Charming Finland

6 nights / 7 days

Helsinki & Rovaniemi

Our tour starts in the capital city of Finland – a very cool welcome to Helsinki. On board of the Santa Claus Express you proceed North to Rovanemi, the artic city in the heart of Lapland. Rovaniemi is considered, by many to be the home of Santa Claus. But not only that, during you stay you will get the chance for a dip in the ice cold sea, during an Icebreaker cruise and of course the Northern lights may always enlighten you holidays!

Day 1: Arrival in Helsinki

Arrival in Helsinki and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. The city of Helsinki was founded in 1550 by the Swedish king Gustav Vasa. In 1917, Finland gained its independence and Helsinki became the capital of the new Republic. Helsinki is a vibrant, cultural and modern city, highly characterized by the presence of water. Our suggested top ten list includes: – The Temppeliaukio Church (The Rock Church), Helsinki Cathedral, Esplanade Park, The Sibelius monument, Havis Amanda Fountain, Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna), Kiasma Art Museum and Suomenlinna Maritime Sea Fortress (outside city centre)
Accommodation at a 3* hotel in Helsinki city centre.

Day 2: Overnight train Helsinki – Rovaniemi

After breakfast enjoy your remaining hours in the delightful capital – you have enough time to continue ticking away at the suggested sights of interest. Departure from Helsinki in the evening. Overnight board the express train to Rovaniemi, also known as the Santa Claus Express.
Accommodation on board the train in a private sleeping compartment

Day 3: Rovaniemi

Early arrival in Rovaniemi, and transfer from the railway station to Apukka Resort. Here you will stay the next 4 nights in a cosy Aurora Cabins. 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. Why not start with a typical Finish adventure straight away and try out the saunas of the resort. There is even an Ice sauna, can you believe that? (Sauna experience not included in the price.) In the evening enjoy the fews of the starry sky from the comfort of your cabin.
Accommdation and dinner at Apukka Resort (4 nights)

Day 4: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at leisure and full day to explore the ‘capital’ of Finnish Lapland. Activities such as reindeer safaris, husky safaris and snow mobile safaris are available. Please see the activity options in our Rovaniemi sightseeing list. During this day – don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Santa Claus village.
In the evening you will board the snow train into the wilderness, where you guide will light a campfire and tell you many interesting stories about the Northern Lights. Keep looking up, they might just want to join your cosy night.

Day 5: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the accommodation and a very special experience awaits you. You will be picked up from the Resort in the morning and of you go towards the Gulf of Bothnia. Here you will board the Polar explorer for a cruise. For 3 hours you will be a witness to the massive ice breaking power of the vessel, have a guided tour all the way down to the engine rooms and all way up to Captain’s bridge. You can relax in the cozy saloon, enjoying warm juice or go for walk on the frozen sea ice during the stop. The icebreaker does also make pool free of ice and every visitor can take a swim in the dark icy water in flotation survival suit. After the cruise transfer back to Rovaniemi

Day 6: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at leisure and another full day to explore the ‘capital’ of Finnish Lapland. Join one of the many safaris or just relax in the resort and enjoy nature.
If you want to spice up your last night, we can suggest an overnight in an Ice cabin. Apukka Resort has four of them and they are built from logs that are 100% pure ice. Snuggle in a super-thick thermal sleeping bag on top of luxurious reindeer hides and enjoy the silence, breathe the purest air and get ready for a deep sleep. (Prices available on request)

Day 7: Departure from Rovaniemi

After breakfast, say good bye to this magical country and transfer from Apukka Resort to the airport.