Winter Lapland Adventure, Finland

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Availability : Daily, end November-early April

Winter Lapland Adventure, Finland

Highlights Include:

  • Helsinki, the capital of Finland
  • Enjoy driving a dogsled
  • Stay in an Aurora Cabin with windows to the sky
  • Opportunity to see the Northern Lights
  • Meet the reindeer and huskies of Lapland

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Tour Details

From: $3,539 | Single supplement from $875

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

7 days

2023/2024 Departures:  Daily, November 26 – April 1

Experience the amazing arctic winter in Inari, one of Finnish Lapland’s most magical villages. This package offers opportunities for dog sledding, reindeer interaction, and learning about the native Sámi culture. In the evenings the Northern Lights are the main attraction and with opportunities for heading out on a hunt, chances of a sighting are great – including during a night in an Aurora Cabin with a partial glass roof! With the option for customizing your day tours to your interests and activity level, this package is the perfect starting place for a truly enchanting visit to Lapland.

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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

Upon arrival, independently transfer from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the 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 Finnish Lapland - Aurora cabin | Meals: B D

Transfer independently back to the Helsinki Airport for your flight north up to Ivalo. You will be transferred from Ivalo airport to Inari Village, located on the shores of Lake Inari. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Accommodation this evening is in an Aurora Cabin with a partial glass roof/windows offering an excellent view to the night sky. With luck you can admire the Northern Lights directly from your bed! (Note: Aurora Cabin stay can be moved to the last night, if preferred.) Overnight at Wilderness Hotel Inari

Day 4Reindeer Encounter & Aurora Camp | Meal: B

Enjoy a relaxing morning – perhaps make an optional visit to Siida, the famous Sámi Museum in Inari. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a reindeer herder’s farm and their reindeer. Learn what the reindeer eat and how their muzzle & pelt feel to the touch, plus learn about the Sami culture and life of the reindeer & herder. After the ride, there will be a chance to warm up by the fire with a hot beverage. This evening is an excursion to an Aurora Camp, located away from light pollution at Lake Inari. Admire the Northern Lights while you are comfortably seated in a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile. We will head to the Aurora hunting on the amazing Lake Inari. You can enjoy the northern sky all the way to the campsite. We will enjoy the blazing campfire with hot drinks. Overnight at Wilderness Hotel Inari

Day 5Dog Sledding | Meal: B

This morning you will be driven to a husky farm, where the energetic huskies are waiting to take you on a ride into the white wilderness, After receiving driving instructions, you will become a real musher for a little while, switching drivers about halfway through the ride. Enjoy the excitement of the dogs before the start, and the serene silence once they get to do what they love –
run in the snowy scenery. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the resort amenities or can add an optional excursion. Overnight at Wilderness Hotel Inari

Day 6Return to Helsinki | Meal: B

Today say goodbye to Lapland and Inari. You will be transferred back to the Ivalo Airport for the flight south to Helsinki. Transfer independently into the city center and check into your hotel for a final night in Finland (option for last night at a Helsinki airport hotel, if preferred). Overnight in Helsinki

Day 7Depart Helsinki, Finland | Meal: B

Independently transfer to the airport for your return flights 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) 
  • Inter-Finland flights, as noted
  • Five nights’ accommodation as per itinerary
  • Round trip transfers Ivalo airport to Inari accommodation, as indicated
  • Meals as per itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Reindeer Farm Visit
  • Aurora Camp evening excursion by sleigh
  • Husky/Dog Sled Safari & Farm Visit
Not Included
  • Ancillary airline fees, such as 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. Note that not all excursions are offered daily.
  • Snowmobile Safari – drive your snowmobile through the winter landscape, into the forest or on frozen Lake Inari (must be age 18 to drive, with license). Also available as evening Aurora tour.
  • Cross Country Skiing – there is no more silent method to go through frozen and snowy sceneries than cross country skis – includes orientation and warm drinks along the way.
  • Gentle Snowshoeing – navigate on the snow and enjoy the beauty of the wintry forests with a guide on this snowshoe walk – equipment provided. (An Aurora tour is also offered at night.)
  • Sami Museum & Nature Center Siida – get familiar with the rich and varied history of the Sámi people and their role in modern day Lapland. Three-hour excursion includes transfers, entrance fees and guidance.
  • Ice Fishing with Snowmobile Sleigh– transfer by snowmobile & sleigh through the frozen landscape – the guide will find the best spots and teach how to drill hole through the ice; lunch included.
  • Sami Culture Adventure – a snowmobile tour that will give you an insight of Sámi culture and the way of life in the North. (Available from January 6.)
  • Aurora Hunt by Car – three-hour tour will search for the best spots for finding the Northern Lights. During the trip, the guide will serve some warm drinks and snacks. 
Notes
  • The order of the Lapland excursions in the itinerary may vary.
  • Longer programs in Lapland are available, please inquire!
  • Optional Excursions may be added to the itinerary, time permitting, or switched with others included above. Additional costs may be incurred.
  • The Northern Lights are a naturally occurring phenomenon and are weather dependent, therefore sightings are not guaranteed.
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