Steal My Itinerary: Chasing The Northern Lights And Other Things To Do In Finland

Why should you make a trip to Finland a top priority?

While many tourist destinations offer urban treading, temple running, and exhilarating water activities, Finland showcases a borderline out-of-this-world experience. That is, chasing the Northern Lights and the enchanting Aurora Borealis.

How about sleigh riding at the reindeer and husky farm? Or snow hiking and snowmobiling in between exploring lush greens of lakes and forests?

Aside from nature trips, you can also immerse in the culture and the arts at the city center in Helsinki.

Now Finland may be one of the most expensive countries in the Eurozone, but you can always opt for a cheap hostel or book your accommodation via Airbnb.

Mercedes Limson, a former bank executive and businesswoman, shares her encounter with perpetually soft summer sunshine and dim winters earlier this year.

Check out how she made the most of her Arctic Safari experience in Helsinki, Rovaniemi, and Saariselka in Finland.

Activity Notes
Day 1 Departure from NAIA Terminal Manila to Hong Kong Connecting flight to Norway
Day 2 Arrival at Helsinki-Rovaniemi Transfer hotel to Santa Claus Village on a private bus
Overnight at Scandic Hotel Rovaniemi
Activity Notes
Day 3 Scandinavian Breakfast at hotel
White Silence on snowshoes
Excursion to Aurora Borealis Camp Aurora Borealis Theatre, Snow igloo camp, and catching the Northern Lights. Try traditional reindeer burger.
Day 4 Scandinavian Breakfast
Excursion to Reindeer and Husky Farms Reindeer ride through the forest, husky sleigh ride
Overnight and dinner at Muotka Aurora Cabin
Activity Notes
Day 5 Scandinavian Breakfast
Saariselka to Rovaniemi Morning transfer to Rovaniemi in a private bus
Hotel check in
Evening escape by snowmobile with fire camp Northern Lights story-telling. Activity inclusive of winter clothing and snowmobile instructions. Food incudes Lappish toast, fried sausages, hot drinks.
Day 6 Scandinavian Breakfast
Transfer to airport in a private bus Rovaniemi bound to Helsinki
Arrival at Helsinki airport Transfer to hotel in a private bus
Overnight at Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Activity Notes
Day 7 Scandinavian Breakfast
Start at Helsinki City Tour in a private bus The City Tour covers all major sights in Helsinki like Finlandia Hall, City Theatre, National Opera, Temppeliaukio Church (The Church in the Rock)
Tour ends at hotel
Day 8 Checkout from hotel Hotel can store luggage until transfer
Shopping at Marimekko Outlet Store
Evening transfer to airport Helsinki Departure
Departure for Hong Kong
Day 9 Arrival in NAIA Manila From Hong Kong connecting flight to Manila
Total cost: P254,117
Visa charges and service fee: P9,200
Tips to guide, drivers and service personnel: P9,200
Travel insurance: P3,800
Travel tax: P21,800
Tour Package Cost: P210,112


  • Roundtrip economy airfare (Cathay Pacific and Finnair)
  • First-class hotel accommodation and hotel taxes
  • All breakfast and one dinner
  • English-speaking tour guide and fee of tour manager
  • Tours and transfers in modern air-conditioned bus
  • All entrance fees
  • Luggage handling in Muotka Igloo Cabins

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