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Finland Winter Expedition

Saunas, snow and the Northern Lights await on this gay Finland tour.

Our first foray into Finland makes the most of winter: skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, sleeping in glass-roofed cabins to admire the Northern Lights, and warming up to the culture and gay scene in Helsinki. We veer into Norway for a night, and if you’ve never swam in the Arctic Ocean – in the middle of winter no less – you can even scratch that off your list.


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cross-Country ski through snow covered forests
  • Slumber under the stars at Aurora Cabin, a luxury glass-roofed cabin in the wintry woods
  • Take the reigns on a Husky safari and learn to steer your own dog-sled
  • Dine at not one, but TWO acclaimed Michelin-starred Nordic restaurants
  • Ride snowmobiles into Finnish forests in search of Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights
  • Find out if you’re on the Naughty or Nice list at Santa Claus Village
  • Ferry through Norway’s epic fjords and learn about the region’s most succulent crustacean: King crab
  • Let off steam in a traditional Finnish sauna
  • Take your first frosty steps into the Arctic Circle
  • Enjoy our most unique walking tour entirely dedicated to famed homoerotic artist, Tom of Finland

DATES AND PRICES

March 22-29, 2020
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $5,595.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,450.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit / Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Helsinki

Hei siellä – welcome to Finland! Our trip kicks off with a Group Meeting in the early afternoon. If you aren’t able to arrive in the morning, we recommend flying in a day early to settle in. Today we’ll explore the capital city, including a visit to Temppeliaukion, the Lutheran church that’s impressively built into solid rock. Our Welcome Dinner will be an exquisite three-course experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 2 Helsinki/Saariselkä

This morning we fly to Saariselkä. NOTE: The cost of today’s flight isn’t covered by your departure fee, however, our team will advise you which flights to book. A late afternoon buffet lunch awaits, followed by cross-country skiing at 4PM. Perfect for beginners, the experience includes a private coach for two hours. Tonight’s traditional Lappish dinner features reindeer/elk as the main course.

Day 3 Saariselkä

Kick off the day with a Husky Safari! Alaskan Huskies are cheerful, strong dogs who love to pull the sled through snowy landscapes. Working with a partner, you’ll lead the dogs on a 5-kilometre/3-mile trek. After the safari, enjoy a warm snack and hot tea before the afternoon heats up with a traditional Finnish Smoke Sauna, an Ice Swim, and a three-course dinner. Later this evening we’ll buddy-up and hop on snowmobiles for a 3-hour excursion in search of the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights.

Day 4 Saariselkä/Bugøynes/Kirkenes

Today we cross an international border into Norway and visit the town of Bugøynes. We are, quite simply, on the upper edge of the world here. During a traditional fish soup lunch, local fishermen will share their tales. This afternoon we’ll visit an Arctic Sauna, where you can enjoy a dip in the Arctic Ocean…or not. Tonight we stay in Kirkenes, with dinner served at the hotel.

Day 5 Kirkenes/Saariselkä

Today is devoted to a King Crab safari. We’ll board a boat and explore a gorgeous, grand fjord right on the Arctic Ocean. Our guide will help us spot birds, seals and even whales. They’ll also fill us in on the delicious King Crab before pulling up live traps we can select our own crabs from. Afterwards we’ll prepare said crustaceans for lunch before returning to Saariselkä for dinner. Tonight we’ll enjoy one of the tours most exciting experiences: slumbering in glass-roofed cabins in the wintry woods. If we’re lucky, the Northern Lights will shimmer above us as we doze off.

Day 6 Saariselkä/Rovaniemi/Helsinki

After checking out of our hotel, we’re off to Rovaniemi, the land of Christmas and the capital of Lapland. After lunch we’ll visit Santa Claus’ Village, where you can cross the Arctic Circle and revel in the holiday spirit. Tonight we have an evening flight to Helsinki where we’ll have a free evening and an optional dinner. NOTE: The cost of today’s flight isn’t covered by your departure fee, however, our team will advise you which flights to book.

Day 7 Helsinki

Rise and shine for the most homoerotic morning of any Out Adventure…ever! We have a three-hour tour devoted to artist Touko Valio Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland. His work is famously tantilizing and defined by men sporting denim, leather, moustaches and bulging crotches. Lunch will be served in a Russian-themed restaurant, before a special LGBT activity. To end this journey in style, our Farewell Dinner will have us feasting at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 8 Helsinki

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to explore the city and depart at your leisure.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
  • Accommodation
  • All meals daily (full board)
  • Transportation by private coach
  • Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
  • Hotel porterage
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International airfare and airfare between Helsinki and Ivalo.
  • Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Helsinki
Klaus K
Passion Room
Helsinki
Klaus K
Rooftop Terrace
Saariselkä
Northern Lights Village
Glass Roof Hut
Saariselkä
Northern Lights Village
Glass Roof Hut
Saariselkä
Northern Lights Village
Glass Roof Hut
Kirkenes
Thon Hotel
Standard Room
Saariselkä
Hotel Villa Karhunpesä
Shared Cottage - Exterior
Saariselkä
Hotel Villa Karhunpesä
Shared Cottage - Double Room



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While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

3-Star + Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

Local Accommodations: We’ll spend a few nights in multi-bedroom cottages with shared living areas/kitchens, and a few shared washrooms.

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Physical Rating: 3 - AVERAGE

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