Come and ease to Christmas spirit in Rovaniemi, the official home town of Santa Claus. Accommodate outside of city bustle, on private island, but just 15mins from Rovaniemi City centre. This boutique style hotel has only 11 spacious and stylish rooms, so you can enjoy tranquility! Chase the Northern Lights daily on the island, enjoy the tranquility and the most loved arctic activities in nice balance holding on the idea of holiday. Experience the peaceful wilderness with professional guidance and small group. Snowmobile safari by electric snowmobiles. Chase the Northern Lights with personal guidance in a small group, maximum of 8 persons and get the best photos with professional help and equipment. Meet and ride the huskies, feed and learn about reindeer, ice fish and enjoy the most finnish thing Sauna! Many experience but still lots of free time for relaxing and discovering the city attractions such as Santa’s Village and Arktikum.
This package includes a rental car, that is the best way to enjoy freedom and access to everything in rural Lapland.
Day 1. Arrival
Welcome to Rovaniemi. Your rental car awaits you at the airport. Take the first approximately 20 mins scenery drive to your accommodation, Hotel Vartiosaari on its own island. Get settled, enjoy a dinner in a cosy tipi hut style restaurant Kota, by open fire! Have a little walk on the island and keep your eyes open for the Northern lights.
Day 2. Northern Lights Chasing
First morning of holiday is free. Take it easy, enjoy your breakfast and the scenery river scenes from the island. Spend the day as you want, visit local attractions or just simply relax. In the evening, you will go chasing the Northern Lights!
This Northern Lights tour is operated in maximum group size of 8 persons to ensure personal service and guiding. The group will be always taken to the best possible spots to see the Northern Lights and moved according current weather, far from city lights and often by river or lake. Once a good spot is found, guide will set up a fire for a little snack. A professional guide is eager to tell you about the nature and Northern Lights and answer your questions. In addition, you’ll receive the best photos of your experience next day, taken by the guide.
Day 3. Husky tour
Today you will have fun with huskies!
Enjoy the snowy wilderness together with furry friends huskies and let their enthusiasm be transmitted to you. During the tour you will familiarize with these arctic cuties, learn the basics of driving a pack and finally head to wilderness with own team. The approximately 10km ( 1hr) safari is driven in pairs so that one is a musher and the other one is in sledge. In half way there is a little break so that the roles can be changed.
In the evening, we recommend to defrost in the sauna before dinner! Just check with hotel staff an available sauna shift in advance.
Day 4. Day off!
Today you have time to for example visit Santa’s Village or Arktikum. Do little shopping in lively winter city and enjoy a lunch in some of the local restaurants. Or maybe you want to have snow fun on toboggaing. Rovaniemi offers plenty of additional activities, this day you can fill with anything you wish.
Day 5. Reindeer farm visit
Even you may face reindeer while driving around Rovaniemi, you’ll get much more of your experience by visiting a real reindeer farm. Reindeer herding is a profession and life style in Lapland and within a farm visit you’ll learn much more about the animals and herding. And off course, meet and feed the animals! Also, warm drinks and little snacks will be served in Lappish tipi style hut.
Day 6. Snowshoeing & Ice fishing tour
This tour gives you a glimpse of what it is to head deep into the Arctic forests to try and find some food. With your tour guide, you will snowshoe through old forests and across a frozen lake in order to get to the perfect spot for ice fishing. You will learn basic survival skills and fire making skills along with learning how to walk in snowshoes and ice fish!
Day 7. Electric Snowmobile tour
Electric snowmobiles enables you to reach even deeper into the wilderness without causing extra emissions or noise. Within the safari you’ll drive 15-30km tranquilly with maximum of 8 snowmobiles. The tour is started by a full safety briefing and driving instructions, so earlier experience is not needed. The speed is kept calm, so that you have time to enjoy the surrounding winter nature and the silence of it!
Day 8. Bye Bye Lapland
It is time to head back home with new experiences. Enjoy last breakfast in beautiful Kota restaurant and just drop off your rental car to Rovaniemi airport. Keep the Christmas spirit with you.
Tour starting/ ending point: Rovaniemi
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