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Aurora and Snowcastle

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Experience a true arctic winter!

A real winter, isn´t that what we all want to experience at least once? In the heart of Finnish Lapland you have the chance to experience the unique charms of the mysterious Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights! Learn the “mushing” technique with a team of Huskies in the Arctic wilderness and feel the thrill of snowmobiling under the Northern Lights. Top the stay with a “cool” overnight stay at the famous Snow Castle. Kemi – Snow Castle

Lapland is a highly popular destination during the winter season and often get fully booked. Therefore we recommend you to book as early as possible and wait with booking your flights until you have received a written confirmation of your travel arrangements from your designated travel consultant.

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 937 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Dog Sled, Ice/Snow hotel, Northern Lights, Reindeers and Sami Culture, Snowmobiling

Season

22 Jan - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1:  Welcome to Kemi

    Begin your winter adventure at Kemi Airport where our local staff awaits to greet you and transfer you from the airport to your hotel in Kemi. As dusk settles, the guide prepares you for an exciting guided snowmobile trip into the wild to explore the extraordinary beauty of Lapland’s Northern Lights*. Two people share one snowmobile and takes turns in driving. Later, after enjoying a delicious hot beverage and light snack around a campfire, you are returned to the hotel. 

    * Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 2: Husky Tour and the SnowCastle

    After enjoying a nice breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by car and transferred to a husky farm for a thrilling dog sled ride* through the frosty forest and over snowy meadows. The dogs howl and pull at their harnesses to get moving, and as soon as the anchor is lifted, the dogs fall silent and eagerly start pulling the sled through the woods and over the plains. Two people share one sled and takes turns in driving. Back at the farm, you will enjoy a hot beverage together with the musher before you will be transferred back to the hotel. 

    Later in the afternoon you will check in to the SnowCastle. The SnowCastle of Kemi is the source of great pride as well as a true showcase of architectonic snow-work of the local constructors. The whole SnowHotel and the rooms inside are made of snow. Every winter the SnowCastle offers wonderful experiences for both children and adults alike. Great light-effects will add to the charm of the snow- and ice-sculpting as well as to the structures about the SnowCastle. The fresh, about -5 degrees Celsius breathing-air, will guarantee you sweet dreams inside a well-equipped sleeping bag on a good bed.

    You will have a memorable sleeping-experience in the SnowCastle! 

    * Please note that the Husky Tour is not operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  • Day 3: Snowmobiles and Reindeers

    Enjoy breakfast in the heated Service point. After you have warmed up a bit it is time to meet your guide for an exhilarating snowmobile safari through the frozen landscape. Two people share one snowmobile and takes turns in driving. Enjoy the unique scenery on your way to a Reindeer Camp where you are served a cup of coffee or hot lingonberry juice in a wooden hut around a cosy open fire. Then it’s time to learn to drive yet another Arctic vehicle: a reindeer-pulled sledge. If you manage to pass the short driving test you will be the proud owner of a reindeer driver license. Eventually you will go back to Kemi by snowmobiles after an adventurous day.

  • Day 4: Departure

    Enjoy a nice breakfast at your hotel. Transportation will then be provided to Kemi Airport in time for your departure flight.

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Reviews

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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 937 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

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

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Everything about this tour

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.
 
  • Kemi is a highly popular destination during the winter season and often get fully booked. Therefore we recommend you to book as early as possible and wait with booking your flights until you have received a written confirmation of your travel arrangements from your designated travel consultant.
  • If your dates are not showing as bookable in our calendar, please contact us for further details - it might still be availabilities
  • Extra nights can be added on request; contact us for details.
  • 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.
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:
  • 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 run very fast. Those interested in participating in either a reindeer or husky safari should keep this in mind.
  • Some snowmobile safaris may require you to drive in the dark. Those interested in participating in snowmobile safaris should keep this in mind.
  • By law, those interested in driving a snowmobile must be able to present a valid driver’s license.
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
  • The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed before driving a snowmobile.
  • Children are seated in a sled pulled by the guides snowmobile during snowmobile safaris
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 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 emergency helpline phone number where you can always reach a Nordic Visitor representative during your time in Lapland.
 
Please note: It takes time to make all the arrangements for a complete travel package. The travel consultant must book or reserve each included service individually with each supplier and personalize each itinerary accordingly. For this reason, we encourage our clients to book as far in advance as possible to ensure that your preferred travel dates, accommodation class and additional activities are available.

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