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SCANDINAVIA: Christmas in Rovaniemi

Places Covered: Rovaniemi ,Thulia
Duration:5 days/ 4 nights
Tour Cost: €1350

Can you think of a better place to spend Christmas than in Rovaniemiin FinnishLapland, the hometown of Santa Claus? A full-service Christmas package includes everything you can dream of on Christmas; relaxation and good local food, peaceful and white surrounding plus a lot of our most-wanted winter activities such as snowmobiling, husky and reindeer sleigh rides, and of course a little chat with the Santa Claus just before his travel around the world! Let us take care of your Christmas plans so you may concentrate on the most valuable things; your friends and family.

Accommodation

We suggest 2 options:

Option 1: OUNASVAARAN LAKITUVAT luxury log chalets are located on top of hill Ounasvaara, only 10 minutes from the centre of Rovaniemi. The cabins are ideal for those looking for peace and quietness, active holiday or both; the best hiking and skiing tracks start basically from the door step and the ski slopes are only 200 m away. The Santa Sport Center with its modern wellbeing services and spa facilities is also within a walking distance. Even though the cabins are so close to the centre and all the facilities, they are still surrounded by tranquil nature where even reindeer are seen often! During your stay you may explore the nearby tobogganing slopes and forests with toboggan (max 2) and snowshoes (for everyone) which will be with you during your whole stay.

Option 2: OUNASVAARAN PIRTIT standard cabins are located 3 km from Rovaniemi town center on the foot of Ounasvaara hill. In the vicinity are the excellent cross country skiing tracks, downhill skiing slopes and the half pipe. Two restaurants (250 and 50 persons) and the laundry facilities are in the main building with the reception. In addition to the basic facilities, in every cottage there are kitchenette, sauna, and telephone and internet connection. Program full of adventures.

Day 1: 2013-12-22

Rovaniemi

 Arrive in Rovaniemi, the official city of Santa Claus

This is the arrival day to Lapland. Your Christmas hostess meets you at the airport and takes you to the safari house located in the city. Here you will get thermal clothing for the whole stay in Rovaniemi. You will alsobe provided with all information concerning your stay.

Later transfer to your cottage.

Duration: 1 hour

Breakfast basket will be delivered to your cottage.

The dinner will be served in the restaurant Sky (situated 100 m from your cottage, easily accessible by feet). Restaurant Thulia in Ounasvaaran Ppirtit.

Before dinner don´t forget to relax in the sauna - for a real Finnish experience!

We wish you a first good night in Lapland!

Day 2: 2013-12-23

Rovaniemi

Breakfast in cottage – Lakituvat (or breakfast in restaurant Thulia– Pirtit).    

After breakfast, meet the guide in the hotel lobby and go by car to the first location where our Christmas action begins in a local husky farm! At the farm, you meet lovely and loud huskies and smaller puppies. Enjoy an exciting speedy ride with huskies in the wintry forest. After the husky ride the musher invite you indoors to tell you stories about these strong dogs and about their life’s high up in the arctic. Meanwhile enjoy hot beverages and biscuits around the open fire.

From the husky farm, we continue to Arktikummuseum. Here you can learn about life, culture and history of the north. Arktikum is a museum, science center, conference house as well as an architectural sight in its own. Have a guided tour and learn about life and mythology of moose and bear and listen to the sounds of the Nordic animals. The exhibition also presents Sámi culture (costumes, languages and small-scale models of Rovaniemi from 1939 to 1944). The exhibition traverses from prehistory to the present day. Arktikum is an ideal placeto learn about life in the Arctic!

Duration: 4 hours

Including: overalls, guide, transfers, visit of the husky farm, 2 km short ride, hot juice, biscuits, entrance and visit to Arktikum museum with lunch buffet.

In the late afternoon it is time for another memorable experience. The Christmas hostess will pick you up from the hotel for a snowmobile safari.

In the evening: Searching Northern Lights by snowmobiles. On snowmobiles you drive along the forest trails to a hidden Sami teepee located at the middle of a snowy winter forest.

