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Finland Northern Lights Adventure


Location: Finland

 

Dates: March 06-13, 2021

 

Price: 3,595.00

 

Deposit: 650.00

 

Group Leader: Eduardo

 

RSVP Limit: 20 

 

NOT OPEN FOR DEPOSITS YET, BUT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE "WANNA GO" LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN WE DO. THIS TRIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 2020, SO WE WILL HAVE ONLY A FEW SPOTS OPEN.

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You have been dreaming about this for a long time! Let's make it happen and let's go see the Northern Lights in an fun-packed adventure, visiting three countries in one of the beautiful places in world: Scandinavia.

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This is truly going to be the most amazing Northern Lights trip ever!

Highlights:

- Visit Finland, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

- See the Northern Lights from a GLASS IGLOO! That's right! You've seen the pictures online and now you have the chance to actually do it!

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- Have the chance to spend a night in the Arctic Snow Hotel, a hotel made entirely of ice and snow!

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- Have 5 chances to see the Northern Lights in one of the best places in the world. We will be all-but-guaranteed to see the Aurora not only once, but several times. Here are some of the unique and amazing ways in which we will see the Lights:

 

  - While riding an Electric Snowmobile 

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- On a sled pulled by reindeer. 

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- On a sled pulled by huskies.

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- While Floating on a frozen lake wearing a thermal floating suit.

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 - Snowshoeing through the Laplandish wilderness. 

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 We will also do some amazing and unique activities and have some amazing experiences unique to Scandinavia, such as: 

- Visiting and taking a city tour of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

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- Taking an overnight train from Helsinki to the Finnish Lapland in your own cabin with a bed and shower. A very cool and unique European experience!

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And optional activities such as: 

- Visiting a husky farm and drive your own husky sled.

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- Taking a full day tour and sailing on a real icebreaker.

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- Ice fishing.

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- Experiencing a snow sauna (that's right!) and a snow Jacuzzi.

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- Going on a Finnish sauna where you can go on a sauna, come out and dip in frozen lake.

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- Going Ice climbing

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- Riding a fatbike on the snow

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- Going Ice Karting.

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These activities and locations are all absolutely amazing. However, this trip will be even more amazing because we timed it in order to maximize our chances to see the Northern Lights. Displays of the Northern Lights do tend to intensify around the equinox months of March and September because the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun’s solar wind are more likely to be in sync. There are no guarantees, but even stronger displays are therefore more likely around the spring equinox, which be on March 19. March also tends to be the winter month with the clearest skies. New moon is March 24, which means not only we will be getting the darkest skies of the month, but also the ski will be very dark on the 19th. No promises, but are likely to see some of the most amazing Northern Lights spectacles of the season during our travel dates.

 

Here’s our day-by-day itinerary:

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 06: ARRIVE IN HELSINKI. FREE DAY

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Arrive in Helsinki and get transferred to hotel. Depending on what time we arrive, we may go explore the city on our own.

Accommodations: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar

Meals: N/A

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 07: CITY TOUR OF HELSINKI AND BOARD OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO ROVANIEMI

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In the morning we will go on a 3 hour guided tour of Helsinki, where we will see the Temppeliaukio Church – The Rock Church, Suurkirkko- Lutheran Cathedral, Esplanade Park, Sibelius monument, Havis Amanda Fountain, Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral, Finlandia Hall, Presidential Palace – Presidentinlinna.

In the evening, we will be transferred to the train station to board an overnight train from Helsinki to the Finnish Lapland city of Rovaniemi.

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This will be an amazing experience where we will spend the night on a train in our own cabin. The train leaves Helsinki at 11:13 PM and arrives in Rovaniemi at 11:05 AM. We will get settled and get to bed as soon as the train leaves. When we wake up in the morning, the train will be far north traveling through an almost uninhabited winter wonderland on its way to one of the most beautiful and unique places in the planet: the Finnish Lapland.

Accommodation: VR Night Train, Helsinki – Rovaniemi, 2-berth compartments with private shower/WC

Meals: Breakfast (at Helsinki hotel)

 

MONDAY, MARCH 08: ARRIVE IN ROVANIEMI. FREE DAY IN ROVANIEMI WITH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. NIGHT: SNOWSHOE HIKE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

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We will arrive in Rovaniemi train station at 11:05 AM and get transferred to hour hotel. We will then have a free afternoon to explore Rovaniemi or do any of the many optional winter activities available in Rovaniemi.

