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Delve into the culture and natural majesty of Finnish Lapland

Delve into the culture and natural majesty of Finnish Lapland, on a tour that offers ample opportunity for spotting the Aurora, the Kemi Snow Castle and Santa's village.

Highlights
  • Helsinki
  • Kemi Snow Castle
  • Bear’s Lodge
  • Visit to the Arktikum museum
  • Visit to Santa’s Village
  • Excursion to a reindeer farm
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Finnish Lapland & the Kemi Snow Castle 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Flights to Kemi
Flights to Kemi

Kemi

You begin your Finnish adventure by flying out from London Gatwick to Helsinki today, from here you continue by air to Oulu and transfer to Kemi. Built on the only deepwater harbour in Lapland, Kemi is an excellent introduction to this absorbing region. Here, you check in to your hotel for the next two nights, the Cumulus Hotel Kemi. You have time to settle in before you enjoy dinner tonight in the hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Kemi Snow Castle
 Kemi Snow Castle

Kemi Snow Castle

Today we visit the world's largest snow castle in Kemi and take a guided tour, this remarkable structure recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Every season the structure is rebuilt anew but always contains the same core areas, a hotel, restaurant and a chapel, it lasts until spring when it melts under the warming sunlight. The castle features walls that are over 12 feet high and certain sections are illuminated with colourful lights. The castle's popularity sees it used as not only a hotel, people come from all over the world to get married here. You enjoy a delicious lunch on solid ice tables and sample a drink at the ice bar, rounding off a truly captivating experience.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Arktikum Science Museum
Arktikum Science Museum

Arktikum & Bear’s Lodge

This morning transfer to Kemi station for a train journey to Rovaniemi, the administrative capital of Lapland, Finland's northernmost province. Your first stop in Rovaniemi is the Arktikum Science Museum which also houses the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland - Finland's national institute for Arctic expertise. You enjoy time in the museum as you learn about the history of Finnish Lapland from pre-history to the 1970s. The museum's Northern Ways exhibition presents the survival story of humans and nature in the North, shown through dioramas, film and scale models. The university centre here is home to an array of multidisciplinary research which includes global climate change and its affect on the Arctic, and how the lives of those who live there will be effected by climate change.

You enjoy lunch here today. Following your time at the Arktikum you transfer to your hotel for the next three nights, the unique Bear's Lodge. This 'wilderness' hotel is built in an alpine chaletstyle close to Lake Pohtimolampi. Thanks to the lack of light pollution in these parts, the hotel is excellently situated to see the Northern Lights, and tonight you enjoy a talk on the Aurora by a local guide. This evening you enjoy a dinner at the lodge and afterwards have the chance to try the Finnish sauna. The lodge provides a special 'Aurora Alarm' service, where you can ask to be alerted when the Northern Lights become visible in the sky above.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Lapland Reindeer
Lapland Reindeer

Reindeer Farm & Santa’s Village

Today you experience a unique visit to a traditional Sami reindeer farm, where you enjoy and introduction to these wonderful creatures and the people who herd them. The Sami people are the only indigenous people in Scandinavia and have lived in these areas since prehistoric times, and have preserved a fascinating and unique culture throughout the years. During our time here, we learn more about these people and how they survive the cold climate of Lapland in the colder winter months.

Later you visit Santa's Village in Rovaniemi, Santa's official home. Any letters written to Santa end up at this spot, the Santa Claus Main Post Office. You can send a letter from this address to anywhere in the world, the postal elves will even post it for you. As well as being the hometown of Santa and his elves, Rovaniemi also has a fascinating history especially in the early twentieth century. The town itself was almost entirely destroyed by the occupying German forces who were under orders to demolish all the public buildings excluding the hospitals. Rovaniemi was consequently rebuilt and now enjoys its status as one of the most visited cities in Finland.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi

At leisure & farewell dinner

On the final full-day of your stay in Finland you have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the hotel's excellent facilities at leisure or perhaps to explore the area further. Rovaniemi's unique location boasts an impressive scenic backdrop of wintry beauty.

You could also choose to take an optional excursion (payable and bookable locally), which include an ice fishing experience or a husky safari. There you can enjoy the powerful dogs being put through their paces on an unforgettable ride through the wilderness. Alternatively you could take advantage of the hotel's sauna or just enjoy the snow covered landscape one last time. This evening enjoy a traditional Lappish farewell dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Fly home
Fly home

Fly home

Following breakfast at the hotel you bid a fond farewell to Finland and Rovaniemi, and transfer to the airport for your flight home to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London to Oulu via Helsinki and Rovaniemi to London
  • Rail and coach travel as described
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
  • 5 dinners, including a final night farewell dinner
  • 3 lunches, 1 in the Snow Restaurant, 1 in Arktikum and 1 on the reindeer farm
  • Visit to the Arktikum museum
  • Visit to Santa's Village
  • Excursion to a reindeer farm
  • Aurora alarms at Bear's Lodge
  • Northern Lights talk by a local guide

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
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