Finland and Norway – 7-Day Nordic Christmas Experience Tour

7 Days Starting in Helsinki, Finland and ending in Rovaniemi, Finland

Visiting: Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Saariselkä

Tour operator:

Nordic Unique Travels

Tour code:

137589

Guide Type:

Partially Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Physical rating:

Low, EASY

Age range:

2-90

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Tour operated in:
English , French , German , Spanish
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Tour Overview

Explore the Arctic on a mission! Ride Huskies, unveil the beauty of the Fjords and much more while searching for Santa Claus. An unforgettable Christmas in the Arctic where you will experience many surprises. Christmas is the best time of the year to create new and unforgettable memories with your family. Join this trip and experience the Arctic activities to the fullest.

Highlights

  • Helsinki - Experience the Christmas atmosphere with a visit to Helsinki's cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, and the lively St. Thomas Christmas Market

  • Rovaniemi - Visit Santa Claus Village, cross the Arctic Circle, and enjoy a Northern Lights tour in an Aurora Nest

  • Lapland - Enjoy a snowmobile ride, a 10 km Husky ride, and dinner in a restaurant inside a Snow Castle

  • King Crab Cruise in Norway - Hunt for king crabs in the Arctic Fjord and enjoy a fresh meal of your catch

  • Explore Sámi culture in Saariselkä, including a visit to a Sámi farm and museum, and hunt for Northern Lights

  • Adventurous activities in Rovaniemi, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, and a Northern lights hunt by snowmobile

  • Visit the Ranua Wildlife Zoo to see 50 different species

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Helsinki - Christmas City
Location: Helsinki

In the Finnish capital, the first real snow is usually coming on Christmas, it will cover the entire city in a pure white atmosphere, and create a Christmas feeling through the Christmas decorations of Aleksanterinkatu. Our first stop will be Helsinki´s cathedral, the most famous white cathedral in Northern Europe. Shortly after we will visit Uspenski Cathedral, on our way to Tuomaan Markkinat (St. Thomas Christmas Market). Feel the true Scandinavian Christmas atmosphere in this lively street market. For lunch, we will enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas lunch, before we continue to the Sibelius Monument. The Sibelius Park is a park erected to honor Jean Sibelius, a remarkable Finnish composer.


For dinner, we will have something not so conventional but certainly tasty: Arctic Seafood Sashimi. Once we are ready, we will begin our trip to Rovaniemi in Santa´s comfortable night train, equipped with double rooms.


Day 2 : Rovaniemi
Location: Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is the first stop in the Arctic Circle! The area is mysterious and beautiful. In addition to the world's only Santa Claus, there is a magical summer midnight sun and a stunning winter aurora borealis! Santa Claus Village is probably the most exciting place in the world. Santa Claus will listen carefully to your wishes. Are you ready to meet Santa?During your visit to Santa´s Post Office, you can purchase a variety of Christmas cards. Cross the Arctic Circle and get a Certificate. 


After meeting Santa, we will visit a snow castle, experience the amazing architecture and ice sculptures and have fun with the high speed sledding in the snow toboggans. Afterwards, we will try a reindeer meat meal, before we go to Santa´s Park! During this visit, we will meet Santa´s elves! 


For dinner, we will try Arctic Salmon dinner cooked straight on a fire, following the pure Lappish barbecue style and, once we are full, we will go to an amazing experience in our Aurora Nest! A small mobile house pulled by snowmobiles, in which you will have a chance to see the Northern lights!


Day 3 : Crafts And Snow Castles
Location: Lapland

We will begin this most exciting day with a snowmobile ride through the arctic forest. Very close from there, we can find a husky farm where we will enjoy a 10 km Husky ride, a taster of the most traditional means of transportation in the arctic regions. For lunch we will enjoy a sample of the traditional local cuisine, arctic whitefish, and afterwards we will visit a Sámi art workshop. In the workshop we will go through the crafting process used by a Sámi family of artisans, who will show us their techniques and their way of living.


In the evening, we will enjoy dinner in a restaurant inside a Snow Castle. And after being stunned by this breathtaking construction, we will be shown our rooms, also in the snow hotel!


Day 4 : King Crabs!
Location: Lapland

In the fourth day of our trip, we will go on a trip! After breakfast we will travel to Norway in search of king crabs. Norway's sea is a paradise for king crab catching all year round, the only difference is winter crab meat is harder! We will embark on a hunting King Crab Cruise and sail into the arctic fjord. The fishermen will dive into the crystal clear Arctic Fjord, hunting underwater crabs and Arctic sea urchins and scallops. Everything we hunt, we will bring it with us for instant cooking, you will be involved in the whole process and enjoy a fresh meal!


Later on the day, we will have a traditional dinner: Norwegian deep sea trout dishes, and you will be able to choose where you want to stay for the night, a four-star hotel by the sea or a forest Chalet Hotel.


Day 5 : Sámi Day
Location: Saariselkä

Today we will explore in depth the Sámi culture. We will travel to Saariselkä, a small but attractive town surrounded by the wilderness. We will visit a Sámi farm and a Sami Museum and, once we know everything about the Sámi, we will enjoy a traditional lunch. After the food, we will climb to the top of Saariselkä´s hill, and enjoy the astonishing views of Lapland from there. To add more history to our day, we will visit the gold rush museum, where we will improve our gold panning skills.


