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Moonika Apart

I’m originally from Tallinn, Estonia but I lived in Australia for 7 years, which was also the time when I travelled the world and visited over 50 countries. I LOVE travelling and it plays a big role in my life. Baltic countries and Finland have a special place in my heart. I love that they are small, charming and off the beaten path. Nature is very important to me and there’s plenty of it around here and that’s another reason why I love this region so much and want to introduce it to everyone. When I create the trips, I like to include the highlights of the destinations that you visit, combined with equally fascinating sites off the beaten path and unique experiences that will help you immerse in new places to learn, grow, and connect. Responsible travel and respect and love for nature is something that I strongly believe in and when I build trips, I try keeping this in mind. I understand that it’s our responsibility to protect and sustain the environment we use and enjoy and that's why we are planting a tree for each traveller who books a trip with us.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Primarily the Baltic States and Finland but also northern Norway and Swedish Lapland. We specialise from city sightseeing to more off the beaten path places. Unique, authentic and traditional experiences and nature based tourism. There's a lot of pristine nature around this region so everything related to nature is our speciality. Northern lights tours, sustainable animal tours and nature tours in Lapland. I try to avoid big group tours and touristy activities. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I moved back to Estonia in 2017 and decided to start my career in the tourism industry. As I was a big traveller myself I wanted to share my passion and knowledge with other people. For some reason the Baltic region is not that known around the world as a travel destination but it has so much to offer and my dream is to introduce the Baltic States and Finland to a wider public. To show, what this region really has to offer but in a sustainable way."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I love hiking and decided to do a solo hike up in the mountain in Peru. I had my tent and food an everything with me and started the hike. It was a bit scary as I got up in the mountains late at night and decided to camp the first night close to a village. When I woke up the next morning a dog from the nearby village was sitting in front of my tent, waiting for some food. Once I started hiking he followed me and through the whole hike up the mountains he was my companion and guide. When I got lost or walked slowly, he waited for me and showed me the right way. Sometimes it felt like he was annoyed with me that I walked so slow and had to walk back down again to lead me to the right path but he stayed with me the whole time. He slept under my tent every night and we kept each other warm, I gave him some food and he was my guide. Most importantly I felt a bit safer and not so alone with him. He was a perfect companion. After the hike we reach a village on the other side of the mountain and I asked in a local shop there if I could buy some food for the dog and the owner told me that this dog eats better than all the other village dogs. It turned out that he did this as a profession. he was a mountain dog who was walking with all the tourists all the time and clearly they all fed him very well. "

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Recent trip reviews for Moonika

Excellent Support for a Family of 5
Finland | Feb 3 - Feb 12, 2024

Mike
Mike N.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024
When starting the process, we had no idea that planning a trip to Lappland in Winter required so much planning. Our specialist Moonika was very patient as we understood the value we would get coming at Christmas versus another time, and helped to shift our plans into February. Traveling from Asia with a large family we were not sure about booking transit privately or through ride-sharing, but I'm glad we chose private cars for the plane/train transfers for the flexibility and help with all... Read more

When starting the process, we had no idea that planning a trip to Lappland in Winter required so much planning. Our specialist Moonika was very patient as we understood the value we would get coming at Christmas versus another time, and helped to shift our plans into February. Traveling from Asia with a large family we were not sure about booking transit privately or through ride-sharing, but I'm glad we chose private cars for the plane/train transfers for the flexibility and help with all our bags, better to be comfortable when on the clock. On lodging, we found the right spaces where the entire family could fit comfortably and affordably. The activities and their providers were fantastic, regardless of the cold snap that hit us in Rovaniemi, and they were supportive of the needs of traveling with a 2-year-old. Overall we are left with great memories and thankful for the support we had to make this trip a reality.

Hotel Reviews
Radisson Blu Aleksanteri Hotel, Helsinki
Helsinki

Family room is perfect for a large family. Staff offered excellent service, breakfast offered tons of variety and satisfied the kids.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bed, pull out, and crib were all perfect
Overnight Train

A perfect nights sleep. Two small kids can sleep in one bunk no problem. We did not use the dining car or other facilities.

