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.
Day 2 - Helsinki
This morning, embark on a tour of the sights of Helsinki.
Enter the famous Temppeliaukio Church; built directly into
solid rock, it is fittingly known as Rock Church. Enjoy lunch
at a local restaurant, and then spend the afternoon exploring
the city at your own pace.
Day 3 - Kemi
A short flight brings you to northern Kemi, on the shores
of the Gulf of Bothnia. Tour this small settlement and visit
the enchanting SnowCastle, which is freshly rebuilt every
year to incorporate new styles and layouts. Dine in this
unique setting before settling into your glass-fronted room
overlooking the vast gulf.
Day 4 - Rovaniemi
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 of snow.
Day 5 - Rovaniemi
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
icefish, and learn how to sculpt snow into marvelous 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.
Day 6 - Saariselka
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.
Day 7 - Saariselka
Your day is filled with activity today. Begin your morning
with an introduction to the traditional skill of dog sledding before setting out with your own team of dogs. After lunch
at a local restaurant, set forth upon the trails for a guided
Day 8 - Helsinki
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.
Day 9 - Depart Helsinki
This morning, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.