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Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Enjoy the unique traditions of the holidays at the Arctic Circle

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it where Santa Claus lives? Come experience a traditional Lapland Christmas in Finland: meet Santa in person at the world-famous Santa Claus Village, enjoy the thrill of a dog sled ride and learn about the unique Sami culture at a reindeer farm. This magical holiday will surely create lasting memories for the entire family!

Lapland is a highly popular destination during the winter season and often get fully booked. Therefore we recommend you to book as early as possible and wait with booking your flights until you have received a written confirmation of your travel arrangements from your designated travel consultant.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Christmas, Culture and History, Dog Sled, Family, Reindeers and Sami Culture, Santa Claus, Soft Activities

Season

23 Dec - 26 Dec

Departure

23 Dec

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Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your northern adventure.

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  • Day 1: DECEMBER 23: Welcome to Kemi

    Your magical Christmas adventure begins at Kemi-Tornio Airport, Kemi Train Station where our friendly local representatives await to greet you and transfer you to your cosy hotel in Kemi. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this delightful destination or relax in a traditional Finnish sauna at the hotel (separate timings for ladies and gentlemen´s). In the evening, meet your travel companions and tour leader while you enjoy a delicious 3 course or buffet dinner at the hotel.

    Optional Activity:
    Enjoy an exciting guided evening snowmobile trip into the wild to explore the extraordinary beauty of Lapland’s nature and maybe northern lights (if conditions permit). Later, after enjoying a delicious hot beverage and light snack around a campfire, you are returned to the hotel. 

    Price per adult 2 people per snowmobile: EUR 135
    Price per adult 1 person per snowmobile: EUR 195
    Price per child seated in sled pulled by the guides snowmobile: EUR 81

    To book the optional tour, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible as the availability is limited. 

    *You can also choose to fly into Oulu Airport, but complimentary transfer to your Kemi hotel will not be included in that case but can be arranged against an extra fee. See "Transfers to/from Oulu" under the items Not Included in this tour for more information.

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  • Day 2: DECEMBER 24: Huskies, Wildlife & Yuletide Fun

    Start your Christmas Eve with an authentic Finnish breakfast buffet before heading out for the day’s exciting Arctic adventures. Today we are going to Ranua Wildlife Park but on the way, approx. 30 minutes bus ride from Kemi we will make a short stop and visit a husky farm. Here you get to meet Santa’s canine helpers! The group will be split into smaller groups: while one group enjoys a short 500 meter husky safari in the in the breath-taking wilderness (two persons sharing one dog team), the others are enjoying hot juice and snacks at a traditional tepee and go into the forest to feed the forest animals with Santa´s little helpers*. Afterwards the groups swap their activities before moving on to the next destination, Ranua Wildlife Park. Even though the husky ride only last for a few minutes it will sure give you memories for a life time. 

    * Please note that this is referring to wild animals so sightings during the feeding can´t be guaranteed as wild animals are very shy and tend to stay away from humans.

    After we have said goodbye to the huskies you can relax during the 1.5 hour bus journey to the park as the road winds through Lapland’s peaceful, snow-covered countryside. Upon arrival at Ranua Wildlife Park, enjoy a Lappish style lunch buffet in the park’s restaurant before you are joining a guided walking tour through the park to observe Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, lynx and wolves. Afterwards, you also have a chance for some last-minute Christmas shopping at the park’s souvenir and candy shops before the return ride to the hotel.

    Please note that the activities for this day might be done in different orders than stated above and will be confirmed closer to arrival. 

    Back at the hotel you can take some time to relax and dress up in your Christmas Eve outfit. Then your guide will meet you at the hotel for the short walk to the restaurant for tonight's Yuletide celebration (the dinner will take place at Hotel Merihovi). Before dinner, you can help decorate the Christmas tree and snack on fresh gingerbread cookies and a warm mug of glögg, a mulled wine drink traditionally consumed in Nordic countries this time of year. Then it's time for your festive Christmas Eve dinner buffet, featuring Finnish specialties. Last but not least, Santa's elves will make a special appearance to spread Yuletide cheer and give small gifts to all good boys and girls—adults included!

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  • Day 3: DECEMBER 25: Christmas Day with Santa & Reindeer

    Experience the magic of the Arctic Circle during a day-long excursion to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, which is a relaxing 1.5 hour ride from Kemi in a comfortable coach bus. The first stop is a Lappish reindeer farm. Here, you can learn about reindeer herding and Sami culture and take a 30-minute peaceful ride in a reindeer sleigh through the woods. Your guide will take the lead and you will follow in a true Sami-style convoy, but you will still earn a special “reindeer driver license” from this experience! Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the famous Santa Claus Village to meet Santa himself and his merry elves at his workshop before a bit of souvenir shopping. By late afternoon the coach bus returns you to Kemi before dinner at the hotel.

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  • Day 4: DECEMBER 26: Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, transportation is provided to Kemi Airport or Kemi Train Station.

