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The Northern Lights from Lapland.

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Travelers laughing on the Lapland trip.

For the love of 

SNOW SPORTS

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS

ADVENTURE

POLAR PLUNGING

STEAMY SAUNAS
 

ENDLESS NATURE

WINTER WONDERLAND

RUGGED TUNDRA

SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE

LAPLAND

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Lapland caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking to hunt the northern lights in Norway, snowmobile across Sweden, and dog sled through Finland.

​On this once-in-a-lifetime trip, you'll float beneath the stars in pools of ice, cuddle gregarious huskies, sleep in glass igloos, and make life-long friends in remotely beautiful landscapes. A mix of thrilling experiences by day and hot toddy bonding in local watering holes by night (after your daily sauna fix, of course), it’s an adventure like no other, one designed for all the intrepid spirits out there.

​It involves more moving around than some of our other trips and longer drives, but the scenery is captivating, so you can kick back and unwind. While we’ve included epic activities in each destination, you'll have more than enough time to explore the wonderful towns of Lapland on your own as well.

9 days/8 nights

starting at $4,999 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $849 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $975 deposit + 3 additional installments.

*Please note: Due to requirements from our suppliers, the Lapland Trip follows a 91-Day Cancellation Policy.

Included

  • 8 days, 7 nights, with one night stay in a glass igloo with up to four guests

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

  • In-country transportation

  • Aurora ice floating

  • Dog sledding experience

  • Traditional dinner at ice hotel

  • Guided tour of the Sami open air museum, reindeer encounter, and traditional Sami lunch

  • Snowmobiling excursion

  • Walking tour of Tromsø

  • Tour and tasting in the northernmost brewery on Earth

  • Floating sauna experience in Tromsø

  • Private group sauna session at ice hotel

  • Multiple chances to see the northern lights (due to weather, we cannot guarantee seeing them)

  • FTLO Trip Leader
     
    *All activities on Lapland trips are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (fly into Rovaniemi, out of Tromsø)

  • Transfer to/from airport for international flights

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget $400-$500 depending on consumption habits)

  • Incidental expenses (tips, taxis, souvenirs, etc.)

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day by day

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

Anchor 1
  Day 1 - Rovaniemi
Arctic Welcome

After hitting the tarmac just outside of town, take a cab into magical Rovaniemi on the banks of the Kemijoki River.

If you get there early and you’re not in need of a nap, head out past traditional Finnish homes for a midday stroll through the charming city center. This is, of course, the home of jolly ole Saint Nick, so for some added magic, you can even check out Santa’s village and hop on a sleigh ride into the forest.

In the evening, we’ll meet up for welcome drinks before our first taste of Lapland cuisine at our welcome dinner. Congrats, you’ve made it to the capital capital of Finnish Lapland and the entrance to the Arctic Circle!

*Please note that this trip now starts in Rovaniemi

sled

 
 
Day 2 - Rovaniemi
join the pack

 

Get up and get ready for some fun; today, we’re finding the Lapland spirit by heading out into the rugged wilderness on a husky ride for the ultimate cold weather thrill.

Harness your pack of pups, wind through pine forests and over frozen lakes, and take in the winter wonderland with the best Lapland guides around. Afterward, we’ll return for some lingonberry juice and much-needed and much-appreciated puppy playtime.

In the evening, you’ll zip up in ridiculous (but warm!) dry suits to go ice floating beneath those endless Lapland stars, and if we're lucky, the Northern Lights will put on one of their spectacular shows.

FLOAT

 
 
Day 3 - Sinetta
in glass houses

Get up early to check out Santa’s village if you haven’t seen it yet, or head out on a morning snowshoe for some final Rovaniemi views. After that, we’re hitting the road and winding north for the glass igloos of Sinettä.

Spend the afternoon sipping cocktails by the ice bar, then throw things back to a simpler time, head for the hills, pop on a sled, and set arctic-speed records. That evening, you can slow things down a notch and unwind in a private sauna, or, if you want more of that great outdoors, hop in one of the hot tubs to soak up Lapland’s beauty.

In the evening, we’ll all get together for a group dinner and a taste of the Arctic. When it’s time to hit the hay, take it all in through the glass roof of your igloo hotel; weather permitting, you may even get your own private aurora borealis dance overhead—not a bad way to round off the day.

Gaze

 
 
Day 4 - Kiruna
ON TO SWEDEN

 

Say goodbye to Finland, it’s time to make our way to Kiruna, a mining town and the northernmost city in all of Sweden.

