Journey beginning at Lapland, and ending at Rovaniemi, Finland tours
Available: 2020-12-29 to 2021-01-02 starting from $2983 AUD
Celebrating the New Year in Lapland is a wonderful experience – with the snow topped landscapes outside, and cosy fires indoors. This tour is based in a small town outside Rovaniemi and introduces you to the incredible animals of the Arctic. Based within the wildlife park complex, you will meet and feed the polar bears as well as enjoy endless visits into the zoo. Enjoy one of our favourite Scandinavian winter experiences – local fireworks at your doorstep!!
Day 1 – Transfer from Rovaniemi to your apartment
Arrival at Rovaniemi airport and transfer to your hotel (approx. 1 hour). Families will enjoy the private self-catering apartments, sleeps 6 (4 adults and 2 children) 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.
Upon arrival at the hotel you will be shown your accommodation and hotel services. Head out for some snow angels and fun in the snow. Following this, you will enjoy your first taste of delicious Finnish food as you enjoy dinner in the main hotel dining room.
Day 2 – Head out for an escorted Wildlife park tour on polar bear feeding duties then husky safari in the afternoon
This morning, it’s time to familiarise yourself with the polar bears of the Ranua Zoo. Meet your guide at the reception, and head to the polar bears’ fence. Prepare to look into the polar bear’s eyes by going through the safety instructions with the guide. You will not be allowed to go into the polar bear area, but you will have the chance to greet this largest predator in the world safely from the other side of the fence, just a couple of metres away. During this experience the zoo keeper will provide you with interesting information on the White King of the Arctic – and the Wildlife Park.
This afternoon, get set for 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 the ancient, natural way of travelling in the wild.
Day 3 – Visit an authentic reindeer farm by snow mobile for lunch before your New Year’s Gala dinner and fireworks!!
Today, you have an unique chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm hosted by the reindeer herders of the three generation with more than 300 reindeers. The safari starts with driving instructions, after which we head towards Laivala, an authentic reindeer farm. The reindeer herder welcomes you, tells you about reindeer husbandry and living in harmony with nature. After visiting the reindeer enclosures, the owner family takes you on a reindeer sled ride for about one kilometre. After the reindeer ride, a hot meal is served in a Lapp hut. Return to the safari house on snowmobiles.
Optional activities you can also include on this tour include horse sleigh ride, wellness packages, icefishing, wolf dog nature experience, craft, snowshoeing and nordic skiing.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Finnish New Years with fireworks, gala dinner and melting a candle tin in the snow for good luck and prosperity.
Day 4 – Long Horse Sleigh through the forests & the Search for the Northern Lights snowmobile tour
Today, enjoy a more peaceful day with long wintry sleigh ride in the snowy wonderland! Be at peace inside the beautiful Ukonkangas forest, which is located next to the Wildlife Park. You will be taken on a smooth carriage ride through the beautiful nature and pure forests. Hear the stories behind our love for Lapland while the horses take you through the wintry scenery!
Tonight, move to your Glass Igloo for the evening. The Arctic Fox Igloos are located on the naturally beautiful, peaceful shores of the lake Ranuanjärvi, far from disturbing city light pollutions. Each Igloo offers an unobstructed view to the far-reaching open lake, and the northern skies, where the Northern Lights usually appear. Set some time aside for your private sauna in the glass igloo.
As night falls, time to rev the engines again on the snowmobiles for a Northern Lights tour – fingers crossed, the Aurora will shine for you tonight?
Follow our guide from Gulo Gulo to the snowmobile track. The guide will teach you how to ride a snowmobile and what precautions to take. 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 with one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world: the Northern Lights.
Return and settle back into your glass igloo for the Arctic evening sky.
NOTE: Please note that the igloo stay could be another evening during your visit, determined at time of booking.
Day 5 – After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport (stop in Rovaniemi optional)
After breakfast, return to the Rovaniemi airport. If you wish, please talk to us about visiting Rovaniemi along the way to say hello to Santa or to visit some of the cultural and science museums situated in this large Finnish town.
- 3 nights in a modern self-contained apartment
- 1 night in an Arctic Fox Glass Igloo (with private sauna, private amenities and small kitchenette). This night can be any of the nights during your stay.
- Half board at the Wild Arctic Restaurant incl. New Year’s Eve gala dinner
- Airport transfers from/to Rovaniemi Airport on days 1 and 5 (for scheduled flights).
- New Year’s Eve special inclusions: glass of wine and gala dinner, Santa Claus visit, Fireworks and Finnish Traditional Melting tins (outlook for the future) in Lappish tent
- All activities listed in the itinerary: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari, Date with a polar bear within Ranau Arctic Wildlife park, Reindeer Farm Visit with snowmobile ride, Horse ride, Guided Zoo tour and Husky Safari.
- Thermal clothing for the whole stay – thermal winter suit, winter boots, woolen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava.
- Entrance fee and sled use at the Ranua Arctic Wildlife Park
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Domestic flights
- International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and any items of personal nature.
- Upgrade to Deluxe Apartments available
- Rovamiemi visit
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!