    * Should you choose to fly out of  Oulu Airport, note that the transfer from Kemi to Oulu is not included in the cost of the tour but can be arranged against an extra fee. See "Transfers to/from Oulu" under the items Not Included in this tour for more information.

Map

Here’s a map of Lapland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Jodette

, December 2013

Very special and memorable trip

Our Nordic Visitor agent Jennie was fantastic, answering lots of questions and very fast to respond. Our local guides were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. We loved the tour and highly recommend it to others. Thank you for a very special and memorable trip!

Mironova, Bulgaria

, December 2014

Wondeful experience for all ages

Wondefull experience for all ages!!!

Brett

, December 2013

Magical first Christmas together

We had a great time. This was our Honeymoon and we wanted to have a Winter Wonderland Honeymoon. This was more than a Winter Wonderland it was a magical first Christmas together. We were able to learn about a different culture. We enjoyed seeing how Christmas is a universal holiday and no matter where you are in the world people love to decorate and are happy during that season. We will be traveling with Nordic Visitor again in the future.

Michelle, Australia

, December 2015

Excellent

Our safari guide went out of his way to make our experiences memorable on the optional safaris. They are a professional group with a heart. Excellent. Our guide on the bus tour, was always there to make sure we were safe, happy and on time for each experience. He kept us together as a group for the 3 days. It was fantastic.

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Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Hotel Merihovi

Comfort: On this tour you will stay 3 nights at Hotel Merihovi in central Kemi.

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Hotel Cumulus

Comfort: On this tour you will stay 3 nights at Hotel Cumulus.

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Everything about this tour

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
Payment Policy
We charge a 30% non refundable deposit at time of booking. Due date for the rest is October 31, at the latest.
 
Cancellation 
Cancellation must be made by e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Nordic travel industry and the cancellation policies set forth by our suppliers, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) for this package as follows:
 
Cancellation Policy
Before November 01, we charge 30%
After November 01, we charge 50%
After December 01, we charge 100%
 
Prices: 
Hotel Merihovi: 
Price per adult in single room: EUR 1175
Price per adult in double room: EUR 1018
Price per adult in double room with 1 extra bed : EUR 976
Price for children (when sharing a room with 2 parents): EUR 619
Price for family room (2 adults + 2 children): EUR 3391 in total
Price for family room (2 adults + 3 children): EUR 4010 in total
 
Hotel Cumulus: 
Price per adult in single room: EUR 1271
Price per adult in double room: EUR 1106
Price per adult in double room with 1 extra bed: EUR 1063
Price for children (when sharing a room with 2 parents): EUR 669
Price for 2 connected twin rooms (2 adults + 2 children): EUR 3697 in total
Price for 2 connected twin rooms (2 adults + 3 children): EUR 4366 in total
 
 
Optional evening snowmobile safari 
  • The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed before driving a snowmobile.
  • Children are seated in a sled pulled by the guides snowmobile during snowmobile safaris
  • To book the optional tour, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible as the availability is limited. 
 
Adventure Packages
All of Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel packages should be considered adventure travel on account of being operated in the Arctic during sometimes extreme weather conditions and with the use of live animals for many excursions. For this reason, those booking a travel package in Lapland should consider themselves at least moderately physically fit and comfortable engaging in activities that are considered adventurous or strenuous.
 
Some things to keep in mind:
  • There will be snow and ice on the ground, sometimes making it difficult to walk.
  • No luggage handling services will be available. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.
  • Accommodations will be simple in comparison to what you’d find in major urban centres.
  • WC facilities encountered during excursions may be unheated outhouses without running water.
  • During husky safaris where you share one team of huskies with another person, the person standing to drive the sled will need to kick to assist the dogs and may be required to run when sledding uphill.
  • Reindeer and huskies can run very fast. Those interested in participating in either a reindeer or husky safari should keep this in mind. In this specific package however the reindeer safari is a more relaxed slow paced tour while the husky tour is faster paced. 
  • Some snowmobile safaris may require you to drive in the dark. Those interested in participating in snowmobile safaris should keep this in mind.
  • By law, those interested in driving a snowmobile must be able to present a valid driver’s license.
  • The safety of our travellers is our top priority at Nordic Visitor. We reserve the right to change or cancel departures if we feel the conditions will jeopardize the safety of our customers.
 
 
Meals
Starting with dinner on the 23rd of December and ending with breakfast on the 26th of December all meals are included during the tour. The meals are a mix of traditional Finnish/Lappish food and international dishes. The dinners are either 3 course set menus or buffets. A typical 3 course dinner consists of salad or soup, main course such as meat or fish and dessert f.e. cakes, ice-cream and more. At the Christmas Eve festive dinner we normally serve a traditional Christmas buffet with a variety of dishes such as different salads and fish choices, Finnish Christmas ham with potato casserole and carrot puré, dill potatoes, gingerbread, Christmas chocolate, plum mousse and more.
 
If you have any food allergies, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible so we can inform the local suppliers and hotels
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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