For dinner we will eat a delicious arctic char meal, and with our bellies full, we will go on the hunt for Northern Lights. There is nothing better after an exhausting day that a night in a 4-star SPA hotel double room!


Day 6 : Wild Land Experience
Location: Rovaniemi

Back in Rovaniemi, we will try some more adventurous activities. We will go snowshoeing through a wild forest all the way down to a lake, where we will try some ice fishing! We will prepare a barbecue in the snow where we will have a chance to grill our catch of the day. We will then return to civilization, with a stroll around Rovaniemi´s Christmas Market, where you will find a lot of souvenirs and lovely memories. 


For dinner, we will take you to savor the arctic duck and, once you are full, we will go on an exciting Northern lights hunt by snowmobile. You will spend the night in an astonishing Ice Hotel or Forest Chalet, at your own choice.


Day 7 : End Of The Tour
Location: Rovaniemi

In the last day of the tour, we will climb to the top of Ounasvaara Hill, from where we will see all Rovaniemi under the beautiful sunrise. We will also visit the Ranua Wildlife Zoo and its 50 different species. 


After the lunch, you will have some free time until the evening, when we will fly to Helsinki.


What's Included

  • Pick-up from and drop-off to your hotel/accommodation
  • Winter clothes (overall, boots and gloves) 
  • Guide in English (other languages available on request: Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)
  • 4 nights 4 star hotel / 2 nights glass igloo
  • All the activities and Northern Lights tour
  • Breakfast / lunch

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Requirements

A valid driver’s license is required to drive the snowmobiles.


Please Note

  • 4880€/person if more than 4 persons
  • At least 2 people are required for this tour to take place
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Please be ready, and wait in your hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time
  • Infant under 4 is complimentary
  • Product may be canceled or rescheduled if the group size is smaller than 2 persons paying full price
  • * A valid driver’s license is required to drive the snowmobiles.

Check out our Q&As

  • Where are we located?

    Nordic Unique Travels LTD located in the door to the Arctic: Rovaniemi, Lapland. Our office is approachable by walking distance from the major hotels in the city area (Maakuntakatu 29-31 96200 Rovaniemi Finland). We are in the middle of the city centre, next to Subway and in front of Sale Market. Come make us a visit!

  • When to travel to Lapland?

    There are four distinctly different seasons as far up north as Rovaniemi. However, locals think the conditions are in a constant state of change and say there are up to eight seasons in the year: midwinter, snowy spring, spring, summer, harvest season, autumn leaf colour, first snowfall, and Christmas. Please bear in mind that there is annual fluctuation in weather. Lapland is in the continental climate zone. The winters are cold and rich in snow, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, the summers are relatively warm. Rovaniemi is part of the arctic region; its climate, however, is subarctic and temperate, characterised by strong seasonal contrasts of dark versus bright and cold versus warm.

  • Summer in Lapland

    The Midnight Sun and white nights in June and July The Midnight Sun period officially lasts from early June until early July, but nights are white throughout the summer in Rovaniemi. The summer in Lapland can offer an interesting variety of weather conditions, with a longer warm spell expected in July. The warmest time of year brings people out in masses, and various events take place in summery Rovaniemi. Prepare to celebrate until the wee hours, as the sun never goes down. There are plenty of things to do in Rovaniemi in the summer, and with 24 hours of light, there’s no limits to time of action.

  • Spring in Lapland

    The snow melts, the ice breaks and nature is reborn in April and May April is still considered a snowy month in Rovaniemi and Lapland, but the snow gradually disappears as May approaches. The ice on rivers and lakes starts melting, and big chunks of ice can be seen flowing downstream. In early April, the last of the Northern Lights displays can be seen. Towards the end of April, nights are too light for the Auroras to be spotted. In May, northern nature starts getting ready to blossom once again after a harsh winter. At the end of May, nights are white. In Rovaniemi, winter activities still run in early April, after which it’s time for non-snow stuff.

  • Winter in Lapland

    Christmas, the Polar Night and snowy spring from December to March December and January are snowy months shrouded in the darkness of the Polar Night. The sun comes out in February and marks the start of the snowy, light-filled spring. March is often terrific for Northern Lights viewing. In Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, Christmas is a special time, as many flock to the arctic town to meet Santa in person and experience the festive season in magical wintery surroundings. The winter is a great time for a number of activities both in the snow outside and experiencing local culture inside.

  • Autumn in Lapland

    First Auroras and first snowfall from August to November Early August is still considered summer by many, but by the end of the month, it’s definitely autumn. The Northern Lights start appearing in late August, and September and October are ideal Aurora viewing months. Temperatures start dropping below zero in October, and first snow usually falls at around the same time period. A permanent snow cover is expected in late November. Autumn leaf colour paints the landscapes in earthy shades, and days are perfect for hiking and other nature related activities, as nights are best reserved for Aurora spotting.

