Northern Lights of Lapland – A Connections Boutique Group Journey

Travel in search of the northern lights — one of nature’s most compelling spectacles — and experience the culture of Lapland, trying your hand at dogsledding and snowshoeing and staying in a unique hotel made from ice.

Journey Overview

Travel in search of the northern lights — one of nature’s most compelling spectacles — and experience the culture of Lapland, trying your hand at dogsledding and snowshoeing and staying in a unique hotel made from ice.

Journey Highlights

  • Venture to the northernmost end of Europe to experience the beauty and culture of Finland in the wondrous winter season
  • Enjoy dinner at the Snow Castle, built each year in a striking new style
  • Cruise in a genuine icebreaker, with the option to take a dip in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Bothnia
  • Get around like a local when you try your hand at dogsledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing
  • Spend two nights in the Arctic Snow Hotel, and learn how this incredible place is brought to life each year Watch for the northern lights from your own glass igloo
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Upon arrival in Helsinki, you are met and privately transferred to your hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome briefing followed by dinner with your fellow guests.
Hotel Haven | Meals: D

Day 2 Helsinki | The Rock Church

A short flight brings you to northern Kemi, on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. Tour this small settlement and visit the enchanting Snow Castle, which is freshly rebuilt every year to incorporate new styles and layouts. Dine in this unique setting before settling into your glass-fronted rooms overlooking the vast gulf.
Seaside Glass Villas | Meals: BD

Day 4 Rovaniemi | Ride an Icebreaker

Given Finland’s location along the Arctic Circle, icebreakers play a crucial role in ensuring that goods and people are able to move freely year-round. Board the mighty ‘Sampo’ today and experience this for yourself as you head out into the frozen Gulf of Bothnia. Enjoy lunch on board; the brave may even take a dip into the frigid waters in specially designed flotation suits. Return to shore and continue to Rovaniemi, where you have the once-in-a lifetime chance to sleep in a hotel constructed entirely from snow.
Arctic Snow Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 5 Rovaniemi | Ice Fishing & Aurora Hunting

Begin the day with a tour of your hotel, and appreciate firsthand the skill and experience it takes to create this amazing structure of ice and snow each year. Take the opportunity to ice-fish, and learn how to sculpt snow into marvellous shapes. Spend an afternoon at leisure enjoying the activities offered. This evening, join an aurora hunting expedition, taking you far away from the lights of the town for the best viewing opportunities. Back at the hotel, continue your search for the northern lights through the roof of your glass igloo.
Arctic Snow Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 6 Saariselka | Above the Arctic Circle

Cross the Arctic Circle this morning as you drive almost to the northern edge of Finland. Arrive in the small town of Saariselka, nestled on the edge of one of Europe’s northernmost national parks. Embark on a snowmobile safari into the surrounding wilderness. The next two nights are your best chance to marvel at the northern lights through the glass roof of your Aurora Cabin.
Northern Lights Village in Aurora | Meals: BD

Day 7 Saariselka | Dogsledding & Snowshoeing

Your day is filled with activity today. Begin your morning with an introduction to the traditional skill of dogsledding, before setting out with your own team of dogs. After lunch at a local restaurant, set out on the trails for a guided snowshoeing experience. Northern Lights Village in Aurora | Meals: BLD

Day 8 Helsinki | A Day to Explore

Transfer to nearby Ivalo, where a short flight returns you to Helsinki. Enjoy time at leisure in the city, then join your fellow guests for a special farewell dinner as you recall the adventures of the journey.
Hotel Haven | Meals: BD

Day 9 Depart Helsinki

This morning, you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jan 10, 2020 - Jan 18, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 25, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 7, 2020 - Feb 15, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Feb 14, 2020 - Feb 22, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Feb 21, 2020 - Feb 29, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Feb 28, 2020 - Mar 7, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 6, 2020 - Mar 14, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 13, 2020 - Mar 21, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 28, 2020
Price AU$13,155pp Single Supplement AU$4,700 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Notes:

Internal Air is on request at time of booking. The 13 December 2019 departure of this tour will not stay at the snow hotel on Days 4 & 5 as it is too early in the winter season for this experience. The alternate hotel that will be used for this departure is the Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle. Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.