11 Days Color of Lapland

11Days 10Nights

Experience this unique journey to Lapland and be amazed by a blend of first class travel, with the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities in the region. In Kirkenes we offer one of the delicacies of the North on a King Crab Safari. You can also choose to experience a magical overnight stay in a Snow Igloo. You will stay in Saariselkä with its dazzling white landscape as well as in Rovaniemi and Sinettä, with one night in the extraordinary Arctic Glass Igloos. Weather permitting, you will see the breath taking Northern Lights from your bed. Experience Santa Claus Village and visit the home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi. You will also experience a visit at the Sami reindeer farm and sleigh ride, as well as a Husky safari, ending with a visit to the kings of the Arctic, the polar bears, living in their natural northern conditions, at Ranua Wildlife park.

2017 DEPARTURE DATES
DEC: 19

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Activities everyday
  • 01 night in a Glass Igloo
  • King Crab Safari
  • Reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride
  • Snowshoes Safari
  • Husky farm visit with sledge drive
  • Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
  • Visit to Ranua Wildlife park

RATES:

Per person in double/twin room:

  • EUR 3.565,00

Supplement for single room:

  • EUR  895,00

3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room:

  • EUR 3.278,00

*Child(4-12 years), per child when sharing room with parents:

  • EUR 2.995,00

*NOTE: Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. This does not apply for Snow or Glass Igloos and is on request. Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are not able to accept children younger than 4 years old on these tours.

*Please note! Arrival and departure transfers in Tromso are by a regular (public) airport bus service by Flybussen. Departure Regular Transfer Service included in the program is only available for transfers to Rovaniemi airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The departure transfer is escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:
  • 10 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 10 breakfasts, buffet style
  • 02 dinners, 05 lunches & 01 picnic, as mentioned in the program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 05 to Day 10 inclusive
  • Arrival transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
  • Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities mentioned in the program.

ITINERARY:
Pre-Tour Tromso – unescorted

DAY

THURSDAY – 7 December

Arrival – Tromso

 

PRE

TOUR

1

 

Radisson Blu Tromso ****

or similar central hotel

       

Arrival to Tromso airport. When you exit the airport, proceed to the bus stop of Flybussen (regular airport express bus). Please show your voucher to the driver, which is valid for the arrival and departure transfers. The Flybussen will transfer you the 5km to the center, within walking distance of your hotel. Check-in at your hotel* (guaranteed from 15:00).

*The name of your hotel in Tromso will be indicated upon confirmation of your reservation. 

DAY

FRIDAY – 8 December

Tromso

Breakfast & Lunch

 

PRE

TOUR

2

 

Radisson Blu Tromso ****

or similar central hotel

 
 

After breakfast, please go to the reception of the Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso, for the morning activity. We recommend being at the starting point 15 min before the tour starts.

HUSKY SAFARI (regular service)

INCLUDED
DURATION: 3:30 HOURS (09:45 -13:15)

2 persons per sledge

Today you will have the opportunity to experience a great adventure and enjoy time with the huskies, which are part of the heart and soul of Tromso. Take a transfer of 30 min arriving to the enthusiastic welcome of over 300 friendly huskies. After a short briefing, meet your team of Huskies who will take you on a brisk run of 4km on Kvaloya Island, one of the largest islands in Norway. During your visit, you will be served a typical Norwegian stew of reindeer & vegetables followed by coffee & pastries. Returning back to Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 13:15.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHT DINNER CRUISE

PRICE: 175 EUR /PERSON

20:00 – 23:00

Minimum 2 pax

Join a dinner cruise on a local family owned catamaran, with good deck space and a warm cozy lounge. This is a very local way to hunt for the lights. The owners live on board in the winter season.

We stay in protected waters, and we find a secure place for the Northern Lights. This depends of course if nature is with us or not. Northern Lights from the seaside are spectacular and beautiful. Even the light pollution from the town disappears into the black sea. You also get a fabulous view of the Tromsø area in the beautiful Arctic winter night. Knowledgeable hosts with years of experience will do their utmost to give you a memorable experience. During the trip you will be served a North-Norwegian traditional fish dinner made with the best ingredients, including a dessert and hot drinks.

DAY

SATURDAY – 9 December

Tromso

Breakfast & Dinner

 

PRE

TOUR

3

 

Radisson Blu Tromso ****

or similar central hotel

 
       

The day is at leisure to enjoy Tromso also known as the Paris of the North.

We recommend a visit to Polaria, just five minutes’ walk from the center of Tromso. Housed in a building that represents ice flows pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria offers an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits and a panoramic cinema where you can see the Ivo Caprino film "Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness" and the Ole C. Salomonsen production "Northern Lights in Arctic Norway".

In the evening, you will join the search for the northern lights starting from the reception of the Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso. We recommend being present latest at 18.00 hours.

AURORA BOREALIS (regular service)

INCLUDED

DURATION: 4:15 HOURS (18:15 – 22:30)

 

Transfer to the base camp and meet the professional Northern lights hunters who will be your guides. From the camp, located in an uninhabited area with no artificial lights to disturb the experience or the chance to capture the Aurora Borealis on camera. With a great view of the skies there is also time to sit around the open camp fire inside a Sami tent and grill sausages, visit the huskies and their puppies or warm up indoors. Due to the stable climate at this location and with some personal persistence, there are excellent possibilities to see even the weakest of lights. Included is a traditional dinner of Finnbiff (beef & mushroom stew) followed by coffee and cake. Return to the Hotel Radisson Blu Tromso at 22:30.

