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    5 days - Celebrate the New Year in Finland staying in modern apartments and overnight in Glass Igloo.

    Celebrating the New Year in Lapland is a wonderful experience – with the snow topped landscapes outside, and cosy fires indoors. This tour is based in a small town outside Rovaniemi and introduces you to the incredible animals of the Arctic. Based within the wildlife park complex, you will see polar bears as well as enjoy endless visits into the zoo. Enjoy one of our favourite Scandinavian winter experiences - local fireworks at your doorstep!!

    Highlights include

    • Action-packed holiday with the opportunity to enjoy traditional husky sledding, reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, search for the Northern Lights and a Santa visit.
    • Overnight in a Glass Igloo, including a private sauna within the igloo.
    • Stay within the Ranua Wildlife Park and meet the creatures of the Arctic. Using modern & expertly crafted enclosures, see animals such as polar bears, moose, golden eagles, Arctic foxes, otter, lynx, elk and deer in the snow setting. Grab a sled for quick & fun travel around the zoo.
    • Relax in contemporary style log cabins, suitable for families and groups.
    Day 1
    Transfer from Rovaniemi to your apartment
    Day 2
    Head out to explore the Wildlife park tour then husky safari in the afternoon
    Day 3
    Visit an authentic reindeer farm by snow mobile for lunch before your New Year's Gala dinner and fireworks!!
    Day 4
    Long Horse Sleigh through the forests & the Search for the Northern Lights snowmobile tour
    Day 5
    After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport (stop in Rovaniemi optional)
    Start Place
    Lapland
    End Place
    Rovaniemi, Finland
    Country Visited
    Finland
    Duration
    5 Days
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groups
    Code
    50DN0755

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Return shuttle transfers from Rovaniemi airport (for scheduled flights).

    Included
    • 3 nights in a modern self-contained apartment
    • 1 night in an Arctic Fox Glass Igloo (with private sauna, private amenities and small kitchenette). This night can be any of the nights during your stay.
    • Half board at the Wild Arctic Restaurant incl. New Year's Eve gala dinner
    • Airport shuttle transfers from/to Rovaniemi Airport on days 1 and 5 (for scheduled flights).
    • New Year's Eve special inclusions: glass of wine and gala dinner, Santa Claus visit, Fireworks and Finnish Traditional Melting tins (outlook for the future) in Lappish tent
    • All activities listed in the itinerary: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer Farm Visit with snowmobile ride, Horse ride, Guided Zoo tour and Husky Safari.
    • Thermal clothing for the whole stay - thermal winter suit, winter boots, woolen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava.
    • Entrance fee and sled use at the Ranua Arctic Wildlife Park
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • Domestic flights
    • International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and any items of personal nature.
    • Rovaniemi visit

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Transfer from Rovaniemi to your apartment

    Arrival at Rovaniemi airport and transfer to your hotel (approx. 1 hour). Families will enjoy the private self-catering apartments, sleeps 6 (4 adults and 2 children) newly built in 2012. With your own sauna, lounge with log fire and kitchen in these semi-detached wooden houses, you have a great spot to relax with your family.

    Upon arrival at the hotel you will be shown your accommodation and hotel services. Head out for some snow angels and fun in the snow. Following this, you will enjoy your first taste of delicious Finnish food as you enjoy dinner in the main hotel dining room.

    Meals
    1 Dinner

    Day 2 - Head out to explore the Wildlife park tour then husky safari in the afternoon

    This morning, it’s time to familiarise yourself with the Ranua Zoo. Meet zoo keepers and learn interesting information on the White King of the Arctic – and the Wildlife Park.

    This afternoon, get set for a Husky Safari. You will first receive detailed information on steering the sled. Then, the comfortable sleds head from Gulo Gulo into the winter wonderland. A sled can transport two adults and a child. You have the opportunity to steer your own sled, and change drivers with the other adult in the sled halfway. After the safari, you have a chance to ask our guides anything you have always wanted to know about sled dogs, who love to run fast and pull a sled, thus offering the visitors an unforgettable experience to enjoy the ancient, natural way of travelling in the wild.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Gulo Gulo Apartments

    Day 3 - Visit an authentic reindeer farm by snow mobile for lunch before your New Year's Gala dinner and fireworks!!

