Lapland Fantasy

Duration:
11 days
Transport:
Rail & Coach Transfers
Tour Type:
Partially Guided
Group size:
Up to 40
Location:

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VISIT THE FANTASY WORLD OF LAPLAND – where the magic of Christmas comes to life. Add a visit to Helsinki, Rovaniemi, overnight train trips & you have the perfect combination for a unique and memorable holiday.

Price from: $4,669.00 per person sharing

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: THURSDAY – ARRIVE HELSINKI

Arrive Helsinki and transfer to your central hotel. Christmas is a special time to visit Helsinki – it’s a time where streets are illuminated with myriads of lights and store fronts dressed with beautiful festive displays. Remainder of day at leisure.

DAY 2: FRIDAY –  HELSINKI / OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO LAPLAND

Helsinki is a beautiful city – compact and easy to move around. This morning you have a guided sightseeing tour past the most interesting parts of Helsinki – the historical centre, City Hall, The Parliament buildings, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. See the Sibelius Monuments and the Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church).

Evening departure on the overnight train to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. Before heading for bed in your comfortable en-suite sleeper compartment, try the traditional Finnish meatballs and mash in the onboard restaurant and end a wonderful day with a nightcap at the bar. Breakfast tomorrow morning on the train is not included but is available for purchase in the restaurant.

DAYS 3 to 9: SATURDAY to FRIDAY – LAPLAND

Arrive Rovaniemi where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Pyhätunturi for days of fun and magic with the unique experiences Lapland have to offer.

Experience the exhilaration of gliding across the snow through forests and across lakes on your ‘motorcycle on skis’;  meet the hardworking huskies who pull up to five times their weight without any effort. Drive your own husky team with a passenger seated in the sleigh; meet reindeers in their natural environment and relax on a sedate sleigh ride through the forest; dig for your own lucky Amethyst in the amazing Amethyst Mine on the top of a fell providing a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside.  Even the transfer to the Mine is unique – in a carriage behind a snow tractor!  Grill a sausage over the fire; drop a line through a hole in the frozen lake and test your angling skills; wiz down the slope on your toboggan; drink lots of hot chocolate and to burn off those calories after Christmas dinner, take a walk with snowshoes. During your free time, relax or try downhill or cross-country skiing – it’s all right there to enjoy!

And Christmas brings the meeting with Santa you’ve been waiting for! Be transported into a world of fantasy and magic with a chance to meet Santa. Enjoy a place of traditional Christmas porridge and a cup of hot chocolate around chocolate around the fire before spending time with Santa. 

Christmas dinner will be a sumptuous selection of hot and cold buffet. Or, if you’re staying over New Year, you’ll be seeing the new year in with dinner in a restaurant at the bottom of the ski slope. providing the best possible view of fireworks at midnight.

DAY 10: SATURDAY – ROVANIEMI/OVERNIGHT TRAIN           

Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to this magical place called Lapland. But still time for last minute shopping and a visit to Santa Village in Rovaniemi before departing on the overnight train to Helsinki. Don’t forget to send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office to envious family and friends back home!

DAY 11: SUNDAY – HELSINKI DEPARTURE

Arrive Helsinki and transfer to the airport or continue on an ‘Add More Magic’ option.

Stay at Pyhå Ski Resort

View this video and take a quick look at the incredible Pyhå Ski Resort, where you will stay on your tour!

OUR RESORT

Situated one and a half hours north east of Rovaniemi the capital of Finnish Lapland, is the ski resort of Pyhätunturi (meaning ‘Holy Fell’ and pronounced ‘Poo-ha’). With less than 1,000 inhabitants, it is not overrun with foreign visitors and is popular ski resort for the Finns and not overly crowded with visitors during high seasons.

The village has a hotel, a large number of cottages, supermarket, post office, restaurants, souvenir shops and an impressive Nature Centre. housing an informative display and digital presentation on the local geology and environment. And being situated out in the countryside, the Polar Night skies are less exposed to light pollution making it easier to observe the Northern Lights – when they choose to reveal themselves.

ACTIVITIES

Pyhätunturi has activities to suit everyone – husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoe walking, fatbiking, tobogganing and more.

SKIING

Skiing in Lapland is probably not the first activity which comes to mind. It may then come as a surprise that Pyhä rates amongst the best ski resorts in Finland. Although the Fell (Scottish word meaning small mountain) is just 500m high, being that far north virtually guarantees snow. Ski slopes are floodlit as are the well-groomed cross country ski tracks. Ski equipment is available for hire from a well-equipped ski shop and lessons can be arranged with qualified English speaking ski instructors. A ski bus runs between Pyhä and its sister resort Luosto, twenty kilometres away.

ACCOMMODATION

HOTEL

The location of Hotel Pyhätunturi on the side of the mountain provides a spectacular view of the surrounding area and, being situated right beside the ski slope, makes this a perfect ski-in-ski-out location. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, sauna and a gym.

APARTMENTS

Set to the back of the hotel, the 43 and 55 sqm Pyhä Suites have all you need for a comfortable stay. With two or three bedrooms, these apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, bathroom and sauna. And for more convenience, easy access to an on site laundromat. Access to the gym in the hotel is also possible. Breakfast at the hotel can be arranged on request.

COTTAGES

These cottages are situated at the ski slopes which makes them the ideal location for skiers – whether downhill or cross country. Cottages vary in size and furnishings as they are privately owned. Most cottages have one bedroom downstairs and a loft room.

*Example only, actual cottages may vary.

DATES & PRICES (per person sharing)

2019 DEPARTURES: December 12, 19, 26

 

6 persons

5 persons

4 persons

3 persons

2 persons

Solo

Child U12 sharing with
2 adults

 

Hotel

 N/A

N/A 

N/A

$5,079.00

$5,159.00

$6,585.00

$2,775.00

 

Apartment¹
Studio

 N/A

N/A 

N/A

$5,110.00

$5,190.00

N/A

$2,775.00

 

Apartment¹,²
2-Bedrooms

 N/A

N/A 

$4,825.00

$5,185.00

$5,599.00

N/A

$2,775.00

 

Apartment¹,³
3-Bedrooms

 $4,669.00

 $4,779.00

$4,950.00

$5,325.00

$5,895.00

N/A

$2,775.00

 
¹Breakfast is not included for apartments but can be arranged at the hotel at a supplement. Alternatively, supplies can be purchased from the local supermarket. ² Minimum three persons sharing. ³ Minimum four persons sharing.  

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