Nordic Christmas and New Year

Finnish Lapland, Hurtigruten and Norway combined

16th December 2020 – 03rd January 2021

16th December: Helsinki

Welcome to the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Own transfer to the city centre, you may opt to take a cab or the airport bus which meets all scheduled flights.

Accommodation in 4* hotel in Helsinki city centre

17th December: Overnight train to Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel, and day at leisure. There are many sights worth visiting in Helsinki and you have the full day to explore at leisure. Later in the evening, you will depart Helsinki by overnight train to Rovaniemi.

Accommodation on board the train in a private compartment with private facilities.

18th December: Rovaniemi

Breakfast is available onboard the rain, this will be at your own cost. Welcome to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus. We recommend that you pre book one of the many excursions available in Rovaniemi. Reindeers, huskies, snowmobiles, ice fishing excursions and a visit to Santa’s village are just a few possibilities for today.

Accommodation in 3* hotel in Rovaniemi centre (2 nights)

19th December: Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel, and enjoy your day exploring. If you did not manage to enjoy one of the many excursions, you can tick it off today.

20th December: Bus,Rovaniemi to Saariselka

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you board a local bus that will take you from Rovaniemi to Muotka. Please be sure to tell your bus driver that you are staying at Muotka. Muotka is a paradise tucked away in the taiga forest. The location offers possibilities to enjoy several winter activities, or to simply enjoy your breath-taking surroundings. For the next two nights the Panorama Log Cabins will be home. These rustic cabins are cosy and yet spacious with a large panorama window, some which overlook the forest.

Dinner and accommodation in Panorama log Cabin (2 nights)

21st December: Muotka

Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend that you pre-book one of the many excursions available. Possibilities, include – snowmobiles, ice fishing, huskies, reindeer excursions and many more thrilling possibilities.

22nd December: Saariselkä to Inari

Breakfast at Moutka, and today get ready to travel even further north, as you board a local bus from Moutka to Inari. Arrival at the Wilderness hotel Inari. Inari is a very special place with allot of sami tradition. The hotel offers a blend of quality accommodation with pristine nature and Arctic activities. The location is just five minutes from the Sámi village Inari, If you have the possibility, we highly recommend a visit to the Sami museum and nature centre.

Dinner and accommodation in a wilderness room.

23rd December: Inari to Kirkenes

Breakfast at the hotel, and another bus journey will take you from Finland to Norway as you head towards Kirkenes. You are likely to be impressed by the change of scenery as you head North towards to the coastal village. Kirkenes has a very special location and shares a border with Russia. Transfer from Kirkenes centre to the snow hotel Kirkenes. On arrival you will feel as though you have truly arrived at a magnificent, unique and authentic area in the Arctic. For two nights you will stay in the warm accommodation, the Gamme cabins. These cabins can be described as Wilderness Luxury and have been inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing hut, “gamme”, that you find in the wilderness of Lapland – the Sami areas of the Arctic.

Dinner and accommodation in the Gamme cabins (2 nights)

24th December: Snowhotel Kirkenes

Breakfast at the restaurant. Today we highly recommend a king crab safari or perhaps an excursion to the Russian border. A Christmas dinner is prepared tonight.

25th-30th December: Kirkenes to Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel, and its time to leave Kirkenes as you board the Hurtigruten for a journey along the Norwegian coast. Hurtigruten plays an important role and offers postage and supplies to the many small villages along the rugged Norwegian coastline. You will pass many of these small villages en-route from Kirkenes to Bergen.

Fullboard and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten in outside cabin.

30th December: Bergen

Disembark from Hurtigruten and welcome to the city of the fjords. Bergen is a picturesque city with an abundance of charm. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the many sights that Bergen has to offer.

Accommodation in 4* hotel in Bergen city centre

31st December: Bergen – Flåm

Breakfast at the hotel and head to the train station. Today is the start of another very well-known tour, the Norway in a nutshell .The first leg will be by train as you leave Bergen to Voss. From Voss you travel by bus to Gudvangen, until boarding a vessel that will take you along the fjord to Flåm. Upon arrival in Flåm, check in at the Flåmsbrygga hotel. An aperitif is served, Ægir style For dinner tonight, you will enjoy a Viking feast (3 courses). At 22h00 board your cruise for an unforgettable evening. Onboard there will be live entertainment, a new year’s toast and of course fireworks. Return back to the Ægir pub and enjoy an after party!

Accommodation at Flamsbrygga Hotel (2 nights)

1st January: Flåm

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, is yours at leisure.
If you would like to do something active, like snowshoeing let us know we and we will happy to arrange this (at an extra cost).

2nd January : Flåm – Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel, continue by train as you experience the Flåmsbanen from Flåm to Myrdal. A spectacular journey. From Myrdal one last train journey will bring you to the capital of Norway, the green city of Oslo. Welcome to our home.

Accommodation in 4* hotel in Oslo city centre.

3rd January : Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. From the city centre you can take a cab, airport bus, airport train or local train to Oslo Gardermoen.