When we arrive to the teepee we take a break with snacks and hot beverages around the open fire. The guide will tell stories about the magical northern lights - and if we are lucky you may seethe dancing lights on the starry sky. The Safari is operated with 2 persons/snowmobile taking turns in driving. Children will be traveling in a sledge pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Possibility to have a single snowmobile for a supplement cost.

Duration: 3 hours

Including: overalls, snowmobile safari 2 persons/snowmobile, instructions, 20-30 km driving, fried sausages, hot drinks. Guiding in English.

Supplement: single driver – EUR 65 /person

Half board diner served in the Sky Hotel/Thulia

Day 3: 2013-12-24

Rovaniemi

Experience a real Christmas day with reindeer!

Breakfast in cottage – Lakituvat (or breakfast in restaurant Thulia– Pirtit).

After breakfastmeet the guide in the hotel lobby and be ready to live a day that visitors in Lapland all dream about. Start with a transfer to a local reindeer farm. At the farm we become familiar of the life of the reindeer and their herders. Did you know that the reindeer drop their antlers every year? This and many other interesting things will be told to us during our stay at the farm. From the farm we sit down in the sleighs and head towards the nearby Santa Claus Village. Here you can meet Santa Claus himself and visit the shops and Santa’s Official Post Office.Don’t forget to visit the numerous souvenir and handicraft shops.

Lunch will be served in one of the restaurants in the village. Say goodbye to Santa and go by car back to the city.

Duration: 4 hours

Including: winter clothing, return transfers, 30 min reindeer safari 2 persons/sleigh, visit to Santa’s Village, meeting with Santa Claus, Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate, lunch buffet in restaurant and guiding in English

Christmas Eve!

A festive dinner will be served in a restaurant and of course the highlight of the evening is the visit of Santa Claus himself! Evening includes: Festive Christmas buffet, welcome drink, 2 glasses of wine, visit of Santa.

Day 4: 2013-12-25

Rovaniemi

Breakfast in cottage – Lakituvat (or breakfast in restaurant Thulia – Pirtit).

After breakfast, meet the guide in the lobby. Especially this year, the Rauna Wildlife Park is a must to visit! The baby polar bear was born in 18thof November in 2011 and is growing fast. It is really rare for polar bears to give birth when they are in captivity so this little fellow is a miracle! Rauna Wildlife Park is located an hours drive from the city center. In addition to the polar bear there are approximately 50 other species and 200 arctic animals in the park. There are brown beer, lynxes, foxes and numerous birds, just to mentiona few. During the guided tour around the park we become acquainted with the animals and their lives in the arctic.  Buffet lunch is served at the main building and we also have time to visit Fazer’s sweetshop before returning to Rovaniemi.

Duration: 6 hours

Optional: Reindeer safari under the Auroras.

This in a night to remember! We take you by car to a local reindeer farm. The reindeer herder will take you on a ride of a lifetime. Sitting comfortably in a reindeer sleigh you travel through snowy forests and you may even see the Northern Lights painting the skies in shades of green. You will be served coffee and buns around a campfire and you will learn more about the reindeer and the herders. We say farewell to the reindeer and return to the city by car.

Duration: 2,5 hours

Including: winter clothing, return transfers, visit to the reindeer farm, 1 hour reindeer safari, reindeer driving license, hot drinks with bun and guiding in English

Half board dinner served in the Sky Hotel/ restaurant Thulia

Day 5: 2013-12-26

Rovaniemi

Farewell to Lapland!

Breakfast in the cottage – Lakituvat (or breakfast in restaurant Thulia – Pirtit).

Your Christmas hostess will take you to Rovaniemi airport. During the transfer, participants will return the equipment to guide.

Notice! The prices in Ounasvaara Lakituvat are valid when minimum of 3 persons/apartment.

Smaller groups by request. Maximum capacity 6 persons/cabin. 2 extra beds are possible.

 

Package prices include:

Airport transfers, accommodation in cottage Ounasvaara Lakituvat, programs as mentioned, full board. Bed linen and final cleaning. Festive dinner as mentioned.

