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Northern Lights in November

From: 1.545,00 €

Duration

4 days (3 nights)

Starting

Airport AM / PM

From

1495 €

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1. Helsinki

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Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

2. Ivalo

City of Ivalo
Kakslauttanen Resort

Spend a day or two enjoying interesting sights of Helsinki, city called “Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. Fly to Lapland, the northern wilderness. In autumn the nights are getting longer and you have good chances to see the Northern Lights on clear skies. You can admire this extraordinary spectacle while staying in a glass igloo and enjoying organized activities and maybe trying a light hike to the wild and pure nature of Lapland. The Kakslauttanen resort lies over 250 kilometers above the Arctic Circle in the far north of Finland with no pollution or noise. If you wish to escape the crowds, late autumn is a perfect middle season. The November weather is variable and may reflect all seasons with bright sunshine, refreshing rains, the first magic of snow or anything between. The day light time is blueish as the polar night is about to start.

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
  • One 3-course dinner at restaurant Zetor in Helsinki including one drink
  • A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad
  • A Panorama City Sightseeing Tour by bus in Helsinki
  • Finnair flight Helsinki – Ivalo – Helsinki in economy class
  • Return transfers Ivalo Airport – Kakslauttanen – Ivalo Airport
  • One overnight in a two bed glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Resort in Lapland, breakfast buffet
  • One 3-course dinner at Kakslauttanen (drinks not included)
  • Sightseeing tour of Kakslauttanen with hot drink
  • Aurora Hunting excursion on a reindeer sleigh (weather permitting)

Optional:

  • Extra activities and excursions available at Kakslauttanen Resort for extra charge

Book latest:

45 days before arrival

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Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival at Helsinki Airport. 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 hotel after your booking. After a short rest at your room we suggest a refreshing walking tour in surrounding downtown area.

19.00
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 a short stroll to Solo Sokos Hotel Torni at the corner of Kalevankatu and Yrjönkatu streets. From the roof top bar and viewing terrace there is a picturesque view over downtown Helsinki to the sea and nearby islands. This is a great place for a night cap or a nice cup of something warm. Entrance is free but the drinks are chargeable.

DAY 2

Early breakfast at your hotel. Check-out and a short walk to the Elielinaukio Square at Central Station.

07.50
Take the Finnair City bus from Elielinaukio Square (platform 30) to the airport. The journey will take 35 minutes. Check the schedule beforehand to 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 the drop desks 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.

10.10
Finnair flight leaves Helsinki, coffee/tea and blueberry juice will be served. Intermediate landing at Kittilä (30 minutes). Please stay onboard.

12.45
Arrival to Ivalo airport. Your driver will meet you at the arrival hall. The transfer to Kakslauttanen Resort will take about 30 minutes. Check-in at the hotel main reception from where you will directed to your glass igloo.

The small igloos are for 1-2 persons with two single beds and private toilet. The igloos are heated during cold season. You can enjoy the peace of nature as there is no television or music devices in the cottages.

The showers, saunas and luggage storage are located in the main building within walking distance (please note that you have to walk outdoors to reach the main building).

The Kakslauttanen Resort occupies a large area divided to East and West Villages, please note that there is some outdoor walking between the accommodation and public areas, like the two restaurants and the Igloo Bar. Instructions and maps are available.

Today you will have activities to explore the wild nature. Please confirm the timings of your program at the front desk!

A sightseeing tour of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort will take you to see a smoke sauna, igloo area and if the snow already has fallen you will see the ice bar, snow chapel and an ice pool. The snow constructions are a subject to climate conditions and exist only during the snowy period starting some time during November and December months. The tour includes transportation and a hot drink. Duration approximately 1 hour.

The Aurora Hunting by reindeer sleigh or carriage will be organized in the evening weather permitting. Duration approximately 2 hours. On cloudy sky the aurora is not visible. Please, check the front desk for the exact timing. The public sauna bath for hotel guests is open daily from 17.00 until 22.00 hrs.

19.30
A 3-course dinner will be served at one of the Resort Restaurants (Aurora or Log Restaurant). Please check the exact timing and place at the front desk upon arrival.

DAY 3

Breakfast buffet served at one of the restaurants. Check-out. We suggest to store your luggage at the front desk. Today you will have activities to explore the wild nature.

The hotel offers a wide variety of other activities and excursions with extra charge. On your leisure time you are able to try light hiking on the surrounding paths to the forest or to the nearby fells.

Please, consult the front desk for availability and prices or check the web pages in advance.

16.30
Transfer from Kakslauttanen Resort to Ivalo airport  (Please, consult the exact timing with the front desk), check-in for the flight

18.45
Finnair flight leaves Ivalo.  Some flights make an intermediate stop at Kittilä (30 minutes).

21.15
Arrival to Helsinki airport. Take 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 hotel after your booking.

DAY 4

Full buffet breakfast at your hotel. We suggest you check-out and store your luggage at the front desk.

08.30
Make a morning stroll along the Esplanade street to the Market Place, Kauppatori, by the harbor. Visit also the old restored Market Hall or have a look to the Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral just one block north.

10.00
Take a short break at the charming old Café Esplanad at Pohjois-Esplanadi 37. You will taste something very typical Finnish: a “Korvapuusti” cinnamon bun with a cup of coffee or tea. This might be the most traditional sweet bread in Finland and very beloved even today!

10.45
Show your city tour ticket to the attendant at the tourist bus stop on Fabianinkatu street in the middle of the Esplanade Park next to the Kappeli Restaurant. (5 minutes walk from Café Esplanad)

11.00
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 (winter) and has a free wifi. 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, graved in rock, and the Sibelius Monument before the tour ends at the Esplanade Park.

12.30
On your way back to the hotel you can have a look to the main shopping streets Esplanade with brand shops and Aleksanterinkatu as well as Mannerheimintie where you find bigger malls like Kämp Galleria or Forum and the Stockmann department store.

13.00
Time to start to walk back to the hotel for picking up the luggage and continuing for railway station.

14.00 or later
According to your flight schedule, take the Finnair City bus from Elielinaukio Square (platform 30) to the airport. Buses leave every 15-20 minutes and the journey will take approximately 35 minutes.  Check your flight departure time in advance to choose an 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
  • One 3-course dinner at restaurant Zetor in Helsinki including one drink
  • A cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee or tea at Café Esplanad
  • A Panorama City Sightseeing Tour by bus in Helsinki
  • Finnair flight Helsinki – Ivalo – Helsinki in economy class
  • Return transfers Ivalo Airport – Kakslauttanen – Ivalo Airport
  • One overnight in a two bed glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Resort in Lapland, breakfast buffet
  • One 3-course dinner at Kakslauttanen (drinks not included)
  • Sightseeing tour of Kakslauttanen with hot drink
  • Aurora Hunting excursion on a reindeer sleigh (weather permitting)

Optional:

  • Extra activities and excursions available at Kakslauttanen Resort for extra charge

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.

Quick Facts

Duration

4 Days (3 nights)

Destination(s)

Helsinki and Lapland (Kakslauttanen near Ivalo)

Program starts

Tuesdays

Season

Autumn, November

Bookable latest

30 days before arrival

Price per person

From 1495 €

Single supplement

From 575 €