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Magic of Lapland

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Experience the magic of Lapland this winter

Finnish Lapland is a magical place to spend a winter holiday. Enjoy the authentic Lapland experience by visiting the main attractions in their winter coats and be astonished by the kaleidoscopic Aurora Borealis. A “cool” overnight stay at the famous SnowCastle and relax time in a steamy sauna is a treat you have deserved after days filled with arctic excitement such as thrilling snowmobile rides, dog sledding, Icebreaking and swimming in the Arctic Sea. Kemi – SnowCastle

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

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

Season

22 Jan - 31 Mar

Departure

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Highlights There are just a few of the highlights of a trip to Finland.

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*. 2 people share 1 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:  Sampo Icebreaker, Snowmobiles and Reindeers

    Start the day with a traditional Finnish buffet breakfast before heading out for today’s experiences. Three unique winter adventures are on the schedule: A snowmobile safari, a sea voyage through the ice and the opportunity to earn your very own reindeer drivers license. The guide prepares you for an exciting guided snowmobile trip to the Icebreaker Sampo. 2 people share 1 snowmobile and takes turns in driving. On board the ship a busy program is on the agenda: an interesting presentation of icebreaking technique and ship history, a visit to the intriguing control room and the massive engine room as well as the bridge to see how the Captain commands the vessel. After a nice lunch in the ship’s cosy restaurant it is time for the highlight of the cruise: you will be equipped with a survival suit which keeps you warm and afloat before you throw yourself in the water for an arctic swim in the 0-degree water! Before leaving the ship you receive an icebreaking diploma from the crew. The tour continues by snowmobile to a Lapp 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 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.

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  • Day 3: 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. 2 people share 1 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!

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  • Day 4: Departure

    Enjoy breakfast in the heated Service point. Transportation will then be provided to Kemi Airport in time for your departure flight.

Map

Here’s a map of Finland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Kathryn, Austria

Magic of Lapland, February 2016

Amazing time

My Agent Sirry was very helpful and patient. She even surprised me for my Birthday and our Honeymoon which is just an amazing gesture from her and Nordic Visitor. All in all it was a successful trip and i would definitely book with you again. Reliable, clear and wonderful options to choose from. Thank you for the amazing time you have blessed us with.

Lisa

, February 2010

We all had a fantastic time

We arrived home from Lapland last night and I just wanted to let you know that we all had a fantastic time. Lapland Safaris, who took us on the night-time snowmobile safari, dog-sledding adventure and reindeer farm, were excellent, very well organised and friendly. The hotel, Clarion Santa Claus, was very comfortable, terrific breakfast each morning and check-out wasn't until 12 noon on the day we left which was great. All your arrangements and bookings worked very smoothly. Thank you.

June, United States

, February 2015

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. Al..

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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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