Welcome to Finland

Our winter adventure begins with a two night stay in Finland’s trendy capital, Helsinki, before we fly north to Ruka in the Arctic Circle. This frontier region is perfect for the magical winter scenery that has made Lapland such an enchanting destination. Once in the far north we’ll gear up and prepare for a packed itinerary featuring husky riding, snowmobiling, a reindeer farm and twilight sledge ride. Whether to get into the festive spirit or to discover the ultimate white wonderland, Finland in winter is a must!

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Helsinki, Finland’s quirky capital city
  • Go on a thrilling husky-led sledge ride
  • Head to a farm to meet festive reindeer
  • Take an evening sledge ride under the stars and potentially the Northern Lights
  • Be transferred by snowmobile to try your hand at ice fishing
  • Dates & Prices

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    December 12 - December 18, 2017 (7 days)

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    Discounted Sighted Price: £999 Contact us for availability

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    Three reindeer with antlers on their heads stand in the snow
  • Two husky dogs looking into the distance

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Internal flights between Helsinki & Kuusamo (UK prices only)
    • 2 nights accommodation at Glo Hotel Art in Helsinki
    • 4 nights accommodation at Rantasipi Rukahovi Hotel in Ruka
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Helsinki Walking Tour
    • Reindeer Farm Visit
    • Husky Farm & Sledge Ride
    • Starlight Sledge Ride
    • Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sledge
    • Snowshoe Hiking (optional)
    • River Floating (optional)
    Green illuminations of the Northern Lights light up the night sky

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Tuesday 12th December

We’ll meet at the airport at 7.50am for our group flight. Arrive in Helsinki and transfer to our city centre hotel in the early afternoon. The rest of the day will be at leisure exploring the city. On Helsinki’s charming streets you’ll find cutting-edge centres for art and modern design, then turn a corner and you’ll discover elegant art-nouveau cafes, shops, and noteworthy museums. This is a city of the old and new, balancing traditional heritage with a proudly progressive outlook.

Overnight in Helsinki.

Wednesday 13th December

Waking up in Helsinki we’ll have a leisurely breakfast before meeting our guide for a walking tour of Helsinki. Helsinki is a compact city and we shall visit many highlights including the neo-classical Senate Square, Lutheran and Orthodox cathedrals and Market Square. We may have the opportunity to visit the emotive Rock Church before exploring some of Helsinki’s modern delights including the Kaisa (Helsinki University library), the sculptures in Esplanadi Park and the Chapel of Silence.

The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed further exploring the main attractions of this vibrant city or perhaps you would like to try some Nordic cuisine that has recently become internationally renowned.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Helsinki.

Thursday 14th December

This morning we’ll embark on a short flight north to Kuusamo where we’ll then transfer to the resort of Ruka, our winter wonderland for the next few days. It is then time to gear up and collect our outdoor winter outifits so we stay warm and snug during our adventure.

The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed exploring our cosy resort before our upcoming days of activity.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Friday 15th December

We’ll meet our guide and transfer to a reindeer farm today where we’ll meet a local reindeer herder who will share his stories of herding this iconic animal around Lapland. As part of this festive experience the reindeer will take us for a short ride in a traditional sledge before we gather round a cosy fire for a snack to hear stories.

This afternoon, there will be the option to go on a river float. This exciting and relaxing activity sees you floating in special gear down a river.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Saturday 16th December

No winter adventure is complete without visiting energetic huskies.  These black and white dogs also have distinctive pale blue eyes and a thick double coat, perfectly suited to arctic conditions. They will be eager to go running so following a short safety briefing we’ll mount our sledges in twos and commence a 5km ride through magical white wilderness.

We’ll then learn more about the husky dogs on the farm and enjoy a small snack before returning to Ruka.

This evening we’ll hope for a clear starry night and for a vivid appearance of the Northern Lights as we have our starlight sledge ride. We’ll meet our guide in Ruka who’ll drive snowmobiles that pull our sledges behind for a journey deep into the enchanting forests and groves of this magical winter wonderland. Along the way our group will stop by a cosy fire for a snack and time to absorb the unique ambience of Finland’s refreshing north and, if we are lucky, the Northern Lights!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Sunday 17th December

With plenty of lakes and ponds, the region of Kuusamo is a paradise for fishers so today we’ll try our hand at ice fishing, known as pilkki in Finnish. The jiggers will be transported to the fishing place on a snowmobile sledge where we’ll learn the secrets of ice fishing and learn how to check the nets under the ice. Accompanied by some traditional hot juice we’ll see who will catch the biggest fish.

This afternoon, you’ll have the option to enjoy an exhilarating snowmobile ride through the powdery white snow.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Monday 18th December

Today we transfer back to Kuusamo for our journey home.

Breakfast included.