Lifestyle Tours presents…
The Northern Lights of Finland
January 12 – 19, 2019
For more information contact
Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
Small Group Travel rewards travelers with new perspectives. With just 12-24 passengers, these are the personal adventures that today's cultural explorers dream of.
8 Days ● 11 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
Book by 1/12/2018 & Save $150 Per Person:
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
**Alternate gateways are available upon request.
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $290 per person
Limited Availability. All space is on a first come first serve basis.
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV, book now savings valid until 1/12/2018
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Highlights: Helsinki, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Ivalo, Lapland Region, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finnish Sauna, Meet & Greet with Santa, Reindeer Excursion, Northern Lights Searches, Husky Safari, Glass Igloo Accommodation
Day 1: Saturday, January 12, 2019 Overnight Flight
Day 2: Sunday, January 13, 2019 Helsinki, Finland - Tour Begins Your adventure opens in Helsinki, a city with a vibrant architectural style that blends classicism and functionalism. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city center. (D)
Day 3: Monday, January 14, 2019 Helsinki Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. Visit Senate Square, the heart of Helsinki. Designed by famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel, it is home to the city’s most iconic building, the Helsinki Cathedral. Continue your exploration on foot as you make your way through the historic streets of Tori Quarters, where the old city meets the new. Enjoy some free time in Market Square and discover the local flavors. Next, see Kaivopuisto Park, an ornate neighborhood overlooking the sea that is home to beautiful embassies and villas. This afternoon, explore Helsinki on your own. Or, choose an optional excursion to Porvoo and catch a glimpse of 19th century daily life in this charming town; a scenic drive along the Porvoo River brings you to the town’s iconic red painted storage houses traditionally used to
store delicacies from foreign lands. (B)
Day 4: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Helsinki - Ivalo - Kakslauttanen - Northern Lights Search Board your flight for Lapland, Finland’s rugged northern region. Known for its unique culture, this mythical land offers up views of the northern lights, reindeer encounters, and Arctic treasures. This afternoon, explore the splendor of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort for a 3-night stay. Enjoy the glass and snow igloos, an ice chapel, Finnish sauna and intricate native artwork. Spend the next two evenings in your personal Finnish log cabin** equipped with a private fireplace and sauna. Join your fellow travelers on a northern lights trek as you travel north towards Inari, making stops along the way for the best views of the northern lights.* Stop to gaze at the sky above and be amazed at the dancing colors in the sky. Today breakfast and dinner will be included. (B, D)
Day 5: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Kakslauttanen - Santa Claus’ Home - Reindeer Safari - Northern Lights Awake amidst the dramatic scenery. Experience the nature around you as you mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh. Learn the origins of Santa Claus during a meet and greet at his home. The Christmas cheer is an undeniable component of the Lappish culture. This evening, prepare for an Arctic adventure exploring the remote areas of Kakslauttanen on a reindeer safari. A reindeer farmer introduces you to your companions, the Finnish reindeer! Sip a traditional Lappish drink of warm berry juice as you sleigh through the unspoiled wilderness. Cozy under the blankets, continue your search for the northern lights.* (B, D)
Day 6: Thursday, January 17, 2019 Kakslauttanen - Husky Safari - Northern Lights Search Begin an exquisite day in the Arctic as commander of your own dog sled team! Cute, fast and born to lead; these huskies will show you the way through the snow capped scenery. Become acquainted with the dogs, the commands and the equipment before embarking on your adventure. Enjoy your last night in Kakslauttanen in the most unique way. In the heart of Lappish wilderness, you may find the
northern lights* dancing over your private glass igloo.*** (B, D)
Day 7: Friday, January 18, 2019 Kakslauttanen - Helsinki This morning say farewell to Lapland as you board your flight back to Helsinki. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city’s central squares, charming shops, and the latest Finnish trends. Finally, celebrate your journey during a farewell dinner in downtown Helsinki. Share your memories, photos and unforgettable Lappish experiences. (B, D)
Day 8: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Helsinki - Tour Ends Set out for home with many incredible memories and a longing to return. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Lilla Roberts Hotel , Helsinki
Days 4 – 6 Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - West Village, Kakslauttanen
Day 7 Lilla Roberts Hotel , Helsinki
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! The Northern Lights
Each year, during the winter months, travelers journey to Finland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights. This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere; the results are spectacular! Streaks of colorful light appear across the sky. The colors can vary from white to pink or purple and, most commonly, green. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Finland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.