Lapland, Finland 7-day Trip

$4,450 USD – Trip cost per person (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)


I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like a single room throughout the trip, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $675.

If you would like your own room, you can purchase the additional supplement at check-out. We have made the single supplement fee as affordable as possible so that those traveling solo are not discouraged from traveling with us because of a costly single supplement fee.

If you are comfortable sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender and would like us to pair you with someone to avoid paying the single supplement, we can try to arrange this for you. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately so that we can try our best to accommodate your preferences.

IMPORTANT: If we cannot find a roommate for you, you will need to purchase the single supplement. Roommates will always be the same gender. We try our best to pair roommates based on preferences (i.e. non-smokers, no snoring, night owls, early birds, etc.), but this is not always possible. If you are a light sleeper, sensitive to certain smells, etc., we recommend purchasing the single supplement. We will put you in contact with your roommate after booking. If you wish to have your own room at any point during the trip, you will need to purchase the single supplement pro rata. This will also be subject to availability.

What is included :

  • 6 nights accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Private ground transportation in bus
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Most activities (as noted in the itinerary)
  • All breakfasts
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Winter gear kit (thermal overalls, boots, and gloves) in Sodankylä

What is not included :

  • International airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Optional activities
  • 2 dinners, 2 lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International flights
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 6 – 16 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that group members will receive more personalized treatment from the guide who can more thoroughly attend to the needs of each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and flexible as travel plans can be more easily altered en route.

  2. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and most are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    The minimum age on our trips is 18.

    Everyone is welcome on our trips; male/female, LGBTQIA+/straight, and solos/couples. 

    Check out pictures from our previous trips to get an idea of the group dynamic by clicking HERE.

  3. While Northern Light displays can never be guaranteed as they are a natural phenomenon, March is one of the best months to see them in Finland! ​Our trip also coincides with the spring equinox which is an ideal time to see the Northern Lights.

  4. All daily activities noted on the itinerary are included in the trip price in Lapland.

    For the snowmobile and dog sledding activity, there will be 2 people per snowmobile/sled.

    During your free time, you can also rent snowshoes at the hotel for 20€ per day.

  5. The official currency of Finland is the euro (EUR).

    Find out the live mid-market rate for your currency by using an online currency converter.

  6. Credit card is king in Finland, not cash! Nearly everywhere in Finland accepts credit/debit cards. The only time you will need cash is for tipping.

    You will stay in a remote area for 4 nights and there will not be any ATMs nearby. We suggest using your credit card for all purchases outside of what’s included in the trip. All meals at the Lapland resort will be included as will most daily activities. In your free time, you may choose to do additional activities and can also pay for them by credit card.

    It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card. It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Finland. Some banks block transactions in foreign countries or currencies if they haven’t been forewarned of your travel plans.

  7. We suggest having access to $400 – $600 USD either in cash or by credit/debit card.

    WE HIGHLY ADVISE HAVING ACCESS TO MORE THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

    Finland is an expensive country, but nearly all activities and expenses are included in the trip cost. During the 4 nights in the Lapland, all meals and daily activities are included. You will only need money for any extras you want to purchase (i.e. drinks, souvenirs, snacks, etc.) or if you’d like to rent snowshoes at the hotel during your free time.

    You will primarily need money for your time in Helsinki while visiting the city at your own pace. Breakfast is included at the hotel in Helsinki, but lunch and dinner will be at your own expense. If you enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine in the evening, these costs are incurred at your own expense.

  8. Finland does not have a strong tipping culture. Many dining and drinking establishments will add a service fee to the bill. In restaurants, taxis, and for personal services, all tips are at your discretion. If you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is recommended.

    Tipping your guide: If you feel your local day guides did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from 5 – 10 EUR a day.

    For more information about tipping your guide, please see our blog on tipping your tour guide.

  9. When using your phone overseas, be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming prices. When you land in Finland, you will usually get a message from your provider that will give you the price of data, calls, and texts in that country. See the example below:

    Welcome to Finland! Your plan gives you unlimited data at up to 2G speeds and texts at no extra cost. Calls at 20 cents/min. Want our fastest data and unlimited calls? Get an International Pass for just $5/day. 

    You may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data.

  10. In Helsinki, the hotel offers free Wifi as do most restaurants and other public places.

    At the Lapland aurora cabin hotel, Wifi is available in the lobby, but not in the cabins.

    If you would like to have Wifi in the cabins we suggest purchasing an international phone plan before leaving home or getting a local SIM card at the airport.

