WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip like no other. You'll float beneath the stars in pools of ice, cuddle huskies, sleep in glass igloos, snowmobile through Swedish forests, trek to find the northern lights, and make life long friends in this winter wonderland. This trip is a mix of fun, active experiences during the day and getting to know your travel buddies over hot toddies in local pubs at night (after your daily sauna fix, of course).
This trip involves more moving around than some of our other trips, as well as some longer drives but the scenery is beautiful and the bus has wifi (ayy!). We have included some awesome activities in each place but you'll have enough time to explore the wonderfully quaint towns of Lapland on your own as well.
For the love of
CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE
9 days, 8 nights
All accommodation in hotels (boutique when possible, shared twin / double room)
Welcome dinner in Helsinki
Visit to Santa Claus Village, lunch included
Aurora ice floating
Spend the night in a glass igloo
Husky-pulled sled safari
Entrance to Arctic Wildlife Center
Multiple chances to see the Northern Lights (due to weather, we cannot guarantee seeing them)
Trip Manager throughout
Flights (fly into Helsinki, out of Tromsø)
Transfer to/from airport for international flights
In-country flight to Rovaniemi ($100-150)
Mandatory trip insurance (budget approx. $75)
Meals not mentioned (budget $400-$500 depending on consumption habits)
Misc. expenses (tips, taxis, souvenirs, etc.)
day by day*
*Itinerary is indicative for 2021 and is subject to change
Day 1 - Helsinki
Arrive in Helsinki, Finland and check-in at the hotel by 4pm.
That evening, get to know your new trip mates over laka drinks at one of Helsinki's hippest new nordic restaurants.
Day 2 - Rovaniemi
naughty or ice
Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel before heading on a short flight over to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland.
Get in touch with your inner child over lunch at Santa Claus Village. We'll try traditional Lappish foods in an old school tavern before checking out Santa's digs.
That evening, suit up in dry suits to go ice floating beneath the stars. If we're lucky, the famous northern lights will make an appearance.
Day 3 - Rovaniemi
join the pack
That morning, we'll get in the Lapland spirit by going dog sledding! Harness your pack of pups, head off into the woods over a frozen lake, and take in this beautiful winter wonderland. After, we’ll return for some hot coffee, lingonberry juice, and of course, puppy playtime.
That evening is free to explore Rovaniemi.
Day 4 - Sinetta
in glass houses
Enjoy breakfast in the morning before we begin our drive to Sinettä, a small town just north of Rovaniemi, known for its stunning glass igloo hotels.
That day, hang around the resort enjoying out the ice-bar, sauna, sledding hill, and hot tubs.
Spend the night sleeping (or star gazing) in glass villas. Weather permitting, you may even get your own private Northern Lights show. Regardless, a perfect way to end a fun-packed day.
Day 5 - Kiruna
ON TO SWEDEN
After breakfast, we'll make our way to Kiruna, a mining town in the northern part of Sweden.
We'll arrive around 1pm and you'll have some free time to get lunch and do a bit of exploring.
If you're lucky, you'll be watching the northern lights come nightfall!
Day 6 - Kiruna
After breakfast, it's time to go snowmobiling with our favorite viking guides. Head out into the Swedish wilderness until you reach a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Try some local delicacies (reindeer tongue anyone?) and warm up before taking a different route home.
The afternoon/evening is free to ski the local bunny hill, watch the sunset from the hotel sauna, or head to the one English Pub in town to mingle with the locals.
Day 7 - Tromso
call of the wild
After breakfast, we'll be out on the road again headed to a major culture hub of Lapland called Tromsø (Norway). On our way there, we will stop at a polar park to stretch our legs and see various arctic animals.
Day 8 - Tromsø
Today is a free day in Tromsø. There is much to see in this charming northern town. Use today to check out cafes, snag souvenirs, and sneak in one last sauna session.
Optional: Snag a spot on the Sauna Boat Fjord Cruise equipped with a steam room, sauna, rooftop jacuzzi, and plenty of champagne. A bit on the pricier side ($250/person), but SO worth it! This is always rated an alum favorite and spaces are limited, so make sure to secure your spot if interested.
That evening, we will have a farewell dinner for last laughs with your new crew of travel friends.
Day 9 - Tromsø
Today is our last day. We recommend scheduling a later flight so you have time to continue exploring the city of Tromsø a bit longer.
"Aurora had but newly chased the night,
And purpled o'er the sky with blushing light."
Just for Fun
For 73 days each year, the sun is visible round the clock.
The number of reindeer in the province is roughly higher than the number of people living there.
Lapland is the best place to view the Northern Lights.
what to pack
We will send you a detailed list, but set aside:
Literally anything warm
Pants, tees, long sleeves (layers!), sweaters, warm jackets, socks, gloves, scarves, heater (jk)
Hat and sunscreen for protection
Bathing suit (saunas are a big part of the Lapland culture!)
Walking shoes, snow boots, hand and foot warmers
Backpack for day trips
Your camera, GoPro and anything else to document this amazing trip!
Good to know
The national language is Finnish
The national currency is euros
In restaurants and hotels you may add a 10% tip if there is no service charge
The closest arrival airport is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL / EFHK)
The national currency is Swedish krona
The national language is Swedish
Tipping is unnecessary and not expected
The national currency is Norwegian Krone
The national language is Norwegian
Tipping is not compulsory but it is common to leave 10-20% if you are satisfied with the service
The closest departure airport is Tromsø Airport (TOS)
Lapland, a region made up of the northernmost parts of Finland, Sweden, and Norway is known for having one of the best views of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the world. Because of the sweeping winds and sparse human-population, you can truly experience the vibrant, magical colors of the Northern Lights as they dance across a clear night sky.
We know how much you'll love the Lapland trip...
but don't take our word for it! Check out some of our alumni reviews.
"This was hands down the most unique and well put together trips I’ve ever been on and with the most amazing individuals. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for FTLO and our amazing trip leader for making this happen. This will most definitely not be my last FTLO adventure! Thank you, thank you, thank you! My heart and soul are leaving here overflowing with happiness! I will miss you FTLO fam! Until we meet again!"
–Jason, 32, California
"My Lapland experience with FTLO was seriously one of the greatest experiences of my entire life. From the beginning, I knew that this company was going to be for me. They have a strong focus on sustainable tourism and curating a once in a lifetime experience. Every part of the process was seamless...from asking questions, choosing a trip, signing up, and preparing. The experiences were bucket list items from dog sledding, to ice floating, to Santas village, snowmobiling and more. Seriously this trip has a bit of everything - history, adventure, culture, scenery and landscapes...and of course NEW FRIENDS! I know for sure our group will be bonded forever and I am looking forward to my next FTLO adventure... Cheers to amazing times!!"
–Rachel, 32, atlanta
"I went on the FTLO Lapland trip in February 2020 and it was amazing! Our trip leader was the best, she made everything run smoothly and had the most wonderful spirit / personality. The trip was the perfect balance of epic group activities and free time. Travel was perfectly coordinated, and great prioritization of quality (but not fancy) accommodations with moments to splurge — glass igloo FTW! This was my first FTLO trip and I’m already planning to book another."
–Lesley, 36, California