Finland & Norway Winter Lapland Combo

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Availability : Select dates, December-March

Finland & Norway Winter Lapland Combo

Highlights Include:

  • Spending the night in a room made of snow
  • Norwegian and Finnish Lapland
  • Experiences with Sámi handicrafts and culture
  • Meeting the local reindeer and huskies

Photo: NevraArts/Snowhotel Kirkenes

Tour Details

From: $3,674 per person | Single supplement from $1,783

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

8 days

2019/2020 Departures: Select dates, December – March

This winter tour to two Nordic countries packs in a lot. The village of Inari is the Finnish center of Sámi culture, situated by Lake Inari in Northern Finland, well above the Arctic Circle. Learn about Sámi culture, Lapland nature, and visit a reindeer farm. Then cross the border from Finland into Northern Norway for a unique stay at the Snowhotel Kirkenes. Follow that up with dog sledding, and you have an unforgettable journey! You begin and end this trip in the country capitals of Helsinki and Oslo.

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Itinerary
This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Independently transfer into city. Helsinki is uniquely situated on the Baltic Sea where it has, for centuries, protected Finland from invaders coming from Russia in the east and Sweden in the west. Built upon this foundation, the city offers both historic sites like the sea fortress Suomenlinna, as well as modern art like the Sibelius Monument and the Kiasma Museum. The series of trams that cover the whole city make navigating simple for visitors. Overnight in Helsinki

Day 3Travel to Lapland | Meals: B D

Independently transfer to Helsinki airport for your flight to Ivalo in Northern Finland. From Ivalo you will be transferred about 30 minutes north through the frozen wilderness to Inari. You will be spending the next two nights along the bank of Lake Inari. Enjoy watching snowmobiles and ice-fishermen travel across the frozen lake from your window, or sit in sauna enjoying the quintessential Finnish pastime. Overnight in Inari

Day 4Sámi Culture & Reindeer | Meals: B D

Begin your first full day in Lapland with a visit to Siida, a museum devoted to Sámi culture and the nature of Lapland. From Siida you will head to the home of a local Sámi woman who will introduce you to her friendly herd of reindeer. Enjoy getting up close to these marvelous creatures and feeding them. Afterwards, you will be shown the traditional art of making fur boots with the fur of the reindeer. Tonight is at leisure to enjoy the stillness of the winter, or join an optional Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile. Overnight in Inari

Day 5Inari, Finland – Kirkenes, Norway – Snowhotel | Meals: B D

This morning say goodbye to Inari and meet your transfer for a ride, about three hours north, to Kirkenes, a Norwegian town just ten short miles from the Russian border. Along this drive you will pass frozen lakes and snow covered forests until you reach the small town this afternoon. You will be dropped off at the Snowhotel Kirkenes, where you will spend the rest of the day enjoying the amazing art made of snow, a drink at the Snow Bar, and a visit to the local reindeer. This evening enjoy a dinner by the open fire, before heading to your snow suite, a uniquely decorated room made of snow. A special sleeping bag and thermal bedding is provided to keep you comfortable for the night. Overnight at Snowhotel Kirkenes

Day 6Kirkenes & Northern Lights Husky Tour | Meals: B

Wake up this morning and begin your day with a sauna to relax and warm up from your evening in the snow room. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast and then say goodbye to the wonder of the Snowhotel. You will be transferred back to the Kirkenes city center to appreciate the afternoon at leisure, exploring Kirkenes on your own, or perhaps join a tour to fish for the enormous King Crab in the fjord. This evening you will meet some local huskies who will take you out searching for a glimpse of the Northern Lights. With a musher driving the sled, you will be able to sit back and delight in traveling through the wilderness with your eyes on the skies. Overnight in Kirkenes

Day 7Kirkenes – Oslo | Meals: B

Transfer to the airport today for your flight to Oslo (late morning or evening). Transfer to your hotel for check-in, and then, spend the rest of the day enjoying Norway’s capital city on your own. Oslo is a nature centric city, with wooded areas and natural experiences never far away. A trip to Holmenkollen Ski Jump to try your hand at many winter activities and experience amazing views is recommended. If you choose to stay in the city center, it is recommended to visit the island Bygdøy to see the many museums there including the Viking Ship Museum. Overnight in Oslo

Day 8Depart Oslo, Norway | Meals: B

Transfer via airport express train to Oslo Airport for your return flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city) 
  • Flight Helsinki-Ivalo including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Flight Kirkenes-Oslo including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Six nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Entrance to Siida Sámi Museum
  • Visit to Reindeer Farm
  • Northern Lights Hunt by Dog Sled
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
  • Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile – head out of Inari on snowmobile with your guide following the aurora forecast to find the best spot for searching for the lights tonight
  • King Crab Safari – catch, cook, and eat the king crab on this excursion in Kirkenes
Notes
  • It is possible to extend the itinerary with a Hurtigruten southbound six-day cruise voyage along Norway’s west coast, Kirkenes – Bergen, instead of flying directly to Bergen
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