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Christmas Wilderness Hideaway in Finland

Enjoy a true European White Christmas on a 6 day break at an adults only boutique hotel in the heart of Finnish Lapland with dog-sledding and snow-mobiling included.

This brand new boutique hotel in the heart of Finnish Lapland is designed for adults only. Surrounded by a mesmerising snowy landscape, it offers a wilderness hideaway with an abundance of winter activities on its doorstep such as dog-sledding and snow-mobiling.

With just 11 bedrooms, you can enjoy a relaxing Christmas break, even though you are a short drive away from Santa's hometown, Rovaniemi. Locally sourced produce is served in the hotel's restaurant - enjoy reindeer dishes, freshly caught salmon seasoned with a variety of local berries. 

The hotel has their own pack of dogs on the land near the hotel, so you can get to know the dogs before going on your sledding adventure.

Day 1: Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer to hotel

The hotel is located by the Ounasjoki river in the area of Meltaus in Finnish Lapland. Rovaniemi airport is south 45 minutes away. Alternatively Kittila is an 1 hour 30 minutes drive to the North. 

Check in, relax and get to know your fellow travellers over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner of local produce.

Day 2: Christmas Eve - Dogsledding in the Meltaus region & Christmas dinner

Today, you will have the opportunity to mush your own team of 5-6 dogs under the full guidance and instruction of our professional sled guides. The sleds hold one musher and one passenger; the dogs are friendly, nimble and extremely strong.

Our dog farm is next door to our hotel so we can leave directly into the beautiful snowy forests, skirt lakes and rivers and climb hills and explore fells. Before the tour begins you'll meet the dogs, help prepare the sleds and be briefed on safety. This safari will deliver you back to the hotel for a buffet lunch. The afternoon is yours. This 3-hour safari will deliver you back to the hotel for a buffet lunch and time to prepare for the Christmas Eve celebrations with traditional Finnish cookie baking & warm Finnish glögi.  

This evening you will enjoy a Christmas Dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve together with the other guests. If nature permits; wander outside to experience the Christmas magic under the spectacles of the Northern Lights.

Day 3: Snowmobiling on Christmas Day

Experience the Arctic beauty by snowmobiling today. This 3-hour snowmobile safari will take you through the wilderness of Northern Finland. 

Depending on the program and the weather, head out tonight for a late night program of snowshoeing and Aurora viewing. Rug up for a campfire, hot drinks and story telling about the Northern Lights. 

Day 4: Optional day tour to Rovaniemi

Christmas Day is over so perhaps you are interested in venturing into the city of Rovaniemi. The capital of Lapland is a little less than one hour’s drive away. The first stop is the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle where you can experience the wonders of the Christmas spirit. The highlights of the day are meeting Santa Claus and souvenir shopping from the wide range of local products from Lapland.

You can then head towards Arktikum, a wonderful modern museum exhibiting the unique flora, fauna, weather and culture of the Arctic in an illustrative way. 

Head back to your hotel and enjoy the peace & quiet of your wilderness hotel. This is an optional day tour - if you would prefer to stay at the hotel, you are more than welcome. 

Day 5: Reindeer farm visit with short sleigh ride

Today, enjoy a more peaceful day with a reindeer safari. Take the time to savor the snow-covered landscape during a wonderfully peaceful 3km sleigh ride. We will get close to these beautiful creatures. Your guide will tell you about reindeers, their indigenous Sami culture and life in the Arctic. 

Day 6: Departure Day

After breakfast, return to the airport. Be sure to talk to your Concierge Travel Advisor regarding visiting some of the other unique areas of Northern Finland.

Transportation

Airport transfers from Rovaniemi to hotel (45 mins), transfers can be arranged to visit Rovaniemi. 

Included in price

  • Winter clothing set during your stay at the hotel
  • Free use of toboggans, snowshoes & kicksleds
  • Sauna daily between 4pm - 6.30pm & one private evening sauna which includes sauna, jacuzzi, cooling room & outdoor hot tub. 
  • Full board at hotel from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6 (drinks and alcohol is not included) including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day special dinner buffets. 
  • Winter activities - 3 hour Husky Safari, 3 hour snow mobile safari, reindeer farm visit with short sleigh ride, snowshoeing and Aurora evening and Christmas special cooking baking and "glögi" drinking.
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees 

Meals included

This tour includes 13 meals; 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners.

Not included in price

International flight tickets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature. 

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From $AU 4,066 per person, twin share.

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