Colors of Lapland

08Days 07Nights

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 10

HIGHLIGHTS:

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

RATES:

  • Per person in double/twin room:

EUR 2,995.00

  • Supplement for single room:

EUR   795.00

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

EUR 2,754.00

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

EUR 2,545.00

*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! Regular Transfer Service included in the program are only available for transfers from Ivalo Airport & to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The transfers are 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:
  • 07 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 07 breakfasts, buffet style
  • 01 dinner & 04 lunches, 01 picnic as mentioned in the program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 01 to Day 08 inclusive
  • Arrival transfer from Ivalo Airport
  • 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:

DAY

1

SUNDAY – 10 DECEMBER

Arrival – Saariselkä

 

Santa’s Tunturi Hotel ****

Arrival to Ivalo Airport and regular transfer to the hotel for check-in. Saariselkä in the far North of Finnish Lapland lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselkä. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year. The legendary Saariselkä is the northernmost travel destination in Finland and boasts a variety of services. In Inari and other villages in the area, the Sami culture is still very much in evidence in everyday life. Here is where you find the genuine Lapland.

Rest of the day is at leisure. Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-at to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.

DAY

MONDAY – 11 DECEMBER

Kirkenes

Breakfast & Lunch

        

2
 

Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****

Optional: Kirkenes Snow Hotel – Snow Igloo

An early departure in driving further north to visit Kirkenes and its most famous attraction the Snowhotel. The small town is capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the east located north east in Northern Norway, close to the Russian border.

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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.