Welcome To Finland

Our winter adventure begins with a two-night stay in Finland’s trendy capital, Helsinki, before we fly north to Ruka! This frontier region is perfect for the magical winter scenery that has made this part of the world such an enchanting destination. Once in the far north we’ll gear up and prepare for a packed itinerary featuring husky-dog sledding, ice fishing, a reindeer farm and twilight sledge ride. Whether to get into the festive spirit or to discover the ultimate white wonderland, Finland in winter is a must!

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Helsinki, Finland’s quirky capital city
  • Go on a thrilling husky-led sledge ride
  • Head to a farm to meet festive reindeer
  • Take an evening sledge ride under the stars and potentially the Northern Lights
  • Be transferred by snowmobile to try your hand at ice fishing
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  • Dates & Prices

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    December 11 - December 17, 2019 (7 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £1999 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £1499 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 1799 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 1299 GBP Contact us for availability

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    A view of huskies from the sledge being pulled in the snow
  • The green colours of the northern lights with tall silhouette of pine trees in foreground.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 2 nights' accommodation in Hotel Arthur
    • 4 nights' accommodation in Hotel Scandic Rukahovi
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Helsinki walking tour
    • Reindeer farm visit
    • Husky farm and sledge ride
    • Starlight sledge ride
    • Ice fishing by snowmobile sledge
    • River Floating (Optional - £80)
    Reindeer in the snow with trees in the background

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Wednesday 11th December

Arrive in Helsinki and transfer to our city centre hotel in the early afternoon. The rest of the day will be at leisure exploring the city. On Helsinki’s charming streets you’ll find cutting-edge centres for art and modern design, then turn a corner and you’ll discover elegant art-nouveau cafes, shops, and noteworthy museums. This is a city of the old and new, balancing traditional heritage with a proudly progressive outlook.

Overnight in Helsinki.

Thursday 12th December

Waking up in Helsinki we’ll have a leisurely breakfast before meeting our guide for a walking tour of Helsinki. Helsinki is a compact city and we shall visit many highlights including the neo-classical Senate Square, Lutheran and Orthodox cathedrals and Market Square. We may have the opportunity to visit the emotive Rock Church before exploring some of Helsinki’s modern delights including the Kaisa (Helsinki University library), the sculptures in Esplanadi Park and the Chapel of Silence.

The rest of the afternoon can be enjoyed further exploring the main attractions of this vibrant city or perhaps you would like to try some Nordic cuisine that has recently become internationally renowned.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Helsinki.

Friday 13th December

This morning we’ll embark on a short flight north to Kuusamo where we’ll then transfer to the resort of Ruka, our winter wonderland for the next few days. It is then time to gear up and collect our outdoor winter outfits so we stay warm and snug during our adventure.

This evening we’ll hope for a clear starry night and for a vivid appearance of the Northern Lights as we have our starlight sledge ride. We’ll meet our guide in Ruka who’ll drive snowmobiles that pull our sledges behind for a journey deep into the enchanting forests and groves of this magical winter wonderland. Along the way our group will stop by a cosy fire for a snack and time to absorb the unique ambience of Finland’s refreshing north and, if we are lucky, the Northern Lights!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Saturday 14th December

We’ll meet our guide and transfer to a reindeer farm today where we’ll meet a local reindeer herder who will share his stories of herding this iconic animal around Lapland. As part of this festive experience the reindeer will take us for a short ride in a traditional sledge before we gather round a cosy fire for a snack to hear stories.

In the afternoon, you might like to take part in our incredible optional excursion – river floating. This exciting and relaxing activity lets you sit back and float along the slow stream of the river, taking in the scenery and peaceful atmosphere as you go by. After you’ll get a hot drink to complete the experience.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Sunday 15th December

With plenty of lakes and ponds, the region of Kuusamo is a paradise for fishers so today we’ll try our hand at ice fishing, known as pilkki in Finnish. The jiggers will be transported to the fishing place on a snowmobile sledge where we’ll learn the secrets of ice fishing and learn how to check the nets under the ice. Accompanied by some traditional hot juice we’ll see who will catch the biggest fish.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Monday 16th December

No winter adventure is complete without visiting energetic huskies, and today we’ll be doing just that!  These black and white dogs have distinctive pale blue eyes and a thick double coat, perfectly suited to arctic conditions and they will be eager to go running! So, following a short safety briefing we’ll mount our sledges in pairs and commence a 5km ride through magical white wilderness.

This evening is free for you to enjoy as you wish soak up the cosy ambience of Ruka with good food and warm drinks!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ruka.

Tuesday 17th December

Today we transfer back to Kuusamo for our journey home via Helsinki.

Breakfast included.

Single supplement: £250

Flight information: There is also an internal flight on 13th December from Helsinki Airport at 12.20pm arriving at Kuusamo Airport at 1.35pm.

Optional excursions need to be booked at least 12 weeks before departure and are subject to minimum requirements.