Start your Finland winter adventure in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Travel up north to Finnish Lapland by overnight train to experience a tour with the Ice Breaker Sampoo from Kemi. The last stop of the tour will be in Santa Claus’ hometown Rovaniemi.
Please note: The Ice Breaker only operates on certain dates. Possible travel dates for this tour are therefore the following (changes might occur and more departures might be added; if you want to travel on a different date, please get in touch with us):
December 2018: 25, 27-31
January 2019: 2-3, 5, 7, 9-10, 12, 14, 16-17, 19, 21, 23-24, 27-31
February 2019: 2-14, 17-21, 23-28
March 2019: 2-7, 10-14, 16-21, 24-28
April 2019: 1, 4, 10-11, 13-15
Helsinki – Rovaniemi
Tour Type: Independent and Unescorted
Upon arrival to Helsinki Airport, private transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour with your private guide. Experience the lively culture, interesting architecture and excellent museums of Finland’s dynamic waterfront capital. Visit Temppeliaukio, the famed “Rock Church” hewn from solid stone. Tour outdoor markets, indoor food halls, historic squares and the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and see landmark buildings such as Finlandia Hall, the Railway Station and the Olympic Stadium.
Rest of day at leisure.
Optional: Explore the city of Helsinki on foot on a walking tour.
Overnight: Hotel Kemps
This day is at your own leisure in Helsinki, before departing in the evening with an overnight train to Kemi. Sights of interest in Helsinki include the historical centre, Senate Square, the Parliament building, the Kiasma modern arts museum, Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) and more
Morning arrival to Kemi. At around 12:00 hrs you will be picked up at the hotel to start the adventure day with the Sampo Ice Breaker. You will have a once in a lifetime experience as you sail on the frozen ice. You can join a guided tour on board the Ice Breaker to see the facilities, from the engine room all the way up to the captain’s bridge. A buffet lunch will be served. During the cruise you will also have the chance to try swimming in the freezing cold waters (minimum height 1,45m), dressed in warm impermeable survival suits of course. In the early evening, you will return to Kemi.
After dinner, experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen sea. With a little luck, you’ll travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – will appear to show you the way. You will sip warm beverages by a campfire and learn more about the Northern Lights and Lapland.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel , you will embark on a 2 countries snowmobile adventure. ( 2 hours) On this safari, you will steer your snowmobile towards the frozen sea which unites Finland and Sweden. Admire the islands while you are driving away over the vast ice fields. Toast warm juice to crossing the border of Sweden and Finland. With some luck, you may also see some arctic animals such as seals lying on the ice.
In the afternoon you will take a train to Rovaniemi. During the train ride to Rovaniemi, which will take just over an hour, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery passing along.
Overnight: Santa’s Igloos
Meals : Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel. You will have the day at your own leisure.
We recommend a visit to the Santa Claus Village where you can meet Santa Claus, visit his post office and really get into the Christmas mood! For those who want a more active day, choose one of the many winter activities like snowmobile or dog sledding safaris, or you can combine a reindeer sledding tour with a visit to the Santa Claus Village. Another place worth visiting during your time in Rovaniemi is the northernmost zoo in the world, the Ranua Zoo. You can get there by bus from Rovaniemi and the transfer takes approximately 1 hour each way. Accommodation in Rovaniemi.
Optional: During Christmas season, families with children can opt for a private 1-hour private meeting with Santas Claus. Including 2 ways transfers
Overnight: Santa’s Igloos
After breakfast at the hotel. Private Transfer to airport for your connecting flight to Helsinki or onward journey