Trip to Lapland
Crossing Polar Circle, husky ride, tons of snow and hours of sledding, hello to Santa and reindeers, hot sauna and swim in a frozen lake – these are just some of the things you will do and see during our magical trip. Want to do all this? Let’s go! Join us for this 5-day trip to North of Finland and collect memories of a lifetime!
Dates for Spring 2018 Lapland trips are:
*All trips depart from Tallinn at 5pm and arrive back at 11am.
The trips are open to everybody, so bring your friends and family with you! Places for the trips are limited.
Prices will be announced soon.
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Start from Tallinn in the afternoon by ferry to Helsinki. From Helsinki we drive overnight towards Lapland by bus. You will receive ESN Tallinn neck pillows and eye masks for your beauty sleep in the bus. We have prepared some games and movies to watch in the bus to make the ride fun and enjoyable.
Arrival to Santa Claus village after more than 800 km ride. We enjoy the fresh air, snow and breakfast in the bus (sandwiches, biscuits, fruits, yoghurt and tea). After this, we’ll spend some hours wandering around the Christmas village and take a beautiful group photo with the real Santa (you get the photo after the trip on your email)! By lunch we arrive to our accommodation. In the afternoon there is time to play snow battle and sled. Before dinner we go to visit a nature photography centre.
After refreshing night and breakfast, we go meet amazing huskies who are the friendliest creatures in the world. Who is interested, can take part in a sledge-ride, pulled by six to eight huskies (extra price 39€). After hugging huskies, it is time to visit a reindeer farm to have a sleigh ride and take part of different activities. Here we eat our lunch (hot soup and BBQ sausages on an open fire and hot drink with dessert in a cozy house). In the afternoon, we enjoy some good views on one of the biggest ski-mountain in Finland in Ruka. Who is interested, can plan afternoon here. To finish the day Finnish style, our bus will bring you to a local spa (extra price 10€) to enjoy sauna and pools or to play bowling (extra price). Later in the evening, we eat a special Finnish dinner.
After a big breakfast it is time to have a longer walk in a national park to see, feel and smell the nature – clean and untouched. It is time for our second outdoor lunch in the middle of the forest around open fire. In the afternoon, it is time to continue local traditions and enjoy and relax in a hot sauna next to a frozen lake/pool. Brave ones can have a swim in the ice hole, so bring your swimsuit in any case! Before departure, we do a stop in a shopping center to buy some last snack and food for our way back home. Finally, we drive overnight towards Helsinki – remembering the amazing memories of your trip to Lapland.
Arrival to Helsinki early in the morning to take the ferry that brings us back to Tallinn by 11am.
Included in the price
- Transportation from and to Tallinn (ferry + bus)
- Accommodation in Kuusamo (2 nights, rooms for 2-4 people)
- Food: breakfast 3x, lunch 3x, dinner 2x
- Visit of Santa Claus village and group picture
- Husky farm visit
- Reindeer farm visit
- Reindeer sledge-ride
- Walk in national park
- Sauna evening
- Help from Mareti and ESNers at all times (of course)
Not included in the price
- Husky ride (39€ – 5 km)
- Kuusamo Tropiikki Spa (10€ – 2 hours)
- Food for first/last evening in the bus and the last morning in the ferry
Finland and Estonia are part of the Schengen area which means no borders between them. However there can be random checks on both sides. Therefore you should always have with you an identification document.
If you are a citizen of a country that is part of the Schengen area, your identity card from your home country or from Estonia is enough (you can also take your passport).
If you are a citizen of a country that is NOT part of the Schengen area, then you must have your passport with you. Your passport should also contain the appropriate visa/permit to travel in Europe.
More info about the countries of the Schengen area here.
Travelling by bus
Travelling a long way by bus is a bit different than travelling by car, plane or boat. You sit for several hours in a small swinging space with a lot of people. To make it more fun, prepare some card games, your music, take some DVDs, your pillow and some small blanket or sleeping bag and the trip is already a lot more comfortable. Our travel to Lapland is around 800km and it is over night. After every 4 hours we have a stop at a gas station during which everybody can walk around, go to toilet, buy food/drinks…
We are going far North, meaning a lot colder than it is in Tallinn and most probably than in your home country. If you don’t have warm jacket, trousers or shoes, please ask your tutor or some friend who has – we are sure they can lend you something for some days. Take also gloves, hat, scarf and thick stockings to put under your jeans if you have only jeans to take with you. The best would be when you take skiing clothes. Don’t underestimate the temperature! You can check the weather in Finland here.