Reviews of this Operator

Tin Morada (Google Reviewer)  

We booked several tours with...

16-Jan-2024

We booked several tours with Nordic Unique Travels. Glad we made the right decision... Our trip to Rovaniemi, Finland was seamless because of them. All our tour guides were really friendly and shared lots of information about the places we visited. Thanks to Livia, Francesco, Jan, Erik, Myriam, Nikki, Carlos and Mathias for making our trip extra special 😊

Joy Torculas (Google Reviewer)  

We had a great time...

13-Jan-2024

We had a great time with our 5 day tour package with Nordic Unique Travels with our wonderful, very informative and helpful tour guides, Livia, Francesco, Jan, Erik, Myriam, Nikki, Carlos and Mathias. We did not caught a fish and did not see the northern lights but the Risiintunturi and the snowmobile driving were awesome! The sausage, salmon, salmon soup and hot blueberry juice were very good. The hotel part of the package was at the city center and close to everything, the staffs were friendly and we like it that they have a sauna. Highly recommending NUT 🥰 Thank you very much!

Peter Neam (Google Reviewer)  

Jerry an excellent guide.very informative...

31-Jan-2024

Jerry an excellent guide.very informative and patient. Even help to carried my child up the slope. Best experience ever. Totally recommended. And don’t forget to take up the extra cookies he offered at the rest point. 👍🏼👍🏼Nordic unique travel

Janet Maneenak (Google Reviewer)  

Our good experience/best memory goes...

26-Dec-2023

Our good experience/best memory goes to our tour guide, Carlos. Since we had a bad experience on the first day and Carlos was sent to be our guide on the next day. He picked us up and double checked our names just to make sure the all guests were real customers. And he kept saying he won't forget us. He drove carefully according to the law so we could trust him. Along the way he could describe several useful things. We enjoyed talking and didn't fall asleep. He understood his guests and didn't force us to do whatever we didn't want. If we were cold, we could be in the car. BBQ was also good for vegetarians. He kept corns and vegan sausages for us. This made us feel like we were special and turned the bad experience on the first day to good. When he sent us back, he dropped us in front of the apartment door. Thank you so much for the tour and the best tour guide.

Fiona Saunders (Google Reviewer)  

I booked once I arrived...

02-Apr-2024

I booked once I arrived in rovaniemi, the office was friendly. I booked a few tours. Yuming was a great guide, the reindeer farm was good fun and would recommend, especially for kids. Second tour was snowmobile and husky with ken, again he was great at explaining and giving some general info on Finland while we waited for snowmobile. The last tour was Matthias to the frozen waterfalls. I really liked this tour and guide had loads of stories, facts and info about rovaniemi, the forests, current ecosystem and the past history of the woods and animals. Showed us animal tracks and lots of information on the seasons. Genuine outdoors person who seemed like he enjoyed his job and engaging with customers.

Chong Vivian (Google Reviewer)  

Our tour guide Carlos was...

05-Apr-2024

Our tour guide Carlos was AMAZING!!! He guided us all the way preparing nice and warm food to enjoy in the cold and chased the northern lights to have super stunning views of it. We were beyond grateful for his guidance and also the good weather for the last week of the peak season!! Totally recommend to come take a visit. 5 stars for Carlos :D

Dries Thys (Google Reviewer)  

Incredible and wonderful tours! We...

08-Dec-2023

Incredible and wonderful tours! We booked the Aurora hunt, the husky safari and reindeer safari. The experiences were astonishing. Aldo, Miquel and Fotis were our personal guides. They gave us a very welcoming and personal feeling, they explained extensively the life of a husky and reindeer, as well as how the Aurora Borealis works. Highly recommended, we will definitely book here again!

fong kwong (Google Reviewer)  

We have joined Nordic Unique...

24-Dec-2023

We have joined Nordic Unique Travel for a day tour in Rovaniemi, the trip is really amazing and enjoyable. We first went to hiking, and had a panoramic view of the city. Then we went to visit the museum and got some knowledge of the weather characteristics of finland. Later, we had a delicious lunch buffet in Santa Claus village, and met Santa! Further, we had the reindeer ride. Our lovely guide, Jane, was really helpful. We had another activities at night. When she realized it, she proactively adjusted our schedules of activities to suit the same. She was very familiar with all the details of Finland, and all my family members enjoyed so much! Thanks Jane, 👍👍👍👍

Rose Cloherty (Google Reviewer)  

We had a wonderful guide...

15-Dec-2023

We had a wonderful guide called Rami, who took us to Santa's Village. He was so patient and informative regarding the schedule and layout of the village. Not only did he have great relationship skills he spoke 5 and a half languages, making people feel comfortable and at easy.

Alina M. (Google Reviewer)  

The snowshoeing tour was great!...

21-Nov-2023

The snowshoeing tour was great! We could borrow overalls and shoes for the tour as well as the snowshoes themselves. Our guides, Joel and Jane, did a great job navigating us through the snowy forest to a view point on Vaattunkivaara where we ate some cookies and drank a warm blueberry juice. Highly recommend the tour, you can also be picked up directly at your accommodation if preferred!

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