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New Year's Fireworks

New Year's in Rovaniemi

Huskies, Santas & Arctic SnowHotel

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Fireworks and celebrations in a winter wonderland!

Greet the New Year at an Arctic celebration for the experience of a lifetime. In Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, take part in thrilling activities like husky sledding and snowmobiling in anticipation of the big night. Explore the Santa Claus village and meet the “man in red” himself. On December 31 you are invited to a New Year’s Eve party like no other. A snow disco, ice bar, mysterious fortune tellers and spectacular firework display make this a December to remember!

Please note that this package is subject to availability. Please wait to book your flights until after we have confirmed your reservation.

5 days / 4 nights

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Approx 2779 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Handpicked hotels, services & routes designed by Lapland travel experts
  • Comprehensive itinerary & travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Carbon offsetting for reduced environmental impact
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a memorable time in the true Arctic north
  • Discover the beauty, history and culture of Lapland
  • Meet the “man in red” at the Santa Claus Village
  • Feel the wind on your cheeks on a sleigh pulled by huskies
  • Spend the night in a glass igloo at the Arctic SnowHotel
  • Celebrate in style at a snowy New Year’s Eve party
  • Learn about Sámi culture and meet local reindeer
  • Experience the thrill of Arctic excursions and add optional activities
  • Walk through the magical streets of Rovaniemi
  • Have a chance to glimpse the colourful northern lights in the night sky

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Arctic Circle i, Dog Sled i, Glass Igloos i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Reindeers and Sami Culture i, Santa Claus i

Season

December

Departure

Daily

Interest

Arctic Circle i, Dog Sled i, Glass Igloos i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Reindeers and Sami Culture i, Santa Claus i

Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ROVANIEMI

    Welcome to magical Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland! When you arrive at Rovaniemi Airport a private driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation in town. Then head out to explore the snowy city centre. It is small but charming, with children ice skating and sledging on the main streets. You’ll also find a shopping centre and lots of restaurants to try the local cuisine.

    Tonight, you have the option to join a wintry adventure to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights. Tours range from a family-friendly snow train to a thrilling snowmobile ride in the frosty forest.

    Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

    The itinerary is based on arrivals on December 28. Please note that your travel expert will modify the setup of the tour based on your arrival date.

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  • Day 2: DOG SLEDDING & AN ARCTIC STAY

    This morning, you’ll join a 10-kilometre (6-mile) guided dog sledding excursion. When you arrive at the husky farm you’ll hear the excited huskies waiting for their chance to run through the snow-covered forest trail. Following a brief lesson at the kennel, you’ll drive your own sleigh, pulled by a team of energetic huskies, through the woods and over the snowy plains. There will be 2 people sharing each sleigh, taking turns mushing.

    In the afternoon you will head to the Arctic SnowHotel. This complex is built entirely of snow and ice each year. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour* to see the beautiful ice rooms as well the ice restaurant and ice bar.

    After the tour, tuck into a 3-course dinner based on local specialties at the rustic Kota. It is modelled after a traditional Sámi structure for a cozy atmosphere. Before staying the night under the stars in a glass igloo, you could end the evening with a traditional Finnish sauna session.

    Spend the night in a glass igloo.

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  • Day 3: SÁMI CULTURE & THE SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE

    Start the morning early with a hearty breakfast at the Arctic SnowHotel resort before returning to Rovaniemi. Later that morning you will be joining a tour to a reindeer farm before continuing on to the Santa Claus Village.

    At the reindeer farm, you’ll learn about the Sámi people and their culture. Their way of life includes reindeer herding, so you’ll enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride. You’ll also join your hosts in a special ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle.

    Next up you’ll travel to the Santa Claus Village. Here you’ll have some time to do some souvenir shopping, send postcards from Santa’s main post office, and of course meet Santa Claus himself! Afterwards you’ll return to Rovaniemi, where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

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  • Day 4: NEW YEAR’S DINNER & MYSTICAL NEW YEAR´S PARTY

    On the final day of the year, explore the beautiful Rovaniemi at your leisure. You can browse shops in the city or join an optional excursion to head back out into the snowy wilderness.

    Tonight is the big night! Enjoy a festive dinner in Rovaniemi before joining fellow travellers and heading out into the night. On the snowy banks of the frozen Ounus river, you will bring in the New Year in style at a thrilling celebration. In magical winter darkness, explore your icy surroundings and take in the colourful lights overhead.

    Lively music and a giant snow disco will make it impossible not to dance, and you can enjoy drinks from a nearby ice bar. Take part in a Finnish New Year tradition by visiting the mysterious fortune tellers and hearing predictions for the year ahead. The “man in red” himself will even pay a visit! When the time comes, celebrate the New Year under an astounding firework display then enjoy a spectacular dance show. This will truly be a night to remember!

    Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

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  • Day 5: DEPARTURE FROM LAPLAND

    Today is your last day in Finnish Lapland. After an adventurous winter getaway, a driver will take you back to Rovaniemi Airport in time for your departure flight.

    Please note a mandatory festive dinner at your hotel will be added to your reservation if you are staying in Rovaniemi on January 1. The rate is 128 euros per adult & 70 euros per child, including a welcome drink.

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

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

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Tour Information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following section about travelling to Rovaniemi, Lapland. It includes some important information about what the tour includes, accommodation, and more about your thrilling activities.

Please note that this package is subject to availability. Please wait to book your flights until after we have confirmed your reservation. If the accommodation in Rovaniemi or at the glass igloo is fully booked on your preferred travel dates, your travel consultant will be in touch with information about the next available dates.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
The suggested itinerary is based on arrivals on December 29. For arrivals on other dates, your travel expert will adjust the itinerary.

Please note a mandatory festive dinner at your hotel will be added to your reservation if you are staying in Rovaniemi on January 1. The rate is 128 euros per adult & 70 euros per child, including a welcome drink.

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR MULTI-DAY TOURS
On a multi-day tour, Nordic Visitor books your accommodation and excursions for a self-guided travel experience. That means you’ll enjoy some free time to explore on your own as well as planned, guided day tours.

Each activity is run by a different tour operator, so you’ll get to meet a few local guides throughout your trip.

You can rest assured that Nordic Visitor only works with a small number of handpicked suppliers that meet our high standards. The activities you’ll participate in are all extremely well rated so you’re sure to have a memorable time.

During your tour, we’re with you every step of the way. Plus, you’ll always be able to reach us on your trip by calling our 24/7 helpline.

ACCOMMODATION
On your multi-day tour, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our Lapland travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses in Rovaniemi based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience.

During the booking process, you can choose from single, double or triple rooms. Please note that in Lapland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

Included in this package is a 1-night stay in a glass igloo at the Arctic SnowHotel complex. If these are fully booked during your travel dates, we have wonderful glass igloo options in the nearby Apukka Resort or Santa Claus Village area.

FITNESS LEVEL AND ADVENTURE PACKAGES
You should have moderate to good physical fitness to take part comfortably in this tour. This is because packages set in the Arctic are considered adventure travel due to the specific conditions you’ll experience. Arctic travel can sometimes involve extreme weather conditions as well as vigorous activity and animals (like huskies and reindeer) on many excursions.

TRANSFERS TO/FROM ACTIVITIES
Please note that transfers between your hotel and tour meeting locations are not included. You will need to check your vouchers and itinerary information carefully. It is your responsibility to be on time to meet tour guides at meeting locations. Thankfully, Rovaniemi is a charming, small, and very walkable city.

ARCTIC SNOWHOTEL
Included in your package is a stay in a glass igloo at the Arctic SnowHotel, use of the traditional Finnish sauna, a 3-course dinner and breakfast. The SnowHotel offers a northern light wake-up call service at your glass igloo if you want.

Entrance ticket to the Snowman World at the Santa Claus Village is included with your stay at the Arctic SnowHotel. The Snowman World usually opens around December 6 each year.

DOGSLEDDING TOUR
The dog sledding tour on this package is a 10-kilometre (6-mile) husky safari.

Each sleigh is shared by 2 people, meaning you’ll take turn sitting and mushing. When controlling the sleigh, you’ll need to stand, kick and sometimes run to assist the dogs, depending on the terrain.

Children will be travelling safely with the tour guide on a large sleigh.

SAFETY AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing and tours are dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24-hour helpline to speak directly with our local Nordic Visitor staff.

There will be snow and ice on the ground, which sometimes can make it difficult to walk. Please note that there is no luggage handling services available in Lapland. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.

NORTHERN LIGHTS & DAYLIGHT HOURS
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Evening excursions will operate according to the tour schedule, even in unfavourable viewing conditions, and our guides will do their utmost to determine the best possible location for sightings.

Please be advised that in peak winter months, daylight is limited to a few hours — usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, the light reflecting off the snow can make the days seem brighter.

TRAVELLING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
In general, our vacation packages in Lapland are child-friendly, but please note that many activities (e.g., snowmobile and dog sled tours) have an age limit of 4 years old.

DEPOSIT PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION CHARGES
This tour requires a non-refundable deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking. You can view more about the deposit and cancellation fees here.

ADD-ONS & OPTIONAL UPGRADES
You can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades. You are also welcome to combine this tour with any of our Scandinavian packages.

If you have something specific in mind, get in touch with your travel consultant and they’ll create your dream trip.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip.

We aim to complete bookings within a few weeks. During this time we take care of booking your accommodation, activities, and transport, confirming all parts of your journey. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip.

CARBON OFFSETTING YOUR TOUR
Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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