This 5-night winter tour of Finland will give you the best that Lapland has to offer. Spend three nights in traditional Finnish log cabins and one night in an Aurora cabin in Ivalo, where you will have the opportunity to view the northern lights from the comfort of your bed. The tour includes unique experiences ranging from “northern lights hunting” and husky and reindeer safaris, to ice fishing and a visit with Santa Claus! You will even have a chance to learn the culture of the indigenous Sami people of Lapland, as well as enjoy a traditional Finnish lunch. This group tour was specially designed by travel experts to bring you authentic experiences in one of the most stunning places on Earth, and it is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!
1 NightArctic City Hotel Rovaniemi
Arctic City Hotel Rovaniemi
Arctic City Hotel's doors were opened in March 1978. Since then, the family-owned hotel has been serving guests for three generations already. Nowadays, Arctic City Hotel is a modern, cozy and personal 4-star hotel. Exceptional comfort and personal service create a welcoming atmosphere for business and leisure. The staff is pleased to help with any questions beforehand and during your stay. The restaurant Monte Rosa serves the best steaks in town! The menu includes local and international cuisine made from the very best ingredients.
Arctic City Hotel has three different types of rooms: 67 Comfort rooms with comfortable twin beds, 21 Lux rooms with comfortable double beds and two spacious junior suites.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Daily housekeeping
- Private bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Shower only
- Cable TV service
- Number of bathrooms -
- In-room safe
- Free WiFi
Guests are offered a complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast.
MonteRosa - This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.
Bull Bar and Grill - This restaurant serves dinner only.
On the map: Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.
3 NightsLapland Hotel Luostotunturi
Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi
Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi is located in the middle of Luosto log village. Downhill slopes, ski tracks and hiking tracks starting point are just a few steps away. The services offered include accommodation, restaurants, meeting facilities, spa (sauna & pool), Wellness Amethyst treatment department and lots of outdoor activities. All rooms, apartments and log cabins have a free WiFi for guests to use.
Whatever the weather outside, it will be balmy in the spa! The gentle waves and various water jet massage points of the bird-shaped multipurpose pool and the amethyst cave jacuzzi will take you to the tropics even in mid-winter. You will find pleasant temperatures of around 32°C on the poolside and some 30°C in the water. The Finnish sauna and the Turkish bath together with massage, treatment and gym services will help you relax and get fit. After exciting outdoor activities, why not max out on relaxation in the sauna department and enjoy our Feelgood treatments.
The Amethyst spa and gym are open every day between 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, during winter high season between 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM.
Easy access to all services when staying in a hotel room. Restaurants, meeting rooms, and spa in the same building. Most rooms have a balcony and a view to UkkoLuosto fell.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Private bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Shower only
- Free WiFi
- Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. A complimentary manager's reception is offered each day.
Keloravintola - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine. Reservations are required. Open select days.
Tunturi - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open select days.
Restaurant Bistro - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine. Open daily.
Rumpu - Onsite restaurant. Open daily.
On the map: Luosto is located in the middle of Finnish Lapland, only 90 minutes from Rovaniemi. It is about 1,670 ft (510 meters) high.
It is easy to travel to Luosto, whether you come by car, by train or by plane. There are daily bus connections from the nearest airports and train stations. Luosto is part of Pyha-Luosto National Park. The Luosto ski resort and amethyst mine are nearby. Luosto offers activities from ice climbing and snow sculpting to reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris. The main attractions are reindeer, husky, Santa and snowmobile activities.
1 NightAurora Village Glass Roof Cabins
Aurora Village Glass Roof Cabins
The Aurora Cabins at the Northern Lights Village are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights while lying comfortably in the warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the northern sky, directly above the king size bed.
All the activities in the Northern Lights Village begin in the yard outside and the restaurant Kota is only a stone’s throw away. The services at the center of Saariselkä, such as the store, the spa, and restaurants are only a 350-meter walk away while on the other side, the cabins are lined by uninhabited fells and forests.
Wrap up in a blanket with your loved one and fling yourselves on the bed under the Milky Way and the North Star. Tonight, the Northern Lights will flame.
Northern Lights Village is located on a quiet and private spot right next to vast wilderness, away from the buzz of the areas bigger hotels and resorts. Yet it is conveniently close to Saariselkä village. Just 350 meter walk, and you can find a wide range of services such as supermarket, restaurants, spa, ski resort, bowling alley etc.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- 29 square meters
- laser heated sky windows
- double bed (Option for two extra beds)
- bathroom & shower (Please note: Hot water is limited in Aurora Cabins)
- unlimited Wi-Fi
- water heater
In the Northern Lights Village, you are provided the services of the first-rate and cozy restaurant Kota that specializes in the local foods of Lapland. Kota offers delicacies produced from clean, local ingredients to please even the most demanding taste buds. The Kota restaurant provides all meals from breakfast to dinner.
Build entirely of ice and snow, the Northern Lights Village’s Ice Bar & Restaurant offers a truly unique, arctic dining experience. Ice restaurant dinner menus are prepared in Restaurant Kota and served to ice tables. Ice Bar is guaranteed to keep your drink chilled.
All special diets and allergies are taken into consideration.
On the map: Saariselka is located in the far North of Finnish Lapland, 250km north of the Arctic Circle.
More resort than community, Saariselka is a compact strip of a village with one gas station, one main supermarket, one liquor store and a plethora of hotels, shops, and restaurants. The unique northern countryside, national parks, lake areas, rivers and highland fells offer a wealth of opportunities for year-round travel. In winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky up to 200 days a year.
- Transportation by Modern Coach with Seatbelt, Toilet and Free Wi-Fi
Points of Interest
- Meet Santa Claus at Santa Claus Village
- Discover Arctic Stories at Arktikum Museum
- Visit a Local Reindeer & Husky Farm
- Explore the Best of Lapland - A True Winter Wonderland!
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