Authenticity & Character
what trip to europe is complete without a trip on the train
Location
easy to access from downtown without another long airport trip
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
bring thinner items that can go UNDER a bunk, only room for one bulky suitcase standing up.
Santasport Resort
Rovaniemi

The 6-person room offered 3 different areas for our family to sleep/nap on their own schedules. The timing of pool, gym, and play land are not always ideal depending on the activities you have planned. The breakfast buffet is the same everyday which could be an issue if you aren't comfortable with Western food.

Authenticity & Character
the sauna in our room was really the only Finnish item, and that's ok, we weren't interested in authentic
Location
A quick 5-min taxi to town is 20euros, which is a bit of a tax on this location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
glad to have a dishwasher and microwave to cook snack food
Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Feb 19, 2024

Hello Mike,

Thank you very much for a nice feedback. I'm glad to hear you had a good time and it was nice meeting you all here in Rovaniemi.
All the best!
Moonika

WONDERFUL TIME IN LAPLAND FINLAND
Finland | Jan 5 - Jan 20, 2024

Ann
Ann B.
Farmington Hills, MI | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2024
We recently completed a trip to Lapland Finland with the assistance of our travel agent, Moonika Apart. In our communication I explained what I was interested in doing and accommodations we wished to reserve. She put together a wonderful itinerary for us and in addition she did so, around a photo workshop that I was attending. She planned accommodations, activities and drivers for us before and after my workshop. She truly listened to what we were hoping to do on this trip and gave her... Read more

We recently completed a trip to Lapland Finland with the assistance of our travel agent, Moonika Apart. In our communication I explained what I was interested in doing and accommodations we wished to reserve. She put together a wonderful itinerary for us and in addition she did so, around a photo workshop that I was attending. She planned accommodations, activities and drivers for us before and after my workshop. She truly listened to what we were hoping to do on this trip and gave her professional opinions and suggestions for excursions and accommodations. Everything she recommended and booked for us was excellent. She truly has a good knowledge of Lapland in Finland and what it has to offer. In fact, she traveled from her home town to our accommodation in Rovanemi to meet us and give us an opportunity to ask more questions in person.

Her communication was OUTSTANDING. She ensured our itinerary and accommodations were excatly what we hoped for. While we were in Lapland, she continued to keep open the lines of communication and inquired on how everything was going and if we needed anything just to contact her. I wanted to stop at a gift shop on our way to one of our longer stays and she coordinated this with our driver. There never was anything we requested that she did not provide and she was always on top of everything.

She knew I was interested in photography and 2 of the drivers she scheduled were also amateur photographers who understood my passion for it and gave me several opportunities on our drive to take photos.

I cannot say enough about the service Moonika provided and highly recommend her for any trip you would wish her to plan. I would utilize her service again in a heartbdeat. Thank you Moonika for everything you did to make our Lapland adventure fun, exciting, comfortable, easy and safe. Your are the BEST!

The Berrys

Hotel Reviews
Arctic Skylight Lodge
Äkäslompolo
Authenticity & Character
Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Nova Skyland Hotel
Rovaniemi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos
Rovaniemi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Wilderness Hotel Inari & Igloos
Inari
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Staff
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Activity Reviews
Finnish Legends and Stories Around the Fire
Finnish Legends and Stories Around the Fire
Rovaniemi

Our guide was very informative and presented many interested stories about Finland and the Sami Culture. The time in the teepee in the wilderness was very unique and we loved it. He served us hot berry juice and made pancakes served with fresh jam - delicious. Highly recommend.

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Private Ranua Wildlife Park Visit
Private Ranua Wildlife Park Visit
Rovaniemi

Our guide and driver, Krista Kuu, was so pleasant and accommodating. She not only was an excellent guide, but we enjoyed her company - she is a very nice person. We had fun!

