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Christmas in Finland - Lapland

Departure Date

23 Dec - 23 Dec

Duration

6 Days

6 Days – Departures:

  • 23 December 2019

 

 

ROVANIEMI – SNOWMOBILE SAFARI – HUSKIES FARM – SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE – RANUA ZOO – ARKTIKUM MUSEUM – REINDEER FARM

FINLAND

Travel to the unique Finland. Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones in Rovaniemi. The village of Santa Claus and his post office with the Elves are waiting for you. The Arctic Circle and snowy landscapes make a difference in combination with activities that are abundant. Take a snowmobile safari to landscapes of frozen lakes and wild forests. Visit the beautiful husky and magical reindeer farms that are Rovaniemi’s landmarks. Of course, the Arctic King could not be missed from this trip: the polar bear and the famous Santa Claus himself.

SCHEDULE

1st Day

ATHENS – ROVANIEMI

Meeting at Eleftherios Venizelos and flight to Rovaniemi. Arrival, and immediately after transfer to our hotel, the Metsahirvas which is a historic building of 1904, era of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Built on the banks of the frozen Kemijoki, 18km from Rovaniemi center, it operated as a Forestry University before operating as a hotel this year. Arrival and accommodation in our rooms! Lunch and transfer to Rovaniemi for a first glimpse of Santa Claus's homeland. The city of Rovaniemi, duly named Santa Claus's home, is welcoming decorated December because it is the period for which the remaining 11 months of the year are being prepared for! Return to the hotel and later we will all meet in the hotel restaurant for our dinner. Overnight.
2nd Day

SNOWMOBILE SAFARI – HUSKIES DOGS AND SLEIGH RIDE

Today, after a rich Christmas breakfast buffet, we wear the special uniforms, helmets, gloves, and following the instructions of local leaders we will participate on a snowmobile safari over frozen lakes and rivers into the woods in order to reach the Husky Farm. We take great care to dress comfortably and warmly. In Lapland, the long snow season and the natural ease of the trails make this sport irresistible! The vast network of trails, passing through wilderness areas, forests, frozen lakes and over rough snow and frozen rivers, adds even more beauty to the experience! As we arrive at the farm, the wonderful and adorable cute husky’s are all waiting for us to be friendly and play with us by shaking our tail! If we are lucky, they will kiss us in the face, or puppies will fall asleep in our arms as we caress them! We will hear stories from their caregivers and we will love these amazing animals as well, then we will drive the sleds after we are first given technical instructions for our safety by qualified leaders (in English). Sleigh Ride, a traditional means of transport from the Siberian region, is an unforgettable experience. Around the fire we will enjoy an “Excursionist” lunch with bread and sausages and coffee, tea or hot juice. A prerequisite for the driver of the sledge is to have a driving license. Please bring your driving license with you in case it is requested. If the conditions so require, the route for the safety of the excursors may be modified (eg in case of extremely low temperatures). Vehicles are 2.5 years on average and include fuel! Festive dinner in the hotel restaurant and overnight.
3rd Day

ROVANIEMI – SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE – SANTA PARK – SNOWMAN WORLD

Rich breakfast at our hotel. Immediately after departure for Santa Claus' village, right on the notorious Arctic Circle, where we will have the opportunity to talk to him, take pictures and perhaps ask him for a wish! The village of Santa Claus is a fairytale place, a feeling that everyone feels visiting it any time of the year! The first stop of all is, of course, his «Office», where a group of happy elves welcomes the people and invites them inside for a little chat and a photo with the Father of Christmas. Equally popular is «Santa Claus's Post Office», where his little helpers read the Christmas orders of millions of children around the world. Even if you have left your childhood for many decades, you will surely be tempted to send your friends a Christmas card with the original Santa Claus stamp! In the Post Office you will also find a wide variety of Christmas CD's and souvenirs, all of them centered around Santa Claus of course. Anyone who wants can visit Santa Park, a Christmas theme park, which is an interesting choice for our younger friends! Visit Snowman World to admire the unique sculptures of ice and snow and participate in all the activities of the area that will delight young and old alike, such as ice skating, snowboarding, snow carving and ice slides! Meal at the one of its kind Ice Restaurant, right on the Arctic Circle and next to Santa Claus. The restaurant is located in the village of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi. We will enjoy the menu created by their chef! Transfer to our hotel. In the evening after dinner we will stroll and wait if the sky is clear, the Magic Lights in the sky. Overnight.
4th Day

RANUA ZOO – FAZER

Rich breakfast in our hotel. After a walk through the white landscape we will reach the Northern Zoo of Europe, Ranua, also known as the Arctic Zoo! Here we will get to know all the animals that live in Arctic conditions and in their natural habitat, such as wolves, wildcats, red foxes, white owls as well as the mighty Arctic King, the polar bear! Opposite the Ranua Zoo, there is the station with the famous Fazer chocolates and candies! Before our departure, we meal in the restaurant’s garden. In our return optional stop in Santa Park for kids who want to relive it, with the same ticket from yesterday. Return to our hotel, dinner and overnight.
5th Day

ARKTIKUM MUSEUM – REINDEER FARM – ROVANIEMI

Today, get up early, get dressed and enjoy a walk on the frozen river, enjoy the snow, play snow war, make a snowman (you will find charcoal for the eyes, carrot for the nose ask your leader, he will take care of it). The rich Christmas buffet with hot coffee and tea is waiting for you to enjoy. In Lapland, the long snow season and the natural amenities of the trails make skiing irresistible! The vast network of trails, passing through wilderness areas, forests, frozen lakes and over rough snow and frozen rivers, adds even more beauty to the experience! Late in the morning we start our day with a visit to the Arktikum Museum, a unique building built on the notorious Arctic Circle and on the outskirts of Rovaniemi. Here at the center of Arctic history are exhibits through which we get to know the history, culture and lifestyle of the Lapons and the whole Arctic. Transfer to the reindeer park where we will caress and feed the sympathetic foursome of Santa Claus and have the pleasure of driving a reindeer sled in the woods, another traditional way of Lapons transportation from the very old days. We will enjoy our excursion meal and coffee or hot juice outside of kota, the traditional scene of the Lapponian nomads. Late afternoon transfer to Rovaniemi for a short stroll. Dinner and overnight.
6th Day

ROVANIEMI – ATHENS

Today, the last day of our trip, we say goodbye to Finland. Morning is free for a short stroll. At noon we are transferred to the airport for the return flight to Athens.

PRICES

Prices per person:

 

6 days:
23 December 2018

Double

Single

Child
2 until 11
years old*

HOTEL METSAHIRVAS 4*

2.295 €2.970 €

1.830 €

*Child price is based on one child’s stay (up to 10,99), in the same room with two (2) adults in an extra bed.

Flights with Aegean Airlines:
A3 4090 / Athens – Rovaniemi: 09:30 (departure) – 14:10 (arrival).
A3 4091 / Rovaniemi – Athens: 13:45 (departure) – 17:55 (arrival).

INCLUDED

  • Airline tickets ATHENS – ROVANIEMI – ATHENS with Aegean Airlines.
  • Five (5) nights at the Metsahirvas hotel in Rovaniemi.
  • Use of the sauna in the hotel.
  • Wireless internet in the hotel.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • Dinner daily with festive buffets included.
  • Meals daily.
  • Transfer and visit to Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi.
  • Arctic Circle Certificate.
  • Snowmobile excursion with special clothes and boots.
  • Reindeer farm visit and Reindeer sleigh ride.
  • Husky dogs farm visit and Husky sleigh ride.
  • Transportation as mentioned in the program.
  • Transportation to Santa Park with optional entrance (36 € adult / 30 € child 3 to 12 years / child up to 3 years free admission).
  • Transportation and entrance to the Ranua Zoo.
  • Specialized local leaders during the activities.
  • Excursion leader from Athens.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Information leaflet (3 days before departure).
  • Airport taxes.
  • VAT.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Everything that is not explicitly mentioned in the program or referred to as optional or proposed.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

  • Evening excursion to the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights can be seen in Finnish Lapland. Our position in the Arctic Circle gives us the best chance of seeing it. Our guide will take you out of town to get to the best spots to enjoy a Finnish picnic under the lights of the North Lights.

Duration: 3 hours.

Includes: Bus transportation, excursion meal with sausages, sweets, hot drinks and informations about Northern Lights from the local guide.

Price: 69 € adult / 52 € for children from 4 to 14 years.

NOTES

  • Every person driving a snowmobile must be over 18 years old and have a valid driving license with him.
  • Each participant in the snowmobile safari will be given the necessary clothing and equipment including: Overalls, boots, wool socks, gloves, scarf, fullface and helmet.
  • Children up to 14 years of age sit on a sled pulling the snowmobile driven by a local escort for safety reasons.
  • For younger children it is recommended that one parent sit with the child on the sled for their comfort and safety.
  • Children over 14 years of age and over 140 cm high can sit behind their parents in a snowmobile while paying the price of an adult.
  • The program is indicative. The final trip program will be given to you three days before your departure.
  • The range of tours can be changed for better execution of the program without missing any of them.
  • Passport or new type ID is necessary for all excursions in Europe.
  • Children up to 12 years old are travelling only with passport.

Information and Reservations:

Customer service

210 89 86 157  and  210 89 86 158

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