You’ll never forget
An unbeatable price
The Northern Lights
Spectacular natural beauty
Discover the magical region of Lapland! Visit the northernmost ski resort in Europe. Visit the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi and a reindeer farm maintained by the Sami people. Be captivated by the beauty of the Arctic landscape and if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights
- From 16th to 22nd of November 2017
- From 24th to 30th of November 2017
- From 06th to 12th of December 2017
- From 10th to 16th of December 2017
- More dates please ask
Day 1 -Departure Day
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 Claus' Village - 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.
19:30 Arrival in Saariselkä (estimation). Briefing & lodging. Dinner (for those, who have bought the Halfboard) starts when you arrive to Vasatokka, lasts 1 hour
Day 3 - Optional Activities: Husky Safari - Snowmobile Safari - Reindeer Aurora Safari
09:30 Meeting at the cabins, transportation to the Husky and snowmobile Safari
10:00 Husky Safari, overall duration with briefing, kennel tour etc. 1.5 hours
19:00 Departure for the Aurora Snowmobile Safari. Remember to take your credit card for deposit (i the case of snowmobile damage you will be charged €900). Duration 3 hours. Departure from meeting points at 18:30.
19:45 Departure for Reindeer Safari. Duration 2.5h. Departure from meeting points at 19:15.
Day 4 - Cross-Country Skiing & Spa - Snowshoe Safari
10:00 Cross-country skiing + SPA. Departure from the cottages by bus to the starting point. The program includes a two hour skiing trek + voucher to the Holiday Club SPA (worth €18) 12:30 End of the program.
18:30 Departure for the Snowshoe Safari. Duration 3-4h.
Day 5- Tour of the Arctic Ocean in Norway
07:00 Day trip to Norway. Departure from the cottages.
Crossing the border to Norway. Near ocean coast we continue to village Bugoynes (60 min break, possibility to swim in the ocean). A soup lunch inclusive in a local cafeteria. Swim in the Arctic ocean! Back to Finland, last break in Näätämö village (shopping).
20:00 Arrival back to Saariselkä. Free time.
23:00 Student Party in Tunturihotel (until 3.30). Free entrance, cloakroom 3 €.
Day 6 - Free time in Saariselkä + Departure Home
10:45 Check-out. Free time for own activities, you can go shopping, dining, sledding, SPA, downhill skiing. No structured activities. Bus will stop at ski resort at 11.15 and at SPA 11.30. (You can leave your luggage at your bus)
17:00 Departure from the meeting point for home journey. Gas station stop at 21.00 in Rovaniemi for 45 minutes.
Day 7 - Arrival Home
00.00 Arrival in Oulu.
*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.
- Travel in comfortable private bus to destinations mentioned in the program
- 6 days and 6 nights in typical Finnish cabins and in the bus
- 4 nights in wood cabins in Saariselkä
- 2 nights in the comfortable bus
- Multiple rooms
- SPA in the rooms
- Visit to Santa Claus’ town in Rovaniemi
- Entrance to Ranua Zoo
- All transport costs
- Parking and toll fees
- Group leader throughout the journey
- Assistance throughout the trip
- Tourist guide services
- 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)
- Visa or administrative expenses
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 airport is at 21.30 when the tour begins. (The trip is harder but flights are cheaper, approx. 15 hours of travelling).
- Rovaniemi: Transport by bus from Rovaniemi to Lapland is included in the price. If you choose this option, be careful with the timetable as the meeting time is early: 10.00am, as we’ll be visiting the Arktikum Museum! (Easier journey but flights are more expensive).
To get to Finland there are frequent low cost flights with:
- Norwegian Air
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!
SAARISELKÄ SKI RESORT (From €25):
Nestling at the foot of Kaunispää fell and partly located within the borders of Urho Kekkonen National Park, the village of Saariselkä is one of Finland’s most exotic and popular ski resorts. Apart from downhill skiing/Telemarking or snowboarding on a choice of six slopes you can also go on a snowmobile safari or try your hand at husky sledding. The landscape is simply breathtaking! Timetravels students get discounted rates, by mentioning our discount code at the entrance to the resort.
Trip to the Arctic Ocean in Norway (From €55):
A one-day bus tour during which you’ll not only experience breathtaking landscapes, walk on the shores of the Arctic Ocean and even swim in it, but you’ll also meet and learn about the indigenous peoples who’ve lived in this cold and inhospitable region for thousands of years – the Sámi (Lapp) people and the Finnish Kven’s in the fishing village of Bugøynes. You’ll also get the chance to taste traditional fish soup in a local restaurant. The 550-kilometre tour takes around 8 hours. A definite must-do for your bucket list!
Cross Country Skiing + SPA (From €40):
Apart from being Finland’s national sport, cross-country skiing is also a lot of fun. Our guides will prime you in the basic skiing techniques, and then you’ll be off, striding and gliding through amazing scenery along the best cross-country ski trails in the world – the very same trails that famous professional skiers come all the way to Finland to practice on! The program finishes with a tasty traditional Finnish soup lunch, after which we recommend a visit to Saariselkä spa for a relaxing sauna and jacuzzi! Feel like a real Finn!
Nighttime snowshoe trip (From €39):
On snowshoes, in the wilderness, with the help of a map and clues from your guide, each team attempts to be first to find the treasure hidden deep within the forest! On the way, you encounter challenges that can only be met by pooling your survival skills and pulling together as a team! So, let the best team win! If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights while you’re trekking through the trees. After the adventure, the fun continues in with a tasty two-course dinner in a restaurant with a happy Lappish atmosphere.
Reindeer Aurora Safari (From €85):
Sitting in a sleigh being pulled quietly through a snow-covered forest by trotting reindeer is a wonderful way to enjoy the peace of the wilderness. A warm, cosy sleigh is the perfect place from which to hunt the skies for the Northern Lights. After moving deeper into the forest, we pause a while beneath the trees to enjoy a hot drink and cookies beside a blazing camp-fire and listen to the reindeer man telling tales of reindeer and the natural wonders of magical Lapland.
Night Snowmobile Safari (From €95):
Snowmobiles are one of the most convenient ways of getting around beyond the Arctic Circle. The locals use them to go to the grocery store or to visit friends on the other side of the hill. Although you don’t need a license to drive a snowmobile, previous driving experience is recommended. Our snowmobiles are two-seaters, which means that both of you will have the chance to drive for about 45 minutes. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the route takes you to hidden places way out in the wilderness, from where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! For people who like a little adventure in their lives!
Huski Safari (From €65):
Siberian huskies are strong cheerful dogs that really love pulling sledges! After you’ve had a quick lesson in the basics, the huskies will take you on a magical tour through the snowy landscape. The sledges accommodate two people and both of you will have the opportunity to drive for about 5 kilometres. The safari ends back at base camp with a hot snack and a warming cup of tea.
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 €365.
Spend a week like a true Finnish person! Your accommodation will be in comfortable wood cabins, with a capacity between 4 and 14 people. All the apartments have: a chimney, sauna, bathroom (with 1-3 baths), TV, kitchen, basic kitchenware, fridge, mattresses and pillows. They do not have an oven.
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.
What should I bring with me?:
Warm clothing (or this can be bought for €12/game/day or general and boots for €7/day)
Bedding or sleeping bag (bedding not included but can be rented for €15/trip)
Swimsuit and towel (unless you want to go Finnish style…)
Any other thing you may need throughout the trip: cash, credit card, medication etc
Student card for discounts
Small travel pillow or cushion for the bus
Book your place for only €100…
… and pay the rest 30 days before departure
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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