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Discover the joy and traditions of the Finnish Christmas! We’re pleased to present our fourth annual Christmas-themed Signature Journey! This year we are heading above the Arctic Circle to spend a few days in Finland’s Santa Claus Village. Then we travel south to Helsinki to explore the capital and shop at one of the famous Christmas Markets.
Join Borton Overseas Scandinavia Director, Betina Kohler, on this festive pre-holiday trip to Finland. Shop the Christmas Markets, learn about Christmas traditions in Finland, as well as all over the world, and hopefully see the Northern Lights during your time above the Arctic Circle at the Santa Claus Village. This is a great opportunity to get in the holiday spirit for the year and find some unique gifts for under the tree. Option to extend your stay in Finland or elsewhere!
Tour dates: November 30-December 5, 2018
Land and Air package: From $2,549 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement $528
Early Booking Discount: Save $100 per person if deposited by June 15, 2018
Friday, November 30 Depart Minneapolis
Depart on Icelandair at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, December 1 Arrive Rovaniemi D
Arrive in Reykjavik at 6:30 am, and change planes, departing at 7:30 am. Arrive in Helsinki at 12:55 pm and connect with flight to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus! With arrival in Rovaniemi at 5:40 pm, we will transfer to the Santa Claus Village, where the group will check in to their cottage accommodations. A welcome dinner will be provided at the Village. Overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village
Sunday, December 2 Christmas Exhibition B D
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning and afternoon at leisure to explore the Christmas Exhibition. Learn about the real Santa Claus, the history of the Christmas tree, and Christmas traditions, new and old, from around the world. There is an Elves' Toy workshop and you may even get to meet Santa Claus! Dinner included at village. Overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village
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Monday, December 3 Day Tour B D
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy day at leisure or book one of the following tours. Dinner included at resort. Overnight at Santa Claus Holiday Village
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Tuesday, December 4 Helsinki B
Depart Rovaniemi at 9:40 am and arrive in Helsinki at 10:55 am.
Collect luggage and transfer the Cumulus Kaisaniemi Hotel located in the city center. The biggest Christmas Market in the city is located just a seven minute walk away! Use the rest of the afternoon to explore this wonderful market.
At 6:00 pm, meet in the hotel lobby for transfer to the Finnish National Opera for a performance of The Nutcracker ballet. After the performance, a transfer will be provided to the hotel again. Overnight at Cumulus Kaisaniemi Hotel
Wednesday, December 5 Depart Helsinki B
Breakfast at the hotel. You have some time for last minute shopping and sightseeing before your mid-morning transfer to the airport. Depart at 2:20 pm, arrive in Reykjavik 3:55 pm. Change planes, depart at 4:45 pm, arrive Minneapolis 5:05 pm. – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!
*The Northern Lights tours are dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone.