Maybe round out your time in town with some excellent local gingerbread cookies or blinis.
In the afternoon, board a local bus to Yllästunturi, a popular cross-country and downhill skiing location.
Strap on your hiking boots and crunch a path through Finland’s spectacular taigas, get cosy with the locals over a glass of salmari and experience the rush of a real dog-sled.
From the docks of Helsinki to mountainous Yllastunturi and Santa’s workshop in Rovaniemi – witness a beautiful part of the world where Christmas feels always close. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm.
It is on the steps of the cathedral that the newly crowned St Lucia, a young woman dressed in white, descends each year on the 13th of December.
A tradition borrowed from the 4th century Italian Christian martyr, it has become an important and symbolic occasion for the Finns and is definitely worth seeing if you are here.
The train arrives at Kemi early this morning, from where you will connect to a bus to Kolari.
In Kolari you’ll have some free time to explore the town and take in some of the beautiful natural landscapes surrounding the area.Later in the day, you’ll board an overnight train to Kemi, a quaint town in Finland’s far north, sitting close to the border with its neighbour Sweden.The cabins on the train are very comfortable, with 4 berths to a cabin.Experience some wonderful Yuletide cheer and shop the markets for high-quality handmade goods, Finnish design and edible seasonal treats.Helsinki Christmas Market is located in Senate Square and is the oldest and most popular Christmas market in Helsinki.Women have been coming together at Naisten Joulumessut in Wanha Satama, or The Women’s Christmas Fair, since 1922.