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Magical Lapland Retreat

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Some transfers
Activities
Breakfast only
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until March 2022
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From + £ 760
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Discover the winter wonderland of Lapland, in the heart of the Arctic Circle! Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Helsinki, on the Baltic Sea, before heading to Rovaniemi, in the depths of Finnish Lapland. Discover pristine snow-covered landscapes and, if you're lucky, spot the legendary Northern Lights! Visit Santa Claus Village and experience the magic of Lapland. 

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Helsinki

It's time to discover the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland! Arrive at your departure airport to catch a flight to Helsinki. Touch down in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, located on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Helsinki is famed for its innovative design, eco-friendly initiatives and impressive historic monuments. Perhaps visit one of the city's public saunas, a popular pastime for Finnish locals! Overnight stay in Helsinki.

2nd Day: Helsinki

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, meet your local guide as you set off on a half-day sightseeing tour of Helsinki. Learn about the city's fascinating history and see both the modern and old sides of the city. Highlights include Temppeliaukio Church, carved directly into solid rock and renowned for its amazing acoustics, and charming Market Square, which holds a daily market and is the best place to visit for a taste of local life. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Helsinki.

3rd Day: Helsinki - Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel.* Self-transfer to the airport, perhaps making use of Helsinki's fantastic public transport system, to catch a flight to Rovaniemi.** On arrival, transfer to your hotel, in the heart of the Arctic Circle,  surrounded by beautiful landscapes of snowy forests and the rapids of River Raudanjoki. Get settled at the lodge and begin to relax and get in touch with the immaculate nature of these remote surroundings. The lodge is just a short drive away from Rovaniemi city and Santa Claus Village. We recommend an optional Northern Lights Hunt Excursion for the best chance of sighting this natural phenomenon.*** Overnight stay in Rovaniemi.

Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

** The possibility of taking the Northern Lights Hunt Excursion will depend on the arrival time of the Helsinki-Rovaniemi flight.

*** Optional Northern Lights Hunt Excursion: Set off in search of the incredible Northern Lights, the most famous natural phenomenon of the Arctic Circle. Travel to a secluded area without light pollution and spend some time enjoying snacks and stories around a campfire and hopefully sighting the northern lights as they dance across the night sky! Please note: thermal clothing is not provided and the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and their appearance cannot be guaranteed.

4th Day: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure discovering the delights of Finnish Lapland, the home of Santa Claus! Discover the charms of Rovaniemi city or explore the amazing wintery landscapes at your own pace. Alternatively, why not take our Snow Fun Excursion to try your hand at a number of popular winter activities.* Overnight stay in Rovaniemi. 

* Optional Snow Fun Excursion: Enjoy a fun-filled day of winter activities including a snowmobile safari and both reindeer and husky rides! Explore the scenery of the Arctic circle, visit a local reindeer farm and stop for a warming cup of 'kota'. Take part in a traditional Arctic Circle Ceremony before going dog-sledging at a local husky camp. Two persons per snowmobile. Supplement for a single rider. 

Optional Northern Lights Hunt Excursion: Set off in search of the incredible Northern Lights, the most famous natural phenomenon of the Arctic Circle. Travel to a secluded area without light pollution and spend some time enjoying snacks and stories around a campfire and hopefully sighting the northern lights as they dance across the night sky! Please note: thermal clothing is not provided and the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and their appearance cannot be guaranteed.

5th Day: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, take a shared transfer to Santa Claus Village and take some time to explore this magical place at your leisure. You can visit Santa himself, go shopping or send a postcard from Santa Claus Post Office! After an enchanting morning, return to the lodge and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Rovaniemi.

6th Day: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the lodge. Spend the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Alternatively, take an optional mushing dog-sledging excursion or a snow-mobile safari into the depths of the Arctic Circle.* Overnight stay in Rovaniemi.

* Optional Born to Run: Mushing Dog Sledging ExcursionExperience the thrill of mushing a team of huskies! Meet the dogs and your guide and learn how to drive the sledge before dashing through the wintry landscapes and magical forests with the help of your husky team! Afterwards, spend some time bonding with the dogs. Duration of ride: approx. 45 minutes. Total duration: 2.5 hours. Please note: Up to two adults and two children can share one husky sledge.

* Optional Snowmobile Safari Excursion: Travel through the wintery scenery of the Arctic Circle aboard a snowmobile. Discover beautiful landscapes and feel the fresh air and freedom of Lapland! Two persons per snowmobile. Supplement for a single rider.

Optional Northern Lights Hunt Excursion: Set off in search of the incredible Northern Lights, the most famous natural phenomenon of the Arctic Circle. Travel to a secluded area without light pollution and spend some time enjoying snacks and stories around a campfire and hopefully sighting the northern lights as they dance across the night sky! Please note: thermal clothing is not provided and the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and their appearance cannot be guaranteed.

7th Day: Rovaniemi - Helsinki

Breakfast at the lodge.* It's time to say goodbye to Finnish Lapland. Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for a flight back to Helsinki. Arrive in the capital and self-transfer to the hotel. Spend your final day in Finland at your leisure, exploring the city's museums or enjoying the beautiful views of the Baltic Sea. Overnight stay in Helsinki.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.

8th Day: Helsinki - UK/Ireland

After breakfast at the hotel*, say goodbye to this magical country. Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to UK/Ireland. Arrive in UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

8 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

LON - HEL

Helsinki

2

Helsinki

3

Vikajärvi

4

Vikajärvi

5

Vikajärvi

6

Vikajärvi

7

Helsinki

8

HEL - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
Included

Half-Day Helsinki City Tour

Learn about the city's fascinating history and see both the modern and old sides of the city. Highlights include Temppeliaukio Church, carved directly into solid rock and charming Market Square.
Included activity for day 2
Included

Santa Claus Village Visit

Transfer to Santa Claus Village and explore this magical place at your leisure. You can visit Santa himself, go shopping or send a postcard from Santa Claus Post Office!
Included activity for day 5

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Northern Lights Hunt Excursion

Set off by bus, in search of the incredible Northern Lights, the most famous natural phenomenon of the Arctic Circle. Travel to a secluded area without light pollution and spend some time enjoying snacks and stories around a campfire.
Suggested activity for day 3
Optional

Snow Fun Excursion

Enjoy a fun-filled day of winter activities including a snowmobile safari and both reindeer and husky rides! Explore the scenery of the Arctic circle, visit a local reindeer farm and stop for a warming cup of 'kota'.
Suggested activity for day 4
Optional

Born to Run: Mushing Dog Sledging Excursion

Experience the thrill of mushing a team of huskies! Meet the dogs and your guide and learn how to drive the sledge before dashing through the wintry landscapes and magical forests with the help of your husky team!
Suggested activity for day 6
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International Flights: UK/Ireland - Helsinki - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Helsinki - Rovaniemi - Helsinki.*
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  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • 5-hour city sightseeing tour of Helsinki and visit to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide and driver in Helsinki.

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

 

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    Finnish and Swedish
  • Electricity
    220 V. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Other useful information
    Finland is a country of interesting contrasts like the four seasons, the midnight sun and the winter darkness, the urban and the rural, the east and the west...
  • Tourist Office website
    www.visitfinland.com

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Children 2-12 years.

 

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40%
60 days before departure

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