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November 6 to 9, 2023

There are many reasons to love Rovaniemi – spellbinding nature and phenomena, Lappish traditions and culture, urban life and wild activities. A variety of cultural institutions, tourist attractions, shopping centres, sports facilities, restaurants and bars have earned Rovaniemi a reputation as the vibrant provincial capital of Lapland.

Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are visible on around 150 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. In Rovaniemi, the spellbinding astral show can be witnessed in and around the city from late August until early April.
The Northern Lights commonly appear between 10 PM and 2 AM, but can at times be seen as soon as 7 PM. A show might last from only a couple of minutes to several hours.
Catching the magical phenomenon requires clear and dark skies and a viewing spot not affected by light pollution, like street lights and neon signs. In Rovaniemi, you don't have to walk far from the city centre to find a good spot, and really strong Auroras can be seen even with interference from artificial light.

Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, Lordi Square's thermometer, river shore by Arktikum, Church of Rovaniemi (inside & outside) and Alvar Aalto Center – administrative center of Rovaniemi.


Monday,  November 6 

Departures with Finnair from home destinations
Arrivals at Helsinki Airport
Meet your Visit Finland host Ms Ulla Hempel at the gate to Rovaniemi at Helsinki Airport
16:20 Departure AY 535 from Helsinki 
17:45 Arrival at Rovaniemi Airport

Welcome to Rovaniemi! 
You are warmly welcome to our small lively town on the Arctic Circle (66°33′45.9′′). Rovaniemi is a central hub to regional destinations and the airport is one of Finland's most international airports. There are many reasons to love Rovaniemi – spellbinding nature and light phenomena, Lappish traditions and culture, urban life and wild activities make the Official Hometown of Santa Claus a unique place to visit all year round.

Transfer to Rovaniemi city center
Check-in at Arctic Light Hotel (STF labelled company)
Arctic Light Hotel is a multi-award-winning contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Lapland - Rovaniemi. The family-owned hotel features a collection of 57 spacious individually styled rooms & suites and a delightful restaurant with pure northern flavors.
19:30 Dinner Arctic Restaurant at Arctic Light Hotel
The food philosophy is to use ingredients from the purest nature and prepare them in Arctic ways. High quality reindeer, moose, salmon, arctic char, king crab and Finnish beef are carefully prepared to make a tasteful experience. The exclusive service and atmosphere compliment the culinary journey to the pure northern nature.

A tip! Enjoy sauna at the hotel.
The hotel guests can book sauna privately and enjoy the warmth of sauna any time fo the day. 

Tuesday, November 7

Getting to know Rovaniemi and Lapland

Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 Meet your local host in hotel lobby
10:00 Guided tour in Arktikum – Museum & Science Center
Arktikum exhibitions lead guests on an adventure to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region. The exhibitions provide a comprehensive section of the history and culture of Lapland as well as of Arctic knowledge.
11:30 Highlights of Culture House Korundi & Art workshop
Korundi is the home for Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Rovaniemi Art Museum. Rovaniemi Art Museum sets its main focus on Finnish contemporary art and Northern art. In Korundi's art workshop we will make our own piece of art related to Lappish nature.

Lunch at Korundi Kitchen&Cafe
Inspections of two villas & lodges around Rovaniemi
14.00 Forest-Inn Invisible Lodge New!
Forest-Inn Invisible lodges will be ready for winter season 2023-2024. It's totally new luxurious concept of staying in Lapland. You will be among the first ones to see five first lodges.
In the same property there is a traditional, but modern eco log villa in Lapland built of dried silver logs in 2020. Villa is located on the shore of Ounasjoki river only in 5 min drive from Rovaniemi center. Villa can accommodate 8 people in 4 double bedrooms.
15:00 Visit to local reindeer farm
We will have a possibility to experience the peaceful atmosphere of the local reindeer farm in Lappish country-side. SieriPoro Safaris is an authentic Lappish reindeer farm as their families have been practicing reindeer herding in Rovaniemi since at least 1800.
App. 17:30 Return to hotel & free time
19:00 Glowing Ember dining experience
Glowing Ember provides an unforgettable journey to Lappish ingredients in unique hut milieu. The experience is hosted by young chef Joel Manninen and his team. They create an innovative, seasonal tasting menu paired with suitable beverages. The key parts of the experience are dishes made, and stories told by bonfire. @glowingember_dining

Luxury Travel DMC's in Rovaniemi

Luxury Action creates high-end experiences and expeditions across the Arctic, Lapland, Finland and the rest of the Nordic region, including Greenland and even the North Pole. All our tours are highly customized according to our customer's wishes.

