Nelson's Scandinavia
Chicago, IL


Nelson's 2009/2010 Winter Program

Operating from December 1, 2009 through April 20, 2010

Day 1       Depart from your gateway city to Helsinki, Finland

Day 2       Upon arrival in Helsinki transfer to the city center for overnight accommodation with the remainder of the afternoon is for exploring your own individual interests.

Day 3       After breakfast a sightseeing tour of the downtown area before self transfer to Vantaa International Airport for a flight to Rovaniemi. Upon arrival transfer will be waiting to transport you to your hotel the Scandic Rovaniemi or similar. The remainder of the day is free.

Day 4       Today we transfer by car to the Reindeer Park where we will meet the reindeer that will pull us by sledges through the winter forest to the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle. You can meet Santa Claus in his chamber and send postcards with a special Arctic Circle stamp from his Main Post Office. You will also have time to visit the handicraft and souvenir shops of Santa's Village. A "Reindeer Driver's License" and a Certificate verifying your crossing of the Arctic Circle are given as keep-sakes. Transfer from Santa's Village back to town by car.
                Duration: 4 Hours

Day 5       A number of optional tours are available during the day and this evening we transfer by car to the Reindeer Park. A reindeer sledge will be waiting to take us through the quiet winter forest to a campfire site where we roast sausages and have a cup of traditional Finnish coffee. If the night sky is clear, we may see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing in the sky. We return to the Park by the sledges and unharness the reindeer. After the safari, you will receive a booklet with interesting facts about the Northern Lights. Transfer back to town by car.
                Duration: 2.5 hours

Day 6       Another exciting day awaits as we drive by snowmobiles along the frozen rivers and through snowy forests to the Husky Man's Camp. After arrival, we will learn about the many aspects of living with and caring for the husky dogs. Then we take a short ride on sledges pulled by these wonderful animals. We guarantee that you will be thrilled with the speed of the ride! We return back to town by snowmobiles.
                Duration: 3 hours
Note: Age and ability limitations may apply to this tour.

Day 7       Our adventure in the north will come to an end today with transfer to the airport for our return flight to Helsinki with continuing service to your gateway destination.


Rates starting at $2,500.00 per person
based on double occupancy and including airfare

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