Hey all, I am Rohini Puttu, expressing my experience of our Finland tour from India. My husband and I both work in the IT industry in Bangalore. We have a middle-class background but love traveling. Before doing the Finland tour, me and my husband never went on any international trips. We were saving our salaries for years for a destination that has not been very common. We were pretty sure that we didn’t want to visit any Asian destinations, although Japan was still on our bucket list.
Why we finalised Finland as our destination
Me and my husband already knew about the beautiful northern lights, but we were not aware of the basics. We were under the impression that, being South Indians, we would not be able to handle the extreme winters of Finland to experience the Northern Lights. However, I still wanted to know more about it. We started reading articles and watching videos about the Finland tour. Luckily, we got in touch with a couple who went on a tour of Finland from India, and they are from Chennai. This couple provided us with a wealth of information and assurance. “Special thanks to Ramanujan and Ritu.” They traveled to Finland with the help of a travel agency called “Lestacworld.” We got connected with Lestacworld’s salesperson only through Ramanujan.
Meeting Ramanujan and Ritu influenced us to do the Finland tour, so that was our deciding point.
How have we finalized the travel agency for our Finland tour?
After Ramanujan and Ritu gave us the reference to Lestacworld, we first connected with the same company. By the time we asked for quotes from other companies, we started receiving those from Travel Triangle, Thrillophilia, Pick Your Trail, and many other vendors; however, we quickly realized that we required more than just a quote; we were hungry for destination knowledge and insights. We tried to search online; however, the online content is mainly created by Europeans, and the way they do tours is totally different from ours. The knowledge available online was limited.
We had the following questions in mind for our Finland tour from India:
- When should we visit Finland to increase our chances of experiencing the Northern Lights?
- What should be the duration of our Finland tour?
- Should we only visit Finland? Should the Scandinavian part also be covered?
- What are the chances of us getting a Schengen visa ?
- Should we visit Iceland or Finland to experience the northern lights?
- How expensive is the food in Finland?
- In which cities of Finland should we stay to have more chances of watching the northern lights?
- Is it worth spending money on igloo Hotels or Normal hotels in Lapland is recommended ?
- How much will be our total expense for the Finland tour from India including flights ?
- From which city of India should we fly to keep our Finland tour in Budget ?
- What should be mode of transportation in Finland , Should we travel in Car, Train, Sharing buses ?
- From Helsinki to Finnish lapland should we travel via train Journey or flight ?
We started receiving too many calls from PickYourTrails, Travel Triangle, etc.; however, we realized that the motive was only to sell the package and not customer satisfaction. The agents were not even knowledgeable about the destination; most of them were not aware of the basic questions about Finland itineraries.They wanted us to pay lakhs of rupees without knowing the basics of the destination. They continuously used to call and force us to book the package and pay, which was frustrating. We finally started blocking these numbers so as to ignore the headache.
Till that time, we did not receive a reply or call from Lestacworld, so we decided to connect with them once again. This time, they connected us with Aryan, who, according to them, was the right person to answer our questions. We had a 90-minute call with Aryan and were already impressed. These were the answers to our questions:
Aryan confidently replied, “If you are visiting Finland for the Northern Lights, then the best time to visit is from December until March in the winter.” After that, the chances of seeing the Northern Lights gradually decrease. He also listened to our concern about “bearing with harsh winters.” According to him, the northern lights are worth fighting through the extreme cold.
As per Aryan, it depends on an individual’s budget; however, from India, there are good flight options to Helsinki. No other airport in Finland offers better flights to India. This means arrival and departure flights will have to be from Helsinki, so we will have to first fly from Helsinki to Finnish Lapland and then return from Lapland to Helsinki. Helsinki. A minimum 7-night itinerary for Finland is required from India.
If the motive is to see the Northern Lights, a planned trip to Finnish Lapland is enough. Scandinavian countries are usually famous for their capital cities and coastal locations. If one has the time and budget, Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark can be considered.
People with complete documentation and a strong background usually get visas. However, no guarantee can be given to anyone. As per Aryan, flights and hotels have to be booked first to get a visa.
As per Aryan, Iceland is another beautiful country where the Northern Lights are visible, although Finnish Lapland is more recommended for the same.
Finland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. A normal meal for a couple should cost between 30 and 70 euros.
According to Lestacworld, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, and Levi are just a few of the cities in Finland where you can see the Northern Lights.
Staying in igloo accommodations in Lapland, where there is no light pollution, increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
One should expect a package with all required inclusions to cost around INR 4,00,000, including flights. Expenses other than the package might cost around INR 100,000 per person for the Finland tour from India.
Flights from New Delhi are most suitable for Finland. There is a direct Finn Air flight from Delhi to Helsinki.
One should be ready for all types of transportation as per the itinerary. Few tours on the Finnish itinerary are almost certainly done by private cab, in groups, or by train.
If you have time, a train journey will allow you to see unexplored Finland; flights will help you reach the country earlier, so you can spend more time searching for the northern lights.Aryan also said they have good deals of Finnish trains and they can give us a private cabin with 2 beds for an overnight journey in train.
Our Finland tour from India
After having this call with Aryan from Lestacworld.com in Finland, we made up our minds that we would go with Lestacworld only. However, we still did not have a quote from them. We asked for the quote, which ended up being the most reasonable compared to companies like Travel Triangle or Pick Your Trail. We finally booked our Finland tour package from India for Rs 3,95,000 per person, including flights, stay, transportation, domestic flights, sledge husky rides, and the Icebreaker tour. We were totally excited after that. Slowly and gradually, we moved the process forward for the visa; we were interviewed as per appointment and finally got the visa well before our travel.
- Airlines: Finn Air
- 2 Nights accommodation in Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre / Superior Room
- 3 nights in Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
- 2 Nights in Scandic Kemi
- 1 Night in Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre / Superior Room
- Itinerary of Finland tour from India
- Day 1 – Arrival at Helsinki Airport, Finland from Bangalore
- Day 2 – Helsinki and Porvoo city tour
- Day 3 – Train to Rovaniemi + Checkin to Arctic Snow Hotel
- Day 4– Husky, Reindeer Farm and Santa Village Experience From Rovaniemi
- Day 5 – Northern Lights Tour by Snowmobile from Rovaniemi
- Day 6 – Train to Kemi + Free Day
- Day 7 – Ice Breaker tour in Kemi
- Day 8 – Flight from Kemi to Helsinki + Free Day
- Day 9 – Departure from Helsinki Airport to Bangalore
Finland is no doubt the most loveable place for me now. It gave me what I was looking for. We experienced the northern lights during our stay in Rovaniemi, and we could feel the goosebumps. We had an amazing trip to Finland from India with the help of Lestacworld, especially Aryan. If you want to visit Finland, contact LestacWorld right away.
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