A Week on the Arctic Circle
Join our small group for a winter week at the Arctic Circle where we stay in quality accommodation, enjoy an fun programme of activities in the pure, fresh, Lapland winter, and, at the same time, showcase a sustainable way of travelling
6 nights / 7 days
Rovaniemi, Arctic Circle, Finland
Join a small group
Snow activities & Lappish culture
from 2329 EUR
HOW TO GET HERE – ROVANIEMI
Air Daily connections through Helsinki, and some direct flights from European cities.
Train From Helsinki by day (taking 8-9 hours) or overnight with cabin.
WHAT’S INCLUDED – AT A GLANCE
Services of a local tour manager
6 nights accommodation with bed and buffet breakfast (5 nights in a Aurora Cabin in countryside and 1 night in boutique hotel in Rovaniemi centre)
3 included dinners (including 1 welcome drink and 1 wine pairing)
Full thermal outfit at disposal from Day 2 to Day 5
Activity & Excursion programme including: husky sledding, e-snowmobiling, private sauna, home visits, nature photography exhibition, Arktikum entrance, sustainability tour of the accommodation premises, aurora hunting
Route Information via exclusive Google My Map
OUR DONATION TO CHARITY
We donate 10 EUR for every person booked on this tour to the John Nurminen Foundation, a charitable organisation protecting the Baltic Sea and its cultural heritage.
Experience the Magic
Experience the magic of winter on the Arctic Circle with suppliers who care about sustainable values. There is a purity about Lapland – pristine white drifts of snow, fresh clean air, the dazzle of the Northern Lights on a cold, clear night – and we’d like to keep it that way. Staying in the heart of the nature, in the comfort of your personal unique Aurora cabin, our accommodation base has a strong focus on combining quality with sustainability. Our programme includes a range of activities that are both fun and at the same time will showcase a sustainable way of travelling. Discover the accommodation’s special approach to sustainability in a remote location through a range of seasons, experience the silence of e-snowmobiles, the natural noise of yelping huskies, visit the home of locals, discover the traditions of Finnish sauna, and enjoy local food and drink sourced from fresh natural ingredients.
Staying in the region in late March, this is the perfect “sustainable” time to visit, at the end of the season, and also when the winter daylight hours are at their longest.
Those joining our tour get exclusive access to our tour Google My Map for additional information on the tours activities and venues, plus what to see and do in the free time – no-waste access from your phone.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 - 20 March 2022
Arriving to Rovaniemi, your first experience is likely to be the carbon-neutral city airport, heated with carbon-free products from renewable and locally sourced fuels. Located directly on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi survives through extremes of seasons, from the snow-covered winter world of the Northern Lights to summers of 24 hour daylight.
Meet your Tour Manager and like-minded members of our small group over a Lappish beer as a Welcome Drink, before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Overnight in superior private Aurora cabins (breakfast + dinner included)
DAY 2 - 21 March 2022
After enjoying a full Finnish breakfast buffet, collect a full thermal outfit, yours for the 4 day stay on the Arctic Circle.
Meet yelping husky dogs and hear stories of husky life, whilst posing for photos with these friendly dogs. They will love pulling you through the snowy forest trails on a 7–10 km long safari, where you get to mush your own dog team.
Sustainability in the Arctic
On our private guided tour, learn about the owners’ approach to Arctic sustainability – from recycling, waste and water management, to local culture, animal welfare, and the approach to sustainable food and drink.
DAY 3 - 22 March 2022
Sauna – a Finnish Tradition
Taking a sauna is a Finnish tradition, and so deeply rooted into Finnish culture that no stay here would be complete without one! Included in your package is a 1½ private sauna slot including towels, bathrobe, slippers, and a saunavihta, branches of a birch tree, which along with the humid heat will soothe the skin. A sauna host will guide you through the process.
The day is also free to enjoy optional activities, such as reindeers, horses, or snowshoes.
Gourmet by the Bonfire – with Aurora Watching
A short walk from your cabins, a magical Lappish evening awaits. Surrounded by atmospheric natural lighting of fire and candles, enjoy traditional Lappish food, prepared by the open fire using local Finnish ingredients.
After this tasty outdoor dinner, relax Arctic-style, as reindeer skins are laid out on the frozen lake for star gazing and aurora hunting, before a special transfer back to your cabins, by Snowtrain.
DAY 4 - 23 March 2022
A Day of Lappish Culture
Today we take an excursion to learn about Lappish culture. Our journey is by small coach, and although hybrid and electric vehicles do not exist as yet in this category, we choose only transport that follows the EU emission EURO 6 standard.
Our first stop visits a small exhibition of Lappish nature photography, where you can meet the photographer over a coffee. We then continue to Arktikum, a science centre and museum where visitors can experience northern nature, culture, and history to get a deeper understanding of the Arctic region.
At your resort you will surely have seen the reindeers there, and may even have enjoyed an activity with them during your free time. Did you know reindeers shed their antlers every year? Our programme for the afternoon visits the home of a Lappish couple who for a long time have made use of the natural ecological material that is reindeer antlers. They are preserving a Lappish handicraft tradition from working with this exclusive raw material to produce all kinds of jewellery items. You have the opportunity to learn from them and make your own souvenir, aswell as meeting the couple over coffee and cakes in their own log house home.
