Car transfer from Rovaniemi airport or city center to Hotel Vartiosaari Relax in the tranquil and natural surroundings of Hotel Vartiosaari, at the Arctic Circle. The Aurora Island is located only 10 minutes from Rovaniemi city center, Airport (RVN) and Santa Claus Village. This boutique hotel is a unique place with personal service, high-quality meals and comfortable and spacious bedrooms. Breakfast and other meals are served in a large Lappish hut “Kota”, with a large fireplace in the center of the room. There is no dress code: we want all our guests to feel genuinely relaxed. Our superior hotel rooms – decorated in individual timeless Scandinavian style and famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s design furniture – feature river views, spacious 35sq.m rooms, coffee maker and tea kettle, free wi-fi, 90 cm wide beds as well as bathrooms with wc, shower and complimentary toiletries. Use of hotel sauna is included in the room rate. Dinner in a Lappish hut “Kota” with a large fireplace Accomodation in double or single room at Hotel Vartiosaari
After breakfast a full-day safari begins to Kemi. The safari follows the trail used by bootleggers’ during the prohibition, from Rovaniemi to the Gulf of Bothnia. We pass through variable but fairly easy terrain, and along the way, we can see reindeers and other animals in their natural surroundings. Lunch and coffee is prepared over an open fire and served outdoors. This safari has been planned for those who enjoy the ”great outdoors”. Duration 8 hours. After arrival Kemi and Hotel Merihovi we will have delicious dinner at the hotels Restaurant. Accomodation at Hotel Merihovi in double or single room Upon entering Hotel Merihovi you´ll take a step back in time, to era of the 50`s and its architectural beauty. Next to the hotel reception there´s a cosy lobby, “living room”. From this living room you may enter to the Café-Night Bar Ankkuri, where the evening goes on until early morning… The spacious Restaurant Merihovi represents art deco style with its interior design.
After breakfast our safari takes us through the beautiful frozen sea towards the Icebreaker Sampo that is anchored in the middle of the frozen sea. We will get onboard and the crew will tell us about how the ship functions from the captain’s conning to the engine room. We’ll witness how the ice that can be up to one meter thick, breaks on the sides of the ship. We will also try winter swimming safely wearing special warm dry suites, and have a lunch buffet in the cosy restaurant of Sampo. After the cruise we will continue the snowmobile safari to Savotta, where warm sauna and hot tub welcomes us for a nice bath. Duration 6-7 hours. After the private sauna we´ll enjoy a delicious dinner at Savotta Restaurant. Car transfer to hotel. Accomodation at Hotel Merihovi in double or single room
Breakfast the hotel and car transfer to Kemi airport.