The Northern Lights of Finland
This is so much more than a hunt for stunning streaks of colour in the night sky; though, it’s a pretty amazing part. This is a step into Finland’s dynamic and intriguing culture – from Helsinki’s cool-casual vibe to the pristine winter wilderness of Lapland.
Helsinki – discover this vibrant city, explore the city’s historic squares and trend-wise boutiques Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – wander in a winter wonderland
• Transportation while on tour – except interflights not included.
• 6 nights at 4-star accommodations
• Breakfast daily
• 5 Dinners
• Explorations LEAD (Liasion to Experiences, Adventure, & Discovery)
• Local Guides
• Visa or travel documents that may be needed
• Meals that are not shown
• Items of a personal nature
• Interflights during tour
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Day 1: Helsinki, Finland - Tour Begins
Your adventure opens in Helsinki, a city with a vibrant architectural style that blends classicism and functionalism. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner in the city centre.
Day 2: Helsinki
Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. Visit Senate Square, the heart of Helsinki. Designed by famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel, it is home to the city’s most iconic building, the Helsinki Cathedral. Continue your exploration on foot as you make your way through the historic streets of Tori Quartres, where the old city meets the new. Enjoy some free time in Market Square and discover the local flavours. Next, see Kaivopuisto Park, an ornate neighbourhood overlooking the sea that is home to beautiful embassies and villas. This afternoon, explore Helsinki on your own.
Day 3: Helsinki - Ivalo - Kakslauttanen - Northern Lights Search
Board your flight* for Lapland, Finland’s rugged northern region. Known for its unique culture, this mythical land offers up views of the northern lights, reindeer encounters, and Arctic treasures. This afternoon, explore the splendour of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort for a 3-night stay. Enjoy the glass and snow igloos, an ice chapel, Finnish sauna and intricate native artwork. Spend the next two evenings in your personal Finnish log cabin equipped with a private fireplace and sauna. Join your fellow travellers on a northern lights drive/journey as you travel north towards Inari, making stops along the way for the best views of the northern lights. Stop to gaze at the sky above and be amazed at the dancing colours in the sky. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Kakslauttanen - Santa Claus’ Home - Reindeer Safari - Northern Lights
Awake amidst the dramatic scenery. Experience the nature around you as you mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh. Learn the origins of Santa Claus during a meet and greet at his home. The Christmas cheer is an undeniable component of the Lappish culture. This evening, prepare for an Arctic adventure exploring the remote areas of Kakslauttanen on a reindeer safari. A reindeer farmer introduces you to your companions, the Finnish reindeer! Sip a traditional Lappish drink of warm berry juice as you sleigh through the unspoiled wilderness. Cozy under the blankets, continue your search for the northern lights.
Day 5: Kakslauttanen - Husky Safari - Northern Lights Search
Begin an exquisite day in the Arctic as commander of your own dog sled team! Cute, fast and born to lead; these huskies will show you the way through the snowcapped scenery. Become acquainted with the dogs, the commands and the equipment before embarking on your adventure. Enjoy your last night in Kakslauttanen in the most unique way. In the heart of Lappish wilderness, you may find the northern lights dancing over your private glass igloo.
Day 6: Kakslauttanen – Helsinki
This morning say farewell to Lapland as you board your flight back to Helsinki. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city’s central squares, charming shops, and the latest Finnish trends. Finally, celebrate your journey during a farewell dinner in downtown Helsinki. Share your memories, photos and unforgettable Lappish experiences.
Day 7: Helsinki - Tour Ends
Set out for home with many incredible memories and a longing to return.
Tour operated with Explorations by Collette
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