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SCANDINAVIA: New Year's Adventure in Finnish Lapland

Places Covered: husky kennel, Kemi-Tornio Airport,
Duration:4 days/3 nights
Tour Cost: € 13390

Price p.p. from: 13390 EUR

Season: 30 Dec - 2 Jan

Duration:4 days/3 nights

Departures: 30. Dec

Type of tour: Winter

Itinerary

Day 1

December 30: Welcome to Kemi

Your magical New Year's adventure begins at Kemi-Tornio Airport, where our friendly local representatives await to greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kemi. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this delightful destination or relax in a traditional Finnish sauna at the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course dinner at the hotel.

Optional Activity:
Enjoy an exciting guided evening snowmobile trip into the wild to explore the extraordinary beauty of Lapland’s nature and maybe Northern Lights*. 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.

Price: EUR 135/person duo-drive, EUR 195/person solo-drive, EUR 85/child (4-11 years) sitting in a sled behind the guide’s snowmobile.

Day 2

December 31: Santa Claus & New Year’s Fun

Experience the magic of the Arctic Circle during a day-long excursion to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, which is a relaxing 1.5 hour ride from Kemi in a comfortable coach bus. The first stop is a Lappish reindeer farm. Here, you can learn about reindeer herding and Sami culture and take a 30-minute ride in a reindeer sleigh through the woods. Your guide will take the lead and you will follow in a true Sami-style convoy, but you will still earn a special “reindeer driver license” from this experience!

Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the famous Santa Claus Village to meet Santa himself and his merry elves at his workshop before a bit of souvenir shopping. By late afternoon the coach bus returns you to Kemi.

Back at the hotel, get dressed in your favorite (and warm!) outdoor party outfit before the bus picks you up at for a 45-minute ride to a rustic cottage in the woods. Here, you will enjoy a festive New Year's Eve dinner and try unique activities in traditional tepees, such as tin melting and fortune telling. You will also be "baptized" by a traditional Shaman inside a kota tepee, with a special amulet necklace given to you as a keepsake of this experience. And to stave off any late night hunger, the fire will be hot and ready to grill some sausages!

When the time comes to count down to the New Year, enjoy the small fireworks and have a drink (optional; not included in package price) at the cottage's "snow bar". After the celebration your bus will bring you back to your hotel.

Day 3

January 1: Snow Safari by Dog & Machine

Start the New Year on the right foot with a hearty Finnish breakfast buffet at your hotel. Then it's time to shake off the remnants of last night's festivities with some fresh Arctic air! Equipped from head to toe in winter gear (with helmet and goggles), you will get acquainted with the snowmobile, the Laplanders’ favorite method of travel. After a thorough briefing on safety and driving instructions, you'll join your guides on the trails in no time. With two people per machine, you can take turns driving to your destination: a Lappish camp in the snowy wilderness, where an outdoor lunch is served in a kota teepee. 

Later in the day, the adventure continues at a local husky kennel, just a 30 minute ride away. Here, the group will be split into two smaller groups: while one group enjoys a 45 minutes husky safari in the wilderness (two persons sharing one sled) the other group can warm up in a laavu, a traditional Sami tepee, and grill some sausages. This is a great opportunity to learn about the training of Siberian huskies and to try your hand at “mushing”. The groups will switch activities before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

King Crab and Cot fishing in the Barents sea

Breakfast 08.00
Meeting at the quay 09:00 King Crab and Cot fishing in the Barents SeaToday’s activity is to catch fish for dinner!. We head towards the fishing fields of the Arctic Ocean outside Mehamn. Each participant will get a fishing rod and there will be a fishing competition where the winner will get a reward during dinner in the evening. On this trip there might be a chance to spot the sea eagle, seals and porpoises. You can catch cod, coalfish, wolf fish and halibut. Fishing rods are available to borrow onboard the MK Odd Tore.The chef prepares lunch onboard. After lunch, we look for crabs and some of the catch will be prepared for tonight’s dinner. After we’ve finished fishing, we head back to the fisherman’s cabins where we will learn how to prepare the catch for dinner.

Dinner at the Bryggen Restaurant 17.00

Departure by bus to Hurtigruten quay 19.45

Departure Mehamn 20.00 With Hurtigruten Northbound

Departure Berlevåg 22.45

Day 5

 

After your action-packed New Year's getaway has some to an end, trasnsportation is provided to Kemi Airport in time for your departure flight.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options to suit all travel needs. To ensure that the accommodations included in our packages meet our own high standards for quality and service, each establishment has been hand-picked by our local travel experts.

See the descriptions below for more information about each category of accommodation offered in this package. You can choose your preferred category in the booking process.

If your desire a higher standard of accommodation than offered here below, please contact us for possible upgrades.

Included:

  • Transfer from Kemi-Tornio Airport to the hotel on arrival
  • Hotel accommodation (comfort/quality) for 3 nights in Kemi
  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Access to the hotel sauna in the afternoons
  • Full-day excursion to Rovaniemi, includes transportation, visit to a reindeer farm and 30-minute sleigh ride
  • New Year's Eve dinner party at Kivalot
  • Snowmobile safari (2 adults per sled)
  • Visit to a husky kennel with 45-minutes dog sled ride
  • Extra thermal outerwear as needed for outdoor activities
  • Transfer to Kemi-Tornio Airport at departure
  • 24-hour emergency customer help line
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included:

  • Flight to/from Finland and Kemi
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks at restaurants/bars

Highlights:

  • Kemi
  • Finnish sauna
  • Rovaniemi
  • Santa Claus Village

Activity:

  • Snowmobile tour
  • 45-minutes husky safari in the wilderness
  • Laavu, a traditional Sami tepee
  • 30 mintue Reindeer Sleigh ride
  • Meeting with Santa Claus
  • New years's Eve dinner party

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