Lapland on the Rocks
Incentive program in Rovaniemi
Day 1 – Welcome to Lapland!
Upon arrival at Rovaniemi airport (RVN) meet & greet by Lapland Safaris guide. Transfer to Rovaniemi city center by coach. As the coach is driving along the small roads towards town, it is stopped at passport control station by border guards. The guards will enter the coach asking for passports. As the guests only have foreign passports, which are not allegedly valid in Lapland, everyone has to get out of the coach for further actions.
The guests walk through an official passport control gate and each is given Lapland passport inscribed with their names and details. Through the gate they will continue to Lapp “kota” village specially built for the group. At the village you will meet Lapps in their colourful costumes and there is a Lapp girl singing traditional joiku songs. There are lumberjack’s candles and large campfires to decorate the village and welcome drinks are served before continuing to your hotel. Pre-registered check-in. Key envelopes are ready in alphabetical order. Your luggage will be taken to your room by hotel porters. A high standard modern, but still Lappish, caters for even the most demanding guests. Thanks to the first-class amenities and superb service, staying at Hotel Santa Claus is always a pleasure.
Dinner in Restaurant Nili
Welcome dinner is served in RESTAURANT NILI. This Lappish restaurant is located in the heart of Rovaniemi, within a walking distance from the hotel. The interior is decorated with genuine Lapp handicrafts, wood, reindeer horns and reindeer leather.
Day 2 – Break the ice with Icebreaker Sampo
Finnish buffet breakfast is served in hotel restaurant. After breakfast meet your safari guide in hotel lobby and proceed on foot to nearby SafariClub for delivery of safari clothing (socks, boots, mitten, scarf, balaclava and overall). Board the waiting coach for transfer to Kemi. Transfer time ca. 1½ hrs. Climb on board and say hello to ship’s friendly staff! Shortly after boarding it’s time to take part in the presentation of the vessel, and to see how ship crushes both solid and pack ice meters thick. Guided tour takes you for a visit to commando bridge, engine room and decks. Lunch is served in ship’s cozy restaurant. After lunch you can experience the highlight of the day, an Arctic swim – a dip in the icy sea, safe and warm in wet-suits, of course!
OPTIONAL: Three-course lunch on board the Icebreaker
After 4-hour voyage it’s time to board the waiting coach for return transfer to Rovaniemi. Transfer time ca. 1½ hrs.
Dinner at Snowloand restaurant in Rovaniemi
Tonight’s dinner is served in magical SNOWLAND – an Igloo restaurant completely made of snow and ice! The restaurant area is lit with fires and lanterns, while inside lamps provide illumination through the ice. The ceiling of the igloo is like a starry sky and ice sculptures decorate the venue. Guests dine on benches covered with reindeer skins and hot dinner is served on tables made of ice. Return transfer back to hotel for overnight.
Day 3 – Fun with snowmobiles, reindeer & huskies
Finnish buffet breakfast is served in hotel restaurant. Shortly after breakfast meet your safari guide in hotel lobby and proceed on foot to SafariClub to pick-up helmets. Short briefing of today’s safari and route, and off you again on snowmobiles. Mastering now the basics you turn into the snowmobile track and follow it through the snow covered woods to local reindeer farm.
Reindeer husbandry is an important livelihood in Lapland. But as the reindeer are semiwild animals, they roam free in the woods and forests, and are collected together only twice-a-year for reindeer round-ups. At the farm the reindeer owner has carefully selected group of reindeer, which has been trained for sledge-pulling and for reindeer races. The reindeer herder will demonstrate how to drive a reindeer sledge, and then it is your turn to participate in reindeer driving test, for which you will receive your own reindeer driving licence! The ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle will be performed around campfires by a local Lapp, and a typical herder’s lunch will be served in the cosy cottage. Then on and continue by snowmobiles to husky camp, located in woods. Upon arrival at the camp you are greeted by friendly huskies. Local husky musher tells you about his dogs, their nature and their training program. Everyone has a chance to take a short ride in sleigh pulled by team of huskies. There is about half a dozen dogs in each husky team, and they all love running! After the ride it is time to say goodbye to the dogs and return to city. As a conclusion of the day you will receive personalized Arctic Circle Certificate. Back in the hotel in the afternoon, hotel saunas are at your disposal (non-exclusive basis).
Dinner at Bear’s Den
The farewell dinner is served in BEARS DEN – high standard and legendary wilderness cottage where Finland´s President Kekkonen hosted numerous heads of state and other dignitaries. The main log cottage and traditional wooden kota offer unforgettable moment-. Enjoy a delicious 3-cours dinner and feel the spirit of untouched wilderness. Bear’s Den is located ca 30 km north from city centre. Transfer time by coach ca. ½ hrs.
OPTIONAL: Finnish sauna at Bear’s Den
Traditional, wooden heated sauna as well as electrically-heated log saunas are at groups disposal. Both saunas are situated by the pond. After sauna you are able to refresh yourself in hole in the ice! Return transfer back to hotel for overnight.
Day 4 – Brunch & Goodbye to Lapland!
Sleep a little bit longer this morning – check-out and luggage portage. Transfer to Poropirtti Lodge for farewell brunch. Poropirtti is located on the banks of River Ounas, 14 km north of Rovaniemi. The main building is an old school which dates back to early 1900’s. It’s a magnificent log building, and inside there are long wooden tables and benches as well as a big fireplace. Transfer ends at Rovaniemi airport and it’s time to say good-bye to Lapland and 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.