Arctic – snowmobiling, swimming in the ocean and visiting a small reindeer camp. Leaving the hotel after breakfast, snowmobile to a Reindeer camp where you will hear about the Lappish reindeer herding and the life of the reindeer. You can also try driving a reindeer-pulled sleigh. Delicious sandwiches and coffee are served in a traditional lappish teepee called kota.
After the stop the snowmobile safari continues towards the Icebreaker Sampo that is anchored in the middle of the frozen sea. We will get onboard and the crew will tell us about how the ship functions from the captain’s conning to the engine room. We’ll witness how the ice that can be up to one metre thick, breaks on the sides of the ship. We will also try winter swimming safely wearing special warm dry suites, and have a meal in the cosy restaurant of Sampo.
After the cruise we will continue the snowmobile safari back to Kemi.
Day 3 – Train to Santa’s Home Town
The morning is free to explore Kemi. You can also book additional activities for today – such as forest skiing.
In the afternoon, board the local train to Rovaniemi for an 90 minute journey. Free time to visit Arktikum Museum and its exhibition about life in the Arctic.
Day 4 – Reindeer & Santa Claus Village
This morning, enjoy a snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm to learn about reindeer husbandry and Lappish culture.** Take a reindeer ride and attend a special Lapp ceremony for crossing the Arctic Circle.
In the afternoon continue by car to Santa Claus Village to enjoy lunch and a chat with Santa. You will also have an opportunity to send postcards from Santa Claus’ main post office. During the day you get to meet Santa Claus himself and enjoy a delicious lunch in a cosy restaurant. And you will get a Diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle!
** Yes, there are two different Reindeer farm visits included in the trip – but both offer unique local experiences with Lappish locals. Snowmobiling is used as a form of practical transport in this region and wouldn’t you rather be on a snowmobile than a mini bus!
Day 5 – Igloo night to enjoy the Northern Lights
Head off for a three-hour bus trip north of the Arctic Circle to Kakslauttanen. Kakslauttanen is located in the Saariselkä fell area in Northern Finland. This village is surrounded by beautiful Lapland scenery near Urho Kekkonen National Park. Kakslauttanen is ideal for those wanting some peace & quiet.
Kakslauttanen is home to the wonderful Igloos that allow you to sleep under the Northern lights. The cabins are located sufficiently far apart and each cabin enjoys its own peaceful garden area. You can enjoy the world’s largest smoke sauna and run into the snow if you wish!
Spend the night in your heated Glass Igloo, where you can admire the northern lights in a normal room temperature under the glass ceiling.
Day 6 – Huskies & Northern Lights
After breakfast meet the Huskies and join your own dog team through the snow-covered wilderness. Lunch en route by open fire. After dinner, head off on a Reindeer sled tour in search of the Northern Lights.
Day 7 – Good Bye & transfer to Ivalo airport
After breakfast, transfer to Ivalo airport, a 35 minute drive from Kakslauttanen.
• Arrival and departure transfers between airport and hotel day 1 and 7
• 4 nights in comfortable 4 star hotels (2 nights in Kemi and 2 nights in Rovaniemi)
• 1 night in log cabin
• 1 night in Glass Igloo
• Daily breakfast and half board at Kakslauttanen
• Snow mobile ride and Icebreaker voyage including lunch
• Train tickets Kemi to Rovaniemi
• Visit Santa Claus Village
• Arctic Circle certificate & Lapp ceremony
• Bus tickets Rovaniemi to Kakslauttanen
• Dog sled excursion
• Reindeer sled excursion
• Meals not specified in the itinerary
• Gratitudes and items of personal nature
• Travel insurance
• International or domestic flights
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