Lapland Winter Holiday Tour Helsinki-Rovaniemi-Kemi
Subject to season and number of people in the booking.
Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi (Finland)
Winter 2023 – 2024
Lapland Winter Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Helsinki
- Transfer from Helsinki airport to hotel
- 4* hotel in the Helsinki city center
You will make your own travel arrangements to Helsinki where your Northern Lights Tours of Finnish Lapland will begin. Upon arriving in Helsinki, our driver will meet you at airport and bring you to hotel. You will check into a comfortable 4* centrally-located hotel.
Once checked in to your hotel, you can use the remainder of the day and evening to relax and prepare for the full days to come.
Day 2: Travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Lapland
- Breakfast in hotel, Helsinki
- 2 hour private panoramic guided tour of Helsinki (optional)
- Overnight train Helsinki – Rovaniemi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then be ready to embark on an exciting tour of Helsinki (optional). This optional tour of the city lasts a tad less than two hours during which your host will point out and describe Finland’s capital city of Helsinki’s remarkable sights.
Included are: Parliament Building, Senate Square, the Uspensky Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, the Temppelixaukio (Rock) Church and the Sibelius Monument. You will have your afternoon free to spend as you like.
You will depart Helsinki this evening and travel by train through the night to Rovaniemi, the cultural center and capital of Lapland.
Day 3: Experience Rovaniemi, Lapland
- Morning arrival to Rovaniemi
- Private transfer to hotel
- 4* hotel in the Rovaniemi city center
- Aurora Borealis Safari by snowmobile
- English speaking guide
- Campfire with snack and beverage during safari
- Winter safari outfit
Rovaniemi is a captivating city centrally located in Lapland. This true winter wonderland is located between the Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara Hills on the banks of the Kemijoki River. It is not far from the Arctic Circle. Lapland has much to offer, and Rovaniemi is the perfect central location.
Upon your train’s morning arrival in Rovaniemi, you will have a private transfer to your hotel. Accommodations will be at one of the comfortable centrally located hotels. All efforts will be made for you to have an early check-in. Also the hotel is suitably located close to shopping in the city centre, restaurants, and entertainment.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride and Aurora Borealis Safari. Once you are settled into your hotel, you will head to check-in for some amazing adventures.
This two-in-one safari will take you into the evening:
Aurora Borealis Safari via Snowmobile– Your next big adventure of the day will be an exhilarating snowmobile ride through the fabulous Arctic night. You will whisk through the snowy white forests and over the ice of a frozen river where you can enjoy the remarkable sight of thousands of bright stars in the moonlit sky. If you are lucky, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights will appear! Upon the finale of your once in a lifetime snowmobile experience, you will enjoy warm drinks and snacks around yet another campfire. Your guide will impart in-depth information about the Aurora Borealis and Lapland.
You should be back to the hotel in time for a warm dinner, and a few drinks at the bar should you choose. Before bed, you may decide to have a genuine Nordic experience by basking in the sauna or have a swim in the heated swimming pool.
Day 4: Embark on Lapland Tours
- Breakfast in hotel, Rovaniemi
- Reindeer Sleigh Ride
- Private transfer to the bus station
- / Comfortable bus or train Rovaniemi – Kemi
- Arrival to Kemi
- Private transfer to hotel
- Check in at Scandic hotel, Kemi
The morning of day four is one where you get to choose what you would like to do, of course after your breakfast. Our “Outdoor Activities” page has a listing of available Lapland winter safari options. Included you will find adventures such as Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Cross-Country Skiing, and more.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride– You will visit a real reindeer farm where you will have the unique experience of traveling in the long-established winter means of travel in Lapland. A sled led by reindeer will take you through a winter wonderland of unspoiled, snow-white forests. After your magical sleigh ride, you will sit around a campfire and take pleasure in hot coffee and delicious buns. While you relax and enjoy the atmosphere, one of your guides will explain about how reindeer herders spend their days.
In the afternoon, you will travel by car to the bus station. A comfortable bus or train will take you to the town of Kemi, on the Gulf of Bothnia. Accommodations in Kemi will be at the Scandic Hotel, or something similar. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely evening.
Day 5: Sampo Icebreaker Cruise and Return Train to Helsinki
- Breakfast in hotel, Kemi
- Sampo Icebreaker Cruise, Kemi
- Plunge in the Gulf of Bothnia, Kemi
- Transfer to the train station, Kemi
- Overnight train Kemi- Helsinki
Shortly after your morning meal you will go to the mighty Icebreaker Sampo. This magnificent vessel will take you on Kemi’s greatest tourist attraction and adventure through the thick ice of the Gulf of Bothnia. You will experience the booming sound of the ships more than 3500 tons of steel crushing through the ice. You can tour the ship. And if you are feeling brave you can even take a plunge in the ice-cold sea.
Upon returning from your cruise, you will have the afternoon to explore the beautiful, pristine town of Kemi. The Snow Castle is a must see (open from 17 January)!
At the end of this busy day, you will journey to the train station. You will return to Helsinki by an overnight train.
Day 6: Back in Helsinki
- Morning arrival in Helsinki
In the morning, your will arrive back in Helsinki where the tour will conclude. You may want to do some last minute souvenir shopping or leisure sightseeing before departing from your fabulous holidays in Lapland. You may depart to airport from the same train station. The journey will take take around 15 minutes.
What is included:
- 4* hotel in Helsinki, Finland (1 night)
- 4* hotel in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland (1 night)
- 3* hotel in Kemi, Finnish Lapland (1 night)
- Overnight train Helsinki-Rovaniemi (private double sleeping cabin)
- Bus trip Rovaniemi-Kemi
- Overnight train Kemi – Helsinki (private double sleeping cabin)
- English speaking guide
- Safari outfit
- Reindeer sleigh ride, Rovaniemi
- Reindeer farm, Rovaniemi
- Northern lights tour by snowmobile, Rovaniemi
- Icebreaker Sampo Cruise, Kemi
What is not included:
- Any flight to or from Helsinki
- Airport transfer in Helsinki on day 6
- Private sightseeing tour, Helsinki
- Travel insurance