Helsinki - The Christmas City

Helsinki - The Christmas City

This glamorous little tour is a perfect stop for those wishing for a crisp winter feeling at Christmas time!

Helsinki people wish for snow by Christmas Eve, and sometimes it delivers, but the frosty air and the festive lights make our compact Capital a charming getaway.

We start the program on the 21.12, so that there is time to visit the famous Christmas Market in the Main square, as 22.12 is the final day to pick up your Nordic Crafts, handmade items and try the delicious tastes on offer.

Program includes some of our most popular excursions, which are always run in small groups of like minded people, making it like a day out with new friends.

Come and join us in Helsinki - The Christmas City.

Trip time:
21.12.16 - 25.12.16 
CountryHelsinki - The Christmas City
DestinationHelsinki - Lapland
ThemeChristmas Holidays, Christmas Holidays
Holiday typeIndependent travel and/or self drive
Available as Self Drive or Independent TravelN/A
Number of days4 Nights
Price860 €
Payment detailsinfo@kontikifinland.com

21.12.16

On arrival to Helsinki Airport, transfer to City centre hotel for check in.  Enjoy a free evening to get familiar with the city or to relax in the lobby bar with a glass of Mulled Wine!

Overnight in Comfort Class twin / double rooms.

22.12.16

Breakfast at the hotel.  The day begins with a Visit to Porvoo Old Town and Cathedral, famous for it´s ties to Russia and Sweden.  The cobbled streets lined with boutiques are a little shopping heaven for craft shoppers!  Trailing back to Helsinki via the local rural area where you can see the lifestyle of the coastline homes, we arrive back in Helsinki.  First guests have the chance to spend some time at the Helsinki Market, meeting the local vendors and taking advantage of the last day of the famous Nordic Christmas Market.  This is a good time to stop for a quick bite to eat and a glass of Glög (Mulled Wine)!

We do not finish the day until all the major sites are seen, Helsinki Cathedral, Church in the Rock, Harbour Market and Sibelius Monument.  

Guide and car are at disposal for the whole day, and we operate this as a small group tour of typically less than 16 persons.

Return to the hotel for overnight as previous night.

23.12.16

Breakfast at the hotel.  With the shopping completed, today we venture out of Helsinki to the nearby National Forest of Nuuksio, where guests have a brilliant chance to meet the family team of husky dogs!  Award winning racing dogs, these friendly arctic animals love meeting new people and are genuinely friendly!  You can interact with them and learn to harness them if you want to get close.  Otherwise, you can join the sleds and enjoy the ride as they pull you along!

If the weather is not snowy enough - nevermind!  The dogs love to run and we operate on wheeled carts through the frosty forests - a totally unique experience!

After a 40 minute ride through the forests, enjoy a warm drink and a snack by the fireplace in the Kota Tent, before returning to Helsinki hotel or city centre area.

Free afternoon for a bit more shopping perhaps?

Overnight in the Hotel as previous night.

24.12.16

Breakfast at the hotel.  Traditionally in Finland, this is the Christmas day, with a National Peace declared at 12:00 Midday, which you can hear on the loud speakers declared from the Helsinki Cathedral!  After this time, you won´t find many shops open, but the idea is to relax, start eating and celebrating and spend time with loved ones.

On this night, we include a Nordic Christmas Buffet at your hotel.

Overnight as previous night.

25.12.16

Breakfast at the hotel.  

We will transport you to the airport for your international flight, or perhaps you would like to continue onwards to Tallinn, Estonia just a 2 hour ferry ride away, or Stockholm (overnight ferry cabin) to continue the festivities?

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