Experience the Northern Light in Lapland, Vasatokka | Unitrips

Lapland, Vasatokka

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7 Days

You’ll never forget

From €345

Price for students

The Northern Lights

 Spectacular natural beauty

Discover the magical region of Lapland! Vasatokka is the best city to see the Northern Lights from, as the Lapland region is situated in the most northern part of Europe. Enjoy the variety of winter sports, learn more about life and culture in the north, meet Santa and his reindeer, and if you dare, swim in the Arctic Ocean

Take into account:

The are various departure points from Finland to start the trip from. (Check the cities under the “plan” tab to see the pick up points and the corresponding times in each city, transport included in the price).

You can opt to fly to:

  • Helsinki: Transport by bus from Helsinki to Lapland is included in the price.  Pickup from the train station between 20.00 and 21:30 (will be confirmed few days before the departure) when the tour begins. The trip by bus is longer ( approx. 15 hours of travelling), but flights are cheaper.
  • Rovaniemi: Transport by bus from Rovaniemi to Lapland is included in the price.  If you choose this option, be careful with the timetable. (Easier journey but flights are more expensive).

To get to Finland there are frequent low cost flights with:

  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian Air
  • Finnair

Check prices on the companies’ websites, or with comparison websites like:

If you have any problem regarding flights or schedules, we can give you a hand: read this article or don’t hesitate to contact us!

Day 1 - Departure

20:00 Departure from Helsinki rw-station square bus stop (Mikonkatu 17)

21:00 Departure from Riihimäki bus station (Matkakeskus)

21:30 Departure from Hämeenlinna tourist bus stop (Wetterhof)

22:30 Departure from Tampere railway station square

Day 2 - Ranua Zoo - Santa Clause's Town - Arrival in Lapland

00:45 Departure from Jyväskylä bus station (Matkakeskus)

05:30 Departure from Oulu bus station

08.15 Arrival to Ranua,visiting Ranua Zoo and enjoying breakfast buffet (breakfast available until 10.00)

11.00 Departure from Ranua Zoo towards Rovaniemi

12.30 Time for grocery shopping and lunch at Rovaniemi Prisma (1,5h)

14:30 Visiting the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. In Santa Claus village you can take pictures with the SANTA, cross the magical Arctic circle, have lunch in one of the restaurants, buy souvenirs, send postcards from the Santa’s official post office and have a lunch (we recommend SHELL gas station across the street). Duration 2 h.

Arrival in Vasatokka (estimation). Briefing & lodging. Dinner (for those, who have bought the Halfboard) starts when you arrive to Vasatokka, lasts 1 hour

Day 3 - Cross country Skiing - Snowmobile Safari - Safari in Snowshoes

08:30 Breakfast

10:00 Theory of Arctic Skills

10:30 Guided Cross-Country Skiing

12:30 Lunch break (lunch not included)

13:30 Ice Fishing at the Lake Fox 

14:30 Making quinzees (igloos) & fire

18:00 Dinner

18:45  Night Snowmobile Safari

23:30  Snow-Shoe Northern Lights hunting + BBQ (Group 1)

Day 4 - Tour to the Arctic Ocean in Norway - Safari in Snowshoes

06:30 Breakfast

07:00 Bus departure for the fjord trip to Norway!

20:00 Arrival back. Dinner

21:00 Snow-Shoe Aurora Hunting + BBQ (Group 2)

Day 5 - Reindeer Farm - Siida Museum - Safari in Snowshoes

09:30  Reindeer Farm (Bus 2) Siida Museum (Bus 1)

12:30  Reindeer Farm (Bus 1) Siida Museum (Bus 2)

15:00  K-Market Visit & Souvenir Shop

16:00  Sports Hall opened for collective games (Free of Charge)

18:00 Dinner

21:30  Snow-Shoe Aurora Hunting + BBQ (Group 3)

Day 6 - Husky Safari - Return

07:30 Breakfast

08:30  Bus departure to Saariselkä. Check- out

10:00 Husky safari (Group 1)

12:30 Husky safari (Group 2)

16:00 Departure from Saariselkä

20.00 Arrival in Rovaniemi, dinner stop

Day 7 - Return to start points

00.00 Arrival in Oulu

04:00 Arrival in Jyväskylä

06.00 Arrival in Tampere

07.00 Arrival in Hämeenlinna

07.30 Arrival in Riihimäki

09.00 Arrival in Helsinki

* Arrival times are estimates

*The program may suffer changes due to unforeseen circumstances due to weather, traffic… or the ability of the group to shower quickly and respect given meeting times. 

