Northern Lights Magic fam trip to Finland

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi


Welcome to the happiest country in the world

Fam trip to Rovaniemi and Helsinki in September 2023
Credits: Visit Rovaniemi

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - Welcome to Rovaniemi

10.15-15.00 Manchester - Helsinki with Finnair, or: 
10.20-15.15 London Heathrow - Helsinki with Finnair
16.00-17.15 Helsinki - Rovaniemi with Finnair
Meet with you Rovaniemi host Salla at Rovaniemi Airport
Transfer to the hotel

18.00 Check-in at Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara 
Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is located in the middle of a landscape that opens to the horizon. The rooms of the fully renewed classic hotel combine the high-quality materials of Lapland and the presence of nature outside the large windows. 

19.00 Dinner at Sky Ounasvaara hotel
Let’s admire the stunning natural scenery stretching out to the horizon through the panoramic windows. For years, Sky Kitchen & View has been known as one of the best restaurants in Finland. 

21.45 Aurora Borealis catamaran cruise 
A sturdy catamaran boat with spectacular 360-degree views of the sky makes for ideal cruising under the northern lights. The steady ride gives you an excellent opportunity to sit back and get the taste of traditional local drink while waiting for the show in the Arctic sky. Even though the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed, the Autumn night under the Arctic sky, with a hint of the approaching winter, is an experience in itself. 

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi, Beyond Arctic

Wednesday, September 20 - Get to know Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel
9.30 Meet Salla, transfer to Bearhill Husky Kennel 

10.00 Husky experience, Bearhill Husky
Huskies are not born fit, it takes lots of preparation and conditioning before the dogs are as fit as they can be. Visit the kennel and get a feel for how the dogs are prepared to be the amazing athletes they are. 

12.30 Transfer to city centre

13.00 Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Inspection & Lunch at Frans Cherie
Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, located in the center of Rovaniemi, is an international hotel featuring Lappish hospitality.

Inspections in the city centre:

Haawe Boutique Apartment Hotel
Housed in a functionalist building dating back to 1933, right in the center of Rovaniemi, Haawe Boutique Apart Hotel features 14 rooms, each with its own story. The décor of the rooms is inspired by the changing seasons, nature and natural phenomena of Lapland.

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus
Family-owned hotel in the heart of Rovaniemi, at the Lordi’s Square and along the promenade. Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus offers quality accommodation, restaurants and conference services.

Arctic Light Hotel / Arctic Hotel Collection
The Arctic Light Hotel is a multi-award-winning contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Rovaniemi. The family-owned hotel features a collection of 57 spacious individually styled rooms & suites and a restaurant. Arctic Light Hotel ranked 11th on the Travel+Leisure 2016 "Best new Hotels on the Planet list“.

16.00-18.00 Free time in the city 

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi, Bearhill Husky

18.00 Drive to Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloos 
Inspection & Dinner at Arctic Snowhotel & Glass Igloos  
The Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos is surrounded by picturesque and placid Lappish nature and visitors have good opportunity to experience Arctic specialities, including the Ice Restaurant as well as the surrounding fields of snow.
Notice: SnowHotel opens on 15th December, 2023, Glass Igloos are open as of 1st September. In addition to offering accommodation in cold Arctic SnowHotel and warm glass igloos with 360 degree roof, the guests can come and visit to see the venue; Ice bar, Ice restaurant, Ice chapel and the hotel rooms. 

App 21.30 Return to hotel 

Thursday, September 21 - Bucketlist experiences

Breakfast at the hotel
Check-out from Hotel Sky Ounasvaara
9.30 Meet Salla, transfer to the city centre

10.00 Guided tour in Arktikum – Museum & Science Center   
Arktikum exhibitions lead guests on an adventure to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region. The exhibitions provide a comprehensive section of the history and culture of Lapland as well as of Arctic knowledge. 

11.15 Highlights of Culture House Korundi & Art Workshop
Korundi is the home for Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Rovaniemi Art Museum. Rovaniemi Art Museum sets its main focus on Finnish contemporary art and Northern art. 

12.00 Lunch in Korundi Kirchen & Cafe

15.00 Arctic Treehouse Hotel and SantaPark inspections    
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is a warm, wooden interior highlights the exclusive Scandinavian design of the suits that combines local tradition and Lappish heritage. Lavish views to the surrounding forest and Northern skies open up from the panoramic window. 
SantaPark welcomes you to join the merry Elves on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Christmas at SantaPark, an indoor amusement park in Rovaniemi, voted the top Christmas destination in the world. SantaPark offers facilities for big events, conferences and dinners.

