Santa’s Magic 3 day Lapland break
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Families with limited time will love this 3 day/2 night break in Lapland. All the standard activities are squeezed into this beautifully formed itinerary including husky sled rides, reindeer sleigh rides, a private meeting with Santa and more. The cheeky, fun-loving Saari Elves will also be on hand, to ensure that magic and laughter are part and parcel of your time in Saariselkä.
Husky Sledding, Reindeer Sleigh Ride, Snowmobile Search for Santa, Private family meeting with Santa, Reindeer Driving, Arctic Circle Ceremony and Souvenir certificate, Gala Dinner, Snow and Ice activities, Lunch and Refreshments, Thermal outer-suits and accessories, A gift from Santa for all children under 13.
ITINERARY 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Day 1: Welcome
Having just flown across the Arctic Circle, the children will love being greeted at Ivalo Airport by reindeer and friends, the Samis and one of my elves, presenting a delightful photo opportunity to capture your family’s first few minutes in Lapland. A short, comfortable 25-minute coach-ride transfers you to your chosen hotel or cabin in Saariselkä – just enough time to see if the children can spot more through the forests bordering the road.
Time for your ‘Michelin-man’ impressions, as jolly helpers get you fitted with your complimentary thermal over-suits, boots, socks, gloves and hats. Then it’s fun-time – a chance to explore and get your bearings on arrival in my winter wonderland, make snowmen, borrow the free toboggans from all my partner hotels or cabins, or just relax in a fragrant Finnish sauna – the choice is yours.
For hotel guests who have booked the half-board option, a wonderful first Lapland night dinner sets the scene for tomorrow’s excitement, whilst those in my Christmas Cabins will enjoy a home-cooked family meal!
Day 2: Search for Santa
Take your pick of the ultimate Christmas adventures, enjoying all the following exciting activities at some point throughout the day, all of which are included in the price
Husky Sled Ride – where the children get to ride with a parent (and shout ‘mush mush!’ at every opportunity!), and grown-ups can all take a turn at actually ‘driving’ your own sled! Imagine your sled, drawn by five or six eager huskies, straining at the leash and eager to run, then released – and you’re off! Racing across the snow and through the woods is the most perfect way to experience Lapland’s winter wonderland.
Reindeer Sleigh Ride – meet your reindeer and your local Sami guide then take a wonderful 7-10 minute ride into the picturesque woods, with the ‘swish’ of the runners across the snow, and children and parents cuddled together under blankets in the sleigh, arriving at a very secret location.
Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and only reached by reindeer sleigh and once there, join in the fun and games with my Elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting my Artistic Igloo and admiring the magnificent ice sculptures and enjoying a drink in my ice bar.*
Meet my very special Huskies and Reindeer in My Elves and Igloo Fantasia, guess their names and share a cuddle, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
Lunch is also included, to ‘recharge your batteries’ for the afternoon. This will be a simple and warming 2-course meal, with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.
A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy, such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a crazy Finnish cross between a scooter and a toboggan!), tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children, and my favourite – tobogganing.
See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and meet me in an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in my hideaway log-cabin home, with my elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air!
Refreshments are included too, and are available throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling log fire is welcomed.
Finally, back ‘home’ in your hotel, why not finish the day with a wonderful Gala Dinner (included on our half-board option). In my Christmas Cabins meanwhile, a special festive dinner rounds off the day, while you re-live every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!
Day 3: Grand Finale
Fun-time again, with the chance to thrill to another big adventure, whether pre-booked in the UK or chosen locally the day before from my range of Optional Adventures. You may have fallen in love with the huskies and want to enjoy an even longer Husky Sled Ride, or relax on Rudolph's Reindeer Run, or perhaps take off on a Snowmobile Safari for high-octane thrills – there are plenty of options to choose from.
This morning also gives you a chance to browse the village’s souvenir shops, to choose from their range of traditional hand-made Lappish items and clothes, Christmas gifts and toys.
My helpful team will collect you from your doorstep by coach for the short ride to the airport to catch your flight home, to a chorus of fond farewells!
- Snowmobile Search for Santa’s log-cabin home
- Private family meeting with Santa Claus
- Magical delivery of your children’s letter to Santa and his elves
- A special gift from Santa for all children under 13
- Elves and Igloo Fantasia - Join the fun and games with Santa’s Elves in an Igloo plus wonder at the Artistic Igloo with ice sculptures and ice-bar.
- Husky Sled Drive and/or Ride
- Reindeer Sleigh Ride
- Snow & Ice Fun Activities
- Souvenir ‘driving licence’ for reindeer and huskies
- Arctic Circle Certificate
- Lunch and Refreshments on ‘Search for Santa’ Day
- Thermal outer-suits, boots and accessories
- Gala Dinner included with half-board option in hotels, and a festive dinner in my Christmas Cabins
HOW TO BOOK THIS TRIP
If you would like more information or would like to book one of the trips to Lapland please speak to our expert team by calling 0208 544 6360 or enquiring above. Santa’s Lapland trips are in December or we have ski holidays to Lapland available throughout the ski season.