25 JANUARY – MONDAY: ROVANIEMI
After arriving at Rovaniemi Airport your magical escape will begin with a transfer to Arctic Circle Lodge. During the transfer you will make a quick detour to pick up the winter clothing you will be able to use for the duration of your stay in Rovaniemi. The Arctic Circle Lodge is home to Panorama Design Huts one of which you will be staying in tonight. These huts represent a more natural and immersive stay letting you see the serene surrounding whiteness directly from your bed rather than isolating you in a larger hotel building. The location of the lodge is ideally situated just 20 minutes from the city center and a short 12-minute drive away from Santa Claus Village. It is also close to the Raudanjoki River and surrounded by lush forests and fresh air ensuring you immediately get a taste of the natural beauty Finnish Lapland is known for. Tonight, over dinner, you will get a chance to meet up with the rest of the group and get to know everyone who will be travelling with you over the next few days.
Overnight: Rovaniemi (D)
26 JANUARY – TUESDAY: ROVANIEMI
Rovaniemi is known far and wide as the home of Santa Claus as you will find out today. During the course of the morning you will be transferred to Santa Claus Village, the home of Santa and a place with an all-year Christmas shop and numerous other attractions. You will have 3 hours at leisure here during which you could grab lunch (not included). Thereafter you will be returned back to the Arctic Circle Lodge and have some more time at leisure. After dinner you need to make sure to dress up nice and warm because you will be heading out into wintery nature on electric snowmobiles. This is a relatively new way of experiencing Lappish nature which lets you experience the serenity without loud engine sounds to pull you out of the experience and the added benefit of being green and sustainable. The excursion should last approximately 3 hours and if you are lucky might present an early opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Overnight: Rovaniemi (BD)
27 JANUARY – WEDNESDAY: ROVANIEMI – JUKKASJARVI
It is time to say goodbye to Rovaniemi today and in fact the country of Finland itself. You will board a coach that will take you North to Sweden, to the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. The journey will last approximately 5 hours and some stops will be made along the way during one of which you could grab lunch (not included). You should arrive at the ICEHOTEL sometime during the afternoon. If staying at a place called ICEHOTEL sounds daunting then there is no need to worry as the included accommodation is actually in one of the Kaamos rooms, a warm room in a normal building, however that does not mean you will not have the opportunity to admire this impressive ice structure that is uniquely rebuilt each year. If you are perhaps feeling more adventurous then your stay could be upgraded to a night in one of the ice rooms for an additional supplement.
Overnight: Jukkasjärvi (BD)
28 JANUARY – THURSDAY: JUKKASJARVI
Today will be spent at leisure at the ICEHOTEL. This is the perfect time and place in the tour to add on a husky safari (optional supplement available). The excursion lasts 4 hours over (and including) lunch and is the best way to experience the beauty of the arctic wilderness surrounding the ICEHOTEL. Alternatively, if you would prefer something more relaxed yet also uniquely suited to your current location you could try your hand at an ice-sculpting class at the ICEHOTEL (not included).
Overnight: Jukkasjärvi (BD)
29 JANUARY – FRIDAY: JUKKASJARVI – NARVIK – TROMSØ
Today you travel across borders a final time as you take the train from Sweden to Norway. You will be transferred to the train station to board the local train which will take you to Narvik in Norway. The train journey will take approximately 3.5 hours but this is not just a simple way of getting from A to B, this is a special stretch of track nicknamed the “Arctic Route” as it passes by some dramatic and breath-takingly beautiful scenery over the course of the trip. At Narvik you will have a little time at leisure to purchase yourself some food and drink before boarding a coach that will take you the final stretch of the way to Tromso where you should arrive mid-evening.
Overnight: Tromsø (BD)
30 JANUARY – SATURDAY: TROMSØ
Daytime will be at your leisure to explore Tromsø. Your tour leader will point out some of the city’s top highlights and must-sees if you are unsure how to spend the day and there are also additional excursions one could pre-book. Tromso has undergone a huge change in the last 10 years and become a major tourist magnet, especially during winter times. The city is also known as the “Gateway to the Arctic” because it was once the last real bastion of civilisation for excursions into the Arctic north. Do not despair if you have not yet seen the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, as the reason Tromso has become such a popular tourist destination is that the city professes to be best place to see the phenomenon and tonight’s excursion will be all about making sure you get to experience it for yourself. This will be a private 6-hour excursion that may prove to be the highlight of your trip, especially with the extra twist of Norwegian charm included.
Overnight: Tromso (BD)
31 JANUARY – SUNDAY: TROMSO
After breakfast your hopefully magical tour of Lapland will have come to an end. You will be handed a ticket for the bus to the airport and your tour leader will bid you farewell as you will make your own way to the airport. (B)