Gateway to Lapland
Incentive program in Rovaniemi
Day 1 – Arrival to Lapland – Welcome dinner at hotel restaurant Fransmanni
Arrival to Rovaniemi airport. Meet & Greet by Lapland Safaris guide, private coach transfer to Sokos Hotel Vaakuna in the city center of Rovaniemi.
OPTIONAL: Snowmobile safari to the city Outfit delivery to the airport (for this we need sizes in advance; weight, height and shoe size) Head directly from the airport to the untouched Arctic wilderness, where you can immediately feel liberated from the stress and hectic pace of your everyday life. A real surprise to begin your Lapland adventure with: a snowmobile safari right from modern Rovaniemi Airport to the wilderness of Lapland! Change into thermal safari outfits at airport premises and proceed to snowmobiles. After instructions of driving technique and safety rules you will start the first part of your Lapland adventure. Two person share one snowmobile, taking turns in driving. Drive through snow covered forests to today’s destination – Rovaniemi town and your Hotel! Your luggage is transported separately directly to Clarion Hotel Santa Claus.
SOKOS HOTEL VAAKUNA
Sokos Hotel Vaakuna is an international and friendly hotel in the heart of Rovaniemi. The varied restaurants and bars offer entertainment to suit all. Even though the most popular nightclub of Rovaniemi is in the hotel building, the rooms are quiet and very comfortable. The pleasant Tokka meeting facilities in the hotel can hold up to 60 people, and we can also arrange meetings in the hotel’s other facilities. Check-in and delivery of the keys.
Non-stop saunas at disposal at the hotels (not private).
DINNER AT RESTAURANT FRANSMANNI
Sokos Hotel Vaakuna’s restaurants serve rustic French cuisine seasoned with garlic and herbs and Wild West Tex Mex. Round off your evening in the newly refurbished Doris Night Club, the party-goers’ paradise, without even having to step outside. Dinner is served at HOTEL RESTAURANT FRANSMANNI, 3 courses + coffee. Accommodation in twin rooms.
Day 2: – Speed on ice and snow. Arctic Snow Hotel with saunas & jacuzzi
Finnish buffet breakfast is served in hotel. Meet your guide in hotel lobby and transfer by private coach to Snow Rally Rings Centre in Vanttausjärvi. The aim is that you become a master of steering on ice and you get some useful tips for everyday car driving in winter conditions. Upon arrival at the tracks there will be a presentation of teachers, cars and the track with different tasks. The group is divided into smaller teams which are given rally-minded names. At the check points the points will be given according to time and marks achieved.
The program includes the following tasks:
- Winter ice carting with studded winter tyres
- Driving on the tracks with BMW sport cars (2500cc/192hp) with winter tyres
- Driving on tracks with Toyota Starlet (1600cc/140hp) with rally tyres
- Quad driving
Lunch is served during the day. As a conclusion of the day the best team will be awarded with Lapland prizes. After everyone has had the chance to feel like a real rally champion the coach takes from the Snow Rally Rings to the Arctic SnowHotel for saunas, Jacuzzi and dinner.
The Arctic Snow Hotel is an entire world of snow, an experience destination that provides an exotic possibility to spend the night sheltered by snow and surrounded by picturesque and placid Lappish nature and to experience Arctic specialities. Guided tour in Arctic Snow Restaurant and Hotel before sauna experience.
Sauna bathing is possible in regular saunas and in the specially gentle and moist snow sauna! Try the Finnish sauna, it guarantees a unique lifetime experience, relaxation and deep clensing. How about a dip in the hot tub or Jacuzzi, sipping a rum toddy, marvel at the Northern Lights, or perhaps take a wildly refreshing snow bath? This will definitely get your blood flowing! Dinner of 3-course+coffee will be served in the LUMIKARTANO RESTAURANT (warm restaurant).
After dinner transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 – full day snowmobile safari with huskies, ice fishing and outdoor lunch – farewell dinner at mystical restaurant santamus
Finnish buffet breakfast is served in hotel. Meet your safari guides in hotel lobby and proceed on foot to nearby Safari House to pick up helmets and further to the Safari parking place.
