Finland’s Christmas Market & the Northern Lights

$5899 Dec 1-8, 2018

$5899

Finland Christmas Market & the Northern Lights

with Collette Vacations

December 1 - 8, 2018

The worlds most famous Northern Lights Experience awaits!

Experience the best of Helsinki, Finland then head North to Lapland for a 3 night stay in the famed glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort!

Pricing

  • Per person based on double/triple occupancy$5899
  • Per person based on single occupancy$6799

*Taxes and fuel surcharges subject to change prior to departure of tour. Any increases will be noted in the final payment invoice.

  • Roundtrip air from DFW to Helsinki
  • Internal flights from Helsinki to Lapland
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations
  • 11 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Sightseeing each day
  • Baggage handling of one checked bag per person
  • All taxes for above inclusions
  • Meals other than specified above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport fees
  • Airline Baggage fees
  • Any departure taxes

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Itinerary

Immerse Yourself

  • Lead your own dog sled team.
  • Overnight in a glass igloo amid the Lappish wilderness.
  • Meet Santa Claus himself and the Lappish reindeer.

Must-See Inclusions

  • Experience Lapland during a 3-night stay in the north of Finland.
  • Tour Helsinki with a local expert.
  • Set out on nightly northern lights searches in Lapland.

Culinary Inclusions

  • Savor Finnish cuisine in Helsinki’s local restaurants.
  • Enjoy warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition.

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, December 1, 2018 Overnight Flight

Day 2: Sunday, December 2, 2018 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, December 3, 2018 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, December 4, 2018 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, December 5, 2018 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, December 6, 2018 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 snowcapped 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, December 7, 2018 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, December 8, 2018 Helsinki – Tour Ends Set out for home with many incredible memories and a longing to return. (B)

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

ENCHANTING ARCTIC EXPERIENCES SINCE 1974… Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is an enchanting, otherworldly destination located 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, just a four-hour drive from the Arctic Ocean. Since 1974, our family-run hotel has been offering year-round magical experiences in the pristine arctic wilderness. We are world-renowned for our iconic Glass Igloos and the magical Northern Lights – but there are plenty of other arctic secrets to explore. We offer numerous unique excursions – from reindeer and husky adventures to meeting Santa or panning for gold – making any stay truly unforgettable. You will be surrounded by some of the cleanest nature in the world, with one of Finland’s largest national parks, Urho Kekkonen National Park, right next door. The water is so pure that you can drink straight from the streams, the air is so fresh that you can feel it deep down in your lungs, and the harmonious sound of silence will soothe your soul. The region is steeped in the rich culture of the indigenous Sámi people. Kakslauttanen has a deep appreciation for this local heritage – nearly everything at the resort has been created right here by local craftsmen and artists over the past 40 years. We warmly welcome you to experience the magic of Lapland.

Your Stay

Your stay at Kakslauttenen includes a standard cabin for 3 nights.  One of those nights a cozy stand-alone glass igloo is yours to sleep in and, with a little bit of luck, view the spectacular Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!  These Glass Igloos are equipped with bathroom facilities but not showers, but you won’t be checking out of your room and moving into the igloo, it’s just yours to sleep in overnight.  You can wake up the next morning and go right back into your cabin, where your luggage will still be.

Upgrade

 There is an upgrade opportunity with a limited number of cabins, so these will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to spend all 3 nights in a cabin with it’s own Glass Igloo attached to it, that upgrade is $600 per person, or $1200 for a single.  Please confirm at time of booking for your best shot availability!

Flights Included

Included – TBA

*Subject to change

Payments & Cancellations

A deposit of $600 per person is due with booking.  Final payment is due no later than Sept 17, 2018.

Prices represent a 5% discount for payment by check or money order.  Rates are 5% higher if using a credit card and require an authorized signatureHowever, we do not charge a fee for the initial $600 per person deposit. We accept MC, VISA, & AX, If cancelled before April 15, 2018, a fee of $500 is assessed.  If cancelled after Sept 17th, 2018, trip is non refundable.  Once tickets are issued, they are non refundable/non changeable.  Please understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made.

A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR AND MUST BE VALID 6 MONTHS AFTER YOU RETURN FROM THIS TOUR.  We must have full names as they appear on your passport. We also need copies of your passport info page.

If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible to have proper documentation.  Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.

Name changes may be made up to 90 days prior to departure for $200 per namePlease understand that vendors are very strict with regard to cancellation.  No exceptions can be made.

Fine Print

RESPONSIBILITY:  CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such services and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, vendor bankruptcy, war, insurrection, revolt or other civil uprising, other military action, strikes or any Act of God occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever.  The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are actually responsible for providing the travel services purchased.  The suppliers reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary.   CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased, whether through default or any other cause.   SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House will not accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes.  All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the member of the tour. CBS/ SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House  will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also,  CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House will not be liable regarding the provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. CBS/SHARON CARR TRAVEL/Journey House IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. This tour is operated by Collette Tours.  They reserve the right to change flight or tour schedules if necessary.

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