With its very low population density and landscape covered 70% in forests, Finland offers a majestically beautiful setting. It is also the ‘country of a thousand lakes’, although in truth more than 188,000 of them have been identified! Although Finland can surprise summer visitors with a spectacular night sky under the midnight sun, it is most spectacular in winter, when its landscape is covered in an immaculate and shining blanket of snow. It is at this time of the year when you can admire the wonderful aurora borealis and best take advantage of the benefits of the sauna, a local speciality. It is undoubtedly for all these reasons that even Father Christmas decided to set up his official residence in Finland, somewhere on Mount Korvatunturi.
Capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is located just 10 km south of the Arctic Circle, which you will cross as you arrive because the imaginary line passes through the airport. Surrounded by two large rivers and mountains, the town offers a striking urban contrast with the unspoilt natural world and the ancient traditions of Lapland. You will have the chance to discover these traditions during your stay with a visit to a breeding centre for huskies and reindeer, or by going ice-fishing. The village and official home of Santa Claus are also to be found in Rovaniemi. This is where the thousands of letters sent by children from around the world every year are handled… The town is also known for its Arctic museum, ‘Artikum House’, and for several buildings designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. But above all, the wild nature of the immediate vicinity is fascinating: frozen lakes, the Northern Lights (on as many as 200 nights per year), forests covered in snow…all providing an unmissable rendez-vous in the Arctic!
Experience the untouched nature of Lapland, let yourself be spoilt by the silence and enjoy the Arctic!
Our exclusive special programme offers you the opportunity to get to know the far north of Finland, the Lapps living there and their most popular traditions.
Lapland and its people look forward to welcoming you to leave behind a unique experience in an unusual destination. Escape the city on a snowmobile, dine around a campfire, float on an icy lake, test drive on the ice and race with the huskies! All this awaits you, so get ready to be enchanted by Lapland. A basic programme is already included in the price of the trip, but various excursions and dinners at unusual locations can be booked on an optional basis. The exact schedule will be announced on site.
As soon as you have landed at the Arctic Circle in the evening on your Luxair special flight, the tour guide will welcome you and a transfer bus will take you to your booked accommodation.
Before the start of the programme, which lasts approximately 4 hours, you will be provided with thermal clothing (sizes XXXS-XXXL), which will be at your disposal throughout your stay. This will be worn over your own clothes to protect you from the cold (for further information please contact the tour guide on site).
The programme starts with a visit to the reindeer farm Raitola and a short reindeer sledge ride of about 500 m, during which you will be pulled by a reindeer sitting in the sledge. This is followed by a visit to a husky farm and a 3 km long husky ride. Here you and 1 passenger drive the dog team yourself.
Finally, a 2-course menu awaits you for lunch, consisting of traditional reindeer meat stew with mashed potatoes and cranberries, blueberry cake, tea, coffee, water, bread and butter.
Take the opportunity and don't miss out on decorating your stay with as many arctic highlights as possible. Take the snowmobile for a 3-hour adventure ride through nature (booking code: RVNSMSEXC) or enjoy the speed on a 10-km husky safari; here you will be pulled by huskies on a sledge (booking code: RVNHUSEXC). At the Artic Snow Hotel you will be enchanted by sculptures and entire buildings made only of ice and snow, and try your hand at the art of snow carving or ice fishing. (booking code: RVNICEEXC). A trip to Ranua Wildlife Park is not only a chance to meet polar bears and arctic foxes; it is also a chance to see the whole variety of Arctic wildlife (booking code: RVNRANEXC). For organisational reasons, the two ½ 6-day excursions - visit to Arctic Snow Hotel and visit to Ranua Zoo Park - cannot be combined.
Optional bookable activities on days 2-4 and 5 (not included in the basic package)
Those who would like to experience the Arctic landscape as a natural playground now have the opportunity. Whether you want to float in the ice water of a lake, go forest skiing or take a quiet snowshoe hike, whether you want to shoot air guns, do Arctic survival training or build a Lappish tipi, there should be something exciting for everyone in this varied programme.
We have also prepared something special for the evenings. Make your reservation in advance for a 3-course menu of local delicacies at the Nabo Restaurant (booking code: RVNNABEXC) and a place for a traditional evening around the campfire with grilled specialities accompanied by a folkloric yik singer. (Booking code: RVNAUREXC). We recommend you to book the basic package then only with bed and breakfast.
Guests who do not participate in an excursion on the day of departure will be picked up at the hotel in the early afternoon. Check out at the hotel by 12 noon at the latest. Luggage can be stored in the hotel's luggage room until then. In the early afternoon, the transfer back to the airport will start with a side trip to Father Christmas Village. Here the Christmas atmosphere is Christmassy all year round.
The time is at your leisure and you will have the opportunity to get to know the whole village by visiting Santa's main post office, shopping for souvenirs and of course getting to know Father Christmas personally. Finally, you will have the opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle or visit one of the restaurants before the transfer bus takes you to the airport to catch your flight home after returning your thermal clothing.
By snowmobile, the Lapps' favourite means of transport, you will explore the unspoilt Lapland nature of northern Finland.
After an introduction to the use of the snowmobile, which you will share with your partner, you will drive about 2.5 hours through the breathtaking natural landscapes - over frozen rivers, snow-covered paths and fields. During a short stop along the way, warm drinks will be served.
Total duration: 3 hours. Day and pick up times will be announced on site.