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Transport
Snowshoeing Tour
Snowshoeing Tour
Finland

Awesome guides! Helpful and considerate. They took us on a beautiful snowshoeing adventure through a snowy wintery woodland and onto a lake/swamp where we enjoyed cookies and hot berry juice. A great 3 hour experience. Highly recommend.

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Sauna Experience at Arctic Skylight Lodge
Sauna Experience at Arctic Skylight Lodge
Finland
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Aurora Camp by Sleigh Ride
Aurora Camp by Sleigh Ride
Inari
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Husky Safari
Husky Safari
Finland

Absolutely a fabulous experience. Highly recommend. The husky mushing was fun and so beautiful through the winter wonderland. After the ride we had an opportunity to take photos of the dogs and pet them. We also had hot berry juice and cookies in the warming hut. Would definietly do this again!

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Aurora Hunt by Car
Aurora Hunt by Car
Saariselkä

Our guide did his best to drive us to clearer skies and we were able to see the aurora. It wasn't real dramatic but that is not the fault of the excursion or the driver - it is what Mother Nature provides or doesn't provide at any given time. The vehicle was clean, warm, comfortable and easy to get in and out of when we stopped to take photos of the Aurora. The guide was very conscientious in providing us the best experience possible.

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Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sleigh
Ice Fishing by Snowmobile Sleigh
Inari

Our Guide Anita was very knowledgeable and skilled at ice fishing and she made good conversation. We didn't catch any fish, but the experience was still worth the time. On the way to the fishing location, we saw a few reindeer roaming the frozen lake. In the warming hut we had delicious reindeer soup, grilled sandwiches, cookies, hot berry drink. We enjoyed the excursion.

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Dinner at Ice Restaurant
Dinner at Ice Restaurant
Sinettä

The Ice Restaurant is unique and truly an experience to have. The food was very good, but we were just too cold to enjoy it. We both couldn't wait for the next course to come quickly so we could finish eating and leave. We also stayed overnight in the Snow Hotel and would definetly recommend it - we were warm in the snuggly sleeping bags they provided and we loved the experience.

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Evening Snowmobile Tour to Wilderness Hut
Evening Snowmobile Tour to Wilderness Hut
Finland

Our two guides, Jana and Annina, were excellent. They outfitted us in snowmobile gear and gave us information on what the excursion entailed. I was apprehensive in driving the snowmobile since I hadn't done so in over 25 years. They had me drive the loop of the parking lot to get comfortable with the machine and assured me if I didn't want to drive after trying it we would switch drivers. Driving was easy and enjoyable. Throughout the 45 minute ride to the Wilderness hut, they had us stop a few times so the guides could check on our comfort and how did I feel about driving. They also stopped and pointed out the Aurora in the sky. Once at the Wilderness hut we enjoyed tasty reindeer soup, hot berry juice and a melted cheese and brown sugar dessert. Overall this was an excellent excursion; truly enjoyable and we always felt safe as there were two guides and two snowmobiles. Highly recommend.

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Food
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Aurora Camp
Aurora Camp
Inari
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Transport
Traditional Reindeer Ride
Traditional Reindeer Ride
Inari

The reindeer ride was really enjoyable. So relaxing through the winter wonderland. Truly a ride in an absolutely beautiful landscape. Afterwards, we enjoyed stories from the Sami reindeer herder in a traditional Sami teepee, along with hot berry juice and cookies. Great experience.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Feb 03, 2024

Hello Ann and Greg,

Thank you for all the feedback. I will share this with the guides as well. I'm happy to hear you had a good time in Lapland and it was very nice meeting you both here in Rovaniemi. The photos look really amazing.

Few days ago I also visited the shop you stopped on the way to Inari and I think I ended up buying all the earrings they had there:) I hope you found the hat the guide suggested buying.

