Sitting directly on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland where every one of the 200 days of winter feels as festive as the last. Spend five days experiencing the very best of this winter wonderland with an aurora photography workshop included. Try your hand at mushing a husky sled, dash across frozen lakes on a snowmobile and spend a night under the stars in a cosy glass igloo.
Fly to Lapland’s capital and transfer to your chalet for a three-night stay. Get to know your fellow group members on a snowshoe excursion in the surrounding Lappish forest. Stop to enjoy lunch, which will be cooked on an open fire, before making your way back to your chalet accommodation. In the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner at the Lapland Sky Hotel before heading outside to search for the magical aurora borealis and to take part in a night-time photography workshop with an experienced photographer. (L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to a local husky farm and try your hand as a musher. Guides will provide a lesson in driving a dog-sled team before you take the reins. You will be provided with specialist winter clothing to keep you warm as you dash through the snowy wilderness pulled by your team of huskies. Stop for lunch, before returning to your chalet in the afternoon for some time at leisure. Speak to a Regent Specialist about pre-booking optional excursions. In the evening, transfer to downtown Rovaniemi to enjoy a Lappish dinner prepared from fresh Arctic ingredients at Restaurant Nili. Relax in traditional Finnish surroundings and enjoy the friendly and cosy atmosphere. After dinner, return to your chalet accommodation and be sure to head outside once more to search for the magical northern lights. (B,L,D)
Today, you will travel through the Lappish countryside, through crisp white snow and over ice-covered lakes on an exhilarating snowmobile safari to a local reindeer farm, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, return to your chalet and enjoy some time at leisure before dining in the Lapland Sky Hotel. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer 26 kilometres from Rovaniemi to the Arctic SnowHotel and check in to a cosy glass igloo for an overnight stay. These cosy pods have electrically-heated glass ceilings and their own private showers and toilets. If you request the hotel’s aurora alarm service you can drift off to sleep safe in the knowledge that you will be woken if the northern lights appear overhead. Enjoy lunch with the group and spend some time at leisure enjoying the beautiful Lappish surroundings. Optional excursions can be pre-booked. A Regent favourite here is the sauna experience, which includes time in the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi and snow sauna. This evening, you will enjoy a three-course farewell dinner in the Ice Restaurant. Here, benches made of ice are covered in reindeer hide and food is served on ice tables. On your final evening in Lapland, be sure to chill out in the Ice Bar with a drink in a glass made of ice and head outside to keep a look out for the northern lights swirling overhead. (B,L,D)
Speak to a Regent Specialist about swapping your glass igloo for a night in the SnowHotel. Newly built from snow and ice every winter, each room is carved with a unique design and every ice bed is covered with fur throws and warm, fleece-lined sleeping bags.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.(B)
* Please note the glass igloo will be twin-share. If you would like your own, a supplement of £395 applies