To drive a snowmobile, you must have at least a class T driving licence and be at least 18 years old. Children under 15 years of age are transported in a sledge driven by a guide. Teenagers from 15 to 17 years of age may travel on the snowmobile as passengers.
Note Helmet and gloves will be provided to participants. Each snowmobile is intended for 2 persons. For an extra charge and on request in advance, snowmobiles can also be reserved for 1 single person. Children may only take part in the snowmobile safari if accompanied by a parent. Insurance for the snowmobile included (with an excess of 800,- per snowmobile).
Ranua Wildlife Park is located an hour's drive from Rovaniemi in an arctic forest. It is home to about 50 species of animals and a total of 200 Arctic animals such as polar and brown bears, lynxes, foxes, numerous birds and musk oxen, to name but a few. During a walk through the park you will get to know all the animals and before returning to Rovaniemi you will enjoy lunch (choice of starters, main course, water, tea or coffee).
Duration in total about 5.5 hours.
Important note: For organisational reasons, you can book either the visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel or the visit to the Ranua Zoo Park. It is not possible to book both excursions.
You leave the city by bus and travel with your guide to a magical place in the middle of nature, where the lights of the city are far enough behind you. There you will be served grilled salmon with salad, dessert and a glass of wine by the campfire, which is located directly at a frozen lake, while your guide tells you stories about this region. You will also be introduced to typical Lappish yoik music, performed live for you by a folk singer. Small wooden chalets are available for warming up in between. If you are lucky, you will also see the northern lights in the sky and witness this spectacular natural spectacle.
Note: Warm drinks are also included. If more than 29 persons participate, a traditional Kota tent and a chalet with toilets will be opened additionally.
Depending on the number of participants booked, this excursion can be organised from the 2nd day onwards. The exact day will be communicated to you on site.
Total duration: 4-5 hours.
Let nature be your arctic playground!
We take the bus to a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere, in the heart of the wilderness. After a transfer of about 25 minutes we arrive at a beautiful wooden house on a frozen lake! Welcome to the Lappish nature.
During this excursion you can try out a range of activities in the snow.
Floating on a frozen lake: Come and discover the lightness of your body in the arctic ice, a real moment of well-being! Don't be afraid of the cold: thanks to a protective suit against the cold, you will be totally protected. Let your body and mind float and enjoy this icy adventure. Suitable for anyone with a minimum height of 1.20 m.
Hiking with snowshoes: why not try this fun way of moving on snow! It allows you to reach places that are inaccessible due to the deep snow, where you will enjoy listening to the silence around you.
Our guides will give you their precious advice before you leave. Suitable for all age groups. As an alternative, young children can play in the snow or build a snowman.
Our wilderness experts will teach you some basic survival techniques and in a small team you can try out different entries:
Making fire: this is an essential survival skill in the Arctic zone. You will learn how to make a fire and boil water in the wilderness.
In Lapland you will hear the word Kota often. These Lappish tipis were once the home of the natives. You will learn how to build a simple Kota by yourself!
In the old days, hunting was a means of survival to get food in the far north! Learn how to shoot at a target with an air rifle.
While normal cross-country skis are used on well-groomed trails, forest skis offer a way to move silently, even in deep snow. Take the opportunity to observe animal tracks and discover the snow-covered nature of Lapland as you have never seen it before. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age. Children can eat marshmallows by the fire, build snowmen or play games related to animal tracks.
Total duration: 3-4 hours, each activity lasts about 20-30 minutes, including a break by the fireplace to taste the hot juice. This place has toilets, a heated cabin and a Kota with fireplace.
Enjoy the rush of speed on a husky sledge ride through the silence of the Lapland wilderness. There are always two adults per team, with the possibility of taking turns on the way. The average distance is 10 km, depending on weather conditions and the riding skills of the participants. Minors are only allowed on a sledge when accompanied by their parents. The exact allocation will be made on site by the guide.
Total duration approx. 2 hours including transfers and approx. 45-60 minutes husky safari.
Nabo is a new Nordic restaurant driven by a love of vegetables. Seasonal ingredients are bought as locally as possible, according to the motto: pure, tasty, local, with love. Depending on the availability of the ingredients, it may therefore happen that not all guests find the same vegetables on their plates. The 3-course menu includes lamb tartar from the Raattama farm with pickled celeriac as a starter. The main course is poached pike-perch from Lake Miekojärvi, kohlrabi and lemongrass in browned butter, followed by chocolate, beetroot and boiled caramel for dessert. Tap water, tea, coffee and bread are included.
Duration: approx. 2 hours.
Limited number of participants.
After breakfast a bus will take you to Lake Lehtojärvi. Here you will discover the well-known and absolutely worth seeing Arctic Snow Hotel, which is rebuilt every winter and enchants you with its unique play of colours of snow and ice. Keep your camera ready for unique photos of the ice bar, the snow restaurant, the snow chapel and last but not least the igloo rooms decorated with amazing sculptures!
Afterwards you will receive a one-hour introduction to ice fishing, a passion of the Nordic peoples with a long tradition. In the following hour you will learn how ice sculptures are created. You may also try your hand at carving snow yourself. Lunch, a 2-course menu included in the price, will be served in a "kota", a traditional Lappish tent.
Duration: 4.5-5 hours in total.
For organisational reasons, either a visit to the Arctic Snow Hotel or a visit to the Ranua Zoo Park can be booked.
This special holiday package and the optional excursions are subject to a minimum number of participants.