Lapland holidays pull out all the stops over the festive period, so there’s nowhere better to get in to the Christmas spirit. Storytelling around crackling fires, reindeer sleigh rides through the woods and meet-and-greets with Santa himself – they’re all on the agenda.
These Lapland holidays take you to our northernmost resort – Saariselka. It’s set amongst a snow-covered wilderness and is home to Santa Resort – where you’ll get to meet the big man himself. You might even be lucky enough to spot the mysterious Northern Lights.
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-Try a snowmobile, husky or reindeer sleigh ride through this winter wonderland
-Let the elves guide you around fun-filled Santa Resort and meet Santa’s reindeer
-Tell all your Christmas wishes as you meet Mr Claus himself
-Book a night time snowmobile excursion and look out for the Northern Lights
-Spend free time trying ice carting or tobogganing
Christmas & New Year trips
What better place to wake up on Christmas morning than Lapland? We have departures over Christmas and New Year, so you can spend the most festive day of the year in Lapland.
Looking for traditional holidays in Lapland? This trip goes off the beaten track in Levi, Pallas and Yllas – all packed with authentic Lappish atmosphere. Stay in and snuggle up by the fire, or try out activities like ice-fishing or snowmobiling.
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Lapland Explorer trip highlights
-Get around the traditional way with a husky sledge, reindeer sleigh or snowmobile taster ride
-Try out a local tradition at an Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony
-Spend free time building snowmen or challenge the family to a snow fight
-Visit a quaint local bar and get to know the locals
-Round off your trip by meeting Santa and enjoying a tasty Christmas dinner
If this Lapland holiday doesn’t get you into the festive spirit, nothing will. It includes loads of great activities, from husky sledging to gingerbread decorating. What’s more, you’ll be based in Rovaniemi – the hub of all things Christmassy.
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Classic Lapland Trip highlights
-Soak up the atmosphere of Rovaniemi’s shops, bars and cosy restaurants
-Make your own Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree
-Whizz across the snow-covered countryside on a reindeer or husky sledge
-Take part in a traditional Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony
-Meet Santa himself as you visit SantaPark – and graduate from elf school
Exploring the snowy wilderness is part and parcel of holidays in Lapland. You can choose from loads of adventures for the whole family, with everything from adrenaline-charged snowmobile treks to traditional husky rides on offer. And the best part is, you can do as much or as little as you like.
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Husky Trail Blazers
Hold on tight for a fast-paced husky ride across Lapland’s frozen landscape
Enjoy a Santa-style sleigh ride and visit a reindeer farm to find out how they’re herded
Give the elves a hand making Christmas decorations and head outside for some snow games
Experience the most exhilarating way to explore Lapland by day or night
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You’ll enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures on these day trips to Lapland. Your venue for the day is Kittila’s Snow Village – home to an ice hotel, an ice bar and an ice chapel. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the igloo-like hotel rooms and admire the impressive sculptures that have been carved from frozen water.
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-Fly to Kittila
-A feast treat – Start your trip with a lunchtime feast prepared by Mrs Claus.
-Oh deer – Visit Rudolph and his reindeer friends on a magical sleigh ride
-Husky fun – Take a ride on a husky sledge and find out how the dogs are trained
-Sibling snowfights – Time for a family snow fight or snowman building session
-Magical fun – Watch a Lappish storyteller perform the Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony
-It’s Santa – Meet Santa at his secret cabin and say ‘Hello’ to him in Finnish
-Snow power – Learn to drive a snowmobile and discover the Lappish wilderness
-Cool fun – Visit Lapland’s Ice Hotel – where even the furniture is made out of ice
Your venue on these Lapland trips is Rovaniemi’s Santa Park, where Santa and his elves spend their days making toys and getting ready for Christmas. The huge underground grotto is made up of fairy-lit walkways, colourful workshops and festive shopping stalls, so there’s lots to explore.
Santa’s Secret Grotto Day Trip
-Fly to Rovaniemi
-A magical mystery tour – You’ll be greeted by the Elves and taken to Santa’s secret grotto.
-All aboard – Go on a magical train ride through Santa’s workshop to see the elves making gifts
-Meet Old Man Reindeer – Hear stories and find out about the Arctic Circle crossing Ceremony
-Winter woodland – Wrap up warm and head out into the snow for husky rides, sledging and more
-Christmas comes early – Meet Santa, find out how to greet him in Finnish and receive a super gift
-Elf school – Learn the secrets of Santa’s helpers before your elf graduation
-Tea time – Try all of Santa’s favourite dishes
-Santa’s giftshop – Stock up on Christmas pressies for all your friends back home
-Elf bakery – Decorate tasty gingerbread cookies with the help of the elves
-Santa’s post office – Write a postcard home and tell your friends all about your day
-Flying home – Santa’s elves will take you back to the airport, ready for your flight home
Whether you’re planning a family trip to meet Santa or just looking for traditional winter break, Lapland holiday resorts range from the quaint and traditional to hubs of festive fun. Head for Christmas-central, Rovaniemi, or chill-out Yllas or Pallas, surrounded by the Arctic wilderness.
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Lapland’s cosmopolitan capital. It’s surrounded by a picture perfect landscape and home to all things Christmassy.
This attractive resort is great for families and couples. It offers cosy bars and restaurants alongside exciting winter sports.
Get a taste of the Lappish lifestyle in this unspoilt resort. It’s surrounded by beautiful snow covered fields and lush pine forests.
Tucked away in Northern Lapland, Pallas is about as far from the crowds as you can get – a great place to escape the rat race.
Whether you’ve come to catch a glimpse of the incredible Northern Lights or to meet the big man at Santa Resort, Saariskela is a great base.
Got some questions about our holidays in Lapland? Take a look at the following top tips on everything from the temperature to travel insurance. If you need any more information, call us on 0871 231 4691 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).
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You’ll get a 15kg luggage allowance on all Lapland holidays. We recommend packing extra layers for the chilly weather.
In December, temperatures in Lapland usually vary from around zero degrees centigrade to -20 degrees, but it can get as cold as -40 degrees centigrade.
In December there’s usually around 4-5 hours of ‘grey light’. The rest of the time it’s midnight dark, but all activity areas are well-lit.
We don’t recommend our Lapland holidays to kids under 4 because of the extreme weather conditions and activities suited to older children.
Remember to make sure your policy includes cover for winter sports, including snowmobiles.
Assistance in resort
If you have a disability and you’ll need some extra help getting around in Lapland, give us a call on 0871 231 4691 (calls cost 10 per minute plus network extras) before you leave. We’ve got loads of information to help you out.
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