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One of the best ways to discover Finland is together with your family. From snowy adventures and wildlife experiences, to snuggling up in front of crackling fires and gazing up at the night sky, there are so many memories waiting to be made on this family trip to Helsinki and Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland.

This exciting trip begins with a few days of exploring Helskinki as you visit some of the most well-known sites, buildings and monuments. From there you will head over to Saariselkä where you will settle into a cosy log cabin in a forest for the rest of your stay. Your first introduction to the wilderness will be a thrilling snowmobile ride and some ice fishing followed by an outdoor lunch. Your private guide will give you all the safety guidance, instructions and equipment you’ll need to make the most of the experience.

Once the sun has gone down you’ll bundle into a sled and go out looking for the Northern Lights pulled along by reindeer. Enjoy a Lappish dinner in a kota (log hut) at the reindeer farm. You guide will also talk to you about Sami culture and reindeer herding. Another memorable experience will be a fun husky safari. Mush through the snowy landscape taking turns to drive and be a passenger. And don’t miss your chance to spend some time with the huskies back at the farm afterwards.

Younger members of your party between the ages of four and 13 will jump at the chance to learn to drive their own mini-snowmobiles around a track while their parents keen an eye on them. There will be a guide on hand to show them the ropes and ensure everyone has fun.  Later, you’ll all be taken to  the longest slope in Finland for an afternoon of tobogganing. And finally, the highlight for young adventurers will probably be the chance to go in search of the real Santa Claus. Head through the snowy forest and see if you can spot elves and reindeer before you meet with the jolly man in red himself.

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Days 1-3


Flights & transfers


Meet and greet


Private transfer to your hotel in Helsinki

Accommodation in Helsinki

Two nights in Helsinki Two nights in Helsinki

A city of historic and modern architectural marvels, Helsinki is a visually exciting place. Its position on the Gulf of Finland gives the city a relaxed, maritime feel and an abundance of green space and forests makes it wonderful for those that love the outdoors. After a fire in 1808, much of the city was rebuilt with wide avenues and neoclassical brick buildings the order of the day. You may have spotted some of its architecture doubling as Soviet Union locations in films from the 1970s and 80s.

Although in many ways Helsinki is a thoroughly modern city, there is an incredible sense of history that you can get to grips with that at its many museums. And of course, like any good Scandinavian city, the foodie scene is something to write home about. Dip in and out of its cafes and bars and set aside some time to simply sit and watch the world go by.

Helsinki highlights Helsinki highlights

Discover the highlights of Helsinki on this private tour. You will be driven through the city and will see places like Senate Square which was designed in the neoclassical style by Carl Ludvig Engel in the mid-1800s. It is surrounded by the Government Palace, the main building of the University; the enormous Helsinki Cathedral and Sederholm House, the oldest stone building in Helsinki. See the Presidential Palace, the Parliament building and the modern City Hall and Finlandia Hall. You will also visit the monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and tour Temppeliaukio Church, which was quarried out of the natural bedrock with a design that gives it excellent acoustics.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Helsinki airport


Flight from Helsinki to Inari, Finnish Lapland


Private transfer to your hotel in Saariselkä

Days 3-7

Finnish Lapland

Log cabin in Saariselkä

Four nights in Finnish Lapland Four nights in Finnish Lapland

Discover the magic and magnificence of Finnish Lapland – whether you’re on a quest to find the real Father Christmas, bask in the midnight sun, hit the slopes, or gaze up at the dancing Northern Lights. This sparsely populated area is known for its natural beauty and ski resorts. For almost three months a year, you can enjoy continuous daylight in Finnish Lapland, especially in the northern areas where the sun stays above the horizon for more days in a row. It’s the best time of year to enjoy being outdoors, either on the ski slopes or hiking trails. In turn, the winters are cold and dark, and the skies perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Learn about the indigenous Sámi people and their ancient traditions, endangered language and culture. Their history stretches back to prehistoric times, and today’s community is working hard to ensure their customs, music and beliefs are not forgotten.

Ice fishing and snowmobile safari Ice fishing and snowmobile safari

Embark on a snowmobile safari with a break for an ice fishing experience. Before the adventure begins, your guide will give you a safety briefing and driving instructions. Then you will head out on snowmobiles through the beautiful fells and wilderness. At a private lake, you'll be given all of the equipment you need for ice fishing, and with some helpful advice and pointers you can test out your new skills. After a lunch prepared by your guide you will either carry on fishing for a while, if there's time, or start to head back to Saariselkä on your snowmobiles.

Aurora hunting by reindeer Aurora hunting by reindeer

Head out into a wintery forest on a sleigh pulled by reindeers. This is a traditional and peaceful way of moving through snowscapes where the only sound you will hear is the light ringing of reindeer bells. The starry northern sky is already a magical experience and hopefully you will be lucky enough to see the northern lights. Tuck into a special open-fire Lappish dinner in a kota (log hut) at a reindeer farm. Your guide will tell you about Sámi culture and reindeer herding, and a Sámi woman will sing traditional Sámi songs, “Joiku”.

Husky safari Husky safari

Mush along beautiful forest trails and enjoy lunch around a campfire on this husky safari. One person will pilot the sled, while the other sits in the sled as a passenger, switching places in the middle of the route. The distance driven will depend on the weather conditions and the skill of guests. However, no prior experience is needed and beginners are welcome. When you get back to the farm you can spend time with the huskies before lunch.

Mini-snowmobile adventure for kids Mini-snowmobile adventure for kids

Today will be full of adventure for the young travellers in your group as they head out onto the snow for a mini-snowmobile experience. Children from four to 13 years old will be able to choose between two models of snowmobile, according to their height and age. Then, under their parents' or guardians' watching eye, they'll take to a snowmobile track. There will be a guide on hand to teach the kids how to drive their own snowmobiles.

Tobogganing on the Saariselkä slopes Tobogganing on the Saariselkä slopes

Wrap up warm and visit Kaunispää Hill where you will enjoy the breathtaking views over Saariselkä area and where you can all enjoy the fun of tobogganing. The slope is the longest in Finland and it offers fun for all ages. After you've worked up an appetite, you can grab a quick lunch in Saariselkä itself, or in a cafe at the top of the hill.

Meet Santa Claus Meet Santa Claus

As evening falls and the stars begin to come out, you will go in search of Santa Claus. The only way to reach Santa's secret home is on snowmobiles, so enjoy the ride on the sleigh or drive your own. You will get to meet elves and reindeer in the forest, and finally the man himself - Santa Claus.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Ivalo airport

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