Evening activity: Northern Lights Snowshoe Hike-Open your senses and experience the silence of the forest by snowshoeing by night. The reflection of the snow, the stars and the moon give us light as we find our way through the darkness of the beautiful Lappish forest. With only a 20-minute transfer from the city lights, one can enjoy the fresh clean air of the wilderness, get some exercise, admire the beauty of the snow white forest, and hopefully view the northern lights. About half way through the safari we make a stop and the guide will light a campfire. Warm snacks and drinks will be served and stories about the northern lights shared. Please note: Northern lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or color on the evening of the safari.

Accommodations: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge or similar

Meals: N/A. Breakfast will be available on the train but it's not included.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 09: FREE DAY IN ROVANIEMI WITH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. NIGHT: OUTING TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS FLOATING ON A FROZEN LAKE

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Free day in Rovaniemi to explore the city and surrounding as well as do any of the many winter activitiesavailable.

Evening activity: Northern Lights Floating on a Frozen Lake- Dip yourself into frozen lake under the Auroras and let your mind rest, sounds bizarre doesn’t it? Tonight this is possible when go for a private secret venue. This guided floating is completely safe with a high quality rescue suit that covers your whole body and keeps you dry. As you have your own clothing under the suit, you will not get cold even in the open 0-degree water. The circumstances are truly arctic! If the weather is clear, we can see beautiful stars and may even get to marvel magnificent Northern Lights.

 Accommodations: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10: FREE DAY IN ROVANIEMI WITH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. NIGHT: NORTHERN LIGHTS VIEWING ON A REINDEER SLED

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Free day in Rovaniemi to explore the city and surrounding as well as do any of the many winter activitiesavailable.

Evening Activity: Northern Lights on a reindeer sled- Seeing the northern lights is a very impressive experience – especially while enjoying the peace and tranquility of a reindeer sleigh ride. Whilst searching for the northern lights we peacefully move through the arctic forests wrapped up warm on our sleighs. The safari takes place at a local reindeer farm close to Rovaniemi but far enough away that the city lights don’t disturb us. At the farm you will meet real reindeer herders who share their experiences of life hand-in-hand with nature. The reindeer sleigh ride takes about 45 minutes, after which we head back indoors for warm snacks and stories of reindeer herding, northern lights and wilderness life. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the safari to take photos. The program duration is approximately 3 - 4 hours including transfers.

Accommodations: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge or similar

Meals: Breakfast.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 11: FREE DAY IN ROVANIEMI WITH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES. NIGHT: NORTHERN LIGHTS VIEWING ON AN E-SNOWMOBILE. OPTIONAL NIGHT AT ICE HOTEL.

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Free day in Rovaniemi to explore the city and surrounding as well as do any of the many winter activitiesavailable.

For those of us who would like to experience a night in a snow hotel, at 12:00 PM we'll get transferred to Arctic Snow Hotel where you can have dinner at the Ice Restaurant and a drink at the Ice Bar. The hotel is entirely made of ice and snow and the temperature inside the hotel is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. You sleep on a transparent bed made of ice! However, using the sleeping bags intended for extreme conditions combined with reindeer furs, you can be sure you will stay in warmth and comfort. Although a night in a snow hotel is an amazing experience, we understand that not everyone will be thrilled by the idea, which is why we made that an optional addition (cost will be 250.00 for the night).

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Evening Activity: Northern Lights Viewing on an E-Snowmobile- We ride our e-sleds to the top of a hill, far from the city lights – an ideal place for watching the Northern Lights. We stop to observe and admire the night sky and stars, and, if we are lucky, see the Northern Lights as well. The guide is happy to help the guests with camera settings, if they wish to take pictures. During the stop we warm ourselves by the fire in a private hunting cabin and enjoy a Finnish supper.

Both the group at the Arctic Snow Hotel and the group at Arctic Circle Wilderness Hotel will be picked up at around 9:PM (will confirm the time) and brought back to their respective pickup points at the end of the outing.

AccommodationsAccommodations: Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge or similar, or Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos, ice room.

Meals: Breakfast.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 12: FREE DAY IN ROVANIEMI OR ARCTIC SNOW HOTEL. NIGHT IN A GLASS IGLOO

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Free day in Rovaniemi to explore the city and surrounding as well as do any of the many winter activities available. If you have spent the night at Arctic Snow Hotel, you will have a free day at the hotel where you can go in the snow sauna, snow jacuzzi or do any of the available activities at the hotel.

