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Northern Lights And Snowcastle

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Experience a true arctic winter!

A real winter adventure… isn’t that something to experience at least once? This short break in the heart of Finnish Lapland gives you just that. In just a few days you will learn the fine art of mushing (dog sledding) with a team of huskies and enjoy the thrills of snowmobiling as you look for the northern lights in the night sky. To top it off, you’ll get to spend a night in a room sculpted of snow and ice at the remarkable SnowCastle.

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 848 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Travel style

Partially Guided i

Interest

Active i, Dog Sled i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Ice/Snow hotel i, Northern Lights i, Snowmobiling i

Season

22 Jan - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Finnish travels.

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Northern Lights Snowmobile Excursion

    Arrive at Kemi Airport where you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Kemi. Spend some time resting up or exploring the town before your first adventure of the trip.

    As dusk settles, you’ll embark on a guided snowmobile excursion into the wild to look for the northern lights dancing in the sky. Before returning to the city you’ll get to enjoy a hot beverage around a campfire.

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Helpful notes:
    • Two people will share one snowmobile and take turns driving. To drive, you must have a valid driver’s license.
    • Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 2: Dog Sledding Excursion

    In the morning you’ll learn about a traditional mode of winter transport in Lapland by taking part in a guided dog sled excursion. Following a brief lesson at the kennel, you’ll soon be mushing with your own sled, pulled by a team of energetic huskies, through the woods and over the snowy plains. After a thrilling ride, enjoy a hot beverage with the musher back at the kennel. Back in Kemi, spend the rest of the day as you wish.

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Helpful notes:
    • Two people will share one sled and take turns driving.
    • Please note that this excursion is not operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  • Day 3: Open Day in Kemi & The Snowcastle

    You have the early part of the day to explore the town of Kemi as you wish or take an optional excursion—it‘s your choice! Later in the afternoon you will check in to the SnowCastle for your truly unforgettable overnight in a room made of snow and ice. This complex is rebuilt every winter in a different decor, with unique ice sculptures and soft lighting effects giving each room an added level of charm.

    The indoor temperature is kept at a steady -5 degrees Celsius, but you‘ll sleep soundly a thermal sleeping bag on a good mattress.

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Optional activities and upgrades:
    • At the SnowCastle, upgrade to a warm Seaside Glass Villa, which offers wonderful views over the bay and the night sky – great for northern lights watching!
    • Join a thrilling snowmobile excursion to a reindeer camp, where you’ll enjoy refreshments and a reindeer sled ride.
    • Enjoy a snowmobile ride on the frozen sea to the Sampo icebreaker ship, where you’ll have a guided tour of the vessel, ice floating experience and learn more about sailing in the arctic.

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  • Day 4: Departure

    After an adventurous journey in Finnish Lapland you will be transferred back to Kemi Airport for your departure flight.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

I would not hesitate to use Nordic Visitor again

Our overall experience with Nordic Visitor was superb from first contact to last. The service has been prompt, professional and friendly and the quality of the tours organised was fantastic. I would not hesitate to use Nordic Visitor again or recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much for a great holiday.

We learned so much and experienced unique customs

…Our total experience for all tours was very memorable. We learned so much and experienced unique customs and traditions and the Finns and Sami people were very friendly and informative. This is one experience I did not have on my bucket list, but glad we had the opportunity to experience such a wonderful time. Efficient tour operators from booking to the actual tours themselves made it a wonderful winter holiday experience. Thank you.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in three-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All provide ..

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Price per person from

Approx 848 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2019

Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.

  • All tour packages in Lapland are subject to availability, so we advise not booking flights until we have confirmed your booking. In the event that accommodations are fully booked on your preferred dates, your travel consultant will be in touch with information about the next available dates.
  • Extra nights can be added on request.
  • In general, our vacation packages in Lapland are child-friendly, but please note that many activities (e.g., snowmobile and dog sled tours) have an age limit of 4 years. Feel free to contact us for details about booking a package with young children.

For more information about travelling in Lapland, such as what to pack and what to expect with the weather, check out our Lapland Travel Guide.

Payment terms
This package requires a deposit payment of 50% of the total price at the time of booking. The final payment is charged 1 month prior to arrival.

Cancellation Charges
More than 31 days prior to arrival: 50%
Less than 30 days prior to arrival: 100%

Adventure Packages
All of Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel packages should be considered adventure travel on account of being operated in the Arctic during sometimes extreme weather conditions and with the use of live animals for many excursions. For this reason, those booking a travel package in Lapland (except for those considered family travel packages) should consider themselves at least moderately physically fit and comfortable engaging in activities that are considered adventurous or strenuous.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Please be advised that in peak winter months, daylight is limited to a few hours — usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, the light reflecting off the snow can make the days seem brighter.
  • There will be snow and ice on the ground, sometimes making it difficult to walk.
  • No luggage handling services will be available. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.
  • Accommodations will be simple in comparison to what you’d find in major urban centres.
  • WC facilities encountered during excursions may be unheated outhouses without running water.
  • During husky safaris where you share one team of huskies with another person, the person standing to drive the sled will need to kick to assist the dogs and may be required to run when sledding uphill.
  • Reindeer and huskies can run moderately fast and the terrain may be uneven in some spots, so the sled rides can be bumpy at times.

The safety of our travellers is our top priority at Nordic Visitor. We reserve the right to change or cancel departures if we feel the conditions will jeopardize the safety of our customers.

Snowmobile tours

  • By law, those interested in driving a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age and able to present a valid driver’s license.
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed before driving a snowmobile.
  • Some snowmobile excursions may require you to drive in the dark. Those interested in participating should keep this in mind.
  • Children are seated in a sled pulled by the guides snowmobile during snowmobile excursions.

Northern Lights
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Evening excursions will operate according to the tour schedule, even in unfavourable viewing conditions, and our guides will do their utmost to determine the best possible location for sightings.

Activities & Guides
This is a self-guided tour with scheduled English-speaking guided excursions and activities. All accommodations and included activities and services (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor in close co-operation with trusted local suppliers. You will not have a dedicated guide for the duration of your time in Lapland, but can expect a different qualified guide for each planned excursion. You are responsible for making your way to the specified meeting point for the start of each excursion. The time between scheduled excursions and activities will be free-time.

After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Before you travel, Nordic Visitor will provide you with a detailed personal itinerary and vouchers for all services and activities booked for your travel package. You will also be provided with Nordic Visitor’s 24/7 helpline phone number where you can always reach a Nordic Visitor representative during your time in Lapland.

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