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2020 Arctic Circle and Auroras Express

Picture yourself standing awe-struck, under a crisp night-sky where the mesmerizing and enchanting lights of the spectacular aurora borealis dance in the heavens above you.

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Tour Overview (* For Nth American Travellers*)

Picture yourself standing awe-struck under a crisp night-sky, where the mesmerizing and enchanting lights of the spectacular Aurora Borealis dance in the heavens above you.

Picture also harnessing and preparing your very own sled-dog team then leading them out (or them leading you!) on an exciting sled-journey through the pristine snow-covered fields and forests of northern-most Norway. What about the thrill of an exhilarating snow-mobile ride into the snowy plateaus high sbove the Arctic Circle. Or journeying by sleigh out onto a large frozen lake in northern Finland for some traditional ice-fishing. Getting up-close-and-personal with reindeer then having the local Sami people take you on a fun reindeer-led sleigh-ride followed by a traditional meal in their “lavvu” tent. All the while during the evenings, being on the lookout for the captivating and enchanting Northern Lights.

Welcome to the spectacular Arctic Circle and beyond of Finland and Norway during the winter! Northern-most Finland and Norway are famous not just for the mesmerising Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis but also for the wide range of exciting winter activities available during this wondrous time of the year. To see the Northern Lights is truly to watch one of the greatest spectacles that our Earth puts on!

Come join us in 2020 for our 8-day, “Arctic Circle and Auroras Express” winter holiday in this beautiful part of the world. See for yourselves why northern Scandinavia is considered one of the the most stunning places in the world for a winter holiday! Starting in Helsinki, Finland and finish in Alta, Norway.

Highlights (8 days Helsinki to Alta)

  • Internal flight Helsinki to Rovaniemi
  • Helsinki city tour with local guide
  • Reindeer farm visit with Lapp dinner in Rovaniemi
  • Santa’s Village visit in Rovaniemi and reindeer sleigh-ride
  • Arktikum Polar Museum visit in Rovaniemi
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 1 Night in iconic Glass Igloos
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 1 night in log cabin
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort guided tour with drink
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 2hr Snow-mobiling Adventure
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort “Aurora Hunt” bus adventure
  • Kakslauttanen visit to Glass Igloo Tower
  • Ice-fishing adventure Lake Inari
  • Sami Park visit in Karasjok
  • 1 Night stay in Sorrisniva Ice-Hotel
  • 2.5hr husky center visit and sledding w/ lunch in Alta
  • Sami Reindeer herding family visit

Other Inclusions

  • Welcome drink in Helsinki
  • Scenic drives through Finnish and Norwegian countryside
  • Drink in Ice-Bar in Norway’s Sorrisniva Ice-Hotel
  • Northern Lights photography instruction
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver and hotels

Tour Pace

For this Express version of our 14-day trip we don’t muck around! We ensure we fill our time with plenty of exciting local winter Scandi activities such as snow-mobiling, ice-fishing on frozen lakes, Sami reindeer center vists and exciting husky sled-dog and reindeer sleigh-rides. We make sure that later in our evenings we have plenty of free-time to maximise our chances of seeing the mesmerising Northern Lights!

Departure Dates:

  1. Saturday 15th February 2020, 5pm, Helsinki, Finland

QUICK FACTS

DURATION

8 Days (* This trip is for the Nth American Market*)

COUNTRIES

Finland & Norway

DEPARTURES

Starts Helsinki, Finland Saturday 15th Feb, 2020

Ends Alta, Norway Saturday 22nd Feb, 2020

 

PRICING

 

US$4,690 per person twin share*

US$775 Single Supplement

 

(AU$6,550 per person twin share *

AU$1,090 Single Supplement)

 

(*Pricing and dates to be confirmed ~February 2019)

AVAILABILITY

As at Feb 2019:  Places available. Contact us today

TOUR MAP

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Sat 15 Feb 2020 –  START HELSINKI

Arrive into Helsinki and make your own way to our tour hotel by taxi or Airport Bus/Shuttle. We begin with an afternoon welcome meeting and drink and then head straight into a city tour with a local expert guide to see this pretty Baltic city. On this driving tour we see the bustling central city with pretty and grand architecture plus drive along the coast to visit the Sibelius monument then into the centre to visit the fascinating Church in the Rock. This evening, free-time to explore the city-centre for it’s restaurants and night-life and get to meet the locals!           (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Helsinki 1 Night – Scandic Grand Marina

