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. Departures on specific days only.
This tour can commence in: Helsinki
Arrival in Helsinki according to your own itinerary. The Finnish capital is a modern cultural city, which was influenced throughout 450 years of history by the cultures of the East and West and has a character quite different from the Scandinavian capitals. The city manages to retain a small-town feel, despite the fact that Greater Helsinki region has a population of over 1.3 million. Accommodation in Helsinki.
Breakfast at the hotel. 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. Accommodation onboard.
Morning arrival to Kemi with stop at your hotel. At around 12:30 hrs you will be picked up at the hotel to start the adventure day with the Sampoo 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 delicious soup-lunch will be served. During the cruise you will also have the chance to try swimming in the freezing cold waters, dressed in warm impermeable survival suits of course. In the early evening you will return to Kemi. Accommodation in Kemi.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have the day at your own leisure, we recommend a visit to the the world's largest snow castle, located close to the city center in Kemi. 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. Accommodation in Rovaniemi.
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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Rovaniemi according to your own itinerary.