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Winter in the Baltics & Finland

15 Days / 14 Nights

Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Rovaniemi

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Go snowshoeing near Vilnius, listening to folk music in Riga, forest lake ice skating in Tallinn then hit the land again at Helsinki and don't stop until Rovaniemi to meet Santa and his reindeers. This two-week winter holiday in the Baltic and Finland is a delight for families with small kids but very suitable for everyone. Our suggestions for additional activities in the visited cities are diverse. You will learn about the quirky Lithuanian spirit when walking the streets of the Uzupis Republic in Vilnius. Experience how people in Riga haggle at the food market. Act like a true Estonian and visit a bog near Tallinn during your stay! Take in the Gibraltar of the North or make yourself familiar with Finland's music culture in Helsinki. The highlight of this well-designed itinerary is undoubtedly Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle where you could see the Northern Lights, visit Santa's village or join a husky sleigh ride.

Accommodations surrounded by historical buildings in UNESCO listed areas, transportation between the visited cities on land, water, and air, city walking tours, and must-do excursions form the base of this winter-dream itinerary. Authentic activities, traditional tastes, and tunes await travelers in the North. Enable your winter mode and get into the spirit of the season!

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Rovaniemi tour

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days in Vilnius
4 days in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Vilnius

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Vilnius.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Unique Uzupis

Suggestion to explore on your own

Take the opportunity to explore one of Vilnius’ most colorful neighborhoods, Uzupis. It goes back to 1995, when a group of artists erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the area and declared Uzupis an independent republic. Soon flags were being created and the energy of the place seemed to attract eccentrics from all over the country. Today the mayor of Vilnius actively supports the republic and often takes part in the many activities going on there. There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to explore, here you’re bound to find some very photogenic people and places.

Unique Uzupis

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Discover the Best of Vilnius

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Soviet Vilnius Private Tour

Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Genocide Victims’ Museum and the KGB Museum are places you need to see. Today we recommend exploring, combined with a 3-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main places relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

See Another Lithuania with a Trip to Trakai

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll visit Trakai Castle, the most impressive stronghold in the Baltic States. Located on an island in a lake chain at the center of a national park, it’s easy to get a good view of the castle. For a time the de facto capital of Lithuania, Trakai’s village is now a humble place, but is unique for its inhabitants, the Karaites. Tatars brought over from Crimea 600 years ago after their fighting prowess impressed the Lithuanian king, the Karaites have their own language, architecture, and form of Judaism. Be sure to take a break from admiring their wooden homes and synagogue by enjoying their famed Kibinai meat pies. Your guide will pick you up from your accommodations, and drive you to Trakai, less than 20 miles away. Here, they’ll give you a tour of the village, before you continue to the castle. For an extra fee, we can include a boat tour to help you best admire the picturesque castle.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Get a Taste of Vilnius

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The foodie scene in Vilnius isn't as developed as you might find in some Western European capitals, but there's plenty to sink your teeth into, running the spectrum from street food snacks to fine dining, and all of it distinctly Lithuanian. Originating from the Trakai area not too far away, kibinai, a stuffed pastry akin to a pasty, is a great on-the-go bite. Sit yourself down at one of the branches of Snekutis, a quirky pub chain, and order several dishes such as chicken Kiev (allegedly invented in Vilnius) and cepelinai (a stuffed potato dumpling) and you've got yourself an instant food tour. No visit to Vilnius is complete without trying saltibarsciai, a cold beet soup, available almost everywhere.

Food Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Taste is one of the five senses, so it's no wonder that trying new foods is one of the best ways to discover a new place and its culture! If you think Lithuanian cuisine is just heavy helpings of potatoes, meat, and sour cream, then let us prove you wrong. The local cuisine is a strange mix of Italian, German, Polish, French, Greek, Jewish, Karaite, and Russian, not to mention far older traditions. Find out how the Lithuanian cuisine has changed throughout the years; what the first disposable dishes were made from, the difference between the rich and poor, the life of a prewar vegetarian, and how everything looks today! While tasting great Lithuanian dishes you will visit five different places, so be sure to come with an appetite and be ready to dive into a full meal to experience the flavors of Vilnius with a friendly local private guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This unique Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Cooking class is a perfect way to understand why Lithuania is so special. You will start your kitchen party in a modern cooking studio in capital’s center, preparing an appetizer, main course, and dessert with an expert chef.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Riga by Private Transfer

A private driver will pick you up today for your trip to the intriguing Latvian capital of Riga. Along the way, there will be a couple of stops to break up the drive. First, you'll make a shorter stop at the UNESCO site known as the Hill of Crosses and after that, you'll explore the impressively decadent Rundale Palace in Latvia. Your driver will then take you to your accommodations in Latvia at the end of the journey. The journey takes about 8 hours including stops. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon, or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Riga by Private Transfer with Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace Stops

3 Nights in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

4 days in Riga
4 days in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Riga

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Riga.

