Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland - A Small Group Journey (2023)

Experience an exhilarating winter adventure filled with fun outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing as you roam across Finland and Sweden,

Journey Overview

Experience an exhilarating winter adventure filled with fun outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing as you roam across Finland and Sweden, from cosmopolitan Helsinki and Stockholm to the far-north wilds of Lapland, learning the ways of the indigenous Sami people on an exclusive visit to a reindeer farm, venturing above the Arctic Circle for a sled-dog safari and searching for the wondrous northern lights.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore two great Scandinavian capitals, starting in charming Helsinki and finishing in magnificent Stockholm
  • Visit a Finnish family in their private forest home to learn about their life as moose hunters
  • Join a young Sami couple in the small Swedish village of Jokkmokk, where they reveal the traditions, spirituality and history of their people, who range across the Arctic
  • Relax in some of Scandinavia’s most exclusive and unusual accommodations: a hotel built over an Arctic river, glass-domed Aurora Cabins and suites set in the Finnish forest
  • Savour dinner in a snow castle, newly created each winter
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Arrive in Helsinki, where you are met and privately transferred to your hotel. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Hotel Kamp | Meals: D

Day 2: Helsinki | Rock Church & Bustling Food Market

This morning, explore the sights of Helsinki. Enter the famous Temppeliaukio Church; built directly into solid rock, it is fittingly known as Rock Church. Experience the Helsinki Food Market, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, and then spend the afternoon at leisure, free to relax or explore the city at your own pace.

Hotel Kamp | Meals: BL

Day 3: Kittila | Adventure above the Arctic Circle

Today, fly to northern Kittila, landing far above the Arctic Circle, to begin your immersive Lapland experience. Start with a thrilling snowmobile safari that reveals the true spirit of this remote natural region as you bask in stunning views over the vast Lappish wilderness. Stop for a light barbecue snack served up fresh from the fire, before completing your rousing ride to your hotel in Levi. Upon arrival, settle into a specially designed aurora cabin, its glass dome allowing you to search the skies for the northern lights as you drift asleep from the reclined vantage point of your bed.

Northern Lights Village | Meals: BD

Day 4: Levi | Mush Like a Master Sledder

Visit a local reindeer farm to meet the family living there and hear stories of the seven generations that have worked this land. Then, ride a reindeer sled through the forest and enjoy lunch with the family. Afterward, continue to a nearby husky farm owned by a couple who sustainably raise top sled dogs. Receive an introduction to sled-driving before setting out on a husky safari into the Lappish wilderness, pulled by an eager dog team. Return to the farm to sip hot berry juice by an open fire while listening to fascinating stories about these lovable canines. This evening, join a privately guided snowshoe trek into the darkness surrounding your resort as you scan the sky for a possible appearance of the northern lights.

Northern Lights Village | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Rovaniemi | Design your Day

Journey overland to Rovaniemi, nestled on the Arctic Circle and renowned as the “home of Santa Claus.” En route, stop at a private cabin, set in the woods beside a secluded lake, to enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Try Your Hand at Ice Fishing, learning tricks from the locals about catching fish through a hole in the frozen lake.
  • Snowshoe Through the Surrounding Woods, immersed in the quiet beauty of the untouched wilderness.
  • Experience Ice Floating, donning a survival suit for a surreally relaxing float in the lake’s icy Arctic waters.

Reenergize with a lunch of salmon cooked over a fire before continuing to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, free to relax or perhaps join your Resident Tour Director for a fun, all-ages visit to “Santa’s” house.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 6: Rovaniemi | Two Exclusive Experiences

Experience traditional life in Lapland up close when you visit Palovaara Farm, situated on 500 acres of private forest. Meet the family who lives there and learn how they provide for themselves by hunting moose. Then, savour a homemade lunch prepared by your hosts, featuring fish caught from their own lake and meat from the moose they’ve hunted. Follow this A&K-exclusive experience with another as you proceed to Villa Vinkkeli, studio of renowned photographer Kaisa Sirén, to view an exhibition of her works and hear her share her passion for the Arctic, an insider-access opportunity arranged exclusively for A&K guests. This evening, stop for dinner at the magical Snowland’s igloo restaurant, an ice structure freshly rebuilt every year to incorporate new layouts and decor. Take a drink in the ice bar and dine in this unique setting before embarking on a hunt for the aurora borealis, accompanied by a professional photographer who helps you get the best shot should you happen to spot this rare, awe-inspiring phenomenon.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Harads, Sweden | Historic Gammelstad

Cross a far-north frontier this morning as you pass from Finnish Lapland into Swedish Lapland. Join your Resident Tour Director to explore Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walking through its labyrinth of narrow streets among hundreds of charming 400-year-old cottages to the impressive Gammelstad Church. Later, pause for lunch at nearby Brandon Lodge, nestled on the edge of the Gulf of Bothnia and overlooking the islands of the Lulea Archipelago. Continue to Arctic Bath, your home for the next two nights, where rooms rest suspended over a frozen wilderness river.

Arctic Bath | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Jokkmokk | Discovering the Sami Culture

Travel today to Jokkmokk, a village that is a centre for the Sami people and culture in Sweden, which houses an office of the Sami Parliament. Meet a young Sami couple who introduce you to the modern realities of life for this traditionally nomadic people whose main activity is reindeer herding and who range throughout the Arctic region of Europe. Gather around the fire with them to listen to joik, the ancient Sami practice of storytelling through music. Learn about the Sami language and traditional cuisine, and then meet the couple’s reindeer up close and enjoy the opportunity to hand-feed them. Return to Arctic Bath with time to relax and enjoy the saunas and spa, or just bask in the tranquillity of the pristine natural surroundings.

Arctic Bath | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Stockholm | Sweden's Elegant Capital

After a leisurely morning, transfer to nearby Lulea for a short flight to Stockholm, a colourful capital city built on a 14-island archipelago and graced with charming architecture. Upon arrival, set off on a guided stroll through Gamla Stan — the most historic area of the city, contained on its own island — walking its cobblestone streets past shops, museums and galleries as well as the Royal Palace.

Grand Hôtel | Meals: B

Day 10: Stockholm | Home of the Nobel Prize

This morning, join a local expert who reveals authentic Stockholm to you. Visit the Vasa Museum and City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony takes place. Enjoy time at leisure in the city, then gather with your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner as you recall the adventures of your Lapland journey.

Grand Hôtel | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Depart Stockholm

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Helsinki/Kittila; Lulea/Stockholm
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 4 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Hotel Kamp, Helsinki

Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland - A Small Group Journey (2023)

Hotel Kamp, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a landmark in Helsinki and has been the choice of royalty and heads of state for many years. It ... Read more

Grand Hotel Stockholm

Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland - A Small Group Journey (2023)

Grand Hotel is one of Scandinavia's leading hotels and a landmark in the centre of Sweden's capital city. Opened in 1874, the hotel boast... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 12, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jan 19, 2023 - Jan 29, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 2, 2023 - Feb 12, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 16, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 2, 2023 - Mar 12, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 9, 2023 - Mar 19, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 16, 2023 - Mar 26, 2023
Price AU$20,275pp Single Supplement AU$6,895 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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