All the best and I hope to have you as our guests again in the future!
Moonika

12 days in Finland designed by Moonika
Finland | Jan 11 - Jan 23, 2024

Raelene
Raelene S.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024
We absolutely Loved Finland and all that it had to offer. We managed to squeeze in so much during our 12 days there with activities, travel and transfers and 6 different accomodations. We would all love to come back again sometime.
Moonika was amazing to deal with right from the start. She helped tailor our itinerary to exactly what we wanted and there was lots of little tweaks along the way to fit everything in.
The transfer drivers were all brilliant too and very informative on the...
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We absolutely Loved Finland and all that it had to offer. We managed to squeeze in so much during our 12 days there with activities, travel and transfers and 6 different accomodations. We would all love to come back again sometime.
Moonika was amazing to deal with right from the start. She helped tailor our itinerary to exactly what we wanted and there was lots of little tweaks along the way to fit everything in.
The transfer drivers were all brilliant too and very informative on the Finnish life. We had one driver 3 times and he was really great.
I was also very happy to meet Moonika in person when we arrived at the hotel. She went over all our tours in detail and asked if we had any questions. It was very comforting to know that she was nearby and always ready to help if needed.

Hotel Reviews
Kurula's Resort
Pyhätunturi

This resort is hands down AMAZING!! The views looking out of the rooms were just breathtaking and to have your own kitchenette for preparing meals was very handy. There is even a sauna in the room! The breakfasts were also beautiful. I wish i had used the resort sauna with ice bath in the lake but we were usually so exhausted after a days actiivities. The staff here are also wonderful and friendly. Would definitely come back here again!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location is only just outside Pyha but there is no shuttle so a taxi each way costs 20 euros. Otherwise the location is great!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cahkal Hotel
Kilpisjärvi

Cahkal Hotel was really an incredible hotel and I wish we had more time there. The staff were all so lovely and friendly and helpful. The rooms are beautiful as well with everything you need. The breakfast and dinner there was top notch- that Roast Reindeer was next level. We had an issue with a left behind Ski Jacket at Northern Lights Village the previous day and once I informed the receptionist, she called them straight away and arranged one of her drivers who was picking up clients that morning to bring to Kilpisjärvi, to collect the jacket. We were about to go on the 3 Borders Snowmobile Tour and it all worked perfectly. By the time we had got back from the tour and sat down for some soup, the jacket had arrived. I was super impressed with them!. Would not hesitate to recommend this Hotel to anyone. The views from the room and the restaurant were stunning as well. Love Love Love this hotel!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
So helpful - see comment above!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos
Rovaniemi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clarion Hotel the Edge
Tromsø
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Northern Lights Village
Sirkka
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arctic Light Hotel
Rovaniemi
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Activity Review
Ice Fishing Experience
Ice Fishing Experience
Rovaniemi
Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Jan 31, 2024

Hello Raelene,

I'm glad to hear you had a great trip and thank you for a lovely feedback. I hope to help you plan another trip in the future.

All the best,
Moonika

Finland in November 2023
Finland | Nov 3 - Nov 16, 2023

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Graham P.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2024
Moonika organized a two week tour of Finland during November 2023. The weather was unseasonably cold which added to our experiences. Moonika arranged a variety of adventures ranging from Ice floating, Husky slay rides, Aurora viewings, Walks to frozen waterfalls and lakes, A Lappish workshop visit, City tours, all of our accommodation and most meals, transport between destinations, a zoo visit, a museum visit, etc.
The trip went seamlessly and allowed us to see some wonderful...
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Moonika organized a two week tour of Finland during November 2023. The weather was unseasonably cold which added to our experiences. Moonika arranged a variety of adventures ranging from Ice floating, Husky slay rides, Aurora viewings, Walks to frozen waterfalls and lakes, A Lappish workshop visit, City tours, all of our accommodation and most meals, transport between destinations, a zoo visit, a museum visit, etc.
The trip went seamlessly and allowed us to see some wonderful sights.
Moonika was professional in her service and attention to detail. We had a wonderful experience and look forward to using KimKim and Moonika for future travels.
Thank you again
Karen and Graham
Australia

Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Jan 27, 2024

Hello Karen and Graham,

Thank you very much for a nice review. I'm glad to hear you had a good time and enjoyed your activities. We'd be more than happy to help you plan another trip in the future.

