Lapland Fairy Tale - Christmas Edition

Finnish Lapland is a unique destination to explore, especially in winter! It offers awesome adventures like dog-sledding and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoe-hiking, ice-fishing and, ultimately lake-side sauna and an arctic swim - a tradition, that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Finland! You can visit a reindeer farm and take a sleigh ride with the reindeer and meet the Santa Claus and his little helpers in their village! We cross the Arctic Circle and get a chance to see the breathtaking Northern Lights! This adventure, full of mystery, ancient Nordic culture and arctic freshness, is sure to blow your mind. Come and spend your Christmas in Lapland!
 
Tour dates: 23 - 28 December 2017
Departure city: Tallinn, Helsinki
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Price: Tallinn 350 EUR, Helsinki 330 EUR

Included

  • Transportation by bus
  • Ferry tickets Tallinn-Helsinki-Tallinn
  • Service from Scanbalt tour manager
  • Accommodation in cottages (3 nights)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Special Christmas Dinner
  • Sauna and arctic swim 
  • Kota evening with open fire and hot drinks
  • Use of Nordic skis, snowshoes and ice-fishing equipment  *choice of equipment may vary depending on the facilities of the camp
  • Short reindeer sled ride
  • Visit to Santa Claus Village and group picture with Santa
  • Visit to Rovaniemi - the capital of Finnish Lapland

Highlights

  • Visit Lapland with its unique landscape, nature and climate
  • Spend the time in real wilderness living in cosy and well-equipped cottages
  • The chance to see the Northern Lights
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Enjoy the sauna and roll around in the snow or have the arctic swim
  • Go snowmobiling, dog-sledding and do the reindeer safari
  • Try out cross-country skiing, snow-shoe hiking and ice-fishing
  • Meet the Santa Claus

Accommodation

On this tour we will be staying in hostel or cottages, in shared rooms (2-8 beds). Most cabins will have basic cooking facilities (fridge, microwave, kitchen ware). The rooming lists will be made all together on first day of the tour.

Transport

We will be travelling with toursit bus, and our journey will contain 2 overnight rides. The bus has A/C, TV and WC; there are couple plug sockets; wifi is not available on the bus
 
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Tour Program

 
Day 1, 23rd December, Departure
We will meet at start point and take a night drive to Finnish Lapland. We will have regular stops along the road and see some movies during the evening. On the bus you have plenty of time to get to know your travel mates and watch some movies. Our tour leader will check your student cards.
 
 
Day 2, 24th December, Korvala (B, D)
In the morning you will wake up in Korvala and have breakfast together Korvala is a village in Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. The surroundings are beautiful, deep forests and frozen lakes. We gather for an information session, where the local hostess introduces us the accommodation and procedure for signing up to optional activities. Time to settle in and discover the surroundings, you can borrow for free snow shoes, cross country skis, sledges and ice fishing kit. The entire group will have short reindeer safari together, optional to do short husky safari. In the evening you will have dinner together and later it’s time for sauna and an arctic swim.
 
 
Day 3, 25th December, Korvala (D)
Breakfast. After breakfast it is possible to ice fishing, do cross-country skiing and snow-shoe hike. Day with activities like dog sledge, snowmobiling and reindeer safari. We get to meet the local Siberian Huskies, which are all beautiful pedigrees from the working sled-dog line. Activities are not included to the tour price, if you want to join, then the payment will be on the spot. Today we will have typical Finnish Christmas dinner all together. During night keep your eyes open for the Northern lights!
 
 
Day 4, 26th December, Korvala – Rovaniemi – Korvala (D)
After breakfast departure tour to Rovaniemi city. We will visit Santa Claus at Santa Village and after you can discover capital of Finnish Lapland – Rovaniemi under own. Go to check out famous Artikum museum (www.artikum.fi). In the afternoon we will arrive back to Korvala. After dinner is get-together evening in the Old barn where we have a cozy evening with fire and some hot wine. Keep your eyes open for the Northern lights!
 
 
Day 5, 27th December, Departure back
After breakfast is free time to fish, ski or do snowshoe walk for the last time. Around lunch time we will depart back for home. You will have night drive back to home town with some stops on the road.
 
 
Day 6, 28th December, Arrival
Arrival in the morning. We hope that you will have wonderful memories of life time.

Optional Activities

-Book the activity while making the reservation of the tour. For safaris we take pre-payment 5 Eur. Rest of the amount is to be paid on DAY 2  of the trip, when you will arrive to Korvala! Possible to pay in cash and with card.

-If you have signed up for and optional activity you have to take part of that activity or pay for it without participation, there might be a possibility to change to another activity but this can be known on the spot. If just not showing up you have to pay afterwards!

Snowmobile Safari
After initial instruction, participants travel in pairs through the forest, each taking turns to drive the snowmobile. The route can be challenging and the speed will vary according to the conditions. The time spent driving the snowmobiles is approximately 1 hour in total (½ hr/person, if both drive). The distance driven in that time depends on the weather conditions and the skills of the participants, and may be altered for safety reasons, or due to poor weather conditions.
Duration approximately 1½ hours in total including instruction and fitting of helmets, 2 persons/snowmobile
Price 70 Eur/person (5 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, rest of 65 EUR on the spot directly to organizer)., single driving supplement 35€/person.

 

Husky safari  (drive your own sled)
On this safari you will see how much fun dog sledding is. We start by teaching you the necessary driving skills and then set off with our huskies through the forest and over the hills. Participants usually travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive the sled. The route can be challenging and the speed will vary according to weather conditions and the time of day.
Duration: approx 1 hour in total, including instruction (driving ca 5 km, ca 30 minutes). The route may be altered for safety reasons or due to poor weather conditions. 
Price: 70 EUR/per person (5 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, rest of 65 EUR on the spot directly to organizer).
 
Reindeer Safari
We ride in sleighs pulled by reindeer to our reindeer herding corral, where Poro-Hannu, a local reindeer herder, explains how these beautiful animals of the north are cared for throughout the year. We make tea and coffee on a campfire and have time to chat with Poro-Hannu about his work. 
Duration: approximately 1½ hours in total, 65 EUR/per person. (5 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, rest of 60 EUR on the spot directly to organizer).

 

Lapland packing guide

 
THINGS TO BRING: 
 
*ID card or passport 
*Student card (if you are a student)
*Bed linen and towel - rent at the spot 10 eur (whole stay in Korvala) 
*Bathing suite for sauna 
*Camera 
*WARM clothes (hat, gloves, woolen socks, winter jacket and trousers) - possible to rent overalls 10 eur (whole stay in Korvala) 
*Water bottle
 
 
 
DRESSING SUGGESTIONS:
 
Keeping the warm air around your body is what keeps you warm: 
 
*Wear layers allowing air to circulate. Like wool or thermal underwear. Thicker wool, fleece or down layers and also a windproof outer layer (jacket and trousers). 
*Hats and gloves/mittens are important. Mittens that don’t separate your fingers keep you warmer.
*Have spacious shoes so you can wear thick wool socks and still have plenty of space to wiggle your toes.