PLANNED DATES

  • From 14th to 20th of November 2017 – 345€
  • From 08th to 14th of December 2017 – 345€
  • From 12th to 18th of December 2017 – 345€
  • From 16th to 22nd of December 2017 – 345€
  • From 22nd to 28th of December 2017 – 365€
  • From 27th of December to 2nd of January 2018 – 365€
  • From 30th January to 5th of  February 2018 – 345€
  • From 6th to 12th of February 2018 – 345€
  • From 15th to 21 of March 2018 – 345€
  • From 19th to 25th of March 2018 – 345€

What’s Included:

  • Travel in comfortable private bus to destinations mentioned in the program
  • 7 days and 6 nights of trip
  • 4 nights in wood cabins in Saariselkä
  • 2 nights in the comfortable bus
  • Multiple rooms
  • Day trip by bus to the Arctic Ocean in Norway
  • Visit to Santa Claus’ town in Rovaniemi
  • Entrance to Ranua Zoo (in autumn) / entrance to Kemi Snow Castle (in spring)
  • All transport, parking and toll costs
  • Group leader throughout the journey
  • Assistance throughout the trip
  • Tourist guide services

Not included:

  • All that’s not mentioned in “What’s Included”
  • Transport up to the departure point
  • Travel insurance or cancellation
  • Optional activities (you can sign up to these online 7 days before the trip)
  • Food (breakfast/lunch/dinner – option of half board)
  • Bedding
  • Visa or administrative expenses

Arctic survival skills (From €45, 5h):

How to survive in the extreme weather conditions? Professional wilderness guides will teach you the basics of making snow houses, ice fishing and Cross-Country Skiing. Price includes rental of necessary gear / warm clothes during all the activities.

  • Ice Fishing (1 hour)
  • Cross Country Skiing (2 hours)
  • Building Snow Houses (1hour)

Saami day – reindeer farm + sami museum (From €35, 6h):

Guided tour of Siida Saami Museum. Siida museum in Inari is devoted to Arctic nature and culture of the Saami people, the indigenous nation living in the Northernmost territories of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Museum also has a souvenir shop and a restaurant offer traditional Lappish dishes.

Visit to the Reindeer Farm. On the reindeer farm, you will get familiar with real Saami people and their reindeers, have a small reindeer sledge ride, learn how to use a lasso. After all the reindeers are fed, you will go to the cosy Kota to have a tea break and listen to traditional Joiku Saami songs.

Night safari by Snowmobile (From €95, 2h):

You need a driver’s licence for this, and previous driving experience is recommended. Snowmobile is shared between 2 persons (price per person is €95), each can drive for about 30 minutes. The route takes you to the top of the fell through beautiful landscapes. Please remember that the self risk (deductible*) is €900 if the snowmobile is damaged during the excursion.

*The part of the damage, which is not compensated by the insurance company and has to be paid by the client.

Huski Safari(5km) + Lunch (From €75, 2h):

Siberian huskies and cheerful and strong dogs those really like to pull the sledge! After a short instruction lesson the huskies will take you for a tour through the snowy landscapes. The sledge is shared for two people, each can drive about 20 min. After the safari you will enjoy a warm soup and tea in the base camp.

Night snowshoe-hike + BBQ (From €30, 3h):

We’ll meet in the night to walk in snowshoes. After a short theory class, we’ll use a GPS device to walk through the forest. During the journey we will see animal holes and also the Northern Lights, Finally, you’ll learn how to make your own fire and we’ll celebrate with a good barbecue.

Half board package (from €60):

Vasatokka offers a half board cafeteria. It includes four lunches and four breakfasts. Half board can only be organised with a minimum of 20 people. If 20 people do not sign up, you will be entirely reimbursed.

Base price is €345, only for students (varies depending on the trip dates)

– Are you a student? You can get your ISIC student card through this link, and get a load of discounts! (Take your student card with you throughout the trip)

-If you’re not a student, the base price is €395.

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Accommodation:

Spend a week like a true Finnish person! Two types of accommodation are on offer: comfortable wood cabins with a capacity of 6-10 people, or apartments with 3-6 people.

Cabins: Electric heating, oven equipped with a stove, fridge, microwave, coffee machine and basic kitchenware, chimney, TV, bath and hairdryer.

-Apartments: living room with TV, kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave, coffee machine and basic kitchenware, bath.

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Is there wifi in the cabins?:

In Vasatokka there is a Wi-Fi- connection and one free client computer in the Vasatokka main building. Please notice, that while there is no Wi-Fi or Internet in the cottages some of the dorm rooms in the main building may catch the main building’s Wi-Fi signal.

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What should I bring with me?:

At least the following:

  • Warm clothes
  • Bedlinen or sleeping bag
  • Swimsuit (unless you want to do it the Finnish way)
  • Anything else you may need during the trip, money, medicine etc.
  • Student card for discounts
  • Cash or credit card for program payments
  • A small pillow or a special neck cushion for the bus trip.
  • Flip flops for Arctic swimming and jumping in the snow after sauna.

Please pay attention, that sheets and bed linen are not included! There are blankets, mattresses and pillows but you will have to bring your sleeping bag or bed linen with you – and towels as well! Bed linen and towels can also be rented at the Reception at the cost of around 10-15 €/set/person/stay.

Please, check the planned dates in the tab “DATES”. If any those could fit you, don’t hesitate to contact us to check the availibility and cheap flights :)

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 CANCELLATION POLITY

1. Cancelling 28 days or more before departure: customer is charged a service fee of €20. Non-EU citizens may also have to pay bank transfer fees.

2. Cancelling between 28 and 15 days before departure: customer is charged a service fee of 25% of the tour price in addition to possible visa and banking/postal charges.

3. Cancelling between 15 and 7 days before departure: customer is charged a service fee of 50% of the tour price in addition to possible visa and banking/postal charges.

4. Cancelling between 7 days and 48 hours prior to departure: customer is charged a service fee of 75% of the tour price in addition to possible visa and banking/postal charges.

5. If the tour is cancelled less than 48 hours before departure, Unitrips reserves the right to charge the entire price of the tour.

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