  11. Finland outlets operate on 230V (volts) and 50Hz. Therefore, US and Canadian travelers will usually need an adapter and converter for most electronic devices.

    Outlets have 2-prong holes with two round prongs in line which look like this:

    In Finland, the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. Type C is also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug F.

  12. The weather in Finland at this time of the year will be extremely cold and there will likely be large amounts of snow for most of the trip. Make sure to check the packing list carefully so you will be well-prepared to have an enjoyable experience.

    The temperatures in Helsinki are a few degrees warmer than in Sodankylä.

    There are about 10 hours of daylight in March but we suggest bringing a flashlight, headlamp, or cell phone with a light.

  13. As the famous Finnish saying goes, “There is no bad weather, only inadequate clothing.” So make sure to be prepared with all the necessary items to stay warm!

    Temperatures often drop well below zero Fahrenheit, especially at night and there will be lots of snow. Therefore, snow gear is absolutely necessary.

    The winter gear package that the hotel offers is included in the trip cost.  Upon arrival, you will be fitted for these clothes which include thermal overalls, boots, and gloves. You’re welcome to bring your own gear if you’re worried about things fitting properly but we STRONGLY recommend using what the hotel provides you as it is specifically made for this type of weather. 

    Please also bring good base and mid-layers, thermal underwear, a fleece jacket or wool sweater, a beanie, a scarf, and wool socks. We recommend avoiding cotton-based materials because they get wet easily.

    Below are some things that we strongly recommend bringing to make your trip enjoyable:

    • Sturdy, water-resistant boots (for walking across snow or ice)
    • Wool/water-resistant socks
    • Thermal leggings (fleece-lined)
    • Hot Packs (very useful to keep hands and feet warm)
    • Thermal long sleeve shirts
    • Warm wool sweaters
    • Bathing suit (if you would like to use the hotel sauna and not go naked)
    • Beanie/headwear that covers your ears
    • Waterproof gloves
    • Thick scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Walking/Hiking poles
    • Portable charger/battery pack for phone
    • Adapters/converters
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Small backpack or across-the-shoulder bag for day trips preferably waterproof
    • Headlamp or flashlight

    When it comes to packing clothes, think layers, layers, layers. The unpredictable weather in Finland can be difficult to dress for, but layers are the perfect solution. Long sleeves, fleeces, and water and wind-resistant jackets are the way to go. When packing clothes for Finland, water-resistant is key.

    You will more than likely wear the same thing every day of the trip and that’s perfectly fine; no one will judge you!

    All hotels will have a hairdryer in the room.

  14. All hotels on this trip offer laundry services for a fee, if needed.

  15. Finland offers a wide variety of cuisines. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific requests such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be possible throughout the tour although options might be limited.

  16. Please review the CDC Health Information for Travelers Website before traveling to Finland for any recommended vaccinations.

    If you suffer from pre-existing medical conditions or are concerned about what vaccinations may be right for you, we strongly advise checking with a medical professional or your personal physician before your trip.

  17. We offer private tours to Finland depending on the size of the group and availability.

    Please reach out to us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Helsinki (HEL).

*Please do not purchase any flights until you receive an email confirmation from us which will be sent to you 24 – 48 hours after booking your trip.


Visa

Currently, passport holders of the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia do not need a visa to travel to Finland for tourism.

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries mentioned above, please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on visas and travel to Finland.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.

The accommodations on this trip have been hand-picked for their uniqueness and quality. The highlight of the trip will be the aurora cabins in the heart of a wild, snowy forest where each room has its own sauna and direct views of the sky right from your bed. Perfect for spotting the elusive Northern Lights!

Helsinki

Located at the heart of downtown Helsinki, this hotel is within walking distance of trendy restaurants, bars and shops.

The hotel has a fitness center, a terrace and a café open 24 hours a day serving drinks and snacks. The restaurant offers a trendy breakfast buffet and a Latin-inspired dinner menu with quality international and local ingredients. At the cozy bar, you can enjoy artisan cocktails, local beers, and an extensive selection of rums and tequilas.

Sodankylä

This unique, family-owned hotel is surrounded by the forest away from the light pollution of the city. The location of this hotel gives the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights in the winter.

You will stay in spacious Aurora cabins, each equipped with its very own sauna, but best of all… A direct view of the sky right from your bed!

The hotel has a traditional restaurant serving breakfast and a buffet-style dinner as well as a bar with a variety of unique cocktails.

We recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.

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