Welcome to Finland
On arrival at Rovaniemi International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.
This evening you’ll embark on a guided snowmobile excursion into the wild to look for the northern lights dancing in the sky. Before returning to the city you’ll get to enjoy a hot beverage and a snack around a campfire with the guide.
Snowmobiling is a great way to get a little adrenaline rush while in Lapland.
Even if you’ve never been on a snowmobile before, it is not difficult for beginners to learn how to operate these machines. One hand on the throttle, the other on the brake, you’ll be zooming over frozen lakes and marked trails in no time. Following an expert tour guide, snowmobile excursions are a great way to learn more about the region’s landscapes. And if you’re riding at night, you might even see the northern lights shining overhead during short breaks.
• Two people will share one snowmobile and take turns driving. To drive, you must have a valid driver’s license.
• The snowmobile excursion starts around 5:30 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. If you arrive on a different day of the week, we will move this activity to day 2 or 3 and modify your itinerary accordingly.
• Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Overnight in Rovaniemi.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you’ll learn about a traditional mode of winter transport in Lapland by taking part in a guided dog sled excursion. Following a brief lesson at the kennel, you’ll soon be mushing with your own sled, pulled by a team of energetic huskies, through the woods and over the snowy plains. After a thrilling ride, enjoy a hot beverage with the musher back at the kennel.
Dog sledding, also called “mushing”, has been used for hunting and travel in the Arctic region since the 10th century. Even today, it is still a thriving mode of transport in Lapland, the northernmost region of Scandinavia. So it comes as no surprise that dog sledding has grown to be one of the most popular activities for tourists in this area.
A dog sled varies in size and function and is pulled by one or more specially-trained dogs, usually Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes. A team of sled dogs, typically ranging from 3 to 24 dogs, includes wheel dogs, swing dogs, point dogs and lead dogs — all chosen by experienced dog sled drivers, or “mushers”, based on the dogs’ strength, speed and endurance. Careful training and selection of the dogs is crucial, as these hard-working canines can travel up to 130 km in a day and average a speed of 32 km/h for distances up to 40 km.
Back in the city, spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you wish. Since Finland is famous for its sauna culture, we highly recommend spending some time today relaxing in the sauna at your hotel. It’s a great way to feel refreshed for the adventures yet to come on your trip.
Finnish sauna is in a little hut heated by a wood-burning stove with temperatures in the range of 80 – 110 C° (176–230 °F). The saunas have hot stones on the stove that you can toss water on to create steam, and there are wooden benches for you to sit on. It’s a wonderful way to warm up after an outdoor activity or after a night in an ice or snow hotel.
• Two people will share one sled and take turns driving.
The day begins with a guided snowmobile excursion to a reindeer farm, which presents a unique opportunity to experience the culture of Lapland’s native Sami people. Along with learning fun facts about reindeer, you’ll enjoy a short sled ride and learn first-hand how fast these animals can run. You’ll also join your hosts in a special ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle.
Reindeer are an integral part of the native culture in Lapland. For centuries these animals have been the lifeblood of the indigenous Sámi people of this region, providing transportation as well as warmth and nourishment in the challenging Arctic climate.
In the afternoon you’ll travel by car to the Santa Claus Village where you’ll have some time to do some souvenir shopping, send postcards from Santa’s main post office and enjoy lunch at a cosy restaurant. Of course, you will also get to meet Santa Claus himself!
Located in the Arctic Circle, the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi is regarded as “Santa’s official North Pole residence” and is one of the top tourist destinations in Finland. The village is open year-round for visitors of all ages to see Santa and his elves.
• In case of poor trail or weather conditions in December, the transfers to/from the reindeer farm may be done by car instead for safety reasons. However, in such event, the program will still include some time driving snowmobiles.
Explore Rovaniemi on your own for the first part of the day. To learn more about the local history, nature and culture, pay a visit to the Arktikum Museum and browse the interesting exhibits about Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region.
In the evening you will be taken to nearby Lehtojärvi, which is known for its excellent opportunities to view the northern lights. Here you’ll go on a guided tour of the Arctic SnowHotel, which is built entirely of snow and ice each year and includes beautifully crafted ice rooms as well as an ice restaurant and ice bar. There are also warm glass igloo accommodations on the premises. After the tour you’ll enjoy a dinner based on local specialties at the rustic Restaurant Kota, modelled after a traditional Sami structure. Around midnight you will be returned to the city.
OPTIONAL-To add even more adventure to this trip, you can upgrade your accommodation this evening to a warm glass igloo or a snow room at the Arctic SnowHotel. If you’re interested in sleeping under the stars (great for northern lights viewing!) or spending a night surrounded by ice art on a frozen bed lined with reindeer furs, this is your chance to do it.
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After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 12,750 /- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
Destinations: Rovaniemi-Winter in Rovaniemi.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
If you are interested in going ahead with this booking, we would require deposits or payments as follows either in the form of cash or cheque:
Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class, Dubai / Helsinki / Rovaniemi / Dubai.
