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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!

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: 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. In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course 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. Ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant about availability and pricing.

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

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  • Day 2: Huskies, Wildlife & Yuletide Fun

    Start your Christmas Eve with an authentic Finnish breakfast buffet before heading out for the day’s exciting Arctic adventures. First on the agenda is a 30 minute ride to a husky kennel, where you get to meet Santa’s canine helpers! The group will be split into smaller groups: while one group enjoys a 45 minutes husky safari in the in the breathtaking 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.

    Relax during the 1.5 hour coach bus journey to the park as the road winds through Lapland’s peaceful, snow-covered countryside.Upon arrival at Ranua Wildlife Park, you are joining a guided walking tour through the park to observe Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, lynx and wolves. Afterwards, enjoy a savoury lunch buffet in the park’s restaurant. 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.

    Back at the hotel you can take 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, gather around the decorated 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: 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 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: Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, transportation is provided to Kemi Airport for the 15:55 departure or to Kemi Train Station at any time or a transfer to Oulu Airport with one of our two scheduled buses can be arranged.* This will certainly be a Christmas to remember!

    * Should you choose to fly out of Oulu Airport, note that the bus transfer from Kemi to Oulu is not included in the cost of the tour. 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.

Michelle, Australia

Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland, 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.

Jodette

Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland, 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

Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland, December 2014

Wondeful experience for all ages

Wondefull experience for all ages!!!

Brett

Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland, 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.

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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.
 
Snowmobile
The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
 
Weather
The Lapland region has a subarctic to continental climate characterized by mild summers and cold, snowy winters. During the peak travel season, December to February, the Lapland region experiences an average temperature range of about - 16 °C (3 °F) to 3 °C (37 °F) depending on location, with occasional lows of about - 30 °C (-22 °F) or colder with wind chill. Thankfully, the dry, crisp air has a moderating effect on the temperatures. (See what to pack to stay warm and comfy for your winter visit.)
 
The amount and duration of snowfall also varies by location, but the average number of days with snow is around 175 – 225 days per year between mid-October and mid-May. The long-lasting snow cover makes Lapland an ideal place for leisure activities like dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. 
 
Please note: Weather conditions can change quickly and often, particularly in winter, so we recommend that all visitors to Lapland purchase travel insurance to safeguard their holiday plans.
 
Daylight 
Most of the Lapland region lies above the Arctic Circle, so the differences in daylight hours between winter and summer are extreme. Depending on what season you visit, you may experience the contrasting phenomena of the northern lights or the midnight sun.
 
In the peak winter months, daylight is limited to a few hours usually between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, the light reflecting off the snow can make the days seem brighter. The short daylight hours also create ideal conditions to view the northern lights, or aurora borealis. These amazing displays of light are best seen between November and March. 
 
What to pack 
Warm clothing is required for this tour, however additional outerwear is provided locally where required depending on weather conditions. Some of the activities are dependent on weather conditions. In the unlikely event that an activity is cancelled due to weather, an alternative will be offered at no additional charge. 
 
Arctic weather conditions in Lapland can change quickly and often, so all travelers should bring many layers of warm, comfortable inner wear such as long johns, long sleeved t-shirts, sweaters and pants.
 
We recommend bringing the following items for winter travel: 
  • Thick woolen socks, ideally several pairs
  • Woolen underwear & base layers
  • Warm woolen sweater
  • Jeans or other trousers
  • Thin woolen or fleece gloves (ideal as a base layer under snowmobile gloves)
  • Warm gloves, scarf, and cap
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Small backpack/rucksack for day tours
  • Heat pads for hands and feet
  • Flashlight if you are staying in a wilderness cabin
For those travelling during the winter season Nordic Visitor will provide you with following before your first tour: 
  • One piece overall
  • Warm gloves, scarf, and cap
  • Socks
  • Warm boots
Meals
The meals included during this tour are a mix of traditional Finnish/Lappish food and international dishes. A typical 3 course dinner consists of salad or soup, main course such as meat or fish and dessert for example cakes, ice-cream and more. At the Christmas Eve dinner we normally serve 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.
 
Payment Policy
We charge a 30% non refundable deposit at time of booking.
Due date for the rest is October 31, 2016 at the latest.
 
Cancellation 
Cancellation must be made by letter, fax or 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, 2016 we charge 30%
After November 01, 2016 we charge 50%
After December 01, 2016 we charge 100%
 
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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