Finland Wellness and Fairy Tales 29.3 – 5.4.2016

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

 

PARTICIPANTS FROM BEIJING AND SHANGHAI

TUESDAY 29.3.2016

Flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Helsinki
apprx 15:00 Terminal T2, Arrival Hall 2A, bus driver meets you at Helsinki Airport Taxi Service Point
Transfer to Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo
Meet Mr Eppu Lesch from Flamingo entertainment world and Ms Satu Tuominen from Flamingo Spa upon arrival
Check-in at the hotel
Presentation of Flamingo
Possibility to relaxing at Flamingo Spa or/and shopping at Jumbo Shopping Centre
Flamingo entertainment world together with Jumbo shopping centre is the biggest in Finland only 5 min from Helsinki airport with a hotel, spa, cinema, bowling, restaurants and shops in the complex as well.
20:00 Dinner at La Famiglia Flamingo

WEDNESDAY 30.3.2016

Breakfast
09:00 Meet Ms Hanna Muoniovaara from Visit Vantaa in the hotel reception
09:00-09:30 What´s up in Vantaa
09:45 Check-out
10:00 Transfer to Rantasipi Airport Hotel

 

PARTICIPANTS FROM HONG KONG

WEDNESDAY 30.3.2016

Flight from Hong Kong to Helsinki
Transfer with free bus to Rantasipi Airport Hotel
Refresh at Rantasipi Airport Hotel
Breakfast
10:00 Check-out
10:15 Meet Ms Hanna Muoniovaara from Visit Vantaa with Beijing and Shanghai participants at the hotel reception

 

PROGRAM FOR ALL

WEDNESDAY 30.3.2016

10:15 Rantasipi Airport Hotel inspection
11:00 Transfer by bus to Helsinki city centre
Baggage drop at the Hotel Indigo Helsinki
12:30 Meet Tallink Silja representative at Olympic Harbor
12:30-14:30 Tallink Silja Line presentation and lunch
14:30 Olympic Harbor terminal – meet your Visit Helsinki guide Ms Li Bai-Saturo
Helsinki city sightseeing tour
The guided city tour will cover the main sights and attractions of Helsinki, e.g. the beautiful harbor area with the view to Suomenlinna island, the Market Square and the Old Market Hall, both Helsinki’s Art Nouveau and modern architecture. You’ll also get to know what Finnish everyday design is all about by visiting the Design District Helsinki, one of Helsinki’s most characteristic features that differs it from the other Nordic capitals! You will also visit Tori Quarters, next to the Senate Square. There you´ll find cafés, restaurants, design boutiques, craft shops, Design x Finland shop with Finnish design products etc.
15:15-15:45 Visit to Hotel Haven – meet Manager Kiira Pikkarainen at the hotel lobby
15:45-16:15 Visit to Lilla Roberts – meet Manager Erkki Kerttula at the hotel lobby
16:30-17:00 Old Market Hall
17:15-18:30 Tori Quarters, Design X Finland shop, Senate Square, the Cathedral
18:30-20:30 Dinner at Savotta
Savotta is a Finnish restaurant which offers genuine Finnish food and atmosphere, just off the Senate Square in the heart of Helsinki. The name Savotta means a logging site. Therefore the interior decoration and dishes has got inspiration of the Finnish forests and thousands of lakes, with a dash of Finnish nostalgia from the past decades and logging traditions.
20:30-21:00 Tram/Walk to Hotel Indigo Helsinki
21:00 Check-in at Hotel Indigo Helsinki

THURSDAY 31.3.2016

Breakfast at the hotel
Time for some shopping
Check-out
10:30 Transfer by bus to Helsinki Airport
12:20 AY 399 from Helsinki to Kuusamo
13:35 Flight arrives to Kuusamo. Meet Sales Director, Mr Kimmo Rautiainen from Ruka-Kuusamo at the Kuusamo airport
Transfer to Ruka Safaris. Collect all needed winter outfits and getting ready to snowmobile safari in the stunning sceneries of the area
15:45  Visit at Erä-Susi Husky farm, short sledge ride with dogs
17:00 Transfer to accommodation Ski-Inn hotel & apartments at Ruka Village
17:30 Ski-Inn hotel & Apartments presentation
18:30 Hotel Rantasipi Rukahovi presentation
19:00 Dinner at Kaltiokivi restaurant

Friday 1.4.2016

07:30 Breakfast
08:30/09:00 Snowshoe walking trip to the river with Ruka Adventures. We here more about the unique nature of this area. The landscapes are breathtaking any time of the year!
An outdoor snack lunch is enjoyed in the middle of the wilderness.
12:00 Saunatour begins
Twitter: @WellbeingWild Instagram: Saunatour. www.facebook.com/WellbeingInWilderness
Check-out our Saunatour teaser video on Youtube.
Dinner