Shortly after briefing of driving technique and safety rules you start your day with snowmobile safari right from the city centre, through the wilderness. Two persons share one snowmobile, taking turns in driving.Arriving to the Husky farm where friendly huskies welcome the group. Warm drinks as coffee and berry juice served upon arrival. Everyone can enjoy a husky ride in a sledge hauled by the husky team. For centuries, people living in the Arctic have relied on a strong and tenacious partner; the Arctic sled dog, the husky to transport the catch of the hunt or medicines in harsh condition across inaccessible terrain. This 30 minutes safari gives you opportunity to experience something unique; the ties between the musher and the dogs formed on a joint expedition into the wilderness. You soon learn that behind its icy-blue gaze is a friendly canine character who works closely with people.
After Husky Farm safari continue to the wilderness lake, where everybody can try his luck in ice fishing. The catch will be prepared as a delicious snack by an open fire. In winter time fishing is not so easy when rivers and lakes are frozen. Fish is, however, delicious and nice dish to enjoy also during the winter. First you have to make a hole in the ice with a help of a drill, then drop the line with hook and bait through it and wait for the catch with patience. While fishing it’s important to keep the hole open that it won’t freeze up. If that happens the line gets stuck, and you will end up with nothing but an empty stomach. Outdoor lunch of 2 courses + coffee will be served. Continuing snowmobile safari towards town. Return back to town. Program duration appr. 6 hours. Non-stop saunas at disposal at the hotels (not private).
DINNER AT RESTAURANT SANTAMUS
In the evening private coach transfer to the RESTAURANT SANTAMUS for dinner. Santamus could well be described as a “restaurant of sensations”, tempting all five senses. Upon entering the log house you “forgot” the time and place, as this is a whole new world for you. Snags, a gurgling brook, natural spruce trees on the shore of a pond; where trout swim, fireplace fires glow in the dim light…the feeling and scene make newcomers rub their eyes. (Click the image to enlarge them)
Menu of 3-course + coffee is served.
OPTIONAL: Music show in Santamus Amazing show of one man playing rare instruments such as Finnish harp accordion and saw takes its place. The creator of Santamus, Matti Korva will host this magical event and accompany the group through the whole experience. After welcoming the guests he will play beautifully sensitive music of the Finnish national string instrument the “kantele”. This gives its own touch to the already amazing atmosphere. Listen to “Somewhere over the Rainbow” played by Matti with the saw. You will also have the chance to learn how to play it yourself.
Return transfer back to hotel for overnight.
Day 4 – Departure via Sky High Brunch
Morning at leisure – you can sleep a bit longer! Check-out, return your safari outfit to hotel lobby. Farewell brunch is served in the panorama restaurant Sky High, located on top of Ounasvaara Hill. You can admire the view over the river valley and city from the roof terrace of the hotel.
The tour ends to Rovaniemi airport. Farewells to your guide.
GOOD TO NOTE!
All programs are weather permitting. All the items are subject to availability at the time you request the space. We reserve the right to change the rates in the event of increase of taxes, fuel costs or similar beyond our control.
All the snowmobiles, cars and forest scooters are insured as required by the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. This insurance covers medical care for injuries to the driver and the passenger arising from accidents. Personal injuries and damages to other parties while driving a snowmobile, car or forest scooter are fully covered according to the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. Lapland Safaris is not liable in general for personal injuries or material damage arising from accidents during other games and activities such as husky sleigh safaris, reindeer safaris or other excursions in which snowmobiles or quad bikes are not involved. Personal travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.
Safari participants are held liable for damages caused to snowmobiles, forest scooters or cars. Each vehicle driver must put down a damage deposit on the spot upon their arrival,by cash or credit card, if other arrangements have not been made in advance. The amount of the deposit is EUR 980,- for snowmobiles and forest scooters and EUR 1 830,- for cars. The customer must notify Lapland Safaris in advance about who (each participant individually or the orderer or company) is going to be held responsible for self liability. The self liability is mentioned during the driving lesson before safari/car driving activity begins.
The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years old with a valid driving licence, forest scooter driver has to be at least 18 years old with a valid driving license. Children under 2 years old are free of charge and children under 15 years old get a discount and they are then allowed to sit on a sledge pulled by a snowmobile. Children under 15 years old are seated in a sledge pulled by snowmobile and are given helmets. Driving a snowmobile or forest scooter under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic products is prohibited by Finnish law. As the responsible safari organizers, we reserve the right to change the routing and duration of the excursions if necessary, according to the prevailing weather and snow conditions, or if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and the comfort of the participants. We also reserve the right to discontinue the safari if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others, or is in poor health.