All the best,
Moonika

This was a very last-minute trip. Our Travel ...
Finland | Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2024

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Colin H.
Harrison, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024
This was a very last-minute trip. Our Travel Specialist, Moonika, showed her expertise and savvy in promptly providing an itinerary of travel, accommodations, and outdoor winter activities available during Rovaniemi's high season that had everything we wanted - plus a few things we didn't know we wanted! Our time in Helsinki was also fascinating, and the day trip to Tallin, Estonia was fantastic. While we were on the trip, Moonika stayed in touch and was especially helpful in contacting a... Read more

This was a very last-minute trip. Our Travel Specialist, Moonika, showed her expertise and savvy in promptly providing an itinerary of travel, accommodations, and outdoor winter activities available during Rovaniemi's high season that had everything we wanted - plus a few things we didn't know we wanted! Our time in Helsinki was also fascinating, and the day trip to Tallin, Estonia was fantastic. While we were on the trip, Moonika stayed in touch and was especially helpful in contacting a snowmobile tour company to help retrieve a lost phone! You could tell she was poised and ready to go above and beyond to assure we had an unforgettable Nordic vacation, which is truly what we experienced.

Hotel Reviews
Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi

Rooms were stylish and comfortable. Breakfast was amazing! location excellent. Highly recommend this hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Had a modern, Nordic feel that felt comfortable, clean, and authentic
Location
Downtown in walking distance from all the outdoor tour service offices, restaurants, bars, etc.
Staff
Very professional and respectful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean, comfortable, and warm.
Hotel Fabian
Helsinki

Fantastic location. Nice continental breakfast. Lovely room.

Authenticity & Character
Very stylish, clean.
Location
Perfect location for walkers and restaurant go-ers.
Staff
Respectful and professional
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean rooms.
Overnight Train

The train is suitable for one night, but it's nothing fancy.

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Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Jan 23, 2024

Thank you Colin for a nice review. I'm glad to hear you had a great time and I hope to help you plan another trip in the future!
All the best,
Moonika

We booked our trip through Moonika from Kim K...
Finland | Jan 9 - Jan 13, 2024

matthew
matthew g.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024
We booked our trip through Moonika from Kim Kim. She was amazing from start to finish and organised every aspect of our trip to Lapland. We normally don't use travel agents but her service was second to none and made us feel comfortable and in control the whole way. Our whole 5 day itinerary was absolutely perfect and in hindsight wouldn't do anything different. Can't recommend enough. Read more

We booked our trip through Moonika from Kim Kim. She was amazing from start to finish and organised every aspect of our trip to Lapland. We normally don't use travel agents but her service was second to none and made us feel comfortable and in control the whole way. Our whole 5 day itinerary was absolutely perfect and in hindsight wouldn't do anything different.

Can't recommend enough.

Hotel Review
Nova Skyland Hotel
Rovaniemi
Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Jan 20, 2024

Thank you Matthew! It was nice meeting you both here in Rovaniemi and I'm glad to hear you had an amazing time.
All the best,
Moonika

Moonika was the best!
Finland | Dec 14 - Dec 20, 2023

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Casey C.
Shelton, CT | Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023
Moonika was the best! We have only been on cruises, never flown out of the country, so we did not know where to begin, when planning our Northern European Honeymoon!!
We chose Finland, as we LOVE Christmas, and wanted to experience the sight of the Northern Lights. We told Moonika our preferences and what we were looking for on our trip. She gave us everything we could've asked for and more!!
She gave us an unforgettable experience, with a SPOT ON itinerary! She went as far as telling our...
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Moonika was the best! We have only been on cruises, never flown out of the country, so we did not know where to begin, when planning our Northern European Honeymoon!!
We chose Finland, as we LOVE Christmas, and wanted to experience the sight of the Northern Lights. We told Moonika our preferences and what we were looking for on our trip. She gave us everything we could've asked for and more!!
She gave us an unforgettable experience, with a SPOT ON itinerary! She went as far as telling our tour guides my nut allergy! Not only did she assist us in planning our trip, she was a phone call away the entire trip! Unfortunately, we caught a cold on night 3 and decided to miss out on an excursion. She and the tour guides were all in contact and knew that we did not go and she reached out to make sure we were okay. She was really on top of things! The overnight train was a couple hours late, and she reached out to assist us in getting us a partial refund. All we had to do was show up-she had literally everything else covered! Thank you Moonika for making our first European trip one we will never forget!

