Finland and ice go hand-in-hand, so it seems fitting that today’s tour stops at one of the world’s biggest ice bars. You’ll start in warmer surrounds at Helsinki’s famous Senate Square. It’s full of a roll call of impressive Neoclassical buildings, like the chalk-white cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Library of Finland. Next, you’ll head to Winter Wonderland – a taste of Finnish Lapland’s snow-filled wilderness in the capital. Here, you can sip a vodka shot or fruit juice from a glass made of ice at the frosty bar. You’ll need to wrap up warm for the occasion – thermal suits, socks and boots will be provided. After, you can tour the igloos, go tobogganing and meet some huskies. Your last stop is at the Temppeliaukio Church, or Rock Church. You’ll soon see where it gets its nickname from – the whole place is cut out of natural bedrock. It’s a popular place for concerts, thanks to the amazing acoustics.
One drink is included at the Ice Bar. If a service is taking place in the Rock Church, the guide will describe the church from the outside. This tour may operate in reverse order. It is a 400-yard walk uphill from the coach parking to the Rock Church.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.