 

OUNASVAARAN LAKITUVAT

Luxuriously equipped 67 m² (721 ft², 80 yd²) 2 bedrooms with two beds, 1 loft with 2 beds. Possibility for 1 extra bed adult or child. Fully equipped kitchen, living room, and sauna, washing machine. 2 bathrooms both downstairs and upstairs TV, Radio with CD player, Sony Play Station 2 and fast internet access are located in every cabin. Firewood for the fireplace is always available.

Plus:

Perfect accommodation for family holiday or group of friends. Safe for children. Surrounded by nature and peaceful. High quality accommodation, spacious cottage. Only 3 km from the city center. Typical accommodation to experience Lapland. Easy access to the city by walking path. Restaurant Sky Hotel available near by the cottage for dinners (100 m). Close to sport and entertainment center Santa’s sport institute (300 m). Direct access to cross country skiing tracks. Children can safely play in the snow on their free time!

Minus:

No bus connection but clients have chance to be in the center after their activities, no WiFi but only cable internet. Taxi: one way around EUR 15 to reach the center. Closest supermarket around 1 km from the cabins. No reception but assistance services by phone.

Tips:

In the evening, you can go on the panoramic terrace of Sky Hotel to observe the auroras!

Package prices in Ounasvaaran Pirtit:

TOTAL PACKAGE –

 

BASE SMALL COTTAGE FOR 2 + 1 EXTRA BED         ADULT CHILD

PACKAGE PRICE/NET/PERSON                                    EUR 1392        EUR1195

PACKAGE PRICE/NET/PERSON IN EXTRA BED EUR 1116 EUR920

 

BIG COTTAGE FOR 2 + 1 EXTRA BED ADULT CHILD PACKAGE PRICE/NET/2 PERSON/COTTAGE EUR1460 EUR1265

PACKAGE PRICE/NET/3 PERSON/COTTAGE EUR 1380EUR 1188

PACKAGE PRICE/NET/4 PERSON/COTTAGE EUR 1350        EUR1158

PACKAGE PRICE/NET/PERSON IN EXTRA BED EUR 1116 EUR 918

 

Extra nights in small cottage:

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in double use: EUR 150/person

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in extra bed: EUR81/person

 

Extra nights in big cottage:

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in double use: EUR 168/person

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in triple use: EUR 148/person

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in quadruple use: EUR 140/person

Night in cottage with breakfast and dinner in extra bed: EUR 80/person

Package prices include:

  • Airport transfers, accommodation in cottage Ounasvaaran Pirtit, program as mentioned, full board. Bed linen and final cleaning.
  • 1 Christmas dinner with 2 glasses of wine – 24/12
  • 1 Festive dinner with 2 glasses of wine – 25/12
  • OUNASVAARAN PIRTIT HOLIDAY VILLAGE
  • Cottage 2 persons: 28m2 – (28 apartments)
  • 1 main room with 2 beds, a sofa, one table, a kitchenette (micro-wave, fridge, crockery)
  • 1 mezzanine loft with 1 extra bed for 1 person (adult or child) Sauna, shower, toilets WiFi free in each cottage TV and phone. Terrace.
  • Big Cottage 4 persons 34m2 and 10m2 on second floor – (38 apartments semi-detached).
  • 1 main room with living room, a sofa, one table, fully equipped kitchen (micro-wave, fridge, crockery).
  • 2 double rooms (1 downstairs, 1 upstairs) 1 sofa bed recommended for 1 adult or 2 children.
  • Sauna, shower, toilets, WiFi free in each cottage, TV and phone.Terrace

Plus:

Village of cottages, nice accommodation for families. Safe place, near the river. Reception and restaurant 150 m from the cottages.

Minus: No bus connection but clients have chance to be in the center after their activities.

Taxi: one way around EUR 20 to reach the center.

Tip: The cottages are located very close the ski resort, so you can easily access there by feet on your free time.

Optional: Reindeer safari under the Auroras.

Price: EUR 165/person, children 4-14 years -25%.

Including: Winter clothing, return transfers by car, visit to the reindeer farm, 1 hour reindeer

safari, reindeer driving license, hot drinks with bun and guiding in English.

Snowmobile single supplement: EUR 79/person

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