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CIJ001 - Christmas Winter Wonderland

This action packed independent Christmas holiday is perfect for families looking for a magical experience in Finland. Taking part in safaris with huskies and snowmobiles and a visit to a real reindeer farm, you have got the main modes of transport covered.

With snowshing, children's snowmobiles, cookie baking, a private visit with Santa and his elves and lunch in an ice restaurant there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Staying in intimate cosy cabins or a family hotel, this tour will give you wonderful family memories to last a life time.

Highlights

  • Head out to make Christmas wishes by the magic Christmas tree, toast marshmellows around the fire and bake traditional Finnish cookies together
  • Meet Santa on your own private family visit
  • Enjoy a Christmas buffet before Santa arrives with a sack full of presents
  • Lunch in a snow hotel and eat on tables and chairs made of ice
  • Adventure out in the the winter wonderland, snowmobiling, husky sledding and meet reindeers

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Return transfers from Kittilä
  • Warm winter clothing
  • 7 nights full board
  • Festive dinner
  • Traditional dinner by open fire
  • 1 entrance to the Arctic Spa or Aurora Wellness (according to your destination)
  • 9km husky safari
  • 20km snowmobile safari
  • Reindeer farm visit with 1,5 km reindeer safari and visit and lunch in the Winter Village
  • Snow fun activities & ice fishing
  • Cookie baking & gingerbread house
  • Elf kotawith pancakes
  • Santa Visit
  • All day tea & coffee for adults
  • Soft drinks for children
  • Winter clothing provided - Thermal winter suit, winter boots, woolen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava.
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
7
Price From
AUD $10,518
Start Location
Kittilä, Scandinavia
End Location
Kittilä, Scandinavia
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
22 Dec 201929 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,518 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - 22 Dec: Welcome dinner

Arrival at Kittilä airport and transfer to your hotel. After a meeting with your guide to explain the days ahead you will collect the much needed thermal clothes (thermal winter suit, winter boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava).

Dinner in the main hotel restaurant and overnight in cozy rooms or cabins.

Day 2 - 23 Dec: Huskies and snow fun, plus elf making

Today we head out to the local husky farm, with a tour of the farm and a chance to have a cuddle with some of the young pups. A 6km safari follows with adults having the chance to mush their own team and children being taken in the local guide's sleigh.

Returning to the hotel, after lunch, it's time for some fun in the snow. In the afternoon we head to a nearby kota where we can make our own little keepsake elves while making pancakes over the fire.

Day 3 - 24 Dec: Santa & his elves and cookie baking

This morning it is time for fun in the snow after breakfast. Test your skills at snowshing, cross country ski,tobogganing and for the children a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile under supervision. Lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon we bake Finnish traditional gingerbread cookies.

Then the highlight of the day: off we zoom on the sleigh pulled by snowmobiles in our search for Santa. A warming kota awaits us where we will have pancakes and hot drinks and Elves will lead us through the forest for your private family visit. Dinner will be taken in the hotel.

Day 4 - 25 Dec: Reindeer farm and Winter village with Ice Restaurant

After breakfast we head out to the local reindeer farm by bus. Here you can try your hand at lasso-throwing and learn about the reindeers in the small museum. After taking a 1.5 km safari through the silent forest we will feed the reindeer before saying our good byes. Who knows, maybe Rudolph or Dasher will be there. Next we visit the snow hotel, with its snow rooms, ice restaurant, bar and ice sculptures. After a tour around this impressive structure we will enjoy a nice warm lunch served in the ice restaurant where even the tables and chairs are made of ice! (If it is too cold or the ice restaurant isn't ready, lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota)

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the hotel and surrounding area.

Day 5 - 26 Dec: Engines on, it's snowmobile time

Breakfast in the restaurant. Today it is time to start your engines and follow the guide through snow covered forests, over frozen lakes and swamps, amongst the fells. Driving distance is about 20km and you will drive 2 persons per snowmobile. Lunch will be served in the restaurant.
In the afternoon the guide will take you to the lake to try your luck with ice fishing. Dinner is served in the main restaurant.

Day 6 - 27 December - Rest morning and then Gingerbread House building

This morning you can spend at own leisure. After lunch we will build and decorate our own gingerbread house. Tonight your traditional dinner will be served in a kota or lakeside restaurant around the open fire.

Day NaN - 28 Dec: Free day to enjoy with family

Breakfast in the restaurant. Today you will have a free day to spend as you wish. Lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day NaN - 29 Dec: Departure day

Breakfast and departure to Kittilä airport.