Arrival at Helsinki Airport in the morning. 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 the hotel after your booking. Check in at the hotel is earliest at 15.00, but you can leave your luggage at the hotel. Possibility for a hotel breakfast for an extra charge. We suggest a refreshing walking tour in surrounding downtown area.
Show your city sightseeing ticket to the attendant at the tourist bus stop on the Fabianinkatu Street in the middle of the Esplanade Park.
An audio guided (several languages including English, Chinese and Japanese) Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing city tour starts from Fabianinkatu Street tourist bus stop. The comfortable double decker tour bus is air conditioned and heated (during winter) and has a free Wi-Fi. During the 1, 5 hour city tour you will drive past the main sights of Helsinki and hear interesting stories behind them. There will be a short stop at the famous Temppeliaukio Church, excavated in rock as well as the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park.
You have time for lunch and exploring the main shopping streets: Esplanade and Aleksanterinkatu Street with brand shops and as well as malls like Kämp Galleria, Forum, Kamppi and the department store Stockmann. The flagship stores of Finnish design are also located in the city centre; Marimekko, Artek, Iittala, Minna Parikka, IvanaHelsinki, Aarikka and Pentik to name a few.
Your room is ready.
Dinner in Kaarna Baari & Keittiö restaurant, located in the heart of Helsinki (Address: Mannerheimintie 20). The restaurant offers Finnish food with a Nordic twist. The 3-course set menu consists of simple dishes that have distinct flavours and are made of local, fresh ingredients. You can choose between three alternatives on each course and one drink (soft drink, Finnish beer or glass of house wine) is included.
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel, check out.
Depending on your flight schedule, take the Finnair City Bus from the Helsinki city centre to the airport. We suggest to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight departure even if you have already checked-in.
Finnair flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Please note that due to changeable domestic flight schedules this program is given as indicative only. Check the final timings on your flight ticket and program confirmation delivered separately after your booking.
Arrival to Rovaniemi, approximately 800 kilometres north from Helsinki. Meet your driver in the arrival hall. A short drive to your downtown hotel, we will confirm the hotel after your booking. Your driver will wait while you check in and leave your luggage at the reception. Continue with the taxi to Santa Claus village on the Arctic Circle. Be prepared, that it is usually colder in Rovaniemi than in Helsinki.
Free time at the Santa Claus village to have lunch, meet the Santa Claus, cross the Arctic Circle, take photos and do some shopping. You can get your postcards stamped at the Santa Claus Post Office and Polar Circle Crossing Certificates are available at a nominal fee at the Arctic Circle Information office. There are several shops and cafes selling local articles.
Your driver will pick you up from the Santa Claus village and take you back to your hotel. Free time to explore Rovaniemi city centre and have dinner. Overnight in hotel.
Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. Check out, we suggest you store your luggage at the hotel reception.
Head on foot towards the Arktikum, a museum and a science centre right on the Arctic Circle (opens at 10.00). You will learn about the Polar region and the life and nature during the four different seasons of the year. At the base exhibition, Changing Arctic, you are able to experience the colorful and magic show of the Northern Lights lying on your back. More visions are available in the Polarium Room with a 12 minutes multivision show. The Northern Lights are not visible on the sky between May and August as the day light time is long and there is hardly darkness even in the night. At Arktikum you are able to experience the Northern Lights spectacle guaranteed!
Walk back to the city centre in the afternoon, where you can buy souvenirs and have some lunch.
Head back to the hotel to pick up your luggage.
Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the airport. Check-in and clear the security control at Rovaniemi airport.
Finnair flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki departs.
Arrival back in Helsinki airport. Take the Finnair City bus to Helsinki city centre. A short 10 minute walk to your hotel, we will confirm the hotel after your booking. Check in. Free time for dinner, overnight in hotel.
Breakfast buffet at your hotel, check out. If you have a later flight departure, we suggest you store your luggage at the front desk.
Finnair buses leave Elielinaukio Square (platform 30) every 15-20 minutes for the airport. The journey will take about 35 minutes. Check your flight departure time in advance to choose optimal bus journey.
We suggest to arrive to the airport latest 1,5 hours before your flight departure even if you have already checked-in. Show your boarding pass at the security control in order to access the international departure area. Please, remember the security rules for hand luggage. There is a good choice of shops and restaurants in the departure area.
Have a good flight and welcome back to Finland!
Included in the program:
- Two return tickets for the Finnair City Bus
- Two overnights (1+1) at a downtown Helsinki hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Three course set dinner at restaurant Kaarna Baari & Keittiö
- Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing tour by bus
- Finnair flights Helsinki – Rovaniemi – Helsinki in economy class
- Private transfers in Rovaniemi according to itinerary
- One overnight at a downtown Rovaniemi hotel in a standard guest room, breakfast buffet (See our hotel partners, click here)
- Visit to the Santa Claus Village
- Visit to the Arktikum Museum and Science Centre
Due to changeable domestic flight schedules this program is given as indicative only.
Please check the final timings on your flight ticket and program confirmation delivered separately after your booking.