4 nights in Rovaniemi based on twin sharing basis.
Return airport transfers on private car.
Northern lights snowmobile, Dog sledding, Visit Arctic Snow Hotel.
Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner & 2 refreshment..
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
Finland-is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country's Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
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Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the Schengen countries. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to Finnish consulate website: www.vfsglobal.com/finland/UAE/. Finland is part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
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Things do & see:
Northern lights safari with snowmobiles – Take a snowmobile safari in Yllas to see the Northern lights and explore the area. This is hands-down one of the most incredible sights in Europe, so make sure to research whether the weather is going to corporate for a great view. There are plenty of guided tours you can join, otherwise, venture out on your own.
Ice climbing – Finland is known for its impressive ice formations. For rock climbers, this is the perfect challenge, however, inexperienced climbers are welcome, too! There are several companies who will outfit you with the right gear and introduce you to ice climbing.
Rappelling down the icefall at Tajukangas – If you’re not afraid of heights and a bit of a thrill seeker, I’d recommend checking this out – if anything, Google rappelling at Tajukangas to see what it’s about. The best place to head is Pyhä with the team at Bliss Adventure. Visit Pakasaivo, the “Hell of Lapland” – This lake is 60m at its deepest, and the steep cliff walls surrounding the lake reach up another 60m above water level. It is a Sámi holy place and a scenic place to hike or snowmobile.
Salla Reindeer Park – This park gives you a comprehensive overview of the old forests and the encounters reindeer had with predators. There are also periodic reindeer competitions, husky sleigh rides, and canoe trips that are worth looking up online to see if they are going on during your visit.
Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi – Here, you will find year-round Christmas cheer! Check out the snowshoe safaris that run both day and night.
Cycle The King’s Road to the East – This route is an old postal route connecting Sweden and Russia. The 330km trail dates back to the 15th century, making for a great scenic trip for anyone looking to explore the country by bike!
Pyhä-Luosto Mine – Pyhä-Luosto means Amethyst in Finnish. During the mine tour, you actually learn how to mine this precious mineral. If you’re visiting during the winter, the experience is even more incredible because you can ski, snowshoe or walk the last stretch of the 2.5 kilometer trek before you head through Santa Claus Village.
Ranua Wildlife Park – While you’re in Finland, learn about the indigenous arctic animals in their natural habitats at the Northernmost zoo in the world.
The Old Church – This is Finland’s best-preserved wooden church. The steeple-less church was built from timber in 1689, commissioned by Charles XI, who granted 900 copper dollars to the building. Entry is free.
Sodankylä Museum of Local History and Culture – Built in 1906, the main building of the Sodankylä Local Heritage Museum is a Kuukkeli house from the village of Riesto, but it was moved to the museum site by voluntary labor in the 1960s. The museum also includes numerous other buildings from traditional Sodankylä industry, such as a workshop, an arctic house, a calving hut, a summer house, barns, and part of a reindeer fence. The museum is closed in the winter.
Suvanto village – Situated near Pelkosenniemi, Suvanto is one of the rare villages in Lapland that wasn’t burned down by the Germans in the Lapland War (a spin-off conflict from WWII). When visiting Suvanto, you should check out the cafe-art gallery Säpikäs because it is housed in the yard of an idyllic 1930s country house and renovated barn.
The Ethnographic Museum – This museum tells the story of peasant lifestyles at the turn of the twentieth century. The main building has a farmhouse living quarter, maid’s chamber, daughter-in-law’s chamber, and living room. In addition to the house, the grounds accommodate a granary, a workshop, a smoke sauna, a barn, and a stable. A memorial to the founder of the Finnish Co-Operative Movement, Hannes Gebhard, is nearby at his birthplace.
Sleep in an ice hotel — A very seasonal and very cool place to stay (pun intended). Everything in Snow Hotel is made of ice — including your bed! Don’t worry, you get very warm sleeping bags!
Helsinki — Historic, small, filled with green space, and set on the waterfront, Helsinki is an esthetically pleasing city filled with friendly people and few tourists. It’s especially great if you love art as they have a ton of museums there. You’ll definitely want to spend a few days!
Cruise around the Harbor Islands — If you don’t spend a whole day hanging out and lounging around Suomenlinna, take a tour around some of the other islands in theharbor to get an idea about how important the harbor was to local lifestyle in the past. There are a ton of tours to choose from, and if you have a Helsinki card, most are 20% off.
Air Guitar World Championship – Held every year at the Oulu Music Video Festival, this competition started out as a joke but has evolved into a major event. If you happen to be in Finland during the festival, be sure to check this quirky competition out!
Commune with nature – There are almost 40 national parks in Finland, each with hiking trails and camping sites. In the winter, they make for great places to cross-country ski or go snowshoeing. Most are conveniently located in the southern half of the country, too. However, if you really want to get off the beaten path be sure to visit Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in the north!