    Today, you have an unique chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm hosted by the reindeer herders of the three generation with more than 300 reindeers. The safari starts with driving instructions, after which we head towards Laivala, an authentic reindeer farm. The reindeer herder welcomes you, tells you about reindeer husbandry and living in harmony with nature. After visiting the reindeer enclosures, the owner family takes you on a reindeer sled ride for about one kilometre. After the reindeer ride, a hot meal is served in a Lapp hut. Return to the safari house on snowmobiles.

    Optional activities you can also include on this tour include horse sleigh ride, wellness packages, icefishing, wolf dog nature experience, craft, snowshoeing and nordic skiing.

    This evening, enjoy a traditional Finnish New Years with fireworks, gala dinner and melting a candle tin in the snow for good luck and prosperity.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Gulo Gulo Apartments

    Day 4 - Long Horse Sleigh through the forests & the Search for the Northern Lights snowmobile tour

    Today, enjoy a more peaceful day with long wintry sleigh ride in the snowy wonderland! Be at peace inside the beautiful Ukonkangas forest, which is located next to the Wildlife Park. You will be taken on a smooth carriage ride through the beautiful nature and pure forests. Hear the stories behind our love for Lapland while the horses take you through the wintry scenery!

    Tonight, move to your Glass Igloo for the evening. The Arctic Fox Igloos are located on the naturally beautiful, peaceful shores of the lake Ranuanjärvi, far from disturbing city light pollutions. Each Igloo offers an unobstructed view to the far-reaching open lake, and the northern skies, where the Northern Lights usually appear. Set some time aside for your private sauna in the glass igloo.

    As night falls, time to rev the engines again on the snowmobiles for a Northern Lights tour - fingers crossed, the Aurora will shine for you tonight?

    Follow our guide from Gulo Gulo to the snowmobile track. The guide will teach you how to ride a snowmobile and what precautions to take. The snowmobiles have excellent headlights that guarantee good visibility, even on dark forest trails. We take a couple of short breaks on the way and enjoy a cup of hot juice by an open fire at the halfway point. If we are lucky, we will be treated with one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world: the Northern Lights.

    Return and settle back into your glass igloo for the Arctic evening sky.

    NOTE: Please note that the igloo stay could be another evening during your visit, determined at time of booking.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Arctic Fox Glass Igloos

    Day 5 - After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport (stop in Rovaniemi optional)

    After breakfast, return to the Rovaniemi airport. If you wish, please talk to us about visiting Rovaniemi along the way to say hello to Santa or to visit some of the cultural and science museums situated in this large Finnish town.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price is per person. Family quad is total for 2 adults and 2 children age 4-14. Please contact us for a personalised quote for larger families. Families with children under the age of 5 might need slight itinerary changes.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    NZD 4,497
    Available
    Standard
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    NZD 11,581
    Available
    Family Triple Total
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    29 Dec 2024
    2 Jan 2025
    NZD 13,901
    Available
    Family Quad Total

    Important Information

    Please note that polar bears are not native to Finland. Brown bears will be hibernating during this period.

    Your final itinerary will be provided to you upon arrival at Ranua. Adverse weather can also influence the order of activities. Optional activities you can also include on this tour include wellness packages, icefishing, wolf dog nature experience, craft, snowshoeing and nordic skiing. Please also ask about visiting Rovaniemi.

    Please note that included lunches in Scandinavia are often hearty soups with bread. When lunch isn't included, you have the option to dine at the restaurant adhoc, cater in your room or visit Ranua which can be arranged with the reception.

    Travelling with little children? Short reindeer rides and baby snowmobile rides possible during the festive season.

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