Saturday 2.4.2016

08:00 Breakfast and check-out
09:00 Introduction to skiing and presentation of ski resort area, Ruka Ski Resort
11:30 Transfer to Studiorestaurant Tundra
12:00 Wild food cooking and lunch at Studio Restaurant Tundra with Chef Jarmo Pitkänen
Studio Restaurant Tundra offers you aesthetic experiences and culinary pleasure in the form of a private restaurant, cooking courses and a professional ceramics studio. This charming studio restaurant is the realm of Chef and Ceramist Jarmo Pitkänen, whose unique gastronomy is founded on his long experience in kitchens all over the world.
15:45 Transfer to Kuusamo
16:00 Presentation of Original Sokos Hotel Kuusamo
18:00 Check in at Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki
19:30 Transfer to dinner
20:00 Dinner at RukaTonttu restaurant
22:00 Transferback to the hotel

Sunday 3.4.2016

07:30 Breakfast in Restaurant Kultala
08:30 Workshop at Holiday Club
10:30 Transfer to Rovaniemi.
Meet and greet your Rovaniemi host Ms Silvia Wong
13:00 Welcoming lunch in Chinese restaurant Da Zhong Hua. Da Zhong Hua has brought authentic Chinese cuisine to Santa’s hometown –Rovaniemi. The restaurant is designed by architect Hannu Voutilainen with the theme ” Ice & Fire ” indicating the mixture of Finnish and Chinese culture
14:30 Visit to Arktikum museum
We will have a guided tour in Arktikum, where we will explore all the information on lifestyle, history, culture and nature in Lapland. The challenges of modern day in arctic region are presented in Arktikum as well
16:00 Visit Pilke – science center for sustainable use of northern forests
Did you know that almost 72% of Finland’s surface is covered by forest? The forest has extremely big importance for Finland and Finns. In Pilke we will familiarize more with Finnish forests and its sustainable use.
Meet Mrs Ritva Vaarala at Pilke shop and enjoy an inspiring tour in the exhibition.
17:00 Transfer to Santa´s Hotel Santa Claus and check-in
Hotel Santa Claus is a member of Santa’s Hotels chain. It’s centrally located in the heart of Rovaniemi.
18:00 Departure to Forest retreat Metsäkyly.
Finnish Sauna Evening and Lappish Dinner
Metsäkyly is a combination of extreme climate, exotic and very private surroundings as well as hundreds of years of sauna know-how will provide you with an experience of a lifetime. There are three different saunas in Metsäkyly: traditional Finnish sauna upto 50 bathers, unique Mökö sauna for two persons and steamy smoke sauna upto 10 bathers
Tasty Lappish style dinner will be served in cozy sauna lounge.
During the evening company SantaPark Arctic World will be presented.
*SantaPark
* Arctic TreeHotel
* Lapland Luxury
21:30 Return to city centre

Monday 4.4.2016

09:00 Meet your guide in the lobby & transfer to Atelier&Home Kangasniemi.
“Secret of antler”. We are invited to visit the artisan workshop and home of Mrs. Irene & Mr. Ari Kangasniemi.
This inspiring environment is perfect for making a personal souvenir of Lappish natural materials. As we are guests with this adorable and skillful local couple, we of course visit their home too for a lovely coffee.
12:00 Excursion to Reindeer farm by Lapland Safaris
Visit to reindeer farm makes you familiar with these icons of Lapland. Naturally sleigh ride is part of the experience and tasty lunch will be enjoyed at farm’s main building
14:30 Return to Lapland Safari’s Office
Free time to familiarize with the city
A variety of cultural institutions, tourist attractions, shopping centres, sports facilities, restaurants and bars have earned Rovaniemi a reputation as the vibrant provincial capital of Lapland.
17:55 Meet Ms Silvia Wong at your hotel reception, short walk to Arctic Light Hotel
18:00 Visit Arctic Light Hotel
The 1950’s building and former City Hall of Rovaniemi has been reconverted into a stylish hotel called Arctic Light. This urban Arctic hideaway offers a unique combination Lappish heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style. Each guest room is uniquely designed with a burst of creative grandeur. The healthy, energizing breakfast is created by Finnish-American TV chef Sara La Fountain.
18:50 Meet Ms Sanna Kärkkäinen, Managing Director of Visit Rovaniemi at the lobby of Arctic Light Hotel
19:00 Rovaniemi Food Walk – Pure Lappish tastes in three different restaurants. Starter @Restaurant Roka
20:00 Organic main course @Aitta Deli& Dine
21:00 Trendy dessert @Cafebar21

TUESDAY 5.4.2016

Breakfast
08:00 Meet Mr Jussi Perkkiö, Director of sales at Santa´s Hotels at breakfast
Check-out procedures
9:30 Transfer to Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle
9:50 Private meeting with Santa Claus in his Office
Visit Santa Claus’ Main Post Office
Santa Claus’ Main Post Office receives every year more than half of million letters written to Santa Claus. Top 5 countries are Italy, U.K., China, Poland and Japan. Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is an official post office too, having a wide selection of different kind of stamps, Finnish stamp collections and other philatelic items. All cards and letters sent from this unique post office will be stamped with the special Arctic Circle postmark. Time for shopping & familiarize with the attraction
11:45 Lunch at Lapland Restaurant Kotahovi

PARTICIPANTS FROM BEIJING AND SHANGHAI

12:50 Transfer to Rovaniemi airport
13:50 AY 428 from Rovaniemi to Helsinki
Flights to home destinations

 

PARTICIPANTS FROM HONG KONG

Separate post tour program