CHRISTMAS IN LAPLAND
10 Days / 9 Nights

White-capped tree tops, the sound of sleigh bells ringing through the snow, everything merry and bright - discover the spirit of Christmas in Finland! If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, this is your year to make it a reality! 

Celebrate a European Christmas on this magical 10 day package to Lapland, where you’ll see Santa Claus’ Village, visit a reindeer camp, go on a snowmobile safari through the wintery landscape, and enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Explore Helsinki on a city tour; go fishing in the Lapland wilderness; and search for polar bears, lynx and moose in Ranua Wildlife Park.

The celebration doesn't have to end there - book the 13 Day Package and spend New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden at the world’s first permanent ice bar!

HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience the best of Lapland at Christmas time
• Explore Helsinki on a city tour with a local guide
• See the famous Temppeliaukio Church in the Rock, the harbour markets and more
• Visit Santa Claus’ Village in Rovaniemi and meet the man himself
• Experience a snowmobile safari on Christmas Day
• Go ice fishing in the Lapland wilderness
• Feed reindeer on a visit to a reindeer farm
• Visit Ranua Wildlife Park, the world’s northernmost zoo
• Look for polar bears, lynx and moose on a walk through the zoo
• Enjoy a day at leisure in Helsinki

INCLUDES
• Return economy flights from either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Helsinki, Finland
• Return airport and rail transfers
• 5 nights hotel accommodation
• 2 nights onboard an overnight Intercity train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi return - Stay in a twin share cabin with private facilities onboard the train
• 14 meals including a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner
• English-speaking tour leader and tour guide
• Airline taxes and surcharges

ITINERARY
DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - HELSINKI, FINLAND
Today depart from either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth for Reykjavik, Iceland.
Please note: some flights may depart day 2 and arrive on day 2.
Meals included: In-Flight

DAY 2 WELCOME TO HELSINKI
Upon arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Tomorrow you will start your once in a lifetime Christmas holiday!
Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki
Meals included: None

DAY 3 HELSINKI - ROVANIEMI
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on a city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. See the colourful harbour market, the neo-classical Senate Square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument and the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral. Also visit the famous Church in the Rock; Temppeliaukio (entrance included). Enjoy some free time in the afternoon, perhaps shop for some last minute Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and decorations. Later transfer to the train station for an overnight train journey to Rovaniemi (twin share cabins with private facilities are provided). The train will depart at approximately 7:30pm. Dinner is available for purchase onboard (not included).
Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities) 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 ROVANIEMI - TORNIO
This morning enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving into Rovaniemi. After disembarking you will visit Santa Claus’s Village which is located on the Arctic Circle. Here you will have the chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards. Here they will be stamped by hand with a special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. In this magic world it will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish design products. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Next drive to Tornio and check-in to the hotel. This evening enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 5 TORNIO - KEMI (CHRISTMAS DAY) SNOWMOBILE SAFARI & ICE FISHING
Start Christmas day with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards drive to Kemi for a snowmobile safari adventure including ice fishing. A safari guide will give you a briefing and driving instructions. As you drive along on the frozen river the guide will choose a nice spot to stop and try ice fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice, you can give it a go! Afterwards jump back on the snowmobiles and head towards the frozen Gulf of Bothnia and the fisher’s winter camp which is located in the middle of the sea. Here you can take in the silence of nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. Afterwards return to the city by snowmobile and enjoy a typical Christmas lunch in Kemi. Tonight you will be delighted with a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 6 TORNIO - KEMI - REINDEER CAMP
After breakfast a new adventure awaits you with a visit to a Reindeer Camp. During the visit, you’ll get the chance to have a closer look at some reindeer, take pictures and also feed them. After meeting the reindeer, sit around the campfire in a cosy kota-restaurant and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot berry juice along with a traditional Lappish comb-shaped pastry (included) as you listen to the herders’ stories. Afterwards take the chance to try the Lappish lasso “Suopunki” to catch a reindeer. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch. Drive back to the hotel where this evening you will enjoy a 3 course dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 7 TORNIO - RANUA WILDLIFE PARK - ROVANIEMI - HELSINKI
Today’s excursion is to the northernmost zoo in the world, Ranua Wildlife Park, where you can see up to 50 different species of Arctic animals. During your walk in the park you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose and more. Afterwards return to Rovaniemi and enjoy dinner at a restaurant before boarding the overnight train back to Helsinki. The train will depart at approximately 9.30pm.
Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 8 HELSINKI
Enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving back into Helsinki in the early morning. After disembarking you will be transferred to the hotel, where early check-in has been organised. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 HELSINKI, FINLAND - AUSTRALIA
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Australia, after one magical Christmas you won’t soon forget! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.
Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

DAY 10 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.