Riga From On High

Suggestion to explore on your own

What better way to start your visit to a new city than admiring the view from above? From St. Peter's Church in the old town, the stalinist Latvian Academy of Sciences, mountainous National Library (also known as the Mountain of Light), or the Riga Radio and TV Tower (the tallest structure in the EU), extraordinary views of Riga and even the sea are easy to find. If you'd like to accompany great views with excellent drinks, we can recommend the best rooftop bar in the city so you can kick back with cocktails.

Riga From On High

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Riga

Riga Private Walking Tour

Introducing Riga

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Riga and its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Historically an important trading port on the Baltic Sea, Riga had a strategic advantage for invaders, which resulted in periods of Polish, German, Swedish and Soviet rule all leaving their mark. You’ll walk through the winding streets of the Old Town to take in the sublime architecture as your guide makes the past come alive for you with stories. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation for this 2-hour tour, and will bring you back to your accommodation, or suggest places for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Riga for Music Lovers

Suggestion to explore on your own

Music plays an important role in the lives of Latvians. Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs offers free live music nearly every day, providing anything from Latvian folk and world music to blues, jazz and even local rock. It also offers a great selection of Latvian food and drink. If you're a fan of classical music head to Riga's cathedral, which has daily concerts (except Sundays) at noon from May to October. You can also head to Riga Opera House for some ballet or opera, or The Great Guild, home to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

Riga for Music Lovers

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Artful Architecture: Art Nouveau Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Riga’s Old Town is protected by UNESCO, in large part because of the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings in the center. We suggest taking a look at some of them today. The style accounts for about 40% of Riga’s buildings, so there’s plenty to see. Alberta Street and the so-called Quiet Center, where the embassies are located, are great places to start. If you would prefer the company of an expert local guide to make sure you don't miss any of the best and most impressive details, we can arrange that for you.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

Central Market Private Tour

Curious About Latvian Food?

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Riga’s Central Market is certainly unique, housed in old zeppelin hangars, which provide shelter and a quaint historic atmosphere. Today we recommend exploring the market with a guide, who will introduce you to some of the locals selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and more at the market, and provide some tastings along the way. Your guide and interpreter will also give you a few tips on haggling!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Tallinn by Private Transfer

Today you're off to Tallinn, with a stop at the Gauja National Park en route. Please keep in mind this is a non-guided transfer, and tickets to different attractions are not included. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations, starting the seven-hour journey (including stops). The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Tallinn by Private Transfer with a stop at Gauja National Park

3 Nights in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

4 days in Tallinn
4 days in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Tallinn

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Tallinn.

Get a Bird's-Eye View

Suggestion to explore on your own

Get your bearings and a feeling for Tallinn by looking out from one of its highest vistas. The city follows the coastline, so you're never far from the sea. From its highest points, you can catch the sunset, watch ferries coming in, and see how the Old Town was once two separate cities, with Tallinn sitting beneath Toompea. Head to Kohtuotsa viewing platform or St. Olav's Church tower for amazing vistas or enjoy a nice dinner while admiring the views of Toompea castle from the Fotografiska rooftop restaurant.

Get a Bird's-Eye View

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

Old Town Private Walking Tour

Discover Medieval Wonders

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the wonders of Tallinn with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. You’ll be picked up from your accommodations to walk through the UNESCO-listed center of Tallinn, home to many of the city's unusual historic treasures. From Old Town cobblestones to stunning views, you’ll get a vivid encapsulation of all the city has to offer, along with the unique insights of a knowledgeable native. There’s no better way to get your bearings and learn about the city at the same time.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

For something a bit more unusual, walk across one of Estonia's largest bogs with special bog-shoes (otherwise, you would sink right in!) Bogs are very dear to Estonians, and have always been part of its culture, so a visit to Estonia is incomplete without a bog walk. Visiting an Estonian bog is a strangely unworldly experience, with their calm pools of black (but drinkable!) water, stunted trees, and endless berry bushes. With the help of equipment akin to snowshoes, you'll visit otherwise inaccessible places. This tour will take you beyond the boardwalks and observation towers to normally inaccessible areas, home to more wildlife. Have an unforgettable adventure in Estonia and come to a bog-shoe hike in the picturesque Kõnnu Suursoo, less than an hour east of Tallinn. This tour is available year-round, as the bog has a different face to show every season.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 4-5 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Forest Lakes Ice Skating Private Tour