16.00 Transfer to Santa Claus Village                                                                                                   

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

16.00 Transfer to Santa Claus Village 
Tips for your Santa Claus Village experience:

  • Send your post cards from Santa Claus’ Main Post Office
  • Cross the Arctic Circle on your own style 
  • Meet reindeer in Santa Claus Reindeer Park
  • Shop at Pentik, Iittala and Marimekko brand stores
  • Have a cup of coffee in one of the restaurants

17.00 Private meeting with Santa Claus

Transfer & Check-in at Apukka
Stay in Style under the auroras - In the embrace of two remote lakes at the edge of unspoilt wilderness, Apukka Resort offers unique accommodation options.

19.00 Dinner in Apukka Resort

21.00 Sauna activity at Apukka 
Would you dare to try sauna and arctic swimming? Apukka Resort has its own special world of saunas; a wood-heated sauna, electric sauna, sauna by the lake with Arctic swimming facilities, you name it. Still, the most extraordinary sauna of Apukka is our design; a sauna carriage. This is a small wood-heated sauna on skis that you can have on the doorstep of your glass igloo or suite. Remember to order sauna drinks, too; it’s part of the Finnish sauna culture.

Friday, September 22 - Exploring Helsinki


7.30 Pick-up and transfer to the airport
9.30-11.15 Rovaniemi - Helsinki with Finnair
Meet with your Helsinki host Karoliina at Helsinki Airport
Transfer to the hotel

12.30 Check-in at Hotel Lilla Roberts
Lunch at restaurant Krog Roba

Site visit at Hotel Kämp (walking transfer)

15.00 Walking tour to the port 
Getting acquainted with the compact city center. We’ll walk to the Market Square and explore on the way the Senate Square. The Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. We’ll also take a visit the Old Market Hall that has been serving the locals since the year 1889. 

16.30 RIB-boat safari to see the stunning archipelago and passing by some island venues 
Almost 100 kilometres of coast and over 300 islands offer an endless number of opportunities to enjoy the maritime atmosphere of Helsinki all year round. Suomenlinna Fortress island – a Unesco World Heritage site and the home of 800 Helsinkians; Vallisaari island – the home of Helsinki Biennial; and Lonna island – the compact “livingroom” of Helsinki with a sauna, restaurant and event space. We will hear more about these and pass by some charming maritime venues. 

18.30 Return to mainland and walk to the hotel

Free time

19.45 Dinner at restaurant Gillet
The food philosophy of the restaurant is based on first-class, northern ingredients, but the restaurant is not afraid to also utilize the spirits of the world’s ethnic cuisines. At the heart of everything are the raw materials and the taste. The values of the Ravintolakolmio group, a local family-owned restaurant chain behind Gillet, have always been socially responsible. The partners are chosen based on the same world of values and this has been the case since the beginning of the group’s over forty-year-old story, since 1979. 

22.30 Option for late night drinks at one of the city’s roof top bars 

Credits: Kari Ylitalo

Saturday, September 23 - Architecture and design in Helsinki


8.45 Transfer to hotel Crowne Plaza Helsinki - Hesperia for a site visit.
We’ll continue by foot via the beautiful Töölö Bay area to see Little Finlandia - a stylish wooden pavilion-like experience center in the middle of the most beautiful area of Helsinki, Musiikkitalo – concert hall and event venue, as well as the stunning Oodi Central Library. Oodi is not only Helsinki's Central Library and a living meeting place but also a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience; it is a library of a new era, a living and functional meeting place open for all.
Our morning walk will end to a site visit at hotel Scandic Grand Central located at the Art Nouveau style central station of Helsinki.

Free time to explore the city

12.00 Get together for light lunch at Salutorget
Restaurant Salutorget is a high-class restaurant located in the very heart of the city. The historical and elegant venue was built in 1830 as a merchant store, then transformed to a bank, and since 2009 it has served as one of the city’s prestigious restaurants. 

13.30 Transfer to the airport

16.00-17.05 Helsinki - London Heathrow with Finnair, or: 
16.05-17.05 Helsinki - Manchester with Finnair

Oodi Helsinki
Credits: Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Partners

Please note, the programme is subject to change. 
Weather in Rovaniemi. 
Weather in Helsinki. 

Credits: Lauri Rotko / Helsinki Marketing