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The Northern Lights of Finland
February 28 - March 7, 2019                 $5899*
                                                                                                   *$100 Discount if Reserved by 9/1/18

Trip # 1910
Deposit:  $250 with Optional Collette Insurance*
                 $500 without Collette Insurance
Final Payment:  12/20/18
Single Sup. +$900
Trip Director:  Carolyn McKenna

*Optional Insurance: +$290 (paid with deposit)

Package Includes:
*Round Trip Air from Washington
*Hotel Transfers, Porterage & Taxes
*Local Transfers from Club Office to Airport & Return
*Sightseeing per Itinerary
*6 Nights Accommodation
*6 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

DAY 1 - Feb 28, 2019: Overnight Flight

DAY 2 - Mar 01, 2019: Helsinki, Finland - Tour Begins - Your adventure opens in Helsinki, a city with a vibrant architectural style that blends classicism and functionalism. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in the city center.  Included Meals Dinner

DAY 3 - Mar 02, 2019: Helsinki - Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. Visit Senate Square, the heart of Helsinki. Designed by famous architect Carl Ludvig Engel, it is home to the city’s most iconic building, the Helsinki Cathedral. Continue your exploration on foot as you make your way through the historic streets of Tori Quarters, where the old city meets the new. Enjoy some free time in Market Square and discover the local flavors. Next, see Kaivopuisto Park, an ornate neighborhood overlooking the sea that is home to beautiful embassies and villas. This afternoon, explore Helsinki on your own. Or, choose an optional excursion to Porvoo and catch a glimpse of 19th century daily life in this charming town; a scenic drive along the Porvoo River brings you to the town’s iconic red painted storage houses traditionally used to store delicacies from foreign lands.  Included Meals Breakfast

DAY 4 - Mar 03, 2019: Helsinki - Ivalo - Kakslauttanen - Northern Lights Search - Board your flight for Lapland, Finland’s rugged northern region. Known for its unique culture, this mythical land offers up views of the northern lights, reindeer encounters, and Arctic treasures. This afternoon, explore the splendor of the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort for a 3-night stay. Enjoy the glass and snow igloos, an ice chapel, Finnish sauna and intricate native artwork. Spend the next two evenings in your personal Finnish log cabin** equipped with a private fireplace and sauna. Join your fellow travelers on a northern lights trek as you travel north towards Inari, making stops along the way for the best views of the northern lights.* Stop to gaze at the sky above and be amazed at the dancing colors in the sky. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.  Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Mar 04, 2019: Kakslauttanen - Santa Claus’ Home - Reindeer Safari - Northern Lights - Awake amidst the dramatic scenery. Experience the nature around you as you mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh. Learn the origins of Santa Claus during a meet and greet at his home. The Christmas cheer is an undeniable component of the Lappish culture. This evening, prepare for an Arctic adventure exploring the remote areas of Kakslauttanen on a reindeer safari. A reindeer farmer introduces you to your companions, the Finnish reindeer! Sip a traditional Lappish drink of warm berry juice as you sleigh through the unspoiled wilderness. Cozy under the blankets, continue your search for the northern lights.*  Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Mar 05, 2019: Kakslauttanen - Husky Safari - Northern Lights Search - Begin an exquisite day in the Arctic as commander of your own dog sled team! Cute, fast and born to lead; these huskies will show you the way through the snowcapped scenery. Become acquainted with the dogs, the commands and the equipment before embarking on your adventure. Enjoy your last night in Kakslauttanen in the most unique way. In the heart of Lappish wilderness, you may find the northern lights* dancing over your private glass igloo.***  Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Mar 06, 2019: Kakslauttanen - Helsinki - This morning say farewell to Lapland as you board your flight back to Helsinki. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city’s central squares, charming shops, and the latest Finnish trends. Finally, celebrate your journey during a farewell dinner in downtown Helsinki. Share your memories, photos and unforgettable Lappish experiences.  Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Mar 07, 2019: Helsinki - Tour Ends - Set out for home with many incredible memories and a longing to return.  Included Meals:  Breakfast

*The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed. Outdoor activities and structures are weather dependent and may be unavailable or rescheduled. Outdoor activities in months of October, early November or April may vary depending on snowfall. If there is not enough snowfall, the husky safari will be substituted for a husky meet and greet and hike experience. The reindeer safari will be substituted with a horse drawn carriage northern lights search.

**Finnish log cabins (small cabins) are equipped with 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, a dining space, two bathrooms (inclusive of sink, toilet and shower), private sauna and private fireplace.

***Glass igloos are equipped with only a private sink and toilet. A privacy curtain lines the base of the bedroom inside the igloo. Guests will have access to a public sauna house to use the shower on their last morning.

Shillelagh Travel Club located at: 100 East Street, SE #202, Vienna, VA  22180
Phone: (local) 703-242-2204  (
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