We will then get transferred and settled in one of the coolest accommodation in the world: a glass igloo.

Arctic Snow Hotel is located far enough from the city, so that there is no light pollution. If the Northern Lights appear that evening, we will have on the most amazing experiences ever, seeing the Northern Lights from inside our glass igloo!

Accommodations: Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos, in a glass igloo

Meals: Breakfast

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 13: 

After an amazing and magical week in one of the most beautiful places in the planet, experiencing some of the most amazing sights anyone has ever experience, we get transferred to the airport and say goodbye to Rovaniemi and Finland.

Accommodations: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

 

PRICE and PAYMENT TERMS

- Price: 3,595.00

- This price is for check, bank transfer, or any direct form of payment. In order to keep our prices low, we can take the deposit via credit card but need the balance to be paid by a direct form of payment. If you want to pay for the remaining balance with a credit card, there will be a 5% fee added to your invoice.

- A deposit of 650.00 (non-refundable) starts your reservation. Once we receive your deposit, we'll send you a questionnaire and a contract that will need to be returned to us in 72 hours to guarantee your spot.  Once we have the questionnaire and contract, we also will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. You will have until December 14 (three months before departure) to finish making your payment.

- When you make your deposit, you will be asked for your email. MAKE SURE YOU LIST AN EMAIL YOU CHECK DAILY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE, INVOICE, AND ALL THE EMAILS IN REGARDS TO THE TRIP.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

- Full payment is only due on December 06, 2020, three months before the trip. So you have a lot of time to pay. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by the due date.

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposit) are refundable before the due date (December 06, 2020). After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable. We STRONGLY suggest that you get travel insurance to cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.

 

INCLUDED

- All the hotel stays at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below).

- Transportation to and from the airport to the hotel if you arrive and depart within the guidelines on FLIGHT GUIDELINES below.  If you arrive or leave at a different time, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation or pay extra for our operator to transport you.

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as well as to and from terminals to hotels while with the group (if you do your own activity, arrive or leave at a different day, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation).

- All the Northern Lights outings listed, except for the horseback riding outing.

- Continental Breakfast at all hotels.

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to and from Scandinavia (see FLIGHT below).

- Optional activities.

- Meals unless specifically stated in the itinerary.

- Travel insurance (highly recommended). We do offer Travel Guard travel insurance and will send you a link to purchase it once you pay your deposit. You can also get insurance with any company you would like.

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.

- Rentals.

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get.

- Any activity not described in the itinerary.

 

ABOUT OCCUPANCY

- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate. Unless you have someone that you are already coming with, of course. 

 - Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself): 995.00

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).

 

RSVP DEADLINE

- We’re not setting a deadline but we’re limiting the number of people to 20. We STRONGLY recommend that you put your deposit down ASAP in order to guarantee your spot. You know this trip is a dream-come-true, so jump in right now!!!! ;-)

 

FLIGHT

Flights are NOT included. Flights are very easy to book nowadays on your own and some people want to do side trips, so it gets really unpractical to include flight. Besides many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or saving money if you book it by yourself.  So instead of including air, we will give you guidelines so you can go to Kayak.com, Cheapoaire.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, or any booking website and book your own. The best time to book a flight is usually 2-3 months before departure (the best day is Tuesday and the best time is between 12:00 and 3:00 PM).  We will book your tour leader's flights at that point and e mail the group telling you what we got. 

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

- Arrives in Helsinki (HEL) by 5:00 PM on March 06. Our check in time at the hotel is 3:00 PM.

- Leaves Rovaniemi (RVN) on March 13no earlier than 8:00 AM and no later than 5:00 PM.  Our check out time at the hotel is at 10:00 AM.

 

SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due of weather, tides, road conditions, logistics and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to keep the integrity of the trip.

- Passport is required, of course, as in all international travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date.  If you don't have a valid passport or if you passport expires before 6 months after the date you will arrive back in the U.S., make sure to get started on a new one ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

As of the time of this posting American Citizens don’t need a visa for Finland, Sweden or Norway. If you have a foreign passport, you may need a visa. Here are websites for the Embassies of FinlandSweden and Norway so you can look into that. We also recommend that even American Citizens periodically check to make sure visa requirements have not changed.  

If you need to take care of any those issues, make sure to get on them ASAP so you don't get held up because of some unexpected delay. We've had people missing trips and losing their money because they waited too long, had unexpected issues come up, and couldn't take care of them before the trip started.

 

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