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Christmas Tour in Lapland 2022

Finland

Winter adventure in Finnish Lapland

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.

Itinerary

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.

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What's included

Accommodation

Hotel Scandic Kemi 4* from 23 Dec-26 Dec

Scandic Pohjanhovi 4* in Rovaniemi from 26 Dec- 29 Dec

Meals

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

Transport

Arrival transfer from Kemi airport

Return transfer to Rovaniemi airport

Services of comfortable a/c transportation during the program

Adventure gear

Clothes and boots

All winter gear

Guidance services

Organizer’s liability insurance

Safari desk support

Not Included

Flights to Copenhagen and from Stockholm

Personal travel insurance

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Any services not listed above as “Included”

Visa fees

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Highlights

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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Our reviews

William Watt

Australia

I am a Sydney-based journalist who travelled to the 2018 World Cup with World of Discoveries. Following is my review of that fabulous experience ... What a trip ... the World Cup, five cities, amazing camaraderie, and great tour leadership against the background of one of the globe’s most amazing countries ... Russia. My World Cup tour with World of Discoveries was one of the great experiences of my travel life. The World of Discoveries team provided a wonderful platform with an itinerary both practical and flexible. The local tours in each of the venue cities - Moscow, Kazan, Samara, Sochi and St Petersburg were informative and, importantly, fun. Considering the accommodation pressures created by the huge influx of Cup tourists, the hotels selected by World of Discoveries were more than adequate. Special mention goes to the Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky In St Petersburg. The tour leadership provided by the company was both expert and considerate. Importantly each traveller’s individual enjoyment and safety appeared to be the paramount consideration. This World Cup holiday was meant to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for me but I am now planning for the next Cup. Bring on 2022 in Qatar!

Brett B

Australia

I am a very active person and did have some hesitation about the amount of driving which was required to complete this tour. However, despite bumpy roads, I found it pretty bearable overall. Distances are big, country is vast and underdeveloped but once it’s get more developed, you will not this sense of freedom and tranquility any more. I recommend going to Mongolia if you’re looking for a varied, culturally enriching experience of a life time framed by unbelievably beautiful landscapes. Locals were very welcome and guides were great and were always ready to help to explore more of their home country. Very safe country, very friendly people. Interesting food, but vegans might be starving.

Rami Selim

Egypt / Australia

Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.

Rick, Emily and John Stewart

Australia

Impeccable service, incredible Trans Siberian! In fact, the great services provided by your team started from my first correspondence with Julie. She has been very professional with providing details of the itinerary and assuring and re-assuring that the trip will be well-planned, It was because of her assurance that gave us the confidence to take the next step and book our Trans Sibetian holiday. And everything ran like clockwork from Moscow to Vladivostok. The Russian people were extremely friendly throughout. The Trans Siberian was a great experience and fulfilled our dreams. The scenery and ever changing vistas were spectacular. The train facilities were adequate but perhaps a shower facility in 1st Class would have been nice. I will recommend your services in the future!

Jacinta Ami

Australia

Highly recommend!! Well organised, friendly and knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience! If you ever intend on visiting Russia, definately try this company!

Andrew Weifler

Australia

I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience

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