UK & IRELAND
- UK Pre & Post Cruise Options
- London City Stay
- Edinburgh City Stay
- Belfast City Stay
- Dublin City Stay
- Other Cities
- London and Heart of England
- Highlights of Scotland
- Highlights of Ireland
- England Wales and Scotland
- England's South West
- Essential England
- English Heritage
- In the Footsteps of the Royals
- Castles of Scotland
- Whisky and The Flavour of Scotland
- A Pilgrimage to Britain and Ireland
- Celtic and Roman Heritage
- Harry Potter's Enchanting England
- Music Legends
- Bond Style
- Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen
- London for Singles
WESTERN & SOUTHERN EUROPE
- Simply Italy
- Northern Italy & the Lakes
- Swiss Rail Tours - Glacier Express
- London & Paris
- Amsterdam City Stay
- European Pilgrimage Tour
- Explore France: Paris & Nice
- European Pre Cruise Options
- Portugal & Spain
- Italy - Rome, Florence & Venice
- London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris
- Barcelona City Stay
- Paris City Stay
- Highlights of Europe
- Southern European Highlights
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
- Best of Eastern Europe
- Charms of Croatia and Slovenia
- Croatia Island Hopping Cruise
- Balkans Adventure
- Highlights of Bulgaria
- Budapest City Stay
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Prague City Stay
- Vienna City Stay
- Christmas Markets in Central & Eastern Europe
- Austria, Slovenia, Croatia & Hungary
- From Warsaw to Hamburg
- Europe's Imperial Capitals
- Lapland Explorer
- Greenland - A Place Like No Other On Earth
- Norway - All the Way North!
- Scandinavian Capitals
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Grand Tour of Iceland
- Incredible Iceland
- Norway’s Spectacular Fjords and Glaciers
PRE & POST CRUISE
Whether you would like to enjoy marvellous winter landscapes, have a chance to spot the breathtaking Northern lights, meet Santa Claus or experience some unusual activities like Husky Dog tours, there is no better option than to visit Lapland where your winter dreams come true. Check out our “Lapland Explorer” itinerary inclusive of all the highlights of this unique corner of Europe.
Arrive at Helsinki’s international airport and transfer to your internal flight to Finland’s most northerly airport at Ivalo for the short coach transfer to Saariselka in the far north of fascinating Finnish Lapland. Depending on the time of year you can already search for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) or wonder at the majesty of the Midnight Sun on your first evening in the Far North! Dinner and Overnight Saariselka area.
Drive to nearby Inari, on the shores of Finland’s third largest lake, to visit the superb Siida Sami museum and learn how the indigenous Sami people of Lapland have lived over the centuries in this wild and beautiful land tending their nomadic herds of reindeer. After lunch head south through the Tundra and magnificent mountain fells of the Urho Kekkosen National Park. Visit Tankavaara gold mining village with its fascinating museum en route to Rovaniemi, self styled capital of Lapland and so called “home of Santa Claus”. Dinner and Overnight Rovaniemi.
Explore the extraordinary countryside and meet the remarkable people of Lapland during two amazing days and nights in the Rovaniemi region.
Choose from a wide range of activities and excursions depending on the time of year including:
Husky Dog tours
Visit a working Husky Dog farm and enjoy an exhilarating drive through the forests being drawn by these powerful and remarkable animals. You can even have a go at steering yourself!
Reindeer Farm visit
Learn how these endearing animals have been the lifeblood of Lapland’s peoples and economy for centuries and take a romantic ride into the forest with them.
Aurora Borealis Cruise
An exciting cruise by catamaran boat along beautiful rivers. Sit back, sip warm beverages, savour a snack and experience the Arctic Night while your guide steers the boat away from the city lights towards the best spots to observe Aurora Borealis with spectacular 360 degrees view to the sky.
Northern Lights Experience and Dinner at Sky Ounassvaara Panorama Restaurant
Renowned for its scenic hilltop location and modern Lappish cuisine, this restaurant is frequently awarded the title Best Restaurant in Lapland.Enjoy a delicious 3-course Aurora menu, then move up to the roof terrace with your very own wooden kuksa cup of tasty Finnish berry juice. With luck the Aurora Borealis will appear in the sky completing your dining experience!
Overnight at the Snow Hotel or Glass Igloo
Stay overnight in a hotel made of snow and ice, or in glass igloos which are just perfect for viewing the aurora borealis from the comfort of your own bed!
A second day experiencing the wonders of this fascinating region
Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to Helsinki and onward to your home country.