Ultimate Arctic Adventure Escorted Group Tour 2022
A first-class itinerary with first-class winter activities and experiences! You really will be brimming with Arctic memories and stories to tell, what a remarkable adventure you will have. Immerse yourself in the Arctic experience (literally, with ice swimming!) and feel the energy and magic of this unique place.
7 nights * January - March departures * Highlights include: winter activities, Alta Museum & Northern Lights Cathedral, Reindeer Farm & sleigh ride, Glass Igloo, Husky Farm & sleigh ride, Santa Claus village, Sampo ice breaker & ice swimming * Escorted Group Tour * From 3,505 EUR per person
DAY 1 (SATURDAY): ARRIVAL ALTA
Arrival to Alta airport and transfer (not included) to the hotel on your own for check-in. Please consult your welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 18:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program.
OPTIONAL: SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure. You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions, you might also be able to capture some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING
PRICE/PERSON: 230 EUR (Children 7-12 years : 30% discount, Min 2 persons)
DURATION: approximately 4 hours (20:00 - 24:00)
MEETING TIME: 19:45 at the hotel reception
INCLUDES: Transportation, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg.
DAY 2 (SUNDAY): ALTA
Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afternoon free at leisure. We suggest paying a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town.
Experience the Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while enjoying a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around at your own pace.
OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR & SORRISNIVA ICE HOTEL
Meet your Tour Director in the lobby of your hotel for a 20 minute bus ride into the countryside. The family-owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. Experience the Igloo Hotel - the world's northernmost ice hotel, built from the ground every year with different themes. Get a break from your daily life and feel the serenity and silence the Igloo Hotel gives you. Wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or take an ice drink in our bar. Everything is made from pure snow and ice. After the visit to the Ice Hotel you will experience a Northern Lights chase in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
PRICE: 239 EUR/PERSON
DURATION: approximately 4 - 5 hours (19:00- 23:00/24:00)
MEETING TIME: 18:30 at the hotel reception
INCLUDES: transportation, guide, sweet snacks and soft drink
Min 6 persons
DAY 3 (MONDAY): ALTA - KIRKENES
Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will travel the 465 km east to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 9-hour journey taking you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you sit back and watch the landscape unfold. You will make a stop along the way in Karasjok for a 3-course lunch (included). Arrive in Kirkenes and check-in at your hotel before dinner (not included).
DAY 4 (TUESDAY): KIRKENES - SAARISELKA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for leisure. In the early afternoon we continue by coach towards Saariselkä. Depart Kirkenes travelling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sajos Sami Cultural Centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self-governance, culture, education, and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselkä, the centre of Finland’s winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the evening is at leisure.
OPTIONAL - KING CRAB SAFARI
“Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic”
One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or ssnowmobile-drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
PRICE: 270 EUR/PERSON
DURATION: approximately 3 hours (08:00-11:00)
MEETING TIME: 07:15 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal equipment, king crab lunch
DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY): SAARISELKA - SANTA'S IGLOOS
In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as you make your way to Santa´s Claus Igloos (10 km from Rovaniemi), located right on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi capital of Finnish Lapland, home of Santa Claus counts with more than 60.000 inhabitants. We will be welcomed to the Lappish capital by our Finnish hosts, reindeer herders
SAMI REINDEER FARM VISIT & SLEIGH RIDE
Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, and its importance to the Sami culture. Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience a short ride in this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical local three-course lunch is included at the farm.
DURATION : approximately 2 - 2,5 hours (12:00 -14:30)
INCLUDED: a traditional 3-course lunch, reindeer sledge ride, Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate
OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SAFARI BY SNOWMOBILES
Drive through the wilderness and discover the phenomena of the northern sky at our Northern Lights base. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen river. With a little luck, you will travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – will appear to show you the way. Sip warm beverages and savor a snack by a campfire and learn more about the Northern Lights and the beauty of Lapland. REQUIRES PRE-BOOKING
PRICE /PERSON : 164 EUR (Children 4-14 : 87 EUR / Single supplement : 48 EUR)
DURATION: approximately 3 hours (18:00 - 21:00)
MEETING TIME: 17:20 at the hotel reception
INCLUDED: transportation, thermal outfit, guide, Snack, hot beverage included
*Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid driver's license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. We cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.
OVERNIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO
The journey continues south to Santa´s Igloos following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Igloos, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. Evening at leisure.
DAY 6 (THURSDAY): SANTA'S IGLOOS - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE - ROVANIEMI
Breakfast at the hotel and depart late in the morning for more Lapland experiences on your winter adventure. Heading towards the Arctic Circle we will visit Santa Claus Village and one of the most idyllic Husky Farms in the region.
HUSKY FARM & SAFARI
The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions you embark, riding in pairs, on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies (3 km).
DURATION: approximately 2 hours (14:30-16:30)
2 persons per sledge (self-driving)
SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE
Visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa´s home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. Time on your own for visiting the area and enjoy a local lunch. In early afternoon continue to the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the highlights of the tour, one of the most idyllic Husky Farms in the region. After the visit check-in at Arctic Snow Hotel.
DAY 7 (FRIDAY): ROVANIEMI - KEMI (icebreaker) - ROVANIEMI
Breakfast at the hotel and meet up at 08:45 in the hotel. Time for a swim as you head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. First, a visit to the Snow Castle* with its special snow slide. Enjoy the snow sculptures and complex. Later you will experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as you board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia.
*Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before the 19th of January
SAMPO ICE BREAKER & ICE SWIMMING
This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge, ice swimming and a three-course meal at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! You will of course be fitted with a warm survival suit and those of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.
DURATION: approximately 3,5h (13:00-16:30)
INCLUDED: guided tour of the ship, ice floating event, 3-course lunch or buffet
DAY 8 (SATURDAY): END OF TOUR
Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.
DEPARTURE DATES 2023
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
7th January - 14th January 2023
28th January - 4th February 2023
4th February - 11th February 2023
18th February - 25th February 2023
25th February - 4th March 2023
11th March - 18th March 2023
7 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
7 breakfasts, buffet style
1 dinner, 3 lunches (all lunches & dinners are 3-course meals or buffets including coffee, unless otherwise specified)
Bi-lingual Tour Escort (English & Spanish or Portuguese) from Day 2 to Day 8 inclusive
Regular departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
The long-distance coach from day 2-8 offers WIFI
All tours and transportation, as mentioned in the program
Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned in the program. For further information please consult the general conditions
Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person
Please note! Regular Transfer Services to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking driver and is shared with other passengers; therefore, minor waiting time may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be arranged.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose the tours to suit you!
SLEIGH RIDE UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: 230 EUR per person (Children 7-12 years : 30% discount, Min 2 persons)
NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR & SORRISNIVA ICE HOTEL: 239 EUR per person
KING CRAB SAFARI : 270 EUR per person
AURORA BOREALIS SAFARI BY SNOWMOBILES: 164 EUR per person (Children 4-14 : 87 EUR / Single supplement : 48 EUR)
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. If you wish to add flights to your booking please contact us, or feel free to book your own. If your chosen flights do not coincide with the tour dates and you need to spend an extra night or two before or after the tour please call or email us and we can arrange this for you.
PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS
If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
This tour is run by our local partners The World of Borealis.
TRAVEL COMPANIES LIKE YOURS ARE A REAL FIND.
Hi Phil and Jurga, We want to thank-you and all the guides, drivers etc. for organising such an amazing and unforgettable trip for us. We had a brilliant time and came home with a completely different and very positive perspective of the Baltic States and Finland. We found every city we visited absolutely fascinating and simply could not pick a favourite. It is hard to pick a highlight, but one of them would have to be the local guides and the drivers who took us for our day outings and did the transfers. Without exception, they were first class. Their passion for their country and willingness to talk about their lives and experiences and, as an example, the impact the Soviet occupation had on them and their families, really brought each country to life and helped us understand a little of what it must have been like then. We were also so impressed with all the paperwork and vouchers we received and know a lot of organisation went on behind the scenes. It all went like clockwork and we were nothing but impressed by your efficiency. Thanks again for a super holiday. We would like to visit St Petersburg and Russia at some point in the future and would have no hesitation in using you again to organise the trip.
BESPOKE PRIVATE BALTIC TOUR, MRS VARLEY, SEPTEMBER 2019
THANK YOU FOR PUTTING TOGETHER SUCH AN INTERESTING AND VARIED PROGRAMME.
