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  • On this 5-night tour, start in Helsinki, the charming harbour-side city known for its design buildings, before boarding an overnight train to Kemi.
  • Spend a memorable night in a Snow Suite at the Kemi Snow Hotel, crafted completely from ice and snow with intricate carvings in each room.
  • Finally, settle into your luxury Panorama Design Hut at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge in Rovaniemi, where glass walls allow you to view incredible landscapes and (fingers-crossed) an impressive light show!

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Your Destinations

Helsinki

Finland's capital is an eclectic mix of East and West, set on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. A neo-classical gem with an art nouveau quarter, laced with Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture. Discover smart pavement cafés on Esplanade, gourmet restaurants at a fraction of London's prices, and concerts and ballet at Finlandia Hall.

Visit the squares and cathedrals that make up the older aspects of this city, while making sure not to miss out on the legendary contemporary design scene. The city's gourmet side is also flourishing, with new gastro eateries offering locally sourced tasting menus popping up at dizzying speed. Discover this city's quirky charm during your stay and fall in love with the style of life that so many have fallen in love with during their travels.

Kemi

Kemi is famed for being the Ice Capital of Finland. With its massive Sampo icebreaker, plying through the frozen Arctic waters, Kemi is home to the largest Snow Castle in the world (it's one of your hotels with this offer!) Carved from snow each year, this marvellous hotel provides its guests with unique rooms and unforgettable nights surrounded by snow and ice. Kemi is one of those villages that knows how to do winter right. Choose from a huge range of activities such as ice swimming or snowmobiling tours over the frozen sea. If you're lucky, you may get to experience the brilliant Northern Lights dance across the sky and over the glacial ocean!

Rovaniemi

Spend two nights 20 minutes outside Rovaniemi (the "official" hometown of Santa Claus) in a stunning location right by a river in the middle of the forest, and experience a proper winter wonderland landscape in Lapland. Surrounded by the beautiful rapids of River Raudanjoki, the lush forest and pristine nature, your Lodge offers traditional Finnish log cabin accommodation.

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki
Day 2: Helsinki - Overnight stay on the Santa Claus Express Train to Kemi
Day 3: Kemi
Day 4: Kemi - Rovaniemi
Day 5: Rovaniemi
Day 6: Rovaniemi - Departure

Your Itinerary

During their tour, our members will follow the itinerary as seen below.

Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki
Upon arrival in Helsinki, make your own way to the Original Hotel Sokos Presidentti 4*. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city with beautiful islands and great parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back, yet at the same time, is refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. You will spend this day at your leisure, exploring the town or enjoying an excursion.

Overnight stay at the Original Hotel Sokos Presidentti 4*.
Day 2: Helsinki - Kemi via Overnight Train
Wake up to a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today is another day where you can discover Helsinki before making your way to the train station in the evening to catch the overnight train up north, to Kemi. This journey will depart from Helsinki at roughly 23:13 pm and will arrive in Kemi at approx 09:34 am the following morning (schedule subject to change).

Overnight stay on the Santa Claus Express Train.
Day 3: Kemi
Upon arrival in Kemi, a shared transfer will be waiting to take you from the railway station to your next hotel. The Snow Hotel, which is a part of the SnowCastle, has unique, beautifully decorated snow rooms and offers a true arctic adventure. Each year, the hotel is rebuilt, meaning unique, different designs are showcased each year! With an average temperature of -5°C, guests here sleep on ice beds covered in fluffy rugs and fleecy sleeping bags, making this a superb and comfortable stay. The Snow Hotel is part of the enormous SnowCastle, a highly unique venue for visitors in search of wonderful winter activities. On this day, you will also enjoy a complimentary 1-hour snowmobiling taster session.

