Arrival in Helsinki. Your guide will meet you at the arrival hall upon your arrival. Transfer from the airport to Hotel Kamp, located in the city center.
Your guide will meet you at the lobby after breakfast, and take you on a 3-hour tour of the Finnish capital. The tour takes in the most important and interesting parts of Helsinki, acquainting you with the historical center and Senate Square, the diplomatic quarter, the Presidential Palace, City Hall and the Parliament building. You will stop at the Sibelius Monument and the Temppeliaukio Church. Lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport. Take a short flight (1 hour 15 minutes) from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi was completely destroyed during World War II, and then rebuilt by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The streets are laid out like a pair of reindeer antlers. Among the attractions are the award-winning Arktikum, a new multi-disciplinary science center providing an insight into life in the Arctic region, and Santa Claus’ workshop, and Santapark on the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival to Rovaniemi – transfer to Hotel Santa Claus in the center of the city. Dinner at the hotel.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel after you pick up the thermal clothing needed for today’s safari. A short walk down to the river shore, where the snowmobiles are waiting. A guide will give driving instructions and inform participants of the safety rules. The safari starts along the river Ounasjoki towards a local reindeer farm where, after taking part in the mysterious Arctic Circle crossing ceremony, a reindeer ride is also good fun! Everyone can obtain the official reindeer driving license! At this farm, the group will also hear about the oldest livelihood in Lapland: reindeer herding. Lunch of sautéed reindeer will be served at the reindeer farm. After lunch, the safari continues to the local husky farm, where friendly huskies are waiting for hugs! Get to know these lovely arctic animals, their daily lives and training. Everyone will also have a short go on a sled pulled by a team of huskies. After the ride, the safari continues back to city.
Depart for your safari to the Arctic Circle this morning. Every visitor to Lapland dreams of crossing the Arctic Circle and meeting Santa Claus – you can do just that on this safari. Enjoy a snowmobile ride through the countryside of Lapland across the Arctic Circle. Have a rest at Santa Claus Village, browse through the many small shops, relax in a café, send a card from the Santa Claus Post Office – and even talk to Santa himself. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
A morning at your disposal. When the night falls and the stars slowly come out, start your arctic journey under the rising moon. Drive through dark, snow-covered forests pierced only with the light of your snowmobile. If you are lucky, the Northern Lights will blaze in the sky. After a snack and a cup of hot coffee brewed over an open fire, return to town.
Today your guide will take you to Rovaniemi airport for your departure back to Helsinki. Upon arrival to Helsinki, transfer to Hotel Kamp for dinner and your overnight stay.
Today your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport. Departure to your home destination.