Arrival at Helsinki Airport in the afternoon. After immigration find the Finnair City Bus at stop nr 10 just outside arrival level at Terminal T2. The bus will take you to Elielinaukio Square at Helsinki Central Station in 35 minutes.
A short 10 minute walk to your first class downtown hotel, we will confirm your allocation after your booking. After a short rest at your room we suggest a refreshing walking tour in surrounding downtown area.
Dinner in Finnish country side style at restaurant Zetor in Kaivopiha Square in the very heart of the city. The restaurant is decorated with old time articles of the North and the 3-course set menu consists of traditional and beloved Finnish dishes made of salmon, reindeer, potatoes and wild berries. You are able to choose between 3 alternatives on each course and one drink (soft drink or Finnish beer) is included.
After the dinner we suggest walking Hotel Torni at the corner of Kalevankatu and Yrjönkatu Streets. There is a picturesque view over downtown Helsinki to the sea and nearby islands from the roof top bar and viewing terrace . This is a great place for a night cap or a nice cup of something warm (entrance is free but the drinks are for an extra charge).
Walk back to your hotel and overnight.
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel, check out latest at 12.00.
Take the Finnair City Bus from Elielinaukio Square (platform 30) to the airport. The journey will take approximately 35 minutes.
Check your flight schedule well in advance (we will confirm your flight schedule after booking) and arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight. Please use the self service check-in machines at Terminal T2 and leave your checked baggage to baggage drop desk before continuing through the security control to the departure hall with plenty of shops and cafeterias. Please present at the departure gate latest 30 minutes before departure for boarding.
Finnair flight from Helsinki to Oulu (1-1,5 hours depending on the flight). Coffee/tea and blueberry juice will be served on board.
Your driver will meet you at the Oulu Airport with a sign, transfer to Ranua will take approximately two hours.
Check-in to Holiday Village Gulo Gulo superior apartments, free time and dinner (served between 18.00-19.30).
As the polar night falls, we head warmly dressed, from the Safari House to the dark Wildlife Park. We switch on our headlamps and start looking for the gleaming eyes of nocturnal animals and little by little our senses adapt to sense the wild animals. The guide leads you through the Wildlife Park and you will also get a chance to feed the animals. If we are lucky and the sky is clear, moonlight and northern lights as well as the glistering snow are a part of the very special nocturnal experience.
Overnight at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo in superior apartments.
Breakfast (served between 8.00-10.00). Today you will get to know the Ranua Zoo and its inhabitants. The zoo guide will meet you and take you to see the polar bears. You will have the chance to greet the largest predator in the world safely from the other side of the fence, just a couple of meters away. The animal keeper will provide you with interesting information on the white king of the Arctic and the wildlife park.
Today you will also enjoy the experience of a Husky Park. On a guided tour you can pet the dogs, at the same time learning interesting facts about their lives and training. You can also take pictures of yourself with the dogs. Hot meal is served by the fire during the visit.
Dinner (served between 18.00-19.30) and overnight at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo in superior apartments.
Breakfast (served between 8.00-10.00).
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 will also have lunch at the Santa Claus Village. After lunch, we head towards Arktikum, a wonderful modern museum exhibiting the unique flora, fauna, weather and culture of the Arctic in an illustrative way. Alternatively, you can visit the city centre and see what it has to offer.
Rest of the day free time. Dinner (served between 18.00-19.30) and overnight at Holiday Village Gulo Gulo in superior apartments.
Breakfast (served between 8.00-10.00). Check out in the morning and transfer to Oulu airport. Finnair flight to Helsinki (1-1,5 hours depending on the flight). Coffee/tea and blueberry juice will be served on board.
Arrival to Helsinki airport in the afternoon. Depending on your flight schedule, time to do some shopping at the airport. There is good choice of shops and restaurants in the departure area.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland soon!
Included in the program:
- Two return tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- One overnight at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- A 3-course dinner at restaurant Zetor in Helsinki including one drink
- A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad in Helsinki
- A Panorama City Sightseeing Tour by bus in Helsinki
- Finnair flights Helsinki – Oulu – Helsinki in economy class
- Transfers Oulu Airport – Ranua – Oulu Airport
- Three overnights in Holiday Village Gulo Gulo in superior apartments including breakfasts and dinners (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Entrance to the Ranua Zoo
- Night visit to the Aarctic zoo of Lapland
- “Meet the Polar Bear” -guided tour
- Visit to the Husky Farm
- Day trip to Rovaniemi with transfers, lunch in the Santa Claus Village and entrance to Arktikum*
Please check all flight schedules from your domestic flight ticket as there is some variation during the season.
The above itinerary is for informative purposes and will be re-confirmed personally.
* = Please note that the Arktikum is closed on Mondays 1.9.-30.11.2016 and 12.1.-31.5.2017