Mini Skidoo activity.
Mini Skidoo activity.

Santa's Aurora, Saariselkä, Lapland (Finland)

Keep the Christmas magic going by taking the kids to see Santa in Saariselkä in the Lapland region of northern Finland, on this holiday including flights, accommodation and activities (some of them optional extras) plus the use of outdoor wear to keep you snuggly warm.

Choose either three- or four-days of action-packed adventures take place in a wonderful wintry landscape, with Santa’s little helpers at hand (they even greet you at the airport). Jump on the back of a reindeer sled for a ride through the snow, chase the Northern Lights on a snowmobile and whizz downhill on toboggans. Then meet the man himself (under-13s get a free gift). Then on the last day you select from a variety of optional extras. 

Choose from hotels hand-picked for their family friendliness (half board options are available), including a new luxury option which is perfectly positioned to view the northern lights, or opt for a cosy Christmas cabin with your own personal helper to cook and clean. 

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Santa's Aurora, Saariselkä, Lapland (Finland)

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When

Regular departures in November and December from 14 UK airports. Flights depart around 6-7am, returning around 3-4pm at the end of your stay.

View over Star Arctic Hotel.

View over Star Arctic Hotel.

Stay

Santa's Star Arctic Hotel – luxury 4* hotel in the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights, you can even opt to stay in a Glass Cabin for an even better view.
Spacious suites with large window to see the views.
Sauna.
Hot and cold buffet breakfast.
1km from the village, reached by public transport.

Sami costume and reindeer.

Sami costume and reindeer.

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Price

From £1319 per adult depending on departure date and airport, and whether you book a three- or four-day break in Lapland. All prices are based on minimum occupancy and include return flights to Ivalo, transfers, activities, thermal clothing and taxes. Infants are charged at £150 and reduced rates for children. Book early to take advantage of FREE child places.

Meet Santa.

Meet Santa.

Itinerary

Day One

You will be greeted at Ivalo Airport by a reindeer with its Sami handler, and one of Santa's elves. After 25-minute coach-ride to your hotel in Saariselkä you'll will be fitted with your complimentary thermal oversuits, boots, gloves and hats. Then it's free time to get your bearings, make snowmen, go tobogganing or just relax before a wilderness dinner and igloo experience in the woods with Sami myths and stories to boot.

Day Two

The highlight of the day is a Snowmobile Safari Adventure. Grown-ups can drive if they want to; kids are towed in special sledges, or older ones can ride pillion behind a parent. Hot drinks around a crackling campfire with toboggans laid on to keep youngsters happy complete the picture. Lunch is in a local restaurant to boost energy levels before an afternoon of optional activities or, if you prefer, exploring the area at your own pace. Also try Reindeer sleigh rides, downhill skiing or take part in the evening Northern Lights adventure. Evening meal will be back at the hotel.

Day Three

Today you will head off on snowmobiles to a husky farm then jump on a husky-led sled. You will have lunch back at the hotel to re-fuel for the afternoon adventure that include your fairy-tale reindeer ride to search for Santa at his hideaway log cabin home. Each family gets an exclusive meeting. Then back to the hotel for dinner or head back to the UK late afternoon.

Day Four - optional day

Choose your optional adventures (can be pre-booked in the UK or chosen the night before). You may have fallen in love with the huskies and want to enjoy the sled ride again, or perhaps experience skiing (Nordic style or downhill). You set off after lunch for the airport.

Note: an optional extra day can be booked for an additional cost, giving you more time to try new snow adventures and see more sights.