Finland is a little-hidden gem located in the far North. While Finland might be small in size, it is big in things to discover. The air is one of the cleanest in the world and the landscapes are simply astonishing. It’s a country with thousands of lakes and forests – which are never too far away from you to explore. Do you wish to pay a visit to Santa, admire the Northern Lights or do you wish to experience the peace of the countryside & cottage life? When you think you’ve seen and experienced it all, it’s time to explore Finland.
Day 1 Helsinki arrival, overnight at Helsinki (No meal)
Upon arrival at Helsinki airport, transfer to hotel.
The capital of Finland is a compact city easily available to explore on foot. Design, architecture, culture, and shopping are all great exploration areas in Helsinki. There are no shortages of large park areas, forests & lakes, even the Helsinki coastline is brimming with numerous islands sprinkled off the coast, – There’s certainly no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year.
Day 2 Helsinki – Rovaniemi, overnight at VR night train (Breakfast)
*City tour: Visit Sibelius Monument, Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square, Market Square and Temppeliaukio Rock Church.
*After dinner, by VR night train to Rovaniemi 18:44/07:13+1 or similar
Day 3 Rovaniemi – Kuusamo, overnight at Kusamo (Breakfast)
*Breakfast near the site
*Visit Santa Claus Village (Arctic Circle Certification)
*After lunch,transfer to Kuusamo (3h)
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. It is located in the Northern Ostrobothnia region. Kuusamo is a major center for winter sports and receives approximately a million tourists every year. One of the largest ski resorts in Finland, Ruka, is situated in Kuusamo. Ruka is also the host of many international competitions in ski jumping, cross country skiing and Nordic combined. The 2005 World Championships of Freestyle Skiing was held in Kuusamo.
The Arctic Circle runs through the southern end of Lapland. Along with its axis is the city of Rovaniemi, whose population of 60,000 makes it the largest population hub near the Arctic Circle. It’s no wonder that Santa Claus himself has chosen the city as the location of his post office. Beyond Mr. Claus and his reindeers, Rovaniemi contains several other noteworthy cultural treasures.
Day 4 Kuusamo, overnight at Kuusamo (Breakfast）
If you want to understand Finland and its people, then getting familiar with sauna is a good starting point. Sauna is such a big part of Finnish culture and it can’t be compared to anything else. For Finns, it is a must at regular intervals, and if they go too long without sauna, they’ll start feeling incomplete. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing, getting bare in all senses of the word, and entering the core of humanity. Sauna is a way of life in Finland – toddlers take their first turns in a sauna at only a few months old, and from then on, never stop.
Option tour: Ice Climbing
Day 5 Kuusamo – Rovaniemi, overnight at Rovaniemi (Breakfast)
*Angry bird parkAngry Birds do not only live in the virtual world on your phone. Their real home is in the Angry Birds Activity Park in Lappeenranta. Open all year round, this indoor place offers loads of fun things to do such as the laser labyrinths, softball cannon shooting, playing structures and other innovative activities.
Arktikum is a science center and museum that lets you experience northern nature, culture and history up close. In the foregrounds of Arktikum, is the shoreline of Ounasjoki River, where an artic garden resides, which is one of Rovaniemi’s most picturesque parks. The Arktikum Beach Park displays a variety of species of plants and alpine vegetation that have uniquely adapted to survive the harsh northern climate of Lapland and the Arctic.
*Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
The northern lights are a mysterious natural phenomenon. Unpredictable and usually appearing only on very cold nights, these enchanting illuminations have, through the ages, aroused feelings in humans that they possess magical powers beyond human comprehension. In Finland, nature’s most spectacular light show, the Aurora Borealis, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites. The Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year – or every other clear night.
Day 6 Rovaniemi – Saariselka, overnight at Saariselka (Breakfast)
* After breakfast, transfer to Saariselka
* Traditional Finnish lunch: Tunturi kota(salmon soup, reindeer meat, mashed potato)
In the far North of Finnish Lapland lies the popular resort of Inari-Saariselkä. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year.
