The Northern Lights of Finland

Set off to explore Finland and go in search of the shimmering aurora borealis (northern lights). Come to know Finnish culture and history on a tour of Helsinki with a local expert. Savor the local cuisine in Helsinki’s restaurants. Experience rugged Lapland during a 3-night stay in the north of Finland. Overnight surrounded by wilderness in a glass igloo and a Finnish log cabin. Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition. Meet Santa Claus in his home. Embark on a reindeer safari with a local farmer. Mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh, and lead your own dog sled team. One dynamic experience follows another on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Finland.

AAA Member Benefit

$50 AAA Member Benefit (Included in rate)

AAA Vacations® Complimentary Inclusion

Receive a $50 credit to use toward the optional excursion of your choice.  Excursion must be booked prior to departure.

Inclusions

Services of a professional tour manager, hotel accommodations; sightseeing; hotel-to-hotel luggage handling; and roundtrip home to airport sedan service on air-inclusive tours**.

Sightseeing highlights

  • Senate Square
  • Helsinki Cathedral
  • Lapland Region
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Meet & Greet with Santa and the majestic Lappish reindeer
  • Reindeer Safari
  • Northern Lights Searches
  • Husky Safari – Lead your very own dog sled team
  • Glass Igloo Accommodation – Spend the night in a glass igloo amid the Lappish wilderness

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight
On an adventure to the top of the world, experience a side of life that feeds the imagination and leaves you forever enchanted with Finland, “Daughter of the Baltic.”

Day 2: Helsinki, Finland – Tour Begins
Hei Helsinki! Finland’s vibrant capital, where history converges with architectural style and combines with a laid-back vibe across beautiful islands and pristine public parks, welcomes you. This evening, gather with new friends for a welcome dinner in the city center. Hyvää ruokahalua! (Bon appetit!) Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Helsinki
Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. If Finland’s heart beats in Helsinki, then Helsinki’s core is in Senate Square, home of Helsinki Cathedral, the city’s most iconic building. Walk the streets of empiric-designed Tori Quarters before enjoying some free time in Market Square, the city’s most famous international market. Become transfixed by the sprawling lawns, rocky cliffs, and ornate villas of Kaivopuisto Park. During your leisure time, explore more of Helsinki independently. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Helsinki – Kakslauttanen – Northern Lights Search
Escape to northernmost Finland’s winter wonderland on board a flight to Ivalo and magical Lapland. Like a storybook come to life, Lapland’s culture is steeped in myth and legend. Relish encounters with reindeer and unspoiled views of the northern lights.* At the breathtaking Kakslauttanen Resort, spend two nights in your very own Finnish log cabin** indulging in your personal Finnish sauna and other unique fixtures. Trek north toward Inari on a chase for the northern lights.* Stops along the pursuit allow you the chance for a front-row seat at nature’s dazzling, electric light show.* Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Kakslauttanen – Santa Claus’ Home – Reindeer Safari – Northern Lights
Hit the snow and mush to breakfast aboard an authentic Finnish sleigh. From Kakslauttanen, head to the home of Santa Claus, an epicenter of Christmas cheer. Among prancing reindeer, learn about Santa’s origins during a meet and greet at his house. Under the Arctic moonlight, a reindeer farmer introduces you to some friendly Lappish reindeer that will escort you on an exhilarating reindeer safari through remote Kakslauttanen. Gain insight into the importance of reindeer herding to the Sámi indigenous culture. Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish tradition, under the cover of blankets in the surround of northern Finland’s unspoiled wilderness as you continue the search for the elusive northern lights.* Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6: Kakslauttanen – Husky Safari – Northern Lights Search
Breathe in the fresh Arctic air this morning and step into the role as leader of your own dog sled team. Zoom through the wilderness on a husky safari, driving your husky guides that are as fast as they are adorable. Spend some time getting to know these amazing dogs and learn about their different commands. You’ll also be introduced to the equipment you’ll need to experience this incredible Arctic adventure at its best. Enjoy your last night in the heart of the Lappish wilderness, nestled in your incredible – and private – glass igloo.*** You may even see the northern lights* dancing overhead. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: Kakslauttanen – Helsinki
Say goodbye to enchanting Lapland and fly back to Helsinki. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city’s central squares and get in tune with the latest Finnish trends at a collection of charming shops. Tonight, in downtown Helsinki, toast to grand adventures and new friends. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Helsinki – Tour Ends
Set out for home with incredible memories and a longing to return. Today breakfast will be included.

 

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*Rates are land only, per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Offer is valid on new bookings only made between 9/01/19-12/31/19 for travel between 9/1/19 – 4/30/21. Offers can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Savings amount will vary by tour and departure date, and is only available on select departures.  Space is on a first come, first served basis. Offer is not valid on group or existing bookings or combinable with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply; call for details. **Not valid on group travel. Purchase of roundtrip international or domestic U.S. airfare from MCV through AAA Travel required to obtain sedan service. **Purchase of required internal airfare (as applicable) does not qualify for sedan service. Included in many U.S. cities within a 50-mile radius of more than 90 airport gateways. Service is available between 51 and 75 miles for a small fee. One transfer per room booking. Additional stops are not permitted on route. Other restrictions may apply; call for details.  CST#2006766-20 UBN#601220855 Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279