Imagine colourful streets lit up in the dark, where cosy shops and restaurants beckon you. Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is a winter paradise where you can experience adventures like no other. Mush a dog sled or ride a snowmobile through snowy forests, then spend the night under the stars in a glass igloo. The northern lights might even pass by overhead! Here, you can learn about Sámi culture and try traditional ice fishing in the Arctic wilderness.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Discover the beauty, history and culture of Lapland
  • Feel the wind on your cheeks on a sleigh pulled by huskies
  • njoy a memorable time in the true Arctic north
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Have a chance to glimpse the colourful northern lights in the night sky

What’s included

  • Private tours for most included activities
  • Meet & greet airport service
  • Luxury or boutique accommodation at your chosen level
  • Expert guides in each destination
  • Travel from December to March


This is an example itinerary. It is fully flexible; you can add or detract days and include hotels at your chosen budget. It departs daily.



Price Guide


Our quotes are bespoke for your customised trip. The prices displayed are indicative only, read more

Day 1

Fly to Rovaniemi

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Day 1


Welcome to magical Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland! When you arrive at Rovaniemi Airport a private driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation in town. Then head out to explore the snowy city centre. It is small but charming, with children ice skating and sledging on the main streets. You’ll also find a shopping centre and lots of restaurants to try the local cuisine.

Tonight, you can join a wintry adventure to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights. Tours range from a family-friendly snow train to a thrilling snowmobile ride in the frosty forest.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

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Best of Lapland
Day 2


This morning, you’ll join a 10-kilometre (6-mile) guided dog sledding excursion. When you arrive at the husky farm you’ll hear the excited huskies waiting for their chance to run through the snow-covered forest trail. Following a brief lesson at the kennel, you’ll drive your own sleigh, pulled by a team of energetic huskies, through the woods and over the snowy plains. There will be 2 people sharing each sleigh, taking turns mushing.

In the afternoon you will head to the Arctic SnowHotel. This complex is built entirely of snow and ice each year. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour* to see the beautiful ice rooms as well the ice restaurant and ice bar.

After the tour, tuck into a 3-course dinner based on local specialties at the rustic Kota. It is modelled after a traditional Sámi structure for a cosy atmosphere. Before staying the night under the stars in a glass igloo, you could end the evening with a traditional Finnish sauna session.

Day 3


Start the morning early with a hearty breakfast at the Arctic SnowHotel resort before returning to Rovaniemi. Later that morning you will be joining a tour to a reindeer farm before continuing on to the Santa Claus Village*.

At the reindeer farm, you’ll learn about the Sámi people and their culture. Their way of life includes reindeer herding, so you’ll enjoy a short reindeer sleigh ride. You’ll also join your hosts in a special ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle.

Next up you’ll travel to the Santa Claus Village. Here you’ll have some time to do some souvenir shopping, send postcards from Santa’s main post office, and of course meet Santa Claus himself! Afterwards you’ll return to Rovaniemi, where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Best of Lapland
Best of Lapland
Day 4


Today you ride through the white wilderness and enjoy ice fishing on a frozen lake in Lapland like a true local!

The tour heads north on a snowmobile trail that takes you along the frozen Ounasjoki river and through snowy forests up into the hills. Admire the surrounding vast woodlands and wild landscape of Lapland and follow the trail through snow-covered fields until you arrive at a small frozen lake. The guide will prepare you to fish in an ice hole, while the silence envelops you in the peaceful darkness. Enjoy this traditional practice and then fry your fresh catch over a campfire. Afterwards, you’ll return to town for a well-earned rest.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Day 5


You have the whole day to explore Rovaniemi as you wish. To learn more about the local history, nature and culture, including the Sámi nation, you can pay a visit to the Arktikum museum. Here you can browse interesting exhibits about the Arctic region. If you love wildlife, you might want to tour the Ranua Wildlife Park located about 1 hour south.

If you’d like to take full advantage of your time in the Arctic, you can add more fun winter activities to your itinerary. We highly recommend ending your last night with a thrilling winter activity under the dark night sky.

To keep in the festive mood, you can also head back to the Santa Claus Village. Hop on a reindeer ride, dine at the charming Santamus restaurant or visit the Snowman World. For families travelling with children in December, we recommend a visit to the magical Santa Park, the home cavern of Santa Claus.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

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Day 6

Fly home

A note on price

The prices outlined above are a rough guide to give you an idea of costs and enable you to budget for your trip.

Guide prices are generally for private arrangements based on twin share, in well located, good quality accommodation (excluding international flights).

Please note costs are indicative and may vary due to a number of factors such as; travel date, hotel choice, room category, number of people travelling and prevailing exchange rates.

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When to travel

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If you’re planning to visit Finland, it’s important to consider the weather and time of year. Finland has a temperate climate, with distinct seasons. The best time to visit depends on your interests and activities. If you’re interested in winter sports, such as skiing or snowboarding, then the best time to visit would be from December to March. However, if you’re interested in exploring the countryside and forests, then the summer months of June to August are the best time to visit. During this time, you can enjoy the long days and mild temperatures, as well as the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, be sure to pack accordingly and enjoy all that Finland has to offer.

Add on’s

There are a multitude of add-on holiday options to this Finnish itinerary. Several nearby countries could make great additions to your trip. Norway, which is just a short distance away from Lapland. Norway is known for its stunning fjords, picturesque landscapes, and the Northern Lights. You can also visit Sweden, which is another neighbouring country of Lapland. Sweden is home to stunning national parks, charming towns, and a rich cultural heritage.

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