Lapland Luxury (brand of the Santapark Arctic World) is specialized in tailor-made luxury experiences with deep understanding of the delicate Arctic environment. Our passion is to create unforgettable and bespoke journeys alongside our guests. 

Wednesday, November 8

Unique experiences and traditions

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
08:00 Meet your Visit Rovaniemi host – the day begins
09:00 Husky Kennel Experience at Bearhill Husky Kennel (STF labelled company)
Bearhill Husky provides unforgettable premium husky adventures at the private kennel on the beautiful Viiksjärvi lake, just 30 minutes outside of Rovaniemi. There are programs and adventures suited for all capabilities, ages and interests.
Bearhill Husky is deeply dedicated to sustainable and responsible tourism. The husky experiences are not only an entertainment, but also educational for our guests to let people know more about the world of sled dogs and their culture.
12:30 – 15:30 Lunch and sauna experience at private lodge Bear's Den
(Lapland Hotels and Safaris is STF labelled company)
At Bear ́s Den the untamed wilderness is all around you. We will enjoy lunch in legendary Bear's Den main lodge and afterwards traditional Finnish sauna is ready for bathing. Sauna bathing does not only clean the body but also purifies the mind. The basic sauna ritual is the same as it always was: warming up, sweating, taking löyly vapour and whisking, washing and cooling off in the Arctic wilderness lake.
App. 16:00 Transfer to Otava Lodge for inspection
Otava Lodge is a private resort, 15min drive from Rovaniemi city centre. Suites are inspired by the wondrous nature of Lapland, each suite filled with details that evoke the beauty of the Arctic. Imagine lying in bed and gazing up at a ceiling adorned with lights that mimic the starry sky, taking you on a journey to the stars, even before you drift off to sleep.
Transfer to Arctic TreeHouse Hotel (STF labelled company)
Check-in & free time at hotel
A warm, wooden interior highlights the exclusive Scandinavian design of the suits that combines local tradition and Lappish heritage. Lavish views to the surrounding forest and Northern skies open up from the panoramic window. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is definitely among the most atmospheric experiences in Lapland.
19:00 Dinner at Rakas hosted by Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
Rakas Restaurant & Bar charms with its unique ambiance and menu of meals made from local ingredients prepared with a modern twist. As you sit by the summer terace or beneath the pine cone lamps, the delicious flavors will create out-of-the- ordinary and divinely tasty moments 

Thursday, November 9

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
 Transfer to Luxury Action office
09:30 Company presentation by Henry Valle
Luxury Action creates high-end experiences and expeditions across the Arctic, Lapland, Finland and the rest of the Nordic region, including Greenland and even the North Pole. All our tours are highly customized according to our customer's wishes. At Luxury Action nothing is impossible. @luxuryaction

If time allow, a quick visit to Santa Claus Village
Christmas magic can be experienced year-round Santa Claus Village. This magical latitude has attracted travelers since 1950's and since that crossing the Arctic Circle, 66°33′45.9′′, has been on the bucket list.
Let's meet Santa Claus at Santa Claus Office
TIPS for Santa Claus Village experience:
* Send your post cards from Santa Claus' Main Post Office * Cross the Arctic Circle on your own style
* Meet reindeer in Santa Claus Reindeer Park
* Meet mrs Santa Claus in hers Christmas Cottage
* Meet huskies at Arctic Circle Husky Park
* Shop at Pentik, Iittala and Marimekko brand stores * and have a cup of coffee in some of the restaurants

12:30 Transfer to Rovaniemi airport
14:00 Departure to Helsinki with AY534, Farewell Rovaniemi!
15:20 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Flights with Finnair to home destinations

Thank you for visiting Finland!


Monday 6.11.2023
Finnair to Rovaniemi via Helsinki

Thursday 9.11.2023 
Finnair to home destinations via Helsinki




Arctic Light Hotel

Arctic TreeHouse

Follow the weather


Bring along

  • Comfortable and weatherproof outdoor clothing
    (including good walking shoes)
  • Swimming suit for Sauna
  • Happy mood

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