Santa's Wonderland in Lapland
- Experience the magic of Christmas on a holiday in Lapland.
- Stay in the capital of Lapland, the spectacular city of Rovaniemi.
- Cross the Arctic Circle on a Reindeer sleigh ride.
- Take a Husky safari through the stunning Arctic wilderness.
- Visit Santa Claus Village, including time for Christmas shopping.
- Enjoy an optional tour to see the Northern Lights.
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Your Guided Holiday to Lapland
Travel with us on this enchanting holiday to Lapland, a winter wonderland filled with spellbinding landscapes and Christmas spirit. Located in the northernmost region of Finland, Lapland is known for its vast wilderness, Arctic landscapes and the official residence of Santa Claus. We’ll take husky safari through snowy forests, experience toboggan rides, travel through the Arctic wilderness on a reindeer sleigh, and even meet Santa Claus himself at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. There will also be an optional excursion where we can witness the spectacular Northern Lights. This Lapland tour offers a magical retreat for families and will create everlasting Christmas memories.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Lapland
Arrive in Rovaniemi
Let’s travel to Finland for a thrilling journey into Santa’s Wonderland. At Rovaniemi airport let’s meet our friendly local elf representative, before travelling to our hotel in Rovaniemi centre. On the way, we will stop to get kitted out in our thermal suits and accessories, including boots, socks, gloves, and warm hat which are provided for the duration of your stay to keep you cozy in the cold, fresh air. This evening enjoy a buffet dinner in your hotel.
Santa & his Reindeer
Reindeer sleigh crossing the Arctic Circle
We will discover more, by starting the day with a visit to see the reindeer and soak in some Lappish culture accompanied by Santa’s helpers. We will start the day by taking a short, relaxing reindeer sleigh ride and attend a special ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle, where we will even receive a Diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle. After visiting with the reindeer, a toboggan slide is waiting for the whole family to enjoy. As a really special treat, children also get to test their skills on a mini snowmobile ride.
Meeting with Santa
In the afternoon, our trip continues to the Santa Claus Village, a magical place full of wonder. With shops full of colourful Christmas delights, sparkling Christmas lights, and the opportunity to send postcards from Santa’s post office. Most exciting of all, we will get to meet Santa Claus himself in his own workshop before heading back to our hotel for a buffet dinner.
Optional Aurora Borealis hunting photo tour
Whether you are a photography enthusiast or a nature lover, enjoy the opportunity to capture the mesmerizing beauty of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. The guide will take you to a remote, dark-sky location away from light pollution, enhancing the chances of seeing the Aurora clearly.
Please note, that weather in Arctic regions can be unpredictable, there's no guarantee you'll see the lights on any given night due to weather conditions.
Duration: 4 hours - Departure: 8pm when you then drive around 200 km to the best aurora spots. Hot drinks and gingerbread cookies are provided to keep you going in the cold, dark night.
Today let’s have a memorable experience on a husky safari. We will start with a visit to a local husky kennel. At the kennel, we will experience a 20-minute sleigh ride with the huskies, covering a distance of 5km. After the ride, the flames of the campfire and hot drinks keep us warm while learning more about these amazing animals.
This afternoon is yours, so you can enjoy more the magic of Christmas in the beauty of the Arctic. You will have free time to finalise your Christmas shopping or ask our local helper for some recommendations. Why not learn more about the northernmost region of the world, by visiting the Arktikum Museum and science centre.
Now that our Santa’s sack is full, time has come to go home to prepare our own Christmas celebration, as we travel with guide assistance to Rovaniemi airport.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.