Holidays to Pallas take you to a magical spot in the heart of Lapland. Here you’ll encounter Father Christmas, reindeer and landscapes to take your breath away.
A winter wonderland
A trip to this off-the-map hotel takes you to the heart of Lapland, in Finland’s northern fell region. With its snow-covered landscape of forest and lakes, it’s like waking up in Narnia, and the tucked-away isolation only adds to the magic. And since Father Christmas lives here, there’s every chance he’ll be popping by for a visit.
Pallas-Yllastuntari National Park
Pallas sits inside Finland’s third-biggest national park. This covers some 1,020 square kilometres and has the purest air of any national park in the world. It’s a one-of-a-kind spot for hiking – walkers can enjoy around 350 kilometres of marked trails through primeval forest. There’s also plenty of wildlife to discover, including reindeer, red squirrels, arctic hare and – if you’re lucky – the elusive brown bear.
Husky, reindeer and snowmobile rides
This is the home of the husky-sled ride – here you can race through a snowy forest with a head torch to light the way. And if you’re lucky, you might get a cuddle with the puppies afterwards. Reindeer rides are a more gentle experience, while the snowmobiles let you zip across frozen lakes at 50 miles an hour, James Bond-style.
Lapland Explorer 3 and 4-night Trip
Day 1 - The Warm Up
When you arrive at Kittila airport, Santa’s elves will greet you and take you to your accommodation. Then you’ve got a free afternoon to get a feel for the place.
Day 2 - Winter Wonderland
Indulge in Lappish culture with a short husky sledge ride or opt for a snowmobiling session in the morning. Then you’ll get to see a traditional Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony, followed by some free time in the afternoon.
Day 3 - Frosty Fun
Those of you on 3-night trips will enjoy Day 4’s activity list today instead.
You can take your pick of things to do today. Cruise through the countryside on a snowmobile or on the back of a husky or reindeer-driven sleigh. Or try out the traditional sport of ice fishing.
Day 4 - Festive Fun
These activities will be on day 3 for guests on a 3-night stay. Today you’ll head out to Santa’s activity area in the Kittila countryside for a day of festive fun. Try your hand at decorating cookies and making Christmas ornaments, zoom through the snow on a toboggan ride, and top your day off with a face-to-face meeting with Santa himself. Later, you’ll tuck into a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
For these trips, you can stay at any of our hotels in Levi, Yllas and Pallas. We try to pack as much fun as possible into these trips, so activities can differ from the order above. Everything will be included at some point, though. If you want to celebrate Christmas Day in Pallas, book our 4-night trip departing on the 23rd December.
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After being given your snow clothes at the airport, Santa's elves will take you to your hotel in Levi, Pallas or Yllas. Then, you've got the afternoon free to get a feel for your surroundings. Grab a toboggan and head for the slopes or take a walk through the snowy countryside.
Get a crash course in Lappish culture in this taster session. You can take a short husky sleigh ride, and have a go on a snowmobile. One of Santa's elves will tell you a story around the fire, too. The rest of the day is yours to spend how you fancy - wrap up and play in the snow or relax in the warmth of your hotel.
Cruise through the countryside on a snowmobile, or sit back and relax on a sleigh as huskies or reindeer do the hard work. Or why not book the Snow Village excursion? It includes loads of outdoor activities.
Head to Santa's activity area for a day of festive fun. Try your hand at decorating cookies and making Christmas tree ornaments, take a ride on a reindeer-pulled sleigh, and top your day off with a face-to-face meeting with Santa himself. On a Lapland Explorer trip you'll tuck into a traditional Christmas dinner at the gala meal, too.
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