New Year’s Magic under the Aurora

2 nights / 3 days

Rovaniemi

Welcome to Rovaniemi and Apukka Resort! Let’s cheers to the New Year together and experience some special Lappish Activities!

30.12.2019: Arrival in Rovaniemi

Arrival in Rovaniemi, and transfer to Apukka Resort. Here you will stay the next three nights. The Resort is located about 15min outside Rovaniemi city centre in the middle of peaceful nature and in between two lakes. Spend the remainder of the day familiarizing yourself with the area and get to know your arctic playground for the next days.

Dinners for the next days will be served at Restaurant Aitta and tonight a delicious buffet dinner will await you.

Your accommodation for the stay will be an Aurora Cabin. You can truly sense the arctic nature and space opening above and around you. The highlight of the cabin is the panorama glass roof, which is heated, and always stays clear of frost and snow. Aurora Cabins are equipped with twin bed and convertible sofa, private bathroom with shower and toilet.

In the evening, it’s time to go to winter wonderland in a warm carriage of our famous Snowtrain. We head out in the wilderness, far from artificial lights, looking for the Northern Lights. We cross the beautiful snowy landscape to reach a traditional, Lappish “kota”; a hut deep in the wilderness. We gather around the blazing bonfire, to enjoy sausages and hot drinks. Our aurora expert will help you with camera settings to best capture the Northern Lights. This excursion is completely focused on the Northern Lights, but you also get to experience the beauty of the pure, snowy forest, darkness, quietness. As the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, nobody can give a 100% guarantee to see them, but this trip presents an excellent chance

Accommodation and dinner at Apukka Resort. (2 nights)

31.12.2019: Rovaniemi   

Enjoy your breakfast leisurely and get ready for the joyful activities, where all the top things-to-do are wrapped up for you as little tasters! In honor of NY’s Eve, we’ve added also some special Lappish Magic into the program.

First, we get to know the many ways of transportation in Lapland: in Reindeer slegde, smoothly and with no rush, enjoing the silence of the nature, in Husky sledge, having a brisk ride with team of eager dogs, and, on a Snowmobile seat (mini snowmobiles for kids), like the locals mostly do nowadays.

Also, we have chance to feed the reindeer in their fence, try traditional suopunki lasso casting in order to catch the wooden reindeer and also, lots of winter fun activities are available for us. For instance, you will get to try your skills as an ice sculptor!

And, then comes the magical part of the program:

We will go and meet a Lappish Shaman in his kota tepee. Entering there along the snowy path, carrying no other light than a candle lantern. The Shaman welcomes us to his shelter and we will sit around the rousing campfire. We will experience the magical Lappish ceremony, and if the Shaman is favorable us, he might use his fortuneteller’s gift and give a hunch what is expected for Year 2020.

Before leaving Shaman’s shelter, we receive a little New Year’s gift from him.

After an exciting day, it time to enjoy tasty lunch at the restaurant.

As it’s New Year’s Eve, it’s naturally time for a Festive Buffet dinner in the evening, with glass of sparkling and good atmosphere, and after that, entertaining New Year’s celebration together with the other guests.

01.01.2020: Departure from Rovaniemi

It is time to say bye-bye to Lapland, the magical home of Santa! Take the last deep breaths of fresh air and Christmas spirit and start your journey back to home. Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight