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- Escorted in 2019
5 days - Visit Rovaniemi with a stay in the TreeHouse Hotel.
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is situated in the forest within the Santa Park at Rovaniemi. With spectacular views over the treetops, the TreeHouse suites offer an exclusive combination of local tradition, Lappish heritage and modern Scandinavian design. The atmospheric lounge area invites you to celebrate Christmas relaxing with your friends and loved ones while the panoramic restaurant offers delicious continental and local cuisine in unique surroundings.
Get ready for a Christmas celebration to remember! So many unique experiences are waiting – delicious food, beautiful nature, Christmas presents and, of course, a special meeting with Santa around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.
We have one other tour staying at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel during the Winter 2019 - 2020.
- Cosy up in a reindeer sleigh and enjoy the ride, take photos of the scenery around and take in the experinece of a reindeer caravan
- After a sleep in on Christmas Day, head out snowmobiling into the winter nature
- Escorted tour with 50 Degrees North host
- Day 1
- 23 Dec: Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer to the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, meet your 50 Degrees North host
- Day 2
- 24 Dec: Husky ride through the wilderness, then a special Christmas Eve
- Day 3
- 25 Dec: Snowmobile riding through the forest + mini-skidoos for the children at lunch
- Day 4
- 26 Dec: Reindeer Safari in the Lappish Forest
- Day 5
- 27 Dec: Say goodbye to the Magical Christmas Finland
- Start/End Place
- Rovaniemi, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 5 Days
- Easy Christmas tour - suits families with children of all ages.
Transfers from Rovaniemi to the TreeHouse Hotel (six minutes from central Rovaniemi) and luggage transfer to your room.
- 4 nights in a TreeHouse suite
- Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (including a Christmas Eve dinner)
- Return transfer between Rovaniemi airport and TreeHouse Hotel, as well as luggage transfer to your room
- Winter gear during activities
- Snowmobile Safari
- Husky Safari
- Reindeer Safari
- Christmas Eve visit with Santa around the Christmas tree and Christmas dinner
- Free use of toboggans for your stay. Cross-country skis & snowshoes can be hired at an additional cost.
International flights to/from Helsinki, domestic flights, meals other than specified, items of personal nature, beverages.
Day 1 - 23 Dec: Arrive Rovaniemi and transfer to the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, meet your 50 Degrees North host
Arrive in Rovaniemi airport and transfer to Arctic Treehouse Hotel. If you arrive early, lunch at the hotel’s restaurant.
Freshen up in your room and don your winter gear. Head out for some snow angel making and explore the nearby winter wonderland. Meet your 50 Degrees North escort this afternoon and have all your questions answered.
Day 2 - 24 Dec: Husky ride through the wilderness, then a special Christmas Eve
A short transfer takes you to the Husky Camp, where the enthusiastic arctic sled dogs greet you with barking and jumping - as if they were saying, come on, let's go. Huskies are passionate about running and that is why they are eager to take off with you in their sledge. But first things first: instructions on safety and driving. You and a friend are sharing a team of huskies and can take turns in mushing (driving) and being a passenger.
The route of 14-18 km (depending on weather and snow conditions as well as driving skills) takes you through an enchanted winter landscape. There will be stops when you can change places as musher and passenger. You will also have some photogenic moments midst the stunning nature and with the beautiful dogs. Once they have ran off some energy, they are calmer and let you enjoy the silent drive.
Back at the farm we will gather around the camp fire to hear the mushers tell about life with huskies. You will of course also have time to cuddle and pat your newfound friends before it is time to leave the husky farm.
Lunch will be served on your return to the hotel and the early afternoon is yours.
This evening, enjoy a White Christmas around the Christmas tree. You will have a Christmas Eve buffet and share this local experience. Santa and his reindeers will arrive during the evening with a special Christmas gift for each guest.
Day 3 - 25 Dec: Snowmobile riding through the forest + mini-skidoos for the children at lunch
It's Christmas morning so it's a chance to sleep in. In the early afternoon, go for a snowmobile ride on the forest trails around the Santa Claus Village area, where parents can ride their own snowmobile while children travel in the sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. You will enjoy the beautiful wintery scenery. Along the way we will make several stops to admire snowy nature. 2 adults ride on one snowmobile, single riding supplement for extra charge.
After the safari, we gather around some fun winter games and hot berry juice served by a camp fire! Now, it is time for children’s snowmobile driving. The smallest family members (app 2-4 yrs.) get to drive mini skidoos on a safe track under supervision. The midi skidoos (app 5-14 yrs.) also have a dedicated track and are just what young girls and boys dream of – a replica of an adult snowmobile, but lighter.
Children of all ages love to play in the snow. Tobogganing slope, snow-sculpting or building snowmen, depending on weather and snow conditions. There is time to relax by a camp fire also, have a cup of berry juice and fry a sausage as a snack.
Day 4 - 26 Dec: Reindeer Safari in the Lappish Forest
The morning is yours to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the hotel.
After lunch, it's time for a reindeer safari! Cosy up in a sleigh and enjoy the ride, take photos of the scenery around and take in the experinece of a reindeer caravan. The reindeer herder will treat you to coffee and buns by the outdoor fireplace and tell you the story of his family and his reindeer.
Dinner at the restaurant and afterwards, if the skies are clear, look out for the magical Northern Lights.
Day 5 - 27 Dec: Say goodbye to the Magical Christmas Finland
After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport.
Price per person. Family triple is available on request (2 adults sharing with one child age 4 -14).
27 Dec 2019
27 Dec 2019
Tours can change depending on the snow and weather conditions.
Each person driving a snowmobile must be 18 years of age and must hold a valid driving license.
Please note that the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is six minutes drive from central Rovaniemi and close to main road.
There is a WhatsApp contact number to the reception that you can use to contact them for any questions or help and also for your Aurora Alert.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
Travelling with young children
Here are some suggestions and tips from our staff who have kids themselves, for travelling in Scandinavia with younger children. We hope that you will find this advice helpful and be sure to ask us for more information before travelling as our staff have all grown up in Scandinavia.
In general, Scandinavia and Finland are very child-friendly destinations and if you have any special requests or questions while here, please contact the staff at your hotel immediately. Almost all restaurants can be considered child-friendly with baby chairs and sometimes also drawing utensils, books or toys, and when using public transport, Scandinavia offers some great support for families with younger children. Baby changing tables in public toilets, play equipment and play rooms at airport terminals and family wagons in trains with playing area for the little ones are common place.
When possible, we suggest arriving to Scandinavia or Finland a day or two earlier before your holiday program begins so that your younger children can adjust to the time zone. Young children arriving from the Southern Hemisphere generally wake up at around 4 - 5am for the first few mornings before they get accustomed to the new time zone. Be sure to have breakfast provisions ready for this, as it is unusual for anything to be provided from the hotel at this early hour. We suggest bringing packages of the child's favourite breakfast cereal from home plus tea bags etc. to help in those first few days. Likewise, quiet entertainment for those early hours might be a good idea as well.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia more likely than not, only have twin beds pushed together to make a double if required. The spare children's beds are often foldout beds. Generally, it is easy to arrange at reception for the cots but be sure to ask for help if something doesn't seem right. We were provided a cot without a mattress once - very uncomfortable indeed if we hadn't chased that up!
Also, in Scandinavia it is not common practise to have tea or coffee provided in the room, and even if there is a kettle, there might be nothing else. We suggest travelling with a small supply of your own tea bags/coffee, and asking directly at reception for a kettle on arrival.
Feeding your children adequately is probably the hardest thing to do on an arranged holiday - kids are out of wack with jetlag, fussy and hungry for their own comfort food. When hotels and packages provide set times for meals and buffets, it is important to come prepared.
It is handy to take a small cooler bag already from home filled with snacks, utensils and fresh food. From the breakfast buffets it is usually acceptable to take a small amount of fresh food such as boiled eggs, rolls and fruit for morning and afternoon tea for the little ones.
We would also suggest that you give your kids a taste of what’s to come before their holiday on some foods that they are likely to get in Scandinavia. Meatballs, European flavoured sausages, soups & then treats like cinnamon buns and waffles are typical children's menu items. Cinnamon is a very common flavour used in Scandinavia and Finland.
If you are part of an arranged program, be sure to ask at reception if you need anything in particular. The hotel staff will be more than happy to warm up baby food and organise more snacks or fruit.
We recommend seeking all available information from the reception or activity provider when considering what optional activities will suit your younger children. These activities can be cold and involve a transfer a certain distance from the hotel. If you are uncertain why the activity is being run at a particular time, please ask for clarification as there is often a reason that you might be unfamiliar with. We all know as parents that children generally perform better earlier in the day than later, however, the activity providers might have a safety, logistic or climate reason for picking a certain time.
In Scandinavia, it is often left up to the parents to make decisions about age limits and suitability (unlike other regions where everything is stipulated) so be sure to ask reception or other guests who have done the activity for further advice.
We usually don't recommend winter activities, such as longer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and late evening Aurora Hunts to children under the age 4-5. This of course depends very much on a child as every child is different, but for younger children we recommend shorter excursions as it can get very cold sitting still in a sled. Some operators also do not take children under the age of 5 on their tours, so please ask us specifically before travelling about these limitations.
This is going to make or break your holiday in Scandinavia in the winter. Be sure to refer to our comprehensive packing list provided in your pre-departure information and be on the look out for the best protection for your children in the cold. Winter is great time for kids to play outside and snow-based activities will keep the young ones entertained for hours as long as they have appropriate clothing.
Extra (non-cotton) layers that can be added or taken away when needed, heat warmers and slip on crampons for the older children are recommended. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves, and extra pair of mittens will come in handy after building a snowman or two. A balaclava type of hat that covers both the neck and ears and which can also protect part of child’s face if needed, is also great under a warm and windproof beanie.
The base-layer next to skin should be either wool or synthetic blend, never cotton. With perspiration cotton turns quickly damp and then cold, no matter what other warmer clothing items are layered on top of it.
Many of the hotels and activity providers also do offer warm outer clothing for hire, but if traveling with small kids, please do check beforehand that correct sizes are available.
- Heat warmer pads for inside gloves and boots. Please note that these should not be used directly against the skin, hence for hands, you will need to use the pads in between the two pairs of gloves/mittens recommended in our packing list
- Good boots and warm woolly socks for your little ones
- Bags & suitcases that can easily be carried by one parent if the other is carrying children. Many of us use Trunkies for our travels so that our kids can sit on them, or sometimes the kids can pull the cases themselves. If your child is small enough to be carried, we highly recommend a baby or toddler carrier that leaves your hands free for handling the luggage.
- Provisions for the first day or two whether it is snacks, nappies or fruit drinks.
- Books, drawing pencils or other tranquil inside activity and your child’s favourite teddy!