-Cross-country Skiing (Incl. Lapland meal)
Day 7 Saariselka, overnight at Saariselka (Breakfast)
*Reindeer farm Visit reindeer farm. Including reindeer drive in forest
*Husky safari Including drive with huskies
For many people, a dog sled is the only real way to travel in the wilderness. At least the journey is much quieter than it would be by snowmobile. All you can hear is the panting of the dogs and the swish of the whip. Once harnessed the dogs are perfectly calm, as they know that it will soon be time to be off. However, when the guide fetches the dogs for a safari it’s a different story; the barking is ear-splitting as all the dogs want to come on the adventure.
The Secret of the Antler
The reindeer antler has always been a raw material for Lappish utility and decorative articles. Reindeer antler is an ecological material as the reindeer shed its antlers every year. At the company Decorative & amp; they use Reindeer antler as their main raw resource for their handicrafts. The company wants to maintain and preserve the handicraft traditions of working with reindeer antler. By visiting the company, you can see how reindeer antler is worked.
Size of group: min. 6 persons
CNY 23680 per person, twin sharing
CNY 8690 per person, single room surcharge
-Coach service and tour guide service for whole trip
-Breakfast x 7, Special meal Tunturi kota x 1
-Entrance fee for every activity in itinerary.
○ Helsinki City Tour(Rock Church entrance fee)
○ Santa Claus Village ( Arctic Circle Certification )
○ Angry Bird Park
○ Husky Safari
○ Reindeer Farm
-Hotel accommodations x 7 nights. Helsinki x 1, Kuusamo x 2, Saariselka x 2, Rovaniemi glass igloo x 1, VR train x 1
What’s Not Included:
-In & out flight tickets
-Personal expense such as telephone calls, fax, laundry, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeing’s which are not indicated in the program
Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied
-Cost of tour leader
○ Ice Climbing 80 e / per person
○ Cross Country Ski 60 e / per person
○ Ice Fishing 60 e / per person
○ Daytime Snowmobile Safari 105 e / per person
○ Daytime Snowshoe Safari 85 e / per person
Hotels & Resorts
Day 1-2 Helsinki
Scandic Grand Marina or similar
Close to the Helsinki city centre, the hotel is located by the sea in idyllic Katajanokka next to the SkyWheel Helsinki, Allas Sea Pool, Uspenski Cathedral and the Market Square. The hotel offers an excellent location to see the city’s sights, spend some time shopping, or enjoy the city’s restaurants and nightlife. You are within easy reach from the nearby Market Square to the surrounding archipelago and Suomenlinna fortress.
Day 2-3 VR train
The night trains are a comfortable option to travel overnight through the entire country. The night trains are composed of sleeping-cars, day cars, a restaurant car and possibly car-carrier wagons.The new sleeping-cars are designed to meet the needs of as many passenger categories as possible. The cars have a wide variety of services for all types of passengers
Day 3-5 Kuusamo
Scandic Rukahovi or similar
A traditional, elegant mountain hotel with all amenities in the best spot in Ruka. Genuine ski-in, ski-out, high-class rooms and apartments, varied restaurant services and popular after ski activities, including a nightclub, guarantee a successful holiday.
Day 5-6 Rovaniemi
Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos or similarThe glass-roofed igloos provide you the opportunity to sleep beneath the starry skies and the Northern Lights. Even though we live this far north, we can never guarantee the appearance of the Northern Lights. However, sleeping under a 360º glass roof multiplies your chances of seeing the renowned Aurora Borealis. Each igloo is extremely well heat insulated to ensure guests are not bothered by the cold in even the coldest of times at night – the temperature is the same as in normal hotel rooms.
Day 6-8 Saariselka
Santa’s Hotel Tunturi or similar
With a stay at Santa’s Hotel Tunturi in Saariselka, you’ll be minutes from Pyhan Paavalin Chapel and Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Saariselk? Sport Resort and Action Park. Make yourself at home in one of the 260 guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment.