Lapland Fairy Tale

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 famous Finnish sauna and an arctic swim - a tradition, that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Finland! You will get the chance to 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 stay 4 days in authentic wilderness resort, where we can use the skis and snowshoes, and enjoy sauna on all evenings! At night we go hunting for the Northern Lights! 
 
Departure dates:  10th March 2018; 23-rd March 2018
 
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
 
Price: 320-375 EUR (depends of the departure city)
 
 
Included
  • Transportation during the whole tour
  • Service from Scanbalt tour manager
  • Accommodation in motel rooms or cottages (3 nights)
  • Bed linen *may vary depending on the facilities of the camp
  • 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Sauna and arctic swim 
  • Kota evening with open fire and hot drinks
  • Use of Nordic skis, snowshoes and ice-fishing gear  *choice of equipment may vary depending on the facilities of the camp
  • Visit to Santa Claus Village and group picture with Santa
  • Visit to Rovaniemi - the capital of Finnish Lapland
 
 
Not included
  • Optional Activities
  • Meals (except ones listed above)
 
 
Highlights
  • Visit Lapland with its unique landscape, nature and climate
  • Spend the time in real wilderness 
  • The chance to see 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 and get picture with him
 
Watch the movie about this trip:
 

 
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 tourist 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
Status:
Full

Tour Program: Lapland Fairy Tale

Day 1, Departure
We hop on the bus and head North. We will be driving during the night. On the bus, we get to know our travel mates, play games and watch some movies. We will also make regular stops for food.
 
 
Day 2, Lapland 
In the morning, we arrive in Lapland. We will spend the next days in a small village and wilderness resort in Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival, we enjoy late breakfast all together and set up the schedule for the coming days (possible to sign up for safaris). Now it’s time to settle in and discover the surroundings! You can borrow winter overalls and boots, as well as use the snow-shoes, cross-country skis, and ice fishing kit.  All that is included!
In the evening we enjoy buffet dinner and then it's time for traditional Finnish sauna - a must-do thing once in Lapland!
 
 
Day 3, Lapland 
We spend the day doing activities: husky safaris and snowmobiles. The evening is again sauna time!
 
 
Day 4, Lapland 
Today we have a chance to visit the reindeer farm: we hear stories about reindeer herding and do the sledge ride. 
Later we get together in nearby Kota to have a cosy evening with bbq and hot wine. Sauna also available tonight.
 
 
Day 5, Lapland – Departure home
Morning is free for some skiing or snow-shoe walks. Around midday, we depart towards Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village. We meet Santa and take a photo all together. Later we have some free time in Rovaniemi. We recommend to visit famous Arktikum Museum to learn more about Arctic nature and Sami culture http://www.arktikum.fi/EN/arktikum.html.
In the evening, we depart towards Helsinki. We drive during the night.
 
 
Day 6, Back home
We arrive in Helsinki early morning and catch a ferry to Tallinn. Arrival home during the day.
 
*Kindly note that this is an estimated itinerary, and it may change depending on the exact destination in Finnish Lapland and on the departure place. The detailed itinerary will be sent out to all passengers no later that 1 week prior to departure.

Optional Activities: Lapland Fairy Tale

Optional Activities help you get the real taste of Lapland and make your trip fun and memorable! You can add the activities online in the booking system, as well as register on the spot. For some activities the number of places is limited, so we can only guarantee allotment for those who book the activities in advance.
 
Please note that Optional Activity are for extra cost. The payment is done on the spot, directly to the local organizers. You can pay in cash or by bank card. For some activities Scanbalt can ask small pre-payment in order to confirm your participation.
 
Activity takes place with minimum 10 participants. It is possible to cancel Optional Activities up to 14 days prior to departure. If you have booked the activity and decide not to participate when already in Lapland, you must still pay for your place, or find someone from the group who will do the activity instead of you. 

Optional Activities in Savukoski

  • Husky farm visit - 15 Eur
  • Husky safari 2 km - 33 Eur
  • Husky safari 4 km - 45 Eur
  • Snowmobile safari ~1h - 50 Eur (2 persons on one snowmobile), 68 Eur (single driving)
  • Reindeer farm visit + sleigh ride - 28 Eur
  • Buffet dinner 9,80 Eur; buffet lunch 8,50 Eur   *lunch is not available during weekends

If you have specific food preferences or restrictions, please let us know before the tour, so we can inform the local host - info@scanbaltexperience.com!

Optional Activities in Korvala

 
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 1,5 hours in total including instruction and fitting of helmets, 2 persons/snowmobile
Price 70€/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 1,5 hours in total, 65 EUR/per person. (5 EUR booking fee to Scanbalt, rest of 60 EUR on the spot directly to organizer).
 
Reindeer sled ride
We learn about how these arctic animals live and work, by going for a sled ride, two or three at a time, while Poro-Hannu, the reindeer herder, guides us on our way.
Duration: approximately 1,5 hours in total for the group.
Included in the basic package price!

Optional Activities in Harriniva

  • Reindeer Safari 1,5km - 46 Eur
  • Jingle Bells-husky safari 6km -  61 Eur
  • Master of the snowmobile 5-10km -  30 Eur
  • Dinner -  18 Eur