Overnight stay at the Kemi Snow Hotel.
Day 4: Kemi - Rovaniemi
After breakfast, you will take a shared transfer from your hotel to Kemi railway station for your 90-minute train journey north-east to Rovaniemi. Upon arrival into the "official" hometown of Santa Claus, take a shared transfer to your unique accommodation, located just a 20-minute journey from town. This magical property is the gate to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area, a wilderness destination that's ideal for year-round outdoor recreation. The hiking area’s trail network is diverse and boasts a variety of hiking destinations and excursion possibilities. You'll then spend the rest for the day at leisure, exploring the town or taking part in optional excursions.

Overnight stay at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge.
Day 5: Rovaniemi
Following breakfast, spend the day at your own leisure. With a variety of activities to choose from, talk to the staff at the hotel about what you can get up to in Rovaniemi. Some of our suggestions include visiting Santa Claus Village, the Arktikum Science Museum, a Reindeer Farm, a snowmobile safari into the forest or a Husky Safari into the Arctic Circle Wilderness. With a plethora of excursions and activities on offer, this winter wonderland is sure to excite!

Overnight stay at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge.
Day 6: Rovaniemi - Departure
After breakfast, a shared transfer will be waiting to take you from your hotel to Rovaniemi Aiport. Board your return flight back to the UK with amazing memories of Lapland!

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Your Tour Hotels

Our members will stay at the following hotels during their stay.

1-night stay in a Standard Room at the Original Hotel Sokos Presidentti 4* on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis

Your Tour Hotels
Stylish, and wonderfully revamped, the Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 4* showcases Finnish phenomena in an innovative way. In each of the hotel's comfortable and sleek rooms, you can immerse yourself in Finnish Sisu, midsummer, a fairytale forest, total tranquillity or a winter storm, right in the heart of Helsinki. Choose your own favourite when you arrive at the hotel!

The Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 4* is ideally located next to the Kamppi Shopping Centre, close to the Parliament House. This hotel provides quick access to local cultural events, shopping, work meetings or visits to relatives. Families with children will love the Natural History Museum across the road, not to mention the hotel's playroom and swimming pool.

1-night stay in a Private Compartment on the Santa Claus Express Overnight Train on a Room Only Board Basis

Your Tour Hotels
All aboard the Night Train! Enjoy a Private Compartment with private facilities when you travel from Helsinki to Kemi. A restaurant car is open until late and early in the morning — watch the views go by as the sun rises with a coffee! Your Private Compartment has luggage space, a private bathroom, a power outlet and more to ensure you can travel in comfort to Kemi.

1-night stay in a Snow Suite at the Kemi Snow Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis

Your Tour Hotels
The Kemi Snow Hotel is a completely unique experience: stay in the largest snow castle in the world, rebuilt each year to a new design, ensuring your time there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Enjoy meals around glistening ice tables, clad in reindeer fur. There is a Northern Lights Alert Alarm so you needn't miss one of the most beautiful spectacles of Finland: the dancing, colourful lights across the black, night sky.

2-night stay in a Panorama Design Hut at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis

Your Tour Hotels
A romantic atmosphere, sounds of silence and excellent cuisine make these lodges the perfect holiday cottage for those who want to enjoy pure nature and hunt for Northern Lights not too far from Rovaniemi. These huts place guests right in the midst of nature with glass walls that look out to the crisp outdoors, giving you the ideal chance to view the Northern Lights. Immersive yet totally cosy, the Panorama Design Huts boast a distinctly modern Lappish look, inspired by nature’s building materials.

All Rooms Sleep up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults
or
Adults
1 Adult
+
1 Child

Please note: If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Included Excursions

Our members have the following excursions included in their stay.

1-Hour Snowmobiling Taster Session in Kemi

Your Included Excursions
Would you like to try snowmobiling for the first time, but are not sure if you are up to it? Then this is the safari for you! During this Safari taster session, your guide will teach you on how to handle the snowmobile and you will take a short drive to get used to the machine. Specially adjusted snowmobiles will be used, making the driving easier and safer for first-timers. After this experience, you will be ready for longer safaris!

Your Optional Excursions

Our members can choose to add the following excursions at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee - subject to availability.