We can be as careful as possible but things can happen. If you are at home, you are secured and safe but far from home and from the city where you study abroad, medical help can be very expensive, especially if you do not have health or travel insurance. In case something happens, the health/travel insurance covers medical costs and if necessary, trip back home. We do not compensate any of your unforeseen expenses in the event of cancellation of your failure to make your trip, lost baggage, loss of health and/or accidents. The only possibility to protect oneself from such an expense is to get a travel insurance policy.
Please prepare (you can do it online or in an agency) your travel insurance; for example here: Salva.ee
In case you do not want to buy an insurance, you assume sole financial liability for all direct and indirect consequences of events occurring before or during the trip.
If you have the European Health Insurance Card, take it with you! It makes sure that if something happens, you will have access to the same state-provided health care services under the same conditions and at the same cost as people insured in that country. Be careful: it does NOT mean that the health care services will be free and it is not a travel insurance!
We need 40 people to make this trip happen.
After you pay for the trip you give us a clear signal that you are interested in this trip and we take care that you have a place and that you are part of the trip. We book the bus, ferry, accommodation, food, programme…
It means that:
- 3 weeks (21 days) before the trip, there is no refund of what you have paid for the trip
- 21 to 30 days before the trip you can get refund 50% of what you have paid for the trip
- more than 30 days before the trip we can refund you 75% of what you have paid for the trip
Santa Claus village
In Lapland, near Rovaniemi, there is the real Santa Claus who brings gifts and good wishes to the kids all around the world. In the Santa Claus village, we cross the Arctic Circle. You can send postcards to your beloved ones with snowy greetings and we take a group picture with Santa! In the village you can also find reindeers and there are several souvenirs shops.
Polar Lights (Aurora)
An aurora is a natural light display in the sky predominantly seen in the high latitude regions (Arctic and Antarctic). Aurorae are caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere. For more info about Aurora, see here.
Skiing in Ruka
We give you some hours to walk around the Ruka ski resort. Ruka has 30 slopes and 20 lifts and for cross country lovers, 500 km of ski tracks. For more info about Ruka, see here.
Kuusamo Tropiikki spa
Tropiiki Kuusamo hotel’s spa is the best way to finish the day. A swimming pool will relax you as well as jacuzzis, Finnish sauna and steam sauna. A water slide with stopwatch will also entertain you.
“Jut do it. Never spent my money better.”
“It was one of the best experience in my life. I feel so lucky that I came.”
“Come without expectations,”
“What a trip! It’s a great occasion to make new friends, and Lapland is awesome. If you can do it, defienitely go for it!”
“It was incredible trip! Especially the husky ride which was the best experience of my short life.”
“Best days of my life! I will remember for it for my entire life!”
“A must-do when you are a student in Tallinn”
“One of the best experience in your life”
“One of my best experience! Team is perfect.”
“You have been amazing! Thank you so much.”
“Feel the freezing Lapland and make your fairy tale dream come true”
“The best trip of my Erasmus”
“That was marvelous, thanks a lot.”
“Loved the sauna.”
“These days were ones of the best ever for sure. I will always remember the huskies and reindeers.”
“The best trip, amazing and totally different than others (for example to some city centre). Husky ride the best and ice hole + sauna. Organization was nice, friendly guides.”
“Group leaders are cute :)”
“Accommodation was better than in Tallinn.”
“Everything was great, thank you for it 🙂 Take really warm clothes :D”
“The travel of my life, one of my dreams to see northern lights, so… just thanks!”
“Keep it up! Wonderful journey with friends and nature!”
“I was so excited before the trip, but I could not expect a better experience. It’s something that, in my opinion, you MUST do. I don’t know enough words to express it (even in my mother language).”
“I don’t have words to describe it. Unique experience for me. Good relation price-experiences.”
“Thank you for this awesome trip. It was an amazing and unique experience even if it was really cold. I suggest everybody to make this trip. The 10 or 12 hours in the bus are horrible but it is worth it.”