OMR 1470.000

Itinerary

DAY 01 - ARRIVAL HELSINKI

Upon arrival at Helsinki airport, transfer to the hotel in a private car/van with an English-speaking driver ONLY.

Overnight at Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar || Meals: Breakfast


DAY 02 - HELSINKI - CITY TOUR - HELSINKI

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel. 10:00 start a Helsinki city tour (3HRS) in a private car/van with an English-speaking driver-guide.

The City Tour covers all the major sights of Helsinki.

Helsinki was founded in 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa. In 1748 the building of the Suomenlinna Fortress began. This drew more people to the city and gave it a more cosmopolitan air. As a result of the war of 1808-1809, Sweden was forced to cede Finland to Russia. In 1812 Tsar Alexander declared Helsinki the capital of autonomous Finland. In 1917 the city was to become the capital of the independent Republic of Finland. In safeguarding its historical heritage, Helsinki has again and again been forced to reassess the past.

Cultural influences from both East and West have moulded the life of the city, which has nevertheless preserved an outlook on life that is inherently Finnish. Over the years the city has spread and its population multiplied, yet nature is still close at hand - the sea and islands are dominant features of the landscape.

Among the most striking features of the Helsinki architecture are the largish areas built in a uniform style. The city thus has whole blocks and even districts representing Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, and National Romantic, functional or modern architecture. The oldest area in Helsinki that has been preserved intact is the Senate Square, reminiscent of St. Petersburg in its neoclassical style.

In the 1970s Helsinki acquired some important new public buildings - e.g. the Finlandia Hall, the City Theatre, the new National Opera, the official residence of the Finnish President and the Temppeliaukio Church - which are now important landmarks on the Helsinki street scene.

The City Tour includes all essential sights in the city centre including the Sibelius Park with the Sibelius Monument, an unusual steel monument from 1967, commemorating the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Pay a visit to Temppeliaukio Church (The Church in the Rock), completed in 1969 and carved out of a solid rock and topped with a copper dome.

Only the dome is visible from the outside. The pantheon-like interior is enhanced by the rugged granite walls and the copper-plated cupola. The excellent acoustics make this a favourite venue for concerts.

Including a visit to Temppeliaukio Church (The Church in the Rock).

Overnight at Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar || Meals: Breakfast


DAY03 - HELSINKI - IVALO - SAARISELKÄ AREA

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel.

Note:  Hotel check-out time 12:00 - hotel can store luggage until transfer!

Morning or afternoon transfer to airport in a private car/van with English speaking driver ONLY.

DOMESTIC Flight for Ivalo (NOT INCLUDED )

Upon arrival Ivalo airport, transfer to one of the Wilderness resorts in a private van with an English speaking driver ONLY.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and settle in your accommodation. Cold weather gear is given to you either upon arrival or the next day.

Overnight at one of the Wilderness Resorts (Aurora Cabin = full view of Northern Lights).|| Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


DAY 04 - SAARISELKÄ AREA 

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel. Activities during your stay (day 4+5:

Reindeer Day with Snowmobile

We will drive with snowmobiles to a reindeer farm, where you will meet the reindeer herders and learn about the importance of reindeer in Lapland. You will learn how to lasso a reindeer and have a short ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. We will also enjoy soup lunch during the day.

Husky Safari

An absolute 'must do' when visiting Lapland!  The dogs' excitement is infectious and as the animals fall silent on the trail, you will realize that this is the only way to see Lapland. All our husky safaris include full instructions and are based on two people sharing a sled unless otherwise stated.

Aurora Camp

This program takes you to the amazing surroundings. You will be comfortably seated in a sledge that is pulled by the guide's snowmobile. This way you can enjoy the northern sky all the way to the camp site. At the camp there is a hut with an open fire to warm us up on a cold night of Aurora hunting. Your guide will also serve warm drinks to keep you heated and cozy. The camp has a minimum amount of light pollution, so it is perfect for viewing the Northern lights that hopefully show up in the sky.

Aurora Snowshoeing

Experience the surrounding nature and Aurora Borealis on foot! Snowshoeing in the woods at night has it's own excitement. You will wander in the amazing taiga forests surrounding Muotka until finally reaching the camp spot. At the camp we enjoy some warm drinks and gaze at the sky in the hopes of a possible Northern Lights show.

Aurora Hunt by Car

On this tour, you will spend the evening searching for the Northern lights, traveling by car and having some warm drinks to keep you warm. Depending on weather conditions, there might be some changes on which route we select in order to take you to the best spots to see the Northern lights!

Includes: Accommodation, full board, return airport transfers (Ivalo Airport), winter outdoor clothing and activities mentioned in the program. The detailed daily itinerary will be provided upon arrival.

 

Overnight at one of the Wilderness Resorts (Aurora Cabin = full view of Northern Lights).|| Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 05 - SAARISELKÄ AREA

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel. Activities on this day as well.

Includes: Accommodation, full board, return airport transfers (Ivalo Airport), winter outdoor clothing and activities mentioned in the program.

Overnight at one of the Wilderness Resorts (Aurora Cabin = full view of Northern Lights).|| Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


DAY 06 - SAARISELKÄ AREA  - HELSINKI

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel.

Late morning private transfer to Ivalo airport.

At 14:10 departure by AY534 for Helsinki ( DOMESTIC FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED ).

15:30 arrival Helsinki, transfer to hotel in a private car/van with an English speaking driver ONLY.

Overnight at Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar || Meals: Breakfast


DAY 07 - HELSINKI - DEPARTURE

Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel.

Note:  Hotel check-out time 12:00 - hotel can store luggage until tour/transfer!

Transfer to airport in a private car/van with English speaking driver ONLY.

** TOUR ENDS **

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Highlights of this Package:

From OMR 1470.000 Per Person on Double Sharing Basis

  • Visit to Temppeliaukio Church
  • Reindeer Day with Snowmobile
  • Husky Safari
  • Aurora Snowshoeing
  • Aurora Hunt by Car

Package Validity: 30th APR 2020

 

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • THE PRICES ARE INDICATIVE AND SUBJECT TO FINAL CONFIRMATIONS.
  • PASSPORT TO BE VALID BEYOND 6 MONTHS OF PERIOD OF STAY.
  • CHECK-IN AT THE HOTELS 1400 HOURS AND CHECK-OUT 1200 HOURS.
  • SALES / TRAVEL / CANCELLATION CONDITIONS APPLY-KINDLY CHECK AT THE TIME OF BOOKING.

Package confirmed is subject to Booking Conditions / Cancellation policies as applied by Service Providers. Partially unutilized tickets are non-refundable. It is recommended that you take your travel insurance to cover you during your travel, medical expenses in case of an accident / illness, loss of baggage/personal effects, loss of ticket, change of ticket reservation and cancellation of the tour. It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure that their passports and visas are valid for travel. Kindly contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate for same.