Magical Skating, on Lakes and in the Old Town

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

When cold weather hits, skating around the Old Town's outdoor ice rink is a great way for the whole family to get into the winter spirit and enjoy a fairytale experience. The ice rink is in a romantic setting, next to St. Nicholas' Church on Harju Street. Skates and support struts are available for rent and after all the skating you can warm up with a cup of hot drink at the rink's cafe. For a different kind of atmospheric experience, skate across frozen lakes and bogs with ski poles and special hiking skates, as part of a private tour.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the more regal sites in Tallinn is Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque palace built by Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia. Today this stately palace, surrounded by well-kept gardens, houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, with foreign art from the 16th to the 20th century. There are a number of museums in the park, including Kumu (the Estonian Art Museum), Kadriorg Art Museum and the Mikkeli Museum, as well as monuments to such cultural figures as sculptor Amandus Adamson, author F. R. Kreutzwald, and artist Jaan Koort.

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Helsinki by Ferry

The energizing modern city of Helsinki is just a short ferry ride away. We'll arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the port in Tallinn and provide standard class tickets for the 2-hour ferry ride to Helsinki. For an extra fee it is possible to upgrade to comfort class tickets.

Helsinki by Ferry

2 Nights in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

3 days in Helsinki
3 days in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Helsinki

Upon arriving at the Helsinki port, you'll meet your driver who will be holding a JayWay sign or a sign with your name. The driver will take you to your accommodation in Helsinki's city center. The journey time is around 10-15 minutes.

The Gibraltar of the North

Suggestion to explore on your own

Suomenlinna, the archipelago in Helsinki's harbor dotted with 18th-century fortifications, isn’t only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also a must-see, whether you focus on history or scenery. Once known as "The Gibraltar of the North," Helsinki was established by merchants and artists catering to Suomenlinna's Swedish garrison, especially gentlemen officers and their wives. Suomenlinna's fortifications blend in with the islands, as do the museums, restaurants, cafes, and art school. You can spend the day wandering around, enjoying views of the rugged coast, but a guided tour is recommended. Visit, and you'll see why the Finns and Swedes both claim it (the Finnish name translates to "Finnish Castle," while the Swedes call it Sveaborg, "Swedish Castle.")

The Gibraltar of the North

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Helsinki

Helsinki Private Walking Tour

Hello Helsinki

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be discovering the highlights of Helsinki with your own private guide. In the space of just a few hours you'll explore much of this port city, seeing the fascinating Rock Church, the Uspenski Cathedral, the Design District, the Open Market, the Senate Square and the Lutheran Church. Along the way your guide will regale you with funny stories and facts about Finland and you'll pick up a few ideas for souvenirs as well as get some ideas for places to visit on your own later.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Experience a Highlight of Finnish Culture: Sibelius

Suggestion to explore on your own

Enhance your experience of Finland's music culture with a 1-hour live performance of composer Jean Sibelius' music at Balder Hall. Make your way to the venue at 12pm and sit back to enjoy a show that includes the masterworks "Valse Triste", "Rondino", "Romance", "Kuusi", and "Finlandia". Walk away with a Sibelius Finland Experience gift CD and a booklet designed and produced for the occasion.

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Rovaniemi by Airplane

Today you're leaving Helsinki and heading to Rovaniemi. We'll arrange for a driver to take you to the airport with plenty of time for your departing flight. We've included economy one-way tickets to Rovaniemi, on a short direct flight as listed below:


Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

3 Nights in Rovaniemi

3 Nights in Rovaniemi

4 days in Rovaniemi
4 days in Rovaniemi

3 Nights in Rovaniemi

If Rovaniemi was just Santa Claus and the Northern Lights, that would already be enough, but fortunately it's much more! The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle, and a great hub for exploring, in winter and summer, whether you're into hiking, or riding a dogsled. Almost completely destroyed by German troops during World War II, famed architect Alvar Aalto redesigned the city in the shape of a reindeer's head, though you need to do a lot of squinting at maps to see it (Rovaniemi's stadium forms the "eye!") Aalto also designed several of the city's landmarks, including the impressive Arktikum museum. It's a clear tourist trap, but few can resist the siren call of the Santa Claus Village, located on the Arctic Circle, thanks to its most famous inhabitant. Home to the EU's northernmost universities, Rovaniemi is youthful at heart, and provides plenty of ways to enjoy the long winter nights and midnight sun.