-The Newlyweds: Steph and Casey :)

Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Dec 27, 2023

Thank you so much for a lovely review Steph and Casey! It was my pleasure to help you plan this trip for you and I'm glad to hear you had a good time on your honeymoon, despite feeling ill for a bit.
I hope to help you plan another trip in the future and hopefully we can then meet in person as well:)

All the best,
Moonika

Finland Fantasy
Finland | Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2023

Madhavi
Madhavi R.
India | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023
Caesar in Helsinki was a good guide
Soumenlinna was also a good visit
All the guides for activities in Rovaniemi were good......
Each adventure had its own charm-
Camp fire in the log cabin while waiting to spot the aurora
ride with the huskies
Sauna with a dip in the lake
Arctic float gazing at the aurora and the starry night sky
I wasn't a big one for reindeer feeding but it was something I have never seen so.... it made it complete. Read more

Caesar in Helsinki was a good guide
Soumenlinna was also a good visit

All the guides for activities in Rovaniemi were good......
Each adventure had its own charm-
Camp fire in the log cabin while waiting to spot the aurora
ride with the huskies
Sauna with a dip in the lake
Arctic float gazing at the aurora and the starry night sky

I wasn't a big one for reindeer feeding but it was something I have never seen so.... it made it complete.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Lilla Roberts
Helsinki

It was very well located and comfortable. They were accommodating and gave us 2 rooms with a common door. Walking distance to all sights and markets

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distances to all good food places...and groceries and shopping and feery
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were very comfortable
Overnight Train

Train was late by 5 hours due to track work. Although the cabins were spotless and comfortable for a cozy ride. Cafeteria with large glass windows was the meeting place for many friends and families

Authenticity & Character
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
Rovaniemi

The cabin was at a height from which you had an eagles view of the town. Maybe even see the aurora. Walking distance to the Santa village.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Walking distance to sant village with eating places
Staff
Very helpful about anything we requested.packed us breakfast on the day we had to leave very early
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Helsinki and Suomenlinna Private Tour
Helsinki and Suomenlinna Private Tour
Helsinki

Caesar our guide was very knowledgeable . He spoke as he walked us to all the sites He took us on the ferry to the island and explained along the way . We eneded up having a delightful meal at the market, which was his suggestion

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Private Aurora Photography Tour
Private Aurora Photography Tour
Rovaniemi

On time to pick us up. One look at us and the guide realized we wouldn't last the cold, so he got us suits for cold weather with boots and off we went to a private log shed far away in his vehicle. He lit a lovely campfire and it was beautiful starry night, caught a bit of the aurora with his professional camera, not so visible to the naked eye. Fed us with sausages and marshmallows and got chocolate and was willing to wait as long as we wanted..

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Transport
Autumn Husky Ride on Wheels
Autumn Husky Ride on Wheels
Rovaniemi

Felt as though we were riding on a chariot driven by huskies instead of horses. We were taken by shuttle to a hotel where we were given jackets pant and boots to help with the cold and prevent our clothes from getting dirty. We walked across to the kennel .Dogs were so excited and were ready for the ride through the farm land. Very enjoyable. Very cold despite gloves so took turns steering as hands were getting numb.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Reindeer & Wilderness Sauna Experience
Reindeer & Wilderness Sauna Experience
Rovaniemi

Feeding the reindeer was not my cup of tea but joined in. It was fun..can be quite daunting when you feed them, as the reindeers come towards you with their antlers.... Should have worn some boots as our shoes got real dirty The Finnish Sauna by the lake in cold weather was another first and wonderfully refreshing. To jump into ice cold water in the lake after the Sauna made you transcend your comfort zone . Once done was rejuvenating!

