23-29 December 2022
Celebrate Christmas in Lapland and enjoy all the best activities in Kemi and in Rovaniemi. Board the ice breaker and admire frozen ice fields, magnificent nature, Northern Lights, meet Santa, cross the Arctic Circle, experince sled dogs, enjoy ice restaurant and visit the reindeer farm all in one tour.
23rd of December: Welcome
Arrival at Kemi Airport or Kemi Railway Station. Lapland guide is waiting for you! Transfer to the hotel. Dinner buffet, time at leisure and overnight in Hotel Scandic Kemi ****.
24th of December: Christmas Eve
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to Tornionjoki river, the biggest free-flowing river in Europe. It flows unobstructed even in winter. Here at Kukkolankoski rapids we will take beautiful pictures, admire the views of the nature on frozen river banks. We will enjoy our lunch in a romantic restaurant just on the shore. On arrival at the hotel, if you would like to relax before the Christmas celebration, you are welcome to spend time in the sauna in your hotel. For Christmas dinner, we will go to a Christmassy lodge in the forest where Finnish and international specialities will be served. This festive Christmas dinner includes many traditional Finnish and international Christmas delicacies. By old Finnish tradition, Santa Claus comes to the dining room after dinner. Santa will bring a gift to all guests and we may take pictures with Santa indoors and outdoors with the snow. After the Christmas dinner, we will join Northern Lights trip nearby to watch this unique natural phenomenon. Overnight in the hotel in Kemi.
25th of December: Christmas Day
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and we will take a 3-hour ice-breaker cruise. Admire the beauty of vast open ice fields as the huge vessel breaks the ice. If you wish you can try floating amongst the ice of the frigid cold sea! You’ll be warm and safe inside a special survival suit (minimum height requirement is 145cm). You can also visit the Kemi Snow Castle. At the end of the cruise, you will get an Icebreaker Sampo Diploma. After the cruise, we will have lunch on the shore. Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner buffet and accommodation in the hotel in Kemi.
26th of December: Santa Claus village
After breakfast, check out and leave the hotel with luggage and proceed to the husky farm. At the farm we will learn about the huskies and may go for a one-hour husky sleigh ride in the snowy forests. This is one of the highlights on the Christmas tour. At noon, we will leave the farm and drive to the Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Village. We will receive the Arctic Circle crossing certificate and meet Santa again in his office. Afterwards we will go for lunch and also visit Santa’s Post Office. Santa village at the Arctic Circle is the best place for shopping souvenirs and experience the Christmas atmosphere. We will have enough time before checking in the hotel in Rovaniemi – Scandic Pohjanhovi ****, which is the oldest and biggest hotel in Rovaniemi. Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant viewing river Kemi – the biggest river in Finland.Overnight in Rovaniemi.
27th of December: Reindeer farm
Today, after breakfast, we will go to the reindeer farm by snowmobiles and sleighs. At the farm, we will learn about reindeer and may go for a 500 meters reindeer sleigh ride. Modern snowmobiles are comfortable to drive and sit. During this tour, we will see lots of snowy forests and enjoy lunch in a traditional Lappish teepee. Upon arrival at the hotel enjoy the sauna and pool in the hotel. Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant with a river view. Overnight in Rovaniemi.
28th of December: Ranua Wildlife Park
After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and we will transfer to Ranua Wildlife Park. It is a great chance to see all wild animals living in Lapland in an almost natural environment. Polar bears, lynxes, wolves, wolverines, golden eagles, snowy owls, arctic foxes, reindeers, moose and many other animals. You can also visit the Husky Park. Lunch during the day. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy the sauna and pool in the hotel. Buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant with a river view. Overnight in Rovaniemi.
29th of December: Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, take airport transfer to Rovaniemi airport or railway station.
Hotel Scandic Kemi 4* from 23 Dec-26 Dec
Scandic Pohjanhovi 4* in Rovaniemi from 26 Dec- 29 Dec
Daily breakfast at the hotel except day 1
Lunches: 24 Dec, 25 Dec,26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec
Dinners: 23 Dec, 24 Dec (Christmas dinner), 25 Dec,26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec
Arrival transfer from Kemi airport
Return transfer to Rovaniemi airport
Services of comfortable a/c transportation during the program
Clothes and boots
All winter gear
Organizer’s liability insurance
Safari desk support
Flights to Copenhagen and from Stockholm
Personal travel insurance
Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
Any services not listed above as “Included”
Optional tours and activities
Watch Northern lights at Christmas
Cruise the ice breaker
Husky sleigh ride experience
Crossing the Arctic Circle
Meet Santa in the Santa Claus Village
See wild animals at Ranua wildlife park
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