Winter Tour to Finnish Lapland
Subject to season and number of people in the booking.
Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Kemi (Finland)
Winter 2023 – 2024
Winter Tour to Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland
Day 1: Welcome to Helsinki
- Check in Holiday Inn City Center Hotel, Helsinki
Spend your first night of your Finnish Lapland tour at the Holiday Inn City Center Hotel. This 4* hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Helsinki. The city boasts an efficient public transport system and it makes for easy exploration. Why not take in the local architecture with a short walk or sample traditional Finnish cuisine bursting with classic old-world flavors. It’s up to you.
Day 2: Discover Helsinki – Bus Sightseeing Tour
- Breakfast in hotel, Helsinki
- Bus sightseeing tour of Helsinki (2 hours)
- Overnight train Helsinki – Rovaniemi
After your breakfast you will enjoy a panoramic two-hour bus sightseeing tour of Helsinki. The bus passes through Senate Square. You will see comprising famous buildings and landmarks. This area is the oldest part of central Helsinki. Some buildings are dating back to 1757. There are the Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, University of Helsinki, and Sederholm.
Also included is Finland Hall. It is an architectural masterpiece by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. That is well worth a visit! The dynamic, multi-purpose venue is renowned for concerts and important events.
Visit Parliament Building. Learn about Finnish Parliament and the European Union as you experience 1920s Classicism architecture, complete with 14 Corinthian columns! Amazing!
You will see that Uspenski Cathedral. It is not only the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe, but that the cathedral is truly gigantic with a central dome and four monolithic granite pillars. An equally impressive interior awaits with magnificent chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and vibrant displays of Orthodox decorations and icons of miraculous workings.
Sibelius Monument is another of Helsinki’s most well-known tourist attractions and famous statues. View the incredible Rock Church that is excavated directly into the solid rock. Must be seen to be believed is a good description! The rest of the day is yours to explore the local sites further, enjoy a sauna, or do whatever.
Your holidays in Lapland winter tour also includes an overnight rail trip, with the modern, comfortable train leaving Helsinki late in the evening and arriving at Rovaniemi just before lunch.
Day 3: Reindeer & Snowmobile Lapland Winter Adventures
- Arrive in Rovaniemi
- Transfer in Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel
- Check in Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel
- Transfer by car to a reindeer farm
- Reindeer sleigh ride
After arriving in Rovaniemi, transfer at the Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel 4*. The day is brimming with Finnish Lapland winter adventures as you travel by car to a reindeer farm. Enjoy a relaxed reindeer sleigh ride as well as the thrill of snowmobiles. You will have warm beverages by the campfire to finish your spectacular day, a taste of Lapland tourism at its best.
Day 4: Explore Rovaniemi & Outdoor Activities
- Breakfast in hotel, Rovaniemi
- Plan your own day by booking on website “outdoor activities”
A delicious breakfast followed by a ‘plan your own day,’ booking one of more of the exciting ‘outdoor activities’ listed on our website. Rest assured there are plenty of interesting and fun places to visit in Rovaniemi—this metropolitan city is the perfect base to experience all of Finnish Lapland’s winter wonderland magic.
Day 5: Kemi – The Gulf of Bothnia
- Breakfast in hotel, Rovaniemi
- Bus trip Rovaniemi – Kemi (2 hours)
- Check-in hotel, Kemi
After a breakfast, it’s time to head south to Kemi, the Gulf of Bothnia via a two-hour bus trip. After check-in at the Cumulus Hotel, enjoy your day discovering this lovely industrial town. You can visit an array of shops, restaurants and bars. Enjoy comfortable, clean accommodation including three saunas and an indoor pool on-site. Also you can like a friendly game of darts and a few jukebox tunes in the casual Mexican-saloon-style bar! Of course, Lapland visitors love Kemi for two main wintry reasons — the Lumilinna Snow Castle & Hotel and to cruise on the Sampo Icebreaker; which you will get to experience firsthand tomorrow!
Day 6: Icebreaker Sampo & Snow Castle Visits
- Breakfast in hotel, Kemi
- Icebreaker Sampo Cruise
- Transfer to the Kemi railway station
- Overnight train Kemi- Helsinki
The day starts with another impressive buffet style breakfast followed by a transfer to Icebreaker Sampo. It is an unforgettable sea safari cruise through the icy seas and glaciers in the Gulf of Bothnia. A tour of the ship and a dip in the freezing waters for those people brave enough follows (wetsuits provided), as well as an afternoon visit to the Snow Castle. It is gigantic pure white walls, artworks of ice and snow, Snow Restaurant, Snow Chapel and Snow Hotel. It is a true Arctic adventure!
Transfer to the railway station in the evening for a delightful overnight journey back to Helsinki.
Day 7: Helsinki
- Arrive in Helsinki
Your Finnish Lapland adventure concludes in Helsinki. Perhaps, if time permits you can enjoy the beautiful, compact city centre before starting your journey back home.
What is included:
- Hotel 4* in Helsinki, Finland (1 night)
- Hotel 4* in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland (1 night)
- Hotel 4* in Kemi, Finnish Lapland (1 night)
- Bus sightseeing tour, Helsinki
- Overnight train Helsinki-Rovaniemi
- Bus trip Rovaniemi-Kemi
- Overnight train Rovaniemi-Helsinki
- English speaking guide
- Safari outfit
- Reindeer sleigh ride, Rovaniemi
- Reindeer farm, Rovaniemi
- Snowmobile, Rovaniemi
- Icebreaker Sampo Cruise, Kemi
What is not included:
- Any flight to or from Helsinki
- Airport transfer in Helsinki
- Travel insurance