Lapland Fairy Tale for ESN Tartu

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 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 every day, and enjoy sauna on all evenings! At night we go hunting for the Northern Lights! 
Deaprtures: 4-9 March / 8-13 March
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
Departure city: Tartu
Price: 320 Eur (with ESNcard); 325 Eur (without ESNcard)
Booking opens: 


Transportation by bus from Tartu and back
Ferry tickets Tallinn-Helsinki-Tallinn
Service from Scanbalt tour manager
Accommodation in motel rooms or cottages (3 nights)
4 breakfasts
Sauna and arctic swim (3 evenings)
Kota evening with open fire and hot wine
Use of Nordic skis, snowshoes and ice-fishing equipment  
Use of winter outfit (overalls, boots)
Visit to Santa Claus Village and group picture with Santa
Visit to Rovaniemi - the capital of Finnish Lapland

Not included

Meals (except the ones listed above)
Optional Activities


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


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.


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
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Tour Program

Day 1, Departure from Tartu
We depart from Tartu early afternoon and drive to Tallinn, where we catch the evening ferry to Helsinki. Once in Finland, we drive up north 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 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. 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 –Helsinki 
Morning is free for some skiing or snow-she 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
In the evening, we depart towards Helsinki. We drive during the night.
Day 6, Helsinki-Tallinn-Tartu
We arrive in Helsinki early morning and catch a ferry to Tallinn, and then continue by bus to Tartu. We arrive home in the afternoon.

Optional activities

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 15 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 -!

Here is more info about the optional activities

Snowmobile safari
On these safaris you will learn how to drive a snowmobile in the Arctic wilderness. 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 snowmobile is approximately 1 hour in total.


Husky safari
On these safaris you will see how much fun dog sledding is, either whilst riding in or driving a dog sled. After instructions and teaching the necessary driving skills, we set off with our huskies through the forest and fields. Participants usually travel in pairs, each taking turns to drive and ride in the sled. The route can be challenging and the speed may vary according to weather conditions and the time of day.


Husky farm visit
Half-day visit to a nearby Husky farm. The owners will tell about the huskies - their work and life; you can pet the dogs and take pictures with them. The farm visit is usually followed by safaris.

Reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride
Half-day visit to small reindeer farm. You will hear stories about reindeers and herding, learn about Sami people and their life, and also ride a sleigh pulled by the reindeer. Tea and coffee offered in kota to keep us warm.