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6 days / 5 nights, Ivalo - Saariselkä - Rovaniemi - Santa Park - Kemi

Departures Dec 2005: 12, 13, 18, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*
Jan 2006: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31
Feb: 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
Mar: 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
April: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
*Supplement for the departures on 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 December (New Year)

Our Winter Fairytale Safari brings you to the heart of Finnish Lapland, the center of the Sami life and culture. Winter begins early in Lapland, turning this exotic region know for its fells, lakes, rivers and forests into winter wonderland. Snow brightens up the scene as the days grow shorter, lakes and streams begin to freeze around the middle of November, and the ski-tracks and slopes remain open right up to May. The Northern Lights put on a dazzling display of colors on clear nights. This spectacle of the Aurora Borealis can be seen in northernmost Lapland 200 nights a year.
Saariselkä Ski Resort in Northern Lapland is famous for its gently rolling fells and unspoiled wilderness. You can experience the real winter, as you travel by snowmobile through forests and over fells, covered by a mantle of pure snow. At a local reindeer farm, you will learn about the culture and traditions of the indigenous Sámi people. Rovaniemi is known as the home town of Santa Claus. In Kemi, you will travel by snowmobile on the vast expanse of ice for a rendezvous with icebreaker Sampo and take part in its journey through the frozen sea.

Day 1 IVALO - SAARISELKÄ (D, Private Car)
Individual arrival in Ivalo. After a short ride from Ivalo airport by private car, you arrive in Saariselkä. Check-in at your hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Perhaps relax in the warmth of a genuine Finnish sauna. Sauna, dinner and overnight at Hotel Riekonlinna.


Breakfast at your hotel. Optional tour to a Reindeer Farm**. You will be shown how to drive a snowmobile. Then, two persons to a snowmobile, you drive to a local reindeer farm. Your host is proud to welcome you to his home and tell you about the Lapp culture and reindeer herding. Take part in a lasso throwing competition and enjoy coffee with a sweet home-made cake, served in a "kota", with traditional "joiku" songs to entertain. Sauna, dinner and overnight Hotel Riekonlinna.


Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Optional Tour to Kuukkelilampi*** With two persons to a snowmobile, you travel to a small wilderness lake, the site of a local artisan’s camp. While you enjoy hot coffee, made over a campfire, you can watch “Bird Antti”, as the locals call him, carving a delicate bird figure out of a small piece of wood. The return trip follows a route with varied landscapes of forests and fells.

After breakfast, your driver will take you across the land of the Lapps to Rovaniemi. Enjoy lunch on the way in an idyllic log house restaurant at Hotel Luosto. Before arrival in Rovaniemi, you cross the Arctic Circle and visit the Santa Claus workshop, meeting Santa in person. In the shopping village, you can browse around for local handicrafts and souvenirs. Dinner and overnight at Sky Hotel Rovaniemi.

Day 5 ROVANIEMI - KEMI (B, L, D, Private Car)
Transfer by private car to Kemi, Finnish Lapland's seaport situated on the Gulf of Bothnia. Leave your luggage at your hotel and walk a few steps to the Safari Office, where you will be equipped with appropriate clothing. Set out, two persons to a snowmobile, for a ride to meet up with the Arctic Icebreaker Sampo. Step on board and take part in a memorable cruise through the frozen sea. After lunch on board, a guided tour of the ship will be given. The brave can experience a dip in the sea amidst the freshly broken ice, safe and warm in a special survival suit. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Merihovi in Kemi.

Day 6 KEMI - DEPARTURE (B, Private Car)
After breakfast it is time to say Good-bye to Lapland. Transfer to Kemi airport for the return flight to Helsinki (flight not included).

Christmas and New Years is a special time in Lapland, and the hotel is celebrating the festivities with special activities and programs. Please inquire about special Christmas and New Years programs in Rovaniemi!


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Departure Dates

Santa Claus Fairytale, 6 days

2005: Dec 12, 13, 18, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*

2006: Jan 01, 02, 03, 08, 09, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31

Feb: 04,0 5, 06, 07, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

Mar: 04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

April: 02, 03, 04, 09, 10, 11, 16, 17


Prices in US Dollars

Based on minimum of 2 persons

Per person in double room


Single Supplement


Minimum of 4 persons

Per person in double room


Single Supplement


Minimum of 6 persons


Per person in double room


Single Supplement


Child under 12 years in extra bed, sharing the room with two adults


* Supplement for the departures on

   Dec 27, 28, 29, 30, 31





  • Transportation by private car and driver

  • 5 nights hotel accommodations with private facilities

  • Evening sauna at Hotel Riekonlinna in Saariselkä

  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily

  • 2x luncheons

  • 5 x dinners

  • Icebreaker cruise with Snowmobile Safari on day 5

  • Taxes & services on included items

Not Included

  • International airfare & Airport taxes

  • Flights to/from Ivalo

  • Transfers in Helsinki

  • Optional tours as per itinerary

  • Gratuities

  • Personal insurance / personal items

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • $ 25 Service fee

  • * Supplement for the departures on 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 December (New Year): $ 235

Please note

* Please note: minimum of 2 participants required / non-escorted tour


Christmas Opening in Santa’s Village at the Arctic Circle -

Timetable for Christmas Opening in Santa Claus Village


Date: 26th November 2005, 11:00am

Opening of the international Christmas Exhibition, 12:00 - 15:00

Children’s karaoke, the Arctic Circle main building,16:00

Christmas Opening Program at the village square, 16:40 Fireworks


You can write to Santa via snail mail. Santa still prefers ordinary snail mail to anything else. And he certainly gets plenty: more than 700,000 letters a year!

You can write to him at:

Santa Claus

Arctic Circle

96930 Rovaniemi



Add-ons: Tour Options

  • Additional nights at Saariselkä, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Helsinki

  • Optional excursions

  • St. Petersburg Art & Ballet tour

  • Silja Line Cruise, Helsinki - Stockholm

List of Hotels

Night 1, 2 & 3

Hotel Riekonlinna

Saariselkä / Finland


Night 4

Sky Hotel Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi / Finland


Night 5

Hotel Merihovi
Kemi / Finland



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