Overnight in superior private Aurora cabin (breakfast included)
DAY 5 - 24 March 2022
The day is free to enjoy optional activities, which can include reindeers, horses, or snowshoes, or time for the private sauna slot included in your package.
Overnight in superior private Aurora cabin (breakfast included)
DAY 6 - 25 March 2022
An electric start to the day
This morning we depart our countryside base, we head into the city – a city by Lapland standards – Rovaniemi has a population of just over 50,000.
Travelling by controlled emission small coach, we stop along the way on the shores of Lake Lehtojärvi. Here our E-Snowmobile charging stations stations are located, and we start an exclusive and ecological way of travelling by snowmobile, a silent and emission-free e-sled. The fantastic remote location allows for some great driving in the pure Arctic nature across the frozen lake and through snow-topped forest trails.
The 3 hour tour will include a stop in a Lappish kota sausages (or a vegetarian alternative) are grilled by open fire, and served with hot coffee and and a sweet bun.
Continuing into Rovaniemi, the afternoon is free to explore the town.
As a farewell dinner, we walk across the street to an excellent small local restaurant. Set menus change according to seasonality and local produce availability – but you can choose from a menu based around locally-produced fish and meat, or a Vegan menu, both 5 course menues utilising the season’s best local vegetable selection, and served together with appropriate wine pairings.
Overnight in boutique hotel in Rovaniemi city centre (breakfast & dinner included)
DAY 7: Departure, or extend your stay
On departure day there should be a choice of morning flights back to Helsinki, which then connect to a range of cities worldwide.
You can extend your stay in Rovaniemi with us, or add on a visit to Helsinki.
ROUTE & GALLERY
DATE & PRICES
TOUR DATES IN 2022
PACKAGE PRICE IN EUR (euros)
per person sharing twin/double
3369 € per person in single
135 EUR per person extra for optional Reindeer Journey (2 hours, Tuesdays & Thursdays) – see further details during the Booking process
98 EUR per person extra for optional Snowy Nature on Horseback (2 hours, Tuesdays & Thursdays) – see further details during the Booking process
72 EUR per person extra for optional In the Footsteps of Bigfoot (snowshoe tour 2.5 hours, Tuesdays & Thursdays) – see further details during the Booking process
83 EUR per person extra for single use of E-Snowmobile
62 EUR extra for private arrival airport transfer (per vehicle, per transfer)
90 EUR extra for private departure airport transfer (per vehicle, per transfer)
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast in Rovaniemi countryside (20-25 March 2022)
- 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Rovaniemi city centre (25-26 March 2022)
- Services of a local Nordic Puro Tour Manager
- 3 course dinner on day 1 including 1 welcome drink (local beer or non-alcoholic alternative)
- Thermal outfit at disposal from Day 2 to Day 5
- Guided husky tour (2 hours) hot drink, husky ride 7-10km, meeting the huskies
- Guided Sustainability tour of accommodation complex including restaurant and animals
- Private sauna experience – 1½ hours (book your slot during Day 1-5)
- Gourmet by the Bonfire Food & Drink with Aurora watching evening
- Lappish Culture excursion programme including tour manager service, coach transfers to/from accommodation, reindeer antler souvenir making, coffee/pastry, private home tour, nature photography exhibition, entrance to Arktikum musuem & science centre)
- 3 hours guided E-Snowmobile programme (including coach transfers to/from accommodations), 2 sharing snowmobile, thermal clothing, snacks
- 5 course Farewell Dinner with wine pairing
- Route Information via exclusive Google My Map
What’s NOT included
- Flights from your home country
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals not outlined in programme
- Optional tours not included in this programme
BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THIS TOUR
THE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
Directly on the Arctic Circle
Located directly on the Arctic Circle you will be based 5 nights at the Apukka Resort, beside a lake on the edge of unspoilt wilderness. Your superior Aurora Cabin, an individual unit, with lake views, has a bed placed under a glass roof to the sky, your window on the northern skies and – hopefully – a sighting of the Aurora Borealis. A private bathroom, sofa, electric fireplace, mini fridge, hair dryer, kettle with tea/coffee-making facilities, and complimentary WiFi makes for a comfortable stay. Huskies and reindeers live on-site, and there is a restaurant serving Nordic cuisine with a modern twist, using locally-sourced ingredients.
World Wildlife Fund partner
Heading into town for the final night, we stay at the magnificent boutique hotel Arctic Light, a World Wildlife Fund partner raising awareness to the threat of global warming.
WHY BOOK WITH NORDIC PURO?
| Experienced – 20 years+ experience handling tours across Scandinavia
Local, on-the-spot expertise, specialists in Scandinavia tours
24 hour emergency service so in case of need, you have a local number to call
Knowledgeable – First-hand up-to-the-minute knowledge of suppliers across our region
Sustainable – Commitment to provide programmes with sustainable partners
Donations to Charity – For every person booked we make a donation to a local sustainable charity.
Constant education of our staff with local sustainable development
Exclusive Information – All our tours come with a unique exclusive Google My Map access, showing you our personal tips and suggestions for range of sights, bars and restaurants
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