OPTIONAL: WHALE SAFARI ON RIB BOAT

PRICE: ON REQUEST

08:30 – 13:30

                                                

This is a trip that is highly recommended for photo enthusiasts or anyone that wants to enjoy close encounters with the whales.

You will be picked up in Tromso by bus and driven to a base camp located north on Whale Is­land.

Enjoy your adventure exploring the fjords by boat with breathtaking scenery. The most common whale species are humpback whales and orcas, but there are also chanc­es of seeing fin whales and possibly harbor porpoises and other species. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for other wildlife such as white-tailed eagles and dif­ferent seabirds, e.g. shags, guillemots, little auks, and the seals that sometimes can be seen resting on the cliffs. Insulated body suits will be provided (included).

DAY

SUNDAY – 10 December

Tromso - Kirkenes

Breakfast

 

PRE

TOUR

4

 

Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****

 
       

Departure transfer by regular Flybussen to Tromso Airport to take the domestic flight* to Kirkenes. This flight and the arrival transfer in Kirkenes are not included.

*Flight not included. There are various options of direct flights between Tromso (TOS) and Kirkenes (KKN) with SAS/Wideroe and Norwegian.

After checking-in at the hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure to explore the small town of Kirkenes, capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the north east of Norway, close to the Russian border.

DAY

MONDAY – 11 December

Kirkenes

Breakfast & Lunch

 

PRE

TOUR

5

 

Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****

Optional: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Snow Igloo

 
       

Today your Tour Director, who will escort you for the rest of the tour, will arrive with fellow travelers to Kirkenes. We kindly ask you to be present at the hotel lobby at 12.30 for a welcome meeting.

Today you will enjoy the amazing experience of the “KING CRAB SAFARI”, departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.

KING CRAB SAFARI

INCLUDED

DURATION: APPROX 3-4 HOURS

Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic

One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

DAY

6

TUESDAY – 12 December

Kirkenes – Saariselkä

Breakfast & Lunch
 

Santa’s Tunturi Hotel ****

 

Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the center of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sápmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari and serves as a centre for Sámi self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with genuine, living Sámi culture. Lunch is included.

After the visit, onto the tiny village of Saariselkä, the centre of Finland’s winter sports.

Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.

DAY

7

WEDNESDAY – 13 December

Saariselkä

Breakfast
 

Santa’s Tunturi Hotel ****

In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.

SNOWSHOES SAFARI INCLUDED
DURATION: 1:30-1:45 HOURS  

Put on your snowshoes, feel the crunch of snow under your snowshoes and capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as you explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and Urho Kekkonen National Park, which surrounds Saariselkä.

The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna available at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE (pulled by Snowmobile)

PRICE/PERSON: 88 EUR
19:00 – 22:00

Min 4 Persons

During this brisk safari you can just sit back and enjoy the view and ride! Your guide will take you up to the fell district to see the beautiful hilltop scenery with unlimited views of the northern sky. Your journey will head towards a beautiful fell cabin where you can enjoy warm berry juice while admiring the nature. If you are lucky, the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern lights may appear!

DAY

8

THURSDAY – 14 December

Saariselkä - Sinettä

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 

Artic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

 

In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinettä, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour.

SAMI REINDEER FARM & SLEIGH RIDE

INCLUDED

DURATION: 2:00-2:30 HOURS

Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). On sleighs for two people, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through white landscape over the lake and through the forest where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm.

The journey continues south to Sinettä on the twisting roads through the snowy forest to arrive at the unique Arctic SnowHotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting, you can marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from your bed.

In the evening, you are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden “Kota” where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire on a huge fire pit in the center.

DAY

9

FRIDAY – 15 December

Sinettä – Santa Claus Village - Rovaniemi

Breakfast & outdoor picnic
 

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus ****

Depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. Heading towards Rovaniemi, you stop on the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region.

HUSKY FARM & SAFARI

INCLUDED
DURATION: 2:00-2:30 HOURS

2 persons per sledge

The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions and riding in pairs, you embark on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes.

The day continues with a visit to the world famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa’s home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the feelings raised by fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. A must for any visit to Lapland. From Santa Claus Village it is a short trip to the hotel for check in.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

DAY

10

SATURDAY – 16 December

Rovaniemi – Ranua – Rovaniemi

Breakfast & Lunch
 

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus ****

 

This morning we will visit the Ranua Wildlife Park, situated 80 km south of Rovaniemi, 1 hour by coach. The Ranua Wildlife Park, established 1983, specializes in arctic and northern animal species. The spacious animal fencings are located in the midst of northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. You will be able to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful park, and visit different animals and birds. The guide will tell you detailed information about the animals and their personalities as well as answer your questions about their living habits and about the arctic nature. 

Enjoy a self-service lunch at the park’s restaurant.

After lunch you will have one hour to visit the surroundings. You may want to visit the souvenir shops, the Fazer factory or the local wine shop and their unique wine selection, made with berries.

Return to Rovaniemi, remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: SNOWMOBILE SAFARI IN THE LAPLAND WOODS

PRICE: 150 EUR /PERSON

2 persons per snowmobile

DURATION: 2 HOURS

Min participants 10 Persons

During this brisk safari you can just sit back and enjoy the view and ride! Your guide will take you up to the fell district to see the beautiful hilltop scenery with unlimited views of the northern sky. Your journey will head towards a beautiful fell cabin where you can enjoy warm berry juice while admiring the nature. If you are lucky, the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern lights may appear!

*Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid driver’s license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. Borealis Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

DAY

11

SUNDAY – 17 December

Rovaniemi – Departure

Breakfast

Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.