Day 2 / Sun 16 Feb 2020 – HELSINKI to ROVANIEMI(Arctic Circle)

Time to further explore Helsinki prior to our flight north to Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. A quick orientation tour and visit to the fascinating Arkitkum center before settling into our hotel here in the capitol of Lapland. This evening we visit a Sami reindeer farm where we get up-close-and-personal with the “locals” before a traditional dinner at their farm. (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Rovaniemi 1 Night – Scandic Rovaniemi

Day 3 / Mon 17 Feb 2020 – ROVANIEMI to SAARISELKA

First up a visit to “Santa’s Village” considered by many to be his traditional home. Time to explore this Christmas Wonderland and enjoy our reindeer sleigh-rides before arranging letters from Santa to be sent to friends back home to arrive for next Christmas! After lunch we continue northward of the Arctic Circle to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort near Saariselkä ski area. After an included drink and orientation of this impressive winter resort, time for dinner before settling into your unique, glass-roofed “igloo’s” (and fingers-crossed, to watch the Northern Lights from your inclinable bed!)     (BB, D)

ACCOMMODATION: Saariselka 2 Nights – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (1 night glass igloos, 1 night log cabin)

Day 4 / Tues 18 Feb 2020 – SAARISELKA

Today we transfer from our glass-igloos into traditional Finnish log-cabins complete with their very own saunas! A day to enjoy some of the activities in the Resort. An included, exciting 2hr snow-mobiling adventure before we visit the glass-tower and then free-time to explore. Perhaps try a traditional Finnish “smoke-sauna” and dip into the “ice-pool” for the brave-hearted in the frozen lake? Tonight, a dinner in the resort before a fun “aurora hunt” bus ride into the Finnish wilderness.                       (BB, D)

Day 5 / Wed 19 Feb 2020 – SAARISELKA to KARASJOK

This morning we depart the Kakslauttanen Resort and head north to Lake Inari where we journey out onto the lake itself to learn about and try, ice-fishing. Later on we travel northwest and cross into Norway and arrive in Karasjok, home to the Sami Parliament which represents the Sami people of Lapland. An included dinner and perhaps a chance to watch and photograph the Northern Lights from the nearby frozen Karasjohka River.        (BB, D)

ACCOMMODATION: Karasjok 1 Night – Scandic Hotel Karasjok

Day 6 / Thurs 20 Feb 2020 – KARASJOK to ALTA

This morning, time to visit the Sami Park to experience more of the traditional culture of Lapland. Later, we head northwest to reach the city of Alta at over 70 degrees latitude. We head straight to Sorrisniva Resort where we have a highlight stay for the night in their amazing Ice Hotel. An included drink in the Ice Bar, time to explore the resort and ice-hotel before an included three-course dinner. Try the outdoor spa searching for Northern lights before preparing for a night in ice-rooms (which stay at a constant -5C inside!) complete with -30C rated sleeping bags of course! (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Alta 2 Nights – 1st Night Sorrisniva Ice Hotel

Day 7 / Fri 21 2020 – ALTA

This morning, we visit a local Husky sled-dog centre for a truly exhilarating experience. We each learn how to harness a husky and then are taught how to set-up our very own sled-dog team! We then venture out in pairs with our guide for an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery with included lunch. Later on we visit a local Sami family and meet their reindeer before tea and coffee fireside in their traditional Sami tent. Afterwards, we transfer to our hotel in Alta and time to explore town and visit the striking Northern Lights Cathedral by our hotel. Fingers-crossed again for Northern Lights!  (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Alta 1 night – Scandic Alta / Thon Alta

Day 8 / Sat 22 Feb  – End ALTA

Sadly, our adventure finishes after breakfast. Take the time to further explore Alta or continue your journey home by flying home.    (BB)

DEPARTURES

Saturday 15th Feb, 2020

PRICING

US$4,690 / (AU$6,550*) per person twin share

(* 2020 pricing to be confirmed ~February 2019. Please contact us directly for Single Supplement and other pricing)

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