 

After we drop our bags, it’s time for a bit of authentic indigenous culture—we’re taking a deep dive into the life of the Sami people, discovering how they survived the Arctic, and eating a traditional lunch (reindeer steaks by the fire, anyone?).

 

This entire region has great snowpack for more than seven months of the year and massive expanses of wilderness to enjoy, so it's no surprise it’s become one of Lapland's premier destinations. Grab a bite with friends in the evening, and then, if you're lucky, you'll spot those magical northern lights once more.

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cruise

 
 
Day 5 - Kiruna
SNOWMOBILING 

 

No Lapland adventure is complete with a fair share of winter sports, so suit up, it's time to roll out into the great outdoors for some snowmobiling fun with our favorite Viking guides.

Head out into the Swedish wilderness and ride on until you reach a cabin in the middle of nowhere. With the crew, you'll try some local delicacies (reindeer tongue, anyone?) and warm up before you hop back on your trusty ride and wind back along a new route home.

The afternoon and evening are free to try cross country skiing, catch the arctic sunset, or head to the one English pub in town to mingle with the locals.

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Connect

 
Day 6 - Tromsø
Velkommen

 

We’ll be heading out on the road again today, this time toward Tromsø, Norway, one of Lapland's cultural hubs.

Framed by snowy peaks, surrounded by arctic waterways, and filled with historic wooden homes, this is one magical Norwegian destination. That evening, we'll all head out for drinks and a tour of what just may be the northernmost brewery on the whole planet. With more than enough taps to choose from, it's one fine way to say hey to Norway.

After a few pints, hit the town with the crew as you keep your eyes peeled for more of that green magic in the sky.

RELAX

 
Day 7 - Tromsø
Sauna at Sea

 

After a bite, we’re all going to roll out together and spend the morning checking out the town on a private tour.


You’ll have some free time before we get back together later in the afternoon, so keep exploring if you’re up to it. Try some local Norwegian specialties (hello, whale meat!) and grab a drink with the locals.


Head to the water for a floating sauna session before dinner and dive into those frigid Norwegian waters between sweats if you dare. After that, it’s time for our farewell dinner—so eat up and share some last laughs with your new friends.

 
 
Day 8 - Tromsø
Heippa

And just like that, you’ve conquered Lapland. We hope you had one incredible time; this is a special place, and we really do love it. 

We recommend scheduling a later flight, so you have time to continue exploring the city of Tromsø. If you're one of the lucky ones and have got a few more days for adventuring, keep on going—Lapland and Scandinavia have tons to offer.

Whether you're looking for some skiing holidays (there are more than enough mountains nearby to choose from), a local snowshoe tour company, or an overnight train, we're here to help.

"Aurora had but newly chased the night,
And purpled o'er the sky with blushing light."
-JOHN DRYDEN

Fast facts
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FAST FACTS

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For 73 days each year, the sun is visible round the clock.

International group travel tour for young adults, 20 somethings, 30 somethings, and millennials

Finnish Lapland has more reindeer than people!

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Lapland is the best place to view the Northern Lights. 

aBOUT lAPLAND

Lapland, a region made up of the northernmost parts of Finland, Sweden, and Norway is known as one of the top destinations in the world for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). With sweeping winds and a sparse human-population, this is the best place to see the magical colors of the natural phenomenon dancing overhead.

what to pack

We will send you a detailed list for all Lapland tours, 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!

Trip Notes

FINLAND

  • 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 Rovaniemi (RVN/EFRO)

SWEDEN

  • The national currency is Swedish krona

  • The national language is Swedish

  • Tipping is unnecessary and not expected

NORWAY

  • 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)

Good to know

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

  • The Lapland Trip follows a 91-Day Cancellation Policy, different from other FTLO Trips

  • This site is helpful for direct flights to Rovaniemi. You can fly through London, Paris, Helsinki, Dusseldorf, and Istanbul on Sundays. You could also book a roundtrip to one of these cities and then a hopper flight to Rovaniemi followed by a hopper from Tromso back to your intermediary city.

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FLIGHTS

Flights

Fly into Rovaniemi (RVN / EFRO)

Arrive by 3 pm on day 1 or fly in a day early and explore Rovaniemi on your own. We highly recommend flying in a day early in case of weather-related travel delays.

Fly out of Tromsø (TOS)

Fly out of Norway at any time on day 9 or extend your trip and enjoy a few more days in Tromsø.

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Rovaniemi and from Tromsø so you can grab the best deal!

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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