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Northern Lights and Lapland Explorer


Route:
  • UK
  • Rovaniemi
  • UK
Tour Pace:

4 DAYS from £999pp

Tour Highlights
  • Search the uninterrupted Northern sky from Aurora Borealis Camp for a glimpse of the stunning natural phenomenon, the Northern Lights
  • Traditional reindeer burger and sausages over an open fire
  • Visit a Husky farm and enjoy a husky-led sleigh ride
  • Ride on a snowmobile through the picturesque snowy fields.

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Northern Lights and Lapland Explorer

Journey to the heart of Northern Finland and the capital of Lapland in Rovaniemi, famously home to Santa Claus, the elves and his reindeer. Spend an evening at Aurora Borealis Camp, away from the city lights, to see the stunning Northern Lights against a black arctic sky. Take an exhilarating sleigh ride before a cosy fireside supper in the snow observatory. Feel the power of husky dogs pulling you across an enthralling frozen landscape. If you upgrade to the Family Package, prepare to discover amazing secrets about Santa Claus and his loyal band of helpers!

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Rovaniemi

Depart London Gatwick for your scheduled direct flight to Rovaniemi Airport. On arrival, transfer from the airport to tonight's hotel and enjoy the first evening at Aurora Borealis Camp, located approximately 10kms away from the city light pollution, making this an ideal spot to witness the northern lights. An open-air theatre explains the myths and facts of the Northern lights and shows spectacular images of this natural phenomenon. Take a bracing ride on a snowmobile-drawn sleigh before relaxing inside a cosy snow observatory to enjoy a traditional supper of reindeer burgers and sausages by the open fire. Fingers crossed it's a clear night to witness the shimmering display of emerald greens and blood red stabs illuminating the frozen landscape. Your guides will provide tips and tripods to help you capture this unforgettable sight on camera.

  • Dinner
2
Rovaniemi

After breakfast back at the hotel, take a short drive to a husky farm, where you are in for a real treat! A husky safari is an exhilarating experience, especially when you take a turn as a 'musher' controlling the team of dogs. Don't worry because you will be fully briefed on how it all works and what to do. Then feel the thrill as the dogs pull you powerfully through the breathtaking Lappish scenery. Return to the farm to warm up around a crackling open fire with a cup of delicious hot berry juice and chat to the head musher about these amazing animals. Return to Rovaniemi for the rest of the day at your leisure, or embark on an optional excursion to the Santa Claus Secret Forest as part of our Family Package.

  • Breakfast
3
Rovaniemi

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure and explore at your own pace. Alternatively, if you've opted for the Family Package, embark on an excursion to Santa Park, an indoor Christmas theme park voted as the top Christmas destination in the world.

  • Breakfast
4
Rovaniemi to the UK

Before leaving Lapland, take a thrilling ride through the frosty snow-covered landscape on a snowmobile. After receiving safety rules and driving instructions, drive through the snowy forests, over frozen rivers and take in the incredible views of Rovaniemi and its unforgettable scenery. Take a short break to warm up with hot beverages and make the most of the opportunity to take a photo of the stunning backdrop. This afternoon, transfer to Rovaniemi Airport for your return flight to the UK or onto your extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to Finland. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Rovaniemi Airport in Finland with Easyjet (EZY), departing from London Gatwick South Terminal.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Each passenger is entitled to 15KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56x45x25cm in size, including handles and wheels. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check ? in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers will be 4, and the maximum will be 72 on board your coach during excursions. If in the unlikely event there are less than 4 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

You will be met on arrival at the terminal by your English-Speaking Driver. Your excursions are in shared services, meaning that these excursions are not exclusive to Mercury Holidays customers, however, you will have a local English-speaking guide present during these excursions ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Finland is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and meals, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £250 - £350 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is at your discretion; however, we would recommend approximately £5 per day in the local currency. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
08 Dec 201911 Dec 2019£1259.00Book Now
15 Dec 201918 Dec 2019£9999.99Book Now
2020 Dates
05 Jan 202008 Jan 2020£1259.00Book Now
12 Jan 202015 Jan 2020£1219.00Book Now
26 Jan 202029 Jan 2020£1119.00Book Now
09 Feb 202012 Feb 2020£999.00Book Now
23 Feb 202026 Feb 2020£1049.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Upgrade to our Family Package from £399pp:

Visit Santa Claus Secret Forest and witness Elves busy preparing for Christmas. You will also have the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. Applicable for departures 08/12/19 & 15/12/19.

Optional Excursions to be taken during your day at leisure or extension:

Santa's Village Safari with Reindeer Ride from £159pp
Visit a Reindeer Training Camp from £149pp
Snowshoeing from £89pp
Northern Lights Excursion by coach from £129pp

Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

-14 °C / 15 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the below weather chart.

Rovaniemi

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals
  • Camera
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
Tour Map
Northern Lights and Lapland Explorer Route Map
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