Best Time To Go
September - October
£2135 per person
3 out of 5
Experience the urban beat of Finland’s elegant capital with it’s beautiful art-nouveau architecture, pretty archipelago and waterfront swimming spots, before travelling north, high above the Arctic Circle to search for the northern lights after dark and enjoy relaxing activities in the great autumnal outdoors. This is a perfect blend of city exploration and wilderness adventures.
Day 1 | Arrive in Helsinki
Fly to Helsinki, transfer to the fabulous Hotel Lilla Roberts in the city. Head out and explore the capital. You’ll find Allas Sea Pool, a marine spa and an oasis of urban culture right in the heart of the city. It offers new ways of enjoying the Baltic Sea, just a stone's throw away from the Market Square and other main attractions. Later, dine at the wonderful Krog Roba Restaurant (the city’s former police station!) in the evening.
Day 2 | Helsinki Sightseeing
Discover the sights of Helsinki today. Stopping to admire the beautiful white Tuomiokirkko cathedral is an absolute must, it’s also possible to go inside for a 5 Euro fee. Perhaps visit the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna to explore the museums, former bunkers and fortress walls. Or opt to explore Helsinki’s world-famous Design District. Interested in museums? Browsing The Design Museum, National Museum of Finland and Museum of Finnish Architecture could easily fill a day. There are dozens of quirky cafes and restaurants to discover too.
Day 3 | Helsinki Sightseeing & Sauna Culture
After breakfast, embark on a full day in Helsinki exploring the saunas independently. Try the local Sauna Arla in Hermanni, the cultural Kulttuurisauna in Merihaka or the old-fashioned Kaurila sauna in Meilahti. Be sure to visit Löyly. Named after the Finnish word for sauna steam, this intriguing wooden structure sculpted to resemble a Scandi-chic mountain range opened in the summer of 2016. Lying surprisingly near the city surrounded by the Baltic Sea, relax in three different smoke saunas, bathe in warm hot tubs and swim in the sea.
Day 4 | Arrive in Lapland
After breakfast, transfer to Helsinki airport for your departure flight to Finnish Lapland. On arrival, you will be collected from the airport and driven the 30 minute journey to Inari Wilderness Resort. On arrival check into a comfortable log cabin for a three night stay. Enjoy a stroll near beautiful Lake Inari before a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 5 | Sami Culture & Aurora Camp
Today, visit the Siida Museum. This exhibition is full of information about Sámi culture and history as well as life and nature up in the north. After Siida visit we will have a nice sightseeing tour around Inari village and Jäniskoski rapids at River Juutua. The parish village of Inari is the centre for Finland’s Sámi culture. In the evening, it’s time to search for the northern lights. At the autumn aurora camp, here you will have the best chance of seeing the lights and can observe the evening sky. Snacks and warm drinks will be prepared by the open fire.
Day 6 | Hiking & Relaxing
Enjoy a guided hike in the beautiful surroundings. During autumn nature is full of beautiful colours and curious animals. Your guide will tell you interesting facts about Finnish nature. Be sure to keep a lookout for wild reindeer. Lunch will be prepared by an open fire during the trip.
Day 7 | Departure Day
It’s time to say goodbye to Finnish Lapland. After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your departure plans.
Where will I rest my head?
- Private airport transfers
- Three nights at Hotel Lilla Roberts or Hotel U14 in Helsinki
- Three nights at Inari Wilderness Resort with all meals included during the stay. It’s possible to upgrade the last night to a glass roof Aurora Cabin, or extend the stay to four nights
- Tickets to Loyly sauna in Helsinki
- An Inari Cultural Day in Ivalo including a visit to the Sami Siida Museum with outdoor lunch included at River Juutua
- An evening Autumn Aurora Camp excursion with snacks and drinks
- A guided hiking trip with outdoor lunch
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