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Aurora Ice Floating
Aurora Ice Floating
Finland

SURREAL The guide fitted is up with gear for the cold air by the campfire, then the telly tubby like floatation suit for the lake. Drive was comfortable. Needed a bit of light at the camp initially. Demo was done by the guide. It was just amazing flooding in 1C in a lake with the starry sky and the aurora over head.... The guides were so patient and let everyone float as long as they wanted. They set up a campfire and regaled the tourists with theirs jokes and stories

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Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Oct 11, 2023

Thank you for your feedback Madhavi! I'm glad to hear you had a great time on your trip with us. I hope to have you as our guests again in the future.
Best,
Moonika

Guides were all good. Best was the first, Alv...
Finland | Sep 3 - Sep 9, 2023

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John M.
South Lake Tahoe, CA | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2023

Guides were all good. Best was the first, Alvaro, a Spanish native who got into Finland on a lark working him into a Finnish expert. The others were just fine. Some operator error in determining exactly what was gonna happen. Moonika was always able to timely help/guide us thru. We got a great idea of the areas we went - Helsinki, Tampere, & Tourku. Each city’s foods were served us & all good. Great to very good hotels. Trains all well scheduled. We would use Kimkim again & will if they do winter tours.

Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Oct 01, 2023

Thank you for your feedback John. I'm happy to hear you had a great time in Finland.
If you ever wish to come back to Finland in winter or even northern Sweden or Norway, I'm happy to help you plan another trip.

Best,
Moonika

My wife Miriam and I have traveled the world ...
Finland | Aug 22 - Sep 9, 2023

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David L.
Des Moines, IA | Reviewed on Sep 16, 2023
My wife Miriam and I have traveled the world together for the last 40 years. Usually independent, self-guided. An occasional small group tour. We asked kimkim to plan a 3 week private trip to Finland. August/September. Goals: to experience out of the way rural and urban destinations, visit skilled artisans in their workshops, sample good food, both hearty and simple, and learn what gives Finland its special character. To fill every day’s schedule completely/sensibly, but with... Read more

My wife Miriam and I have traveled the world together for the last 40 years. Usually independent, self-guided. An occasional small group tour.

We asked kimkim to plan a 3 week private trip to Finland. August/September. Goals: to experience out of the way rural and urban destinations, visit skilled artisans in their workshops, sample good food, both hearty and simple, and learn what gives Finland its special character.

To fill every day’s schedule completely/sensibly, but with time/flexibility to veer off and see what was around the next corner.

Kimkim’s Moonika delivered exactly what we wanted.

And then some.

We explored fantastic landscapes, met intriguing people. Each day was singular and always in a different way than any before.

Studied with the most amazing artisans who shared details of their time-honored family trades, workshops, sometimes centuries old. A contemporary leather handbag designer/craftswoman personally demonstrated how she produces her beautiful work and sources her supplies.

Helped bake a favorite dessert with just picked berries … which, still warm from the oven, we enjoyed at the end of an action packed visit with a nationally recognized artisan family.

Bear watching in overnight wetlands blind • day trip to Estonia • Iitalia factory • sleeper train to Rovaniemi • dogsledding training tips • learned the different shapes and fuzz on reindeer antlers

While large groups of tourists plodded by, our local nature guides stopped to point out unique Finnish plants, trees, insects, rocks … and told a beloved folk story about the bird that just swooped by.

We learned the names of everyone’s family at home … their pets, too.

Thanks, Kimkim and Moonika, for making it all happen.

Fantastic.

David and Miriam
USA

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Local specialist: Moonika Apart
Moonika
Moonika Apart
Local specialist in Estonia | Replied on Oct 02, 2023

Hello David and Miriam,

Thank you very much for your feedback and I'm glad to hear you had a good time on your trip with us. It was so nice to meet you in person here in Tallinn and sit down for a quick chat. Thank you for booking your trip with us and I hope to have you as our guests again in the future.

All the best,
Moonika