‘Aurora borealis’, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means ‘dawn of the north’. ‘Aurora australis’ means ‘dawn of the south’. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. \par Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.

The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai’wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.


Day 1
Flight: Johannesburg (JNB) to London (LHR)

Day 2
Flight: London (LHR) to Helsinki (HEL)
Flight: Helsinki (HEL) to Kittila (KTT)
Flight: Kittila (KTT) to Ivalo (IVL)
Transport: Kakslauttanen Artic Resort Transfers
Accommodation: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Day 3-4
Accommodation: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Day 5
Accommodation: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Transport: Kakslauttanen Artic Resort Transfers

Day 6
Flight: Ivalo (IVL) to Helsinki (HEL)
Transport: Helsinki Airport to Accommodation
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Helsinki
Sightseeing: Panorama sightseeing

Day 7
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Helsinki

Day 8
Transport: Accommodation to Helsinki Airport
Flight: Helsinki (HEL) to Doha (DOH)

Day 9
Flight: Doha (DOH) to Johannesburg (JNB)


4* Crowne Plaza Hotel Helsinki – Finland, Helsinki
Situated opposite the Finnish National Opera, close to the Finland Hall, Olympic Stadium and the Helsinki Fair Centre the Crowne Plaza Helsinki is one of the finest hotels in Helsinki. The hotel has stylishly decorated modern rooms. In addition to the standard rooms, the hotel offers Crowne Plaza Club Rooms and Suites on the top floor, overlooking Helsinki city. There are also spacious and comfortable Executive Club rooms available. All rooms come with great beds, a selection of 6 pillows, free high-speed broadband (ADSL) or WiFi wireless internet connection, a hospitality tray, ironing equipment and other comfortable amenities one expects to find in an upscale hotel. There is an extensive restaurant selection in the hotel, Mediterranean style a la carte Restaurant Macu, gastro-pub Fidel, Bar Code in the lobby and a banquet restaurant in conjunction with the Royal conference floor, featuring flexible conference facilities. Modern, large brick building. Large size, bright and spacious. The Crowne Plaza Helsinki – a new premium business hotel in the centre of Helsinki – offers luxury service and comfort. It also offers a well-equipped Business Centre, stunning Forever Gym & Day Spa with Finnish Sauna, swimming pool and various Spa treatments. For guests coming by car we provide a garage with car wash service. World Travel Award – ‘Finland Leading Hotel 2008’.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Finland
The Kakslauttanen Artic Resort is located right at the edge of the wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea. It’s a mere stone throw away from the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest of Finland’s national parks. The surrounding environment is one of the cleanest you’ll find anywhere in the world. Up here, winters are cold and summers are comfortably warm. All in all, what you’ll find here is perfection. Finland is one of the safest countries in the world, so Kakslauttanen is an easy and risk-free choice for a holiday and the international staff are here to serve you in a variety of languages.All rooms are non-smoking


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R47 428 per person sharing


  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Ivalo including airline levies
  • Return airport to hotel transfers
  • 4 Nights' accommodation at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in a Small Glass Igloo
  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • Daily clearing fee
  • Luggage handing
  • Firewood Service
  • 2 Nights' accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Panorama Sightseeing Tour
  • Top up your stay with the following tours:
    Visit Santa's Home at approximate R1 900 per person - available on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Husky Safari 2 hours Tour at approximate R 3 100 per person
  • Reindeer Safari 2 hrs Aami Village Incl Lasso at approximate R2 755 per person (Inclusions: Hot drink, transfers, thermal clothing, winter boots and gloves)

Travel Dates: 13 Nov - 27 Nov 2018

The above price is subject to availability, currency and airport tax fluctuations at the time of booking.