Feb 4 - 12, 2023
feb 18 - Feb 26, 2023
Presidents Day trip
feb 25 - March 5, 2023
1 Gal spot + 2 Guy spots left
March 4 - march 12, 2023
MARCH 18 - 26, 2023
MARCH 25 - April 2, 2023
Gal spots SOLD OUT + 1 Guy spot left
9 days/8 nights
P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $975 deposit + 3 additional installments.
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, and the bus has Wi-Fi, 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.
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SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE
9 days, 8 nights
One night stay in a glass igloo with up to four guests
All other accommodations in a shared room with one other person (boutique hotels when possible)
Guided tour of Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi
Visit to Santa Claus Village, lunch included
Aurora ice floating
Dog sledding experience
Traditional dinner at ice hotel
Walking tour of Tromsø
Floating sauna experience in Tromsø
Fjellheisen (cable car) over Tromsø and viewpoint drinks
Private group sauna session at ice hotel
Multiple chances to see the northern lights (due to weather, we cannot guarantee seeing them)
Trip Manager throughout
*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.
Flights (fly into Helsinki, out of Tromsø)
Transfer to/from airport for international flights
In-country flight to Rovaniemi ($100-150)
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned (budget $400-$500 depending on consumption habits)
Misc. expenses (tips, taxis, souvenirs, etc.)
day by day
*Itinerary is indicative for 2023 and is subject to change
Day 1 - Helsinki
After hitting the tarmac in Helsinki, make your way through the city, beyond the pastel hues of homes and businesses lining the old streets, to the hotel. If you get there early, head out for a bit of midday exploration; just keep your eyes peeled for trams when crossing the street—these green machines run along some of the capital’s main thoroughfares throughout the day.
In the evening, you’ll make fast friends with the rest of the crew over drinks in one of Helsinki’s hippest new Nordic restaurants. Welcome to Scandinavia!
Day 2 - Rovaniemi
naughty or ice
We'll grab some breakfast boxes for the road and head to the airport to catch our short flight over to Lapland's capital and the entrance to the arctic, Rovaniemi.
To kick things off, you're going to hit the city on your own private tour and roam from works of Finland’s most famous architect to scenic viewpoints high in the surrounding hillsides. From there, you'll be heading off to check out Santa’s digs. That's right; you'll get in touch with your inner child over at Santa Claus' Village—after all, this is the official hometown of the jolly ole fella. Wrap up a day of fun with traditional Lappish foods in an old-school tavern.
In the evening, you’ll zip up in dry suits to go ice floating beneath those endless Lapland stars, and, if we're lucky, the electric greens of the northern lights will put on one of their famous shows.
Day 3 - Rovaniemi
join the pack
Get up and get ready for some fun; today, we’re finding that Lapland spirit by heading out into this rugged wilderness for a bit of dog sledding.
Harness your pack of pups, wind through pine forests and over frozen lakes, and take in this beautiful winter wonderland. Afterward, we’ll return for hot coffee, lingonberry juice, and some much-needed and much-appreciated puppy playtime.
That evening is free to explore Rovaniemi, so head out with the crew and find the best eats and drinks this snowcapped capital has to offer.
Day 4 - Sinetta
in glass houses
Grab breakfast with friends before we hit the road for the glass igloos of Sinettä, a small town just north of Rovaniemi.
Spend the day sipping cocktails by the ice bar, then throw things back to a simpler time, pop on a sled, and head for the hills. After setting arctic-speed records, slow things down a notch in the evening and unwind in the snow 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.
Day 5 - 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.
We'll arrive in the afternoon, and then you can grab your first Swedish lunch and explore the sights. With great snowpack for more than seven months of the year and massive expanses of wilderness to enjoy, it's no surprise that this has 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.
Day 6 - Kiruna
Suit up, it's time to roll out into the great outdoors for some snowmobiling fun with our favorite Viking guides.
Gear up, 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 ski the local bunny hill, catch the arctic sunset, or head to the one English pub in town to mingle with the locals.
Day 7 - Tromso
call of the wild
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. And, of course, you'll want to get a view of the goods, so it only makes sense that we'll pop over to Storsteinen Mountain to grab the cable car to the sky. So grab a glass of champagne at the viewpoint, and cheers to that oh-so-special Lapland beauty.
In the evening, hit the town with the crew as you keep your eyes peeled for more of that green magic in the sky.
Day 8 - Tromsø
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 9 - Tromsø
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’ve got a few more days, keep on going—Lapland and Scandinavia have tons to offer.
"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.
Fly into Helsinki (HEL)
Arrive by 3pm on day 1 or fly in a day early and explore Helsinki 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 Helsinki and from Norway 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.
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