This Lapland Santa experience is perfect for families looking for a short festive break in the snow.

On arrival in Lapland, you will be greeted at Ivalo airport by Santa’s friendly helpers and reindeer. Expect festive songs on the half hour journey from the airport to Saariselkä, where you will kitted out with your warm clothing and boots. After settling in to your hotel accommodation, you will have some free time to play in the snow, go tobogganing and explore your surroundings. The Aurora Wilderness Dinner is held on your first evening, where there’s a chance of experiencing the Northern Lights if conditions are right, and visiting Igloos in the wood for storytelling of Sami myths.

Driving a snowmobile in Saariselkä, Lapland

Driving a snowmobile in Saariselkä, Lapland. Timo Newton-Syms, Flickr

On day two you will go searching for Santa. In the morning, adults will each get the chance to drive a snowmobile, whilst the children travel on a sleigh with a guide. At the Husky Farm families will get to experience the thrill of taking a husky dog sleigh ride. After lunch at the hotel and a chance to warm up, it’s back to the snow for some fun activities.  During the afternoon you will be given your opportunity to take a reindeer sleigh for your personal encounter with Santa. The evening meal is served at your hotel for your second evening. In the morning there’s a visit to the village for souvenir shopping and some free time, before your transfer back to the airport and flight home. Check out the optional extras available, to make the most of your time in Lapland.

Lapland Santa Experience

Santa’s Star Artic Hotel
Type A cabin
Half board

Depart Birmingham from £1,249pp on the 28th & 30th November 2018, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, or 22nd December 2018

Depart Cardiff from £1,249pp on the 6th or 11th December 2018

Depart Manchester from £1,249pp on the 11th, 13th or 22nd December 2018

Depart Gatwick from £1,289pp on the 28th or 30th November 2018, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th or 22nd December 2018

There’s also a limited number of dates available for 4 days / 3 nights if you would like to add another full day of snow activities.

Based on 2 adults and 2 children travelling.

Included in this price 3 days / 2 nights:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board (breakfast & evening meals)
  • Accommodation at Santa’s Star Arctic Hotel
  • Reindeer sleigh ride to a private meeting with Santa including a gift
  • Husky sleigh ride and farm visit
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • Wilderness dinner with aurora & igloo experience
  • Snow & ice fun activities including children’s mini skidoos, toboggan hill and reindeer lasso
  • Artic thermal clothing, boots and accessories provided

Igloo experience

Santa’s Star Arctic Hotel 4*

Located on the top of Kaunispää Mountain. Star Arctic Hotel is situated at Saariselkä in the Finnish Lapland Region. This modern and elegant hotel is the perfect spot to view the Northern Lights from the comfort of your accommodation.

All Type A suites have a large glass window looking out over the main village. This hotel is be perfect for families who want to experience Lapland in style.

  • Superb location to view the Northern Lights and surrounding landscape
  • Hot and cold buffet breakfast
  • Excellent 3 course buffet style evening meals
  • Public sauna, with large glass windows
  • Use of toboggans (local charges may apply)

Optional Extras

Snow-shoeing from £37pp
Cross country skiing from £37pp
Rudolph’s reindeer run from £103pp
Adult snowmobile safari from £98pp
Family snowmobile safari from £77pp

Room Upgrades

Glass Cabin from £1,309pp
Type C suite (sauna & kitchenette) from £1,349pp


We know from personal experience that a snow and Santa break in Lapland is a magical time for all the family We visited Rovaniemi in December 1998 and still cherish our Arctic Circle certificates and reindeer driving licences!

We make holidays easy, save time and book with confidence. Call us on 0800 810 8404 to discuss your Lapland holiday requirements, or send an online enquiry below.

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