13-DAY CHRISTMAS IN LAPLAND WITH NYE IN STOCKHOLM EXTENSION
All of the Standard Package, plus the following:
• 1 night onboard the Silja Line from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden
• Stay in an outside cabin with private facilities
• 2 nights quality accommodation in Stockholm
• 4 additional meals including a buffet dinner onboard the cruise
• Marvel at the scenic archipelago as you sail into Stockholm
• Explore Stockholm on a city tour
• Enjoy Stockholm’s best view from Fjällgatan and see the Royal Palace and more
• Tour the ‘Old City’ of Gamla Stan
• Celebrate New Years Eve in vibrant Stockholm
• Enjoy a drink in Stockholm’s famous Ice Bar

ITINERARY
DAY 1 AUSTRALIA - HELSINKI, FINLAND
Today depart from either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth for Reykjavik, Iceland.
Please note: some flights may depart day 2 and arrive on day 2.
Meals included: In-Flight

DAY 2 WELCOME TO HELSINKI
Upon arrival you will be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. Tomorrow you will start your once in a lifetime Christmas holiday!
Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki
Meals included: None

DAY 3 HELSINKI - ROVANIEMI
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on a city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. See the colourful harbour market, the neo-classical Senate Square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument and the Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral. Also visit the famous Church in the Rock; Temppeliaukio (entrance included). Enjoy some free time in the afternoon, perhaps shop for some last minute Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and decorations. Later transfer to the train station for an overnight train journey to Rovaniemi (twin share cabins with private facilities are provided). The train will depart at approximately 7:30pm. Dinner is available for purchase onboard (not included).
Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities) 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 ROVANIEMI - TORNIO
This morning enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving into Rovaniemi. After disembarking you will visit Santa Claus’s Village which is located on the Arctic Circle. Here you will have the chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards. Here they will be stamped by hand with a special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. In this magic world it will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish design products. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Next drive to Tornio and check-in to the hotel. This evening enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 5 TORNIO - KEMI (CHRISTMAS DAY) SNOWMOBILE SAFARI & ICE FISHING
Start Christmas day with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards drive to Kemi for a snowmobile safari adventure including ice fishing. A safari guide will give you a briefing and driving instructions. As you drive along on the frozen river the guide will choose a nice spot to stop and try ice fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice, you can give it a go! Afterwards jump back on the snowmobiles and head towards the frozen Gulf of Bothnia and the fisher’s winter camp which is located in the middle of the sea. Here you can take in the silence of nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. Afterwards return to the city by snowmobile and enjoy a typical Christmas lunch in Kemi. Tonight you will be delighted with a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 6 TORNIO - KEMI - REINDEER CAMP
After breakfast a new adventure awaits you with a visit to a Reindeer Camp. During the visit, you’ll get the chance to have a closer look at some reindeer, take pictures and also feed them. After meeting the reindeer, sit around the campfire in a cosy kota-restaurant and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot berry juice along with a traditional Lappish comb-shaped pastry (included) as you listen to the herders’ stories. Afterwards take the chance to try the Lappish lasso “Suopunki” to catch a reindeer. Afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch. Drive back to the hotel where this evening you will enjoy a 3 course dinner.
Overnight: Park Hotel or similar, Tornio
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 7 TORNIO - RANUA WILDLIFE PARK - ROVANIEMI - HELSINKI
Today’s excursion is to the northernmost zoo in the world, Ranua Wildlife Park, where you can see up to 50 different species of Arctic animals. During your walk in the park you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose and more. Afterwards return to Rovaniemi and enjoy dinner at a restaurant before boarding the overnight train back to Helsinki. The train will depart at approximately 9.30pm.
Overnight: Intercity train (twin share cabins with private facilities)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 8 HELSINKI
Enjoy breakfast onboard before arriving back into Helsinki in the early morning. After disembarking you will be transferred to the hotel, where early check-in has been organised. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar, Helsinki
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 HELSINKI, FINLAND - SILJA LINE CRUISE TO STOCKHOLM
After breakfast enjoy free time in Helsinki until the late afternoon. Feel free to leave any luggage at the hotel, until the transfer to the port where you will embark on the Silja Lines overnight cruise to Stockholm, Sweden. Enjoy life onboard the ship, which is full of entertainment, shopping and bars or perhaps relax in the spa. Tonight enjoy a buffet dinner served onboard.
Overnight: Tallink Silja Line Ship (Outside cabin with private facilities)
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 10 WELCOME TO STOCKHOLM
Enjoy breakfast onboard this morning as you sail the scenic archipelago into Stockholm. Directly from the pier you will begin a sightseeing tour of the Swedish capital. The viewpoint at Fjällgatan gives you a beautiful panorama of Stockholm, which is spread out on 14 islands. Visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares and medieval buildings in happy colours. See the Cathedral (entrance not included) and the Royal Palace (entrance not included). The tour finishes at the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar, Stockholm
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 STOCKHOLM - NEW YEARS EVE
Today the day is free at leisure to enjoy the city and prepare for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Tonight entry is included to the famous Stockholm Ice Bar and includes a drink. This is the planet’s first permanent ice bar, which is made from ice collected from the Ice hotel in Swedish Lapland. Everything except the liquids in the drinks is made of ice, including the glasses you drink out of.
Overnight: Scandic Norra Bantorget or similar, Stockholm
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - AUSTRALIA
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia, after one magical Christmas and New Years you won’t soon forget! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner; In-Flight

DAY 13 ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
*Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

EXCLUSIONS
• Visa fees and requirements (Not required for Europe if travelling on an Australian passport for stays up to 90 days)
• Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
• Recommended gratuities/tipping: €5 per person/day payable on tour
• Winter Clothing Hire: (approx. €38 per person/day) payable in the currency specified on tour
• Optional activities/tours
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.

2019 DEPARTURE DATE
21 December

PRICE
From $5,999*

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share based on adult fares in AUD and subject to availability at time of booking. Offer valid until 18 May 2019, unless sold out prior. Seasonal surcharges & single supplements may apply, & prices may vary due to currency fluctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Valid for new bookings only & not combinable with any other offers. Saving amount has already been applied to the advertised price. Valid for travel on selected dates. Departures may be based on minimum group numbers. Prices are correct as at January 2019 & are subject to change without notice. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.