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6 days - Visit Rovaniemi and Salla with winter wonderland experiences

Combine Santa's hometown, Rovaniemi and Salla, a charming little village in Eastern Lapland, a two-hour drive away through the snow clad forests and wilderness. This tour gives you the best of both worlds - meeting Santa at the Santa Claus village and then a stay in a wilderness lodge with glass panoramic windows designed to see the Northern Lights and winter activities to fill your days.

Chase the Northern Lights, join husky and reindeer safaris and snowmobile out into the forests. This tour is perfect for families and couples looking for a unique Lapland experience.

Day 1
Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer into town
Day 2
Electric Snowmobile excursion and afternoon at leisure to visit Santa Claus Village or Arktikum
Day 3
Transfer to your panoramic Wilderness Lodge in Salla
Day 4
Meet the reindeers of Salla before evening Northern Lights excursion by snowshoes
Day 5
Husky Safari in the Wilderness
Day 6
Depart Salla to the Rovaniemi Airport
Start/End Place
Rovaniemi, Finland
Country Visited
Finland
Duration
6 Days
Start Date
Flexible
Travel Style
Independent
Suitability
Independent holiday with moderately active activities and no porterage included
Code
50DN1290

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

Private transfers

Included
  • Private transfers from Rovaniemi Airport to hotel and return
  • Standard room 2 nights, twin share at the Santa Claus Hotel including breakfast
  • Sunrise Safari with electric Snowmobile
  • Private transfers to Salla return
  • Studio or family lodge 3 nights at the Salla Wilderness Lodge including breakfast and dinner. All lodges have a hot tub, lodges with double bed have also a sauna.
  • Reindeer Safari
  • Northern Light chase on snow shoes
  • Husky Safari
  • 24 hour emergency support service
Not Included

Flights, meals other than specified, items of personal nature, beverages and any additional activities.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer into town

Arrive into the Rovaniemi airport and private transfer to your hotel. Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle is only 10 minutes drive away, or you can hop on the Santa’s Express Bus to take you there.

Accommodation
Santa Claus Hotel, standard room
Santa Claus Hotel
Restaurants
Ravintola Roka

Day 2 - Electric Snowmobile excursion and afternoon at leisure to visit Santa Claus Village or Arktikum

This morning, transfer 20 minutes before joining an electric snowmobile adventure in total silence! Set off to the forest and learn how to master an eSled by driving on the frozen lake and in snowy forest. Watch the rising sun turn the wilderness into a vista of glistening white. You will enjoy a nice break by fire camp in a cozy wooden kota. Where you will grill some sausages with the help of our guide. You will stop on scenic view point to feel the peace and make nice photo souvenir!

On your return into central Rovaniemi, you have the afternoon free for independent activities. We recommend a visit to the Santa Claus Village or the Arktikum museum.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Santa Claus Hotel

Day 3 - Transfer to your panoramic Wilderness Lodge in Salla

Today you will transfer to your Wilderness Lodge accommodation in Salla, a two hour drive away. With it's ridge-top location and panoramic windows, you have a good chance of watching the catching the Northern Lights as well as breath-taking views over a pure arctic landscape.

The panoramic windows of the Salla Wilderness Lodges open a dialogue between you and the old pine trees outside, while the Sallatunturi fells gently whisper in the background. Enjoy a sauna and hot tub, kitchenette and bathroom in your accommodation.

Dinner is included this evening.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Salla Wilderness Lodge

Day 4 - Meet the reindeers of Salla before evening Northern Lights excursion by snowshoes

Driving a reindeer through the wintery forest is a breathtaking experience. On this safari you have a chance to enjoy the nature and be amazed how reindeer go through the wilderness.

Before the safari the guide will give you a driving lesson and tell you how to handle the reindeer. After the lesson you will get your own reindeer and drive it yourself behind the guide. Driving a reindeer and sleigh is quite simple and very relaxing way to move in the wintery forest. Children will be seated with a parent in the same sleigh.

Along the way you will have couple stops. First the female and calf reindeer needs to be fed. On a photo stop you can have photos of you and reindeer and maybe take a pic for next Christmas card. You will also stop in Lappish hut and enjoy sausage, hot drinks and bun.

This evening, you will join a Northern Lights excursion by snow shoes. When the darkness falls over the Arctic Circle, put on the snowshoes and head out to the forest.

Even though polar night is on and the sun goes down early, the snowy forest is never completely dark. After a short walk,you will get out from the street lights, your eyes will get used to the darkness and you start to see without the lights. Normally you will walk without any headlights. Pure white snow, stars, moon and sometimes even the Auroras lights up the way.

The goal on the walk is to find a perfect, dark and quiet spot in the forest. Those are the few key things when chasing the Northern Lights.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 5 - Husky Safari in the Wilderness

After breakfast, you will head out for a husky safari. Before the safari the guide will give you a driving lesson and tell you how to handle the sleigh. In every sleigh there is one place for a passenger and then the driver is behind the sleigh. Passenger and driver will change places half a way so everyone gets a chance to drive. The driver must be over 18 years old.

On the safari you will get to drive a team of dogs across varying Lappish terrain. Along the way, stop for some hot drinks and sweet buns. You can also grill a sausage by an open fire.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Depart Salla to the Rovaniemi Airport

This morning, private transfer to the Rovaniemi airport, 2 hours drive away.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two adults sharing a double room. Triple family share based on child between 4 years and 13 years old.

Prices for Christmas and Easter periods on request. Triple share is a 120cm extra bed in the alcove, best suited for 1 child but can sleep 2 small children.

Christmas and New Years 24/25 is fully booked.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
USD 3,032
On request
Standard
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
USD 2,083
On request
Extra for Single
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
USD 6,027
On request
Family Triple Total
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
USD 3,328
On request
Standard
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
USD 2,293
On request
Extra for Single
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
1 Dec 2024
31 Mar 2025
USD 6,631
On request
Family Triple Total

Important Information

Tours can change depending on the snow and weather conditions.

We have excluded dinners as you may like to visit local restaurants in Rovaniemi. Please let us know if you would like to include the first dinner on arrival or anything else. Lunches often clash with activities so we leave it up to you to fit in with your day.

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