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Finnish Lapland & the Kemi Snow Castle

(Tour code: 17FLA)Delve into the culture and natural majesty of Finnish Lapland

Delve into the culture and natural majesty of Finnish Lapland, on a tour that offers ample opportunity for spotting the Aurora, the Kemi Snow Castle and Santa's village.

Tour Highlights
  • Helsinki
  • Kemi Snow Castle
  • Bear’s Lodge
  • Visit to the Arktikum museum
  • Visit to Santa’s Village
  • Crossing the Arctic Circle ceremony
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Flights to Helsinki
Day 1


You begin your Finnish adventure by flying out from London Gatwick to Helsinki today, from here you continue by air to Oulu and transfer to your hotel for the next two nights, the Cumulus Hotel Kemi. You enjoy dinner tonight in the hotel.

  • Dinner
 Kemi Snow Castle
Day 2

Kemi Snow Castle

Today we visit the world's largest snow castle in Kemi and take a guided tour, this remarkable structure recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Every season the structure is rebuilt anew but always contains the same core areas, a hotel, restaurant and a chapel, it lasts until spring when it melts under the warming sunlight. The castle features walls that are over 12 feet high and certain sections are illuminated with colourful lights. The castle's popularity sees it used as not only a hotel, people come from all over the world to get married here. You enjoy a delicious lunch on solid ice tables and sample a drink at the ice bar, rounding off a truly captivating experience.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Arktikum Science Museum
Day 3

Arktikum & Bear’s Lodge

This morning transfer to Kemi station for a train journey to Rovaniemi, the administrative capital of Lapland, Finland's northernmost province. Your first stop in Rovaniemi is the Arktikum Science Museum which also houses the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland - Finland's national institute for Arctic expertise. You enjoy time in the museum as you learn about the history of Finnish Lapland from pre-history to the 1970s. The museum's Northern Ways exhibition presents the survival story of humans and nature in the North, shown through dioramas, film and scale models. The university centre here is home to an array of multidisciplinary research which includes global climate change and its affect on the Arctic, and how the lives of those who live there will be effected by climate change. You enjoy lunch here today. Following your time at the Arktikum you transfer to your hotel for the next three nights, the unique Bear's Lodge. This 'wilderness' hotel is built in an alpine chaletstyle close to Lake Pohtimolampi. The hotel is excellently situated to see the Northern Lights, and tonight you enjoy a talk on the Aurora by a local guide. This evening you enjoy a dinner at the lodge and afterwards have the chance to try the Finnish sauna. The lodge provides a special 'Aurora Alarm' service, where you can ask to be alerted when the Northern Lights become visible in the sky above.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lapland Reindeer
Day 4

Reindeer Farm & Santa’s Village

Today you experience a unique 'Crossing the Arctic Circle' ceremony in a 'kota' or teepee, delivered by a reindeer herder, this age-old tradition sheds light on the culture of this remote region. Later you visit Santa's Village in Rovaniemi, Santa's official home. Any letters written to Santa end up at this spot, the Santa Claus Main Post Office. You can send a letter from this address to anywhere in the world, the postal elves will even post it for you.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

At leisure & farewell dinner

On the final full-day of your stay in Finland you have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the hotel's excellent facilities at leisure. You could also choose to take an optional excursion, which include a snowmobile safari, an ice fishing experience by snowmobile or a husky safari. There you can enjoy the powerful dogs being put through their paces on an unforgettable ride through the wilderness. Alternatively you could take advantage of the hotel's sauna or just enjoy the snow covered landscape one last time. This evening enjoy a traditional Lappish farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Fly home
Day 6

Fly home

Following breakfast at the hotel you transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the flight to Helsinki, here you change for the flight home to London Gatwick.

  • Breakfast

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