If Rovaniemi was just Santa Claus and the Northern Lights, that would already be enough, but fortunately it's much more! The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle, and a great hub for exploring, in winter and summer, whether you're into hiking, or riding a dogsled. Almost completely destroyed by German troops during World War II, famed architect Alvar Aalto redesigned the city in the shape of a reindeer's head, though you need to do a lot of squinting at maps to see it (Rovaniemi's stadium forms the "eye!") Aalto also designed several of the city's landmarks, including the impressive Arktikum museum. It's a clear tourist trap, but few can resist the siren call of the Santa Claus Village, located on the Arctic Circle, thanks to its most famous inhabitant. Home to the EU's northernmost universities, Rovaniemi is youthful at heart, and provides plenty of ways to enjoy the long winter nights and midnight sun.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Rovaniemi

We will arrange for a driver to meet you upon your arrival at Rovaniemi airport and take you to your accommodations.

Northern Lights Private Photography Tour

Northern Lights Private Photography Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

The Northern Lights are wily and unpredictable, but this tour will give you the best possible chance to see them, amid beautiful surroundings. Your guide will drive you to 2-3 locations, based on the weather and photographic opportunities. This tour has 50 possible locations to visit, depending on many factors, and if you have to drive 100 kilometers to get clear skies and the best vista, you'll do so!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 5 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village Private Tour

Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

See Rovaniemi's most popular sights, and visit Santa Clause on this tour. You'll join an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony and enjoy the souvenir shops, snow activities in wintertime, cafés, and more.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Visit Santa's Cavern

Suggestion to explore on your own

Underneath the Arctic Circle, deep beneath the ground, lies Santa’s secret cavern where it’s Christmas all year round! Here you can meet Santa Claus in his office and take pictures with him. Catch the elves doing their chores and maybe help them out with some gingerbread decorating, create your own piece of Christmas art, or even earn your own diploma at Elf School. Enjoy the talented acrobats during the elf show, visit the ice princess in the ice gallery, or take a magic train ride. There's plenty to do for the whole family.

Visit Santa's Cavern

Day 14

Day 14 - Your Second Full Day in Rovaniemi

Become a Husky Musher Group Tour

Become a Husky Musher Group Tour

The friendly barks of the huskies welcome you to the local husky farm. Say hello and take as many pictures as you want with the photogenic dogs. Drive your own team of huskies into the wilderness of Lapland and enjoy the surroundings of the arctic nature and the husky sleigh ride on the snowy trails in silence. The minimum number of participants for each safari is 2.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Reindeer Farm Visit and Short Safari Group Tour

Reindeer Farm Visit and Short Safari Group Tour

Meet the original Reindeer farm with a short safari. The owners of the Reindeer Farm live with their reindeer throughout the year, and the reindeer have provided their livelihood for more than 200 years. At the Reindeer Farm, the visitor will experience old and new reindeer husbandry culture working hand-in-hand. After learning about one of Lapland’s majestic and biggest animals, experience being pulled by these big hoofed reindeer by sled. Afterward, you'll be invited to the farmer’s house where snacks and warm drinks will be provided along with your reindeer driving license. The minimum number of participants for each safari is 2.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours and 30 minutes

Day 15

Day 15 - Departure Day

Based on your flight time, we will arrange a transfer from your accommodation to the Rovaniemi airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Private Tour
Vilnius - Riga Private Transfer with Stops at the Rundale Palace and Hill of Crosses

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Private Walking Tour
Riga - Tallinn Private Transfer with Gauja National Park Stop

Tallinn

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Old Town Private Walking Tour
Tallinn Ferry Port Transfer
Tallinn - Helsinki Ferry

Helsinki

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Helsinki Port Transfer
Helsinki Private Walking Tour
Helsinki Airport Transfer
Helsinki - Rovaniemi Flight (Non-Refundable)

Rovaniemi

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Rovaniemi Airport Transfer
Northern Lights Private Photography Tour
Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village Private Tour
Rovaniemi Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5
Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Leonore & Truman

Leonore & Truman

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Robert & Sara

Robert & Sara

Massachusetts

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Steven & Mary-Jo

Steven & Mary-Jo

Minnesota

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

We would recommend JayWay Travel without any hesitation. They are a very classy tour company.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
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