Finnish Lapland 7-Day Trip

$4,300 – Trip cost (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 tour, you can purchase the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $700. 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 to be paired with someone on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. 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.

What is included :

  • 6 nights accommodation (Double occupancy)
  • Private ground transportation in private 4×4 mini-bus
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Most activities (As noted in the itinerary)
  • All breakfasts
  • Most lunches and dinners

What is not included :

  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • 2 dinners, 2 lunches
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • International flight
  • Supplementary insurance
  1. Each group consists of 4 – 14 travelers. We prefer small group travel because based on our experience, large groups are less easily able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals.

    A small group number also means that tour group members will receive more personal treatment by the tour 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. The minimum age on our tours is 18. Most of our travelers are in their late 30s to late 60s/early 70s and the majority are solo travelers. Generally, we get a good mix of diverse people and every trip is unique thanks to the group dynamic.

    We like to think of our trips as get-togethers at amazing destinations. Past travelers have told us that the group dynamic and the friends they made were one of the highlights of the trip.

  3. All daily activities noted on the itinerary are already included in the trip price.

    For the snowmobile activity, there will be 2 people to 1 snowmobile. If you’d like your own snowmobile, this can be arranged at your own expense.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 guides.

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

    That being said, it is always a good idea to carry some cash on you in case your bank puts a hold on your ATM card. It is very 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.

  6. Finland is an expensive country, but nearly all activities and expenses are included in the tour cost. During our 4 nights in the Lapland, all meals will be included as well as all daily activities. 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 or winter clothes at the hotel during your free time.

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

    We suggest having access to $300 – $500 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.

  7. 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. Otherwise, the hotels we will be staying at will offer free wifi and most restaurants and other public places will offer it as well.

    Please keep in mind that the internet may not be as fast as you’re used to and could be spotty if not absent in more remote areas.

  8. Finland outlets operate on 230V (volts) and 50Hz. Therefore, you will need a converter for any device which does not function on dual voltage. An adapter will also be necessary to adapt your plug to the outlet.

    Plug facilities have 2-prong outlets 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 are also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug F.

  9. The weather in Finland at this time of the year will be extremely cold and we will be surrounded by large amounts of snow for most of our 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 Saariselkä.

    There are about 8 hours of daylight in February so be sure to bring a flashlight, headlamp or cell phone with a light with you.

  10. While Northern Light displays can never be guaranteed as they are a natural phenomenon, February is one of the best months to see them in Finland! ​With an average of 16 hours of darkness, this is an ideal time to see the Northern Lights.

     

  11. As the famous Finnish proverb says, “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, especially at night and there will be lots of snow. Therefore, snow gear is absolutely necessary. The resort we will be staying at offers free use of winter gear, but to ensure you have good quality equipment with the right fit, we strongly suggest to bring the items below from home.

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

    • Sturdy, waterproof boots (for walking across snow or ice)*
    • Wool or waterproof socks
    • Warm hiking pants (water-resistant or waterproof)
    • Warm wind and rainproof jacket/coat*
    • Thermal leggings (fleece-lined)
    • Thermal long sleeve shirts
    • Warm sweaters*
    • Bathing suit
    • 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
    • Headlamp or flashlight

    *Must-have items!

    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, waterproof is key. Having waterproof or water-resistant boots is 100% essential. Even if there is little rain, you could get pretty wet from being out in the snow so a waterproof or water-resistant jacket and pants are also must-haves.

    Jeans are not recommended for daily sightseeing, but you may want to bring a pair for dinner time or in Helsinki.

    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 so you do not need to bring one with you.

  12. Finland does not have a strong tipping culture, but 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 and if you do decide to tip, around 10% of the total bill is recommended.

    Tipping your tour guide: If you feel he/she did an exceptional job, then you can tip anywhere from $5 – $10 a day.

  13. All hotels on this trip offer laundry services, if needed.

  14. Finland offers a wide variety of cuisines. When making your reservation, please notify us of your specific dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Alternative options will always be available throughout the trip though the variety might not be as much as you’re used to.

  15. Yes, we offer private tours to Finland for groups of 4 or more people. The itinerary can be entirely tailored to your needs. You and your friends or family will enjoy a personalized experience with our guides.

    Please contact us at info@globe-drifters.com for more information.

Visa

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

NOTE: Finland is talking about launching a visa waiver program called ETIAS sometime in 2022 which will become a mandatory entry requirement for travelers from the U.S., Canada and Australia. This program has not started yet, but we will update this section should this change.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months after the date you plan to exit Finland. 

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

Flights

Your arrival and departure city are Helsinki (HEL).

Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation from us.

 

The accommodation 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 will have a direct view of the sky right from your bed. Perfect for spotting the elusive Northern Lights!

Helsinki

Located in the dynamic neighborhood of Konepaja, this hotel has modern, well-equipped rooms and is just walking distance from trendy restaurants and bars.

In their spa, there is a traditional Finnish sauna as well as a spacious steam room which you can use all day, free of charge.

The restaurant offers an amazing breakfast buffet and an elaborate dinner menu with local ingredients. At the cozy rooftop bar, you can enjoy artisan cocktails, an exciting wine list and local beers with panoramic views of the winter garden and skyline. 

Saariselkä

This unique family-owned hotel is surrounded by the magical landscapes of the snow forest and serene nature away from the light pollution and busy city life. The location of this hotel gives the best possibilities to see the Northern Lights in the winter and also enjoy a wide selection of adventurous activities.

We will be staying in the spacious Aurora cabins which are all equipped with their very own saunas, but most 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 and a bar with a variety of unique cocktails.

Insurance

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 suit 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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Vaccinations

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Finland.

CDC Finland