3-Hour Husky Safari into the Deep Forest in Rovaniemi

Your Optional Excursions
After arriving at the kennel, you will receive a safety briefing and driving instructions. The usual length of the trail is 14 – 20 km and takes about 1 hour 30 minutes. This depends on the weather conditions and the skills of the participants. Hot juice and cookies will be served after the ride together, as you share stories about the husky kennel. Then, it is time to embark on the transfer bus to head back to Rovaniemi. Two adults share one sled, and up to two children may travel together with their parents. You can also choose to take single supplement to reserve a sled for yourself only.

2-Hour Northern Light Flight in Rovaniemi

Your Optional Excursions
The Northern Lights – also known as the Aurora Borealis – is an amazing light display that occurs when the sun hurls solar flares, containing charged particles, millions of miles into space. When these particles meet Earth’s atmosphere, they collide with gases and create a stunning green glow. It is usually a vibrant green but you can also see the more rare colors of red and blue at times of very high activity. The Auroras colour Arctic skies on 80-90 % of dark nights. It is more challenging to witness the lights from the ground as clouds often block the visibility and keep visitors waiting. Sometimes your holiday schedule just doesn’t match with the weather and you might miss your chance. This Northern Light Flight will climb above the clouds and fly you closer to see the phenomena!

3-Hour Reindeer Safari in Rovaniemi

Your Optional Excursions
Travelling on a sleigh pulled by reindeer is a very old form of transport in Lapland. This traditional way of getting around brings you closer to the beautiful peacefulness of the forest. During this trip you will go on a roughly 3.5 km ride through the snowy forest in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. 

3-Hour Northern Lights Bus Hunt in Rovaniemi

Your Optional Excursions
Join this tour to see the Northern Lights - the great natural phenomenon of the Arctic! During the tour, you will visit a great location for this experience. Take your camera and tripod, and try to catch the beautiful colours.

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process. The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Return shared transfers are included as per itinerary alongside the overnight train from Helsinki to Kemi for flight-inclusive offers.

For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly. 

Weather

Jan
min : -7°C max : 0°C
Feb
min : -8°C max : 0°C
Mar
min : -5°C max : 1°C
Apr
min : 0°C max : 7°C
May
min : 5°C max : 15°C
Jun
min : 9°C max : 18°C
Jul
min : 11°C max : 21°C
Aug
min : 10°C max : 18°C
Sep
min : 6°C max : 14°C
Oct
min : 2°C max : 7°C
Nov
min : -1°C max : 2°C
Dec
min : -5°C max : -1°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here. 

Please note that the advice can change, and you should continue to check all advice until you travel. 


Entry Requirements 

You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on. 

If your passport describes you as a British Citizen, you do not need a visa to enter Finland. For non-British citizens, you should check the current entry requirements on the website of the Foreign Ministry and if necessary, confirm with the Finnish Embassy. 


Health
 

For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip. In the event that you are referred to a medical facility for treatment, you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately. 

Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance. 

Brexit 

If you are travelling to the EU, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country. You should also check when your passport was renewed.

If you renewed a 10-year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months over 10 years will not count towards the 6 months that must be remaining. The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

You can renew your passport online or by going to a Post Office with a Check and Send service: https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport/renew

If your passport does not meet the criteria for third-country nationals, you may be denied entry to any of the Schengen area countries. 

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit for further information.

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This offer is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • 1-night stay at the Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 4* in Helsinki
  • 1-night stay in a Private Compartment on the Santa Claus Express Overnight Train from Helsinki to Kemi
  • 1-night stay in a Snow Suite at the Kemi Snow Hotel
  • 2-night stay in a Panorama Design Hut at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge
  • Breakfast Throughout (other than night on train)
  • 1-hour snowmobiling taster experience
  • Shared return transfers from Kemi railway station to the Snow Hotel
  • The train included from Kemi to Rovaniemi
  • Shared transfer from Rovaniemi train station to the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge
  • Shared transfer from the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge to Rovaniemi Airport

Not Included

  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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