We enjoyed a really wonderful trip. The itinerary was great, and the hotels very well positioned in the towns, and very comfortable. Thank you for putting together such an interesting and varied programme. We had the pleasure of being shown the sights by some marvellous guides. All very passionate about their interests, and very interesting. Their English was extremely fluent, and their knowledge, second to none. We would certainly use your company in the future and recommend your service to our friends.
BALTIC CAPITALS & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS JAMES, OCTOBER 2018
THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE
My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.
TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL
The trip was excellent and did exactly what it said on the tin Norway in a Nutshell. All the arrangments were excellent.
MR MOORE, NORWAY TAILOR-MADE TOUR, AUGUST 2013
WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES
Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.
MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017
YOU DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF SETTING THIS UP, DIRECTING US TO INTERESTING AND VARIED PLACES
Our trip went very well. Everything was a highlight but I think the best part were the guides. They were so knowledgeable, friendly, willing to answer all our questions. Marina would be my best friend if I lived in Finland. Ivo, Erlens, and, Linas were great too. The bike tour guides were fantastic also. All of them were passionate about their country and very knowledgeable about what we were seeing. Through them we felt we got to know the country, the history, the people and them too. Everyone was precisely on time. I think you did a very good job of setting this up, directing us to interesting and varied places: a hike through the bog, castles and palaces, cute towns, etc. The hotels were great. Friendly staff and so very well located. Again, thank you for making this trip so wonderful. I'd easily go on another trip with you.
TAILOR-MADE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, THE BELLS, AUGUST 2019
HOW IMPRESSED WE WERE WITH THE ORGANISATION OF OUR TRIP
We had a fantastic holiday and everything went very smoothly. We were also lucky enough, albeit through a vehicle fault, to meet up with Jurga. Her husband was our guide on the day out in Riga but unfortunately the car developed a problem. Jurga came out with another vehicle. It was great to meet her having had so many e-mail conversations. It was good to be able to say how impressed we were with the organisation of our trip. It was really well put together and all of the guides were very good and knowledgeable. Bearing in mind the length of time we spent with them we had no hitches. We learnt a lot from the trip and enjoyed hearing the guides' stories.
ST PETERSBURG & BALTIC CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, THE LANGANS, AUGUST 2019
EVERY ONE OF OUR DRIVERS AND GUIDES EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.
We appreciated all your good advice on the itinerary. It was a great idea that we go to St. Petersburg via Helsinki (a very cool city!)...the ferry and high-speed train were efficient and quite comfortable. The choice of hotels suited us perfectly...thanks for placing us so centrally in each city. The hotel in Tallinn was the most luxurious, but even at the more modest places in Vilnius and Riga, the location and the warm and helpful hotel staff made our stays delightful. And the manor house was remarkable. Every one of our drivers and guides exceeded our expectations. The walking tours were informative, meaningful, and great fun.
BESPOKE BALTIC CAPITALS PLUS HELSINKI & ST PETERSBURG, MS EMORY, SEPTEMBER 2019
EXCELLENT, WELL BALANCED ITINERARY
In summary, we would like to add that we described our Scandinavian package as EXCELLENT, well BALANCED itinerary and especially the variety of hotels, means of transportation, guides, transfer which were all FLAWLESSLY arranged. After 35 days on the road, we had no desire to terminate the holiday.
SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS WHITE, SEPTEMBER 2019
TALLINN & HELSINKI - VARIED & INTERESTING
We would like to thank you and your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied and interesting, even the weather was good through the whole week, so thank you very much.
OCKWELL & FRIENDS, TALLINN & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018
GREAT TO KNOW WE COULD CONTACT JURGA AT ANY TIME
Thanks we had a great trip, the hotels you picked for us were lovely, good locations and interesting buildings. The guide in Helsinki was really nice and took us to some places that we would not have thought of, including the university library building. Most of all it was great to know we could contact Jurga at any time so I would like to especially thank her for her help.
THE FEIGHAN FAMILY, HELSINKI & ESTONIA PRIVATE TOUR, JULY 2017
VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY
Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.
MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL
The trip was excellent and did exactly what it said on the tin Norway in a Nutshell. All the arrangments were excellent.
MR MOORE, NORWAY TAILOR-MADE TOUR, AUGUST 2013